Theresa Clement


Theresa Coleman Clement is a freelance editor, writer, and home designer who specializes in home improvement, aging-in-place, sustainability, lifestyle, and home design. Her work has also appeared in Remodeling magazine, Architect Magazine, Builder Magazine, Professional Deck Builder magazine,, and

Theresa shares design and home improvement know-how on MyFixitUpLife, a blog she runs with her husband Mark that was formerly a syndicated radio show. She was the lead design producer for Food Network’s Save My Bakery series, a design producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and has been a DIY and design expert contributor to morning TV shows. As an author, she has written and co-written three books. She has been a speaker at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and is a hands-on workshop instructor for Habitat for Humanity and home shows.

After studying engineering in high school followed by architecture at the University of Cincinnati for three years, Theresa earned a degree in journalism and a minor in architecture from The University of Maryland, College Park.

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JULY 25, 2022 | MONDAY
Working With These Power Tools? You Need Hearing Protection, Pronto

The sounds of grinding, vibrating, buzzing, and boring may be welcome signs of progress and accomplishment to DIYers, woodworkers, and professionals, but all that racket generated by our ...

MAY 23, 2022 | MONDAY
10 Ways to Ace "Coastal Grandmother" Style

Even if you haven’t seen it on TikTok, you may have heard the growing buzz about “coastal grandmother” style. Similar to the granny chic and "grandmillenial” trends, coastal grandmot...

18 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make updates to your home, and even an arrival of a small amount of cash from a tax refund can make many small home projects possible. According to th...

MAY 5, 2020 | TUESDAY
How to Replace a Sprinkler Head on an In-Ground Sprinkler System

A working sprinkler head can be key to maintaining a healthy and well-watered landscape. Your lush lawn demands regular watering, and you likely rely on a sprinkler system for that. Troub...

APRIL 28, 2020 | TUESDAY
The Dos and Don’ts of Sealing the Deck

A backyard deck can be the perfect platform for good times, but a wooden surface needs a proper sealant to protect it against the ravages of sun, rain, and temperature fluctuations. While...

The 5 Biggest Questions Home Buyers Have About Septic Systems

The phrase “septic system” in a home listing is notorious for scaring away potential buyers. Some home buyers may see the system as antiquated, expensive to repair, or hard to maintain. B...

Solved! Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

Q: I just opened my electric bill, and my jaw dropped. It’s way higher than ever! I called the electric company to see if there had been a mistake, but I was assured there wasn’t. Why is ...

How to Use Wood Filler to Repair Furniture, Flooring, and More

Badly scratched hardwood flooring, rotted window frames, and chipped furniture are common problems that can be time-consuming and expensive to repair. Or they can be dealt with quickly an...

10 Ways to Know Whether You Should Repair a Foundation Crack

Your home’s foundation—the concrete walls surrounding a basement or crawl space—supports the entire weight of the house, so it’s natural to be concerned if you discover cracks in the conc...

Solved! This is How Long Refrigerators Last

Q: My 9-year-old fridge is on the fritz, but it seems premature to replace it if it’s still functioning. How long do refrigerators last? How much longer should I wait before buying a new ...