Jennifer Noonan


A confessed DIY junkie, Jennifer Noonan writes about home improvement, gardening, and all things do-it-yourself. The recipient of degrees in International Relations and Library & Information Science from Syracuse University, Ms. Noonan has worked in media and related fields for over 15 years, including her time at MTV Networks, where she served as Manager of Digital Programming at Nickelodeon. Today, Ms. Noonan lives in Delaware with her husband and daughters, where she is ardently teaching the next generation how to use power tools.  

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MAY 24, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

The first things we chose during our eight-hour selections appointment for our new construction home were our kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are chosen first during these meetings, because th...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring

There are a lot of decisions to make when constructing a new home. Having a large production builder as our contractor, the task was made somewhat easier with an all-day “selections appoi...

MAY 8, 2012 | TUESDAY
Kid-Friendly Bathroom Design

When my husband and I lived in New York City with our two young girls, we had a single bathroom in our one-bedroom apartment. And it was small. If you’re a parent, you probably understand...

Save Money with an Irrigation Well

The development where we chose to build our house is about 2 miles from the beach. We can ride our bikes to the state park or the Dairy Queen in 10 minutes. We love being close to the oce...

APRIL 10, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Reasons to Love Subway Tile

We picked all the finishing materials for our new-construction home in one day at an eight-hour appointment set up with a selections specialist at our builder’s offices. WHEW! It was craz...

MARCH 27, 2012 | TUESDAY
My Favorite Room in the House: The Walk-In Pantry

When we lived in our tiny Manhattan apartment, we had 48 inches of total counter space and one 18-inch-wide pantry cabinet. Needless to say, food and supplies were stuffed into every conc...

The Benefits of a Central Vacuum System

When we were weighing options for our home, a new construction, I was almost certain we wouldn’t elect to put in a central vac system. The price tag was high—we could buy 5-10 amazing vac...

The Hidden Costs of Windows

One benefit of moving to suburbia from New York City and building a new home was getting to customize our space. At the top of our must-haves list for the house was what we'd had too few ...

Basement: To Finish or Not?

Late in 2010, my husband and I, and our two young children (2 and 9 months old), moved from our teensy New York City apartment to Southern Delaware and began the process of building a new...