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Solved! How High to Hang Pictures
Q: I recently framed my son's graduation photo and want to display it in my living room. If I hang it too high, I’m a...
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Dive Into These 12 Luxurious Pools
A pool is a perk many homeowners long for, and most imagine soaking up the sun while dipping their toes in the water. But indoor pools bring a whole new level of ...
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14 Inventive Ideas for a Perfect Porch
Your porch can be so much more than just a landing pad on the way in or out of your house—it can be a place to unwind, entertain, and make a great first impressio...
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14 Reasons to Love Exposed Brick
Exposed brick brings texture, color, and a rustic vibe to interior spaces. The look, which is typically achieved by removing the plaster from a wall to reveal the...
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10 Bathroom Trends You Might Regret
Not all design trends are created equal. While many classic designs (wainscoting, for instance) will never go out of style, others have a limited half life. Which...
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12 Vintage Bathroom Features That Never Go Out of Style
From stately claw-foot tubs to sumptuous furnishings, bygone bathroom amenities from decades—or even centuries—past are winning over modern-day homeowners and mak...
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How To: Soundproof a Wall
Whether your teen has rock star dreams or your 8-year-old has started tap-dancing, you’ll find that a little soundpro...
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Designers Reveal Their Top 10 IKEA Go-Tos
IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings giant, has earned a reputation among Americans for their affordable flat-packed furniture. The prices may be low, but that's no...
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Lose the Drapes: 12 Better Ways to Dress a Window
Most people choose to decorate their windows with traditional curtains, blinds, or fabric valances. But finding the perfect covering—one that blocks the sun, ensu...
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All You Need to Know About Transom Windows
Few architectural structures and details survive centuries of passing trends and technological advances in the way th...
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All You Need to Know About Soapstone Countertops
If your kitchen or bathroom remodel wish list includes natural stone countertops, consider eco-sensitive soapstone. T...
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Bathroom Envy: 15 Jaw-Dropping Rooms We Love
First and foremost, a bathroom should be functional—but homeowners don’t need to compromise on aesthetics for practicality. Get inspired by these 19 awe-inspiring...
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6 Bathroom Trends Set to Dominate 2017
Slowly but surely, with each passing year, Americans increasingly view the bathroom not merely as a functional space, but as a restful, restorative sanctuary. Whi...
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All You Need to Know About Shiplap
Shiplap has been popping up everywhere lately. The rough-sawn wooden planks arranged as horizontal panels can take an...
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The 6 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2017
No longer a solely utilitarian space, today's kitchen plays host to a range of activities beyond meal prep and casual family dining. For Joe Maykut, Product Manag...
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How To: Make Scented Candles
Sure you can stock up on a basket's worth when they go on sale at a home goods store, but scented candles actually ma...
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The 10 Best Home Makeovers of 2016
2016 may very well be remembered as the year of dramatic reveals. As it winds down, let’s take a moment to admire the most eye-popping before-and-after decorating...
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Built 270 Years Apart, 2 Homes Share 1 Big Thing in Common
Whether you live in a centuries-old charmer or a modern marvel, you share something in common with the owners of home...
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The Best Tiny Homes of 2016
Bigger isn’t always better. For proof, look no further than these 23 tiny homes, situated all around the country, that serve as evidence that sometimes the most m...
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10 Decorating Mistakes That Make Your House Look Smaller
The current trend toward smaller houses is a terrific development--it’s practical, thrifty, and good for the planet. But, outfitting a scaled-down home, one needs...
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18 Inviting Entryways We Love
An effective entryway design combines comfort, utility, and style to create an inviting atmosphere. These 18 entryways do just that, extending a warm welcome to a...
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The 12 Paint Colors You're Going to See Everywhere in 2017
What's on the horizon for paint colors in the year ahead? Industry experts are predicting an embrace of warmer, more comforting hues that create a visual retreat ...
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The Biggest Home Trends from the Decade You Were Born
Every year has its home design claims to fame—or, in some cases, shame. Walk with us down memory lane as we recall the biggest home trends of each decade, of few ...
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Genius! Give Your Appliances a Stainless Steel Makeover
Stainless steel automatically free from dirt and grime, but it's durability and beauty sure make it popular. It’s now...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recipe for a Retro Kitchen
If you love classic kitchens but can’t afford a renovation, there are still plenty of ways to add retro appeal. Start...
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5 Ways to Weather Wood
Many homeowners strive for the lived-in look—the shabby chic, modern farmhouse, or vintage eclectic vibe touted by in...
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14 Spaces That Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out
From pampering pool houses to sublime sun lounges, these 14 enviable rooms blur the boundary between indoors and out to create bold and beautiful spaces for enter...
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15 Room Redos You Can Complete in a Day
Is an uninspired kitchen, bath, or living room cramping your home’s style? If you can reimagine it, you can redo it—often in very little time. Get inspired by the...
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14 Long-Forgotten House Trends We're Glad Are Gone
They don’t make houses like they used to—and for good reason. From popcorn ceilings to baby cages, these 14 awkward architectural accents deserve a place in our m...
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9 Shortcuts to Picking a Paint Color
Choosing the perfect paint color for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom can take a ridiculous amount of time. What starts with a simple tour of the hardware st...
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How To: Texture a Ceiling
It all too easy to slap a coat of white paint on your ceiling and consider it done. But to really pull a room togethe...
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18 Design Ideas to Make Your Deck a Destination
Whatever its dimensions—expansive or small, narrow or wide—a deck is the ideal place to kick back and relax outdoors. But if you don't make the most of your deck,...
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DIY Lite: How to Build a Shadow Box Display
Most of us already have the makings of a collection sitting out on a shelf or dresser, right under our noses. Transfo...
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14 Ways to Pull Off a Double-Duty Dining Room
The dining room is often an extra space that gets used only for holidays or special occasions. But if you're plagued by small square footage—or if you're trying t...
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7 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2016
Every year, renovating the kitchen reigns as one of the most popular home upgrades, largely because the cooking and entertaining space plays such a central role i...
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Most Wanted: 11 Home Upgrades Already Trending for 2016
As 2015 draws to a close, homeowners are starting to plan their remodeling projects for the new year. And while there are certain standards of craftsmanship that ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cabinets or Shelves in the Kitchen?
These days, a lot of homeowners are trading kitchen cabinets for open shelving, and there are some great reasons why!...
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9 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2016
As you begin sifting through 2016 resolutions, don’t just focus on your personal life—consider ways you can reinvent your personal space, too. Perhaps you’re look...
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12 Inventive Ideas for a Budget Backsplash
When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament...
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11 Big Ideas for a Small Dining Room
Cramped dining spaces don't have to put a damper on your family gatherings! You can still entertain with warmth and grace, and leave your guests a bit of elbow ro...
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10 Ways to Fill a Blank Wall for Under $20
Nothing elevates and personalizes the look of your home more than one-of-a-kind works of art. You don't need to haggle with an art dealer to land something in you...
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DIY Lite: Modern Bookends on a Modest Budget
Wholly malleable yet still a sturdy project material, concrete mix has proven its worth outside of just lawn and gard...
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14 Retro Home Trends It’s Time to Revisit
Trends and styles are forever changing and evolving. Home trends that were once the height of popularity eventually seem mundane and drab, only to experience a re...
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10 Ways to Organize Your Home with Color
Keeping our homes neat and organized is a constant battle. But thanks to some ingenious (and colorful) ideas, the task just got a whole lot easier. These simple t...
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The 7 Room Layout Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes
You begin with an empty room, then you fill it with your belongings. Does the end result welcome and delight you, or does something seem not quite right? You may ...
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7 Ideas to Steal from Real People’s Tiny Backyards
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a sizable backyard, but here's some good news for those of us who lack square footage: Even the smallest outdoor space can be...
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DIY Lite: Turn Digital Photos into Wooden Coasters
Whether you're returning from a 12-day vacation on foreign soil or have just wrapped up a weekend by the pool with th...
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Pro Tips: A Tiny House Dweller Shares 7 Lessons Learned
The average American spends a third to half of his or her income just putting a roof overhead, so it’s no surprise th...
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13 No-Fail Small Space Solutions
Space is a limited resource in many homes, and figuring out how to make the most of it is no easy task. These 13 surefire tactics will show you how to use smart d...
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IKEA Wants You to Help Design Tomorrow's Kitchen
Too little storage, not enough chairs? For any sort of home furnishings conundrum, IKEA has the answers. But when it ...
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10 Artful Uses for Old Frames
An empty picture frame is the quintessential blank slate. Sure, you can fill it with a photo of your dog, a poster, or a drawing. But why not take it further? Wit...
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8 Fresh Designs for Kids' Bathrooms
Often an afterthought in home design, the bathroom can meet most homeowners' needs with just a few essentials: a sink, toilet, tub, and—if you're lucky—a little s...
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Why 7 Families Ditched the Dining Room
Formal dining rooms are starting to go the way of the formal living room—out of service. While many homes have dining rooms, the square footage devoted to them of...
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Design Ideas to Steal from 10 Amazing Outdoor Kitchens
If cooking out is a big part of your warm weather routine, an outdoor kitchen is a great investment. The joys of eating al fresco are multiplied when you have con...
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10 Color Mistakes Everyone Makes
<p>Step away from the paintbrush! You might just be committing one of the most common color mistakes. Before you decide on a paint color for the room you’re redec...
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Meet the Women Who Are Changing the Face of Fine Furniture
Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie are the founders of Egg Collective, a furniture design firm that'...
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10 Best Flea Markets for Cool Old Finds
Oh, flea markets and swap meets the way they used to be! Vendors selling used items they no longer needed, and buyers scoring great deals—some requiring TLC, othe...
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Before & After: This Tropical Patio Started as a Pile of Pallets
With the mercury rising and spring in full swing, we're ratcheting open the windows and stepping gratefully back outd...
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9 Ways to Use Cork Around the House
When you think of cork, your first thought might be of a bulletin board pinned with reminders, but cork's handiness knows no bounds. This renewable resource is ac...
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10 Things Your Bedroom Might Be Missing
The master bedroom is more than just a place to rest your head; it's a relaxing respite from the rest of the home. Today's master bedrooms are not just larger tha...
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Don't Make These 7 Mistakes in Small Spaces
<p>For years it seemed like large houses were all the rage with builders, decorators, and even homeowners. These days, however, there's been a shift in perception...
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The Designers Who Move In, Remodel, and Leave Houses Transformed
Meet Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the brains, braun, and creative force behind a truly unique home remodeling compa...
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9 DIY Ways to Redo Your Wall—Without Paint
The walls of our homes have the power to speak volumes about our lives. Filled walls produce a lived-in look packed with personality, while blank walls suggest th...
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9 New Ideas for Shared Bedrooms
A house feels most like a home when you share it with those you love—and gathering together with friends and family is even more fun if everyone has a comfortable...
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11 Lessons to Learn from Airbnb's Tiniest Homes
Ever wonder if you're cut out for small living? Through the power and reach of the web, tiny homes are but a click away to rent through a website like Airbnb.com,...
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Watch These 10 Home Trends Take Off in 2015
"Out with the old, in with the new" is a motto often adopted at the start of a new year—whether you're contemplating lives, relationships, even spaces. Now think ...
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Radiant Heating Gives You Total Design Freedom
By now, you're familiar with the many benefits of radiant floor heating: It runs silently, circulates no dust or airb...
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The Most Impressive Before-and-Afters We've Seen All Year
Styles and trends come and go, but once you've committed to a look, you're stuck with it for many, many fashion cycles. When a room's style starts to feel dated, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Think Before You Install a Kitchen Island
Installing a kitchen island doesn't just enhance the look of your kitchen. It can also make meal prep a lot more enjo...
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These 8 Vanished Home Trends Have Returned
When we said goodbye to old trends of the 1970s, like crunchy orange shag carpeting, or to the dark, omnipresent wood veneer paneling of the 1980s, many of us wou...
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7 Ways to Make Your New House Look Old
You’ve just purchased a home built in the past 10 to 15 years, and it has everything you need: the perfect location, a good-size lot, big closets, top-of-the-line...
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New & Notable: 10 Digital Tools to Help You DIY Your Dream Home
Even in today’s digital age, you still can’t quite design a dream home in just a matter of clicks. You can, however, use a number of online resources and a phone ...
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Get the Look: Retro Kitchen
They don't make 'em like they used to. Today, the popular notion of a "dream kitchen" includes an an all-white color ...
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10 Essentials for a Retro Kitchen
Kitchens decorated with an eye to the past bring us back to simpler times, when cheerful colors and playful patterns dominated the domestic scene. Whether your in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Banquettes
Banquette seating has a nostalgic charm that may remind you of your favorite diner or that cozy spot in your grandmot...
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Get the Look: Country Kitchen
The country kitchen is an American icon. The warm, welcoming feeling we get when we see homey gingham curtains, beade...
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Ready-Made Residences: 14 Ultra Cool Prefab Homes
Prefabricated homes are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, among them the relatively quick build time, the ecological advantages, and the flexibility ...
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10 Nice Nooks: They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
What is it about a nook that draws us in? The informality? The coziness? Architects often carve nooks out of wasted space—beneath a staircase, under the eaves, by...
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10 Ideas to Steal from Picture-Perfect Patios
The <i>patio</i>, from the Spanish for "courtyard," is an open-air living space that creates a transition between your home and the great outdoors. Patios are won...
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Exposed! 10 Tips for Showing Off Ducts, Pipes, Beams and More
Pipes. Beams. Ductwork. These things are generally hidden in our homes behind walls, in ceilings, and within soffits. Sometimes, however, it pays to leave some of...
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11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size
<p>Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsur...
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House Tour: The 2014 New American Home
The National Association of Home Builders’ 2014 New American Home, in Henderson, Nevada, is a showcase for the most innovative trends in architecture, interior de...
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Green and Gorgeous: Presenting the 2014 New American Home
The New American Home for 2014, nestled in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, is an “idea house” showcasing new tren...
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Multiple Personalities: 10 Fantastically Flexible Spaces in Today's Home
Many people today not only live in their homes but also work, play, and entertain in them too, all in the comfort of their favorite place. You can do the same, so...
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21 Coffee Bars to Put Pep in Your Home Design
The explosion in popularity of single-serve coffeemakers like the Keurig has given rise to a new home design trend: the coffee bar. Making a cup of coffee now req...
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Studio Magic: One-Room Living Made Enviable in 10 Amazing Spaces
Studio apartments can be economical housing options for singletons and great part-time retreats for out-of-towners looking for a getaway in the city. The big draw...
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Staying Put: 10+ Improvements to Get Your House Ready for Your Next Age
We’re getting older. Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65—part of a huge shift in America, as 79 million Boomers sta...
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New & Notable: 10 Must-Haves for the Luxury Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, be su...
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Renovating a Small Kitchen? 10 Questions to Ask Before You Begin
As the manager of the kitchen department in IKEA's Paramus, NJ, location, Carol Smith is used to helping customers create their dream kitchen, even when space is ...
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House Tour: Spring Residence Rebuild
A Raleigh, North Carolina, couple’s desire for dappled sunlight—thwarted by poorly placed windows in their 1990s house—spurred them to build a new, contemporary h...
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Deconstruction and Smart Planning Brings New Light (and Life) to a Raleigh, N.C., Home
A Raleigh, N. C. , couple’s desire for dappled sunlight—thwarted by poorly placed windows in their 1990s house, which...
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11 "Novel" Ways to Design a Home Library
No matter the size and style of your home, incorporating a reading room will give your book lovers a space to curl up and while away a cold winter afternoon.
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9 Ways to Make Your TV Look at Home
While we remain glued to the TV when it’s on, there’s no reason it has to remain in full view 24/7. Here are some smart and inventive ways to camouflage that mas...
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See the Home Kitchens of 8 Famous Chefs
What does a culinary pro want in his own kitchen? To find out, take a peek into these 8 home kitchens of well-known chefs.
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10 Alternatives to a Formal Dining Room
As impromptu, low-fuss gatherings become the norm, creative hosts are entertaining friends in spaces carved out from kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.
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Planning Guide: Garage Conversion
Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home...
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5 Things to Covet in Your Dream Home
If you’re building a house from scratch, or even putting an addition on your current home, you’re in the unique posit...
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Top Tips for Designing Your Garage Around Your Vehicle
This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at bein...
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Kitchen Envy: 16 Rooms We Love
Your kitchen may not be as grand as these, but in each of them we found design ideas worth emulating.
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The Well-Appointed Bath: 10 Touches for Style and Comfort
Not every bath needs to undergo a gut renovation to become a lavish retreat. Here are 10 products from Bellacor.com that can add a touch of luxury to any bath—inc...
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Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
So you want a man cave? Check out these over-the-top lairs from around the country.
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation
Can it be that updating your kitchen changes life for the better? For Sabine Schoenberg, there's no doubt about it. "...
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15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon
We were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterday's home, but it's time to reconsider these 15 once-popular details, not for their novelty, but f...
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Award-Winning Architect Shares 9 Renovation Tips
Architect Ann Sellars Lathrop made the most of every inch in the Old Hill House, a Westport, Connecticut, family resi...
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17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
While they’re short on space, these small bathrooms make the most of their size with interesting designs, features and storage solutions.
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Decked Out: 5 Approaches to Designing Your Dream Deck
Personal style plays a major role in so many of our expenditures, but in the backyard, we often settle for a plain wo...
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10 Ways to Create Your Own Paradise in the Backyard
Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes so much more invi...
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Supersize Your Small Bath with These 8 Pro Tips
Working within your current bathroom's footprint can be challenging, but it's not impossible. Here are 8 ways to maximize the beauty, function, and charm of even ...
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Planning Guide: Patios
Patio. The word itself calls to mind an image of splendid sun-drenched days spent sipping chilled drinks under the we...
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Planning Guide: Home Office
With more and more people telecommuting to work each day, the home office is no longer a luxury—for many, a productiv...
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Planning Guide: Home Theater
Millions of Americans are plugging into dedicated home theaters as their ticket to relaxation and casual entertaining...
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The Basics of Bathroom Design
The fun part of bathroom remodeling is ogling vessel sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and gra...
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Designing a Kid's Room: Make It Their Own
Everybody needs their space, right? Even a kid. Nothing’s better than having a little place all your own—one that fee...
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Small Kitchen Design
The best of small kitchen design focuses on function and flow. No matter the size of the kitchen, smart appliance pla...
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Case Studies in Kitchen Design: Smart Layouts for Family Kitchens
Kitchen designs are increasingly important; these days, the kitchen is the busiest room in most houses. Even where co...
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Kitchen Remodel Ideas
Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven in all they do—even renovating their kitchens. Here are s...
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Kitchen Renovation Basics
Thinking about doing a kitchen renovation? You're not alone. The busiest room by far in most houses is the kitchen. E...
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Renovation Ideas
Developing renovation ideas requires that you look at, and really see, your house.  You may believe you know it intim...
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Home Renovation: Experiencing Your House Anew
Some evening when the house is quiet, after sunset and after the dishes are done, shut off all the lights. Electric l...
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Home Renovation: The Exterior
Even if your proposed renovation concerns only interior spaces—say, a new kitchen, or converting an old closet to a s...
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Drawing a Workshop Floor Plan
Your head is swimming with the challenges presented by the size of your machines, the limitations of the available sp...
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The Ideal Workshop Layout
A landscape designer friend of mine tells a story about the college he went to. During his years there, the universit...
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Know Your Workshop Needs
You may think you already know what you need. "Just a practical space, you know, enough for my table saw and to try o...
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Quick Tip: Home Workshop
There is no one perfect workshop plan: Each of us has different needs, depending upon whether we're cabinetmakers, oc...
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The Sensitive Addition
There’s been a lot of talk invested in the last few years in trying to define what is an historically sensitive addit...
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Drawing Conclusions
If you're following the logic of this book, the time is approaching for the design work to begin. My hope is that by ...
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Asking Questions
People with no formal design training—and that describes most homeowners— often have difficulty expressing their arch...
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Drawing and Measuring Your Home
When it comes to architectural renderings, I have two recommendations: First, make a few preliminary sketches yoursel...
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The Architect Versus the Designer
You will probably have a choice when you look for someone to help design your remodeling project. The most likely can...
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What Kind of Design Help Do I Need?
A designer must be both creative and pragmatic. He or she must have an artist's eye for shapes and color. The designe...
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Reviewing the Plans
Different designers have different working styles. Some take the let's-go-for-it approach, and their initial sketches...
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The Final Plans and Specifications
These large pieces of paper are, finally, what you are paying your architect for. The drawings should be fully dimens...
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Decision Making
Over the years, many homeowners have told me the hardest part of managing a construction job is making all the decisi...
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2011 Kitchen Trends
Kitchen TrendsEven as a seemingly endless stream of cooking shows, personalities, and cookbooks inspires you to take ...
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2011 Bathroom Trends
Cleanliness, conservation, and comfort—welcome to the 21st-century bathroom, which was highlighted prominently by man...
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Disguise Your Appliances
Call it the great cover-up. In a trend fueled by manufacturer innovations and designer imagination, appliances are th...
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Creative Kids' Spaces
When Dr. Randy Pausch gave his famous “last lecture” in September of 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University, he talked ab...
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Bathroom Trends
Home spas, water conservation and ornamental accessories on a budget are some of the bathroom trends being spotted by...
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Open Floor Plans: Is This Design Right for You?
Postwar bungalows and midcentury ranches fill much of the prime downtown residential areas in Huntsville, AL, a thriv...
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Improve Feng Shui in the Home
Successful design is measured by how well we live in our spaces. Feng shui focuses on chi, or the life force that flo...
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How To: Create a Pet-Friendly Home
If you're a pet lover, odds are that you care enough to add the few touches necessary to make your home your pet's ca...
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Planning Your Dream Kitchen
When it comes to turning your dream kitchen design into a reality, you may decide that working with a professional is...
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Personalize Your Kitchen Countertops
There’s been a change in consumer attitude, marked by people following their own style sense, rather than the trends....
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How To: Stage a Home
Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
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Create a Distinctive Driveway
Photo: stonecoatusa. comYour driveway is your welcome mat, the pathway to your home. It may be a broad expanse, or cu...
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Adding Custom Moldings
Molding profiles tend to represent eras in building design. As architectural details, they often serve to pinpoint a ...
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How To: Devise a Lighting Plan
The spaces that people use for social purposes are defined in part by light. Too often, however, conventional lightin...
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Do Your Own Home Inspection
To get a fresh vantage on the dwelling you see every day, try examining your house with binoculars. Look at the place...
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Impact-Resistant Windows Installation
Hurricane winds deliver force to building exteriors and elements. It is by far the debris these winds carry that most...
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Rethinking Space Needs as Families Grow
As a family matures, space needs change. Noise levels alter. A need for privacy arises. Entertainment choices diverge...
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How To: Decorate a Loft
There’s no question that lofts are unique. But the qualities that make them appealing can also create significant cha...
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Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve cent...
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Design a Home Gym
Many homes have a treadmill or dumbbell these days, but a home gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment — i...
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Creating Your Ideal Home Theater
Just a few years ago, a home theater was only for the lucky few who could spare an extra room and tens of thousands o...
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Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Room
No matter what climate you live in, chances are outdoor rooms are hot in your area — and with good reason. Outdoor ro...
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Design a Green Home Office
As a freelance writer and book author, Linda Mason Hunter spends many hours holed up in her home office. It has all t...
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Creating Your Home Office Plan
Evaluate Your Home Office NeedsThe first step in creating a home office plan that works is to evaluate what you plan ...
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Take the Home Remodeling Questionnaire
Whether you plan to talk directly to a contractor or to begin by hiring a designer, you will save both of you time an...
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Describe Your Remodeling Job in 10 Words or Less
Mies van der Rohe famously said that "less is more. " Ernest Hemingway answered the challenge to write a full story i...
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See Your House in a New Light
Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor or an architect, let's look at your house in ways that you probably...
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Trash to Treasure: 10 Upcycled Products We Covet
Inspired by DIYers transforming old discarded materials and objects into something new, we couldn't help but turn the spotlight on these smart upcycled designer c...
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Designers Tell All: Top 12 Kitchen Trends Revealed
Get the lowdown on today's most popular kitchen design trends from top designers Steven La Fonte and Kate Singer.
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10 Mood-Altering Decorating Tips for City Dwellers
City living offers its own set of challenges, not the least among them finding peace and quiet. Here are some simple ways to help you find the calm within.
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10 Ways to Live Large in a (Very) Small Space
Living in big cities often means residing in small spaces. When space is a premium, you have to find creative ways to make do with less real estate. Decorating sma...
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Designers Tell All: Today's Top 10 Bathroom Trends
Get the lowdown on today's most popular bathroom design trends from top designers Jill Goldberg and Kate Singer.
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Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself
They might have celebrity status, but there's no reason why you can't draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own.
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Know Your Moldings: 10 Popular Trim Styles to Spiff Up Any Space
Cove or crown, batten or baseboard? Differentiate between the types of molding most commonly used in homes today.
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Boxes
Window boxes can really amp up a home’s curb appeal by adding color and a sense of welcome. Here are some tips for cr...
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The Right Path: 15 Wonderful Walkway Designs
From gravel to brick, bluestone to concrete, these gorgeous walkway ideas can take you wherever you want to go in your landscaping.
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Trending Now: Banquette Seating
Dreaming of a breakfast nook or looking to maximize space? The answer to your kitchen seating conundrum may be a banquette.
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Is a Kitchen Banquette Right for You?
Banquettes have a nostalgic charm about them, whether you sat at one in your grandmother's kitchen or you shared a di...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Doors
It takes about nine square feet of floor space to swing open a typical 3-foot-wide door. That’s a big chunk of real e...
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10 Ingenious Alternatives to a Traditional Home Office
For a home office, you don't always need extra square footage, only creative thinking and a little ingenuity!
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Know Your Door Styles: 10 Popular Designs
Homeowners have no shortage of choice in selecting doors, which range from solid, flush styles to decorative, glass-paneled designs.
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Patio Design: Today's 7 Most Popular Materials
In the course of designing your dream patio, be sure to factor the material's aesthetics, durability, and maintenance requirements into your decision-making.
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Under-Cabinet Lighting: 10 "Shining" Examples
Illuminate every corner and recess of your kitchen for maximum utility and improved aesthetics.
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Medallions
Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tin Ceilings
Tin ceilings were very popular in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. These mass-produced ceilings, stamped with decorativ...
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How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Lighting
Did you know that a well-lit room actually has three different kinds of light? In order to create a room that’s comfo...
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5 Simple Ways to Modernize Your Bath
Without a major renovation, it might not be possible to create the minimalist, modern bath of your dreams, but you ca...
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Formica Goes Retro Upon Turning 100
Formica, the colorful laminate used in American homes for generations, turns 100 this year. It was back in 1913 that ...
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How To: Bring the World's Most Romantic Color into the Home
As Valentine's Day approaches, the color red becomes more and more apparent in our homes. Red roses, red hearts on Va...
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Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal
When we were building our new construction home, the driveway almost seemed like an afterthought. With everything els...
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16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens
The galley kitchen gets its name from its resemblance to the kitchen aboard a vessel— called the “galley.” The biggest hallmark of galley kitchen design is its la...
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Galley Kitchens: Unique, Compact, and Efficient
The term “galley kitchen” originally referred to kitchens aboard ships, trains, and planes—compact spaces with tight ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Casement Windows
The most common window in American homes is the double-hung, with upper and lower sashes that slide up and down. But ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting has come a long way since those old-style humming fluorescents and super hot halogen pucks, wi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Planning
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are two basic principles you’ll want to keep in mind as you work on the d...
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12 New Designs to Change Your Mind About Radiators
New radiators mean that keeping warm the old fashioned way no longer forces you to leave your style sense out in the cold.
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Trending Now: Pendant Lighting
Providing both illumination and style, here are 12 helpful tips for choosing a pendant light to complement your decor.
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Bob Vila Radio: Barrier-Free Showers
If you’re thinking about a bathroom remodel, there’s no better time or place to think ahead. Something as simple as t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mock Ups
It may seem like an exercise, but mocking up your cabinetry or furniture building project can save you a lot of waste...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lighting in Layers
One of the most important things to think about when you're remodeling is lighting: It can make or break the room. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sunrooms
What better home improvement to consider on the darkest day of the year than a sunroom addition?Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vanity Lighting
Bathrooms are small rooms, but they require lots of attention to detail—and great lighting. Listen to BOB VILA ON VAN...
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10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods
Range hoods needn't be ugly add-ons or boring stainless steel. Here are ten designs that definitely sizzle with style.
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Let There Be "Authentic" Light!
Isn’t it counterintuitive to bring a fine old house back to its original splendor, only to then hit it with modern li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Lighting
Considering the amount of time many of us spend in the kitchen over the holiday season, this is a great time to think...
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10 Stained Glass Windows We Love
From cabinets to ceilings, bright colors to abstract shapes, stained glass is making a comeback, and it's not just for cathedrals anymore.
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It's All in the Details—Stained Glass
Stained glass is not just for churches. If you walk through any of America’s older neighborhoods, anywhere Victorian ...
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5 Basement Workshop Essentials
You’re probably thinking I’m about to list my all-star tool picks. Nope. My five must-haves for a basement workshop h...
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Luxuriating on Kitchen Islands
Cursed with a galley kitchen like most apartment dwellers, I dream of the day I’ll upgrade to a space big enough for ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Doors
Interior doors have important jobs. They provide sound insulation, privacy and character to your home. Listen to BOB ...
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The Word on Weather Vanes
Each morning after I get up, I pour myself a cup of tea and turn on The Weather Channel to get prepared for the day. ...
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It's All in the Details—Tin Ceilings
A classic building material from the late 19th and early 20th century is experiencing a comeback. Fans of Victorian a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tile Mosaics
Mosaic tile has been around for a couple of millennia, but it never seems to lose its popularity. Thanks to advances ...
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The Wright Doghouse
In the summer of 1956, a 12-year-old boy wrote a letter to Frank Lloyd Wright to see if the architect would design a ...
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Fab Doghouses
We dog owners are a strange breed. We obsess about the day-to-day comfort, happiness, and health of our pets. We own ...
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Smart Windows for Improved Security and Energy Efficiency
Technological advancements have resulted in a new breed of 'smart windows' offering consumers enhanced security and m...
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Bob Vila Radio: Impact-Resistant Windows
While shutters are the traditional line of defense against storms, break-ins, and the hot sun, unfortunately you have...
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Bob Vila Radio: Storm-Ready Roofs
Florida might be the hurricane capital of the U. S. , but every region has its perils: storms, wildfires, floods and ...
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Porch Style
Americans love their porches, and for good reason. This neutral sliver of space between household tasks and yard work...
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The Queen Anne Porch
Less is not more when it comes to the Queen Anne. Here are some of the exuberant architectural details that make this style so enduringly popular.
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The Colonial Porch
There are many design details that distinguish the Colonial-style porch. Here are ten that will help you get the look.
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The Farmhouse Porch
Classic and non-fussy, the farmhouse porch is all about easy care and casual style. Here are ten products to help you create the look.
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The Bungalow Porch
With its anchoring columns and low-pitched roof, the Bungalow porch offers a variety of distinguishing features. Here's how you can get the look.
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Creative Ceramics: Top Trends in Tile
Italian home furnishings designers are always at the cutting edge. For evidence, look no further than the ceramic til...
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The Gazebo: At Home Everywhere
Nothing says “summer” quite like a gazebo. Images of languid afternoons sipping ice-cold lemonade in the sheltering s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Green Roofs
Green roof systems and roof gardens look great in an urban landscape, but they’re not just for cities anymore. They’r...
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The Benefits of a Jack and Jill Bathroom
Do you know what a Jack and Jill bathroom is? If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the 70’s, you may already kn...
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Free-Standing Tubs: Pros and Cons
To take the edge off the pressures of daily life, many Americans are cultivating ways to relax and de-stress in their...
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Pergolas: What’s Old Is New Again
[bobsays_inset]It is interesting how a chance comment can cause you to pay attention to a garden design feature you h...
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Delta Innovation: Then and Now
Recognize this faucet? Chances are you had—or still have one—in your home or apartment. Or perhaps you remember it fr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cool Windows
There are lots of ways to shade your windows from the sun, and if they seem a little old-fashioned, it’s because they...
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Vessel Sinks: 10 Works of Art
While they may have been inspired by the traditional dresser-top wash basin and pitcher, today's vessel sinks are nothing short of works of art.
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Bathroom Sinks That Rise Above the Rest
Unlike standard bathroom sinks, vessel designs sit above the counter surface. Reminiscent of historical bedroom washs...
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Top Tips for Adding Cabinets in the Bathroom
[bobsays_inset]Traditionally, bathroom cabinetry was limited to small medicine cabinets above the sink and sink vanit...
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The New Bronze Age for Fixtures
After so many years of classic chrome and nickel faucets dominating in kitchens and baths, bronze finishes are finall...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cool Roofs
When it comes to keeping your home cool this summer, your roof—not your air conditioning system—IS YOUR first line of...
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Window Boxes That Raise the Bar
Bring the garden to your windowsill and upgrade your home's curb appeal all at once with one of these stylish window boxes.
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Know Your Window Styles: 10 Popular Designs
There's more to windows than glazing. Learn about the different window types available today. Here you'll find information about the design, history, and practica...
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The New Apron-Front Sinks
[bobsays_inset]Apron-front sinks, once a great spot to scrub a deep pot, soak dirty dishes, or even wash the baby or ...
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10 "Dream Worthy" Swimming Pools
Swimming anyone? Here are ten of our top picks for "dream-worthy" pools.
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10 "Style Setting" Garden Sheds
Whether you are looking to house garden tools or create a workshop or studio, here are ten stylish sheds worthy of consideration.
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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Garden Room
Unlike the glass-enclosed garden rooms or conservatories in the UK—glazed interior spaces that provide visual access ...
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Encaustic Tile Makes a Comeback
While popular following their development in the mid-1800s, encaustic cement tiles fell out of favor in the mid 1930s...
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9 Designer Tips to Maximize Small Bathroom Design
Small baths can live large when designed with care. Choosing the right materials, fixtures, and fittings is key, as i...
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The Right Time and Place for Pocket Doors
One of the reasons we chose the house plan we built was because there was a “flex” room off the breakfast nook. We th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tublifts
You can renew your tub or shower area without the expense, effort, and environmental cost of junking your old tub. LI...
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Swimming with the Stars: 12 Celebrities' Cool Pools
Dream a little with these 12 extraordinary celebrity pools—each one more spectacular than the next.
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12 Birdhouses We Love
House hunting for your fine feathered friends? Here are some fun designs to make or buy.
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Jonathan Adler's New Kohler COLORS
Given Jonathan Adler’s all-consuming love of color (after all, the man did write a book called Happy Chic Colors), it...
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Top Tips for Reorganizing Your Kitchen
We recently painted our kitchen cabinets, which involved clearing every cabinet, drawer, and countertop. In addition ...
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Kitchen Layouts: 4 "Space Smart" Plans
Kitchen remodeling requires careful planning to be truly successful.  Before you start selecting cabinets, countertop...
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3 Designers Go Head-to-Head for a Good Cause
New York was buzzing last week with Design Week and ICFF taking place, but there were also a few other cool events ha...
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5 Great Backsplash Ideas
Prior to April, I was a "tile virgin. " But then I went to Coverings, the tile and stone industry trade show. With ov...
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Get Inspired! 17 Sensational Deck Designs
A deck can extend your entertaining space into the great outdoors of your yard. You may use it most to host friends and family, or if you’re lucky enough to have ...
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10 Laundry Rooms We Love
Most homeowners dread doing the laundry, but in these stylish, comfortable, and functional rooms, loathing might transform into love.
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The Hardscaping Trend: Upgrade Your Outdoor Areas
Home sales are still recovering, but business is brisk when it comes to homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces. La...
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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 ap...
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SPA-oritize Your Bath in 15 Steps
Here are 15 ways to create a spa bath at home, without the high cost or inconvenience of construction.
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SPA-oritize Your Home Bath
We all dream of having a luxurious bath (consider the one pictured above, by Abraham Teiger Architects, or the bath b...
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20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
If you are saddled with a small bathroom, consider one or more of these space-enhancing products.
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Options for Kitchen Cabinets
In-Stock and Semi-Stock Kitchen Cabinet OptionsReady-to-assemble open-frame and pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are ea...
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Subway Tiles: The New Classics
No longer plain white, today's subway tiles are showing their true colors and style sense.
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Garden Fountains: 10 Water Features to Beautify Any Yard
Adding a water feature to your patio, garden, or yard is easy, particularly if you consider one of the ten products shown here.
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Arbors: A Garden's Best Friend
Looking for a way to add instant character to your landscape or garden? Consider one of these beautiful arbors.
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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 wi...
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5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles
There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked under...
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Painted Cabinets: 14 Reasons to Transform Yours Now
Cabinet replacement can be expensive. Here are fourteen examples of how a coat of paint can do the trick—for less.
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The Backsplash: A Kitchen's Most Underutilized Real Estate
One of the areas that many of us consider absolutely last when remodeling the kitchen backsplash. After months of pon...
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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 t...
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5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry
Don't miss 11 Great Alternatives to Traditional Kitchen CabinetsThere are hundreds of companies who will gladly sell ...
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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 ...
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Add a Decorative Touch to Your Woodworking Shop
There's no reason why your woodworking shop can't be easy on the eyes, outside and in. The one pictured above was cre...
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Home Renovation: The Layout
There's a common philosophy behind most appealing and practical domestic interiors. Fundamental to that philosophy is...
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The Final Word: My "Green" Nursery Challenge
I had 8 weeks and $2,000 to transform our storage room into a green nursery. After sanding, painting, drilling, and o...
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How To: Create a Spa Bath at Home
Consider these 10 ways to add "spa style" to any bath—even yours.
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French Doors Everywhere
French doors have been around for centuries. Since the 17th century to be exact. The beauty of their design was certa...
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Making Drawings
Making professional working drawings takes training and practice. For many simple, around-the-home kinds of jobs, how...
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Thinking Through the Design
With a thorough understanding of your existing house, you are now equipped to think about changing it. It's time to d...
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My "Green" Nursery Challenge
In the third trimester of my pregnancy, I never ate pickles or missed sushi. Sure, my stomach honked the horn by itse...
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Art Glass for Beauty and Privacy
Glass is more than functional—it is architectural. It gives the illusion of more space, increases natural lighting, a...
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Shopping for Energy-Efficient Windows
Is your blood pressure rising on the same schedule as your month-to-month heating and cooling bills? Relax—you can st...
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Quick Tip: Pocket Door Solutions
Unlike left- and right-handed doors that can take up to 10 square feet of space, pocket doors slide into the wall, le...
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Quick Tip: Know Your Property
The Plot Plan As you go about your examination of the property, update your plot plan (or sketch one if none exists)....
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Remodeling Before Baby and Insulating the House
Bob talks with homeowners Nick and Maggie Beasley, who are remodeling, babyproofing, and insulating their home before the baby is born.
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Second-Floor Plans, Door Demolition, and Staircase Disassembly
Bob goes over plans for the second floor with architect Gregory Rochlin and then joins carpenter Bob Ryley for meticulous demolition and disassembly work.
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Architectural Plans, Demolition, and Door Discovery
Work gets started as Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin discuss first-floor plans, demolition begins, and a surprising discovery is made.
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Touring the Home Interior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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Installing a Decorative Inlaid Vinyl Floor and Reviewing the Workshop Layout
The generously sized workshop has a functional layout and a unique vinyl floor designed by architect Gregory Rochlin.
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Installing a Herringbone-Patterned Floor
Bob quickly reviews the completed work in the kitchen, and then oversees the installation of a herringbone-patterned floor in the den, which will essentially func...
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Beginning the Landscaping
Bob meets with landscape architects Rick and Nancy Lamb to assess the back yard. Arborist Charley Cummings trims some Hemlock trees.
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Planning Exterior and Interior Lighting, Storage Solutions, and Interior Decorating
A high-tech lighting control system is reviewed, as well as furniture, storage, and decorating choices in various rooms.
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Artist Community in DUMBO
Bob pays a visit to Jane Walentas, a member of the artistic community in DUMBO.
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Planning the Decor
Bob meets with Darren Brown and Jonathan Adler to discuss the interior design of the penthouse apartment, which Adler envisions being a casual space, enhanced by ...
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Touring the Jonathan Adler Soho Boutique
Jonathan Adler invites Bob into his Soho boutique, which features an eclectic collection of furniture and housewares. Many pieces from the store will be used in t...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Bedroom & Office
Bob tours the bedroom and office, rooms which have been designed by Jonathan Adler and Darren Brown, who explain their aesthetic choices.
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Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
DD Allen shows off her updated 600-square-foot retreat in downtown Miami. By removing interior dividing walls, Allen has converted her one-bedroom into a studio. ...
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Elm Court's Guest Suites
Bob tours the guest suites at the Elm Court mansion.
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New York Brownstone Development & Design
Bob introduces an 1890s Brownstone on New York City's Upper West Side.
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Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Feng Shui for the Home
Bob visits Emma and Jacob Josselyn in their Cape Cod-style home to see the new Vermont Castings Addison cast-iron electric stove that will warm the corner of thei...
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Facade Details and Windows and the Interior's Finished Cornice Molding, Flooring, and Fireplace
Bob is outside the Manhattan Brownstone to show off the refurbished facade of the building and then goes inside to show us the completed living room of the floor-...
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Discussing the Air Conditioning System & Breezeway Design
Bob talks with Mike Donaghey (from American Standard) to learn more about the barn's air conditioning system. Also, Bob and general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski...
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Installing the Kitchen Cabinets
Mark Van Sickle (from Merillat) installs the hardware on the cabinets destined for the kitchen in the Victorian restoration project house.
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Installing the Medicine Cabinet
In the master suite, general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski is finishing up installing the Robern medicine cabinets.
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Tour of the Home's Exterior, Lighting Design, and Completed Kitchen
Bob tours the exterior of the completed Victorian restoration project house, remarking on the color scheme, breezeway, and artist's studio. Inside the house, Bob ...
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Review of the Project Plans
Bob visits a Habitat community in Phoenix, Arizona, then heads back to New York, where he meets Jim Kilorian, President of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester Cou...
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Corian Kitchen Countertop Installation and Energy Star Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley meets Steve Wilkinson in the kitchen to install the Corian countertops, and Bob talks with Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Energy La...
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Building a Rumford Fireplace
Masons are building the Rumford fireplace, as Bob talks over the herringbone construction process being used.
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Reviewing the Home's Framing
Bob reviews the frame of the home and the interior layout.
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Reviewing the Interior Design Upstairs
Bob tours the finished upstairs, paying special attention to the interior design of the various rooms.
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Tour of the Mansion's Ballroom and Living Quarters
Bob and Roxane Gilmore tour the ballroom and the living quarters. Roxane details the plan to restore, and improve on, the upstairs floor plan and some of the hous...
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Touring the Remodeled Kitchen
Executive Chef Mark Herndon shows Bob around the newly remodeled basement kitchen of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Loft Conversion Plans
The developers, Neal and Ron Gold, review how they've begun converting this old fur storage building into a residential loft complex.
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Converting an Industrial Building to Housing and Office Space
Bob tours the home and office of world-renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
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Modeling the Loft Project
The architect and interior designer of the loft conversion project have modeled some intriguing ideas for Bob.
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Progress Report on the Loft Common Areas
Developer Neal Gold gives Bob a progress report on the work underway in the common areas of the building.
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Review of Neighboring Loft's Layout
Bob peeks into another loft conversion, one that's just been plastered, to see how other loft residents are using all of their space.
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Installing the Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob observes Bob Watts weld together the stainless steel kitchen countertops on-site.
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Lighting Design Discussed
Bob exhibits a complete proper lighting plan of the loft project and looks on as a suspended track lighting system is suspended in the bedroom. Also, lighting des...
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Discussing Different Types of Light
Bob meets with lighting designer Markus Earley, who explains the differences between various types of lights. Then, Bob also meets with Tony Zwain, who explains h...
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Reviewing the Lighting Plan
Bob goes over the lighting plan with designer Markus Earley, then meets with electrician Tony Zwain to learn how electricity is distributed throughout the building.
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Tour of the Building in Boston's Leather District
Bob tours the restored façade, and the updated common areas, of the building.
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Home Construction Project Plans
Bob meets with Arnold Johnson and George Chin (from Crosswinds Enterprises) to find out about the type of construction that will be implemented in building the ac...
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Reviewing the Blueprints
Bob joins the contractors from Crosswinds Enterprises. With framing for the accessible home nearly complete, Bob gets a sense of the layout and looks over the blu...
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Electrical Wiring in the Accessible Home
Bob joins a three-man team from Cliff Electric, the firm performing all the 'rough-in' wiring.
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Making the Home Handicapped Accessible
Bob tours the Roxbury project with its architect, Fernando Domenech, who explains the difference between adaptability and accessibility, when it comes to designi...
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Building a Handicapped Access Ramp
Carpenter Bob Ryley builds a handicapped access ramp for the accessible home in the Roxbury development.
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Installing Recessed Lighting
Ed House (from Cliff Electrical Contractors) is installing recessed lighting.
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Tour of the Lightolier Manufacturing Plant
Bob visits the Lightolier manufacturing plant, which covers 6 acres, and receives a tour from the director of design, Bob Wetikin.
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are insta...
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Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
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Tour of the Home's Interior
In Kendall, a suburb of Miami, Bob meets Teresa Lopez, the owner of a cramped 25-year old tract house in need of more living space.
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Review of the Project Plan
Bob meets Arquitectonica's Laurinda Spear, an architect who has come up with some eye-catching and very tropical ideas for the project.
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Tour of Yuca Restaurant
Bob tours the heavy-duty, no-nonsense kitchen of Yuca, a Cuban-American restaurant in Miami.
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Creating a Tropical Sinkhole Garden
Bob meets with landscape architect Juan Capote to discuss planting a feature garden.
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Custom-Made Kitchen Cabinets
Bob confers with cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux. He is installing the kitchen cabinets that were custom-built in his shop to match a vintage cabinet found by the home...
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Installing Light Panels
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton demonstrate how to install light panels on the ceiling in the attic.
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Touring a Japanese Garden
Bob tours the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to get some ideas for the Zen garden the homeowners will be installing in the side y...
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Discussing the Zen Garden Design
Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tile...
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Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
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Discussing the Design
Bob is on site to discuss the design of the completed addition with the project architects.
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Master Bedroom Interior Design
Bob takes a look at the master bedroom and talks with the interior designer. The two discuss the window treatments, new bedroom furniture, his and her closets, an...
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House Redecorating
Bob walks through the family room with the homeowners and the interior designer. In addition to decor, the group discusses the final budget.
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Built-in-Place Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to discuss the built-in-place kitchen cabinets. Richard explains the floor plan and appliance placement.
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Interior Decorating the Federal-Style Home
Finishes are completed on the 1800s Federal-style home in Charleston, SC, and the interior design is underway as the owners finally move back in from the carriage...
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Plans for the Greenhouse
Bob, the architect, and the homeowner discuss plans for the new greenhouse. The exact position of the greenhouse in relation to the existing house is chosen so as...
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Plant Shopping With Martha Stewart
When shopping for plants at Haskell's Nursery, the homeowner gets some professional help from Martha Stewart, who transforms the greenhouse into an elegant settin...
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Discussing the Greenhouse
Bob, Martha and the homeowner, Diana, discuss the greenhouse and the decor before Bob reveals a special suprise.
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Skylight Installation
Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates th...
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Do-It-Yourself Modular Home Construction System
Bob tours a home that was designed to affordable, flexible, and easy to build with a do-it-yourself, low-cost construction system.
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The Architects Present Plans
The architects present their plans for transforming the run-down Malibu beach house into a showcase home of California-Spanish architecture.
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The Unusual Home of TV Star Max Gail
Bob visits the unusual home of TV star Max Gail in hopes of gathering design ideas.
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Distressing Wood Beams
Juan Santos shows Bob how to distress the new Douglas Fir ceiling beams so they look like they're hundreds of years old. By using standard construction tools in a...
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Designing the Kitchen
Contractor Tom Drobitsch explains the kitchen layout before installing an innovative custom cabinet system.
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Tour of the Media Room, Kitchen, and Living Room
Bob and interior designer Robyn Peterson tour the finished, furnished California-Spanish beach house in Malibu. The media room has an Old West theme. The kitchen ...
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Malibu Master Bedroom Tour
Bob and interior decorator Robyn Peterson tour the master bedroom and bath. The 'antiqued' wood carpentry adds warmth to the bedroom, as does the use of unbleache...
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Butcher Block Countertop and Crackle Painting
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a butcher block countertop in the kitchen, and decorator Robyn Peterson shows Bob how to create a "crackle" finish.
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Interior Design Finishing Touches
The interior design finishing touches have come together to create an original, romantic, and functional effect, all within a relatively small space.
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Reviewing the Dream Garage Project Plans
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the architectural plans. Features such as loft storage are discussed, in addition to the project's post-and-beam construction.
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Discussing the Framing and Selecting a Garage Door
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the building plans and the progress made on the post-and-beam garage. Framing continues, and Bob discusses the various joints ...
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Installing Tin Ceiling Sheaths
Contractor Bob Ryles demonstrates how to install tin ceiling sheaths, a Victorian touch for the Martha's Vineyard project house.
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Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
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Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plat...
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Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping
Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painte...
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Touring the Designed Interior
Bob tours the furnished, decorated Martha's Vineyard Victorian project house. The designer has sourced pieces from antique stores, salvage yards, second hand stor...
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Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
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Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier...
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Touring Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach
Bob tours the Art Deco section of Miami Beach. His guide points out many notable sites, including the Bow Hotel, believed to be the oldest building in Miami Beach...
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Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures wi...
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European Kitchen Cabinet Showroom
Bob visits the Boston Design Center, where he learns about European kitchen design. Europeans view kitchen cabinets as furniture. Lower cabinets are usually movab...
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Recessed Lighting Installation
Bob lays out the lighting design for the kitchen. Electrician Steven Bradley shows Bob how to install a high-hat light fixture, from the mounting to the wiring to...
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Window Blind Installation
Bob takes a tour of the Wayland project house as finishing touches are being put on, including honeycomb window blinds.
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 2
Bob takes a final tour through the nursery, office, kitchen, and family room.
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Remodeling on the Computer
The architect begins the design for the remodel using Autocad software. Computers make changing the architects' initial plans fast, easy, and precise.
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Installing the One-Piece Vanity
Bob helps carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley install a new one-piece acrylic vanity.
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Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
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Colonial Kitchen Tour in Nantucket
In search of design ideas, Bob tours a charming Colonial kitchen in a house on Nantucket Island.
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Touring the John Quincy Adams House
For inspiration, Bob tours the John Quincy Adams House in Quincy, MA.
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Neighboring Cracker Cottage Tour
Hoping to find inspiring remodeling ideas, Bob tours a recently revamped cracker cottage nearby.
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Designs and Pouring the Foundation
Bob meets with the architect to go over plans for the Cape-style house, before heading to the site to observe the pouring of the foundation.
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Discussing the Kitchen Layout
Bob discusses the kitchen layout with designer Amy O'Haire, then visits her showroom, Classic Kitchen Designs.
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Touring the Decorated Interior
Bob tours the gorgeous interior of the completed Cape Cod project house with decorator Ann Hill.
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Pella Window Factory Tour
Bob visits the Pella Window Factory in Pella, IO to see how they reproduce the special circle-head window in the basement to create a custom piece.
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Tiling the Bathroom Floor
Tile setter Roger Short performs a “mud job” on the bathroom floor before laying the tile pattern.
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Finishing the Basement Family Room
The circle-head window, and its accompanying window seat, are now finished in the family room basement.
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Touring the Finished Exterior and Basement
Bob tours the finished exterior with general contractor Ron Gan before going inside to see Christine Smyth’s spectacular decorating job.
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Touring the Finished Interior
General contractor Ron Gan installs folding closet doors. Then, Bob and the decorator, Christine Smyth, tour the rest of the finished first floor.
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Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
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Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio
Bob tours the Oak Park, IL studio of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Bob goes on to visit several nearby houses designed by Wright at the turn of the century.
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Tour of Hill Arboretum
Bob tours Hill Arboretum, an apartment project designed for the physically challenged. Each unit is equipped with wheelchair-bound tenants in mind. Project develo...
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Kitchen Cabinets Installed
Custom-built base cabinets and laminate countertops are installed in the kitchen of the coach house.
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Adding Detail to the Kitchen
Bob installs some interesting finishing touches in the coach house kitchen. For instance, a pony wall is dressed up with a shadow effect and a routed oak cap.
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Interior Tour
Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
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Touring the Interior of the Container-Built Home
General contractor Buba Barrow joins Bob for a tour of the finish work and interior layout, starting on the tiled front porch, moving through the open-plan family...
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Touring the Remodeled Interior
Bob and general contractor Tim Berky look back on the numerous aspects of the finished job. Then Bob tours the remodeled mudroom and bath, plus the new open kitch...
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Redesigned Dining Room Tour
Bob and the homeowners look at the newly redesigned dining room. Kara Roberts from Smith & Noble joins to review the selections made for window coverings, and Bob...
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Selecting Light Fixtures
AJ Paron-Wildes (from Bellacor.com) joins Bob to talk about selecting lighting fixtures. Depending on the room or activity, different fixtures are recommended.
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Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the im...
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Completing the Trim on the Oriel Window
General contractor Tim Berky is completing trim on the oriel window that faces onto the deck. He begins by covering the underboard with MDO (medium density overla...
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Matching Original Victorian Frieze Board
General contractor Tim Berky is creating a new frieze board to match the existing board and molding on the 1890 Queen Anne Victorian project house.
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