10 Things to Know Before Building a Deck

Select Your Decking Materials Wood, either treated or naturally weather- and insect-resistant, is what is traditionally thought of for deck materials. However, composite decking is making inroads into deck building. The initial cost is higher, but over time you can actually save money when compared to cleaning, refinishing and ultimately replacing wood deck boards. Some…

DIY Budget-Friendly Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Mascot Greet trick-or-treaters with a scarecrow mascot. Give it a personality to match your style: scary or friendly, male or female, casual or formal. Use lumber to create the body: a 2×4 for the main post, a 1×4 for the shoulders and four more 1x4s for the arms. Use wood glue and fasteners to secure…

Storm Damage Inspections: a 5-Step Home Checklist

Every year, nor’easters, hurricanes and other major weather events do plenty of damage to the nation’s homes. Wind and rain can flood basements, wash out foundations and rip shingles from roofs. If you have had a storm like this pass through your area, it’s wise to have a storm damage inspection to check your home for needed repairs. Obvious storm damage,…

Unforgettable Kitchens

Every now and then you see a kitchen that makes your heart beat a little faster. Surprisingly, what makes these spaces so memorable is often a single calculated design element — in an otherwise well-designed space, of course. Here are 15 details pulled from our Kitchen of the Week series that make each kitchen hard…

This 63-Foot Laundry Room Is Your New Dream

“After” photos by Tessa Neustadt Laundry Room at a Glance Who lives here: A family of four with a dog and cat Location: Pasadena, California Size: 63 square feet (5.9 square meters) Designer: Stefani Stein Before: The laundry room lacked many functions the family wanted. After living in the home for many years they decided it was time to remodel this…

10 Design Ideas For The Week

David Heide Design Studio 1. Chimney-shaped backsplash. There’s no rule that says your backsplash has to conform to straight lines. Here, Coast Green granite forms a unique chimney-shaped backsplash that, teamed with V-groove wall paneling, a beadboard-paneled ceiling and black iron hardware, creates a charming classic cottage look. See more of this home Alexandra Crafton…