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Hardwood Flooring on Concrete? Not as Hard as You Think!

Hardwood on concrete used to be impossible. However, innovations in new types of flooring mean you can now install gorgeous hardwood floors on above-grade concrete! If you’re considering installing your own hardwood, keep in mind learning how to lay hardwood floors is not a simple project. The trick is to choose a flooring made for the situation, and a trip ... Read More »

How to Make Chalk Paint

Chalk paint, not to be confused with chalkboard paint, has become a popular force in the world of do-it-yourselfers for its extreme versatility. Used for a variety of projects from refinishing furniture to creating beautiful eggs for Easter time, chalk paint provides the home improvement enthusiast with an avenue for creating truly unique spaces and décor. Able to match any ... Read More »

11 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

ROI of remodeling

A few weeks ago we published a post about how to build a conservatory yourself. Turns out, adding a conservatory to your home can add up to 108% ROI. While the numbers are in Euros, below is an infographic by Meadow Hill Conservatories that outlines the top 11 ways to add value to your home. Read More »

How to Pick the Perfect Flooring For Your Home

kitchen flooring ideas

Choosing the right flooring for your home is a complex process, as numerous factors must be considered. It’s rare to want the same flooring in every room of your home, since what works in one room won’t necessarily do well in another. Rather than feeling overwhelmed at the thought of “flooring” your entire house, check out a few rock star ... Read More »

Yard Club: Construction Industry Meets the Future

yard club caterpillar

It’s been awhile since I posted about construction and since this news is both applicable to DIYers and my fellow construction workers I thought it would make the perfect post! The construction business has always been one of boom and bust. Everyone from independent contractors to multi-national heavy-equipment distributors know the perils of being in a business that waxes and ... Read More »

How to Make Delicious and Easy Fruit Pizza

dessert pizza

Everyone has their own way of marking the true beginning of summer. Some go by the official calendar date. Maybe you mark it from the first dip in the pool or the first 80-degree day. Me? I know summer is really here when I can relax on the porch with a good group of friends, a rousing game of Settlers ... Read More »

How to Build a Conservatory Yourself

This is a guest post written by Izzy Evans, home decor enthusiast and blogger over at For many people building your own conservatory might seem like a mammoth undertaking. It’s easy to feel that you will be out of your depth, with so many things to consider and get right but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Although ... Read More »

6 Steps to Detoxing Your Life and Your Home

Today, we have a special guest whom we asked to come write about detoxing your home. Marla Gates is the owner of Marla has dealt with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) for over 20 years. She has gained much knowledge on natural healing and living green in all aspects of life. Her goal and passion is to help educate others about alternatives solutions ... Read More »

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Beautiful Open Shelving

open kitchen shelving finished project

Do you hate the way your kitchen looks? Do you feel it needs a makeover? Most people don’t realize that the cabinetry – the cornerstone of any kitchen – can be replaced or repurposed pretty easily. It does require some time, effort and patience, of course, but it’s a project that you can certainly do yourself. If you would like ... Read More »

House of Clicks: The Future of Architecture?

House of Clicks diagram

Have you ever wondered what the perfect house would look like? Well, thanks to two Swedish architects – Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård – you may now have a visual. These men joined forces with popular Swedish property portal Hemnet to collect and analyze data from over two million Swedish individuals. After compiling the mountain of information, they built Sweden’s ... Read More »

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