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3 Reasons to give spray foam insulation a try

As one of those people who are resistant to change and think most new technology will probably end up as a passing fad, I'm always a bit dubious when a new building material happens along. Needless to say, I was less than enthusiastic a few years back when a private home inspector, for whom I was doing a remodeling project, wanted to use spray foam insulation in his home's exterior walls rather than good old-fashioned fiberglass batts. [...]

An easy summer deck tune-up project

Mid-summer is a great time for enjoying your deck, patio and pool. It's also the best time of year for tending to outdoor improvements and routine maintenance. Juggling your time [...]

Is It Green, or Is It Sustainable?

These days, you'll find the words "green" and "sustainable" tossed around like chocolate chips in articles and blogs about home improvement, construction and energy efficiency. The words are not interchangeable [...]

Insulated vinyl siding and energy efficiency

Once the butt of comedian's jokes, vinyl siding has been improved by leaps and bounds and today has captured a large share of the American market. Its relative ease of [...]

Building a Home Improvement Workshop

Where do work on your home improvement projects and store your tools? Many homeowners just toss all their tools in plastic paint buckets and shove them in the garage. You [...]

New apps for home improvement DIYers and contractors

Smartphone applications for contractors or home remodeling buffs have one incredible advantage over other tools: they don't require room in your tool bag! I scoured the blogosphere for some apps [...]

Going green with alternative building materials

Building materials found in nature are not just for flings with green or sustainable trends. In reality, materials made from woods, plant matter and clay have been used successfully for [...]

Is this the end of the home office?

More and more Americans are enjoying the benefits of telecommuting. The Telework Research Network estimates that as many as 30 million people work from home at least part of the [...]

Remodeling without tools: Kitchen and bath organizers

Let's say you can't tolerate the clutter and confines of your bath and kitchen. Money is tight and lenders are tighter. Perhaps this is not the year for your kitchen [...]