B&A: A Scary 120-Year-Old Bathroom Gets a Fresh Yet Timeless Transformation
Bye, green carpet and rusted clawfoot tub.
Feb 4, 2023
One Surprising Thing I Splurged on in My Last Home Reno — and I Don't Regret It
I spent an extra couple hundred dollars, but the impact was huge.
Jan 24, 2023
Questions We All Have: Why Is Framing So Expensive?
No, but really...why?
Nov 18, 2022
6 of the Most Important Tips I've Learned from Renovating 3 Kitchens in 5 Years
Take it from this serial kitchen renovator.
Nov 7, 2022
What No One Tells You About All Those Beautiful Cement Tiles
This might give you pause.
Oct 22, 2022
Here's a Brilliant Chic-but-Cheap (Under-$100!) Backsplash Hack
You've probably never seen this popular DIY material used as a backsplash before, but it totally works.
Oct 21, 2022
7 Kitchen Decorating Trends Designers Can't Wait to Leave Behind in 2022
Say bye bye to these features (or keep them, if you march to the beat of your own drum).
Oct 18, 2022
Don’t Skip Out on These Photos During Your Next Home Reno
Home Projects
Taking before-and-after images helped a renovator stay grounded.
Oct 18, 2022
3 Aging in Place Renovations to Do in Order of Importance, According to the Pros
Rarely can you take on a renovation that addresses everything all at once.
Sep 20, 2022
Why Paint Color Matching Doesn’t Always Work
Here's what you didn't know.
Sep 15, 2022
What Nobody Tells You About Trendy Sliding Barn Doors
Read up before you install one of these.
Sep 14, 2022
What No One Thinks to Ask About Those Cute Backyard Sheds
Here's what you need to know, before you start building.
Sep 13, 2022
A Magnet Damaged My $2,000 Fridge
A cautionary tale.
Sep 8, 2022
I’ve Renovated Nearly a Dozen Kitchens and I Always Add This $10 Organizer
It's what every functional kitchen needs.
Apr 27, 2022
This Couple Decided to Put Their Washer and Dryer in the Kitchen — And It Works Perfectly
This renovation was no small undertaking, but the results are functional and beautiful.
Mar 30, 2022
You Should Pour Vinegar into Your Washing Machine — Here’s Why
Is there anything you can't handle with vinegar?
Aug 12, 2021
What Do You Do if Your Home's "Before" Is Someone Else's "After"?
Seeing big transformations is fun, but what do we owe the people whose homes we're renovating?
Apr 9, 2021
Smart Uses for Paper Towel Tubes and 11 Other Common Household Items
That tub of Crisco will save the day TWO different ways!
Apr 4, 2021
The Clever Reddit Tip for Getting a Le Creuset Dutch Oven Looking Good as New
Here's what we could find out about the hack.
Mar 5, 2021
How to Become Handy
Want to become a person who can fix it all? Here's how to start.
Jan 26, 2021
Why You Should Always Let Friends See the “Before” Version of Your Home
There’s just no way to truly appreciate the transformation for anyone who didn’t witness where you started, firsthand.
Jan 15, 2021
I’ve Renovated 4 Houses—Here Are the 5 Things I’ll Never DIY Again
They're dangerous, difficult, and expensive to do on my own—so I'll hire out every time.
Dec 14, 2020
6 Things I Learned from Buying a Fixer Upper with a Friend
I have to give my reasons for wanting certain finishes or fixes, and they can’t just be “because I like it that way.”
Nov 19, 2020
3 Appliances You Should Upgrade to Increase Your Home's Resale Value
If it’s exciting for you as a homeowner, it could also be just the thing to spark the interest of a potential buyer in the future.
Aug 9, 2020
7 Things You Should Know Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re looking for a relatively painless, low-cost way to update your kitchen, and have ever been on the internet, you know that painting your cabinets is the way to go. Honestly, I can’t think of better dollar-to-dramatic improvement ratio on any other project. And the news gets better: It’s way easier now than it was the olden days, before the miracle of chalk paint.
Jul 17, 2020
Here Are Your Best Bets for Cheap Bathroom Vanities
File this under "Why are these so expensive!?"
Jul 17, 2020
How to Know If You Have Hard Water (and What That Even Means)
As long as the tap turns on, you don’t really think about your water. But you may have a problem that shows up in other ways, and hard water is one you should definitely pay attention to.
Jul 17, 2020
Here Are Your Best Bets for Finding Cheap Kitchen Countertops
So it’s time to stop telling yourself you’re okay with your old countertops, that they’re fiiiiiine, there’s nothing wrong with them, really. Because, truth be told, you just can’t stand to look at them one more minute. Maybe you tried an interim measure, a quick budget fix, but that reached its expiration point. The time has come and you couldn’t be more excited. But, before you get too giddy, there’s some bad news.
Jul 16, 2020
3 Builder-Grade Things That Aren’t Worth Paying to Update After Buying a House
How do you know what’s worth it to update? A couple of experts are here to help.
Jul 12, 2020
Why You Should Start Squirting a Little Bit of Dish Soap Down the Drain
Do it at least once a week!
Jun 22, 2020
Selling a House During a Pandemic Is Weird—But Here's What I've Learned
And what you should try if you're in the same boat.
May 1, 2020
I Used a HELOC for My Fixer-Upper and It Was Great—for a Little While
Here's home equity lines of credit work.
Mar 25, 2020
Here’s What You Need to Know About Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus
You can still buy produce and, no, we are NOT going to run out of food.
Mar 21, 2020
The Best Money-Saving Advice I Got From My Contractor Father
Save yourself some time and money with this one tip.
Mar 4, 2020
Why This 1970s Newsletter Should Be on Every Homeowner's Bookshelf
It's been a go-to resource for me.
Feb 11, 2020
We Have a Costco Membership for Our Family of 2—Here’s Why It’s Worth It
I wondered what on earth we'd actually do with a gallon of mayo, but now we're the ones out preaching the gospel of Costco to our own friends and family!
Feb 5, 2020
This $10 Amazon Buy Is a Cheap Way to Safely Change Your Locks
Rest easy in your new home.
Feb 3, 2020
There’s a Wrong Way to Refinish Floors and Then There’s This Way
I learned this one the hard way.
Feb 3, 2020
Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets Is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows
Consider these drawbacks.
Dec 30, 2019
A Sprawling 132-Year-Old Renovated Victorian Is Filled With All Our Favorite Details (And 8 Fireplaces)
This 132-year-old Victorian house is brimming with amazing details like eight fireplaces, 11-foot ceilings, inlaid floors, a six-foot clawfoot tub, a brass lion's head door knocker and more.
Dec 19, 2019
15 Major Money-Saving Ways to Cut Remodeling Costs
How I got what I wanted, for a whole lot less.
Dec 12, 2019
The Coffee Maker I Became Obsessed with After Spending 25 Days in French Airbnbs
It's like a little taste of France in every sip.
Dec 7, 2019
The Almost-Free Gift I Made for Everyone When We Were Broke
I discovered a couple of years ago that having zero cash to spare can actually simplify things during the holidays.
Dec 2, 2019
I've Reached the Limit of Renovations Making Financial Sense—But I Can't Stop
I know perfectly well that there's a point when enough is enough and a home becomes functionally obsolete... but I just can't help myself.
Oct 24, 2019
I'll Never Buy a House Built After 1949—Here's the One Reason Why
It all comes down to the doors.
Oct 5, 2019
This Architect Has a Warning: Embrace the "Missing Middle" Or Get Priced Out
Why should you have to choose between a single-family or multi-family home?
Sep 27, 2019
This Financial Planner Swears by the “90/10 Rule” to Help You Improve Your Relationship With Money
"I've made the shift and helped others make that shift and when you do it's like you're on the autobahn.”
Sep 3, 2019
Why You Should Never Add Essential Oils to Latex Paint
File the tip under “just because you see it on Pinterest doesn't mean it's a good idea.”
Aug 16, 2019