My favorite workouts involve hauling dirt and crossties, building a raised-bed garden, carrying lumber, digging holes and hammering nails for a deck and a pergola.
Many home improvement and maintenance jobs are easy DIY projects; others, not so much. So which improvements can you handle yourself and which should you assign to a professional?
There are lots of things adult children of seniors can do to make their parents' homes safer and more accessible, regardless of how much -- or how little -- the family can afford to spend.
Let's assume Washington isn't passing sweeping climate change legislation in the near future. What should or could we do to alter the emissions of greenhouse gases? We can make big impacts by using energy efficient technologies and buying renewable energy.
While you can't get time spent on home improvements back, you can often get some of your dollars returned either at tax time or when you sell, provided that you track of all of your costs as you own and work on your home.
When approached by a possible suitor, be sure to lure them over to the gardening section, as making initial contact around the nails, caulk and nipples is a bit too forward these days -- and the puns are entirely too obvious. You're screwed.
The most important thing to remember is that no trip to Home Depot (or similar home improvement store that will make you feel like you need all new handles for your cabinets) is official until you loudly proclaim either, "I just want a good stud finder!" or "Where my hose at?"
School days are winding down and we are slowly transitioning our mindset into vacation and summer mode. Stores will also be transitioning with some sales you should be sure to take advantage of -- here's my list of items to buy this month.
So, how do you take that fixer-upper back to its former glory? Start with style; decide what style suits you best, then plan accordingly. Here's a quick description of some of the most popular home styles in the U.S. today.
Tim Allen is not having a midlife crisis. He's been too busy to deal with such a thing. He seems free and clear of doing anything irrational to make himself feel young and invincible.
Remodeling a home's bathroom can give you a lot of bang for your buck. And, according to real estate experts, you can recoup up to 80 percent of these...
Make sure you remember the seven Ps when you get started.
Save yourself a lot of time and money.
I wonder why there's no reality show about living in a house undergoing repair? The scenario's got everything: endurance, drama, living by your wits, sleep deprivation, fight scenes, transformation, the ruthless culling of the weak, and ultimately, hopefully, a happy ending.
In July 2011 my husband and I hired a general contractor and an interior designer to renovate our summer home in East Hampton, New York. Our plan was to get rid of all of our furniture and fixtures and completely redecorate every room from floors to windows to walls. We would also gut the outdated kitchen and bathrooms. After several weeks of discussing our design plans we handed the key to the contractor and left for our home in San Francisco. Nine months, 1000 emails and 50 phone calls later, we came back to our beautiful home which had undergone a major transformation.
Whether launching a new product at work or building the kitchen of your dreams, having the right people on your team to help you plan and execute is vital to success.