As the year draws to a close we've taken a close look at projects showcased on Porch and have come across several trends that we'd like to see more of in 2015.
Unable to afford a new house, unless we moved to a double-wide in Palmdale or Mojave, my wife and I were left with no other option but to blow out our modest California ranch house and add a second story.
Given the choice between updating a 1990s-style clean, working, functional kitchen or enhancing your own appearance to give off your best energy -- I would always recommend upgrading you first.
Your home is temporary and there are restrictions on how much you can change it...until now! With these 13 genius renter upgrade ideas, you too, fellow renter, can totally remake your space, without breaking the bank or your walls!
Do you suffer from sticker shock when you see your monthly electric bill? No matter what your financial situation looks like, paying bills is about as much fun as a root canal.
"Mom, isn't that the most awesome color you've ever seen?! It looks like frog spit and it would be PERFECT for your office! Plus it would cover up that lilac you're so sick of, wouldn't it?"
I can't imagine the mayhem in our lives if those mega-hardware stores like Lowe's and Home Depot had been around. He could have just gotten into all sorts of trouble. Heaven help us.
Six in the morning on a Monday -- your alarm goes off. After rolling over and pressing snooze more times than you'd like to admit, you spring out of bed and run to your messy bathroom, knowing you have less than 20 minutes to get ready...
Strategically place window boxes on different sides of the house to grow sun-tolerant and shade-tolerant plants. Window planters are ideal for herb gardens. Consider using a kitchen window if possible, so you can grab a bunch of cilantro, basil or rosemary while cooking.
There aren't enough hours in the day to do all the home improvements you've been wanting to get to. The dream of an up-to-date and fashionable home is not for the busy 9-5er. But now you can get your dream home one weekend at a time, with these amazing home upgrades.
Bad neighbors are a nightmare! In fact, they're such a nightmare, that neighbors often get a bad rap. But there are definitely good neighbors out there, and if you're lucky, you could end up with the very best kind of neighbor there is -- a DIYer.
Many times these change orders are agreed to verbally and off the cuff, frequently resulting in litigation. Change orders should be agreed upon by following a predetermined procedure that is called for in the construction contract.
When it comes to creating outdoor useable space, there are so many different options out there, but for a majority of homeowners, it always comes down deciding between either a deck or a patio.
Welcome home to the new world. The Boomers are now retiring at the alarming rate of 10,000 a day for the next 17 years. They are leaving their second places and coming home, and the true impact of this reverse commute is only now beginning to materialize.
As I was reading Not Your Mother's Book on Home Improvement, a new collection of light-hearted essays by (primarily) middle-aged female do-it-yourselfers, it became abundantly clear to me that, unlike the women who tell their stories here, I am not a do-it-yourselfer. How about you?
And now it's time to tackle the first task: paint!