DIY Castle Building 101

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Castle Building 101

What would impel a guy to DIY a castle? Oh, I don't know, maybe being inspired by a beautiful stone in the road, gratitude for divine intervention, or maybe fifteen years of prison for not converting from catholic to protestent. Or, maybe you just start mixing up cement and goat's milk and start slapping together old car parts, telephone poles and rail tracks. Next thing you know, you've got yourself a castle. Read more...

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How To Build A Cornhole Game

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build A Cornhole Game

Image: IndyCornholeGame

If you live around these parts and you've been to a tailgate, a picnic, an outdoor company party, a family reunion, or just about any outdoor party, you've undoubtedly seen, or played a game of Cornhole. I have to admit that I steered clear of it for the longest time, but my competitive nature eventually took over. The deal is that if you own the game, people are always calling to see if they can borrow it for their own backyard shindig. Here's how to build your own:

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Put Her in a Pumpkin Shell

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Put Her in a Pumpkin Shell

Didn't anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than once.

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Modern Furniture Plans.

by Chris Gardner

Modern Furniture Plans.

A new blog's a-brewing...Modern Furniture Plans. So states their "About" page: "This blog is devoted to finding modern furniture plans. The key is to find designs that appeal, that are easy to build, that don’t break the bank, and that are more unique than anything you can find in any store." So far, there's just a few entries, but its one to throw in ye ole feed reader for when the time is right.

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Top 15 Eco-Friendly Building Trends

by DIY Maven

Top 15 Eco-Friendly Building Trends

This month’s installment of REALTOR® Magazine Online includes the top fifteen green home building trends. In no particular order, they are:

Copper Roofs. Copper roofs and their alloys can last 100+ years and are recyclable.

Timber Framing. Timber framing, which generally includes the use of SIPS (superior insulating panels), uses less lumber and generates less waste.

Low-E Windows. Low-emittance windows block UV rays from entering a house, which...

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What’s your ‘it’ room?

by DIY Maven

What’s your ‘it’ room?

The May issue of REALTOR Magazine, includes a trend report about the ‘it’ room. The ‘it’ room is the next big thing in residential construction and it’s based on builders’ best guesses. Popular and profitable forecasts of the past included master suites outfitted with equally impressive master bathrooms and media rooms. On the horizon some builders are betting that those media room will move from basements to the main floor. Other guesses include...

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How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Final Flipping Notes

by DIY Maven

Before we get to the happy ending, we should really discuss how to stay out of jail while undertaking a flip.

Notes on Owner-Occupied versus Non-Owner-Occupied

If you buy a house, move into it and remodel it, you can do all the work yourself–including all the electrical and plumbing. However, if you buy the house on spec, meaning you speculate on its resale, and do not occupy it, as we did with our flipper, you must comply to state codes. This is...

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