Kitchen Make Up

by DIY Maven

Kitchen Make Up

This alley kitchen was and still is all of 75 square feet. When it was time for remodeling, the homeowners decided to expand up not out. They raised the ceiling and built cabinets 'sky high for extra storage'. The expansive feel was obtained by painting the simple Shaker cabinets white, opting for a

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America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

by DIY Maven

America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

(Image credit: Matt Grocoff)

Matt and Kelly accomplished their mission: To make their historic Ann Arbor home net zero. What does that mean? Well, besides it meaning they own the oldest net zero residence in the U.S., it ALSO means they'll never have another utility bill ever again.

created at: 11/22/2010
 

(The Gauss House circa 1913. Image credit: Matt Grocoff.)

Located in the Ann Arbor Historic District, the 110 year old 'All-American folk-Victorian' has been...

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Whole House Transformation

by DIY Maven

Front of House

This before and after could give This Old House a run for its money. Amanda and Ben are the owners and DIY team behind the 1960's rambler redo. They tackled their project "one ugly room at a time". Take a peak inside and TRY not to be impressed. I dare you.

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Before & After: Scandinavian Modern Kitchen Makeover

by Capree K

Before & After: Scandinavian Modern Kitchen Makeover

First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after!  It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired.  If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation.  And you know what?  It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone.  If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen renovation!  

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16 Whole-House Remodels

by DIY Maven

whole house remodels

TOH recently asked their readers to submit their remodeling projects for their 3rd annual Readers Remodel Contest. Out of the 1,300 responses, the TOH editors and their readers culled the wheat from the chaff and presented the top 16 remodels. As you can imagine, some aren't even

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Remarkable St. Louis Restoration

by DIY Maven

Remarkable St. Louis Restoration

Fellow Curblier Ben gave me a heads up of his 'little' makeover project: a once uninhabitable property in St. Louis. Thanks to Ben and Heidi's incredible vision and hard work, the old brick girl has been reborn into a majestic stunner. Here's just a few before and after pics, but I'd encourage a visit to the couple's website that documents the remarkable transformation. The website, btw, is entitled 3 Walls. Can you guess why?

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Unbelievable Cabin Makeover

by DIY Maven

Call of the wild

You know those real estate ads that says 'Needs a lot of work'? This ramshackle cabin in Tee Harbor, Alaska included such a description in its ad--although it was probably an understatement. Unoccupied for six years, the home was abandoned by its previous owners who left behind bags of moldy clothes and furniture scattered in the yard. The home's basement walls were rotted and its porch had collapsed. But none of that

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Curb Appeal Makeovers

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Curb Appeal Makeovers

Your house should put forth a tasteful first impression, both for your enjoyment, as well as what a prospective buyer sees. Whether it's the front door, the front step, the front yard or the overall front of the house, we can become blind to its' faults, and that may necessitate an objective opinion. As much as it may hurt, a little curb appeal consultation may be worth more than making a good first impression, it may make the difference between a drive-by, or a look-see. If you don't believe me, take a look at the difference in these five first impression makeovers.

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Dumpy Garage Turns Into a Slick Modern Studio

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Dumpy Garage Turns Into a Slick Modern Studio

Kitchen and bathroom makeovers sort of grab my attention, but  garage, basement and shed makeovers stop me dead in my surfing tracks. In fact, this detached two car garage turned studio/office has me looking at my "dumpy" garage with new hope. After the conversion, the remodel increased the garage to include a bathroom, a loft and a roof deck. See the slick and modern results. 

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