When working on a remodel project, there's nothing worse than construction dust falling on every surface in the house. One of my current kitchen remodel clients is interested in being eco-friendly - and has several pets - so it's important to her that the dust is contained to the construction zone. We knew we needed something better than just taped-up plastic, so we were thrilled when we found the Trimaco E-Z UP dust containment system, with floor guards and surface protector. Problem solved!
Hey everyone! If you were following along closely with the Curbly House makeover, you might have noticed a room missing from last week's full reveal: the basement! This room was pretty grody (is that a word?) when we bought the house, so when The Home Depot asked us to do a room makeover using their shiplap appearance board product, we knew it would have a big impact in the space. But even we weren't prepared for how much better the room turned out. Click over to Home Depot to read the full tutorial on creating your own shiplap accent wall, and scroll down to see more photos of the finished room ...
It's been twenty days since my last progress update, and although that might seem like a long time to you, for me it has absolutely flown by with non-stop action at the house. We're really hitting the home stretch (is that pun? a bad joke? just bad writing?) now, and the whole team has gone into overdrive trying to get everything done. We're hoping to list the house for sale within the next two weeks, and I'm pretty confident we can do it ... if everything goes right. Here's what we've been up to:
We're making headway on the Curbly House and the next two weeks will bring about a big leap in the transformation we've been dreaming about. We spent much of the last week trying to finalize our choices for kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and fixtures. While the room reveal won't be ready until later, I wanted to share a peek at what inspired the design.
I'm not sleeping all that well. I wake up in the night – the sound of thunder, my kids coughing, a truck going by – and when I try to go back to sleep, my thoughts run wild. Will the kitchen cabinets ship in time? How are we going to pay to move that ventilation duct we unexpectedly found? Why isn't that house down the block selling?
These are the sleepless thoughts of someone in the middle of a house flip. The obvious question is: why...
Well, folks, it's official! Jon* and I signed the closing papers last week, and we are now the proud owners of the new Curbly House! Now all we have to do is put in a new kitchen, renovate the bathrooms, add a new back door, replace the HVAC, finish the basement, improve the landscaping, and figure out how to get a parking space into the back yard! No biggie.
Y'know, it's weird. For the better part of a decade, Alicia and I have made a living by (I hope) making spaces beautiful. But we've never really embraced that as our job. We've always viewed as "we run a blog, and we get to do room makeovers sometimes, too." This year, we're embarking on a totally different project: a complete home remodel of a property that we don't plan on living in.
See, earlier this year I got to thinking, there are...
We are a DIY culture, therefore, landlords are not necessarily unknown people who seem intimidating. Landlords are more than likely a next door neighbor...or maybe even you. My husband and I are landlords. Our goal is to make our rental property a place where people really want to live. Here are some budget friendly updates that, in our experience, have renter appeal. If you do only one or all of these things your rental has serious potential to be "renter friendly" for the longhaul.
Yesterday we showed you what this Newton, Massachusetts kitchen looked like before - cramped, outdated and not very functional. But just look at it now! Light, airy and perfect for hosting friends and family. Keep reading to see the rest of this beautiful space.
"It's amazing what a little paint can do." I've said it before and it's totally true when it comes to this gorgeous kitchen makeover. With a few coats of paint and a few other updates, this kitchen is on trend and fabulous-looking. The best part? The whole thing was done for under $200!!!
Our Makeover Tour this month is one of my favorite kitchen makeovers to date! Read on to see how this pest-filled foreclosure was transformed into a fresh, Scandinavian-inspired dream home in the heart of the Midwest!
We're excited to share an exclusive makeover with you today! You may remember Alexandra Hedin and her fresh and colorful style from her week of inspiring guest posts last spring. Since then, she's been busy giving her basement laundry room a bright, cheery, and oh-so-functional makeover. Read on to check out the new space and get some behind-the-scenes details!
Holy horror! This dilapidated row house looks like it was infested with an entire host of, I don't know, crack heads? Feral cats? A possessed goat or two? I'm going to go with "all of the above" because these pre-renovation photos are SCARY.
A one-bathroom house just wasn't cutting it for the Chao family--or their teenage daughter. Fortunately, this tiny closet was sitting on some major potential where the bathroom issue was concerned. Check out the incredible makeover below!
Itty-bitty baths and little loos present unique decor and renovation challenges to homeowners and renters alike. If you've found yourself stuck with this "small bath problem", don't fret! Inspiration is on the way: we've rounded up ten big impact small bathroom makeovers from DIY-minded small bath renovators across the web. Enjoy!
From low-budget, quick-fixes to full blown renovations, we're counting down our top ten bathroom makeovers of 2011. Check out our picks below and let us know which memorable makeover is your favorite!
It's Top Ten time, people! We're celebrating a year of inspiring makeovers and DIY ingenuity with a look back at some of the biggest and best kitchen updates of 2011. From minor to major, we've selected the ten most impressive kitchen transformations of this past year. Enjoy!
The 'before'? Not too terrible. The 'after'? All I'm going to say is that it involves a paper-mâché horse named Harold.
I'm not going to lie, this 'before' photo is a little scary... and probably a little sticky. And smelly, too. And, well, there's a whole lot o' yellow going on up in there. The 'after', though? Oh, the after rains down buckets of awesome--and wipes that sticky, smelly, yellow mess right off the map!