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  • Not All Painters Are Pros

    Not All Painters Are Pros

    Of all the trades, painting offers the most opportunities for less-than-skilled workers to pass themselves off as experienced pros. It's also easy for unscrupulous sorts to work a scam on homeowners. In More >>
    Of all the trades, painting offers the most opportunities for less-than-skilled workers to pass themselves off as experienced pros. It's also easy for unscrupulous sorts to work a scam on homeowners. In More >>
  • Sensible Payment Plans

    Sensible Payment Plans

    Writing checks for your remodeling project is never fun. The amounts can be staggering and there's always the concern that maybe you didn't get all the value you were due.More >>
    Writing checks for your remodeling project is never fun. The amounts can be staggering and there's always the concern that maybe you didn't get all the value you were due. Besides, every check written means you have less leverage over your contractor. More >>
  • Effective Caulking

    Effective Caulking

    Life seemed much simpler when the hardware store carried only three kinds of caulk. Now, home centers dedicate an entire aisle to caulk. As a result, confusion reigns when it's time to do a very simple job. More >>
    Life seemed much simpler when the hardware store carried only three kinds of caulk. Now, home centers dedicate an entire aisle to caulk. As a result, confusion reigns when it's time to do a very simple job. More >>
  • Advice on Skylights

    Advice on Skylights

    The short, dreary days of winter are a good time to think about adding skylights to brighten up dark rooms. Even small units make a big difference in the way rooms look and feel. More >>
    The short, dreary days of winter are a good time to think about adding skylights to brighten up dark rooms. Even small units make a big difference in the way rooms look and feel. More >>
  • Adding Attic Insulation

    Adding Attic Insulation

    Whether you live in a warm-weather state, as I do, or in a cooler northern climate, it's hard to stay comfortable and keep your energy bills in check if you don't have adequate insulation in the attic. More >>
    Whether you live in a warm-weather state, as I do, or in a cooler northern climate, it's hard to stay comfortable and keep your energy bills in check if you don't have adequate insulation in the attic. More >>
  • Avoiding Contractor Scams

    Avoiding Contractor Scams

    Last year, an elderly woman hired my company because her floor was still sagging even after she had paid another contractor $2,700 to fix the problem. It was no wonder it sagged. More >>
    Last year, an elderly woman hired my company because her floor was still sagging even after she had paid another contractor $2,700 to fix the problem. It was no wonder it sagged. More >>
  • The Inside Word on Cabinets

    The Inside Word on Cabinets

    Once upon a time, cabinets were built on site by trim carpenters. Today, that's true only for the highest-end units. More >>
    Once upon a time, cabinets were built on site by trim carpenters. Today, that's true only for the highest-end units. Most are now made in shops or factories, where the environment is ideal for controlling wood quality and craftsmanship. More >>
  • Wood-Look Flooring

    Wood-Look Flooring

    Few flooring materials are as visually appealing as wood. We install a lot of traditional solid-wood flooring, but many of my customers are opting for one of the alternatives to solid wood because it usually costs less. More >>
    Few flooring materials are as visually appealing as wood. We install a lot of traditional solid-wood flooring, but many of my customers are opting for one of the alternatives to solid wood because it usually costs less. More >>
  • Taking Down Walls

    Taking Down Walls

    Taking down a wall or removing a section of one is a part of most major remodeling projects.More >>
    Taking down a wall or removing a section of one is a part of most major remodeling projects. Over the years, many of my customers have had us break through a wall in a little-used formal dining room to enlarge the kitchen and create an open floor plan. More >>
  • Stay Cool Without Burning Up Too Much Cash

    Stay cool without burning up too much cash

    There is no doubt that staying cool is on the top of most people's minds this time of year ... but what if your air conditioner is not working properly, or worse - you don't have one at all. More >>
    There is no doubt that staying cool is on the top of most people's minds this time of year ... but what if your air conditioner is not working properly, or worse - you don't have one at all. More >>
  • Choosing shutters - Inside and Out

    Choosing shutters - inside and out

    Shutters have been around for hundreds of years. Originally used on the inside of windows before glass, shutters provided protection for homeowners from pests and the elements. More >>
    Shutters have been around for hundreds of years. Originally used on the inside of windows before glass, shutters provided protection for homeowners from pests and the elements. More >>
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