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Do It Yourself or Not: Build a steel shed

Come springtime, many of us take a look in our garage jam-packed with a hodgepodge of bicycles, lawn furniture, garden tools and implements and kid’s play equipment. The obvious solution is a storage shed, and a steel shed is a good choice. It’s not going to win a beauty contest, but its usefulness will conquer the clutter and provide much ...Read more

Install a tubular skylight

A tubular skylight is like a conventional roof skylight that allows daylight into a dark area. And thanks to its small size, the light is especially useful in a tight space such as a narrow hallway where a larger roof unit may not be practical.

A tubular skylight is installed much the same way as a roof skylight is, but the job is easier. The ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a lattice yard divider

Do you have something to hide in your yard? A nice way to conceal bulky garbage cans or a not-so-attractive HVAC unit is with a lattice divider. Vinyl lattice panels provide a good-looking cover-up and create an attractive backdrop for any landscape. Even an eyesore in your neighbor’s yard can be shielded from view. These are versatile panels ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install drapery hardware

Years ago drapery hardware was rarely seen and certainly not a design feature of a window treatment. Today the hardware hanging a window dressing can be a big part of the design scheme and very visible. The hardware and fabric of the drapery work together to achieve the look you want.

For a primer on hardware styles take a look at www.kirsch....Read more

Do It Yourself of Not: Replace a kitchen light

If the kitchen is the busiest room in your house, is the lighting as good as it can be? A kitchen needs a high level of lighting because of the time spent doing the many jobs performed there. Preparing and cutting food requires task lighting to ensure safety; so does reading a recipe on a cellphone. And the room itself needs good overall ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Regrout ceramic tile

Ceramic tile is an enduring, hardworking surface, but the grout securing it to a wall is vulnerable to being cracked or stained with mold and mildew. When grout loses its holding power it can damage the underlayment, not to mention become an eyesore. If you’re handy or want to learn home repair and maintenance skills, you can fix the problem ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Repair wallboard

Today the walls of most houses are made of wallboard, which is compressed gypsum covered with a paper facing. And that paper facing can be fragile and easily damaged even though it appears solid on the outside. Two high-risk areas for damage are the wall behind a door without a doorstop and the wall in a kitchen or dining area behind an often ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install raised paneling

To add a rich, warm appeal to a room, consider installing wood raised paneling as a wainscoting on the walls. You’ll see it in a library of an upscale home, and often surrounding the walls of a restaurant, to add character and enhance a room’s appeal. And designers often use wood wainscoting to transform an ordinary room to extraordinary. ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a tin-look ceiling

The pressed metal of a tin ceiling draws all eyes up because it’s an attractive treatment to top off a room. It creates an authentic and appealing look, but a tin-like material is easier to install and less expensive than pressed metal. Lightweight, vinyl-coated tiles in classic turn-of-the-century designs are dead ringers for real tin and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Add a door viewer

We understand that not everyone is comfortable with the idea of cutting a hole in their front door. But a peephole is a handy upgrade. It’s a small, but mighty addition to your front door that provides the security of knowing who is at your door without having to open it to find out.

Here’s how it works: The viewer’s optical lens, with a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a dimmer switch

Who knew the tried-and-true toggle light switch is not nearly as easy to use as a dimmer switch that you operate by sliding your finger up and the light goes on; slide it down the pad and the light dims. At first dimmers were promoted for use in dining areas to lower the light and create a quiet mood and ambiance for dining. Today they’re a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a marble floor

New floor tiles in a room make a dramatic change, whether it’s modest or high-end material. A new surface creates a backdrop for furnishing while it also unifies the space. To see what flooring materials are available, take a walk through a home or design center to see the many choices to consider.

Marble’s durability makes it a popular ...Read more



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