General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

Compulsive Renovation Syndrome

Compulsive Renovation Syndrome

As a leading international authority on home improvement disorders and founder of the Greatest Handyman Ever Hall of Fame, I have, of course, long been aware of the devastating condition known as Compulsive Renovation Syndrome. After some early dismissals of the disorder as “too many dollars and not enough sense” and various attempts to blame it on Minecraft and The Sims, CRS is now a generally accepted diagnosis. Today, it is a rare home show that does not feature a panel on CRS, many of which I have sat on myself.

Budget-Friendly Flooring: Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Wallet

Budget Friendly Flooring Ideas

Choosing the right flooring comes down to a handful of unique considerations. There’s the durability, the feel and, of course, the look. But even if you find a floor that ticks all of your specific boxes, if there’s one box left unchecked—budget—then you can chalk it up to a loss.

Luckily, as competition heightens and companies continue to make sharp innovations, flooring is becoming easier for consumers to access. Gone are the days when your two choices were hardwood and tile. Now, all sorts of materials are being used for luxury flooring without the cost of luxury flooring.

Ideas on How to Go Vintage with Your Home Décor

How to Go Vintage with Your Home Decor

Vintage continues to be one of the most popular home décor themes. Even though its elements are far from contemporary, home owners choose to add a rustic charm to their abode because of its evergreen quality.

However, it is important to find the right balance between modern and vintage. You don’t want to feel like you’re stuck in the past when you’re at home. Balance is key, which means mixing mid-century styles with the modern era flair.

Not sure what goes into adding the vintage touch to your home? Read on to know about the components to incorporate in your dwelling to create an old-world feel without making it look ancient.

5 Steps to Restoring Old Wooden Tables

5 Steps to Restoring Old Wooden Tables

Purchasing new furniture can be a pricey and time-consuming feat. Between finding the right piece, having it delivered, and assembling it, it’s a days-long pursuit. This can be lessened by learning how to restore your existing furniture, however – particularly tables and surfaces.

If you have an old wooden coffee table, dining table, or end table lying around that you’re dying to replace, don’t be too hasty. Restoring your wood furniture can be a simple and rewarding process, and tables are one of the easiest items to restore. Not only can you give an old table a completely new look, but you will relish in the fruits of your labor every time you look at it.

Guide to the Different Types of Thermostats for Homes

Guide to the Different Types of Thermostats for Homes

A thermostat regulates your home temperature, humidity and can benefit you in controlling energy conservation. So, your optimal choice of a thermostat hinges on the type of heating and cooling system you have in your house, and how you would like to use its basic and additional features.

Patrick Adams' Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

The most important thing about the maintenance of your home lies in the fact that it requires both regular effort and seasonal massive projects to keep the place clean. Why? Well, vacuuming the place may be something you use once per week, chances are that you aren’t vacuuming your curtains and window blinds each time. Such a thing would take too much of your time, thus making this routine operation into something that consumes too much time. Sure, you have 10 minutes to vacuum your living room every Sunday but would you set aside 30 to 40 minutes for vacuuming alone? Fortunately, there’s no such urgency when it comes to these tasks. This is where the necessity of a massive spring cleaning lies.

5 Tips for Creating a Zero-Waste Home

Tips for Creating a Zero-Waste Home

Life without a bin. Now there’s a scary thought. Despite general increased consumerism and buying, however, zero-waste living is more common than ever. Naturally, quitting trash cold-turkey is no easy feat, so it’s best to ease yourself (and your home) into it gradually.

Nonetheless, by taking a few minor steps, you should be able to work your way up to less waste rather effortlessly. If you’re wondering why a zero-waste home is a good idea to begin with, there are plenty of reasons:

How Can Renewable Energy Sources Be Incorporated In Your Home?

Renewable Energy Home Solutions

With public awareness increasing about conserving the natural resources on our planet, renewable energy resources have gained a lot of popularity. In 2008, only 18.5% of the globe’s energy demand was met by hydroelectric power as the chief source of renewable energy.

Fast forward to present times, we have solar and wind capacity installation alongside hydroelectric power. In total, about 25% of the world is powered through these green energy sources now.

Painting Primer: Planning & Prepping for a DIY Painting Project

Painting Pro Tips: Planning & Prepping for a DIY Painting Project

So you’ve decided to make your painting plans a DIY project. And why not? It will save you money, and can actually be quite fun. However, many people underestimate the difficulty of undergoing a DIY painting project. It can be time-consuming and physically taxing. Often, it can also be difficult to gauge where to start.

With the right materials and knowledge of the step-by-step process, it can be simplified. There isn’t much room for mistakes here, so it’s important to ensure you are well-prepared before you begin. Start with a checklist of materials:

Top Tips for a More Spacious Home

Top Tips for a More Spacious Home

Let’s start with a blank canvas. The first thing to consider with space is what you are going to see most of — the walls, ceilings and floors. It is advisable to keep these as ordered and uncluttered as possible with minimalistic decoration (however, there is an exception, which we will come to later). Too many photos, colourful rugs, accessories and whatever else creates a cluttered and congested feel.


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