House Design

Home Improvement and Remodeling

Each house is different, and age doesn’t matter and can be found in new homes. Radon test kits are available at home centers and hardware stores for about $10. They usually involve setting a collector in your home for a week or so and then sending it to a lab for analysis.

  • A relatively small investment can pay back quickly, and add to the value of your home when you choose to sell.
  • These colors, while pretty in certain contexts, make elements of any room appear closer than they actually are.
  • Such a new unit of construction is called an “add-on”.

People borrow against their homes, spending the money and draining the equity. Then, when they sell and receive, say, $50,000 after repaying their mortgage and home equity loans, they think that’s their capital gain. But it isn’t, and sometimes their tax bill is actually much higher than that $50,000. I asked the number crunchers at the real estate website Zillow to take a look. Currently, they believe that 3.8 percent of the homes around the country are already in the tax zone for single people and that 1.2 percent have reached the threshold for married couples.

Weatherstrip Hatches and Doors

Home improvement was popularized on television in 1979 with the premiere of This Old House starring Bob Vila on PBS. Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete co-host the nationally syndicated The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show. Turning marginal areas into livable spaces such as turning basements into recrooms, home theaters, or home offices – or attics into spare bedrooms. Concrete and masonry repairs to the foundation and chimney. At the very end of the show, after Tim deposits the large branch into the sink, he turns the tap to let the water run. At the core of the series was husband and wife squaring off against each other.

This mother-daughter duo has taken the world of home renovation by storm with their super popular HGTV show. Their ability to remodel rundown homes into jaw-dropping works of art is unmatched. Many of the series on this list are HGTV classics like Flip or Flop and Good Bones. But there are plenty of other shows out there making a name for themselves. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo took social media by storm when it first aired on Netflix in 2019.

If you are a listener or a viewer over this amazing internet thing, Your feedback is what keeps us going. Please comment on Facebook or call the show – you can say whatever you like – it’s your dime. These days “home improvement” spans a gamut of possibilities. We call it “Home” not “House” improvement for a reason.

Add wood trim to the ceilings

Your foundation already has a big job to do holding up the house. The quantity of water in a small rainfall event is surprisingly massive. A common DIY home-improvement mistake, especially when finishing a basement, is making access to essential plumbing valves difficult. When you remodel, leave space or an access door to the main water valve, exterior spigot valves, water heater valves and any others your home may have. It’s probably less expensive and certainly more convenient to install a backyard shed or hire a handyperson to create access to hidden places in your house than renting space long-term. Home appliances and home mechanical systems are expensive enough.

The images are a mix of Taylor family members as well as the crew that worked on Home Improvement. Like most families, it can be hard to decide what is fridge worthy in the Taylor home. It can be sub par art from your kids or report cards that are only 40 percent disappointing. But family photos are often a dominant resident of any family fridge.

With Leanne’s interior design expertise and Steve’s experience as a carpenter and licensed contractor, there’s no stopping this dream team. Professional home improvement is ancient and goes back to the beginning of recorded civilization. One example is Sergius Orata, who in the 1st century B.C. Is said by the writer Vitruvius to have invented the hypocaust. The hypocaust is an underfloor heating system that was used throughout the Roman Empire in villas of the wealthy.