House Design

Home Improvement and Remodeling

From 2010 to 2019, homeowners largely relied on professional contractors, and remodeling activity was heavily concentrated in coastal metros. To quickly and easily rehabilitate your existing fireplace, a gas or wood-burning insert adds energy efficiency to your home without tearing apart your hearth and mantel. Equipping your fireplace with glass doors blocks heated and cooled air from escaping and amplifies the fire’s heat, which in turn reduces energy costs.

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.

  • Professional home improvement is ancient and goes back to the beginning of recorded civilization.
  • If you want to change the entire character stamp of a home, add some fresh paint to your home.
  • If your home has single-pane windows, they could be wasting up to 25% of your energy costs.
  • Low maintenance, energy efficient with the best warranty in the business.
  • You should also check you have the right amount of cover through your home insurance when the work’s finished.

Many homes in rural parts of the U.S. rely on well water rather than city water. But well water has pros and cons that city people may never have considered. You’re always on time and most of all you know what you’re doing. I tried a lot of other service companies and none hold a candle to House Doctor…

Raise an Adjustable Entry Door Threshold

Your choice should balance aesthetics with practicality. Dimmer switches quickly give your dining room the atmosphere of a swank restaurant. You can use fluorescent lights or special dimmable LED bulbs. A rotary dimmer switch is the most common type of dimmer switch. As you rotate the knob clockwise and counterclockwise, the intensity of the light changes. For an impactful weekend update, swap out the surface of your kitchen island.

Upgrade Flooring

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.

Maintain everything to keep the expensive repair pros away. The single best way to save money around the house is by sticking to a maintenance schedule for as many of your home’s systems as possible. Your shower curtain takes up the single largest piece of real estate in the bathroom. So needless to say, swapping it out makes a huge impact for very little money.

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.

Try replacing your showerhead with a newer model so you can achieve a spa-worthy bathing experience in the comfort of your home. Select the perfect self-adhesive wallpaper to create an accent that’s easy to apply, remove, and reuse. Like a giant sticker, peel the decorative paper off the backing and adhere it to a primed and painted wall. To create a curvy top edge, use your mirror to inspire the outline of your design.

The set designers set out to make the home as normal as possible. It needed to be as middle of the road as possible to appear to be the house of a middle class family living in a suburb during that era. The Taylor house has a few personal details but it could easily be anyone’s home, a key part of making the series relatable to audiences. Find new homes for stuff during a reno.Donate luxury kitchen appliances, cabinetry, and bath fixtures to charity. Renovation Angel offers white-glove removal — plus you’ll get a nice tax deduction. Norm Abram, a regular fixture on “This Old House,” hosted his own home improvement series, “The New Yankee Workshop,” on PBS for two decades.