Secrets to An Effective Kitchen Layout

The big reveal happened in 1929 -- the famous kitchen triangle -- or Gilbreth's Kitchen Practical, as it was called back in the day. Developed by Lillian Gilbreth, the mom made famous in "Cheaper by the Dozen," the Kitchen Practical placed the stove, sink and refrigerator an average of 5 1/2 feet apart, positioned in a rough triangle, for the purpose of saving steps and work for the 1920s housewife.


Don't do these Five things when Remodeling the Kitchen

There is no household renovation project more exciting that a kitchen remodel. Whether you are just re-facing the cabinets or doing something more dramatic like changing to an open concept design, it is just as important to know what NOT to do as knowing what TO do. We’ve put together a list of five things NOT to do during your remodel, to assure you get the best possible results.


10 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Homeowners Insurance

There’s a lot of home buying advice available to the first time home buyer. But, one thing many people disregard is the importance of finding the right home insurance policy. The only thing standing guard against financial ruin in the event of a catastrophe, your homeowner’s insurance is there to safeguard your home – and your bank account – when something goes wrong.


Don't Get Dragged into a Home DIY Disaster: Common Mistakes New Homeowners Makes

You just bought a new home and immediately want to make it magazine cover-worthy, but you're feeling the pinch of a brand new mortgage. Or maybe that recent storm blowing through the area caused some damage and you're wondering if you can fix it yourself. There are plenty of home repairs you can do with just a few basic tools and a home handyman advice book, but some projects are best left to the professionals. 


The Secret to Laminate Flooring Installation

Installing your laminate floor is an easy way to instantly update your home.  With a variety of colors, patterns, and materials to choose from, laminate flooring can give your room a modern, spacious feeling. Plus, with click-in-place options and a variety of tutorials, it is an easy weekend DIY project.  But before you begin your flooring masterpiece, it is important to remember two essential tips from professional installers.


Home Financing Tips: Home Financing Tips for Folks with Low Credit Scores

Having a low credit score and buying a home don't exactly go hand-in-hand. That's because a) a low credit score may not even qualify for mortgage approval, and b), even if you can get approved with a bad credit score, you'll be considered more of a high-risk buyer and be penalized for this status with a higher interest rate.

Either way you look at it, you lose.


Think Outside the Kitchen: Six Uses for Kitchen Cabinets You Haven't Thought Of

One of the greatest feelings a homeowner can get is the sense of accomplishment after a home improvement project. You look around your dwelling and realize you’ve successfully raised its value and made the space your own. The trouble for most homeowners is the time and energy needed to plan and carry out those improvements. That’s why we’re sharing a quick and easy tip to get you started!


Protecting the Features in your Home During Floor Installation

Installing new flooring in your home requires the right preparation and tools. Tile floors add to the beauty of your home and quickly update the space, but you need to take appropriate measures during a DIY home improvement project like installing new tile flooring. Before starting the project, take measures to protect your furniture and the features of your home by preparing for any potential complications.


Planning A Kitchen Remodel

As a contractor, I agree that a kitchen remodel is a great investment for homeowners. It has one of the best rates of return in resale value. Kitchen remodels can cost as little as a couple of thousand dollars for new appliances and paint for the walls, or be as expensive as gutting the whole kitchen area and starting fresh with high-end materials.