The Journey of that Bottle of Wine You Drank Recently

Remember when you decided to uncork that bottle of Shiraz to celebrate your birthday last year? Well, it’s part of your countertop this year. Now, I’m not sure that you celebrated your birthday in such a fashion, or if you like Shiraz, or if you even enjoy beverages originally housed in glass bottles, but one […]

Custom Mosaic Tile Message In DMA Bath

More Like the MOMA than Your Bathroom

Oh the joys of remodeling! We all seem to want to spice up our home from time to time, but much of the time we fall prey to the conformed look. Let’s all get glossy countertops, new cabinets, a big, stylish mirror, and have a technically sound, yet roomy and luxurious shower/tub. Yes, this is […]

Old Fireplace Surround

The Frustrated Woman and the Fireplace Front: A Tale

It’s been a couple of weeks since we heard a genuine anecdote about home remodeling installation failure and it just seems like the right time to serve up another. Not long ago, a family friend of mine who lives in rural Southern New Jersey decided enough was enough. She had a teal, cracking wooden mantle […]

I Bet Your Granite Couldn't Withstand A Chop From This Man

Engineered Granite vs. Slabs: How They Stack Up

When you’re purchasing granite for your home, whether it be for your countertops, fireplace, floors, or anywhere else you can find a place for it; do you really know the granite you’re using? Where did it come from? How does it compare to other varieties of granite? Basically, is this the granite for me? Well, […]

Juxtaposed Before And After Work From Granite Transformations

Granite Overlay Installation: A Day in the Life

A harrowing, time-devouring experience? No. A quick, kitchen coddling exercise in rapid turnaround with beautiful results? Yes! Granite overlay installation is the quick way to give your countertops a fresh new look without all of the demolition, hassle, or home disruption. In only a couple of days from deciding that granite overlays are for you, […]

Off-Kilter, Off-Hinge, Or Just Plain Ugly? Are These Your Cabinets?

Run-Down Cabinets? Maybe They Need a Facelift.

Are you one of the millions of Americans who have cabinets missing nobs? Or perhaps you fall under the ‘my cabinets don’t close all the way’ category. And then there’s a slim, but still possible, chance that you might even be (say it ain’t so!) missing cabinet doors all together. If any of these dire […]

Not The House Of Your Dreams...Yet

The Ballad of the Ruined Tub Liner

We’ve all moved into new homes and apartments expecting, at the very least, a dollop of work to be done here or there. Whether it be some slight repairs or a full remodel, the inclination to better a new home certainly exists in many of us. Though, as some of you know all too well, […]

Carefully Cleaning An Ancient Roman Mosaic.

Mosaics and You: The Remodeling Beginners Guide

I don’t imagine any of you out there reading this would liken yourself an imperial emperor, nor a monarch, nor a Roman aristocrat. So, you must not think that fine mosaic designs and refined, glossy-looking backsplashes adorning every room from the kitchen to the bathroom to the living room would be an option for you […]

Wisconsin Bike Lanes

5 Eco-Friendly Features from our Nation’s Greenest Cities

Boulder, CO: The Solar Access Ordinance In 1991 the city of Boulder, Colorado decided to look toward the future and implement an ordinance that would prove to be the gold (green?) standard for municipal building codes. Due to the rising cost of conventional sources of energy in the late 1980’s the “Solar Access Ordinance” was […]