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Update Your Windows for Good Looks, Efficiency and a Better View

Great home project: Replace your windows for enhanced style and function. Learn the types, materials and relative costs here Full Story
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fidelcruz
Therma foil cabinets
April 8, 2014 at 6:22pm   
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baraaart
Window treatment
April 9, 2014 at 6:55pm   
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My Houzz: Casual, Organic Elegance in California

Textural, nature-loving decor joins new floors and a more open kitchen for a relaxed vibe in a 1940s home Full Story
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rdot
Where did you get that awesome tree swing? Beautiful home! Unlike most posting I love the angle of the couch! Looking at mine right now & thinking 'haha i'm not the only one' :) '
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natural flow interiors
Thank you for your comment! To be honest the living room felt too static and rigid with the couch 'straight' and once angled a little the energy flowed much better and was more relaxed! For me this also worked better as the fire place is at an angle and I wanted to embrace it. The tree swing came from Anthropologie online...choice of two color options!
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Room of the Day: This Mudroom Is Just Plain Hot

Wait till you see what’s behind the hooks and bins in this genius family drop zone Full Story
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hoppernotto
Could you please tell me what the flooring is? We gave up having hockey and lax stuff any where near the house..it all goes straight to the garage! haha
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10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts

Have a meeting a week before hammers and shovels fly to make sure everyone’s on the same page Full Story
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Reno It Home Renovations
Im glad the article helped.
April 7, 2014 at 8:49pm   
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Good ideas
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13 Extra-Cool Things to Do With a Backyard

Sure, you could just plop down on a blanket. Or you could create a dragon’s lair, a mosaic gallery, a party in a jungle ... Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
Bravo, Apartment 46 for the Home! Well put. We don't look at these pictures because we'd really like to live like the characters from Roseanne. We'd like to live in these beautiful houses. To dismiss this as "not a real home" is from someone who has a limited world view. No matter what style you like, or what size home you have or desire to have, beautiful will always be preferable to ugly, cozy will be better than generic, efficient trumps disorganized, spacious will be better than cramped and clean tops sloppy any day of the week. I'm a decorator (retired) and I don't consider a glue gun a decorating tool.
April 4, 2014 at 5:00pm     
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Sandra Miner
In regards to the bamboo can you winter it? Just wondering what zone would it be?
April 4, 2014 at 5:24pm   
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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royalpayne
Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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love your art!
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What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey

Great design has a powerful impact on our happiness in our homes. So do good cooking smells, family conversations and, yes, big-screen TVs Full Story
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Rose Friton
mikeswife0904, you sure sound like the happiest person on earth. Good for you and glad you're enjoying your life and house now.
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connie1943
For years I longed for a kitchen I could view the sunrise and a family room to view the sunset. Four years ago with our newly purchased home I realized my longing to be true. A cup of coffee with my husband and music from happy song birds. Complete bliss.
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What to Know Before Refinishing Your Floors

Learn costs and other important details about renewing a hardwood floor — and the one mistake you should avoid Full Story
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friedmarc
You can spot repair the areas where the finish has worn off. If the wood has stain, I would find a good furniture touch up and repair man. That individual will know how to fix the color. If you know what the original finish was, I would use the same product over the repair, whether it is or isn't stained. That way if the color is off a little it should age with exposure to direct sunlight.
Without seeing the floor, obviously their are variables. For the most part, surface the bad spots with #120 paper unless scratches are really deep. If so try #100, then #80 if needed. Again if you start with #80 then go to #100, #120. The higher the grit sandpaper you use the better from the get go. That isn't always possible.
The rule for repairs is, less is better. Depending on the size of the repair and finish used, if you can purchase that product in an aerosol can , you're way ahead of the game. Sometimes you can get "witness lines" when repairing a polyurethane finish.
You can reduce solvent based polyurethanes with acetone. You will never see that on the can. Thinner coats with acetone will dry faster even if you have to apply more coats. When working with polyurethane or varnish use multiple thin coats, not a few heavy coats.
Where old meets new, you can sometimes get witness lines. This does not refer to the difference in color. If you have ever seen a clear coat lift off of wood or an automotive finish, that's what I'm talking about. Typically whiteish in color. If you sand smoothly where the two surfaces meet this shouldn't be an issue,
As far as putty's go, they make an epoxie based putty in many colors to match the background color of the wood. I purchase these at my Sherwin Williams commercial division store. You might try Woodcraft or a store of that type. Obviously these get applied first and surfaced at the same time as the floor.
The biggest issue after these spot repairs are done is, will the sheen of the floor match the sheen of the existing floor. The way to solve this problem is wax. Wax is often used to even the sheen and is a legitimate solution to your problem.
Worst case, wax and buff the entire floor with a commercial buffer. Make sure the new finish is completely cured. Follow the directions on the can religously. Have patience.
Furniture repair guys and gals often wax table top repairs to even the sheen so they don't have to refinish the whole table. Your floor is a big table. I'd wait till the weather in your area is above 65 degrees if you can. A little wax applied properly should give your floor a new appearance and the wax offers additional protection.
I hope this information is helpful. Thanks for asking.
March 27, 2014 at 7:41pm     
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Kelley's Wood Floors
I will have to agree that many points in this article are relative to most homeowners, and there are many good points and questions in rebuttal as well. We've been refinishing wood floors in the Central TX area for 69 years now and have run into so many scenarios that it's unreal!

Every floor is completely different from the next, so each floor requires some sort of adjustment in the sanding/finishing process. Knowing how to adjust your techniques and equipment to accommodate the needs of a particular floor takes many years of experience and trial and error. This is not to say that certain jobs cannot be done by a diy'er. Just know that there can be several factors involved that takes a pro to recognize before and during the process of sanding/finishing. These factors can include moisture/water/termite damage that isn't obvious at first, cupping (which takes more aggressive but careful sanding methods), ability to determine how much more sanding the floor can withstand, etc…

I've posted some before and after pics of a certain job that took a very delicate touch. This is the original quartersawn white oak floor in a 1916 home in Temple, TX. It had been covered with carpet for the last 30 years. Once we removed the carpet, we discovered a great deal of cupping, some of which had buckled the floor as much as 2-3 inches off the subfloor. We also discovered that the floor was only 5/16"-3/8" in thickness with a topside of about 1/8". Our first move was to moisture test the floor because it was cupped so much, and sure enough it had high moisture content (up to 20% in some areas). Next step was to figure out why. We went to the basement to discover that the entire underside of the subfloor, including the floor joists was dripping wet due to a/c condensation. This was only visible through a crawlspace. It took 2-3 weeks of running de-humidifiers once the a/c was repaired to completely dry out the crawlspace and reduce the moisture content of the oak enough to comfortably sand it. If you sand a floor that contains too much moisture, it will just cup again. This was a risk that could not be taken.

Although this floor is the exception, a diy homeowner may have possibly just starting sanding this floor without knowing the extent of the moisture content or the delicate nature in which sanding needed to occur as to not sand completely through the topside.

We absolutely could not use our drum sanders on this floor, so we used our Trio's throughout the entire sanding process. It is stained with Duraseal English Chesnut, and finished with two coats of satin water-based polyurethane.
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