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Help Me Finish My Sears-Kit Home's Bathroom!

I live in a 100 year old Sears kit home (Dutch colonial). I've partially renovated the upstairs bathroom (trying to be respectful of the period). Could use a little assistance with decor/painting/tiling choices! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Home renovation - worried about asbestos and lead (after the fact ...)

Well, I'm feeling quite stupid now because my partner and I just redid the floors and walls of our new apartment, a building that was built in the 1970s, and I am just now thinking of the possible hazards that didn't cross my mind before we did all the renovation work (yes, stupid, I know). How worried should I be? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Jun 25, 2014 - 7 answers

How to fix this flooded kitchen floor?

Bought this house about three years ago and then learned that the water pipes, under the concrete-terrazzo slab, had burst and flooded the place (no, incompetent inspector did not notice this). The previous owner had then laid down an inexpensive woodlike floor. That was carelessly done but looked okay overall, except that residual water had stained and darkened a few areas. I had the house re-piped and the floor seemed to have dried and healed leaving just those few dark spots. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jul 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Can you put siding over Formstone?

I'm looking to update the front of my 15' x 30' attached Baltimore row home. It currently features ugly formstone. I'd like to add a mason veneer siding on top of the existing formstone if possible. Can this physically be done? Thank You! Eric
posted by emeyer5269 on Jun 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

What will fit into this oddly shaped bathroom space?

We're redoing a bathroom in a house we plan to sell. It's a very old house, so nothing is quite standard. Between the new sink cabinet and the stacked washer / dryer there is a space that's about 10 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 80 inches high. We'd like to make it functional in some way. It also should look nice. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell?

Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Aug 27, 2012 - 15 answers

New house!

We just bought a house... yay for us! How much would it cost to add a mud room? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jun 3, 2012 - 10 answers

1980's authenticity valuable?

We have a small 1982 tract home. It has all the original fixtures: brass doorknobs, little clear plastic knob faucets, brown ceiling fans with brass filigree. Is there any benefit to leaving it as is? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on May 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Am I qualified to make these home renovations?

I just bought a small brick 1960s ranch house and I want to: 1) cover the outside of the cinder-block lower level with something like stucco, 2) get rid of the crappy grass in the yard and replace it with nice grass, and 3) replace the crappy vinyl siding with something like wood siding. Can a dummy like me pull this off? [more inside]
posted by critzer on May 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Bright and modern.

I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten. Overview. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

How to fix a noisy gas furnace?

Safe, effective sound dampening options for a noisy gas furnace? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2011 - 2 answers

"Plugging Holes", with your host Bob Vila

How to deal with somewhat large holes in a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for iPod wall mounted dock solution.

Does anybody have any real-world experience with a wall-mount iPod dock? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Apr 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Painters have scratched the windows

Repairing scratched windows on a house? [more inside]
posted by fries on Apr 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Hardwood floor refinishing

Tell me about refinishing hardwood floors. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 18, 2010 - 8 answers

How much time and money to add to our house?

Househunting in VT. How feasible is adding a 600sq/ft addition (master suite above living room) to an existing 800 sq/ft Cape Cod? Could it be done by the end of the summer for under $100K? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Feb 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Please help me determine if an architect is necessary, and if so find one

Would it be a good idea to hire an architect for this job? Can you recommend one in my northern New England area, or can you recommend ways to find a good one? Any thoughts on how much the job should cost? [more inside]
posted by Herkimer on Jul 13, 2009 - 5 answers

What are these wires for?

What are these wires for in my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Apr 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Aug 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Bathroom renovations!

How do I remove a recessed toilet paper holder? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Feb 4, 2007 - 9 answers

This is my beautiful house...

How do you figure out a real estate buyer profile? We've purchased a home and will be doing some updates. We don't know how high end to go. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

How to handle vapor barrier around electrical boxes?

How do I seal holes in the vapor barrier around electrical wires? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Home asbestos removal?

Anyone have experience with home asbestos removal? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on May 5, 2006 - 3 answers

How much will this basement reno cost me?

HomeImprovementFilter: I'm planning on having a basement room finished, and before I put the contractors to the time and expense of coming out for estimates, I want to know if the project will be something I can afford to do right now. [more inside]
posted by gwenzel on Aug 18, 2005 - 2 answers

Drywall Tips

Drywalling: putting up gyproc over an insulated interior wall. From cutting to affixing to mudding, what tips and tricks have you learned? Aside from learning to pay someone else to do it, though I suspect that's ultimately the lesson...
posted by five fresh fish on Oct 21, 2004 - 14 answers

Ardex Floors

'Nother flooring question: Nurri and I want to Ardex the floors in our new place, for that clinical-industrial-minimalist look. Does anybody have any advice as to whether it's better to rip up the extant Pergo flooring and apply the Ardex to whatever substrate may be hanging out under there, or simply slap it on over the Pergo?
posted by adamgreenfield on Jan 9, 2004 - 8 answers

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