DIY comes down to Earth

Home-improvement veteran Kirsten Kemp Becker encourages homeowners to take advantage of DIY opportunities, while also being mindful of their finances and handyman limitations.

Expert tips for creating a beautiful landscape

Updated: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Landscaping success doesn't have to be hit or miss, and if it has been for you, it may be time to call in a professional landscape designer.

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With spring comes the time to freshen up our homes and gardens -- our lives. Whether you do it yourself or pay someone else to do it, now is the time for Spring Fix-Up. Here are ideas and tips from professionals and those experienced in doing it themselves.
AFTER: Easy does it: Great DIY ideas are flooding the market, like detailed mirror frames that turn boring bathroom “before” shots into fashionable focal points. Image courtesy of Moen.

DIY or Don't

Updated: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Do-it-yourself TV shows can make home improvement seem like magic. A host shows up with a few clever ideas, the owners put in a little sweat equity and a weekend later there’s a tantalizing “after” shot. It’s seductive enough to make anyone want to start ripping down walls. But in real life not every project goes so smoothly.

Let there be light.

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CSA International, a testing and certification organization, offers advice on what to look for when purchasing compact fluorescent bulbs.

Rose Guide

Updated: Fri, Mar 19, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Pretty much, "Right Rose, Right Place" is the armchair version of running off to rose school for the winter.

Your Place

Published: Wed, Mar 24, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Some cracking is normal in redone stucco work. This is not unusual when you realize that walls are always moving.

By the numbers

Updated: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

The way the numbers of a home’s address are displayed may be one of the most neglected, underestimated elements of home design, contends Michael Malone, a Dallas architect...

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