Ideas & Projects

  • Airy Portuguese Home Features Movable Window Louvers

    In Miramar, Portugal, architectural firm e|348 architects devised a home that interacts with its environment in a natural and novel way. The architects wanted to incorporate passive cooling into the home's design, but they did not want this feature to be obvious or predictable. They settled on a…

    Dornob.com
  • 7 Tips for Hardscaping Your Yard

    Learn more about hardscaping options and ways to decide on how to proceed with your chosen hardscape design.

    Yahoo Homes
  • 7 Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

    Maintaining a lush, green lawn will be a challenge in drought-ridden states this summer. Replace your lawn with a more drought-tolerant landscape.

    Spaces
  • Quick Tip: Getting a Bird Out of the House

    Cracking the windows is an effective way to air out your house in the summer—but an open window can also be an open i...

    Bob Vila
  • How a Mom of 6 Created the Most Efficient Laundry Room Ever

    Keeping up with laundry can be a challenge for anyone, which is why this mother of six decided to streamline the process. For $400, she whipped her tiny wash room into a marvelously efficient work space. Watch this video to see the clever DIYs and organizational hacks she came up with!

    PopSugar Home
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Tipis for Indoors and Out

    With a design that evokes images of dream catchers and fort-like fabric walls, tipis have grown to be a favorite hang...

    Bob Vila
  • Take advantage of July 4th sales

    This holiday weekend is the perfect for bargain shoppers who don't want to battle crowds. Just 19 percent of people plan to shop on Independence Day this year; that's up from 14 percent last year, but still light compared with other major holidays, when as many as 45 percent of shoppers cram into…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Teepees for Indoors and Out

    With a design that evokes images of dream catchers and fort-like fabric walls, tipis have grown to be a favorite hang...

    Bob Vila
  • The best big gas grills for cooking for a crowd

    Mid-sized gas grills are the biggest sellers but when it comes to cooking for a crowd only a large grill will do. The biggest grills in Consumer Reports’ tests have room for 28 burgers or more and take up as much space as a couch. You can find our top large grill at Home Depot for only $350. Here’s…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • How to Throw a Poppin' Fourth of July Party

    How will you display your patriotism? Learn more about easy home decorating ideas and entertainment tips for planning your 4th of July party.

    Yahoo Homes
  • Indoor Outdoor Space: Enclosed Walkway Gives Privacy + Light

    The shortage of living space in Japan has inspired some rather creative, unusual, and fascinating architecture. The Kusatsu House from Alts Design Office is another project that was adapted to fit the building site rather than the other way around. The home is located right next to a parking lot…

    Dornob.com
  • Genius! Turn Your Phone into a Movie Projector

    Having a TV is great—except when you're not using it. Then the box just sits in your living room, idle and unappealin...

    Bob Vila
  • 3 Fixes for Smelly Footwear

    With the kickoff of summer comes sunshine, warm temperatures, backyard games—and sweat, lots of sweat, from head to t...

    Bob Vila
  • Kitchen remodeling on a budget: A downsized space that is high on style

    Adrian Forman’s last kitchen had professional appliances, a marble floor, and a tile backsplash. But when the recently divorced mother of two moved to a smaller home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., her idea of a dream kitchen started over, too. “I left that behind,” says the Texas native, a writer.…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Create the perfect kitchen for you

    What makes some kitchens a joy to be in, whether you’re the one cooking or a guest perched at the island? Every kitchen is unique, but the best ones share certain key elements whether they cost $15,000 or $150,000. The trusty work triangle, connecting the range, sink, and refrigerator, works well…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The 2 x 4 Competition Starts Today

    When it comes to woodworking, few things are as ubiquitous as the humble 2 x 4 wooden plank. There's a good reason th...

    Bob Vila
  • 15 Essentials for Guest Bed and Bathrooms

    To make your guest's visit easier on everyone, we’ve put together 15 essentials to make visitors feel at home and help you enjoy their stay. Learn more.

    Yahoo Homes