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home bar design

Designing a beautiful modern home bar


It seems like almost every renovation includes some sort of bar feature. Our latest project, a townhouse basement renovation, is no different. In this project I include a built-in modern home bar. Over the next few weeks we will walk through the complete design and construction of this modern bar space. If the written word is not your cup of…

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Why you should NOT buy IKEA kitchen appliances?


UPDATE: AS OF 2020/2021 IKEA APPLIANCES ARE NOW UNBRANDED FRIGIDAIRE (ELECTROLUX). I will continue to dig into this change and see if I can find any updated reviews in terms of reliability, function, and overall satisfaction with the new appliance lineup. As I mention below, I have not used IKEA appliances in any past renovation. This change to Frigidaire won’t…

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Common IKEA Kitchen Design mistakes you are making


Beginning your IKEA kitchen renovation can be full of bewildering choices and head scratching unknowns. This minefield is full of common kitchen design mistakes that must be avoided. Most of these mistakes seem like common sense and straightforward, however, there are a few that will make or break your final kitchen design. I have been there. It’s easy to get…

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Five easy DIY Soil tests


Healthy soil is key to getting the most out of your backyard garden. Whether you are just starting to grow your own food or a seasoned veteran, performing a few simple soil tests can be the difference between beautiful red tomatoes and a plant that won’t even flower. You can send a soil sample to a lab for an in…

The benefits of a detached garage


It seems as though every home built today comes with an attached garage and we are starting to forget all about the advantages of a detached garage. If you missed our first post in this series, my wife and I are finally tackling the last major project of our home- a new detached garage. The original garage is something I…