Building a Desk Treadmill: A Love Story

It’s not every day that high tech, DIY skills and true love intersect, so when I heard this story I had to share. Sarah and Ben Hilmer are newlyweds living in Indianapolis. Ben noticed Sarah eyeing those $1500 plus treadmill desks — the ones that let you type and walk at the same time. For her first birthday as a married woman, he decided to make her work/walk dreams come true. As a surprise! He did it for less than $250, and you can too.

Shocker! You Don’t Have To Be A Man To Fix A Leaky Faucet

The Lowes and Home Depots of the world are seeing more and more women these days. A new study conducted by WD Bathrooms surveyed 1,244 British women about their home improvement habits and the frequency of DIY-ing in comparison to their partners. Traditional (and bogus) gender roles tend to assume women aren’t responsible for hands-on…

13 Plants That’ll Really Pay Off

By Warren Schultz What makes a plant a good buy? It’s not purchase price alone. Value is best measured by how a plant performs once it’s in the ground. “A bargain doesn’t need lots of attention, isn’t prone to disease or insect problems, and spreads on its own,” says Lexington, Kentucky–based landscape designer Jon Carloftis.…

Renovate for Rent

A year and a half ago, my (then) wife and I realized the inevitable: we needed to get a divorce. While it was mutual and we are the best of friends, I was suddenly faced with the reality of having to find a place to live suitable for myself and (more i…

The One Decorating Trick You Need to Know

…Or Why I Never Wear Polyester This is my personal mantra. I hate polyester with a passion. Perhaps it’s because it makes me feel like I’m about to run away and live in a teepee, spreading the gospel of peace and free love (read: I sweat A LOT in synthetic fabrics). Or maybe it’s because…

Add Home Value with Smart Spring Home Improvements

(BPT)—Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home. The push toward energy conservation and…