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An inspirational home improvement blog for building and maintaining a lovely dwelling.

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How to Turn a Closet into an Office Space

Mark Watson, April 29
It is becoming increasingly common for people to work at home. For Northern Virginia homeowners, the ability to workfalse

Spring Cleaning: 4 Ways to Utilize Your Garage Space

Mark Watson, April 21
Though many home improvement projects involve expanding the size of your house, true innovation means taking advantagefalse

Perfect Pancakes from Scratch

Mark Watson, April 7
Here's a taste from the latest issue of House Calls that will transport you back-in-time for breakfast with Oldfalse

How to Create a Homemade Compost Bin

Mark Watson, March 31
If you're planning to expand your garden this spring, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to startfalse

7 Uses for Reclaimed Wood

Joe LeVecchi, March 26
Reclaimed wood features a weathered, natural appearance and a luxurious patina that modern finishing techniques aren'tfalse

Top Four DIY Projects Under $50

Mark Watson, March 19
Homeowners who live in Northern Virginia and the area surrounding the nation’s capital know how important regularfalse

Enhanced Equipment: Essential Items For Your DIY Toolkit

Joe LeVecchi, March 14
No matter how innovative your ideas or careful your workmanship, no home improvement project can succeed without thefalse

The Shades of Winter: 6 Color Schemes For Your Home

Joe LeVecchi, January 3
Winters in Northern Virginia can be brutally coldand depressingly gray. One creative way to fight the blues whilefalse


Mark Watson, December 23
Now that winter is officially upon us, nothing beats the heat and soothing crackling sound of a wood-burning fireplace.false

Protect Your Deck: 6 Winter Tips

Joe LeVecchi, December 15
The Greater Washington winter months can be brutally cold. During the winter, your home's exterior, including yourfalse