My Idea Notebook goes everywhere that I go! It usually stays in the car, but I always have it handy should I need a measurement, a color, or a description for someone who’s helping us make this home a reality — such as a bank lender, blueprint designer, or cabinet installer. Or, if my friends & relatives have a question or make a suggestion on the fly, then I just grab the Idea Notebook and add it to my collection of great ideas.
The type of drawer pulls you choose for the different rooms in your home says a lot about your style and personality. Rustic drawer pulls, give a room a very unique feel and charm. Here are some rustic drawer pulls that would look great in a log home, log cabin, or a lodge.
When building or remodeling a log home kitchen, one of the most important decisions you will make is which cabinets to buy. Style, cost, and overall theme are all considerations when choosing kitchen cabinets for your log home.
Do you have a copper sink in your log home? Are you thinking about getting one? Copper sinks make a beautiful and practical addition to any home’s bathroom, kitchen, or washroom. Here are a few of the great things about copper sinks.
Here’s how to incorporate feng shui in the rooms of your home.
Compared to porcelain tile, Travertine tile is easier to cut and shape. Because of this, it has become a favorite for many people, including home builders. Following are some of the pros and cons of using Travertine tile for the flooring, countertops and backsplashes inside your home.
Copper sinks have become very popular in households these days. Today’s homes are all about the upgrades like granite countertops, stainless appliances, natural tile floors, and custom cabinetry. With this level of investment, the addition of a copper sink just makes sense.
Here’s what to look for and how to care for a copper sink.
According to The National Kitchen and Bath Association and The Home Improvement Research Institute, here’s what people spend for things when they’re remodeling their kitchen… …
There is so much variety in the products available to us today, that it is difficult to stay abreast of all the latest changes in bathroom and kitchen design, as well as the trends that are shaping the future of kitchens and baths. Here, I’ve summarized a number of kitchen and bath trends that I’ve noticed while reading through home magazines, newspapers, and online reports in recent months.
Here’s a great list of environmentally-friendly green log home products and suppliers. So, if you’re trying to make your currently log home more green or you’ll soon be building your very own green log home, here are some companies that will make your life easier!
Yesterday’s recall of 92,000 wall microwave oven units includes GE, GE Profile, and Kenmore microwave ovens. Anyone who has one of these microwave ovens should stop using it immediately. GE and Sears are offering either a free repair or a significant rebate on a new microwave oven. Here’s the scoop…
Tips for dishwasher shopping. Plus, the top 5 dishwashers that did best in tests and reviews…
This free online program lets you see what various tile floors would look like — BEFORE you go to pick out your tile in the stores!
We’ve thought about joining the Direct Buy membership club for some time now. But I recently heard from a reputable source a whole ‘nother take on DirectBuy. I found this QUITE interesting…
I mostly concentrated on the products that stood out to me as the best from the get-go. In my mind, we’ll probably be buying one of these microwave/convection ovens, and one of these cooktop/stoves…
Some of the pros and cons of side by side refrigerators vs french door refrigerators…
Since freezerless models don’t appear to have the built-in ice & water dispenser, the plan now is to buy regular refrigerator — with or without a freezer attached, but DEFINITELY with lots of fresh food storage capacity — for the kitchen and also buy a standalone full-size freezer for the pantry, for all our frozen food needs. In my mind, that’s the best of both worlds. Yay… I think I’ve finally found the answer to our cold food storage needs!
Here are the notes from my reviews of refrigerators. In the end, the GE Profile Energy Star and Maytag Ice20 were my top choices for refrigerators.
Overall, GE — mostly their Profile line — and Maytag — also sold as Whirlpool — have kitchen appliances, washers and dryers that seem far superior to me than all of the other brands I looked at.
Here are some things I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of when it comes to buying a new refrigerator, keeping it running efficiently, and saving money in the process.
Floorplanner.com and other online programs like this make it easy to design and decorate all the rooms in your house! They’re great because they let you to see exactly how things will look inside the rooms of your house without having to just visualize it in your mind. Most of these tools also permit you to enter your exact room dimensions. Some even allow you to draw in objects of your own choosing. Here are some free online design tools to consider.
John Anthony put together a nice little summary of what’s hot and what’s not in terms of home design and remodeling these days. John’s report was based on research he conducted for the National Association of Realtors. I summarize them here to keep people thinking about ‘the big picture’ and the wide variety of options you have available to you when building or remodeling a home, based on current trends.
Want to buy your loved one something special ‘for the house’? Here’s a fun & creative way to surprise your loved one with your very ‘special’ gift on that very special day. See how to package your ‘special’ gift… in a way that only a devoted homebuilder who loves you dearly could appreciate!
Following are a wide variety of photos taken inside log homes. This set of photographs will give you some design and decorating ideas for your own log home kitchen.
Considering these kitchen design issues on the front-end — before you build — could prevent you from having to make big changes later on down the line.
Three things make this log home unique… 1. The big, open floorplan… and the big open windows. 2. The bi-level flooring in the bathrooms, that ‘hides’ the plumbing. 3. The wide open kitchen and curved island with the stove in the center. Have a look…