Easy Christmas Window Decorations

Are you looking for a few ideas of easy Christmas Window Decorations that you can create at the last minute? Perhaps your kids are arriving home from college and you haven’t had time to decorate yet. Or maybe they have had a last-minute change in plans just like in the Tim Allen movie, “Christmas with the Kranks” and they decided to come home for Christmas after all. Check out the movie! Read more

Painted Window Muntins

Okay let’s be honest, painted window muntins isn’t exactly something you would consider doing inside your home. But for an old, run-down garden shed, and a budget of 2 bucks, painted window muntins may be just what the doctor ordered. After all, your garden shed is likely located off in the distance in your backyard. So, from the street, nobody will ever know you simply painted on the muntins to match the style of your home. Why spend the money on authentic muntins? Read more

DIY Window Muntins

DIY Window Muntins may be just the weekend project you were looking for. Of course, my recommendation is to install genuine, professionally built, Muntin Bars. But if your budget is tight, and you feel you have the skills, you may want to consider DIY Window Muntins in the interim. With a little free time, a few basic tools, and a minimal skill level, you can complete this project in an afternoon. All you need is a measuring tape and a pair of household scissors. Well maybe a simple calculator as well, if you’re a little rusty in math. Read more

Hurricane Proof Windows

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, I have hurricane proof windows on my mind. Storms like this form rapidly and approach the coast in just a few days. With winds of 155 MPH, a storm of this magnitude can be terrifying. The thought of broken glass flying through your home is chilling. That image led me on a search to find quick DIY tips for creating hurricane proof windows in a hurry. Read more

Meeting Rail Alignment

I came across this meeting rail alignment video entitled “How to Make Meeting Rails Line Up.” Although I think it should be called, “How to Temporarily Make Meeting Rails Line Up Until You Have the Time to Fix it Properly.” I guess they thought that title would be too long. Nonetheless, the video is a good example of a meeting rail alignment problem that is quite common in older homes. Read more

Locating Window Leaks

Locating window leaks in your home can be challenging to say the least, as the source of the leak could be something other than the window itself. In fact, water intrusion near the top of the window, more often than not, comes from another source, such as a roof leak, clogged gutters, failing flashing, or damaged soffits. Read more

Spring Home Inspection Checklist

Now that the weather has finally turned the corner, we thought it would be a good time to share our spring home inspection checklist. It seemed like winter would never end, but spring has finally sprung. If you are like most home owners, you hunkered down for winter and have totally ignored the exterior of your home. After all, its much cozier inside by the fireplace, rather than trying to climb a ladder outside in the cold, wearing boots, mitts, and a parka. But that’s all behind us now, so you can head outside to enjoy the fresh air and take along our spring home inspection checklist. Read more

Black Window Trim

Black window trim can provide a unique, contemporary look for your home or office. The appearance can be particularly stunning when black window trim is incorporated into a modern décor. In many cases the use of black or another dark color can eliminate the need for costly window treatments. The trim itself, with its high contrast, becomes the focal point of the windows. This is an added benefit in a small room where heavy curtains can overpower the space. Eliminating the curtains can also be an advantage in darker spaces, where the additional light is much welcomed. Read more

Window sill dry rot is a common problem on older homes. This is especially true if the home in question was poorly maintained. If the home owner neglected peeling paint or cracks in the caulking, window sill dry rot is inevitable. Once the wood is damaged, its too late for a fresh coat of paint. You will need to dig deeper and remove the dry rot. I found this handy video that demonstrates the easy steps required to remove window sill dry rot like a pro. Read more

Window Light Box

Adding a window light box to a dark room in your home may the perfect solution to illuminate the poorly lit space. Basements, particularly in northern homes can be dark and dingy due to the tiny windows just above ground level. The same can be true for attics that have been converted into a living spaces or toy room for the kids. Sometimes it is all but impossible to add a real window due to structural constraints. If there are few or no windows in the space, installing a window light box can provide the feeling of natural light entering the room. Read more