Archive for January, 2012

Batten Board

master after (right side)

Give a room or accent wall some personality with batten board wainscoting.  It breaks up bare walls, can be used in many different kinds of rooms, and is relatively inexpensive for a DIYer to install. Batten board wainscoting can be 3-feet tall, 6-feet tall, or really any height you like, and topped with a decorative cap or shelf.

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Decorative Entry Light

decorative entry light

Good lighting in a home can make it easier to function within an area, improve the appearance of a space, and even have positive psychological effects on the people who live there.  Updating or upgrading the decorative lighting in your home to fit your style can also make a big impact on the design and feel of the space.  I recently installed a new chandelier in an entryway that I think sets a beautiful tone for the home the minute you step through the front door.

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Lathe Creations

Uncle Jon's wood bowl

When Desiree and I got this unique hand-made wooden bowl as a wedding gift from Desiree’s Uncle Jon, I couldn’t help but stare at it, trying to figure out how he made it.  That was before Desiree’s dad introduced me to a tool called a lathe.

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Built-In Raised Laundry Platform

raised laundry platform

We bought a front load washer and dryer 5 years ago when we built our home.  Instead of paying the $600 for washer & dryer pedestals (which are nice for raising the height of the washer and dryer as well as providing storage), I built a raised platform in our laundry room out of left-over building materials I already had.  Raising front load washers and dryers makes doing laundry more ergonomic,  with less bending over.  I recently built a raised laundry platform in another home that improved upon my origional design by adding tile, cubbies for laundry bins below and additional built-in storage shelving.

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