DIYs are usually as good as the people behind them. In no particular order, these are the top do-it-yourself best home decorators blog in the industry.

Vintage Revivals

Mandi Gubler is a fearless woman and a passionate believer who doesn’t believe in taking everything too seriously. To her, no project is too big and with her, you have to keep checking in daily to see what she will think of or make over next.

Young House Love

If you are a chronic do-it-yourselfer, you will get hooked on Young House Love and you will have a can’t-get-enough-of-it addiction to Sherry and John Petersik. One of the admirable things about them is their ability to admit when projects have gone wrong. When you are speaking of DIYing, the Petersiks have got the soul, passion and skills to do thework.

Old Town Home

You will find Alex and Wendy at Alexandria, Virginia.  These couples will open their home to any passionate makeover addict from anywhere in the world. The adventures behind their Victorian revival started in 2011 and since then, it has being a worthwhile journey. There is no renovation that is too big or small for this team and they are always ready to share their experience when they encounter any bump along the road.

The Design Confidential

Some transformations usually tell a story by themselves. This is how it feels with Rayan Turner who has a perfect eye, an attention to detail and smart decisions that will make you swoon. She is also friendly and witty in nature.


Although, most couples will tell you that the perfect idea of a date night is dinner and a movie, Justin and Cassity, the couple behind Remodelaholic, will say it is tearing down a wall. This is the story of these DIYing duo who is always re-creating spaces, thinking outside the box, and sticking to a budget that is quite tight.


Jen has got the heart and she doesn’t mind a little elbow grease either. This is the reason why she is on this list. Everything she touches with her DIY gusto will have you watching closely and wanting more.

Centsational Girl

You will be hooked on the countless remodels by Kate Riley who is a lawyer turned DIY fanatic. She usually give her followers a reassuring nudge to go ahead and try the project at home,  the projects that can used by both the pros and those who are not so handy.

Understanding Window Replacement Ratings

Yes, replacement windows are beneficial due to many reasons, but you need to understand its rating to enjoy all the benefits. After understanding window replacement ratings, you will be able to select the right windows as well as the stickler company to install them. Here is how the rating was done during last years’ St. Charles windows seller fair which i attended and witnessed how it was done following some of these measures


The ratings are accessible for a few types of replacement windows; however, the most detailed rating as well as the testing of windows is completed by the NFRC. The NFRC ratings are used by architects, homeowners, building officials, and contractors to review all types of windows. The NFRC label appended to a window incorporates 4 common window performance ratings.


U Factor: Use U factor to evaluate a window’s winter climate efficiency. Lower U factor means the window will keep heat inside your home. Thus, the lower U factor score is always better for keeping the house warm during winters.

SHGC: SHGC (Solar-heat- gain-coefficient) lets you know how well a window can avoid excess heat gain during sunny weather. It is usually indicated as a number between 0 & 1. Similar to U factor, its lower rating is always considered better; The window will restrict more excessive heat if the number is lower.

VT: VT or Visible transmittance informs you about the amount of light that can pass through the glass of the window. Visible transmittance has no impact on energy; this is why, it is less important than other two windows performance ratings.

Infiltration: Infiltration, or air leakage can cause more energy and less comfort. Its rating usually expressed between 0.1-0.3. So the less leakage means more energy saving and more comfort.


It is a fact that one should understand the window's rating, but it is also crucial to consider other factors when selecting windows such as its style and size, maintenance, viewing area, installation experience of the contractor, insulated glass, and of course the warranty of the window. These factors should not be ignored as these are not trial facts. The rating will tell you about the performance, but these facts will help you determine which replacement window is ideal for your home.


Visit the official site of the NFRC and watch the tutorial video to make an ideal window choice. Keep in mind that not all the windows are created equal, which means the rating can fluctuate in different products.


Before you can conclude on shopping for new windows, you have to know if it’s possible to fix the windows you have for more energy efficiency. Though replacing old windows with new ones will lower your energy bills, it might take years to recover the money you will spend on new windows and installation. Here are some advice an expert in window replacement in St. Charles, MO advised on when to repair and when to replace your windows.

Is it possible to repair rot and jammed sashes?

Check the windows for decay. A professional should be able to repair jammed sashes, rot and broken parts. The windows need to be removed and repaired if there are signs that water has penetrated around the frame before they rot. If condensation is seen between the layers of glass, you will need to replace the window or the sash which is likely to be covered by your warranty.

What ways can be used to make old windows more energy-efficient?

Weather stripping and caulking help in reducing drafts. After removing old caulk, use a caulking gun to replace the new caulk. Caulk between the window molding and house on the outside, and on the inside of the window, caulk around window trim. Make sure you apply it when humidity is low, must be above 45° F.

What are the precautions I can take for my house that was built before 1960?

Single-­pane windows are usually a cause for concern due to the friction of opening and closing the sashes which can release lead dust and then result in lead poisoning in children. It is better to replace these kind of windows as it eliminates the lead risk but there is a risk of increased lead dust during the project. Your contractor needs to be trained in lead-safe work practices because he will disturb the lead-based paint.  You have to check out the website of the Environmental Protection Agency to get a licensed professional.

Is it possible to replace the windows of a historic home that has its original windows?

Windows usually help in defining your home’s look and it can also be an important architectural detail. If you replace windows with leaded or stained glass, it can reduce the value of the house. The question to ask yourself is if the new windows will fit your home’s style or detract from it.

How do you Dispose of Paint Cans

This question arises every spring when home owners get spring fever and begin to clean the basements and attics. Paint cans pose a peculiar problem because they can contain dangerous chemicals to the environment toxic to humans and animals. You can have dry cans of latex and water-based paints disposed of in your regular garbage collection. But here are some great tips from a cabinet painter in St. Louis on how to handle such moment as these.

Municipal recycling programs do not accept paint cans. In most areas, paint cans are also prohibited in the trash. All paint cans, empty or full, must be taken to a regeneration depot for recycling. Do please ensure that each box is residential grade, does not leak, and has its original label before drop off. These cans are accepted free.

Most people do not know they can have cans of paint disposed of in their rented dumpster or their week trash cart. This is a good option if you do not have a lot of product remaining in the cans and if you do not have a dozen or more cans.

The main condition is that the paint cannot be in a liquid state. Prior to disposal, the paint must be dried up. For small amounts of excess liquid, add sand, cat litter or rapid dry granules directly into the paint can itself. Once you have put a drying agent, you can leave in the sun with the top put off for a faster action.

For large liquid volumes, it is better to spread the paint out either by turning it into a large bucket filled with sand or quick drying agent. Old newspapers may also help. If you have an old steel tub, you may also use it.

The most important thing is to make sure the paint is in the liquid state. If you can dry the paint in the paint can it came with, you may now throw the dried up paint can into the trash bin or dumpster. Leave the lid off the paint can. This is to prove to the garbage collector that the paint in the box is dry; otherwise, you he may remove the cans and leave them on the curb.


I spent some pretty amount of money when undergoing a little roof repairs in Miami replacing my Shingles. A damaged shingles can seriously reduce the life of a roof. In order to keep your house secure, it is important to evaluate and replace damaged shingles regularly to ensured a safe and dry home. If you notice that you have a damaged shingles, remove the damaged one and take the following steps to replace it.

1. Get the necessary replacement materials

If you want to replace shingles, it is obvious that you will need new shingles to replace the ones removed and also the materials needed to secure it. Most times, shingles that need replacement are usually three-tab asphalt shingles. You will need to match your new shingles to the old if your roof involves some other variety of shingle.

For you to properly complete the job, you will need:

Replacement shingles: Make sure you buy more than you will need at the home repair store because you might eventually need the extra.

Shingle cement or adhesive: This might be unnecessary because some shingles come with adhesive strips pre-installed but if you buy unbacked shingles, you might need to buy additional adhesive to secure them to the roof before you nail them.

Roofing nails: To secure most three-tab shingles, you’ll need heavy-duty roofing nails of about three inches length.

2. Install the new shingle

The new shingle should be placed in the same position as the old shingle that was removed. Remove the covering of the shingles if they backed with adhesive strips, push them into place and then nail them so as to secure them. Use the directions on the shingles you bought or use the other shingles on the roof as a guide.

3. Reseal the under edges of the three shingles

As you install them, lift each tab slightly on the shingles and apply an inch or 2.5 cm diameter spot of shingle cement under each tab. The tabs should be pressed down into the cement firmly to secure the shingle in place. Install the rest of the shingles, securing them with adhesive until you have installed all the damaged shingles along the row.

You can start working your way back up the roof finishing the damage portion,retail the loose shingles into place, if they are in good shape and then use the adhesive to secure them firmly onto the roof.

4. If there any loose shingles, secure them while you’re at it.

While working there, it is good to watch out for other areas that have the potential to become problematic in the future. Check out for weathered-looking shingles that might allow water to seep underneath. Re-secure them with your adhesive.

5. Instead of replacing a cracked or split shingles, fix them

If the shingles are brittle, curled, or difficult to pin back down, you will need to remove them.

Hiring a Home Remodeler  

17As the market crash for property several years ago start to recover, people are becoming interested in home remodeling once again because of the benefits that it would provide. It is important to note that you should never DIY home remodeling. Instead, hire an expert home remodeler. Experienced and authorized experts can make significant proposals and can then streamline and finish the whole home remodeling process for you. The experts would be able to finish expansive and little home remodeling projects, giving significant answers for property holders from the underlying configuration stage to a delightfully completed venture.

Tips for Hiring a Home Remodeler

18When you choose to procure a temporary worker to help you with a home remodeling, the initial step is to have the contractual worker give a quote or a gauge at the cost of the venture. Numerous mortgage holders ask for quotes from various temporary workers, in light of the fact that most contractual workers will give this administration for free. Property holders regularly acknowledge the quote offered at an affordable price, but perhaps not the cheapest because it is a reason for caution.

19Do you need to know the answer to the question: What would you be able to anticipate from a home remodel project? You will be given a report that diagrams the value that you will probably pay for the house redesign that you have asked. Regularly the biggest cost recorded on a gauge will be the materials cost. At the point when counseling with you in regards to your venture, your contractual worker ought to take definite estimations. These estimations are utilized to decide how much material will be required for ground surface, painting, drywall, and different components of the venture. In case it seems too cheap, then you should ask if there are any hidden costs. Likewise, make sure the worker knows what they are doing.

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