By Michael Floyd and Bilal Ghalib Make: Imagine taking a deliciously long hot shower… Sounds great, except for all that fresh water and heat energy pouring down the drain! Well now you can enjoy long showers without the waste. Recover and recycle the water and heat, cutting your shower’s environmental footprint by about 90% with Showerloop, one of many great projects prototyped at POC21. Showerloop is an open source hot water recycling system for super efficient personal hygiene. According to the project’s founder, Jason Selvarajan, the recycled water meets or even exceeds US and EU drinking water standards.
Before: Our completely separated living room and dining rooms (and vivid paint selections from the prior owners). You can create smaller openings to get some of the benefits, while still maintaining more of a distinction between the rooms.
Some people curb boredom with television. These people installed a massive slide inside their apartment. Why? According to the Contemporist, it’s so they wouldn’t get bored with the design in a year or so, because they wanted to have a special element in their home, and because they wanted to wow guests.
All-white and neutral bathrooms have become the standard safe (and staid) design choice. It’s time to shake things up! When minimalist design became popular over the last few years, white-on-white bathroom color schemes followed suit — with once-trendy avocado or pink bathrooms of the 1950s especially scorned. But this bathroom whiteout has now gone so far that it’s become uniform. Your bathroom should reflect your unique style and personality, just as every other room in your home does. Here are a few ideas for how to brighten up your space: Pull out a paintbrush: You’ve got a statement wall in your living room, so why not try one in your bathroom?
Preparing for winter doesn’t have to be a chore! Read on for 23 fun and fast DIY ways to keep your home warm and weatherproof, no matter what the season brings. —Manasa Reddigari
Preparing for winter doesn’t have to be a chore! Read on for 23 fun and fast DIY ways to keep your home warm and weatherproof, no matter what the season brings. —Manasa Reddigari 1. Slick Solution Still breaking your back shoveling snow from the driveway?
Still, when other around-the-house fixes rank as higher priorities, sometimes you just learn to live with poor water pressure. Don’t let low water pressure ruin your reputation as the host with the most! Resolve to finally achieve a healthy flow of water—for you and all of your future houseguests—by trying any of the following solutions, ranging from quick fixes to extensive projects. —Jill Lawrence-O’Hara Photo: fotosearch.com First things first: Contact your neighbors to see if they are experiencing similarly low water pressure. If so, the source of the problem may be with the city’s municipal water system. Before calling your local provider, you can test the city water pressure yourself using a water pressure test gauge with a hose connection.
When you first moved in, you had good intentions: You bought a filing cabinet, carefully folded your clothes into closets and bureaus, and vowed that your kitchen countertops would never be (too) cluttered. But before you knew it (or had even finished moving in), life happened: Opened letters and stray keys carved out homes in nooks, every book became a “coffee table book,” and your bed became “storage space” for clothes. Have no fear—our favorite space-saving solutions for every room in the house are here to rescue you: By Leslie Stephens. Related: 10 Ways To Make a Tiny Apartment Feel Bigger & Cozier 5 Ways to Freshen Up a Space Without Spending a Cen
By Angel Chang, writer at LittleThings.com My greatest winter fear isn’t braving the subzero-degree temperatures outside. Rather, it’s keeping my home and family warm on the inside! Lately, I’ve come across many tips to prepare the home for winter, like this hack to keep the foyer nice and dry with special boot trays. But I’d like to dig deeper, and look for simple tricks that will help circulate air and retain heat in all the rooms in my home.
They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but in the kitchen, what you don’t know can breed a swarm of fruit flies and taint your water with limescale. Limescale!! Kitchens are full of festering nooks and crannies that you undoubtedly never think to clean, so to find out about these hidden problem areas we talked to Melissa Maker from Clean My Space and Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid.
Winter is coming! Is your house ready to deal with harsh winter winds, blowing snow, and frosty windows? A well winterized home has what it takes to stand up to winter temps, keeping warm air in and cold air—well—out in the cold. Luckily, winterizing your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
A fireplace facelift can take your living space from “whatever” to “wow!” Whether you’re contemplating a full-on renovation or looking for an easy weekend upgrade, get inspired by these ideas that will transform your hearth to the heart of your decor. By Susan Kleinman, HGTV.com Budget-Friendly: Paint to the Rescue Photo By: Frankie Norstad; Design By: Susan Diana Harris Interior designer Susan Diana Harris, Allied ASID, is crazy about color, and she used it to great effect around this fireplace. The brick surround was painted Benjamin Moore’s Douglas Fir to complement the room’s Spring Moss walls, and gorgeous paintings by artist Erin E Sorensen depict the homeowners’ view of the nearby San Francisco Bay.
Home heating bills can be daunting, especially for those who live in colder climates. But there are ways to keep costs down without resorting to wearing jackets indoors. Here are 9 easy hacks that will help keep your home toasty at a budget-friendly price. —Faith Tower
I love it when a house has history. And yet, a great origin story isn’t even the best part about living in a converted building. It’s the revealing architecture and all those little design touches that sentimental owners leave intact from their home’s former life–each one offering its own clue about the people or things that used to live there. We’ve been lucky enough to feature a few converted homes here on Apartment Therapy, some of which are collected here for you to browse and admire.
By Farima Alavi, HGTV.com Whether you haven’t baked since slap bracelets were in or just want to upgrade your kitchenware, there are plenty of ways to use those supplies outside the kitchen. Keep reading to see how common kitchen tools can be used as storage, like the muffin tin below that holds your bathroom toiletries — genius! Photo courtesy of Kimberly Ludy Teacup Jewelry Holder You love grandma’s vintage tea set, but might not have anywhere to display it. Unscramble Your Thread Photo courtesy of Michele Pacey I seem to collect countless spools of thread and organizing them is nearly impossible. Grater Pencil Holder Photo courtesy of Alicia McDonald and Jamie Ritter Stick floral foam into an old grater, and stick pencils or other kitchen utensils into the foam to keep your kids’ craft space tidy.
Transform every room with wallet-friendly and easy weekend projects. By Jacquelyn McGilvray, DIYNetwork.com Enhance the Entry First impressions matter. Invest in a new front door or paint your old one, it can dramatically change the look of your home and enhance curb appeal. Try other easy DIY fixes like repainting the exterior trim, replacing the house numbers or installing new outdoor lighting.
By Elsie Larson, Zillow As a home and lifestyle blogger on A Beautiful Mess, I’ve had several home-buying experiences, both for my personal home and my work. They’ve all had one thing in common: they’re older “fixer-upper” homes. Sometimes older homes’ outdated paint colors, fixtures and appliances scare off buyers. But making cosmetic changes to update the home to your taste might be more affordable than you’d expect.
We’ve all paid mind to those pesky design rules: Don’t use large furniture in small spaces, stay away from bold colors, all four legs need to be on the area rug. Fortunately, rules were meant to be broken. Here’s a look at common home design phobias you can overcome to get creative in your space. By Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Related
2. Choose the Type: Either loose fill or batt (also known as blanket insulation) work best for uninsulated areas or to layer over any insulation already in place. Select loose fill insulation if your space has joists with irregular spacing, many obstructions to work around or limited space for you to move in while installing the insulation. Use batt insulation when the opposite is true – regular joist spacing, few impediments and ample headroom.
We may be constantly bombarded with ads for pricey products and pills claiming to enhance our sex lives, but scientists suggest that a variety of simple little household tasks and routines can be effective in unlocking better and more frequent sex for you and your partner. That’s right: You can DIY spending more time between the sheets by paying attention to how those sheets are cleaned, folded, and put away. Click through the slideshow above for some easy ideas, or get the gist of the idea below: Share household chores A study of 1,338 heterosexual German couples revealed that when a man felt he was making fair contributions to household chores, the couple had more sex and each partner reported more sexual satisfaction. The study’s authors have a theory why dusting and lusting might be linked. “A division of household labor perceived to be fair ensures that partners feel respected while carrying out the tasks of daily life. … Completing housework may or may not be enjoyable, but knowing that a partner is pulling his weight prevents anger and bitterness, creating more fertile ground in which a (satisfying) sexual encounter may occur,” says study author Matt Johnson, a professor in the human ecology department at the University of Alberta.
“Hiring a designer saves you time and money in the long run, so you don’t make expensive errors,” says south Florida-based designer Meredith Marlow. Keep Plumbing Where It Is Another reason to work with a designer on your bathroom renovation: Using the existing piping will save you big bucks. Relocating utilities like the toilet and the bathtub are no small task: Designer Justin Riordan says it costs about $5,000 each time you move plumbing fixtures. A frame will also hide any age-related wear, says Karen Gray Plaisted, a Warwick, N.Y.-based home stager and decorator.
After evaluating your budget, scope and needs, you’ll be prepared to discuss realistic remodeling goals with a contractor. By Laurie March, DIYNetwork.com Kitchen design by Judith Balis; photo by Boise Home Photography You squint your eyes as you stare at your old kitchen, pretending you’re seeing white Shaker-style doors, stainless appliances and a walk-in pantry. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a new faucet with a sprayer that works, too? And how about a gorgeous, tile backsplash?