Category: home improvement

Simple Home Improvement Ideas

Big improvement doesn’t have to mean big money. There are so many little things that you can do to your home that will improve it’s appearance and it’s functionality. Then there are those that are just plain awesome! Check this out….


How To Pick The Right Painting Tools

There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment you get from standing back and looking at a freshly painted room. Whether it was just a touch up or a completely different color, it feels good! Getting there isn’t so easy though. Painting can be frustrating work. Streaks and drips…UGH!

It certainly helps when you have the right tools. Knowing what to use and how to use it can make all the difference. Watch the video below for which painting tools to use for your needs. Also, check out things like roller pan liners and gallon pour spouts! Little things like this can make life so much easier!


Kitchen & Bath Remodels on a Budget

Want to know how to give your kitchen or bath an updated look without breaking the bank? Here’s how…

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Paint Cabinets, Not Replace

With all of the products and techniques out there today, cabinets can look completely different just by painting them.

Painted Walls

A fresh coat of paint does wonders. If you want something more, why not try a painted design like stripes? You could even add some molding for even more depth.

Online Savings

A lot of times you can find great deals online. I recently saw a post on Craigslist where someone was remodeling their kitchen and selling their (barely used) cabinets CHEAP! You just never know!

Surplus Finds

Have you ever heard of the Habitat for Humanity stores? They sell the unused materials for a bargain. Check online for a store near you or any other discount store in your area.

Give Retro a Try

So many “vintage” things can be found at flea markets and antique stores. Why not re-purpose them into something with charm and function. The results can be amazing!

Do Most of the Work Yourself

You might get a little dirty but you can save a bundle. With all of the how-to videos online now, you can do virtually anything yourself now. Why not give it a try?

Hardware and Fixtures

It’s amazing what switching out the fixtures and hardware can do. Just changing out the hinges and handles on your cabinets can give your kitchen/bath a whole new look!

Piece by Piece

If you cannot afford to do it now, buy one piece at a time. Look for sales and discounts and buy then. Before you know it, you will have all of the things you need to do your room and the cost wont be as noticeable.

Redo What You Have

Have you looked to see whats under that linoleum? Maybe it’s hard wood. Counters in good shape? Why not try refinishing them? You could try tile or faux granite. Whatever is in good shape can be re-purposed into something wonderful with a little imagination and elbow grease.

Whatever it is you decide to do it will make a difference. Take notice of things you like online or at a friends house and think of ways to recreate it cheaply. You’ll be amazed at what you can do when you put your mind to it!


How to Replace A Kitchen Sink

Part of remodeling your kitchen is ripping out and installing a new sink. It doesn’t look easy, but it can be with the right tools and know how. Here are a couple of short videos that show you how to remove the old sink and how to install the new one. You’ll have your kitchen upgraded in no time. So grab your tools and let’s get to work!




Preventing Ice Damage

Last year was one of the worst winters for ice damage to homes. It seems almost everyone I talked with had some form of damage. Whether it was damage to the roof itself, the gutters, the inside of the home, or a complete roof collapse, it was disheartening to see so many home owners suffer!

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It doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to try and prevent this from happening. Here are just a few…

1, Make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Leaves and debris can cause the gutters to back up and ice to form on your roof. Winter storms build up snow on the roof. Heat from the building (through insulation, chimneys, and roof vents) and from the sun (solar gain) causes roof snow-melt. Melted snow runs down roof lines to valleys and eaves. The melted snow refreezes at the base of the valleys and at the roof eaves. As day/night time temperatures cycle up and down, the ice dams and icicles continue to grow and cause damage to your home.

2, Make sure you remove excess snow from your roof throughout the winter. This cuts down on the amount of snow melting and as a result, less water in your gutter to freeze and build up. The best way to do this is with a roof rake. Scrape as much as you can off for the best results. You may want to get a roof rake now. Once the snowstorms start, they are next to impossible to find!

3, Install an Ice Melt System. Here at Newhouse & Sun, we offer state-of-the-art Roof Ice Melt Systems. For more information, visit our Ice Melt information page HERE or call us at (978) 657-7274


How to Cut Crown Molding

There is no doubt about it, crown molding adds beauty and character to a home but it’s not always easy to do. So many times I have come across people trying to do it themselves and ruining piece after piece of molding. UGH!

There is another way. You could hire a professional or you could watch this step by step video on how to do it properly yourself. YouTube is amazing when it comes to how to videos. Anything you could ever want to know how to do is just a click away.

So watch this video on how to miter a perfect molding, grab your tools and let’s get to work!

Don’t have expensive power tools? That’s ok. You can do it by hand with a miter box. Here’s how….


How to Lay A Tile Floor

A tiled floor can add so much to your home. It can add value, quality and most of all, style! There are so many decisions to make. What kind of material? What colors? Shapes? The possibilities are endless.

Now that you’ve got your tile picked out, here comes the best part. Installing it! You could hire someone to do it but with this step by step video, you might want to try it yourself. It’s really pretty easy and it could save you a bundle! So grab your tile and let’s get to work!


Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where friends and family gather. It’s where we spend most of our time, so we want it to look the best that it can. Whether you are replacing or refinishing, here are some helpful tips to help you make the right decisions and the kitchen of your dreams.

Still need some more ideas? Check out this link from HGTV on different styles ideas! Some of them are really cool!

Good luck!


Build Your Own Kitchen Island

I love the look of a kitchen island. Not only does it add value to your home, but it adds warmth, design and best of all…STORAGE! Adding an island doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are so many styles and tricks that can keep costs to a minimum. Here is a short video that shows you how to make your own our of stock cabinets. Look how easy it is…

Think that’s too much work? Well here is a link with 33 kitchen island ideas. Everything from re-purposed desks to bookshelves! If you can dream it, it can happen!