Home Improvement Tips

How to tips and interior design advice for your home’s needs. Home improvement tips and tricks to keep your house clean and up to date. Carpenter and Home Improvement contractor in Suffolk County, NY for over 30 Years.

  • How To: From storing Christmas lights to cleaning hard wood floors, here are home improvement tips that will help you keep your home clean and lively all year round. 
  • Interior Design: Updating your home can be as easy as adding a coat of paint. If you are looking for a quick Do-It-Yourself project or want to tackle an entire room over the weekend, check out these tips that are sure to help bring new life to your interior decor. 

Click on a photo below to view how-to tips and design ideas to keep your home fresh and up to date.


How To Tips

Keeping up with your home can be a difficult challenge. Here you can find helpful home improvement tips that range from making small household repairs to storing seasonal decorations.


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Property Value: Five Design Ideas

Anyone who has ever sold a house knows how important property value is and how “curb appeal” can make or break a sell. According to real estate experts, small updates can be made that cost less and are less time consuming than a complete re-do on the exterior. Jennifer…

Christmas lights
Christmas Lights: Storing for Next Year

Here is helpful list from housekeeping.com on how to store Christmas lights, without them getting all tangled for next year! Cardboard- Recycle some of the cardboard that you received with gifts or from boxes in the mail for this do-it-yourself  Christmas lights storage project.  Cut some heavy pieces of cardboard…

Christmas Trees
Christmas Tree Safety

Throughout the month of December, it is important to check your live Christmas tree and water it daily. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Here are some tips to remember during the Christmas…

Summer Storm Preparedness

Home | Home Improvement Tips | Summer Storm Preparedness Ah summer, so good to be back. There’s just something about it: the warm weather, sunshine, and a summer storm? A summer storm has the ability to be quite dangerous and can leave your family suffering if the house is…

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23 Tips for Keeping a Cool House

Is the hot weather getting you down, but you can’t get yourself to put in the air conditioners just yet? Well then these tips are for you! There are so many thoughts when wondering how you can keep a cool house during summer: Should I use window fans? Which…

ants
Getting Rid of Ants Naturally

By this time, you have noticed if you have a full-on ant problem. Its okay, it happens every year when the warm weather moves in. Yes, we know that those ant traps laying around the house are an eye-sore but there’s no other solution, right? Wrong. Ants can be…

sun bleached hard wood floor
Repair Sun Damaged Hardwood Flooring

Everyone loves hardwood flooring, it has a nice look- and completes any room. However, exposure to sunlight from a window or door can speed up the oxidation and the aging of your hardwood flooring, and take away the original beauty. Before ripping up the entire floor, look to see…

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Demolishing A Wood Deck

Have you started planning a new deck, but still have your old one standing? Thankfully, demolishing a wood deck is a lot more fun then building one. Bonus, you can do it yourself! Nailed on decking is easier to remove than screwed on deck boards, but the right leveraging…

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Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Its time to open up all the windows, shake out the cobwebs and start that spring cleaning! You may want to consider some eco-friendly spring cleaning tips this year. Many chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous then the dirt on your floor. The common cleaning…

ice dam
Ice Dam: What Is It?

What is an Ice Dam? An ice dam develops on the edge of your roof, however they can form elsewhere depending on slope and style of the roof. Look closely at the icicles around the exterior of your house, are they confined around the gutters? If so, and there…

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Winter Home Improvement Tips

It is cold, but there are things you can do to keep your heating bill from going through the roof. Here is a list of 6 winter home improvement tips to keep the heat inside your house this winter. Upgrade the heating system. 30% of an average home’s energy…

How to Maintain the Home for Fall and Winter

The cold weather is upon us, that means it’s time to prepare the home for fall and winter. Most of the work that needs to be done can be accomplished by yourself. Follow these tips and you will surely lower those utility bills and protect your investment! Tune up…

How To Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters is one of the most important projects on the household to-do list, however, it usually is the last thing to ever be done. Many people end up waiting too long to clean their gutters and they cause damage once it’s too late. Cleaning out your…

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Cleaning Painted Doors

Your front door is dirty and you are not sure how to properly clean it without removing the beautiful paint job you had done last month. Have no fear, cleaning painted doors can be done in just a few steps. Whether it is made out of metal, fiberglass, or…

protect wood from humidity
Protect Wood From Humidity

One of the biggest concerns when remodeling wood projects in the home is humidity. Excessive moisture in the air (humidity) ruins the beautiful and natural look of wood. If you live in a predominantly humid climate, there is no need to worry. All it takes is  just a little…

moulding
Moulding: Your Guide to Buying It

Moulding is a great way to hide small imperfections whilst complementing the style of a room. There are three different styles that can suit your decor needs. However, your options are limitless. Here is a handy list on how to choose what type of moulding you need, and how…

Decorating Your Mantle

So you have just had a new mantle installed. Isn’t it beautiful? But how are you going to keep up the good looks all year long without having it look bare? Decorating your mantle is a quick and easy way to spice up your home. The mantle is often…


Interior Design

Whether it be decorating for the fall or making a small room appear larger, click on a photo below to explore simple ideas that you can easily incorporate into your house.


Christmas lights
Christmas Lights: Storing for Next Year

Here is helpful list from housekeeping.com on how to store Christmas lights, without them getting all tangled for next year! Cardboard- Recycle some of the cardboard that you received with gifts or from boxes in the mail for this do-it-yourself  Christmas lights storage project.  Cut some heavy pieces of cardboard…

Christmas Trees
Christmas Tree Safety

Throughout the month of December, it is important to check your live Christmas tree and water it daily. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Here are some tips to remember during the Christmas…

sun bleached hard wood floor
Repair Sun Damaged Hardwood Flooring

Everyone loves hardwood flooring, it has a nice look- and completes any room. However, exposure to sunlight from a window or door can speed up the oxidation and the aging of your hardwood flooring, and take away the original beauty. Before ripping up the entire floor, look to see…

small room design
How To Make a Small Room Look Bigger

A small room can feel confined and uncomfortable. But there are certain tricks and interior design tips that you can follow, to make your room seem much larger than it actually is. Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy which helps maximize…

hardwood floor versus laminate
Hardwood vs. Laminate

Every week there is a different sale advertised on TV or in the newspaper for laminate flooring. While laminate is a cheap alternative to hardwood, there are pros and cons of each. Here is a list to help you decide between purchasing hardwood or laminate flooring for your home….

colorful doors
Cleaning Painted Doors

Your front door is dirty and you are not sure how to properly clean it without removing the beautiful paint job you had done last month. Have no fear, cleaning painted doors can be done in just a few steps. Whether it is made out of metal, fiberglass, or…

protect wood from humidity
Protect Wood From Humidity

One of the biggest concerns when remodeling wood projects in the home is humidity. Excessive moisture in the air (humidity) ruins the beautiful and natural look of wood. If you live in a predominantly humid climate, there is no need to worry. All it takes is  just a little…

moulding
Moulding: Your Guide to Buying It

Moulding is a great way to hide small imperfections whilst complementing the style of a room. There are three different styles that can suit your decor needs. However, your options are limitless. Here is a handy list on how to choose what type of moulding you need, and how…

Decorating Your Mantle

So you have just had a new mantle installed. Isn’t it beautiful? But how are you going to keep up the good looks all year long without having it look bare? Decorating your mantle is a quick and easy way to spice up your home. The mantle is often…

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