Thinking of a DIY Wood Pallet Bed? Why We SHOULD NOT Be Using Pallets in Our Interiors

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Okay, here's the deal, I came across a blogger rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors for things like a DIY wood pallet bed or flooring. The arguments are compelling indeed and have made me re-think all those 'pallet projects' I've promoted over the years. 

Consider the history of recycled wood pallets

  • They are “exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects” and bird droppings.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Remodeling Budget for 2015

Image: Republic West Remodeling

Every year REALTOR Magazine puts out a report called Cost vs. Value in which they advise homeowners* which remodeling projects will net the biggest turn on investment. The 2015 report can be summed up simply: less  is more. 

Photo: silive

For example, a steel door replacement, can return a whopping 101.8 percent of cost–and the cost in consideration is a professional installation ($1,230 national average), so just think of the added value of a DIY installation. Continue Reading

Is This The END of IKEAHackers??

Have you heard? Jules, the driving force behind IKEAHackers received a not-so-subtle visit from The Mother Ship in the form of a Cease & Desist letter. What was the letter asking her to cease & desist from doing? Using the name IKEA in her website’s domain name. Jules admits when she started  IKEAHackers back in ’06 she did so as a naive ” crazy fan” not really thinking about copyright infringement and the like. Now, 8 years later, Jules was faced with some tough decisions and tough lawyer talk. Continue Reading

The Best Small Home Plan of 2013

Bigger is not always more beautiful when it comes to architecture.  Nir Pearlson’s energy-wise Plan 890-1 proves it. A rather ho-hum name for Fine Homebuilding Magazine‘s top pick for Small Home Plan of 2013. So how small is it? Eight-hundred square feet, but the open living space inside makes it seem much larger than its tiny footprint. The two bedroom, one bathroom ‘garden cottage’ oozes a modern/rustic charm both inside and out. Continue Reading

This Home is a Teardown?

Back in 1970, the former head of the Dayton-Hudson Corp., Ken Dayton and his wife, Judy commissioned Romaldo Giurgola to design a home on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN. The 8,500 sf outcome is pictured above. Last year, the home changed hands for a cool  $10 million. The new owners, Cargil heir Donald C. MacMillan and wife Judy, have new plans for the home. Demolish it to make room for a bigger 9,095 sf home with a 2,085 sf guest/pool house connected via breezeway. Continue Reading

6 of the Creepiest Things Found by Homeowners

These six scenarios sound like something straight out of a Stephen KIng novel. I posit that they’re even scarier because they’re REAL. From less to most creepy (although that is totally subjective) here they are…

Number SIX on the creep-out scale: Finding out your new home is located atop a burial ground. How’d the homeowner discover this? When foundation was being dug for some remodeling and a human skull rolled out. 

Number FIVE on the heebie-geebie list: Discovering your home is home to a snake hibernaculum by way of the slithering sound coming from inside your walls. Continue Reading

For Sale: The Skinniest House in NYC

created at: 10/26/2011

The property at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in the West Village of NYC, is famous for once being the home to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margret Mead, Cary Grant and John Barrymore. Also known as the Millay House, it may also be the skinniest in the city. Built in 1850, the property is a scant 9 feet wide.   

The Kitchen at 75 1/2 Bedford Street

But what it lacks in width it makes up for in ammenities, which include marble facades, custom millwork, and a master bath complete with a balcony that overlooks a private back garden. Continue Reading

The Ostrich: Weird or Wonderful?

created at: 05/31/2011

You might be able to guess what this is just by considering the name. If you can’t, take a look at the ‘Ostrich’ in action:   


The makers describe it as a sort of pillow/cushion/bed/garment hybrid. Besides a means to escape, it’s perfect for taking ‘power naps’ at our desks. Not for those prone to claustrophobia, I’m guessing. 




Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

created at: 05/31/2011

Hi friends, I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for supporting Curbly and driving our incredible growth this year. This May, we surpassed 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time ever, and that’s a pretty big deal for us. Our Facebook page has more than 4,000 fans, and our Twitter flock is, well, OK, still a little small but we’re working on it (hint: go follow us on Twitter!). 

In fact, we’re so thrilled you choose to visit us every day, we’d like to offer you a thank-you gift: a free copy of our Make It! Continue Reading