What’s With the Name?
Each of us has a home. Whether we rent, own, or live with other family
members, we get up and go to bed in the same place (most of the time).
Most of us are working to make our home and community better, either
through remodeling, community involvement, or simply painting a room in
the house a more cheerful color.
of us envisions the perfect home and community for our family and our
neighbors. And we work to get there - one project or cause at a time.
Anyone who’s owned a home for more than a few years knows that the list
of house and community projects never ends. But that doesn’t stop us
from tackling them, because every project moves us One Project Closer
to the perfect home, or community, or life. So that’s what the site is
about: tips, advice, experiences, products, reviews, giveaways,
finances, how-tos, tools, and more that help us build better homes,
communities, and lives. Whether we get to the perfect end, well, that’s
not really that important, is it?
So Who’s Writing Here?
In short: Fred, Kim, Ethan, and Jocie. We’re four best friends living
in the same community in the suburbs of Baltimore County, Maryland.
We’re married (Fred to Kim, Ethan to Jocie), and have three homes
between us. Fred & Kim live in a four bedroom traditional colonial
in the back of a cul-de-sac. Ethan & Jocie live in an end unit
townhome that backs to the woods on another court. Fred and Kim own
another townhome in a nearby community that they rent out.
Our community has about 450 homes on 130 acres, and is governed by an
active (but not too intrusive) Homeowners’ Association. We’ve a nearby
community pool, and are blessed to have a number of other friends
living close by.
This is a comprehensive guide for how to install a tile floor (ceramic or porcelain). Below you’ll find tutorials for every step of the process, with expert knowledge and tips from professional tile contractors. Read on for links to the individual articles and recommended tools for laying tile. We hope you enjoy the series!
This series covers everything for installing a ceramic or porcelain tile floor, including leveling the floor, installing underlayment, marking guides, laying tile and grouting joints. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the know-how to install tile in almost any situation. Keep in mind that the content is provided without warranty... read more at One Project Closer Posted 1 week 1 day ago.
Today we’re featuring a guest article by Ken from The Joy of Moldings
Jennifer’s kitchen is getting a top to bottom molding makeover. I just installed the crown molding and door trim (a Greek Revival eared architrave style), but still have the baseboard and wainscoting to go... read more at One Project Closer Posted 1 week 5 days ago.
This article is part of our library of DIY and expert Project Guides that share step-by-step explanations for a wide range of home improvement projects. As part of building this library, I follow expert contractors to the job site, documenting their steps, tips, techniques, and tools. We’re striving to be the best on the web! If you like what you read, please subscribe to our feed to keep up with all of the latest projects!
Most of last week, I followed expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they built this great looking backyard shed. This article covers all of the details for building the shed’s foundation and subfloor, framing its walls, constructing a hip roof, installing a double door and windows, adding siding, laying shingle, and much more... read more at One Project Closer Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago.
Repairing drywall is a great do-it-yourselfer task because tools and materials are cheap, and there’s very little risk (to you or the house). Plus, if you can master the repair, it’s a skill that will serve you well no matter if you own or rent. So before you call the local handyman next time, give yourself a chance to tackle this basic, home improvement project.
Editors Note: This is a great tutorial that I put together in March of 2012, and you can find this along with other top-notch articles in the Best of OPC section found in the right sidebar. If you read through the comments, you’ll find some alternative drywall repair suggestions, and some of them are valid options. However, the method I describe here is tried-and-true, and it results in a flawless, durable patch every time... read more at One Project Closer Posted 4 weeks 3 hours ago.