Living Areas Projects & Advice

Tips and advice for more welcoming living spaces.

Bifold doors provide easy access to a room or area without requiring much clearance for opening. They are a convenient addition to closets, as well as a clever way to conceal a utility room or washing machine and clothes dryer.
By BlackAndDecker


A wall niche is kind of cubby hole carved into a stud wall, usually to house display shelving. These days, they are often seen as prefashioned inserts with an arch shape and Greco-Roman styling in higher-end housing, often with classical statuary within the niche sides. The niche shown here is a rather different animal. It is simply a wooden box that you slip into a hole in the wall and then trim out.
By BlackAndDecker

One great way to add cozy charm to a room is to build a window seat. Not only do window seats make a room more inviting, they provide functional benefits as well, particularly when you surround them with built-in shelving. The window seat shown here has a base built from above-the-refrigerator cabinets. This size provides just the right height (when placed on a 3” curb) to create a comfortable seat.
By BlackAndDecker

One great way to add cozy charm to a room is to build a window seat. Not only do window seats make a room more inviting, they provide functional benefits as well, particularly when you surround them with built-in shelving. The window seat shown here has a base built from above-the-refrigerator cabinets. This size provides just the right height (when placed on a 3” curb) to create a comfortable seat.
By BlackAndDecker

The irregular space beneath a staircase can be used for a variety of creative built-in projects. Because the dimensions and angles of understairs areas vary widely, finding stock cabinetry that fits the space is difficult. However, the design shown here can be built to fit almost any area.
By BlackAndDecker

The irregular space beneath a staircase can be used for a variety of creative built-in projects. Because the dimensions and angles of understairs areas vary widely, finding stock cabinetry that fits the space is difficult. However, the design shown here can be built to fit almost any area.
By BlackAndDecker

The irregular space beneath a staircase can be used for a variety of creative built-in projects. Because the dimensions and angles of understairs areas vary widely, finding stock cabinetry that fits the space is difficult. However, the design shown here can be built to fit almost any area.
By BlackAndDecker

If there’s one place in the house that collects everybody’s stuff, it’s the bathroom. Towels, clothes, cleaning supplies, even laundry. But some fancy design work using a couple of refrigerator wall cabinets and some cool carpentry create a niche spot that can provide a central location for all kinds of different items.
By BlackAndDecker

A room divider, like a partition wall, separates one large room into two usable spaces, each with its own specific function. But unlike a partition wall, a room divider adds storage space to your home, while letting you retain the open feeling of a larger room.
By BlackAndDecker

A room divider, like a partition wall, separates one large room into two usable spaces, each with its own specific function. But unlike a partition wall, a room divider adds storage space to your home, while letting you retain the open feeling of a larger room.
By BlackAndDecker

There are some new tools made especially for installing crown molding. Here's a website, www.crownmoldingconcepts.com , that has a 2 min video that shows an easy, accurate way to measure and cut crown molding. It uses some new tools made especially to measure and then easily cut crown molding on your miter saw. You cut angles but you use dimensions instead of degrees. Check it out.
By Tim Sr

Taking an heirloom rocking chair and giving it an update.
By A Little Knick Knack

I removed carpeting in dinning room and installed a bordered hardwood floor.
By BlackAndDecker

It runs backward But not forward. Won't shred
By blackwell472007

I bought new light switch covers only to realize the old ones has been cut to fit the space between the door trim and the switch.
By chelea_girl

An example of adding a door casing with decorative rosettes and plinth installation.
By BlackAndDecker

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