Home Improvement

9 Secrets Only Contractors Know

Before you even think of working with a renovation pro, consider this insider intel from our panel of expert contractors.

The Secret Life of Your Dishwasher 

How to load, run, and make the most out of your kitchen appliance.

10 Tips for Organizing the Refrigerator

Like real estate, cold storage is all about location. Shelf or drawer? High or low? Follow this expert fridge-packing plan to keep contents fresh.

10 Decorating Mistakes You May Be Making (and How to Fix Them)

Not sure why your room doesn’t look quite right? You may have committed one of these 10 decorating offenses.

How Does a Refrigerator Work?

In the refrigeration cycle, there are five basic components: fluid refrigerant; a compressor, which controls the flow of refrigerant; the condenser coils (on the outside of the fridge); the evaporator coils (on the inside of the fridge); and something called an expansion device. Here’s how they interact to cool your food.

Why So Many Southern Porches Have Blue Ceilings

This design trick works no matter where you live.

Easy Home Makeovers
 

Refresh your entire house on a budget. Use our DIY tricks and stylish solutions for making easy upgrades that’ll give your home a brand new look.

5 Can’t-Miss Labor Day Sales You Can Shop Right Now

Get a head start on these big sales from your favorite stores so you can actually relax this Labor Day weekend.

5 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From My Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show makes renovating look easy—but it’s not. I found out the hard way.