Building an Office Desk

Building an Office Desk

In my life as a carpenter, author and business owner, I spend long hours at my desk banging away at my ToughBook keyboard. When it came time to upgrade my old hand-me-down writing surface, I already knew what I wanted in a new work space. First, I wanted to customize the desk’s size to the [...]

DIY Closet Shelves

Closet Shelves

 Closet space is one of the most under utilized but totally upgradeable spaces in our homes—particularly linen and hall closets. In the houses I’ve worked in during my career, it seems that whether they’re new builds or old-time fixer-uppers, the closets are either painfully devoid of shelf space or packed with some wood and stick [...]

DIY Storage

DIY Storage

Garages, woodshops and workshops are perennially starved for space and organization—and mine is one of them. It’s forever jam-packed with tools, materials and work surfaces that collect clutter. While having a mother lode of tools for woodworking, home improvement and contracting are key to getting the job done for me—or for running a profitable, efficient [...]

Building a Pergola

Building a Par-Gade-O-La

A P-Ar-What-O-La? A P-Ar-GaDe-O-La. The Mission of this project is to battle the blandness of the all-too- often overlooked side-yard of so many houses. You know the place, the boring home on your HVAC unit, random fan, the ladder you use twice a year, flower pots for that gardening project you’ll eventually start. You get [...]

Norm Abram

MyFixitUpLife talk show: Make an Entrance w/ This Old House’s Norm Abram

MyFixitUpLife is increasing their curb-appeal with a fresh new approach to making an entrance. Heather from Therma-Tru Doors in sharing their gorgeous new glass designs and how Fypon molding wraps those doors all in style. The nation’s most beloved carpenter, This Old House’s Norm Abram, is sharing news from their project site in Los Angeles. [...]

Extreme How To magazine Mark on cover

Mark on cover of Extreme How-to Magazine

We just received our copy of the April 2011 edition of Extreme How-to magazine, and I’m crazy about the guy on the cover. Mark was working on our front porch roof remodel while I snapped a few photos of him on the roof. While he looks rugged, handsome, and oh-so-in-control, I was awkwardly half-hanging out [...]

Tips and Tricks for Paint Projects

Tips and Tricks for Paint Projects

Here at the MyFixitUpLife HQ we do a lof of painting both inside and outside the house. And doing a good job painting is as important to a project as tight miter joints or hanging cabinents dead level. While there’s no doubt painting is work, knowing some tricks can save you time and thousands of [...]

Barn Door

Installing an Interior Barn Door

We’ve all seen them. You can probably picture one in your mind’s eye– if not your backyard. Or, on your TV: Norm has one on the New Yankee Workshop. A barn door is a door slab that slides left and right on wall-mounted hardward– stout rollers suspended from a steel bar– infront of a door [...]

Norm Abram talks w/ Mark & Theresa

Norm Abram talks w/ Mark & Theresa

America’s favorite carpenter Norm Abram talks with MyFixitUpLife’s Mark & Theresa at the International Builders’ Show. Norm shares news from the This Old House Los Angeles project, and details about the seismic retrofit the house required. Listen to the interview to listen to Norm tell Mark & Theresa about California Coolers. Theresa asks Norm what [...]

Chad Gillikin talks w/ Mark & Theresa

Listen! MyFixitUpLife interviews Extreme How-To Publisher

Chad Gillikin, publisher from Extreme How-To magazine, is sharing news from the magazine from inside the Therma-Tru doors / Fypon molding booth at the International Builders’ Show. Chad shares the scoop on the magazine editor Matt Weber’s most important home improvement project that he’s ever tackled. And how Matt transformed his entryway using Therma-Tru and [...]

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