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Woodshop 101: Getting Started

As any homeowner will attest, there’s always something to fix at home. Many people shy away from woodworking, but today we’re going to get empowered by the ultimate shop teacher, George Vondriska. George’s love of making and creating originally lead him to become a shop teacher. He opened his own woodworking school in 1998, the...

Home Renovation: Does Your House Have Good Bones?

You’re finally ready to buy that fixer upper or pull the trigger on a big renovation-now comes the hard part: figuring out how to tackle it. Whether you’re in for a gut renovation or just a major facelift, there’s a lot more to renovating a property than you might think.  Today we’re talking to a...

Study Hall: Tiny House Living

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What was John’s definition of living tiny? What does John suggest people do before taking the leap? What percentage of tiny houses on his show are mobile? What is the main advantage of building a tiny home on a trailer as opposed to on the ground? ANSWERS: An efficient house- it has...

Study Hall: Small Home Changes That Make A Big Impact

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What is phantom energy draw and what are some examples? What does Ashlee say everyone should ditch in the kitchen? Where are some good places to donate items to keep them out of the landfill? What is something she taught you about recycling that surprised you? ANSWERS: Energy drawn from things that...

Eco-Sustainability: Small Home Changes That Make A Big Impact

Saving the earth may seem like a hopeless situation—best left to lawmakers and politicians, but there is great power in individual choices- many made from the comfort of your home.  Today’s instructor Ashlee Piper is going to teach us changes we can make right away, to make our homes a more eco-friendly place. Ashlee is...

Study Hall: Cheap Old Homes

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: Where does Elizabeth find the houses she posts? What are some of the risks you may incur when buying an old house? What are some of the pros of buying a cheap old house? Which markets did she mention? ANSWERS: Some from her preservation resources and a lot from the community/followers. Lead...

Historic Preservation: Cheap Old Houses

Buying an old home that needs work can be intimidating, especially for those of us who’s only knowledge of fixer uppers comes from Chip and Joanna! But there’s a special set of home buyers that can see all the beauty and potential in older houses. What some view as eyesores, they see as charm—four walls...

Study Hall: Finding, Framing & Hanging Art

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What are some alternatives to framing? What should you look for when starting out with frames? What height should you hang your art at? What type of canvas did Kent recommend for process art? Kent recommends using these products for keeping art in place. ANSWERS: All art doesn’t need to be framed....

Study Hall: Contractor 101

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: Josh said to hire a professional when dealing with these 3 things… What is the best way to determine if you’re getting a fair estimate? Should you ever pay upfront? What is the improvement on your house that has the biggest ROI? If you pull a permit and something is screwed up,...

Contractor 101: Are You Getting Ripped Off?

When planning a home renovation, choosing the right contractor is critical. From checking the quality of their work, putting things in writing and agreeing on a timeline- to double checking that the contractor is properly licensed and insured- it’s a lot to keep in mind.  We want our students to approach this process with confidence,...

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