Articles by Chaya Kurtz

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Garden Junk is Freaking Great

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 09, 2013

As we can all agree, the more untamed a garden is, the better it is. Untamed gardens get a crummy rap from cable TV gardening shows and from HOA's, but I'll take a huge, rambling garden...

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Eight ways to reuse and upcycle milk jugs

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 08, 2013

Milk jugs are a pretty perfect material for DIY projects. They're durable, lightweight, they float, they're flexible, and they are ubiquitous. The best part of making cool stuff from...

Estimating Concrete Patio Cost

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 08, 2013

The buzz is that installing a concrete patio is less expensive than building a deck. That is mostly true, but you need to do your concrete homework first. The thing is, concrete patio...

Is your bed hot? How to sleep cooler

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 06, 2013

It's mid-summer and we've had some hot, humid nights here in New York City. The heat broke last week, but most probably we're in for another heat wave before the summer is through....

Six Clever Re-uses for Plastic Bread Tags

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 01, 2013

Plastic bread tags are ubiquitous. They don't just close bread bags; you can find them on plastic mesh produce bags, and tons of other supermarket items. How many plastic bread tags...

July 2013 Bed Bug News Roundup

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 30, 2013

July has been a big month for bed bug infestations this year. If your skin is not already crawling with just the mention of bed bug infestations, here's a list that will make you want...

Man watering garden near tall fence

How Tall a Fence Do You Need?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 29, 2013

How tall a fence needs to be depends on the intended use, building codes, and of course your personal tastes. When you’re setting out with a fencing project, you should think...

This Home Office Is the Best Thing I Have Ever Seen

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 25, 2013

Historic Shed, a professional builder in the Tampa area, built this amazing shed as a home office. Let's talk about all of the ways...

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Bro-tastic Beer Pong Tables

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 25, 2013

What is this? Who actually goes out and buys a beer pong table? Not to be that grandma who likes to remind everyone that when she was a child, they ate what they were given and they...

Scarlet Begonias!

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 24, 2013

It's fair to say that "Scarlet Begonias" is one of my favorite songs ever. I know that it is not "cool" to admit that you like the Grateful Dead, but I never said I was cool. I just...