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Probably costs. I would personally stuff the space between drywall and existing wall with Rockwool, too. One can never have enough sound insulation in an apartment. The question of vapor barier in situations like this is very often a fuse for neverending flamewars. I did not use it and there are no problems in our apartment after some 5+ yrs.


Jennifer's Kitchen: Moving Right Along Renovation Diary
4/18/14 03:26 PM

I would not. I can imagine if I brought a friend in, I would have to roll my eyes and say: "You know mothers..." My idea of an ideal room, when I was in my teens, was something between a workshop and technical museum (later with posters of heavy metal bands on the walls).


Cynthia's Sunny Accents House Tour
4/17/14 05:30 AM

No. 8 is very clever - I may very well try it pretty soon. Thanks for the idea.


8 DIY Upgrades & Fixes for Builder Grade Bathrooms
4/16/14 02:41 PM

The twins should sleep at the same level. Unless you think permanent conflict is "motivating".


Small Kids' Room Strategy: Toddler-Size Bunk & Loft Beds
4/14/14 05:25 PM

I am seeing old-ish cameras everywhere these days, tossed around the places. Strange fad. Any collector would protect them against dust. I am still using 35-mm SLRs and both of them including lenses, filters etc. are safely tucked in bags.


Tasha's Colorful & Comfy Austin Home (& Backyard \"Beach Lodge\" Studio) House Tour
4/14/14 03:28 AM

Is there a rational explanation for the strange structure left and down from the microvawe?


Before & After: Lisa & Brian's Brooklyn Kitchen Transformation Sweeten
4/10/14 05:13 PM

It helps to spray the existing wall with a primer, which unifies the ability of the wall to soak water from the glue used.


DIY Home Renovation: How To Tile Your Bathroom Shower Apartment Therapy Tutorials
4/10/14 03:16 PM

Mosaic (ceramic) can be cut easily with ye olde angle grinder - clamp a straight piece of wood, MDF etc. along the cut and use the thinnest diamond disc available. Dusty, of course, but failproof. Unfortunately, the process is questionable for glass mosaic (at least for the one I used, which had tendencies to crumble due to temperature stress).


DIY Home Renovation: How To Tile Your Bathroom Shower Apartment Therapy Tutorials
4/10/14 02:59 PM

Aw, I have a typo day - I meant 300 sqft.


Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 03:18 PM

I had +/- 600 sqft apartment in my bachelor days (bathroom/toilet, kitchen/living room, bedroom). I only really lived in the kitchen/living room, the bedroom was used as storage/workshop/junkyard of unfinished restoration projects etc.
I would say 600 sqft is quite sufficient for a single person in a big city.


Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 03:10 PM

"Rolltop", of course.


Decoration Inspiration Fitting a Home Office into a Small Space Small Space Solutions
4/8/14 11:25 AM

Rollo desk? I know that they are hard to find in reasonable shape/price, but it could be the easiest solution.


Decoration Inspiration Fitting a Home Office into a Small Space Small Space Solutions
4/8/14 11:08 AM

I always wonder if somebody really uses the "ah-so-cleverly-hidden" keyboards on the tiny pullout trays for a serious all day work. I tried the layout once - off it went after a week and I have returned to the traditional desk. Re paperwork - I can recommend those A4 plywood boxes from the four-letter supermarket.


Decoration Inspiration Fitting a Home Office into a Small Space Small Space Solutions
4/8/14 04:18 AM

The yelow bench is an object of desire. The Kline-esque painting above the couch looks great. Am I the only enemy of those ubiquitous plastic bucket seats on the planet Earth?


Before & After: A Fresh, Flexible & Fun Family Apartment Professional Project
4/6/14 04:04 PM

I was much more impressed by "Domestic Landscapes", a photo-essay by Bert Teunissen (it is available online at http://www.bertteunissen.com).
I am with bananie.


AT HOME with Heather Weston: 52 Families Photographed in their Homes
4/3/14 03:56 PM

Relax. I suggest "Le Petit Nicholas". Jewel.


No More Entertaining Excuses! Answers to the Biggest Entertaining Roadblocks
3/29/14 07:49 PM

I do not get the "subway tiles" thing. Is it a 2013/2014 fad? They are readily available in the nearest DIY supermarket, but the association with public lavatory seems inevitable.


Before & After: From the 1960s to Today!
3/29/14 06:31 PM

Impressive. The upholstery looks great, the color is perfect. IIRC, there is also a method to get rid of the rust stains caused by steel fasteners as seen on the legs (oxalic acid? peroxyde?), but I never tried it.


Before & After: Rachael's Simple and Sweet Found Free Chair Makeover
3/29/14 12:13 PM

Possibly a combination of several factors including poor insulating properties of the window, frame and maybe wall itself. Poor thermal insulation causes condensation, i.e. the areas around the window are permanently wet, which in turn causes mold. Chlorine bleach is a quick fix, silicone sealant with fungicide used instead of the grout somewhat more permanent. Anyway, both methods fix the results, not the causes.


Is Blackish Mold in Shower THE Black Mold? Good Questions
3/26/14 10:26 AM

Well done, the result is really impressive. Sometimes it may be faster to use old windshield wiper to spread the stripper instead of a paintbrush. It is also a good idea have a bucket of water ready for disposal of the used rags - there may be (at least theoretically, I have never experienced it) a danger of self-ignition present.


How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture Apartment Therapy Tutorials
3/25/14 04:25 PM