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John Riha

has written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Follow John on Google+.


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The 7 Most Common Code Violations Remodelers Make

You may save money when you DIY, but unless your projects are up to code, you’re flirting with expensive fixes and putting your home and family at risk. Read More

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Smart Ideas for Removing Walls and Opening Up

Take out a wall to improve flow, increase functionality, and ban claustrophobia. View slideshow

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Faux Wood That’s Just as Beautiful as the Real Thing — But Better

Love the look of natural wood? These look-alike products are tougher, stronger, water-resistant, often cheaper, and just as beautiful as the real thing. View slideshow

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Architectural Details Add Verve and Value

Small touches make a big difference to your home’s interiors. View slideshow

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Prep Kitchens Make Life Easier

Prep kitchens help you craft your culinary masterpieces while keeping the messes out of sight. View slideshow

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11 Reasons to Have a Sunny Outlook on Solar Panels

Falling costs, a host of temporary incentives, and thousands in value-adds make this a great time to add solar power to your home. Read More

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You Won’t Get High, But You May Get Happy in a House Built of Pot

Hemp building products may soon go mainstream. Here’s why your next home should be made with pot. Read More

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Tips to Make Your Kitchen Disappear

Clever cabinets and hideaway appliances create trendy open kitchens that melt into the background of modern everyday life. View slideshow

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