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Author Profiles

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.

BY THIS AUTHOR

A dated bathtub was replaced by a shower

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Go Tub-Less: Dump Your Tub for a Dreamy Shower

Changing your bathtub to a shower is trending your house in the right direction. Here’s how to plan for a smooth transition. Read More

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Great tools for your next DIY project

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DIY Tools for Faster and Easier Remodeling

You’ll get more done (and look like you know what you’re doing) with these smart upgrades from your typical around-the-house tools. Read More

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Extend Living Space with a Comfy Screened-In Porch

Adding low-cost living space is just one of the benefits of a breezy, bug-free screened-in porch. View slideshow

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Which is Better — An Open or a Closed Kitchen?

Some like their kitchen open and public, some like it walled-off and private. We examine the pros and cons, and come up with the perfect solution. Read More

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Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior Doors

Upgrading your interior doors gives your house a whole new look that’s filled with personality and helps maintain the value of your home. View slideshow

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Save Energy and Feel Better with Daylighting

Natural light is free, and the more you have, the better you feel (and the less electricity you’ll use). Here’s how to optimize daylight in your home. Read More

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How to Enhance Your Life and Home with Lighting

Your home’s interior lights want to help you have fun, feel better, and save energy. Will you let them? Read More

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Ideas for Retrofitting a Range Hood

You’ll give your kitchen extra functionality and a touch of personal style when you add a range hood. View slideshow

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