Maintenance and Repair Resources


Helpful resources include a Projects and Solutions Center with Interactive Videos, index of step-by-step projects, a Helpful Hardware Man's Corner and more.

Ask the Builder

Since 1995, people have turned to seeking authoritative advice on everything from sealing asphalt to installing crown molding. There, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter delivers practical tips, in-depth how-to's, and product information for handymen and handywomen across the country. Carter is a licensed master plumber and a master carpenter. His radio show has aired for more than a decade.

The well-known home improvement expert's Web site. In addition to information from Vila's television program, Home Again, the site features a searchable how-to library, a Fix It Club and an Ask a Question section with discussion forums and access to expert advice.

Detroit Home

Detroit Home showcases metropolitan Detroit style, including how residents design, build, furnish, landscape and live in their homes.

DIY: Do It Yourself Network

DIY answers the call for more how-to projects with easy step-by-step directions. Whether you're creating a craft, remodeling a home, or planting the perfect garden, the DIY Network gives you the details you need.

This is the site for all you do-it-yourselfers. You'll find "how-to" instructions for building, repair, decor, and both indoor and outdoor projects.


ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Provides information on building, remodeling and repairing, along with a list of products that meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the program.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

An Emmy Award-winning program for Outstanding Reality Program. The Web page features the home remodeling details and the families who receive the makeover. Extreme home projects provide downloadable instructions from a list of topics.

The Fabric Care Advisor

The Tide Fabric Care Network may be the best site around dedicated to keeping your clothes looking their best. Don't know how to remove a specific stain? Check out the Tide Stain Detective.

Professional level information concerning residential building and remodeling with in-depth technique articles. Hands-on construction techniques are fully explained--from foundations and frame carpentry to interior finishing and systems installation (plumbing, heating/cooling).

Glenn Haege

Clear, concise how-to advice from Glenn Haege-America's master handyman and host of the nationally renowned Handyman Show on the radio, has more than 30 years experience in the home improvement industry.

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The U.S. Green Building Council's, GreenHomeGuide, provides reliable advice, inspiration, and solutions to busy adults who want a healthier, greener home. It supplies tips, case studies, expert Q&A, and metro directories of products and services.

How to Clean Anything

A comprehensive collection of household cleaning methods compiled by industry professionals. Information arranged by house exterior, interior, pets, auto, recreation, and stains. Professionals in carpet, janitorial, pets, chemicals, clothing and computer cleaning answer your questions.

Internet Public Library (IPL2) Home & Garden

A compendium of first-class resources from a major, trustworthy site.

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Michigan Association of Home Builders

This section allows consumers to look for a builder or remodeler through the 33 local builders associations in Michigan. Consumers can verify a license at the MI Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth License Verification Site.

Popular Mechanics Home Journal: Home Improvement

Popular Mechanics assists you with that home improvement project you've been forever delaying. This site has excellent suggestions for home improvement projects.

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This Old House

Choose from a wide list of home improvement topics with planning & ideas, how-to repair, tools and products and expert advice. Links to This Old House episodes and other show information is included.

This to That

"A simple, practical guide to finding the right adhesive. Select the two types of materials that you plan to glue together, and get impartial product recommendations with information on toxicity, time to adhere, cost, and more. Glue trivia, history, and humor complete the offering."

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Design Resources

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens is focused on decorating, building and remodeling, crafts, entertaining, cooking, and gardening. It has easy-to-use interactive tools, clear visuals, step-by-step instructions, and money-saving suggestions.

Christopher Lowell : Home Page

The Discovery Channel's do-it-yourself decorating guru has his own Web site. You'll find step-by-step demos of his remodeling projects, or exchange decorating tips on his Talk About It bulletin board.

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Decoration & Design Building Information

Offers showroom listings for many manufacturers and interior design companies with links to their home pages, a designer referral link, and D & D Buying Services.

Elle Decor

A fashion-savvy home decorating magazine for the new generation of design professionals and consumers who know exactly what they want, Elle Decor covers fashionable and inspirational products that bring couture chic to every room of your home.

Flip That House

View TCLs popular show episodes, read expert advice, tips on flips, and a do-it yourself section.

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Home & Garden TV

Home & Garden Television brings you the best in design and decorating. Easy directions for beautiful home decor projects, from Art Deco to French Country, to the latest trends in interior decorating.


The PBS show site Hometime features step-by-step information to home improvement, remodeling, and repair. Projects include decks, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, landscaping and more. Included are hundreds of pages of how-to articles and how-to streaming video clips.

Interior Decorating

Sponsored by, this site has everything you will ever need to decorate any room in the house. Includes tips on baby rooms, bathrooms, home offices, lighting, stenciling, wallpapering and more!

Stay abreast of the latest trends in home decorating. Get inspired by browsing pictures of bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, then customize your dream home with the room design tool.

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List of Qualified Interior Designers

Public Act 250 amended Article 6 of the Occupational Code to create an advisory sub-committee on interior design. Public Act 250 does not restrict or regulate the practice of interior design. The act is not a registration, certificate or license. A person need not be listed here to practice interior design. The List of Qualified Interior Designers is available for downloading or viewing using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Martha Stewart

The domestic diva shares her decorating advice for every room in the house with projects, techniques and other "Good Things."

Michigan Design Center

Michigan Design Center (MDC), one the area's best resources for fine home furnishings, sells fine furnishings, furniture, fabric, tile, lighting and floor coverings to interior designers in southeast Michigan. The showroom is open to the public during their semi-annual sample sale.

Real Simple

Real Simple is a magazine for the way you want to live today. It includes ways to simplify your life with solutions for home, work, organizing, meals, and more.

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