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Cost-Saving Appliances | Day 134 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

**Cost-Saving Appliances | Day 134 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith**



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With building an eco-friendly home, Allen’s first criteria for choosing appliances is energy efficiency. Well, having everything look great is a really close second!

In the Garden Home Challenge, planning, design and craftsmanship converge when designer and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith and his colleagues build an environmentally friendly designer home for $150,000 in 150 days on his Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas. Check back or subscribe for new episodes to track Allen’s progress, get to know his team and see what it takes to build a beautiful home from start to finish.

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P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer and lifestyle expert and host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens. Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues. He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room and P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. Allen is also very active on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Allen’s Blog and YouTube as well as on the new eHow Home channel debuting January 2012. His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines. Learn more at
Hey, the air conditioning is on, but it's
not the only thing that's cooling this house. Let me show you what I mean. They say an eco-friendly house can't be built
in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits
with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow
Home. You know, choosing appliances can be a daunting
exercise. But in this case, it was actually easy, because
we were looking for a few things. We wanted the aesthetics to flow with what
we had going on here. With this galvanized ceiling, I wanted stainless
appliances all the way around. So that narrowed it down for me. We also wanted appliances that were Energy
Star rated. Now what I mean by that: You can find appliances
that are actually engineered where they'll use less energy. You see, energy efficiency is based on the
kilowatt hours an appliance uses throughout a year. If you get one that has been designed to be
energy efficient, what you can do is save 15 to 20 percent on the fuel or energy costs
that it takes to run this. Okay, you may say: "Appliances, 15 to 20 percent
— that's not much of a savings." But you gotta look at it from a big picture
standpoint. First of all, we've got energy efficiency
going on throughout the entire house, the way it's heated and cooled. The insulation, that adds to it. Plus, what we're using in our light fixtures
— the light bulbs themselves, energy efficient. Now the appliances, energy efficient. You see, it all adds up. And you think about the amount of energy you're
using and paying for over an entire year, you're talkin' about saving some money here. Let me give you something to think about when
you're selecting appliances: It's an aesthetic thing, a little thing, but I think it makes
a difference. For instance, you can have appliances that
are made by the same manufacturer, but the handles on them are going to be very different. So when I chose these appliances, I wanted
to make sure the handle on the refrigerator is the same as the handle on the dishwasher,
which is the same handle we see over here on the range. Then, of course, we see it up here on the
microwave. Now when it come to cleaning stainless steel,
the way to get these smudge marks off is to just use some warm soap and water. Just wipe with the grain of the stainless
steel. Yes, stainless steel has a grain — you can
see, it's running up and down here. You wanna wipe and rub in the same direction
as the grain. The other thing is, if you really want it
to shine, you can put a thin coat — again, by just wiping it on — of mineral oil. That'll give it a nice shine. Do not use a glass cleaner or Windex on your
stainless steel — that's not a good idea. If you're enjoying these tips on the house
and how it's moving along, check in with us regularly. And make sure you subscribe to eHow Home.

Frugal Living - The Basics

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✔️Stuffing Cash Envelopes for January | Dave Ramsey Inspired!

**✔️Stuffing Cash Envelopes for January | Dave Ramsey Inspired!**



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Remodeling a bathroom for Under $500 | DIY | How To | Modern Builds | EP. 67

**Remodeling a bathroom for Under $500 | DIY | How To | Modern Builds | EP. 67**



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Today on Modern Builds I’m renovating / updating my old, ugly, small bathroom; all for under $500! This was my first remodel – type project and I’m really happy with how it came out. I was pretty heavily influenced by the modern, contemporary farmhouse style of Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper.

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Pine 1×6’s (For Wall and Shelfs)
Countertops: (Discontinued From Ikea)

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Thanks for watching! -Mike Montgomery

hi there my name is Mike Montgomery and today I'd like to bring you along on my first ever bathroom remodel project on modern build so the whole goal here was to remodel this bathroom on the cheap under $500 now while I talk I'm going to throw up some video of the old bathroom and as you can tell it was not in great shape the colors on the wall were really ugly the cabinets were in really bad shape there really wasn't any good storage and the lighting was well ugly so obviously this was a pretty big project but I think it came out pretty nice I'm gonna have links to most all the products I used in the written article on my website so be sure and check out that link in the description otherwise let's get started so before I could make anything better I had to well make things worse so I disconnected all the plumbing turned off all the water valves and pulled out that old ugly countertop then I removed the old backsplash too now I didn't have a wonder bar or a crowbar with me bust a big flat head screwdriver worked out fine then once I had everything I needed removed removed I could get prepped for paint first by spackling any holes in the cabinets or walls then by spackling this patch of drywall so when that tile backsplash came out it took a little bit of the drywall with it but not so much that I needed per se to put on a whole new piece of drywall instead I tried my hand at texturing that section to match the rest and it actually worked out pretty well I put on three cosa spackle sanding between coats with 220 grit and eventually that seam and that edge just sort of faded away especially once I got paint on it and like I mentioned earlier the whole goal was to do this all on the cheap which is why I'm using the same paint that I had left over from painting the walls in the new shop not only is it leftover paint but it's paint that I bought from my local Habitat for Humanity resale center for about 10 or 20 bucks so at this point the paint's all dry and I need to start cutting my countertop I got this one for a really great deal at IKEA 20 bucks I know it's upside down but just in case you don't believe you remember that kitchen cabinet upgrade I made a long time ago with my buddy Caleb well when we're at IKEA getting the countertops for his kitchen they had these on the discontinued aisle for 20 bucks a piece for that price I picked up five of them I didn't really have a need for him at the time but I figured for that price I couldn't pass up on him and just like in that old countertop video I used some really simple metal L brackets to attach it to the cabinet that way if it ever needs remove it's really quick and easy and won't damage the cabinets instead of doing a tile backsplash or anything like that I am doing a wood paneled wall made out of 1 by sixes so I'm just here cutting them all to length and then stacking and taping them up now I'm going to have a really big mirror in front of this counter so I don't want to waste a ton of 1 by sixes since we're trying to do this remodel really really cheap so I just cut the parts that are going to be showing and left the gap in the middle what's going on here is the countertop is not parallel to the ceiling there's about a half inch gap from the left side to the right side so I undid my countertop put a couple spaces on the left side to raise it up a little bit that way everything's nice and even once that was fixed and I knew all of my boards fit I went and put on a couple coats of provincial stained by Minwax and then a coat of Dennis oil to sort of seal it a little bit so I'm going to be using finish nails to attach the boards to the walls but for a bunch of extra strength I added some liquid nails construction adhesive to make sure this panel wall is really really strong so I just kept on putting board after board and eventually got to the last one and I didn't even have to cut it to width somehow 6 or 8 however many one by sixes was exactly the right length so plumbing is definitely not my forte but we got these really cool glass pedestal sinks online and unlike with a drop-in sink all I had to do was drill a couple holes for the drain and the faucet with Forstner bits in a good quick tip anytime you're drilling Forstner bits or any kind of hole in a laminate countertop be sure and use masking tape to prevent it from chipping out over all this install was not terrible but it definitely it definitely wasn't easy one utility late to him we got late we got it only took four hours so that was way seven hours expecting I think this is the perfect opportunity to hear about this week's sponsor some tech makes it easy to find in hire local skilled professionals for just about anything on your list for free from home improvement professionals to event planners personal trainers thumbtack has got it all getting started is super simple just tell thumbtacks about the service you're looking for answer a few questions and thumbtack will pair you with skilled pros 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straight as my reference so long as I had the top of the cabinet door lined up with that I knew it was going on straight and parallel with the rest of the doors so going into this project I had really big plans for the vanity mirror and I still do I want to do an LED framed mirror and I'm going to do it I just ran into some problems along the way stay tuned to next week's though because that will be the project video so storage was one of the big problems with the old bathroom there was really nowhere to put linens or extra toilet paper rolls and stuff like that so I wanted to make a really simple shelf solution for above the toilet essentially all it is are some scrap 1×6 is left over from the panel wall then I attached some shelf brackets to the shelf brackets are super cheap and once you consider that the wood is free this was a super quick super cheap solution and it looks good too so I don't know about you all but I hate a low showerhead I guess it's not really an issue if you're short but it's an issue for me now I didn't want to go making a new outlet because one I was scared I was going to make a mess or some kind of leak behind the wall and I also just didn't have tile to replace where that hole was so I came across this pipe called an S pipe and I'll have links to it down in the written article but all it does is just raise your showerhead it takes about 15 minutes to install it's super super easy and while I was in the process of turning every other finish into Chrome I figured I might as well replace that old ugly brass shower rod and get a new shower curtain duh so there you have it this was my first real renovation project that I tackled 100% on my own it was pretty intimidating going into it and there was a lot of moments where I was a little bit lost getting frustrated but it was definitely definitely worth it I'm so proud of how this came out and I hope you guys enjoyed – how cool is that little drain obviously this wasn't one of my traditional furniture type builds but it was fun getting to break out of the normal schedule and try something new so I hope you guys really enjoyed this project I was kind of going out on a limb doing something outside of what I normally do I would love to hear your feedback did you enjoy this type of video should I just stick to the furniture project let me know because obviously I want to take your opinions into consideration because I want to do this type of video again and I want to know what might be able to make it better I want to give one more huge thanks to thumbtack comm for sponsoring this video and allowing me to try something new like this if you're looking for a professional just about anything go check out some tag finally I want to plug my podcast the modern maker podcast links in the description finally if you enjoyed this project I would love a thumbs up and don't forget to subscribe if you're not already and if you want to hit that little build notification feel free to do that as well to stay notified when I upload thanks a lot guys I hope you enjoyed this project I really do it was a pretty big undertaking and I'm glad it came out well have a great week and we'll see you next week on modern build