DIY Cat Bed Tutorial: Make Your Cat a Cozy Bed from a Basket

How do you make a simple cat bed for your feline friend? It’s easy—all you need is a woven basket, plywood, and some creativity and you’ve got the perfect place for kitty to rest and relax. Follow these steps:

DIY Cat Bed Directions:

1. Mark the Basket Size

Place the basket onto the plywood. Using a pencil, mark the outline of the basket on the plywood.

2. Cut the Plywood

Using a jigsaw, cut just inside the marked outline to allow the panel to find inside the basket. Check for a snug fit inside the basket—trim as needed.

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Trace the cutout onto a new piece of plywood, and then cut a second circular piece to create two levels.

3. Mark the Opening on the Upper Level

Using a round item (like the lid of a pot), mark the ends of a 10-inch opening about 2 inches from the edges of the circle. Using a ruler, draw a line between the circular ends to complete the outline of the opening.

4. Cut the Opening

Using a drill/driver fitted with a paddle bit, create a hole inside the marked opening. Insert

Government Under Pressure to Cut VAT on Retrofits

The government needs to reduce its 20% VAT rate on retrofitting old homes, according to the chief executive of Historic England. 

Duncan Wilson was speaking at the Architects Journal’s AJ100 breakfast event, where he questioned retrofitting being taxed at 20% while VAT on new build projects is 0%.

“We have been speaking to the government for quite a long time [about] changing the VAT regime,” said Wilson. “That is something we need all to keep battering away at, because it is somewhat crazy to have 0% on new build and 20% on repair, refurbishment and maintenance.”

Retrofitting a home helps to improve its energy efficiency by adding new technology or features. This process differs from renovating a house or conducting home improvements to make a home more aesthetic. 

Wilson’s comments follow an industry-wide push to amend the policy. Green Alliance published a report last week stating the government should cut VAT on retrofits, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) wants VAT to be reduced to a maximum limit of 5-10%, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors urged the government earlier this month to reduce VAT to 5%. 

The Importance of Retrofitting

Wilson said that around 21% of UK

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Catching Up at the 2020 Idea House: Cottage on the Cape

Summer is right around the corner, and the exterior of our Cape Cod cottage is just about complete, with most of the roofing, siding, and trim now installed. Inside the house, heating and cooling systems, ventilation, insulation, and floor warming are in place, and with the walls getting primed and ready for paint, the individual spaces are beginning to take shape. Read on to take a quick tour!

Keeping with Classic Cape Cod Curb Appeal

There’s a reason white cedar shingles have become the classic siding choice on coastal Cape Cod. Cedar contains natural oils that are resistant to mold, rot and insects. Left uncoated and exposed to the region’s salt air, humidity and sun, the wood weathers to a distinctive Cape Cod Gray. We chose to have ours factory-finished in a rich Atlantic Blue to save time and labor. This, together with an easy installation tool that eliminates the need for measuring, leveling and snapping course lines, makes for a swift install.

White Cedar Shake Shingles: SBC Cedar
Lumber and Shingles via: Mid-Cape Home Centers

Installing Pre-finished Shingles

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House, 2020, Progress

Shingling is nearly complete. Coated on all sides, these pre-finished shingles not only look great going up, those good looks will

Housing Demand Spike Will be Temporary, Says Zoopla

The housing demand jump experienced once the housing market reopened will be short-lived, according to Zoopla.

The property website expects the jump in demand to be temporary, and that projections for a significant economic decline and rising unemployment will moderate further growth. 

Housing demand hit its highest level since before lockdown after the government reopened the market two weeks ago, and Zoopla says it expects sale volumes to increase further in the short-term.

But the rate of house price growth will stagger during the summer months, once the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market becomes evident.

Richard Donnell, director of research and insight at Zoopla, said: “The scale of the rebound in demand for housing is welcome news for estate agents and developers, but it is also surprising given projections for a sharp rise in unemployment and a major decline in economic growth.

“The economic impacts of Covid-19 will grow in the coming months and uncertainty is building. The majority of would-be movers plan to continue their search, encouraged by low mortgage rates and continued government support for the economy. 

“However, we expect the latest rebound in demand to moderate in the coming weeks as buyers and

2020 Product Guide: 31 New Kitchen and Bath Products

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath this year? We’ve rounded up 31 of our favorite products from the 2020 KBIS show.

Top Kitchen & Bath Trends and Products

1. Timeless profile

A handsome marriage of form and function, this top-of-the-line gooseneck faucet has deft details, a high-shine finish, a pull-down spray, plus a motion sensor for hands- free operation.

Perrin & Rowe Georgian Era Touchless Pull-down Faucet in chrome, $1,358; House of Rohl

2. Clean slate

Cambria quartz countertop

Counters made from quartz and resin look good for years with minimal fuss. This gold-flecked slab’s on-trend blue, gray, and charcoal veining is randomly patterned, easing installation.

Portrush Quartz, from $110 per square foot (uninstalled); Cambria

3. Rainforest mist

spa showerhead

Save water and get soaked with a cloud of aerated droplets via this showerhead and handshower combo. A DIY install, it channels just 1.7 gallons per minute when both are in action.

Nebia by Moen Spa Shower in chrome and white, $258; Moen

4. Sleek cold storage

refrigerator in chrome

A glass-over-platinum finish makes this amenity-filled four-door fridge easy to clean and easy to love. And it fits inside a standard 70-inch cabinet—a first for four-doors in the U.S. Three of the four compartments