Today’s Homeowner, Better Homes & Gardens Revisit The Kuppersmith House, 10 Years Later

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford and Better Homes and Gardens' Kit Selzer
“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford and Better Homes & Gardens’ Kit Selzer recall the Kuppersmith Project 10 years later. Listen to what we had to say here: [2:48]
  • [1:51]: Danny talks about how Today’s Homeowner & Better Homes & Gardens inspire do-it-yourselfers
  • [3:34]: On trend: Blending indoor and outdoor living spaces
  • [9:16]: Pandemic effect: more people are buying their first power tools
  • [11:30]: Kit talks about Better Homes & Gardens Stylemakers

In this special episode of the Today’s Homeowner Podcast, I’m talking with Kit Selzer, Senior Remodeling & Projects Editor at “Better Homes & Gardens.”

We’re discussing the 10th anniversary of the Kuppersmith Project as well as summer home improvements and how to be a BHG Stylemaker.

The Kuppersmith Project’s 10th Anniversary

The Kuppersmith Project was a renovation of a 1926 English Tudor-style home. The entire renovation was captured in 13 television episodes that you can find here.

While working on the home, we found it interesting how attracted people are to Tudor-style homes — especially since this one was built in Mobile, Alabama.

Taking a traditional type of home and enhancing it with modern touches was a fun process, and we couldn’t have had a better partner in Better Homes & Gardens!

A lot of the work we did on the Kuppersmith Project focused on ongoing trends like blending the indoor and outdoor space.

Remember, your home doesn’t end at the back door. It continues to your backyard, and that’s why it’s so important to give the outdoors just as much luxury as you give the indoors.

The Pandemic Effect on DIYers

It seems like more people than ever caught home improvement fever during 2020 and 2021.

That’s because they did! Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, homeowners in record numbers have turned toward DIY efforts for their own home improvement projects.

People are embracing DIY work more than ever and that has created a new pool of DIYers. For instance, 25% of circular saws bought this past year were the first circular saw an individual has bought in their life.

Due to quarantine, homeowners have evaluated their homes and carefully determined what they want to change or upgrade. And, once they try it, they are hooked!

There’s also some sense of gratification when looking at a finished project in your home. Another bonus? You pick up some new skills along the way!

Blending Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces is one trend that doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon.

Just one project, like screening in your porch or installing retractable doors that seem to disappear when closed can enhance your quality of life and your home’s luxurious feel.

Executing this process in stages makes the most sense. For instance, start by simply adding furniture to your patio or deck and build off that.

Be a Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker

Are you creative? Inspiring? Innovative? Do you have a personal style that is authentic that others might appreciate?

Kit tells us how you could become an official “Better Homes & Gardens” Stylemaker!

“Better Homes & Gardens” Stylemakers are individuals who make an impact on how we live at home.

Decorating, gardening, cooking, or being a parent are all examples. These are people who we can learn from and discover ways to give us a fresh perspective on everyday things we do at home!

Listen to this special-edition Today’s Homeowner Podcast for more home improvement tips!


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