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In the modern home, nothing combines practicality and style like a cubby bookshelf. Children can keep books or toys organized. They set the perfect backdrop for a display of photos, figurines, delicate dishes or other collectibles.

And if you size them right, just add some baskets to turn some of your shelves into drawers. Here's how to create a cubby bookshelf from scratch.

Plan your Shelves

There's no reason to recreate the wheel. You can find precise diagrams online that help you understand what you're going for. You can then adapt these plans to fit your space. 

For our guide, we'll create nine same size cubes each one x one x one foot. But if your skill is more advanced, you might choose the alternate larger and smaller cubbies both to fit different types of items and because it adds visual appeal.

Gather Supplies

You'll need:

  • A-1 red oak plywood (One 3/4" 4' X 8') - This product is more expensive. But it's high-quality. It comes in many hardwood shades. You may need to go to a lumber yard to find A-1 red oak plywood, but it's worth it. Alternatively, you can use 3/4 pine and treat it.
  • 1/4" plywood for the back
  • Banding veneers (around 25 ft) 
  • Clamps
  • Pocket hole screws
  • Wood plugs that match
  • Wood glue
  • Tung oil
  • Drill
  • Table saw - a manual saw could work. But you'll need a lot of elbows grease to accomplish it. *Pro tip* Check around with friends to see if you can borrow before buying a table saw for this one project.
  • Eye/Ear protection when using power tools

Measure & Cut your A-1 Plywood 

Measure and mark lightly with a pencil. This mark is on the cut line, so it shouldn't be seen on the finished product. You need:

  • A top 1'X3'
  • A bottom 1'X3'
  • Two sides 1'X 2'10.5"
  • Three shelves 1'X 2' 10.5. Note that each shelf and the top need two dadoes (grooves) where you'll slide in the dividers
  • Six dividers 1' X varies. This depends on the depth of your grooves

Coat each piece with two to three coats of tung oil for extra luster. And let it dry completely, eight hours between coats.

Piece the Shelf Together

Take your time. Glue and clamp one side at a time minus the dividers. Get some help if needed. It can be tricky. Let the glue dry before drilling and inserting screws for more permanent stabilization.

Now the dividers should slide right in. Use wood plugs to cover up your hardware.

Add Finishing Touches

Attaching band veneers on cut edges gives the shelf a professional, finished look that many DIY projects lack. Generally, you'll simply iron these on carefully. Add the back and secure your shelf to studs. Cubby bookshelves will look like a jungle gym to some children, so take this precaution if children ever visit.

And that's how to create a cubby bookshelf. For more fun and DIY-friendly home projects, follow our blog.


Adding a condo to the housing market may seem difficult at first. Lucky for you, real estate agents can help you streamline the process of listing your condo, stirring up interest in your property and ensuring you can maximize its value.

What does it take to find the right real estate agent to sell your condo? Here are three questions that you should ask a real estate agent before you hire this professional to sell your condo:

1. Have you sold condos in the past?

When it comes to selling a condo, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Therefore, you may want to consider hiring a real estate agent with condo selling experience over a real estate professional who exclusively sells homes.

A real estate agent with condo selling experience may be able to offer insights that you won't receive elsewhere. For example, this real estate professional may be able to provide tips to help you enhance your condo without the risk of violating homeowners' association (HOA) rules.

Plus, a real estate agent with condo selling experience will understand how to manage home selling challenges that may arise. This housing market expert will be able to address such challenges quickly and limit their impact on the condo selling process.

2. What approach will you take to sell my condo?

As a condo seller, your goal is to sell your condo as quickly as possible and ensure you can get the best price for your property. Meanwhile, you should find a real estate agent who shares your goal and will do everything possible to promote your residence to the right groups of property buyers.

Initially, a real estate agent should learn about your condo selling needs. He or she will listen to your condo selling concerns and ensure you are fully supported throughout the condo selling cycle.

A real estate agent should be ready to promote your condo in a variety of ways too. From social media posts that highlight the size and beauty of your condo to open houses that enable property buyers to check out your residence, a real estate agent should go above and beyond the call of duty to showcase your condo.

3. Why should I hire you?

No two real estate agents are identical, and as such, you're sure to hear lots of different responses to this question. Consider a real estate agent's answer closely, and if you are satisfied with the response, you may want to move forward with this housing market professional.

For home sellers, it is essential to collaborate with a real estate agent who makes you feel comfortable. This real estate professional will communicate with you regularly and keep you informed at each stage of the home selling process. As a result, you'll never be left in the dark as you move closer to selling your condo.

Ready to sell your condo? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can hire a great real estate agent to help you simplify the condo selling process.


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Did you know people are generally happier when they have something to nurture and tend to in life? That’s right. Taking care of plants can make you a happier person and improves your sense of well-being, which in and of itself might be motivation enough to start an indoor garden. If you need more proof that now is the time to try indoor gardening, consider the following benefits of the practice:

Benefits of Indoor Gardening: Why Start Today

Improves Your Air Quality

You likely already know the biological breakdown of the way plants produce oxygen. We won’t get too deep into the weeds with that. However, it’s worth noting that plants effectively absorb trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene, while producing fresh, life-sustaining oxygen. This means your air quality will improve simply by having plants growing indoors.

Provides You Food

Another important benefit of an indoor garden is the food it can produce. You can grow herbs and vegetables, which will be right on hand at any point. Let’s face it, veggies and herbs can get pricey when buying them at the store or farmer’s market. If you have your own supply, you will not only have fresh, succulent foods at your fingertips, but you will save money as well. It’s also pretty neat to pull a leaf off a nearby herb plant to add to your pasta sauce or to spice up another dish you are working on. There is no better taste than fresh herbs in a homemade dish.

It’s Educational

Having a richly producing indoor garden can be a bit of a learning experience. After all, different plants thrive with varying combinations of water and indirect or direct sunlight. This means to successfully get your plants to grow, you have to learn a bit about what they require to thrive, which is an educational process and a fun challenge.

Plants Absorb Background Noises

Your home should be a sanctuary of sorts, blocking out all outside noises and stresses. What if your house itself is loud, though? How do you create the zen environment you want if your house is full of noise? An indoor garden is one solution. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because studies have proven that plant's leaves effectively absorb, reflect and diffract noise. This means a noisy space becomes less clamorous and more peaceful, simply from having plants inside.

They Are Attractive

Finally, having an indoor garden is pleasant to look at. Depending on the type of garden you have, you might enjoy plants that flower or bloom in attractive manners. Even if you plants are all green, they can be pretty to look at and provide interest to a space. For example, an indoor garden is a great way to furnish a sunroom or patio or to add some life to a dreary indoor room.

Indoor gardens have many benefits as you have seen outlined above. If you have ever considered trying your hand at indoor gardening, use this information as motivation to give it a whirl!


This Single-Family in Burlington, MA recently sold for $800,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Jim Sheridan - Elite Realty Experts.


102 Drake Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Single-Family

$784,990
Price
$800,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this expanded split entry with "grand entrance" foyer. Many updates have been made to make this move in ready. The updated kitchen offers granite countertops and black appliances included are 5 burner gas stove, dishwasher, disposal, range hood that is vented to exterior. Gleaming hardwood floors shine throughout the 1st floor. The spacious Master Bedroom Suite addition has his/her walk-in closets, private bath with granite/double vanity and oversized tiled shower. 3 additional bedrooms on the 1st floor with 1 offering access to the full bath. A bright 3 season room has vaulted ceiling and central air. Walk down to the LL and find a cozy family room with fireplace and a home office with recessed lighting. An oversized (26x26) 2 car garage with direct access. Windows and siding have been updated. New heating system and Rinnai Gas hot water tank. 2 sheds for outside storage. All on a professionally landscaped lot with sprinkler system.

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Outdoor garden structures can provide you with seating, shade and even a bit of shelter from the rain, depending on which type you choose. Although these structures serve a practical purpose, they’re available in a wide range of decorative styles and designs that can enhance your garden’s appearance. How do you know which type would work best for your property? Keep the following in mind when deciding on an outdoor garden structure.

Arbor 

Arbors act as entrances between different garden areas or entrances to your garden from your yard. These structures typically have an arch at the top and trellis walls that vines can grow on. While they have a relatively simple design compared to other garden structures, you can make them more elaborate with an intricate design, flowering vines or seating areas. In fact, you can set up a vertical garden with trumpet vines or other vines using your arbor. 

An arbor is an ideal option if you just want to set up a small structure with seating or if you want to highlight entrances to your garden or to different garden areas. 

Gazebo

Gazebos offer more space and shelter than arbors. Since they’re larger, these structures work well in between garden areas if enough room is available. They can also be placed closer to the edge of your garden or just outside of it, so that you still have a good view of your flowers, plants and trees. 

A gazebo typically has a roof, a floor, open sides and seating in a polygon or rounded shape. You can have built-in benches placed along the inner sides of your gazebo, or place your own luxurious chairs inside it for seating. Gazebos are a good option if you need a structure that holds more people and provides some shelter from rain overhead. 

Pergola 

Pergolas are outdoor garden structures that can be freestanding or built onto the side of your home, depending on the layout of your yard. These structures don’t have a roof, but they do have a series of beams that provide shade. Pergolas are known for having ornamental designs or cuts on the roof beams and on the columns that hold these structures in place. You can also add grapevines or other plants to the beams for decorative purposes and to add more shade.

With a larger pergola, you can add a table and chairs for dining, or have a porch swing and other seating installed. Pergolas are suitable options when you want a spacious and more open structure that still offers shade.




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