Home & Garden

Sun
24
May

What’s your dream kitchen look like­—outdoors?

A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)
A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

Sun
24
May

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Or a hirer?

Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)
Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)

Should you save money by doing the job yourself?

Tue
12
May

Getting set to sell: which home upgrades matter most?

Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)
Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)

Whether you're preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home's value, it's important to think about strategic upgrades — and not just how; but where to remodel.

Tue
12
May

Smart ways to spruce up a small space

With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)
With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)

Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Sun
10
May

Pick it up, pot it, and sit back and enjoy

The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)
The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)

Why are more and more garden centers stocking specific types and small sizes of “container plants” as compared to in-the-ground varieties?
It’s probably the three Ms.

Wed
29
Apr

Add quality and comfort to every room

With homeowners staying in their homes longer due to the economy, renovations should focus on usability and personal style.

Mon
27
Apr

The new squeeze: water heater size

A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.
A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.

It’s a problem many homeowners won’t run into for a while, but when they do, they may find themselves between a basement floor and a hard place.

Mon
27
Apr

Saving energy means saving money

Month after month, one of the best ways to save money is by conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient. 

Thu
16
Apr

Is a low-snow winter a good thing?

Compared to the average winter, the one we just had was a real laugher. Snowfall was way below average, and I am taking credit for it! That’s because, while remembering the snowy winter of 2013-2014, I took the plunge and bought a new snow blower last November. I was going to be ready for any blizzard that might come our way.

Tue
14
Apr

Use color to create space, calm

The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)

It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.

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