Home & Garden

Mon
02
Dec

Keep warm and carry on

Millions of people are turning up their heat to keep warm in the winter months. The cost of doing so will prove expensive.
At www.SpendLessOnHeat.com research has been done for some very inexpensive ways to reduce heating costs.

Sun
03
Nov

Affordable home improvements that yield value

In addition to filling practical needs, home improvement projects often can increase the value of a home with minimal investment. Some projects add more value than others, however.
Knowing which ones will yield a nice return can be tricky. To help, the home improvement experts at Linear, a manufacturer of wireless residential systems and products, are advising homeowners on affordable modernization projects that add instant value to a home:

Sun
03
Nov

Seven small changes to get a house holiday-ready


Looking for a change -- but not that expensive a change -- before the holiday season starts and folks crowd into your home? Look at surfaces -- not appliance changeouts or huge remodeling projects -- and quick jolts of color and style. (submitted photo)

Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home deserve an updated setting?
The latest and greatest looks are easy to incorporate if you keep your furnishings neutral and the decor uncluttered. From there, it’s just a matter of bringing in a few simple touches that create a big impact.
Start with one or two easy projects and you will quickly transform your house into a place you’re proud to call home.

Tue
15
Oct

Still time to spruce up with fall projects


Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)

They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.

Tue
15
Oct

10 tips to conserve energy, money this winter

The Minnesota Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources encourages all Minnesotans to follow these simple household tips:

Tue
15
Oct

Five signs you need to insulate your home this year


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Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?

Thu
03
Oct

Fall foliage: with containers, the show needn’t be over


Fall mums offer a dependable splash of color to perk up a container, a border or to stand on their own in almost limitless combinations.

Take a look at the flying-off-the-shelves inventories of garden centers and hardware and specialty stores for something new for fall. In this grouping: a pair of cast-iron-look classically-shaped resin planters that lend a vintage touch, contrasted with a pair of tin-bucket planters the homeowner has painted.

Heucheras make a great container plant or can light up a shady spot. The perennials come in colors from nearly black through plum, caramel, gold and bright lime.

Flowers in garden borders and containers may well be tired of blooming all summer, or perhaps -- confession time -- you’re tired of them.
All that light, cool periwinkle and white that looked so refreshing in the summer months may not look right against backgrounds of sunflowers and turning leaves, and it does feel like time to begin to embrace autumn.

Thu
03
Oct

Check it out: find home air leaks with kit from library

Xcel Energy announced recently the launch of a new pilot program called Draft Check, which enables Ramsey County library patrons to check out a device to help locate air leaks in their homes.

Thu
03
Oct

Tackling those last-minute projects? Stay safe


Doing it right means taking the extra steps necessary to stay safe. (StatePoint)

Finally fixing that loose step? Planning to use power tools? In the rush to take advantage of warm fall weather, don’t forget to take the extra time to safeguard yourself and your tools.
A stop at your neighborhood hardware store for the safety glasses you can’t find quickly or the gloves or mask that will protect you from chemicals may save you injury and cost in the long run.

Mon
16
Sep

How dry I am

Here we are again, looking out at lawns where the only green may be weeds, like the purslane pictured above, which seem to love desert conditions.
After two fall seasons of drought, a former co-worker’s determination to raise cactus in his yard doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

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