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Thinking architecture? Think architect

Posted on Tuesday July 3, 2012
Thinking of building or renovating a home, think about hiring an architect first. Read more »

Buying a hot tub just the first step

Posted on Wednesday June 20, 2012
Hot tubs remain popular even though a growing number of people loathe the huge things that take up so much room on decks and in spa rooms across the nation. One thing probably every hot tub fan hates is installing a hot tub. Read more »

tool up with innovations

Posted on Sunday June 17, 2012
Tools – what man and a lot of handywomen could resist an addition to the toolbox, especially when it’s an innovative piece of reno hardware? Read more »

Outfit your deck for year-round living

Posted on Friday June 15, 2012
As most of us know these days, from scanning a few magazines, outdoor furniture looks as good as, or even better than, the stuff we have indoors. As many of us are finding out, it has become affordable too. Read more »

Looking to relax

Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2012
How can you really relax at home? To do this well, you need a home with a relaxing environment so here are some suggestions to create this kind of abode. Read more »

Resurfacing your driveway

Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2012
If your driveway is cracked or holes have opened up, it is beyond a simple fix and requires repaving. Water will enter the cracks and crevices and quickly erode the rest of the drive posing hazards for vehicles and making the property unsightly. Read more »

Fixes for the hazards of radon

Posted on Monday June 11, 2012
Radon gets into homes through basement floors and cracks in the foundation, sumps, pipes, windows. It is found in unacceptable amounts in a considerable number of homes. Read more »

Smart Home: it's coming slowly but surely

Posted on Thursday June 7, 2012
Remote, automatic and interactive features have been making their ways into high-end homes for a decade or more while most of us have to put up with old-fashioned coffee pots that don’t even communicate with the security system. Eventually, however, all of us will take these things for granted. Read more »

Smarthomes touch us all

Posted on Thursday June 7, 2012
Smart homes are coming – slowly but surely. It’s just a matter of getting in touch with tech. Read more »

Restore your old furniture

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
If you, like many other ‘collectors’, have a stack of old furniture cluttering up the garage, basement or attic, it might be time to restore some of treasure-trove to functionality. Read more »

Kitchen updating with new materials

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
A new kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. New and improved materials combined with careful designing can transform an old kitchen into a bright, modern-looking gem. Read more »

Confused by condo layouts?

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
Condo buyers are often mystified by the layouts of units they may buy. While most of us might think we are in the wrong, the truth is developers don’t always get it right. Read more »

Furnishing the incredible shrinking condo

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
Condominium units today, as most prospective buyers know, continue to shrink. This means furniture will shrink to fit and this creates a challenge for the condo and furniture buyer. Read more »

Magazines are not always right

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
Many people refer to a nice living room, kitchen or other living space as ‘like something out of a magazine.’ The problem with copying a design seen in a magazine is that the next edition of the same magazine may have something entirely different. Read more »

A new face for an old kitchen

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
If everything else about the house is appealing, a kitchen makeover may take no more than some paint and new appliances. Read more »

Hoarders take note!

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2012
Most of us are hoarders to a much less extent than those who fill every square inch of their homes to the brim with junk. Almost anyone can benefit from a good cleaning with removal of clutter. Read more »

How to age firewood

Posted on Monday May 21, 2012
Firewood should age for at least one year after cutting, splitting and stacking before burning. Harder woods including maple and oak should be aged up to two years. Read more »

Heat for the winter cottage?

Posted on Monday May 21, 2012
Many people think they have to heat cottages and outbuildings to prevent damage to the interior, including the foundation. Save your energy. Read more »

Built-ins are back

Posted on Friday May 4, 2012
At one time, skilled carpenters created masterpieces in better homes; built-ins that graced the best home libraries and studies or the most comfortable and commodious of bedrooms. Well, built-ins are back. Read more »

Decorating for teens; let color be your guide

Posted on Friday May 4, 2012
Decorating a teen’s room is such a challenge until the parents let color dominate. Read more »