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Cabinets can make the difference

January 5, 2016

Beautiful cabinetry adds tremendous appeal to your home. And good storage is just what you need, especially in the kitchen. During remodeling, making the right decisions can be the important difference in how well your room functions. And when you get ready to sell, it will make a big difference to that important bottom line! Pre-fab, custom ...

8 houseplants that clean up indoor air

October 3, 2013

When we think of poor air quality, we often picture smoggy cityscapes and jam-packed highways, but there’s another place where we should be focusing our attention on air pollution: our own homes. Due to the airtight nature of many houses and apartments today, as well as chemical off-gassing in new constructions (which can last for months), ...

Seven steps to a perfect lawn

April 26, 2011

As the snow melts away, impatient homeowners can't wait to begin preening and greening their lawns. Few are keener than Richard Dupuis who devotes at least 90 minutes a week to trimming, fertilizing and tending to the lawn surrounding his Alta Vista home. "My lawn is an extension of my gardens, it gives the home curb appeal," says the man, ...

Automatic and Programmable Thermostats

February 19, 2011

In our modern, high tech society, we don't think much about some of the electronic gadgets in our homes. Take, for example, the ever present thermostat--a staple of North American households for decades. It usually takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your family on the coldest day in ...

Tips On Energy Efficient Windows

February 17, 2011

Windows bring light, warmth, and beauty into buildings and give a feeling of openness and space to living areas. They can also be major sources of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. However, when properly selected and installed, windows can help minimize a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs. This information describes ...

Back to the basics

February 12, 2011

Reducing the size of houses, simplifying construction, will go a long way to reducing energy dependency Predictions about rising energy costs send shivers up the spines of motorists and homeowners. And while Canadians are still enjoying some of the lowest heating and cooling rates in the world, it seems that situation won't last for long. ...

THE RIGHT STUFF

February 10, 2011

You can double your impact with the right home improvements. Upgrades and remodeling can be expensive so it pays to choose wisely. You want every dime you put into your home to be something that matters to you as a homeowner and to your potential buyer. So what projects do you tackle first? Start with your home's curb appeal. It's hands down ...

A HOLE IN THE ROOF

February 1, 2011

"My roof's got a hole in it and I might drown." So said the crooked little man in the song. If you've ever had a leak in the ceiling you know that sinking feeling. And by the time you notice, the damage has probably been going on for a while. It pays to get your roof inspected periodically. Expensive remodeling projects can be put off when ...

21ST CENTURY PAINTING

January 16, 2011

More than any other home improvement project, painting is the number one choice of do-it-yourselfers. When asked, consumers report that they would more likely paint an interior room themselves. Paint companies and retailers are responding with products that are more eco-friendly. So when it's time to pick up the brushes, rollers, pans and drop ...

Losing the living room

November 6, 2010

As demographics change, these changes are reflected in requested floor plans. New lifestyles are dictating living spaces that are compatible with today's families and individuals. When Country Home magazine built a show house at the World Financial Center based on an informal reader survey, it had no living room at all. According to the ...
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