A lick of paint, if it's the right paint, can do wonders

November 25, 2024

November is here. The days are shorter, the chill has set in, and so has the damp, grey haze. The experts say we are susceptible to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) because of a lack of sunshine and its vitamin D benefits, but I think it may be caused by spending too much time indoors surrounded by bland interiors and uninspiring walls. Of ...

Downsizing in style

November 15, 2024

Interior designer Lauri Ward has built a career on helping people create a new look. Now she's helping them make a new life. Ward's latest book, Downsizing Your Home With Style, is targeted at people who are moving to smaller homes. Ward is the founder of Use What You Have Inc. and a pioneer in the interior redesign movement, so her focus is ...

Back to the basics

November 3, 2024

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. ...


November 2, 2024

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 ...

Automatic and Programmable Thermostats

October 27, 2024

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

October 26, 2024

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 ...

Losing the living room

September 26, 2024

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 ...

Hot remodeling trends for the budget-conscious

September 25, 2024

With more Americans nesting - the Census Bureau, no surprise, reports that far fewer people moved to a new home in 2008 than 2007 - and money tight, budget remodeling is in. Homeowners want to be comfy in their nests. So what home improvements are hot, and which can you do on the cheap that will add value to your home? There are, in fact, ...

Humidity vs. summer months

September 22, 2024

With the humidity of the summer months upon us, it's a good time to consider the best ways to protect your home from moisture. Excessive amounts of moisture inside a home could lead to mold, which can cause health problems and may be difficult to remove. Take a few minutes to review the following tips to help protect your home from moisture ...

Luxe-for-less home makeovers

September 19, 2024

Forget collagen or chemical peels. If you're like many, it's your home that really needs a facelift. This quarter, Americans are expected to spend $171.1 billion on home improvement, according to research by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. While that number is staggering, it's still 2.5% less than what homeowners spent in ...
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