Several years ago I did extensive research on how to buy a refrigerator. I wrote several articles to share what I learned with savvy homeowners. Imagine my surprise when I recently learned I missed a very important decision factor. I learned that advertised refrigerator sizes aren’t what you think!
We work hard all week so it’s not surprising that more homeowners are looking for solutions that reduce the amount of time needed to maintain their homes. When you combine this goal with plans for home improvements, using low maintenance building materials makes a lot of sense. You might also benefit from less time needed … Read More
When buying a house we focus on location, views, the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms. We rarely think about the house building materials that went into the construction of the house, besides the granite countertops, hardwood floors and other visible features. When you build a custom home or tackle a major remodeling project, you take more … Read More
Hardwood lumber is used to make flooring, furniture, cabinets and decking. Softwoods are used for framing, trim and other purposes. So it’s important to understand these differences when buying lumber.
Forget the man cave, a woman cave (or she shed) is what you want. And there’s a big difference. Where the typical man cave is filled with manly things, a woman cave is filled with whatever makes you happy. It doesn’t even have to be in the basement. If you love all things pink and … Read More
After celebrating the year end holidays, it’s not unusual for our homes to feel cluttered. So it’s no surprise that January is national organizing month with lots of tips to help you declutter your home. And if you realize that clutter contributes to stress, you know but might not want to admit
Buying paint is easy, but you’ve got to figure out how much paint to buy. You have to know the condition of the walls, ceiling and/or trim you’ll be painting, and whether you need a coat of primer first. You also want to include enough paint for touch-ups later on. This is true whether you’re … Read More
Barn red is a color most people recognize. But why red? Why is red traditionally used for painting barns? First you want to ask yourself, why paint a barn in the first place? It’s just a house for animals. Why go through the trouble? A lot of people think you paint a barn or house to … Read More
Springtime. It’s the season for airing out the house, washing windows, scrubbing floors and all-around general cleaning to clear off the last bits of winter. But home maintenance means more than cleaning the inside of your home.
The white picket fence is probably the most popular fence in the US since the colonial era. Traditionally they were made of wood and painted white although the most common material used today is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) but there are other materials you can use …