November 10, 2009
Picture this — the extended family has gathered for a big get-together. The sun is shining; the kids are out of school for summer. Everyone’s having a grand time in the new outdoor living space and the accompanying landscaping is drawing rave reviews.
However, the above scenario could remain just a dream if the process to bring it to fruition isn’t started now.
Architect Dar Webb, of Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, said some homeowners wait too long before upgrading their house’s appeal and value with an outdoor project.
“If someone calls me in early April to have something ready by June 1 in time for summer, unless it’s something very simple, it’s too late,” Webb said. “Winter is a good time to start, more often than not, to have something usable by summer.” Read more
October 13, 2009
Here’s an easy checklist of areas to inspect and problems you might find. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades
Locating air leaks
First, check for air leaks (drafts). Energy savings from reducing drafts range between 5 percent and 30 percent per year. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check to see if air can flow through these places: Read more
April 13, 2009
Whether your motive is to save money or save the earth, recycling, reusing and refurbishing what you already own are all affordable and creative ways to beautify your home and feel good doing it. Read more
April 13, 2009
In terms of both the challenge and saving money, home improvement projects can be a temptation to many homeowners. But when should the do-it-yourselfer call a professional?
January 3, 2009
NEW — 5 a.m. Jan. 3, 2009
Fans of the HGTV series “Designer’s Challenge” can tune in Monday to spot a familiar face.
Cathy O’Neill filmed an episode three and a half years ago that is finally being aired at 3 p.m. on channel 68 on local Comcast stations. Read more