2012 FALL Home

Complete large projects in stages

When a large home improvement project looms, like adding a deck or updating your kitchen or bathroom, it can be overwhelming. As you write out the supply list, you may find yourself thinking of all the other things you would rather be doing. If you aren't careful, those thoughts can take over and...

Make your cabinets look like new

Another long day at work is finally over. You go home, take off your coat and prepare to cook dinner. You grab a few things out of the refrigerator, and as you lean down to pull out a pot, you get a real close look at your cabinets. They're starting to look tired these days, real tired. You can't...

Painting prep: The perfect coverup

Your daughter isn't a little girl anymore. She is growing up fast and deserves a room that reflects her teen tastes. When your daughter was 6, the yellow and white striped walls with daisies stenciled around the top in her bedroom were cute. Now that she is 16, those walls aren't so cute anymore ...

Your home's exterior: Choosing a surface

When it comes to choosing materials for your home's exterior, it pays to put some thought into it. After all, you will be living with the materials for a very long time. Numerous choices are available, from siding to stucco to stone to brick. There are pros and cons to each, but for some people, ...

Wallpaper ideas: Something for everyone

What's one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to change a room? Paint, right? While paint will do wonders in transforming a room, it is not the only option available. There's wainscoting, tile, mirror, stone, brick and any number of other wallcovering options. There is also wallpaper. Wallpape...

Advantages of two-stage heating systems

Purchasing a new heating and cooling system could be in your future. Selecting the right furnace for your home requires understanding the various products available. A two-stage heating system is preferred by many HVAC contractors and could be the right fit in your renovation. Choosing a n...

How to select the right carpeting for your home

Although many people may tout the benefits of hardwood flooring over carpeting, there are plenty of individuals who like to have the soft and luxurious feeling of carpeting underfoot. Selecting the right carpeting for a particular room and purpose can be a bit daunting because of the abundance of...

Did you know: Windows

According to Remodeling magazine's 2011-2012 "Cost Vs. Value Report," replacement projects perform better in resale value than other types of remodeling projects. Siding-, window- and door-replacement projects all recoup between 69 and 78 percent of their initial costs. Replacement projects perha...

Vinyl siding still a consumer favorite

Vinyl siding is trusted by homeowners looking to add aesthetic appeal to their home's exterior. Though vinyl siding may seem to be a cut-and-dry type of product, the vast array of vinyl siding colors and styles has created certain trends among consumers. Made chiefly from polyvinyl chlorid...

Hints for homeowners: Add value to your home

When you want to add value to your home, a few easy remodeling tips can help you get the most out of the money you spend on renovations. • An Updated Kitchen—Great rooms are becoming more popular, so consider joining the dining room with the kitchen to get added living space in ...