2012 FALL Home

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 ...

How to design a bedroom that unleashes your child's creativity

Many parents may be surprised to learn that, according to Harris research, children begin taking an interest in changing their rooms just after the age of 5, citing more space to hang out and play as the No. 1 wish for the space. The study also found that 71 percent of parents think the design of...

Bathroom renovations: You'll know when it's time

“We had a green toilet, a green bathtub with gold fixtures, and green sink to match,” said Patti Gagne of the original bathroom in her circa-1968 home in Lewiston. As if that, in and of itself, was not reason enough to renovate, she added, “Our toilet broke! First, we replaced t...

Don't be afraid of using pattern

Many homeowners want to introduce pattern to their rooms but don't know where to start. They may wonder if two patterns match or how to determine scale. It may take a little practice, but using pattern is easier than one may think. Nothing adds visual interest to a room more than pattern a...