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Green Party

How to Make Your Summer Party More Environmentally Friendly

Summer is in full swing, and with it come backyard cookouts, camping trips and picnics. Unfortunately, these outings and get-togethers also include the generation of copious amounts of waste. Disposable plates, cutlery, cups and paper towels are just a few of the common … read more

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How to Properly Clean Your Shower Liner

How to Properly Clean Your Shower Liner

If your vinyl shower curtain liner has developed black spots, especially in some of the folds, it is probably mildew rather than dirt. It’s perfectly OK to wash it in your washer. Most good-quality vinyl shower curtain liners will survive years of washing. … read more

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'Aging in Place' Accessible Bathroom

Planning for Your Future Needs with ‘Aging in Place’ Strategies in Your New Home or Remodel

Recently we began work on a home design for a newlywed couple who are starting their life together by building a home. And, they want it to be one that they can live in for a very long time. Smart thinking, as you … read more

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Untreated teak furniture, left outdoors, turned to a silvery-gray color.

How to Restore Indoor Teak Furniture — Part 2

It is best to leave outdoor teak tables, chairs and benches unfinished and sanded to weather to a beautiful silvery-grey color (as shown in this photo). But if your indoor teak furniture, especially a table top, has been exposed to sunlight for several … read more

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Carpet Pads

Replacing Your Carpet? Don’t Forget the Carpet Pad

A client is having new carpet installed in the living room, and was told by the salesperson that the pad — which is 10 years old — needs to be replaced. The client questioned whether that’s really necessary. If you’re replacing your carpet, … read more

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Turn a Boring Floor into a Piece of Art with Faux Paint

Turn a Boring Floor into a Piece of Art with Faux Paint

With a little bit of paint — and...

My husband turned to me a couple of weeks ago and said, “You know that vintage area rug you’ve got downstairs in our basement studio, trying to cover up the plywood floor? I’ve always hated that. What I’d like to see down there … read more

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Review Website Warning

The Pitfalls of Using ‘Review’ Websites to Help Choose Your Building or Remodeling Contractor

You’ve seen them online, and the ads on TV. Use their website to get reviews before you hire a builder or remodeler (or a doctor, dentist etcetera). Their “list” can save you lots of headache, the ads claim. But how do these sites … read more

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Frozen Popsicles: mango, pomegranate, and strawberry lemonade

Celebrate Summer by Making Your Own Cool Popsicles

Summer has officially arrived and for me that brings forth childhood memories of hearing the ice cream truck music off in the distance. I would scramble to the house and scrounge around to get enough change together before the truck passed me by. … read more

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