patio-heater

Patio Heaters and Fire Pits

In some areas right now, the weather is ideal for sitting outside in the evening — the bugs have gone and the sky is clear — but the nights are chilly. Don’t let the cool evenings send you inside — extend your outdoor living season by heating your deck or patio. Different heaters are available…

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fireplace

Warm Up With Firewood

There are as many types of firewood on the market, as there are fireplaces. If you have been heating your home with firewood, you are likely educated in the various types of wood available. If you are considering a wood-burning stove to heat your home or cottage, the following is a summary of the most…

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kitchen-designs

The Best Kept Secrets In Kitchen Designs

It has often been said that the heart of the home is the kitchen. If that is really true, then why is it that some kitchen designs just don’t seem to support more than one cook or guest at a time? You can turn your kitchen into a functional and beautiful workspace and gathering place…

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hardwood-flooring-basics

Hardwood Floors 101

Hardwood floors can be installed anywhere in a home and can be prepared from several species of wood such as elm, ash, oak, amendoim, cypress, teak, cherry, walnut, rosewood, hickory, and maple. The hardness, stability, color, and alterations in color vary with wood type. Chestnut, Douglas fir, and North American Cherry offer low hardness whereas…

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counter-top-types

What Type of Counter Tops Are There?

Counter tops for your kitchen, bathroom or other areas can be made from a wide variety of materials. Your intended use of the counter tops will help in deciding which material to use. In areas where high moisture is a factor, a non-porous material should be considered. For outdoor areas, weather is a factor to…

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prevent-mold

10 Tips to Protect Your Basement from Mold

Does your basement ever flood? Is your basement ever damp? If so, you may need to inspect your basement for mold, and possibly remodel it to remove the mold. You may suspect hidden mold if your basement smells moldy, but you cannot see the source. You may know there has been water damage, but not…

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water-heater

Does A Tankless Water Heater Save Money

When you think of the household items that are most to blame for your high electric bill, chances are good that you pinpoint the usual suspects. Most people think of the television, lights, kitchen appliances, and washer/dryer combos as being some of the biggest offenders. But you would probably be surprised to learn that the…

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wall-frames

Simple Layout And Framing Of Walls

Framing walls is known in construction as rough carpentry. This has always seemed to me as a contradiction of terms. The framing holds the skin (drywall, sheathing, siding) and has the buildings life lines running through it (plumbing, electric, heating, A/C, telephone, and cable). Like the skeleton is to a body, as are framed walls…

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