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Hundreds get home improvement ideas at annual show

Posted on 20 Apr 2015 In: Home Improvement

Hundreds get home improvement ideas at annual showNews from UpNorthLive.com:

A hundred exhibitors were on the floor at the GT Civic Center for the 6th Annual ‘Up North’ Lake & Cottage Show.  / upnorthlive.com photo

TRAVERSE CITY — The 6th Annual ‘Up North’ Lake & Cottage show wrapped up in Traverse City on Sunday.
Hundreds filled the Grand Traverse County Civic Center to visit different exhibits, most of which were geared towards getting a fresh idea for the home.
“People come to the Lake and Cottage show because they might be looking to build a…………… [...] Continue Reading…

Is your kitchen design making you fat?

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 In: home

Is your kitchen design making you fat?News from Mother Nature Network:People didn’t used to eat in the kitchen, and they were probably healthier for it.
In Small fridges make good cities and healthier people, I made the case that if you don’t have a lot of room in your fridge, you will go out and shop daily and get what’s fresh; you don’t have a lot of room for frozen stuff and bulk purchases. 

But there are other design issues in the kitchen that might be affecting our health and our weight besides the size or [...] Continue Reading…

How to Get the Most for Your Home Improvement Money

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 In: Home Improvement

How to Get the Most for Your Home Improvement MoneyNews from The Fiscal Times:
After a long treacherous winter, particularly in the Northeast, many homes are in dire need of spring fix up. But not all home improvement projects – whether inside or out — make sense financially, especially if you plan to sell your home anytime soon.
A whopping 57 percent of some 1,300 homeowners surveyed in February by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Bank that focuses on home improvement financing, said they planned to spend money on home improvement projects this year. Considering snowstorms, [...] Continue Reading…

Inside the French Laundry’s New Snøhetta-Designed Kitchen

Posted on 15 Apr 2015 In: home

Inside the French Laundry’s New Snøhetta-Designed KitchenNews from Curbed SF:Tuesday, April 7, 2015, by Lamar Anderson
Rendering courtesy SnøhettaThe saloon-turned-laundromat-turned-Michelin-starred restaurant that is Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is getting its first major overhaul in 20 years. The historic dining room will be left unaltered, but the rest of the grounds and connected structures have already begun their transformation. The design, by Snøhetta with envelope A+D, replaces the restaurant’s supporting buildings with a new expanded kitchen, along with a new outbuilding for a 14,000-bottle wine cellar and offices, plus a revamped courtyard and peekaboo entry sequence [...] Continue Reading…

Deputies Warn of Spring Home Improvement Scams

Posted on 12 Apr 2015 In: Home Improvement

Deputies Warn of Spring Home Improvement ScamsNews from WHAG:FREDERICK, Md. – As spring-like temperatures make their way through the Four-state, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of home improvement scams.“During the warmer months, people have a tendency to see more home improvement scams,” said Dep. Amanda Hatcher, spokesperson for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies say scammers are going door to door in neighborhoods, promising renovations for a cheap price.The Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) states: “If a salesperson solicited or sold the home improvement, then the contract must also contain the name and [...] Continue Reading…

Consumers warned about home improvement scams

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 In: Home Improvement

Consumers warned about home improvement scamsNews from Citizens Voice:
As the spring weather begins to creep in, consumers are warned to be on the lookout for home improvement scams that could potentially cost thousands of dollars.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane warns residents in Pennsylvania to be cautious of transient contractors who often use the spring weather to target property owners in these scams.
Contractors offering to paint homes or pave driveways each spring are an indicator of this type of scam. Often these workers will do a shoddy job, causing customers to pay someone else to do [...] Continue Reading…

Calling all home decor addicts: 5 funky DIY tips to recycle old tyresNews from Hindustan Times:

Aworn-out tyre need not drive you into the cribbing mode. Before you think of discarding it, take a look at these super cool and trendy do-it-yourself ideas and put your old throw-away tyre to creative use. You can also hunt your neighbourhood junkyard and buy a few worn-out tyres at cheap rates that can be turned into statement decor pieces.
From peppy planters to a quirky table, options abound for those who want to recycle old tyres. Remember, you would [...] Continue Reading…

31 N.J. home improvement contractors cited for $ 397K in violationsNews from NJ.com:

TRENTON — Thirty-one home improvement contractors have been cited this year for violations ranging from failing to complete work to refusing to refund deposits, a reminder residents should do their homework before hiring someone this spring, state officials said Monday.
“The arrival of spring signals the traditional start of New Jersey’s home improvement season and we are urging consumers to thoroughly review potential contractors before hiring someone to do work on their homes,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.
Of those cited, [...] Continue Reading…

Home improvement and gardening events

Posted on 6 Apr 2015 In: Home Improvement

Home improvement and gardening eventsNews from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Boerner Botanical Gardens:Variety of classes and events held year-round. 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. (414) 525-5653; boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
■ The Healing Garden Expo. April 11.
■ Iris Society Meeting. April 16.
Burlington Garden Center:Gardening, planting and lawn care workshops and seminars; open year-round. 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington, (262) 763-2153; burlingtongardencenter.com.
■ Spring Garden Moot. April 11.
■ New Gardener Day. April 18.
■ Lawn Care. April 25.
Daylily Society of SouthEast Wisc.: Meeting and guest speaker, 1 p.m. April 19. Education Center, Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. dssew.org.
■ Annual DSSEW Daylily [...] Continue Reading…

3 Kitchen Design Tips to Follow (and 3 Mistakes to Avoid)

Posted on 4 Apr 2015 In: home

3 Kitchen Design Tips to Follow (and 3 Mistakes to Avoid)News from Yahoo Food:
By Rochelle Bilow
We don’t have to tell you twice that we consider our kitchens the center of our homes. In this most-important room, both smart, intuitive design and attractive aesthetics are equally important. After all—you won’t just be cooking for your dinner parties and family meals. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that no matter how snazzy a table you set, everyone will wind up hanging around the kitchen island or butcher block (so, uh, make sure you have one). We could [...] Continue Reading…