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Create A Garden Room: It’s a Natural Choice

Caralee Adams
May 3, 2011
Turn a common mudroom into a glorious and natural garden room.
Bring the outdoors in with a garden room, perfect for potted plants and extra storage.
 
Treat yourself to a garden room devoted to potting plants, growing seedlings, and bringing the sights and smells of the good earth indoors. A garden room is also a little something extra that can help market your home. Here’s how to create a natural retreat.
 
Garden room must-haves

Home Improvement Apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry: Your Digital Toolbox

Les Shu
February 17, 2011
Downloadable iPhone and Android apps offer ways to maintain, improve, and save money on your home.
Smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and those based on Google’s Android do more than make calls, thanks to hundreds of thousands of downloadable mini-software items called apps. There are many home improvement apps designed to help you save money or take care of projects. Here are some of the best:
 
Match that paint color

Tax Credits for Replacing Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Gil Rudawsky
January 7, 2011
The government closes a door on one tax break in 2010 but opens a window on another. Windows and doors can earn you up to $500 in 2011. 
High-end products are more expensive, but they are often better constructed and more energy efficient. 

Finding Money For Home Improvements

Stephanie Lee, Times Union, Albany, N.Y.
December 6, 2010
Dec. 05—When their youngest son left for college, the Hencheys realized their Coxsackie home suddenly seemed big—too big for just the two of them.
But before Keith and Kate Henchey put their six-bedroom, ranch-style house on the market, they decided to make a few changes. Last month, they started replacing the front steps and laying down beige carpet in their bedrooms. New storm doors, closet doors, and flooring are on the way.

Too Hot, Too Cold: Home Owners Warm to Energy Audits

Carol Hazard, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.
December 5, 2010
Dec. 05—Jamie Cox was prepared to spend at least $2,500 to replace all 14 windows in the 76-year-old brick house where he lives with his wife, Cory, in South Richmond.
And that’s if he did all the work himself.
The upstairs In the two-story house, the upstairs, where their bedroom is, was a sauna during the summer and 10 degrees hotter than the first floor during the rest of the year.

Heating and Cooling Your Attic Remodel

Benjamin Allen
December 3, 2010
Heating and cooling your attic can be a challenge. In summer, intense sunlight cooks the large expanse of the roof over your head; in winter, drafts from wind and cold suck the cozy out of your new attic remodel. Adequately insulating your remodel and extending your HVAC system are the keys to heating and cooling it year-round.

Insulation options

5 Simple Ways To Go Green When You Clean

Deanna Caswell
November 15, 2010
Cleaning green can seem really complicated and expensive, but it’s not. Going green, when done correctly, should simplify our lives and reduce our expenditures.
Going green “correctly” can seem like a laundry list of specific behaviors, but it’s not. Going green is a value, not a list. Each person may have a different expression of that value.

Time to Winterize Water Pipes

November 10, 2010
With winter just around the corner, taking a few simple steps to winterize your water pipes now can help prevent costly future repairs, as well as save water and energy.
Tennessee American Water offers these tips to get your home ready for the winter:
  • Search for pipes that are not insulated, or that pass through unheated spaces such as crawlspaces, basements, or garages. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, available at hardware stores.

Wood Stoves Burn Wood, Not Money

Author Name: 
Wendy Paris
Date Published: 
September 29, 2010

Although wood stoves might conjure up images of a smoke-belching potbelly in a backwoods cabin, today’s models are up to 80% efficient, meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission guidelines, and reduce heating bills by nearly half when energy prices are high.

Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

Dave Toht
March 18, 2010
Well-planned outdoor lighting improves curb appeal, safety, and security for your home.
 
Think about it: Most of your guests (and if your home is on the market, many would-be buyers) see your home only in the evening, when its best features may be lost in the shadows. Well-executed outdoor lighting enhances architectural detail and plays up landscape features, casting your home in the best possible light and adding an abundance of curb appeal.