Home Improvement

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By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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Installing a Television Over a Fireplace   The area over the fireplace has become a very popular place for installing a television. Some installers, however, may not fully consider some of the issues that may result from the installation. Heat may be a major factor because heat may very well dama...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 34
My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 54
2013 Flooring Trends - The Top 6 trends - Westchester County NY 1. Hardwood Flooring is the preferred flooring surface. There's no contest - hardwood is in baby! It is by far the preferred flooring surface in Westchester County, especially for the main living areas of the home (i.e. living room, ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 53
  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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    Hairline Crack in This Sacramento Bathroom Drain   Sometimes a contractor has to be persistent in an attempt to find the source of a water leak. Seeing that the water is leaking is one thing, fixing the problem is another. That was our task yesterday, finding a plumbing leak under the tub. Fr...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 2
Two water heaters schedule to be installed on the same day, different properties.   Water heater installations and replacements seem to come in groups, I’m not sure why that is but it happened again. So this week I need to install two water heater units, one at each of two different properties. ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 18
Can I Use Hardwood for my Kitchen Floor?   I'm no flooring expert. So, if you're looking for expertise, please feel free to move on. However, if you're thinking of putting down a hardwood floor in your kitchen, and you're open to anecdotal advice, from one who's currently there, I'm your gal.  Th...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 11
This is an incredibly informative article for all of you clients of mine (and friends) who have dogs and are wondering about the right kind of wood floors to get....Debbie Gartner has all of the answers! Please be sure and comment on the original blogpost! Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 2...
By Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
(BHG The Masiello Group)
Comments 14
Clients often ask what flooring is best if they have dogs.  The Flooring Lady has the Answers.  I know you will enjoy this recent post. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently a...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
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       It's not real gold, of course. Gilded gold is one of the top trends of the fall, and getting a rich look in your space is easy with the right accessories and a soft touch. After all, you don't want to end up looking like the Palace of Versailles. Unless that's your thing, in which case, w...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 10
A well-designed landscape is a pleasure to the family, enhances a community, and adds tremendously to a property’s value. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs, and other plants on the property.  It is an art which creates conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor ...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Houlihan Lawrence)
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  A cistern is a device to hold rain water, to then utilize either in the home or garden. While they can be quite involved, some home owners opt for a nice way of being :”green” conscious within their home, but not at the same expense as installing a cistern.  Rain barrels are a great way of dive...
By Andrew Sherant, Realtor of the Google age, like an app but better!
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You’ve got house insurance, and assume your property is covered for any type of detrimental occurrence that can possibly take place. However, not all homeowners are aware that home insurance policies don’t necessarily cover damage related to a flood, as the risks are too great. As a result, homeo...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Houlihan Lawrence)
Comments 1
  Spa, Resistance Pool, all located at 61 Bayeau Road Chlorine, while widely used for swimming pool, does cause allergies to some people, and so some people use Bromine instead.   Bromine is as effective as Chlorine but is less irritating to the eyes, and if you have an indoor pool, you will not ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Log cabins and the FHA 203k renovation program Can I renovate my log cabin with an FHA 203k loan? Why not, it is a home and in most cases has a foundation so it is a candidate for the program. It is odd but we get asked that a number of times each year. Again last Friday.  The client is purchasin...
By Barb Hutchinson, Fruitland Idaho - Payette County homes and real estate, www.BarbHutchinsonHomes.com
(Silverhawk Realty)
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Photo from Better Homes and Gardens I showed you the kitchen island last week and this is on that order, but it is a portable bar cart (which seems like the piece of furniture the younger set wants right now).  This idea is from Better Homes and Gardens and makes use of a beat-up thrift store de...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 69
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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The Last Three Feet of Sacramento Siding Repair Is Going To Be Tough.    Sometimes you can spend as much time on one little section of siding repair, you wonder if it is worth the hassle. Sure, you can rationalize it; the wood isn’t that bad, I’ll just caulk it or who’s going to see it anyway By...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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    You should see the back side…       As a contractor who has a need to create holes in walls and ceilings in order to do my job, I can say that it is necessary to get a look from behind. Seeing what is going on inside the wall or ceiling can reveal a problem much quicker than most methods.
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 4
Intimate Living Interiors Nominated To International  Design Awards     My daughter, Kari Arendsen, Principle of     "INTIMATE LIVING INTERIORS"     has been nominated to this World Class Event. This is tantamount to the Oscar Awards for the Interior Design and Architectural Community.   These wo...