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Monthly Archives: November 2014

    Can I Build a Backyard Shed With a Basement?

    By Barry Evans | November 30, 2014

    Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero’s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer systems. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona. Here are questions about home maintenance... Read More

    The Cheapskate’s Guide to Home Heating

    By Barry Evans | November 28, 2014

    Go ahead, relive the pain—check your bank and credit-card statements from last winter and you’ll be reminded just how much a really cold winter can cost in home-heating bills. And while another bitterly cold winter is not forecasted for much of the nation, national weather experts say the Mid-Atlantic states may be the exception, with... Read More

    Seven tips from a Kiwi interior expert

    By Barry Evans | November 26, 2014

    The hunt for new interior design ideas can often lead to feelings of inspiration overload. From the pages of home magazines, to the plethora of Pinterest boards that never seem to end, it is easy to get lost in a sea of cushions, wall decals and vignettes. But here is the key to breaking through... Read More

    Five tips for home maintenance

    By Barry Evans | November 25, 2014

    1. Don’t put off jobs The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAB) National Maintenance Week (November 21-28 ) is an annual event designed to encourage owners of all sorts of buildings, not just ancient ones, to be aware of the importance of regular care. Good maintenance is not only common sense though, it... Read More

    Styling tips to turn your home into a fabulously photogenic abode worthy of a magazine spread

    By Barry Evans | November 23, 2014

    WOULDN’T it be amazing if your house could be transformed from bland to completely brilliant? Magazine spreads and homewares catalogues tantalise with the hope that it’s possible to breathe colour, life and pizzazz into your lacklustre living room, dreary dining room or bland bedroom. FULL STORY Read More

    Overdue Idea: The Renovation Intervention

    By Barry Evans | November 21, 2014

    THE ISSUE: It’s November and the house is feeling small, what with the backyard covered by a layer of frozen leaves and the first snowfall of the year. That’s okay, because interest rates are low and house values are high. Time to tap that mortgage and renovate! So you get a storage locker and begin packing... Read More

    Tips to prevent frozen or busted pipes during cold snaps

    By Barry Evans | November 20, 2014

    JONESBORO — With temperatures taking a sudden plunge, the possibility of burst water pipes are on everyone’s mind. Officials are offering tips to help residents avoid the messy and often expensive issue of busted pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply... Read More

    Interior tips: Decorating with wallpaper – your questions answered

    By Barry Evans | November 17, 2014

    Trends come and go, neutrals one week, bold feature walls the next, then there’s the dilemma of paint or wallpaper. Often it just comes down to personal taste and having the confidence to create the look that’s in your head. If you’ve decided on wallpaper for your next project, Nicky Jepson, brand manager at Superfresco... Read More

    10 money-saving and safety tips to winterize your home

    By Barry Evans | November 16, 2014

    1 Safety first Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors or replace batteries in current devices. If you have any gas appliances – even if it’s just logs – you need CO detectors on each level of the home. Learn more about CO detectors at www.kidde.com. 2 Caulk cracks around doors and windows. Look for... Read More

    Turn your clutter into decor with these tips

    By Barry Evans | November 15, 2014

    Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops. Just as fashion accessories can have a big impact on an outfit, the items you display on shelves and tables can have a powerful effect... Read More

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