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Monthly Archives: January 2015

    Tips for a smooth exterior makeover

    By Barry Evans | January 31, 2015

    IF your home’s exterior is in need of an update, here are some simple tips to transform it beyond recognition: 1. The latter decades of the 20th century were not our finest in terms of architecture, and some houses from the 1950s onwards are not that attractive. FULL STORY Read More

    Home Show doubles its live presentations

    By Barry Evans | January 30, 2015

    More than 200 home builders and related professionals are congregating this weekend to engage visitors seeking ideas for constructing, remodeling and improving their homes. Organizers said they expect this year’s Home Builders Association Home Show to draw at least 12,000 visitors browsing through booths, discussing their plans and dreams, and dropping into numerous presentations. The... Read More

    Builder of tiny award-winning Decatur home shares renovation tips

    By Barry Evans | January 29, 2015

    In renovating a Decatur home, green building consultant Carl Seville removed the enclosed porch that served as the kitchen, renovated the kitchen and bathroom, and added a new office, screened porch and exterior storage room. He reused the siding and trim, refurbished existing windows and floors, and invested in a high performance HVAC system and... Read More

    HDB revamps showflat gallery to keep up with the times

    By Barry Evans | January 28, 2015

    SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has revamped its showflat gallery to showcase the latest in flat designs, interior design ideas and renovation tips. Located at the HDB Hub, on Level 3 Biz Four, the space is now called “My Nice Home Gallery”. It will feature five fully furnished HDB showflats – including, for... Read More

    9 Easy Ways to Beautify Your Bathroom on the Cheap

    By Barry Evans | January 27, 2015

    Sorry to get TMI on you, but we all spend a lot of time in the bathroom. And many things about that room — the fact that you’re alone in there without distractions, the amount of fixed design elements crammed into a small space, the potential for dirt and clutter — give it the potential... Read More

    Decorating tips for a Rented House

    By Barry Evans | January 26, 2015

    Just because you are living on rent and don’t live in your own house, doesn’t mean you can decorate your living space as you want. Here are a few easy tips that you can try if you are a renter. – The golden rule to remember while furnishing a rented house is that whatever changes... Read More

    Prevent wet cellar walls and flooded lawns

    By Barry Evans | January 25, 2015

    Q. During heavy rainfall I get water coming into the basement where the concrete floor meets the walls. Also, the concrete in the walls appears to have some flaking. What are my best options to fix this? TDISALVA Many times water in the basement is due to a lack of gutters courtesy Rob Robillard Many... Read More

    Design with a wild side

    By Barry Evans | January 24, 2015

    It’s whimsical and exotic with a touch of eclectic. With vibrant and varied species of birds, butterflies, rabbits, tropical leaves and orchids are all utilized in creating dynamic patterns in this art-meets-design collection. In Lee Jofa’s first artist collaboration with Groundworks, they introduced vibrantly colored and stunning fabrics, wallpapers, and carpets designed by Hunt Slonem,... Read More

    Chill out: energy saving tips for summer

    By Barry Evans | January 23, 2015

    Spending hundreds of dollars on air conditioning ? Here are some tips to save on the energy bills. Whether you’re sweating through a heatwave or shivering through a cold spell, the chances are you’re spending more money than you need to keeping your home the right temperature. On a typical day in a typical home,... Read More

    How to give your home an affordable facelift

    By Barry Evans | January 22, 2015

    You don’t need a big budget, a reality show and an interior designer to make your home feel a little fancier.   Want to give your home’s interior a facelift but don’t have a lot of spare cash after a big-spending festive season? Help is at hand, courtesy of some simple and inexpensive tips from... Read More

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