Spring/Summer Home Improvement 2012

15 Stories • Available March 2012
Garage Sales

Garage Sales

Having a yard sale is one thing; having a successful one is another. Those individuals who take the time to plan their sale are most likely to be successful. Whether called garage sales, tag sale

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Finding Furniture That Fits

Finding Furniture That Fits

The room you spend your time in -- the one you relax in, entertain in or run your business from -- should be a reflection of you, the owner. Filling your space with custom-made pieces will help mak

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To Improve Or Not To Improve

To Improve Or Not To Improve

Larry Singer and his wife recently sold their 110-year-old two-story frame home after living in it for the past 25 years. They did need to fix the roof, but Realtor Fritz Pfister advised them to le

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Design Rule 1-2-3

Design Rule 1-2-3

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Sold!

Sold!

In any economy, homeowners have to decide when and why to make improvements to their property. In this down economy, widely described as a buyer's market, those decisions are even more critical. Re

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Patio Upgrades

Patio Upgrades

Turning your patio into luxury outdoor living space is easier than you think. With some serious planning, new and affordable all-season materials, equipment, furnishings and accessories, you can co

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Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances

When it comes to spring/summer home maintenance, a little bit of time and elbow grease can translate into big savings and avoid costly repairs down the line. Everything from changing light bulbs t

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Porch Perfect

Porch Perfect

If you're lucky enough to have a front porch -- whether it is a small section next to your door or a grand wraparound style -- your next decorating project could be a budget-friendly makeover of t

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Designing A Guest Room

Designing A Guest Room

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The Tween Bedroom Challenge

The Tween Bedroom Challenge

When your child says she doesn't want a "kiddie room" anymore, it might tug on your heartstrings to realize that your baby is growing up. But it can also kick-start a rewarding new project that you

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Home Addition Planning

Home Addition Planning

Over the decades, I've been involved in building many home additions. Prior to the start of each project, a tremendous amount of planning is done. My planning always starts with a blank sheet of 8

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Weatherproofing

Weatherproofing

Rain, snow and ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on a wood deck. If left unchecked, eventually deck boards will begin to fade in color, cup, check, warp and crack. Mold and mildew growth is also a c

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Exterior Design Considerations

Exterior Design Considerations

One of the saddest things I've see done to a home is the construction of a large and unsightly addition. Many homeowners focus on the inside of the home addition during the design phase and pay lit

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Privacy Fence

Privacy Fence

A privacy fence is often one of the key components in creating an outdoor living space. Privacy fences are ideal for patios and decks that enable homeowners to decompress from the hustle and bustle

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The Front Door

The Front Door

Dear Pat: I have an old wooden front door with sidelights. The door is in bad shape and leaky, but the sidelights are fine. Is it possible to replace just the door and not the sidelights to save mo

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Ss Home Improvement Facts 1

Ss Home Improvement Facts 1

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Ss Home Improvement Facts 2

Ss Home Improvement Facts 2

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Ss Home Improvement Facts 3

Ss Home Improvement Facts 3

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