Posts Categorized: Home & Lifestyle

Where Water Damage Can Occur

There are certain foods that are great by themselves and maybe even better when combined with something else. Peanut butter and jelly? Nothing wrong with either on its own…but as a dynamic duo, they’re hard to beat. Water’s a great thing, too, just as are building materials. But for the most part, they make for… Read more »

Home Theater Lighting Options

There are several different lighting options available to create the perfect ambiance while setting up your home theater system. While selecting your lighting system for your home theater, one must consider the total area allotted for setting up the home theater. There is a wide range of lights available, from Hollywood disco lights to lights… Read more »

Things You Can Fix Yourself

Sometimes life works just the way it was meant to.  Enough so that certain things can be predicted. Keep something in the fridge too long? It goes bad. Don’t stock up on paper goods? Sooner or later you’ll be searching high and low for a facial tissue, roll of toilet paper, or new box of… Read more »

Why Rec Rooms are Making a Comeback

Rec room, bonus room, teen hangout – whatever you call it, having a dedicated space for games, movie nights, and casual entertaining is a great way to bring friends and family together. Even if you don’t have the space for a full-size room, here are a few reasons to carve out a little corner of… Read more »

How to Prevent Winter Weather Damage

Blustery winds, piles of snow, and sub-zero temps can dampen even the brightest of moods. Even worse is the damage winter weather conditions can inflict on your home. That’s why it’s important to prepare in advance and act, as appropriate, at the first signs of trouble. Roof – Freezing temps can cause ice dams, strong… Read more »

Home Upkeep Projects by the Month

Do you think you’re the most or least organized person in the world?  Somewhere in between, right? So, on the theory that there’s always room for improvement, we’ve prepared a monthly calendar of home improvements and upkeep to help you keep on top of things.  It’s far from complete, but it’s a great starting point…. Read more »

January Home Checklist

The holidays have come and gone, and a new year has just begun. Which mean now’s the time to give your home a little winter time TLC. How and where to begin?  The following checklist will help get you pointed in the right direction: Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. With increased candle use and… Read more »

How to Eliminate “Old House Smell”

You bought the perfect home in the perfect location. There’s just one problem – it suffers from “old house smell”. You know the one – that musty odor that creeps up on you the minute you set foot inside. And it seems no amount of air freshener or scented candles can mask it. To get… Read more »

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Maybe garbage disposals are way down the list of “most important plumbing fixtures,” but they still add convenience to your life. They also can stink to high heaven, back up and overflow.  Which means a little ongoing maintenance is in order. So, from our house to yours, here are some time-tested methods to keep your… Read more »

The Health Benefits of Gardening

In recent years, gardens have been popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth. Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but they’re also becoming a form of therapy for those with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression,… Read more »