Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Fabulous Sun Solutions by Alford

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Do you own a home with great outdoor space that is not being used? You dream of entertaining outside, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to making the space “nicer.” Or, you have an awesome space to entertain in, however the sun beats down on it all day, making it unbearably […]

Creating a Kitchen in the Basement

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

By Elizabeth Gormley A kitchen, or kitchenette, in a finished basement has some great advantages.  Maybe you are housing guests, in-laws, a nanny, or you have a tenant living in your finished basement. A kitchen downstairs allows privacy as well as extraordinary functionality in your home. Also, a new modern kitchen is one of the […]

Water Filters: the perfect addition to any kitchen or bathroom

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione You’ve repainted, refinished and even hung up a few pictures, so what else can you do to make your kitchen or bathroom complete? Add a water filter! Go green in your kitchen by forgetting about bottled water and installing a water filter on your sink’s faucet. Your water will be healthy and tasty, […]

10 Tips for Living Environmentally Friendly

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Make the jump to fluorescent lighting; it uses about a quarter as much energy as incandescent lighting and can last many times longer. Use phosphate-free detergents; they get clothes just as clean, but are gentle on the environment. Paper or plastic? Neither! Bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Pass on harsh […]

Tips on Paying Your Contractor

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione When it comes to coughing up payment to your basement contractor, things can go sour quickly. Is the contractor going to take your money and run? Are you stiffing an honest contractor out of hard-earned money? Too often, the problem lies with the contract and a vague description of payment terms and conditions. Tim […]

Basement Contractors: Hiring Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Imagine a contractor working on your basement. You hired him and gave him the down payment that he requested. The work takes weeks and you feel like nothing is really getting done. He keeps asking for more money and you keep shelling it out hoping it will motivate him to finish. Months […]

Basement Ceilings: How they affect your whole house

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Though you may not realize it, your basement ceiling can affect your entire house. The type of basement ceiling you choose can affect how much noise travels from your basement to the rest of the house, how warm or cold the floor above your basement feels, and how well the ceiling repels […]

Affordable Decorating: Ideas for Your Basement to Your Bedroom

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Everyone’s feeling the strain in these stressful economic times, especially homeowners looking to do some affordable decorating or any home renovations. When your budget is tight, decorating may be the last thing on your mind. But there are ways to remodel and redesign areas of your home while not wasting all of […]

Money Saving Tips: Make the Most of What’s in your Home

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione There are many money saving tips out there that can help your bank account in small ways. How you manage your spending and how you make use of what you already have in your home can make all the difference in this fickle economy. Give these tips a try and stop being […]

Remodeling to Sell: Not every improvement pays off

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The recent housing crisis flooded the real estate market with  properties. Sellers today are competing with builders desperate to get rid of newly built homes and banks willing to sell foreclosed properties at much less than they are worth as a way to cut their losses. To make matters worse, a slow economy is causing people to postpone bigger […]