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Thanksgiving, Kitchens & Entertaining

Thanksgiving has changed a lot over the years, along with major lifestyle changes. Our homes are changing too, although it’s not always clear if our houses are enabling lifestyle changes or reacting to broader changes in the world around us. People aren’t moving as much, and many more are working from home at least a few days a week.

As most people are focused on traveling plans (we’re not travel agents) and/or cooking (we’re not chefs) for the Thanksgiving feast, we thought it would be fun to use this holiday as a dry run to make sure you’re prepared for the... 

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Who Owns the Fence?

We sometimes get asked to help solve a fencing problem, and it’s not always a technical problem. Many homeowners aren’t happy with their neighbor’s fence, or want to install one for a new pet but aren’t sure how to address their neighbors concerns. That’s where we can discuss options, although we don’t have a lot of personal experience. My preference is to keep spaces open so we can all enjoy them. In one house, I did appreciate not having to walk our dog and we simply added a dog door for easy access to the fenced yard.

When I... 

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Kitchen Updates for Entertaining


Most of us look forward to the year end holidays, when we spend more time visiting with friends and family. It’s also a time when many homeowners look at their homes and wonder if they should update their flooring, light fixtures or give their kitchen a totally new look. That’s because kitchens truly have become the heart of the home, not just for family time but also for entertaining at home.

There are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look. You might save up for a complete kitchen remodel, or you can make smaller changes incrementally... 

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Does Your Home Need Any of These Wood Rot Repairs

wood rot is a common home repair

Everyone knows we’re getting lots more rain and snow than normal. Hopefully your house is watertight and none of the water has gotten inside your home. Because when water gets inside a house and doesn’t have a way to escape, you’re likely to get wood rot and that’s never good.

The worst part about wood rot is that it gets worse, year after year, so the sooner you find and make needed repairs, the less costly it will be.

So first you might want to understand how this happens.¬†Wood rot is caused by wood destroying fungi that break down the wood cells... 

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Fun Projects to Spruce Up Your Yard

home features to spruce up your yard

We can spend a lot of time cleaning up the yard after a long winter, pruning trees and shrubs, laying down mulch and so much more. At the end it’s always nice to have a fun project, so we thought it would be fun to share these ideas with you.

We’ll start at the street the way visitors or prospective home buyers might view your house. That’s a good perspective to keep in mind when trying to decide which home improvements to make. Of course they should all be ones you’ll enjoy, but why not pick ones that will also pay... 

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Wishing You a Happy New Year

Well we’re certainly ending the year better off than the last few years, so we hope this holiday finds you and your loved ones happy, healthy and ready to enjoy 2014.

Happy New Year from our house, to your home!


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What Are Your Monthly Home Expenses?

many items go into monthly home expenses

When you bought your house, did you really look at all your monthly home expenses? You probably focused on how much you could afford to spend for your new house based on mortgage payments. You might have been limited by how much the bank was willing to loan you, combined with your down payment. The banks are helpful to a point – they make sure you’ll be able to pay principal, interest, taxes and insurance, everything needed to protect the asset behind your home loan.

What few homeowners add into the equation of how much home they can afford, are all... 

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Happy Holidays

While we realize not everyone celebrates Christmas, it’s a very special holiday for our families … and so we wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.


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Photo Walls To Enjoy Memories Year Round

photo walls you or your handyman can hang

At the end of the year we celebrate many different holidays with family and friends who are important in our lives. It’s a fun, exciting time of year but wait … why can’t we enjoy memories of these times all year round?

You can with a photo wall (or two) in your home. You can keep the holidays and other special people and activities alive in your home year round. Photo walls work well because you’re displaying the photos at eye level where it’s easy to scan your favorite pictures. They’re also great because they don’t take up surfaces you want... 

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Quick Home Repairs to Make Before Guests Arrive

make home repairs before holiday guests arrive

Home repairs happen throughout the year. The most important repairs before the holidays are ones that might cause an accident when you’ve got guests visiting. Taking care of these repairs now will make your holidays go more smoothly and you’ll relax knowing your home is holiday ready.

Sidewalks, Stairs and Home Repairs

When you live in a house you have a routine which might include skipping that wobbly first step up to the front porch. Family members might never use the front door because you enter the house through the back door that goes right into the kitchen.

Your guests will use the... 

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