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Whether you’ve just moved into a home or have been there for several years, you might be thinking of redoing, remodeling or refurbishing…How do you decide which redo, remodel or refurbish takes precedence? Partly, it depends on how long you plan on being in the home. If it’s just going to be five years and you don’t need a new heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) unit in that time, it probably doesn’t pay to have one installed. To recoup on your investment of installing an HVAC system takes roughly 15 years. However, if you plan to be in your home a long time, such as 15 to 30 years, and want to know what the best redos, remodels and refurbishes are for the first [...]
The excitement of owning your first home can be intense and overwhelming. The opportunity to make each room a reflection of you and your tastes, to fill the rooms with things that are meaningful to your family, and to become a part of your new neighborhood can quickly fill up your first few months in a new home. But after you’ve had a chance to settle in, the weather starts cooling off, and the leaves start turning beautiful colors, you realize there may be things you need to do to prepare your home for the change in seasons.
Winterizing your home is an important, but all too often overlooked, part of maintaining a household. Properly protecting your home against cold weather [...]
There’s little better for problem solving than the combined ingenuity of the entire planet. Everyone’s faced with a variety of problems in how to organize the home and use space, and different cultures have met these challenges in a myriad of ways. Learning how to blend these time-honored solutions with your own aesthetic tastes and needs can be a wonderful way to get the most out of your home.General Kotatsu
The Japanese kotatsu is a type of low table. The kotatsu consists of a table frame (traditionally wooden), covered with a futon or thick blanket, which is then in turn covered with a table top. A heat source, traditionally a charcoal blazer but nowadays usually an [...]