How To Survive A Remodeling Project

Shannon and Matt Cherry of Albany, New York, know a thing or two about the stress of renovating a home. In addition to dealing with anxiety over money, mess and making the right decisions, the Cherrys were also about to become first-time parents. Shannon was pregnant with twins, and the top floor of the Cherrys' 1853 brownstone – with a new … [Read more...]

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Housekeeping – Save Time And Money

When friends visit our home, they often tease my husband and me about being compulsive housecleaners. While it’s true that we like having a tidy home, we probably spend less time cleaning our house than do most of our pals. Our secret? We’re a little lazy. We’re just not interested in spending hours dusting, vacuuming, mopping and putting things … [Read more...]

Make A Lasting Impression With A New Door

Many people may not be able to buy a dream home or do a complete home remodel in the current slow economy, but one affordable way to spruce up a house is to replace the front door. It is one of the first objects a person sees when coming to a house and the last when leaving. New and refurbished doors not only add character, but can add value to a … [Read more...]

Solar Thermal Water Heating: Efficient and Green

Solar thermal is considered a renewable and green resource for hot water heating. A solar water heating system captures the warmth of the sun, transfers that heat to water, and works with your conventional water heater to help it use less energy. “Solar thermal works pretty much all year long here in the North State,” says Patrick Wallner, … [Read more...]

Get Inspired: North State Home Shows Provide One-Stop Shopping For Home And Holiday Needs

As the seasons change and the weather starts to cool down, it may be time to think about fixing up your house, remodeling, repairing, and getting ready for the holidays. Two home shows in the North State provide excellent ideas for home improvement: The Chico Fall Home and Garden Show at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, and the Fall Home and … [Read more...]

From Trash to Treasure

Monette Pierce of Anderson recently moved her business, Beauty for Ashes, a massage and doula service, to downtown Redding. The new location’s open space is void of partitions or privacy walls, causing Pierce to spread the word that she is in need of doors. Doors?  This may sound like a strange request, but the young entrepreneur has a plan. She … [Read more...]

Colorful Tips From A Decorator Who Knows

Decorating Dilemmas? Color Confusion? Paint Problems? Busy schedule? It may seem that there’s very little time to create the new look you have been admiring in magazines and on home improvement shows. Don’t panic! I have been working with clients for over 20 years, currently at Paint Marts in Shasta County, deciphering customers’ needs and wants to … [Read more...]

Cost-Saving Ideas To Enliven Your Kitchen

With the kitchen being a primary gathering place for many families and their guests, a new look for your kitchen is not only a visually appealing, but can be mentally and emotionally uplifting as well. Obvious quick kitchen transformations include painting kitchen walls or cupboards.  If the trial-and-error method of making color decisions based … [Read more...]

A World of Appliances

It really is a world full of appliances these days! There are so many choices between all the available major and not-so-major creations beckoning us with their promises of ease, utility and service! Modern appliances do make housework and chores easier and quicker. Major appliances – stove, refrigerator, water heater, dishwasher, clothes … [Read more...]

Twelve Ways to Spend Less on Home Repairs

Your home is probably one of your most valuable assets, so keeping it in good repair should be a high priority. In a tight economy, it’s important to find creative ways to save money on fixing your home, from learning to do your own repairs to knowing when to call in an expert.  Here are twelve ideas that can help you spend less when making home … [Read more...]