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The best backyard lighting schemes start with a planUpdated Jul 25, 2014 3:24 PM Outdoor living spaces require lighting for functionality and safety. Most homeowners, though, arrive at a lighting showroom with a long shopping list and bigger dreams.
Too much space? Divide to conquer Posted Jul 26, 2014 6:00 AM
Q. Our great room really lives up to the name — it’s nearly 30 feet long and 20 feet wide. How should we arrange the furniture in such a large space?
Cabinets are no longer contained to the kitchen Posted Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
Cabinet makers are responding to the consumer demand for design flexibility and decorative utility with unique door styles and new finishes, expanded cabinet sizes and pullouts, open shelves, and collections of embellishments.
Unclog stubborn shower drains Posted Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.
Finger-pointing leads to a credit score logjam Posted Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
Are mortgage lenders finally loosening up a little on their credit score requirements — opening the door to larger numbers of home purchasers this summer and fall?
Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house Posted Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.
Make your home more eco-friendly with a new floor Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:00 AM
Want to help save the planet and update your home’s flooring at the same time? The floors in your home have more of an effect on the environment — and your home’s value — than you may think.
Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas Updated Jul 31, 2014 6:15 AM
Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.
Artisan couple forges ahead together Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
Johannah Willsey’s first mosaic was on a trivet forged by her husband. That first creation was the beginning of a “collaborative process,” Willsey said. Whether it’s running their business or home schooling their two children, Willsey and her husband, Kyle Lucia, work as a team. The artists are the co-owners and founders of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond, Virginia-based studio where Lucia and Willsey create handmade furniture, railings, frames and more.
Fewer buyers want fixer-uppers, broker says
Updated Jul 21, 2014 11:15 AM
Brian Knott, a broker with RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, has observed steady progress in the residential real estate market since 2010. The volume of business has consistently risen and, he said, suburban home values have increased at a healthy rate.
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full story »Fewer buyers want fixer-uppers, broker saysBrian Knott, a broker with RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, has observed steady progress in the residential real estate market since 2010. The volume of business has consistently risen and, he said, suburban home values have increased at a healthy rate.
full story »More seniors will need to access their equityToday, 12 percent of our population is older than 62. As baby boomers continue to age, 40 percent of the U.S. population will be older than 62 by 2032, said Richard Glover, director of the Reverse Mortgage Division of American Fidelity Mortgage Services Inc. of Lisle.
full story »Longtime builder sees strength return to Chicago marketNorthbrook-based Red Seal Homes has been building upscale residences in Chicago and its North and Northwest suburbs since it was founded by Joe Horwitz in 1934. In fact, for a time the firm even expanded into Wisconsin and Florida and got involved with sizable commercial and hotel construction ventures, as well as both production and custom homes.