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Outdoor makeover winners plan big changes, fun timesUpdated Jul 24, 2015 3:54 PM Winners of the Get Your Summer On contest plan big changes for their backyards.
Outdoor rooms with not-so-secret gardens Posted Jul 27, 2015 6:00 AM
Thoughtfully designing your outdoor landscaping — a garden hideout in the backyard, a cozy deck or a rooftop oasis — can add to your quality of life and the value of your home. The way to do this “is to create outdoor rooms.”
Plant fragrance in the garden Posted Jul 26, 2015 5:00 AM
When many people begin planning a new garden, their thoughts turn to the color, height and bloom time of perennials. Few folks consider fragrance, but they should. Scents fill outdoor spaces with sweetness or spiciness and may evoke memories of the past.
A little drama and splash of color are called for in a powder room Posted Jul 26, 2015 1:01 AM
From the early 18th century, the powder room related to a closet-sized room where people would retire to have their wigs repowdered. During Victorian times, is was considered bad form to openly discuss using the bathroom or private bodily functions, and calling an indoor bathroom a “powder room” was more delicate.
Five siblings hope to streamline home sale Posted Jul 25, 2015 1:00 AM
Q. My parents died and left their house to the five of us. I had each of my siblings and their wives write and sign a note stating they were in agreement to have me take care of the selling of the house and act as their representative in signing over the house when it is sold.
A new approach to reverse mortgages that protects seniors Posted Jul 25, 2015 1:00 AM
Markets don’t work well when one party in a transaction knows much more than the other, and nowhere is the knowledge gap wider than in HECM reverse mortgages. Borrowers typically know very little because reverse mortgages work differently and are much more complicated than the mortgages with which they purchased their homes. The loan officers and brokers with whom they deal, on the other hand, are experts in reverse mortgages who make their living originating them.
Tips on Common Interest Community Association Act Posted Jul 25, 2015 1:00 AM
Q. I read your recent article concerning the Common Interest Community Association Act, and homeowners associations. Is it a requirement that the homeowners association adopt the Common Interest Community Association Act? Our subdivision has been in existence since 1988 and there were instances that the Act was not followed for over 27 years.
Transforming basements into wine cellars Posted Jul 31, 2015 5:00 AM
When Madelyn Smith moved to her newly built house in McLean, Va., she knew she couldn’t replicate the antique all-brick wine cellar tucked under a staircase in her previous home, but she needed specialized storage for the approximately 50 cases of wine she and her husband have purchased.
David Cassidy prepares to auction Florida mansion Updated Jul 30, 2015 11:27 AM
David Cassidy prepares to auction Florida mansion that has been refuge amid personal struggles
Songs of Summer flower show coming to Chicago Botanic Garden Updated Jul 29, 2015 6:03 PM
District IX of the Garden Clubs of Illinois will host its Standard Flower Show “Songs of Summer” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe.
New Atlas shingles prevent algae growth
Posted Jul 25, 2015 1:00 AM
If you notice ugly black streaks on your roof and those of your neighbors, they are probably caused by something you would hardly expect — algae. It is a living microscopic organism that thrives in humid climates like ours and is carried on the wind.
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New Atlas shingles prevent algae growthIf you notice ugly black streaks on your roof and those of your neighbors, they are probably caused by something you would hardly expect — algae. It is a living microscopic organism that thrives in humid climates like ours and is carried on the wind.
Advances in technology, style propel ceiling fansHomeowners buying ceiling fans today are looking for furniture quality, carved-wood blades in woods like walnut, and they prefer up-lights, which create a warm glow on the ceiling, said Jessica Malik, co-owner of FanCFans in Schaumburg and Glenview. The newest fans are hidden and don't look like ceiling fans at all.
Roof is no place to skimp on materialsWhen a roof needs to be replaced because of a weather-related event like a hailstorm or tornado, or when it just succumbs to the ravages of time, it pays to do your homework. Skimping on your roof by contracting with a company that goes door-to-door after a weather event is a recipe for disaster, said George Lombardo, owner of Gold Standard Restorations Inc., based in Crystal Lake.