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This beautiful brick Inverness home makes a statement. Set on a one-acre cul-de-sac lot in the Bonny Glen subdivision, it looks like it could have housed Thomas Jefferson or one of his contemporaries and literally oozes dignified style.
High visibility and use put kitchens in the spotlightUpdated Feb 27, 2015 3:49 PM Beautiful and efficient kitchens take center stage in today’s open-style home designs. No longer walled away out of sight, today’s kitchens welcome family and friends into an entire living area where everything is open and on display.
The old wood is still good wood Posted Feb 27, 2015 6:30 AM
Reclaimed wood from barns is a hot commodity in the building and furniture trades. But Unlike barn wood, which became popular more than a decade ago, the value of old-growth “house” wood isn’t widely recognized among homeowners and developers. As many cities experiences a remodeling boom, builders say, most of it by far is going into landfills.
Must you have bookshelves? Posted Mar 1, 2015 1:01 AM
Changing times create changing furnishing needs. If you don’t read hardcover books any more, do you still need bookshelves in your home?
Vintage treasures pair with country accents for a springy decor Posted Feb 27, 2015 6:00 AM
Vintage treasure hunters Sandy and Steve Milano of St. Charles prefer to take the road less traveled — as long as that road takes them past an antiques shop or a flea market. They each have their own collections, with Steve preferring more refined items and Sandy being drawn to whimsical fare.
Buyers shocked when shelves go missing Posted Mar 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Q. We purchased our dream house last month. When we first visited the house, the family room had a beautiful pair of what we presumed were built in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace.
Not all concrete floors need to be sealed, but some do Posted Mar 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Q: I regularly read your column in the Daily Herald and have been following with interest the recent inquiries about sealing concrete. We had our garage floor totally replaced with new concrete seven years ago. Is it too late or impractical to seal it now?
Mortgage borrowers should know how amortization works Posted Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
Recently, I have been getting a lot of mail from mortgage borrowers asking about amortization. Most are considering whether to pay down their loan balance more rapidly, and have suddenly realized that they don’t know how best to do that.
Being your own worst enemy in the garden Updated Mar 5, 2015 8:12 AM
As President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield.” His gibe was aimed at Washington policymakers, but I'd say the same thing about planning my modest summer garden, which is still months away. I've come to realize over the years, my garden's chief enemy is neither bug nor blight, but my own bottomless enthusiasm.
All bright eyes and bushy tales at Philly garden show Posted Mar 5, 2015 6:00 AM
By the time the Philadelphia Flower Show closes Sunday, some 250,000 visitors will have passed under the glitzy entrance garden’s floral homage to Hollywood, a display remarkable for its profligate use of calla lilies alone -- I’ve never seen so many in one place. The showgoers will have been transported to a Persian pavilion beckoning across a shimmering lake; to a spring terrain draped in fragrant flowering bulbs; to large, artsy floral arrangements inspired by Disney princesses. But this oldest and largest of flower shows is as much about what folks are fleeing from as what they are flocking to.
Growing fennel can be a tightrope act Posted Mar 3, 2015 6:01 AM
When something goes wrong in the garden, it’s wise to ask why. When something goes unexpectedly right, the same question is in order. Take bulb fennel, also called Florence fennel. One is told that bulb fennel is a cool-weather plant best grown as a fall crop, because warm weather makes it bolt — that is, go to seed and fail to make bulbs. But since it’s also frost-sensitive in fall, and the bulbs keep poorly in storage, that season is disappointingly short. So at our place we grow a spring crop as well.
Energy efficiency impacts the high-end market
Posted Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
Harris Custom Builders is synonymous with Old World architecture in the Greater Barrington area. The company constantly work to keep up on the latest advances in luxury homes, founder Evan Harris said. Harris says his homes, for instance, are very energy efficient.
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full story »Custom cabinets make any room specialIf you need cabinets, you can find them at a big box store. But how will those low-price cabinets be constructed? Will thye fit correctly within your space? Those are some of the questions posed by Barbara Quatroke, owner of Q’s Cabinet Shoppe in Naperville.
full story »Realtors now rely on social mediaToday, a competent Realtor has to be up to date on modern marketing techniques, such as the use of social media and YouTube, said Carol Lynn Seifert, a Realtor for the past 25 years with Century 21 Langos & Christian in Mount Prospect.
full story »Builder tailors plans for each locationThe executives at William Ryan Homes believe in finding a niche market where they do well and remaining in that niche. But they are constantly refining, improving and becoming more efficient within that area of expertise.