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  • High-profile modern kitchens benefit from innovative ways to renovate May 8, 2014 12:11 PM
    As recently as 50 years ago, kitchens in the United States were primarily thought of as efficient, closed-off and back-of-house spaces solely focused on food preparation and dish washing. These days, kitchens are often a highly visible component of open-house plan concepts, places where guests are entertained and kids do their homework.

  • Chicago winters wreak havoc on roofs Apr 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    We have just experienced one of the most brutal winters in decades. Heavy snow and subzero temperatures have taken a toll on the roofs of our homes. Finally, spring has arrived! Now is the time to inspect your home’s roof and gutters.

  • Update your living space with a small balcony makeover Apr 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    If your apartment or condo has a small terrace, the warm weather of spring and summer should ignite you to make the most of that great spot for entertaining (even if you just have space for two!)

  • Aging gracefully in your home Apr 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    Despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design.

  • Lucky homeowners get landscaping makeovers Apr 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Last summer six readers were chosen as winners in our “Get Your Summer On” outdoor makeover contest. Now, you can see the results of their winnings, with the prizes from the contest sponsors in place in their yards.

  • How to add an extra room Apr 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I need some additional living space for my family and for an apartment in which my parents will live someday. I was thinking of adding a room above my two-car garage. Is this a feasible project, and how should I design it?

  • How to organize a bulk-item storage area Apr 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.

  • Dining room table should reflect homeowner’s lifestyle Apr 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dining rooms are stellar rooms for drama. Just think of the exquisite scenes set in “Downton Abbey’s” dining rooms. Whether you love intimate dinners or enjoy large dinner parties, there are certain considerations. Whatever your scenario, the decor of your dining room is as important as the food that is served there.

  • Flooring trends, like popular decor, are always evolving Apr 11, 2014 6:07 AM
    Though not always top of mind when designing or renovating, there is no question that the single biggest visual element in a home is the floor. Flooring sets the mood of a room and ties a space together. For this reason, putting your floor to work as a warm visual element is paramount.

  • Des Plaines launches home improvement contest Apr 10, 2014 4:55 PM
    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz launched a community beautification contest this week aimed at recognizing homeowners who take pride in their properties. “I’m trying to find a way to develop a public-private partnership to celebrate homeowners who take great pride in their homes, but also inspire and make it a little bit easier to check a few more things off their list this year,” Bogusz said.

  • Kitchen renovation adds space, improves traffic flow Mar 31, 2014 2:01 AM
    Maureen Willenborg of Arlington Heights badly wanted to revamp her old kitchen. Tired of trying to squeeze into the snug space, she was ready to make a change.

  • Home improvement tips learned the hard way Mar 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    ‘Tis the season for home improvement projects, and weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small.

  • Sealing a driveway will extend its life Mar 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    Installing an asphalt or a concrete driveway can be an expensive undertaking. To preserve the fresh, new look of the driveway, have the driveway sealed and then routinely seal it to keep it looking pristine.

  • Color combinations raise the roof on style Mar 24, 2014 3:17 PM
    When a 2011 storm destroyed their black shingle roof, Carol and Ray Knoff of Vinton, Iowa, opted to replace it with a roof in vintage Victorian colors: a clay-like red and gray. Victorian homes typically had red slate roofs, which weathered gray over time, so the blend worked, says Carol Knoff.

  • Paint without the pain Mar 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    We’ve all been there. You decide to paint a room, and weeks later, your walls are a crazy quilt of paint swatches. You’ve flipped through rooms on Houzz and Pinterest and virtually painted your room online. You’ve asked your friends and your plumber for their opinions. You are still afraid to make the wrong choice.

  • Practice garage and workshop smarts Mar 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Completing home improvement projects on your own can be both rewarding and financially responsible. A growing number of homeowners are dabbling in do-it-yourself projects, recognizing both the personal and financial rewards of such undertakings.

  • Caution necessary when painting indoors Mar 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Few people might think of potential safety hazards when planning to paint the interiors of their homes. Though every home improvement project can lead to injury if safety measures are not taken seriously, painting is widely considered a project where do-it-yourselfers are at minimal risk of injury.

  • Alter the proportions in a small kitchen Mar 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We’re planning to renovate the smallest kitchen in the city — new cabinets, flooring and lighting. Without knocking down walls, are there ways to make the kitchen look larger?

  • Exterior lighting sets the stage for more outdoor fun Mar 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Tis the season for making changes in and around the home. The arrival of warmer weather renews homeowners’ vigor for various home improvement projects. Adding outdoor lighting to a home can help increase its value and make the home safer and more attractive in the evening hours.

  • How to inspect for roof damage Mar 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Many homeowners do not think twice about their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the subsequent costs of such work shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.

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