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  • Homes can create high-tech safety net for elderly Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    As more baby boomers enter retirement, many may see their homes get a high-tech makeover. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which was one of the first in the country to roll out a broad tele-health program that used videoconferencing and smart monitors, has seen a dramatic improvement since it was launched in 2003.

  • Give your kitchen faucet new life Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Last week we talked about simple, quick and inexpensive things you can do to upgrade your kitchen. One of the things we suggested was to replace your kitchen faucet. It really can be fairly easy to do. Here are the steps you need to follow for that simple and quick replacement.

  • Remodeling project abandoned by unlicensed contractor Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. We hired a contractor to remodel our home, but we didn’t know that he was not licensed. When the project was about 90 percent completed, he disappeared. What do you think we should do?

  • Camp H in Berkeley, Calif., teaches hands-on building techniques — cutting plywood with a jigsaw, fusing metal with a welder — which gives girls 9-12 a chance to use math and science skills in an organic way.

    Teacher crafts a design-and-building camp for girls Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Emily Pilloton first discovered the rewards of teaching kids to design and build things while co-founding Studio H, an innovative high school shop class in Bertie County, N.C., that was featured in “If You Build It,” a recent documentary that will soon to tour the country.

  • A room without a closet can still be called a bedroom Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. Our house was built in 1970. We are about to put it on the market, but one of our bedrooms has no closet. According to our Realtor, a room without a closet cannot be advertised as a bedroom.

  •  Mattias Lind designed this little shack in Gothenburg, Sweden, whose facade is covered in glossy black-and-white marbled corrugated paper not even an inch thick.

    A faux marble house built from corrugated paper Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mattias Lind has designed a little shack in Gothenburg, Sweden, whose facade is covered in glossy black-and-white corrugated paper not even an inch thick. The marble pattern on the paper pays homage to this age-old stone, used in building though the centuries.

  • Gas service is vital during home inspection Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. We are buying a foreclosed home from a bank, and the home inspection is scheduled for next week. Our Realtor says the bank is not willing to turn on the gas for the inspection, and she seems to think we should accept this refusal. Is it really OK to do a home inspection without gas service?

  • Wall-hung kitchen sink doesn’t offer storage space Jan 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I’m looking for a wall-hung kitchen sink and so far I’m having no luck finding serious information. Most people I’ve spoken with don’t understand what I want and move on to show me more standard kitchen sinks.

  •  This kitchen renovation started from the ground up with rich gray floor tiles. Three pendant light fixtures that were rescued from the 1970s kitchen now hang over the island.

    New kitchen is functional but set to entertain Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cynthia and Jon live in a 1970s-era home that has been undergoing endless renovation. They’ve just about had it with home improvements, so we agreed to tackle one of the biggest projects on their list: the kitchen.

  • How many electrical outlets in a bedroom Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. What are the requirements for electrical outlets in a bedroom? We are renting a two-bedroom apartment, and the second bedroom (11-by-13 feet) has only one outlet in the entire room.

  •  A wheelchair belonging to a woman who was rescued from a house fire Wednesday morning in South Elgin that killed her 72-year-old husband sits outside the fire scene.

    3 fatal suburban fires show precautions the disabled, immobile must take Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s a tragic story that has replayed three times -- in Arlington Heights, Naperville and South Elgin -- in recent months. House fire strikes. Firefighters arrive. But low-mobility residents can’t make it out alive. Those with disabilities or decreased mobility can face challenges in trying to escape fire. “First of all, you need to prepare,” said Bill Sohn, assistant fire chief in South Elgin.

  • Toilet duel between dual-flush and single-flush option Jan 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My wife and I are in a disagreement over the new toilet we plan to purchase. We both want to install a high-efficiency toilet, but we have not decided on the flushing system.

  • Faulty information printed in real estate listing Jan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. We plan to sell our home and just discovered that it was misrepresented when we bought it three years ago. The listing on the Realtor’s website inflated the lot size by more than 10 percent. We contacted the listing agent to ask about these issues. She said the listing clearly states at the bottom that the Realtor is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on the listing. Do we have any recourse?

  • Ask the plumber: Shower bench could be the best seat in the house Dec 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. We’re looking to install a larger shower stall in place of our bathtub. Since we’re still in the planning stages, what information can you give us about adding a bench to a larger shower stall?

  • Roof damage can go deeper than shingles Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I had a tree limb fall on my roof, but I could not see any damage to the shingles. There wasn’t a leak in the last rains, but when I went into the attic I found some of the rafters were pulled loose.

  • Sellers afraid to disclose unpermitted addition Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. Six years ago, we enlarged our house without a building permit. The addition was built by a qualified contractor, but we knew that didn’t make it legal. Now we are planning to list our house for sale, but we are afraid to tell the Realtors about the illegal addition. How can we do this without stirring up trouble and without costing a fortune?

  • Courtesy of Kohler Hydrotherapy bath choices have been very basic. But today’s bathing fixtures offer a variety of tub styles and bathing experiences.

    Choose a bath ‘hydrotherapy’ to match your lifestyle Dec 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Years ago, your home hydrotherapy bath choices would have been very basic. But today’s fixtures offer a variety of tub styles and bathing experiences.

  • Gift ideas for the do-it-yourselfers Dec 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    - I’m a tool guy and a handyman, so I have a pretty good insight into what handy guys and girls need. Here are some ideas that can be purchased online or at a local home or hardware store.

  • Home inspector takes questionable position Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. My home is in escrow, and the deal is about to fall apart because of the buyers’ home inspector. The dispute involves four issues in the furnace closet. The inspector says he can be hired to make the repairs. He has put fear in the buyers, and they are about to cancel the deal. What do you think I should do?

  • What’s the next big thing in the kitchen Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lou Lenzi, industrial design director at GE Appliances, was the guest recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

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