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  • 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.

  • Backyard ponds: Bringing the resort feel home Mar 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Backyard ponds, which range from the simple to the elaborate, can become a passion for many gardeners. And technological improvements over the past 15 years have made it easier and more economical than ever to build one.

  • Upgrade your toolbox Mar 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you’ve moved beyond assembling cheap furniture for your first home, that second-rate toolkit won’t cut it anymore. A proper renovation, DIY project or home maintenance task requires heavy-duty equipment.

  • Pampered Chef restructures, lays off workers Feb 24, 2014 5:42 PM
    Addison-based Pampered Chef, whcih is owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, said Monday it has restructured its local office and warehouse.

  • Proper care will grow homeowners’ tallest assets Feb 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Local tree experts shake their heads when they hear about homeowners removing perfectly healthy trees simply because of a fear they may potentially come falling down in a big storm sometime in the future. The benefits of trees far outweigh their risks, say two local tree experts: Jim Glazebrook, a certified arborist with The Davey Tree Expert Co. in Wheeling, and Sandy Clark, forestry/grounds superintendent for the village of Mount Prospect.

  • The outside of your home needs as much attention as the inside Feb 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    More people will see the outside of a home than will ever see the interior. Beyond pure vanity, though, maintaining a beautiful home exterior will keep the structure sound and ensure a healthy resale value. It’s puzzling, then, how it can be so easy to neglect the home exterior.

  • A common winter hazard: frozen pipes in your home Feb 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    With record cold in much of the nation this winter, many homeowners have had (or will have) to deal with pipes freezing — and then bursting. Winter storm-related insurance losses “will be more this year due to the extreme cold and the breadth of the territory that is being affected by it,” said Peter Foley, vice president of claims for the American Insurance Association.

  • Choosing a home security system is an important but daunting task Feb 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Choosing the right home security system is an important but daunting task. New options sprout up every month, but which type of protection system will be best for you?

  • Don’t let ice, snow damage your home Feb 14, 2014 12:43 AM
    The recent frigid weather has brought homeowners a host of problems. Manypeople have come home in freezing temperatures to an ice-jammed gutter or the dreaded sound of dripping water because of a burst pipe.

  • Homes can create high-tech safety net for elderly Feb 7, 2014 1:00 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.

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