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  • Homeowners value the great outdoors May 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    “After five years of suffering through a bad economy, things are wearing out and becoming outdated — and homeowners are starting to feel comfortable enough to replace them,” said Colin Taheny, vice president of RYCO Design Group of Lake in the Hills.

     
  • Help for those heavy duty cleanups May 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you are determined to use the nice weather to clean out your garage, basement, parents’ house or any other cluttered location, Nick DeGiulio and Corey Heidkamp of Lake Zurich-based Junk Remedy might be able to save your summer.

     
  • A plush patio helps you lounge around the yard May 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    When homeowners think of their outdoor living spaces today, they think about much more than just their patio or deck area, said Steve Olson, manager of Viking Ski and Patio in Barrington.

     
  • A cozy yard begins with exterior design May 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Today’s homeowner is able to create a full outdoor experience through lighting, an audio system and fans and heaters for temperature control, according to the staff at NorthWest Lighting and Accents in Mount Prospect and McHenry.

     
  • Home life extends outside the house May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Some people have such large patios that they can easily have more than one outdoor “room” with a dining area, a cooking or kitchen area and a separate lounging area with a fire pit. By doing this, they are adding value to their homes, said Dan Mayer, owner of Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Heartier plants save time in the yard Apr 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    More homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs that can withstand both very hot summers and cold, lengthy winters, like the one we just endured, said Jean Bragdon, operations manager at Lurvey’s Garden Center in Des Plaines.

     
  • Company uses Australian timber oil on decks Apr 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    SCC Cleaning Co. Inc. of Gurnee is taking what it has learned from more than 30 years of janitorial work in schools, businesses and offices and is now applying it to homes through its four-year-old Deck Monkeys division.

     
  • Carpeting advances with textures, patterns Apr 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Customers shopping for carpeting are more often selecting "cut and loop" textured wall-to-wall carpets, which have a slight pattern, said Michael Kautz Sr., owner of Michael Kautz Carpets and Designs of Mount Prospect.

     
  • Longer stays require home renovations Apr 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Homeowners all around the Chicago area have spent the winter cooped up inside their homes, staring at the little imperfections that bother them, and now that the snow has melted, they are anxious to get started on improvement projects. Each spring the phone at Regency Home Remodeling in Chicago starts to ring off the hook.

     
  • Suburban housing market heats up Mar 24, 2014 10:13 AM
    The suburban Chicago real estate market has done a total flip in recent years, said Leslie Radzin, a broker with RE/MAX Suburban in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Disorganized garages can be reclaimed Feb 8, 2014 12:56 AM
    Have you been forced to scrape ice and brush snow off your car this winter because your garage is so disorganized there is no room for your vehicle? Garage Store of East Dundee has been helping homeowners reclaim their garages since 2007.

     
  • Kitchens, baths are always evolving Feb 1, 2014 12:33 AM
    Ask Mark Mazza of DreamMaker Kitchen and Bath in Schaumburg about industry trends and he can quickly tick them off for you. Trends like eliminating bathtubs in favor of larger, walk-in showers.

     
  • Winter sales are slow, but provide opportunity Jan 28, 2014 5:03 PM
    Good things are happening in the local real estate market, but it is also experiencing some growing pains, said Bob Wisdom of RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, who sells as a team with his wife, Lisa. Finding the perfect home right now might be difficult because of a shortage of available homes.

     
  • Several recent appliance trends on the wane Jan 18, 2014 12:48 AM
    Household appliances are real time-and-toil-savers, so experts we trust can help us make the correct decisions for our individual lifestyles. For instance, front-load, high-efficiency washing machines are actually less popular than they were a few years ago, said Rich Lindblom, co-owner of Advanced Maytag in Schaumburg.

     
  • William Ryan’s new line based on classic homes Jan 11, 2014 12:28 AM
    William Ryan Homes in Schaumburg introduced its new Historic Americana line of 13 models, based on classic, American homes through the years. These floor plans are available at select communities the builder is developing throughout the Chicago area.

     
  • Household dust and dirt can choke a furnace Dec 13, 2013 12:15 AM
    The heating season is in full swing with temperatures occasionally dipping well below freezing. The last thing anyone wants to experience is a furnace failure. Erik Schroll, manager of the heating, ventilation and cooling division of ABC Plumbing, said between 80 percent and 90 percent of furnace breakdowns are caused by dirt.

     
  • Annual tax time nears for homeowners Dec 9, 2013 9:44 AM
    Homeowners making improvements to their primary residences, second homes and rental properties should always keep good records and be prepared to share them with their tax professionals. Doing so can potentially save homeowners money and keep them in good stead with the Internal Revenue Service and the state, said Joseph Gleba of Porte Brown Certified Public Accountants.

     
  • Where to turn for holiday decor help Nov 30, 2013 12:57 AM
    Laurie and Joe Kane have a passion for starting and running businesses — all types of businesses. Both are engineers. So, the fact they now own Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is quite a departure from what they have done in the past.

     
  • Quickly breathe new life into any room Nov 23, 2013 12:22 AM
    With a dash of creativity, you can enliven, brighten and breathe new life into every room of your home. We sought the expert advice of retailers at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park, asking them for ways to add pop and pizzazz to spaces spanning the living room to the kitchen and beyond.

     
  • Build your style around a couch you like Nov 9, 2013 12:47 AM
    When a homeowner is furnishing an entire house, Anne Hildreth recommends they start with the room they use the most — the family room — and proceed from there. “Most people know what they want in the family room, in terms of comfort,” said Hildreth, a designer at Steinhafel’s furniture store in the Vernon Hills.

     
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