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  • Home lighting has begun transformation Nov 2, 2013 12:56 AM
    LED is the name of the game in lighting today. Prices for the long-lasting, environmentally-friendly light-emitting diodes are continually decreasing, so they are gathering more and more market share, said Benson Littman, co-owner of Littman Bros. Lighting in Schaumburg.

  • Flooring choices get both bigger and better Oct 26, 2013 12:48 AM
    When it comes to tile these days, bigger is definitely better, according to Century Tile’s Mike West, president, and Elaine Carlson, vice president/general manager. Carlson encourages homeowners to mix it up, too, when it comes to tile shape. Modular floors create interest, she said, but don’t necessarily increase the price tag.

  • Store owner follows first rule of furniture Oct 19, 2013 12:17 AM
    Amish furniture and leather furniture are the hot items right now, says Gary O’Reilly, owner of O’Reilly’s Furniture in Libertyville. O’Reilly was only 25 years old when he opened his furniture company in 1977.

  • Research to find reputable window, door companies Oct 12, 2013 12:33 AM
    Homeowners shopping for replacement windows and doors need to do their homework before choosing someone to supply and install them, said Iver Johnson Sr., owner of American Thermal Window of Chicago and Sahara Windows and Doors of Mount Prospect. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in our business who are not credible,” he said.

  • Cabinet styles are changing in kitchens, baths Oct 5, 2013 12:22 AM
    When it comes to makeovers, bathrooms are currently “king,” said Jeff Pike, president and owner of ARA Cabinets 4U of Wheeling and Quality Cabinets 4 Less, an Internet company.

  • Amish craftsmen excel in a variety of styles Sep 28, 2013 12:56 AM
    Rid yourself of any preconceived notions you may have about furniture that is made by the Amish. One thing is clear when you walk into any of Amish Furniture’s four Illinois locations. The furniture found in its showrooms is not all made in the colonial style that you probably associate with the Amish people.

  • Despite predictions, winter can be cozy with airtight ducts Sep 21, 2013 12:19 AM
    The 197-year-old Farmers’ Almanac is a predicting a bitterly cold winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England. With this in mind, the people at Aeroseal Solutions, based in Crystal Lake, suggest homeowners think about keeping their homes cozy by seal their ducts and ductwork systems.

  • King’s Court ‘customizes’ its business plan Sep 14, 2013 1:00 AM
    One of the most respected and successful custom homebuilding companies in Naperville and surrounding communities got its start in a university classroom. When its founder, Pete Stefani, was a senior at Benedictine University enrolled in a business management class, he had to do the prep work to start his own company, including coming up with a name for it.

  • Furniture makers seize upon changing times Aug 31, 2013 12:06 AM
    American-made furniture — particularly Amish-made bedroom sets — and beds with storage drawers are among the current trends in home furnishings. Turk Furniture in Naperville even has a tag sale once a year to mark American-made pieces, said Patrick Galloway, general manager.

  • Illinois seeing a delayed jump in prices, Realtor team says Aug 24, 2013 12:40 AM
    Residential real estate sales have been hot so far this year in the Carpentersville, Algonquin and Crystal Lake areas, said Hilda and Jennifer Jones, Realtors with Baird and Warner’s Carpentersville office.

  • Pergola kits cut the project down to size Aug 21, 2013 5:00 AM
    Pergolas are found all over Europe, dating from the 1600s. They have long been popular here in the South and West, and now are a growing trend in the Midwest, said Don McSwain, owner of Quality Built Backyards.

  • Door replacement has gone high tech Aug 10, 2013 12:56 AM
    Replacing a home’s interior doors has always made a big difference in the look of a house. Until recently, the mess and expense involved served as a deterrent to making that change. That is no longer the case, said Dan Teuscher, owner of HomeStory Chicago, based in Elk Grove Village.

  • New advancements made in home HVAC systems Aug 3, 2013 12:59 AM
    When it comes to home heating and cooling, today’s homeowners have several primary areas of concern, said Adam Kern, co-owner with his wife, Cheryl, of Official/Acme Heating and Cooling in McHenry. Electric dampers and mechanical filters are some of the recent advancements in home HVAC systems.

  • Outdoor seating and shade get an upgrade Jul 27, 2013 12:29 AM
    It used to be that everyone had an outdoor patio table with an umbrella in the middle and four or six chairs around it. The materials varied, but they were primarily dining sets. “It’s a whole different outdoor world today,” said Steve Olson, manager of Viking Ski and Patio in Barrington.

  • Even your home’s pipes require maintenance Jul 22, 2013 10:01 AM
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the adage goes, and that is certainly the philosophy of Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer and Drainage Inc. of Round Lake. Our spring of heavy rains has kept Duane, his wife, Madeline, and their crews busy with emergency calls.

  • Saddlebrook Farms offers custom homes in retirement community Jul 14, 2013 4:55 PM
    Many people who want to live an active life during retirement do not have a limitless supply of funds. In fact, more retired adults probably fall into this category than into the group that can invest in a large home in a southern climate.

  • Contemporary, traditional looks coexist Jul 6, 2013 1:00 AM
    “Mix and match” is the trend in furnishings today as homeowners gravitate toward the eclectic look, said Catherine Cushing, vice president and co-owner of Geneva Home Works in West Chicago.

  • Weather often prompts landscaping upgrades Jun 29, 2013 12:19 AM
    Every year Mother Nature presents different opportunities for landscape design firms in the Chicago area, said Colin Taheny, vice president of sales for Ryco Landscaping of Lake in the Hills. “Last year we were dealing with a severe drought. This year there have been a lot of flooding problems.

  • Durable composites being used to update homes Jun 26, 2013 3:21 PM
    Manufacturers of windows, doors and siding are increasingly offering blended products that combine the best of several materials in order to stand up to Mother Nature, while also pleasing homeowners, said Brian Leckie, president of Aspen Exterior Co. of Arlington Heights.

  • Insulated tub, shower liners update bath in one day Jun 15, 2013 4:30 AM
    Taking a shower or bath in a tub that is less than pristine doesn’t enhance your feeling of cleanliness. Aging porcelain tubs, tile and grout can be difficult to keep clean. Solving this issue has been the business of Phoenix Bathtub Renewals Inc. of Cicero since 1984.

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