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  • Many families are housing multiple generations Aug 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Many baby boomers find themselves sandwiched between aging parents and boomerang kids who come home to live again. A larger percentage of college-educated progeny have returned home.

  • Sun shining through your window can cook rice Aug 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I like to do things the natural way when cooking. Since my kitchen gets really hot when I cook, I would like to try a solar oven. Is it really possible to cook with solar and how can I make an oven?

  • Additional insulation may not be worth it in some cases Aug 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My house is a 50-year-old, two-story colonial. The attic already has blown-in insulation up to the top of the joists with an attic blanket over that. I have no trouble with ice dams, etc., on my roof. Should I blow foam into the walls?

  • Selling a home furnished is risky proposition Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am 70 years old and am getting ready to sell my house up north. I already own a condo unit in Florida. Can we sell it "as is," furnished, so this is not much of a hassle?

  • Six feats making today’s appliances magical Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    From helping with the grocery list to keeping track of chores, smart appliances are transforming kitchens and lifestyles.

  • Experts on aging share care advice Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    These days, many aging family members are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away. Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

  • Baby boomers becoming long-distance caregivers Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    Living far away from an aging or ailing parent is a burden that only those who have experienced it can understand. Your first instinct is to hop in a car (or onto a plane) to rush to their side when they become ill.

  • Serosun Farms now ready to grow Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    The owners of Serosun Farms in Kane County laid low during the recession. San Diego-based developer John DeWald and his sister, Jane Strickland, had spent years laying the groundwork for their innovative Serosun Farms project, located between Huntley, Hampshire and Burlington.

  • Balcony cannot be extended without owners’ permission Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our townhouse style condominium unit includes a rear balcony that is a limited common element of the unit. I want to extend my balcony about a foot. Is this permitted?

  • Yields are incredible when you invest in a larger down payment Aug 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Anyone looking to purchase a home within the near future faces many decisions, including how large a down payment to make. Many people put down as little as possible despite having the capacity to put down more because they view the down payment as lost money. But that is a mistake.

  • Unclog stubborn shower drains Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

  • Finger-pointing leads to a credit score logjam Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are mortgage lenders finally loosening up a little on their credit score requirements — opening the door to larger numbers of home purchasers this summer and fall?

  • Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.

  • Badgered by belligerent bureaucrats Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have owned my home for nearly two years and recently applied for a permit to build a swimming pool. That opened a can of worms with the building department. They discovered my septic system was installed 28 years ago without a permit.

  • Make your home more eco-friendly with a new floor Aug 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Want to help save the planet and update your home’s flooring at the same time? The floors in your home have more of an effect on the environment — and your home’s value — than you may think.

  • Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas Jul 31, 2014 6:15 AM
    Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.

  • Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch being readied for sale Jul 31, 2014 10:16 AM
    For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.

  • Downtown Naperville dress shop moves to strip mall with 'facelift' Jul 31, 2014 2:29 PM
    A designer dress shop has moved from downtown Naperville to a location that would have seemed unlikely a few months ago, a vacant strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue that needed some work. "Yes, it needed a facelift, but as you can see with the new facelift it's brought life to the whole building,” said Sue Zanayed-Cerulli, owner of Bri'Zan Couture.

  • Vandals target Rolling Meadows site where trees removed Jul 30, 2014 7:11 PM
    Vandals spray-painted graffiti on a vacant house and landscaping equipment at a construction site in Rolling Meadows where neighbors last weekend protested the razing of old trees to clear the way for new homes. The graffiti includes statements such as “Save the trees” and “Rolling Meadows — City of Trees.”

  • Artisan couple forges ahead together Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Johannah Willsey’s first mosaic was on a trivet forged by her husband. That first creation was the beginning of a “collaborative process,” Willsey said. Whether it’s running their business or home schooling their two children, Willsey and her husband, Kyle Lucia, work as a team. The artists are the co-owners and founders of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond, Virginia-based studio where Lucia and Willsey create handmade furniture, railings, frames and more.

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