Linda


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Elgin, IL US 
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Linda Hawkins 
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Elgin, IL 60123 
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I've had good luck with "Squeegee Magic" concentrated cleaner and a good squeegee. My theory on washing windows is speed, not perfection. If I can get 90% of the dirt in a couple of minutes, I'm happy.

Another product I like is "Sparkle" glass cleaner...which is a local product that works quite well and doesn't leave streaks.
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connieagatheas
How do you clean shower glass doors?
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gunner55
For shower glass I just use Shower Power spray (environmentally friendly) and a scrubber (has a swivel head on an extendable handle) I don't even rinse it off just let the next shower do that for me. I'm in Australia so don't know if you can get Shower Power in the US. It doesn't even need to be scrubbed, but I do to make sure it's spread all over the glass.
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House Hunting: Find Your Just-Right Size Home

Learn the reasons to go bigger or smaller and how to decide how much space you’ll really need in your next home Full Story
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We currently live in a 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath house around 2200 sq ft with an additional 1000 sq ft of semi-finished basement space. It was plenty of space when we still had two kids at home but they are off to university and so we will be downsizing in the next year. The new house has the same size main floor but includes a bedroom zone with 2 nice bedrooms and a bathroom. Upstairs is an open plan master suite about 600 sq ft and the basement has laundry, creative space, office area, family room and tons of storage. The bedroom areas are separate so an adult child could come and go without disturbing us and it will feel more private than having the bedroom doors directly across the hallway.

The big attraction for my hubby is this is only a single lot of 60 feet wide with no major trees instead of a double lot with monster trees. I'll miss the shade but I have been mowing the yard all summer and it takes less than 30 minutes and I haven't needed to refill the 2 gallon gas can all season. I have developed a large perennial garden which is a neighborhood attraction but I'm also getting tired of working in the yard instead of enjoying the space. We're both ready for something more manageable.

Of course, the best part is that even after the mechanical updates, deferred maintenance and decorating, the new house will be about half the price of our current house. The taxes and utility bills should be about 30-40% less as well. I've never understood the attraction of having a larger house in retirement; I want something I can close up for the winter and not have to worry
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Judy
I agree with the posters about layout being more important than square footage. I live in a 1085 sq foot zero-lot line/1 story 2 bed/2bath home that is layed out beautifully. The bedrooms are both large as is the living area there is no wasted space, no hallways, the baths are on the small side but have everything one needs, there is also not a lot of closet space but that is not a problem for me. The house is a little large for just myself but is the perfect size when my 2 grandsons stay with me. 20 years ago I lived in a 3200 sq foot 2 story house with 3 people and I thought it was small but as my marriage ended and my daughter started her own marriage I started downsizing and my current home that I've been in for 7 years is practically perfect plus it's only 4 miles from my office.
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sartarehare
I think layout and sq footage are equally important. One of the former owner's of my smaller home had knocked down internal walls and opened up the spaces (1927 home) but believe me, it did nothing to change the fact that it was far too small. I bought my current home precisely for the layout and the sq ft. We looked at soooooooo many homes in our search and I kept coming back to mid century homes again and again because of the layouts and the extra room. So similar to modern spaces. As much as I adore much older homes, I just can't live in those tiny spaces anymore. The trend is to open it all up but you end up knocking the charm right out of it anyway. I once rented a flat in a huge 1912 Arts & Crafts in Seattle's Ravenna area off of the ravine, and it DID have enough space. I just couldn't afford to buy one of those! A 1200-1500 sq ft Craftsman bungalow in these parts includes the basement space (often only partially finished)! Not....Worth.....the money.
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Any "neon" or "fluorescent" color gets a no vote from me
September 20, 2014 at 1:23PM     
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hipbananas
Pastel pink and most blues. Also pinky beiges.
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fredea
Any shade of blue...although a great color if you are overly excited and need a color to keep you really down...
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
I love double doors...but a single larger door is awesome too...especially for moving things in and out!
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kmkane
wide single with extra wide side lights. All three have 2/3 glass. I am not paranoid about people seeing inside!
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bungalowmo
You need to close drapes on opposite wall. Glare from sunlight can only be rectified by moving the tv or closing the curtains.

Of course, you could always get a non reflective screened tv.

Sunlight is never a friend of video. Reminds me of a scenerio I had at work. My company decided to make an atrium into a conference room. I told them fine, as long as they're not needing video. Sure enough...they brought in a table top projector. They called me because it was hard to see. I came to the room & they asked if I could make the projector "brighter".

My reply...."Not brighter than the SUN"!!
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bungalowmo
If it's your home, I suppose you can do whatever you want....
September 14, 2014 at 11:02AM     
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Kitchen of the Week: Broken China Makes a Splash in This Kitchen

When life handed this homeowner a smashed plate, her designer delivered a one-of-a-kind wall covering to fit the cheerful new room Full Story
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I find the look unrestful for some reason. It's too busy.
September 12, 2014 at 7:04AM     
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tw123456
Ok Emily, one junk drawer is an easy yes!, but, how about a junk closet, pantry, coat closet, basement,.......
September 15, 2014 at 5:46PM     
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
yes I do have one junk drawer
September 15, 2014 at 9:45PM   
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Linda
Thanks for the project update. The new setup looks much more sensible and I definitely prefer the style as well. It is so nice to hear that a project went well and you were able to accomplish quite a large change in the look and feel of the space for a very reasonable amount of money. Kudos to you for having the courage to take on the project and also to your contractor for a great result.
September 8, 2014 at 10:03AM      Thanked by monicadurant
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Nancy Walton
Oh Monica, that is just so much more impressive than the straight-on stairs. And what a beautiful newel post! Looks so much more substantial.
September 8, 2014 at 4:53PM      Thanked by monicadurant
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catieb
Great work. Thanks for sharing your success, you've created a much more pleasing solution.
September 8, 2014 at 6:24PM   
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
backyard is very important to me!
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Eskandari Stone
I would love to have both but if I need to choose any of the one among those two then I would like to have a beautiful backyard.
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The two-part waterbase finishes won't yellow nearly as much as an oil base product. Here's what Basic Coatings, manufacturer of StreetShoe finish, has to say:

All finishes will yellow or amber. Water based finishes tend to yellow or amber less than oil modified urethane coatings. StreetShoe has a UV coating which inhibits yellowing.

Bona's Traffic is another two-part waterborne coating which the manufacturers says is non yellowing. i have not used Traffic, but have used Streetshoe on a few different houses and haven't noticed any yellowing of the finish, but it has only been a couple years since the maple flooring was finished. The finish is expensive, but quite durable and the contractor will be able to apply all three finish coats in a single day, getting you back into the space more quickly.

Maple is a dense wood and does not take stain well
September 4, 2014 at 10:58AM   
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summery
I second what Cancork says - maple flooring is a miserable pig when it comes to accepting a stain evenly! It tends to go blotchy REALLY easily.

Did you think about bleaching it after you've removed the finish and before you refinish it? Or giving it a white or grey "rinse" which will lighten it and get rid of that pesky yellow?
September 4, 2014 at 11:10AM   
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summery
You could use Rubio Monocoat to refinish it once you've stripped it; it shouldn't turn it yellow like urethane-based finishes tend to.
September 4, 2014 at 11:12AM   
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bungalowmo
I LOVE the combination of a slatted blind & a curtain!
Hard to get a good shot, but this is my kitchen door. The curtains are lace with little bumble bees on them!

Seriously....this site is a PITA for photos. SMALL kb size....still posts them sideways. A PREVIEW function would be so nice!
August 31, 2014 at 10:03AM   
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I vote for no curtain. I have a very simple cloth valance in my breakfast room; adds a bit of interest. I used some upholstery fabric from my stash, then stapled it onto a wood board. I put three nails in the top of the trim with corresponding holes in the valance board...installs and removes in 30 seconds...toughest part is pulling the chair over so I can reach it.

When I do this again, I will put the holes in the trim and put the pegs in the valance to make it even easier. When I started the project, I didn't know if I would like the look of a valance so wanted to install it in such a way that I could remove it without having any holes to fill.
August 31, 2014 at 10:15AM     
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I would open up the courtyard by getting rid of the fence and shrubs, unless you need to use the courtyard for containing a dog.

If you replace the walkway, I would consider a staggered geometric design and split the courtyard unevenly. Depending on your neighborhood and how your backyard is set up, I would want a seating area of some sort in the front. You could do a narrow trellis at one edge of the courtyard and tuck a bench or chair behind it for shade/privacy or have an open area with chairs or cafe table for chats with the neighbors. Use some interesting angles to play up the modern look
August 31, 2014 at 10:07AM   
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Angel18432
Actually the fence might be nice if we could see it. Also, get rid of the little shutters each side of window.
August 31, 2014 at 1:31PM   
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Grown Solutions
I would take out the shrubs and the fence behind it to open up the courtyard area. Then for the bare walls I would install some hanging garden trellises from grownsolutions.com
September 1, 2014 at 11:51AM   
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Linda
How about the 2 inch wood blinds with the synthetic finish that attracts dust like crazy...takes quite a while to wipe them down and by the next day, you can already see dust on them. Every other surface can be spotless (happens occasionally in this house!) and they will look dusty.
August 31, 2014 at 9:56AM     
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yirola
Thanks to all it was fun to read everyones hated tasks!
September 21, 2014 at 1:09PM     
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Sarah Peterson
Bathroom. 1950's yellow tile whole bathroom about 4ft up the walls and then a bathtub that isn't smooth anymore. I think it needs resurfacing or just a new tub. I clean in sections :-/ very frusterating...but that said, if I had a perfect bathroom, I think it would still be my most dreaded cleaning space
September 22, 2014 at 8:28AM     
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czutavern
We got a dark colored covered plastic storage bin, drilled drainage holes, and stir as needed. About a $5.00 investment. Hosehold waste is stored in a cofee can in the frig intil it fills, then taken to the compost bin.
We are in north east Ohio and compost all year long.
We placed it behind a garage and have had no problems with the night creatures or any odors.
September 6, 2014 at 5:01AM     
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margareegirl
i live in northern canada on a small urban lot with a lot of garden. i try my very best not to have any live organic material leave this small property but pruning of trees does necessitate a trip with the utility trailer to the compost section of our local landfill. i have set up 9 (!) self-contained composters on my property (tucked alongside a walkway, hugging the fence-line in the backlane, etc) that pretty much allow me to fill them all year -- keeping in mind that 6 months is frozen winter when the composters are not really working. I do a once a year compost screening in the spring/early summer to dress the lawns and beds and fill the few container planters that I have. i don't hesitate to throw in twigs and hard stuff -- it really helps keep everything aerated and it will compost eventually. I feel compost lucky!
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