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Contractor Fees, Demystified

Learn what a contractor’s markups cover — and why they’re worth it Full Story
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mylilremodelproject
Michelle Portesi I couldn't agree with you more! Construction IS a highly specialized field. There are MANY tradesmen that are VERY specialized in what they do, and those who are not, you can clearly see through their quality (or lack thereof) of craftsmanship. Just because a tradesman makes his job look easy, doesn't mean it actually is. Remember, most have many years of experience in their fields. My husband specializes in rails and staircases, with majority of his work focusing on curved rails/solid treads, and hand carving. Curved and angled railings often have parts that that have to be hand-carved (this comes as a big block that has to be hand-carved to fit the rail and the profile). Bending a rail is a science all on its own. You have to know exactly how much each type of wood has to be over-bent in order for it to snap back to align with the stairs (bad alignment means the balusters will not be centered on the hand rail and stairs when installed, and potentially thousands of dollars in material and labor will get trashed). Each material has its own strength, density, and hardness. Knowing how each material will behave when it is bent comes with experience. It is not something you can look up in a DIY handbook and attempt on your own.
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Michelle Portesi
@mylilremodelproject - That is a GORGEOUS staircase. And it's one I wouldn't have attempted to design construction wise myself. That's why God created architects! Or even better, the craftsmen who specialize in building staircases. Having truly knowledgeable and skilled tradesmen are invaluable to construction companies, designers and homeowners alike. I have certainly relied on a master staircase builder on a few projects.
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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IDEAS FOR THE GUESS ROOM
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Absolutely stylish and decently simply.
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5 Fall Fruits You Can Grow in Containers

Brighten your porch or patio with a potted pomegranate, kumquat, blueberry bush or another great fall fruit Full Story
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To ioco: I have (2) fig trees in my backyard and have considered having them cut down more than once but the guy that does my yardwork talks me into keeping them. The reason I consider cutting them down is because in (35) years we have never gotten the first fig off of them because the squirrels, raccoons, and possums eat them before they ripen but I will say that they do add an interesting touch to the yard primarily because of the way the guy prunes them-they look at bit oriental!
October 5, 2013 at 7:57am     
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YogaJulie
Here's my dwarf meyer lemon the first yea; moved it outside in late spring/summer. In the 2nd year, I had many sweet, sweet blossoms, but only one fruit. Inside it was prone to scale and I had to regularly wipe off the leaves. I gave it away when we moved to another state but am happy to be back home in CA to put some more citrus on my patio. The potted kumquats I gave to a CA friend in 2002 are still thriving in the original pots in her Pasadena CA yard!
February 6, 2014 at 5:24am     
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Summer Crops: How to Grow Melons

Drink in the refreshing sweetness of melons from your own garden this summer — they can last well into fall too Full Story
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Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses

Encourage gorgeous blooms year after year with this time-tested advice on how to prune your rosebush in winter for health and shape Full Story
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kaseefeld
Why do some pruned canes produce leaves that end with a nub but no flower? This even happens sometimes when canes pruned above an outside 5 leaf bud
June 9, 2014 at 12:39pm   
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Dove Cochrane
Kaseefeld, I'm not sure if I'm answering the right question, but here goes. When you prune/cut back a cane there will be some dieback from the cut. Therefore you need to be sure you cut the cane about 3/4 of an inch above the bud (bud as in the nodule where a new cane will grow from, not referring a flower bud) if you don't leave space for dieback it can kill the new cane bud and that could leave a nub. Did that help at all?
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10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers

Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix Full Story
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bmarten
Thanks Steve for the great article & terrific tips! I'm in S Florida & can no longer put my plants in the ground like I used up north since the slugs, snails & lizards seem to feast upon the tender young plants. I started using containers inside a fully screened in area and the tomato & pepper plants are doing ok but have been battling loads of white fly. My basil has also developed black spot fungus, it seems to be a constant struggle.
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tamborini
Such great ideas. Thanks so much for all the info.
July 1, 2014 at 2:49am   
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Summer Crops: How to Grow Tomatoes

Plant tomato seedlings in spring for one of the best tastes of summer, fresh from your backyard Full Story
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nala2k4
I use old whiskey barrels for some of my tomato plants, they do very well. I have tried the space saving upside down containers and found they dry out too fast. No luck with them.
June 15, 2014 at 9:13am   
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nala2k4
Talking about plants that reseed themselves..........I have leaf lettuce that comes up every year on it's own. Kinda cool. I spread my compost pile in my garden and had wild tomatoes as well.
June 15, 2014 at 9:17am   
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Summer Crops: How to Grow Strawberries

Pluck your own sweet strawberries right from the garden vine for smoothies, salads or eating then and there Full Story
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We planted 4-5 strawberry plants last year and they came back with a vengeance this year. LOVE our strawberries! http://coconutheadsurvivalguide.com/strawberry-fields/
June 4, 2014 at 4:45am   
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Jennifer Hutchinson
Good info, I have just one plant in a pot. I shall work on it. will tell you more after the summer. By the way I bought this plant from a farmer selling strawberries along the roadside. I didn't buy any fruit, I bought the plant to try my luck.
June 5, 2014 at 12:41pm   
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What Kind of Gardener Are You? Find Your Archetype

Pick from our descriptions to create a garden that matches your personality and tells your story Full Story
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Cheesewhiz, thanks so much for your comment. I am humbled. Please keep in touch. One day I would love for you to share photos of the personal space you create for yourself.
March 13, 2014 at 7:32pm     
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ripankwatra
nice garden in jar
March 19, 2014 at 2:27am     
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Be a Butterfly Savior — Garden for the Monarchs

Keep hope, beauty and kindness alive in the landscape by providing a refuge for these threatened enchanters Full Story
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gretelgirl
Just add it to your idea book then remove it from your bookmarks. That's how I do it!
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With the right landscaping techniques we can make great use of the space around our homes. Great article!
May 2, 2014 at 1:48pm   
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How to Grow a Rose Garden in Pots

Everything can come up roses, even without a plot of soil in sight. This step-by-step guide to growing roses in containers shows you how Full Story
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meadowlark124
christmanart...even the hardiest varieties of roses cannot survive the bitter winters here in northern IL if they are left exposed and above ground in the pots. So sadly, outgrowing the container is never a problem. At the end of the season, I just give them away to friends or neighbors who replant them in the ground, as I really have no good location for roses im my yard. Even then, planting roses in the late fall is risky, and they do not always survive.
May 22, 2013 at 7:41am   
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raefjuell
I drag my pots in the garage for winter, cut them down in spring and back outside they grow like weeds
June 20, 2013 at 3:01pm   
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Decorate With Intention: Great Vision, Small Budget

Can you just picture how you want your home to look but feel stymied by lack of funds? These suggestions can help Full Story
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lindaqdesigns
Useful post! Thanks. Based on my own experience I do think it is better to save up and buy all the key pieces at once, especially if you are fickle and change your mind a lot(like me!). When too much time passes you are more likely to change your mind and end up with disjointed pieces-this has happened to me in the past. This time I saved up, created a story board on-line (try Ethan Allen's-you can upload your own product pictures) and then went to work looking for bargains. If you live in or near a big city, find out where the designer showroom buildings are and visit them. There are always floor samples for sale and you don't need to be an interior designer to walk in and/or purchase these items. Also ask these manufacturers if they have warehouse sales and get on their mailing lists. I live in NYC and have come upon some great finds this way.
I keep a small piece of paper in my wallet with key dimensions of my apartment, such as window widths and heights, wall dimensions, that way I can buy something when I see it and save myself a trip back to a store. Also, make sure the furniture you are buying fits into your elevator or doorway or you could be stuck with an expensive bargain. I was a project manager for a furniture dealer for years and I don't know a single PM who hasn't made that costly mistake at least once (guilty :( ).
Shop Home Goods-this store is the best for discounted decorative pieces.
Shopping thrift shops and flea markets were a passion of mine but I wouldn't go near any of that stuff now that we are living in a world with bed bugs. One man's trash can become your nightmare! Beware!
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7 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger and Work Better

Max out on comfort and function in a mini space with built-ins, wall mounts and decorating tricks that fool the eye Full Story
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Espejos agrandan
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romeoslover
I don't mind the ads as long as the product applies to the topic. I may even contact the business.
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natashamareeyoung
You can download the Dulux colour app and it will tell you xx
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I was going to guess BM Wyeth Blue.
July 3, 2014 at 5:04am   
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