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Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions

How to make sure the pro who performs your home inspection is properly qualified and insured, so you can protect your big investment Full Story
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ChickieD, you can place a bid with the contingency that your bid only stands if the home passes inspection; that way, your bid is no longer binding if something is wrong that the seller is not willing to negotiate on. It's nuts to pay for an inspection on every home you're considering bidding on.
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I am one of those people that find too many things wrong (the realtors cringe when they see me coming) - the clients get "buy it " fever and stop taking you along. Then they call you up to tell them what is wrong so you can fix it after they buy it. Doing things right is not easy or fast. Try to not buy a pre-owned home less then ten years old - that is when the real troubles begin to be come "obvious".
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Guest Picks: Desert Beauty for the Baby's Room

Combine a desert-cactus motif with playful shapes and colors, and watch your nursery bloom Full Story
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LOVE all these ideas! I am buying many of them for my nieces, who live in Minnesota. My husband and I live in the Arizona desert, and we'd love to introduce them to the fascinating world of cacti and mountains - thanks for the great suggestions!
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Sputnik chandelier at almost $3K for a nursery? Wow.
July 18, 2014 at 5:32am   
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A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance

Take care of these tasks to avoid major home hassles, inefficiencies or unsightliness down the road Full Story
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Live in a very warm climate - so thankfully don't have to do most of this! Except repainting and checking caulking/seals. Just bought a new place on a slab and the weep holes need to be re-drilled and it has no insulation but will be installing it.
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Great Ideabook Christine! Thanks for the feature! Feel free to reach out to us for any other advice or professional input you so require.

Cheers - G&S
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How to Find the Right Plants for Your Garden

Break free from choosing plants by cold-hardiness zones for a beautiful landscape that thrives year-round Full Story
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Great article.. Thanks for sharing this technique for choosing the right plants for the garden. It will be helpful for me while planting plants in my small garden.
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Ah yes, but one mans native is anothers invasive exotic weed. Climate and zone maps are one thing, but they don't take into account soil type and the position you are planting in. A good snoop around your neighborhood will quickly show you want grows well (or not in your area). And if peering over fences is too much like horticultural stalking for you, then take a trip to a local park or botanical garden, very useful as they will normally include plant labels and give you a good idea of what the plant looks line when mature.

All to many times I've been asked to sort out gardens where people trees and shrubs that grow way to big for the site. A grower once confessed that the plant labels only give heights for a tree at about 10 years, so something labeled 3m may actually exceed 10m in 15 years. Here in NZ we now all to well, that a northern hemisphere plant will probably grow twice as bid "down under" and so you have to constantly interpret garden guides with an eye on not just our reverse seasons but the milder growing conditions as well.
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10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan

Some have pools or fountains; some are awash only with greenery. These courtyards run the gamut of styles but have alluring looks in common Full Story
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great article, full of inspiration and sets desire for a more relaxed lifestyle! www.luminosodesign.com
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I am agreeing with alwzrt. That Urban Courtyard is calling my name.
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A Surefire Way to Prevent Sun Damage Indoors

Why let light ruin your furniture, floors and artwork, when the solution could be as simple as applying high-quality window film? Full Story
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i am trying to pick how dark my tint should be. I have a western exposure and a lot of glass, so I originally thought I should get the darkest-15 Night Vision by 3M. But as I look at the sample, my landscaping looks so much better through the 25. the dealer tells me that the damage blocking between the two is not that significant and to choose the one I like the most. I am concerned that it will be like most things I have done-when making the moderate choice I always wish later that I had done more. Any thoughts?
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Deirdre - why don't you pay to install one of each side by side on two windows. Sit on it a few days.

I agree the heat savings is not that significant, and would personally go for the slightly less heat blockage but have the view you will enjoy the most.
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13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

Kick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function Full Story
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Winnie Li
awesome idea! I think i could use some of those inspirations.
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victoran
Those of us who are asthmatic cannot be around a wood burning or charcoal burning BBQ...can't breathe.
Even gas ones are tough but better.
When neighbors turn on the grill, I go inside and close the windows and doors till they are finished.
Some places with bad smog will not allow wood burning of any kind.
As someone else mentioned, these gorgeous BBQ's are for the rich or people who are outside most of the year. Do think of clean up and replacement of appliances as time goes on. Free standing BBQ is much easier to replace than one set in a beautiful brick surround, Build surround so you can replace BBQ if necessary.
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Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio

It’s more than just a patio door — it’s an architectural design element. Here’s help for finding the right one for your home and lifestyle Full Story
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Have not seen these often but it can be done.
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Hi @chremily, We're very sorry to hear about your recent experiences with us. If you would, please private message us (head to our profile and click "contact me") and provide us with your name and contact information so we can have a Pella representative reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss this further. Thank you.
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Guest Picks: Beautiful Wallpaper to Grow With a Child

These lighthearted papers will last from babyhood to beyond the teenage years — and they appeal to grown-up eyes too Full Story
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Would be nice to have an article with samples for grown-ups!
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I'm 31, and I would use every one of these in my home. Greta will grow up great!
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Key Measurements for a Dream Laundry Room

Get the layout dimensions that will help you wash and fold — and maybe do much more — comfortably and efficiently Full Story
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I'm building a home. The laundry room has a built in sink/bathing area for my fur babies. A built in ironing board. A broom/storage closet. A closet for clothes to dry & that need pressing & the steamer. I do not like front loading W/D. Mine are top. The front loading makes clothes stink if you don't take the time to clean & dry it really good. I have counter tops to fold clothing. My laundry room will be very nice &user friendly. I like the way it is & for anyone to say why spend the money on that. I say why not? It's my money and we worked very hard for it. My husband DID build his business. So anyone that wants to do it their way and can do it. Go right ahead.
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When we renovated our house 15 years ago the laundry was the least important room. We installed 2nd hand cupboards and sink because we ran out of money. I’ve been thinking about fixing it up for years, and now have the money, time and inspiration, so this feature and everyone’s ideas are very timely.
My laundry is spacious, it just needs more functional design and to be made into a pleasant room to work. It’s long and narrow with the top loader (love it), drier and cupboards along one wall and space for the ironing board to remain up on the opposite wall. There’s a back door to the garden and outside clothesline. Living in Sydney, Australia I use the outside line all the time, but I also have the dryer if needed. I plan to put it above the washing machine and get a big new sink. I use it for hand washing, soaking, emptying buckets, washing the big roasting pans, brushes and shoes. I will incorporate more useful cupboards and shelves, from all the ideas here. Thank you for including measurements in metric in your article.
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Great Design Plant: Smooth Aster, the Wonder Pollinator

An insect nirvana with lovely near-blue petals, this low-maintenance aster strives to please Full Story
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I occasionally find small patches of Smooth Aster growing along railroad tracks here in western N.Y. (perhaps the seeds were carried by muddy trains?) Its interesting to see them growing side by side with the native New England & New York Asters.
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I've been looking for more late season bloomers, and this is native to my Virginia area! Hurrah!
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6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents

With better resistance and fewer demands, these garden beauties are worth a spot on your wish list Full Story
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If the plants were affected, it was an herbicide. I'm sure the farmer across the street will be using herbicide at some point this summer. He's planted beans, and this is the neatest planting that I have seen in the 20 some years I've lived here. It is hopeless growing organic here, there is a lot of aerial spraying going on around here. Especially, since the Japanese beetles began showing up on beans a few years back. Anyway, my husband is working in another state, and we bought a smaller place there. So, I don't have a vegetable garden this year, and I've been digging up my perennials and taking cuttings of some of the shrubs. If the guy across the street sprays, I'll just move everything to the basement and close all the windows. With luck, I'll be out of here this summer, and I'll be living in a newer house (built 1937), complete with a wine cellar (vineyard gone, unfortunately), canned good storage, and orchard (a map was left of the varieties planted). About half is wooded with a wetland along one edge. Lots of Mayapples and blackberries. Not crazy about the mosquitoes, but do like having the wood ducks, wood frogs, and crayfish.
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Tea tree oil for the mosquitos - used it to kill the larvae in my little pond and it smells good - didn't want to kill beneficials and the raccoons like to play with the floating pucks - aerator some day.

I know it was herbicide after the fact - a cocktail - Round Up, bleaching something or other and something else. Really got the Red buds - which I grew from seed and sculpted Japanese style. New field owner never had the problem before - after the settlement i bet he will be more careful - his insurance agent was an agronomist but had vested interest issues - home owner policy did not cover me.

Japanese beetles hope their is a place in heaven for all thee people that bring this stuff over - infested with it. Finally the black spotted Asian beetles are down to tolerable numbers. Good luck on your new place - sounds great. Ummmm - fresh ripe, warm peaches off the tree - funny as all get out when people say they don't like them - then after about five, with juice running down their chin, they say "These aren't like ones in the store." Fruit smoothies for the kids and healthy daiquiri for the grown ups.

What we are doing to our world - "it begins as a blessing buy ends as a curse - making life easier but making it worse." Greed and laziness will be our downfall.
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Great Design Plan: Zagreb Tickseed Takes Care of Itself (Almost)

Get colorful drama along with deer resistance, drought tolerance and low maintenance — plus a butterfly or two Full Story
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Plants for Janie
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Drought color
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How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Save time and water with a drip watering system in your vegetable garden — a little patience now will pay off later Full Story
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scoutstella, that's probably what I should do, although most kits don't come with the pressure regulator, timer, or filter. All essential to really use the system effectively. Those items will at least double if not triple your initial investment.
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Well, we had a "professional" landscape gardener put our drip hoses in and they fell apart by the second year, now she want to just put in a overground hose with a sprinkler, I feel like she doesn't know what she doing--you guys here make it seem so much simpler than she has, should I get rid of her?
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Your Guide to 15 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

Get details and costs on top counter materials to help you narrow down the choices for your kitchen Full Story
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Granite countertops 2 toned
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Vous oubliez ceci: Les produits Lea Ceramiche comprennent aussi la gamme en grès laminé Slimtech: des dalles aux dimensions record (300cm x 100cm) associées à une extraordinaire légèreté grâce à leur épaisseur de 3mm seulement
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Key Measurements for the Perfect Garage

Get the dimensions that will let you fit one or more cars in your garage, plus storage, mechanical and whatever else you need Full Story
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Grandeur de garage
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Undoubtedly so!

But, like houses, one person's dream may hold no appeal to the next person who comes along.

I've built wine cellars the size of bedrooms with elaborate cabinetry and chilling systems for wine enthusiasts, $100k kitchens for cooking nuts, $300k backyard makeovers for folks who like to entertain outdoors. These individuals considered these features to be "critical" to their enjoyment of the home.

To most of the people who would be interested in an elaborate garage, features like those above might be considered "ok" if they were already in place when they bought the house, but certainly not warrant the expense of adding them after the fact. But, to someone who's interests like in areas typically associated with a garage, having adequate space to enjoy your hobby is very important.

Frequently these interests also tend to be gender specific. From the feminine perspective it "just a garage, what's the big deal"? But to the guys, it's their place to escape, pursue their passions, entertain their buddies.

And as in all other areas of living space, careful planning can make a huge difference in the enjoyment level after the money is spent. Those few extra feet those guidelines add may make 10% difference in the cost of the structure - and 100% difference in the enjoyment level of the user.
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Insulation Basics: What to Know About Spray Foam

Learn what exactly spray foam is, the pros and cons of using it and why you shouldn’t mess around with installation Full Story
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belasunshine - a thermal imaging camera can (not always) also be used to find leaks/wet wood as it has different thermal properties than dry wood.
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Thx Pataya & dream doctor, good idea, I will look into that.
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