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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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Pat Novak
Always have a qualified Home Inspector check your purchase. He will point out what items need yearly maintenance and will quide you through the inspection.Make a check list of items to do annually.. You will eliminate stress by keeping to your maintenance schedule..All. Great articles included above.
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anjin12
House built 2003
2 Story
3 bedroom
Open plan kitchen dining living
3 bath + laundry
1 Car garage

Vancouver Island
Temp -1C to 24C - very reasonable

1. Furnace - nope - electric baseboard heating
2. Recaulk windows - inspected twice per year, no issues yet.
3. Crawlspace - nope - on a pad
4. Deck - nope - have Duradek installed - pressure washed spring and fall
5. Exterior Paint - nope - windows and trim vinyl and pvc - Thinking ahead (grin)
6. Furnace - nope - see 1. - water heater - check the sacrificial anode every 5 years and replace as required.
7. Fireplace - nope - takes away from wall space for the TV (grin) - you have to have priorities
8. Bathroom caulk - okay - use the correct type when replacing.
9. Gutters - Yes - but try this - no ladders for me - http://www.ultimatewasher.com/gutter-cleaning.htm
10. Driveway - ish - concrete - sealed at 5 year mark and then every 3 or 4 years
11. Garberator - Nope - all food waste is composted.

2 1/2 of 11 - not bad - much more time for the fun stuff
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How to Recycle Your Kitchen

Instead of adding to the junk pile — and paying landfill fees — get rid of old appliances, cabinets and countertops the ecofriendly way Full Story
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uraddled
If you're in the Phoenix area look into the non profit, Stardust. http://www.stardustbuilding.org/home.html They completely gutted our kitchen of reusable cabinets and still working appliances for free and we got a tax deduction.
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In addition to Freecycle, there is also a local group here called ReUseIt (through a Yahoo group list), so you can check for that in your area in addition to posting on Craigslist.
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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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FatCat
Pivot doors
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arrbe
Funny story about a house we bought before construction. The model home had beautiful french doors and we asked for the same style in our house. No problem since we were the first home in the development. We took pictures as the foundation, walls roof, etc were finished. Just after the French doors were installed in our house, we stopped by the model home which now offered only siding doors as the exit to the patio. After asking about the change, we were told that the French doors would have to be an upgrade for new home buyers because they were too costly so they had put the French doors from the model into our house. Unbelievable, how the developer hoodwinked so many. They didn't last long.
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My Houzz: A Dallas Family Home Freshens Up

With its newly open interior and thoughtfully collected art, this home bridges contemporary and eclectic with flair Full Story
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Lourdes Mtz Lopez
Hello! I Love the living room and the kitchen.
last Thursday at 12:35am   
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iamari
I love the exterior and most of the interior but what's with the mottled-color leather? sofa? It ruins the room for me. I love your works of art, in particular, the painting above that sofa. Who is the artist?
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COASTROAD Hearth & Patio
Good job!
June 28, 2014 at 9:10am     
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Dawn Desorcy
Looks great, silvermist13!! You did a great job!
June 29, 2014 at 9:21pm     
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lolosue
What is the difference between satin nickel and brushed nickel? This is a very informative thread! Thank you!
June 14, 2014 at 4:14am     
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US Homeware/Doorware.com
Theoretically the brushed nickel has more pronounced streaks from the "brush finishing" and the satin is more of a matte finish, but in reality there is very little difference. The terms are used interchangeably in the industry and the finish codes, US15 or 619, are the same for both. Hope this is helpful and I'm sorry for the delay - I've been on vacation :))
June 23, 2014 at 5:33am     
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Meet a Front Yard Designed for Gathering

Hanging out with neighbors comes naturally in front of a Southern California home, thanks to comfortable zones and beautiful plantings Full Story
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denyse0304
Stunning!!
June 26, 2014 at 9:10am   
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Hilda Robinson
Great!!
July 2, 2014 at 11:43am   
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   Comment   June 25, 2014
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Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain

With this DIY water feature in your yard, serenity is just a few steps away Full Story
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carolannn
Here's mine - the birdbath keeps overflowing, dripping into the little stream, then into the pond, then back up to the birdbath again. My father made the birdbath for me.
June 23, 2014 at 5:18pm     
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jtmmartino
One caveat not mentioned here is the need to ensure that all the water falls back into the base pot, otherwise you will constantly have to re-fill it. Bubblers that are only a few inch high tend not to have this problem as much as some of the higher fountains where the water falls in a bell or cone shape. With those types, you'll want to have a catchment area around the fountain that will return all the water to the basin - the size of that area depends upon the height of the fountain, the strength of the winds, etc.
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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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sj4home
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.
June 23, 2014 at 1:06pm   
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juleslarosa
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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16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard

Make a tight or awkward yard a real destination with these design tricks from the pros Full Story
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susanippolito
Here is how we are making the most of our small Staten Island, NYC backyard
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perezgroup
Very nice!
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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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suzare17
Grandeur de garage
June 29, 2014 at 6:04am   
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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.
June 30, 2014 at 3:22am     
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Take It Outside! Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Dining

Make fresh-air meals as comfortable and genteel as those indoors — and maybe even a bit magical Full Story
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rsowel
Southern porch dining in Louisiana.
June 22, 2014 at 3:47pm   
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subtlesparrow
I just love the green wooden table with mix-matched chairs! Cozy, country, and wonderfully romantic.
June 28, 2014 at 5:48pm   
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How to Keep Your White Kitchen White

Sure, white kitchens are beautiful — when they’re sparkling clean. Here’s how to keep them that way Full Story
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kranno
I love Stainless steel appliances and are what house buyers look for right now so that is what we chose. Our new perimeter cabinetry is off-white and the s.s is a nice contrast to so many cabinets. Island is dark wood. We had white appliances before for about 19 years that were due for an update. Wanted a French door frig, an induction/convection range, a wine frig, range hood, deep, single bowl sink and a microwave that was not always positioned above the range.....all in s.s.

I find it makes no difference in cleaning white vs. s.s. Husband leaves food prints on both. Cabinets too. He tries to be neat.
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homelvr
I think it is the "how to" and interactivity of this thread that has made it so interesting and useful. I bookmarked it because there are many suggestions I want to keep. (Formica Calcutta Marble, Bon Ami, SCRUB, SCRUB, SCRUB!) Everyone has been so generous sharing. Thanks!
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8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff

Consider the small stuff — like switch plates and throw pillows — to give your home a touch of class Full Story
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cindinfocus
When I remodeled to sell our 100+ year old home, I had to do something to the 70's remodeled brass switch plates and doorknobs that had tarnished badly. Since our budget was strained with the recarpeting, new HVAC system, repainting, I had to look for an affordable alternative. It took a few coats of antique bronze finish spray paint, topped with a few coats of satin finish Lacquer left over from my photography career, and every doorknob, strike plate, floor register and switch plate had a fabulous period style look to it. It took several weeks to do, but it made the house!
June 22, 2014 at 7:17am     
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Love, love, love the switch plates!
June 25, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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   Comment   June 15, 2014
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Kitchen of the Week: Storage, Style and Efficiency in San Francisco

A growing family gets a kitchen they can work, eat and relax better in — and that’s easier on the eyes Full Story
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lbamom
The sink
July 1, 2014 at 3:34am   
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BACCHUS DESIGN
does zinc counter tops stain or scratch?
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