Corral Mudroom Clutter

(Family Features) Often positioned near the primary point of entry, mudrooms are a popular addition to many family homes. These organizational dynamos are the perfect place to catch muddy boots, backpacks, sports equipment and dirty paws before they make it all the way into the main living areas. Luxurious mudrooms in high-end homes can sometimes…

Tree Talk4 tips for planting trees (Family Features) Trees are virtually everywhere you turn, from your own backyard to nearby parks and forests where you enjoy hiking. They provide shade and beauty, and some even bear fruit. Beyond all the immediate benefits, you may be surprised to discover trees are also a critical key to…

Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time to clear out unused items and give forgotten corners a good scrub. However, setting out to clean your entire house can be a challenging task that requires patience and organization. To help you reach every nook and cranny, consider this handy checklist from the experts at Best Pick…

On-Trend Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Deck

(Family Features) Installing or updating a deck can transform your outdoor living area. Not only is a deck aesthetically appealing, but it also allows you to create additional space for a wide range of uses, whether it’s a lively entertainment zone or tranquil, relaxing retreat. If you’re planning a deck build or renovation in 2022,…

Remodel with Universal Design in Mind

(Family Features) Local code ensures new construction homes and renovation projects reflect the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Universal design, on the other hand, does more than make living spaces more accessible for those with disabilities. It expands on regulations to create more user-friendly spaces regardless of abilities, resulting in more enjoyable, functional…

Halloween Safety Tips

Here are a few simple ideas to keep your family and your home in good spirits this weekend.  Happy Halloween!! 1- Protect your house and plants from fire hazards. Never leave candle-lit jack-o-lanterns unattended. A safer solution is battery-operated tea lights. 2 – Add landscape lighting to your pathways and driveway to create a safer…

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Though you might not think of it, your Work From Home office (or station, or tucked away table) may be showing some wear and tear.   Having been stationed at home for over a year now, this smaller area might benefit from a little extra attention this summer.  (Family Features) Making sense of a year’s worth of paperwork and clutter can take some serious time,…

Affordable Ways to Keep Your Home Cooler

Did you know that 30% of your home’s energy is lost through your windows?  In summer months, about 75% of the sunlight hitting your windows translates to heat (source: energy.gov). This heat increase due to sunlight is known as solar gain.  If you notice that your house feels like a greenhouse in the summer, this month’s newsletter is…