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How Secure Is Your Folding Stairway Pulldown

Normally, you’d find a string hanging from the cover of the stairway. For outside locations that might present a bit of a security issue. A quick pad lock will help secure the hatch. Done…unless there was NO string to pull!

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Recirculating Range Hoods — As Effective As Recirculating Toilets

Go to your kitchen, look above your stove or cooktop and open the cabinet door. If you don’t see a round pipe installed inside the cabinet, you most likely have a recirculating vent hood. They’re cheap, easy to install and you may as well be sitting at a smokey camp fire waiting for the wind […]

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Designers – What We Are Telling Our Clients Behind Your Backs

We just finished a complete higher end bathroom in Linden Hills for a very important client. This bathroom was completed from start to finish in two weeks – not an easy task by any means. Working on a project where even an hour of time made a huge difference in the schedule reinforced the very […]

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Oscars for Remodeling – More Drama Than a Kardashian Divorce

I ran across this piece submitted by Paul Lesieur of Remodel Crazy. Great pun on the drama that sometimes surrounds a residential rehab project. How about giving out Oscars for remodeling? We could have 4 categories. Best Dramatic Performance by a Homeowner or Contractor. Nominees are: Mrs. Buttwig, homeowner and president of Women for Chocolate. For […]

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They’re Flocking to Buy These Energy Efficient Homes – Really?

Buyers are flocking? …is that sort-a like a stampede? I read a recent blog article promoting energy codes and how appraisers are recognizing energy efficient homes. The author stated: “consumers are flocking to buy these homes over conventional homes”. Really? The concept of energy savings is very closely related and is affected by an increase in Delta […]

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Remodeling at the Speed of Trust

Last week, for the fun of it, I Googled how to hire a contractor. I discovered a couple of fascinating facts. “How to hire a contractor” comes directly between “How to hire a bill collector” and “How to hire a hit man”, and Kim Kardashian is only Googled three times more than “How to hire […]

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THE HILL Reports Housing Initiative – Project Rebuild

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the measure that expands the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan, and would offer $15 billion in grants for fixing up residential and commercial properties left vacant following foreclosure. It would also increase support for land banks, which work with communities to buy, hold and redevelop distressed properties as part of a long-term […]

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The Real March Madness: House Hunting with First Time Home Buyers

Imagine the scenario: you head out on a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon, driving around neighborhoods looking for the tell-tale signs of homes for sale. After a few “that’s a nice house” reactions you come across a home that just seems to speak to you. The porch is perfect. The windows invite you to come up […]

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