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According to recent Harris Interactive online poll, 59 percent of all homeowners said they would choose brick siding for their homes. The study was commissioned by Boral Bricks, Inc. to determine current consumer preferences for siding. 

Conducted in October, the survey asked participants which...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money, Technology, Recession, Green Santa's reindeer may have a little trouble finding good little boys and girls' homes this Christmas due to a reported nationwide shortage of holiday lights. While the economy slowly rebounds, holiday light displays are selling out at...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money, Technology, Recession, Green

Santa's reindeer may have a little trouble finding good little boys and girls' homes this Christmas due to a reported nationwide shortage of holiday lights. While the economy slowly rebounds, holiday light displays are selling out at...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money, Technology, Recession, Green Santa's reindeer may have a little trouble finding good little boys and girls' homes this Christmas due to a reported nationwide shortage of holiday lights. While the economy slowly rebounds, holiday light displays are selling out at...

Filed under: Sex Sells, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit Adding an entertaining dimension to the appeal of energy-saving home improvements and building on the promise of new tax incentives for homeowners, President Barack Obama termed insulation "a sexy subject" during a Home Depot...

Filed under: Sex Sells, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit

Adding an entertaining dimension to the appeal of energy-saving home improvements and building on the promise of new tax incentives for homeowners, President Barack Obama termed insulation "a sexy subject" during a Home Depot...

Filed under: Sex Sells, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit Adding an entertaining dimension to the appeal of energy-saving home improvements and building on the promise of new tax incentives for homeowners, President Barack Obama termed insulation "a sexy subject" during a Home Depot...

Recently I had the pleasure of designing the bedroom for one hip New York City living two year old. Like most two year olds, this one has a lot of fun toys and books and very little space to store them.  In designing this room that would be cool for the little guy but useful for his parents I...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese-made drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese-made drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health

A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the largest...

Looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around the home this winter? There are many common-sense things you can do everyday in your home to lower energy bills:

  • Tip #1 – Lock your windows. Don’t just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and...

As new parents, we found ourselves becoming victims of that dreaded syndrome where orderly chaos starts to seem like a design choice.  Do you know what I mean? I found myself taking all of our sons toys and placing them in baskets or containers that worked with the rooms decor until suddenly the...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine. Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine. Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money

While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine.

Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Okay all of you central air conditioning skeptics out there, listen up! If you own an old home, like I do, and think central air conditioning is not possible, I am about to prove you wrong.  As I had previously blogged we decided to jump in and put air into our 100 year old home.  I spoke with...