Friday Find, a Foldable Desk to Take Anywhere

can you tell this classroom is using foldable desk

Have you heard of Kick Starter? You’re in for a treat if this is your first foray into new products being introduced through crowd funding. What’s that you’re asking. Inventors have the ability to showcase new products, and we get to vote for the ones we love by pledging money towards the project. This weeks Friday Find is a kick starter project, the Refold portable, foldable desk that you can sit or stand at.

So why would anyone want a desk made of cardboard? And why do I care about a foldable desk? It only took me a few minutes to... 

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Do You Need Basement Insulation?

rigid foam panels are one form of basement insulation

Winter can be especially cold in any basement, finished or otherwise. So with fall still in the air, now is the time to make this part of your home warmer and much more comfortable. Basement insulation helps make the floor above the basement feel warmer, and sealing drafts helps, too.  

Before Old Man Winter arrives and settles in with all of his frigid baggage, give some attention to the lowest level of your home. Your heating bills will thank you, and so will your family. 

Basement Insulation Includes Sealing Air Leaks 

Air leaks or drafts can make a basement feel chilly. These... 

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Replacement Windows Bigger & Better

when you get replacement windows, you can change the style or add clerestory windows like these arched ones

The replacement window industry is huge. Haven’t you received post cards and even a phone call about upgrading your roofing, windows and siding? Last week I got one of these phone calls and my home is less than 10 years old. In this article we’ll illustrate some of the ways you can reconfigure your windows. If you’re going to invest in replacement windows, why not increase the amount of natural sunlight coming into your home?

Benefits of Bigger Windows

Do you feel like some of the rooms in your house are too dark? Have you got great views outside your home and... 

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5 Tips for Utility Savings Without Sacrificing Comfort This Winter

programmable thermostats help with utility savings

Are you already bracing for the chill that’s to come, and fretting about soaring costs to heat your home? Wintertime brings a lot of wonderful things, but expensive heating isn’t one of them. Fortunately, you can make a few modest changes and enjoy utility savings without wearing a sweater indoors until spring. 

Whether your home is brand new or it’s been around for 50 years or longer, you can make living there more comfortable. There are many new energy saving products available to help you keep your energy use down, and with cold air outside as the temperature drops, there are... 

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What to Expect from an HVAC Maintenance Tuneup

hvac maintenance tuneup will make lower your heating costs

Different homes use different methods for heat, but all heating systems have one need in common. An HVAC maintenance service call at the beginning of the season can help the unit perform better. It can also keep your family safer, and extend the unit’s life. Replacing a furnace, heat pump, or boiler costs thousands, so the price of a service call is small by comparison.

Servicing your heating system can also help reduce your utility bills. When it’s in good working order, your heating system doesn’t work as hard and it uses fuel more efficiently. 

Having a technician come to your home... 

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Collecting Habits Are Changing with Digital Collections

collecting antique furniture creates memories & useful furniture

Can you remember the first thing you collected as a child? After earning the privilege of my own bedroom, I started collecting funky, inexpensive hats and used them to decorate my room. They didn’t travel to college with me and when I graduated, I’d forgotten about them. When I settled into my first apartment, I collected small potted plants and to this day, I won’t buy African violets because I can’t get them to bloom.

Fast forward many years and I’m starting to pack for a move from NH to Arizona. We’re going to become... 

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Where’s Your Microwave – Counter, Wall or Drawer?

you can now place your microwave in a drawer for easier accessibility

Can you remember when you got your first microwave? The first microwaves sat on the countertop, and came to market in 1967 under the Amana brand which is now owned by Whirlpool. We bought one of these early microwaves but only trusted it for defrosting whatever we were making for dinner. Today I can’t imagine living without a microwave because I use it for everything from my morning oatmeal to steaming vegetables in those wonderful, time saving packages.

This article explores how their location has changed over the years. When they first came out, microwaves sat on the counter top and... 

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Buying a Home – Balancing Where, What & Why

buying a home starts with financials, then you must haves & wish list like this pool

Buying a home is a big decision, and not one you want to rush into. Admittedly many people move for reasons beyond their control – a new job, needing to care for elderly parents or maybe you want to move closer to grandchildren so you can see them more often. You still have many choices in where you decide to buy a house, and in our last article, Finances and Making Sure You’re Ready to Buy, we reviewed the financial questions to answer, to prepare for this purchase.

Here we’re looking at more questions, or really key decision factors you’ll want... 

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Finances & Making Sure You’re Ready to Buy a House

building a house requires trade-offs on where to spend your money

When I saw the article, 10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting The Home Buying Process, I thought it would be fun to answer the questions as I just bought a house and I really wasn’t ready. We’d just started researching where to move, and expected to take one to two years from start to moving, and yikes, we bought a house in under three months (haven’t moved yet). So follow along as I answer these questions, and see if you’re ready to buy a house.

Now it’s true we’re not novices when it comes to buying houses – this was our... 

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Old Houses with Amazing Renovations

amazing contemporary, yet old houses indoors & outside

Buying a house always involves trade-offs and it can be really hard to prioritize. They say the most important factor to consider when buying a house is location, location, location. But what are you giving up to buy a house in the right location? Often the right location means old houses with smaller rooms, that are very different from newer homes with open floor plans.

Many homeowners assume that if they want the perfect neighborhood with picket fences, where their children can walk to school, then they can’t have an open floor plan. That simply isn’t true and once you experience... 

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