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When you first move into your new home, you wonder how you are going to fill up the large, empty space. Pretty soon life takes over — and before you know it, you are wondering where all of that space went.If you find yourself struggling to find room to store everything you’ve accumulated over the years, see if these storage options might work for you.Before you invest a lot of time deciding where things should go, look through your closet, files and drawers to determine what can be thrown or given away. For clothes, it is a good rule of thumb to get rid of items that you have not worn in more...
Winter is coming. Freezing temperature can mean large utility bills and a huge waste of energy if your home isn’t insulated properly. Adding insulation to your walls and attic isn’t hard and it can pay off immediately in energy and cost savings. Here are some great tips that will show you fast and easy ways to insulate your home right. Manufacturers now produce batts with higher fiberglass densities, so you can buy 3-1/2-in.-thick batts with R-11, R-13 or R-15 thermal resistance values. The higher the number, the better the insulation. The high-density R-15 batts are best, but they cost...
The summer heat seems to be gone and cooler air is upon us. Now is a great time to take a hard look at your lawn and start thinking about next year.  Here are some types to review before you get started. The regimen right for your situation will vary, according to whether your lawn is composed of a warm season turf grass or a cool season turf grass. Cool-season turf grasses are so called because they thrive in the cool weather usually associated with spring and autumn. Examples are rye grass, the fescues (both "fine" and "tall" kinds), Kentucky blue grass and bent grass.By contrast...
A replacement window is a window that is installed in an existing window opening as replacement of the existing window. Old weather beaten windows deteriorate and become loose and drafty. They need replacement not only to improve the appearance of the house but also to take advantage of modern energy efficient windows that bring about an overall improvement of the ambiance of the house at low recurring cost of heating and cooling.Replacement windows are designed for a variety of installation situations and techniques.In a full-frame installation, trim around the old window (...
Fall is in the air. Even though the drop in temperature is slight here in Atlanta, it's enough to get folks thinking about colder months ahead and toasty fires. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about getting your fireplace ready for the season. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireplaces and chimneys cause more than 25,000 house fires every year, resulting in at least 10 deaths annually. Some of the dangers of fireplace operation include the following:Sparks popping into the room and setting fire to rugs or furnitureCombustible materials...
Not only does a wet basement feel and smell nasty, it poses a great risk to your home’s value. Left unchecked, basement moisture can ruin floors and walls, encourage mold, even damage roofing.Some wet basements are easy to cure simply by cleaning gutters and by diverting water away from the foundation. But if the problem comes from other sources—water flowing toward the house on the surface, seeping in from underground, or backing up through municipal storm drains—you must take more aggressive action. Here are some strategies to keep water out of your basement.If downspouts...

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