Month: May 2012

What’s a Little Flooring Between Friends?

Depending on the exact type of flooring that you choose and then purchase for your home environment, there are various benefits that come with each choice of flooring type. For the purposes of this short article, let us just compare the benefits of two kinds of flooring types: wood flooring and cork flooring, which are basically …

Sign of the design times for kitchens

The number of kitchen styles and design options for homeowners to consider during the building and remodeling process is enough to make a person go crazy. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by simplifying your options. Keep an eye on trends Traditional? Transitional? Contemporary? The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently surveyed more than 350 designers to identify …

Remodeling your home? Start from the outside in

(HIB) - The kitchen and bathroom are at the top of most home remodeling project lists. But homeowners intent on remodeling should also consider investing in the exterior of their homes - maybe even start there. That's the advice of Sarah Susanka, one ...

Ten secrets for grilling perfection

(HIB) - From the way the charcoal briquettes are arranged to finding that perfect set of tongs, every home grilling expert has his or her secrets. For many, grilling goes beyond just a practical warm-weather cooking method and it becomes more of an art...

Creating curb appeal on a budget

(HIB) - The arrival of summer has many homeowners outside planting, preparing the patio for cookouts, and taking evening strolls through the neighborhood. Often, this extended outdoor time brings on a desire to improve a home's curb appeal. But home i...

America’s history etched in hardwood

(HIB) - Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century. The stor...

Don’t compromise your family’s fire safety

(HIB) - Most people have experienced the shriek of a smoke alarm when cooking a meal or stepping out of a steamy shower, when there is no hazard present. The instant reaction is to find a way to silence the alarm. Unfortunately, some people may even pu...

Top national parks for families

(HIB) - Each year, hundreds of millions of people visit the 397 destinations that comprise the country's National Park System. Summer is the ideal time to explore many of these parks, as the kids are out of school and activities in the parks are in ful...

Pairing 101: Why care about the pair?

(HIB) - Food experts know that the right wine or spirit can enhance the enjoyment of any dish. The perfect marriage of the right wine and a flavorful meal creates a combination that celebrates and enhances the experience of both. Navigating an extens...