Month: February 2014

Must-have luxury upgrades for your over-the-top deck

(HIB) - Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are the pinnacle of great home improvements. Kitchen or bath improvements must mesh with the quality and decor of the …

Decked out from coast to coast: Top outdoor living trends for 2014

(HIB) - From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as …

Three Essentials for a New Bathroom

A lot of people ask me about bathrooms, which isn’t as strange as it sounds as I’ve been designing them for nearly 20 years now. With so many different styles available nowadays it’s always an adventure designing a bathroom for someone. It’s honestly a lot more fun and creative than it sounds. Obviously there are staples …

Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects

(HIB) - Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning – and prepping for – a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is...

Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel

(HIB) - Remodeling a home’s decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new – something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also i...

Radiators – The Two Aspects

As we move ever deeper into the benthic pools of winter, we see the nights grow darker and the mercury shrink further down the thermometer. Less poetically, I suppose we could sum up January thus: it’s freezing! Yep, we huddle down in our homes, swaddled in big jumpers, with our hero the central heating system keeping …