House & Home
When it’s time to replace home appliances that have worn out, we have a great opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of our home and reduce our home’s carbon footprint. Today’s high tech appliances do more than ever before and often do so at significant energy savings over older models.
Outdoor living can take place half the year or more in some climates, and spending time on our patios and in our back yards is a way of expanding our home’s usable space without having to build on to the original structure. A well-designed outdoor space can add greatly to the enjoyment of your home.
Most people want or have a home office, because they make it easier when you bring home work or need to take care of things like doing the taxes. Putting some thought, measurement, and planning into the setup of your home office can help you make the most of a small space and keep your affairs well-organized.
Some home improvements can greatly increase your enjoyment of your home, and that should be your primary reason for doing them. Many expensive or exotic home improvements do not increase your home’s value nearly as much as you might think, so if you want to sell, stick with basics like repainting and making needed repairs.
When you’re planning your first garden, it’s a good idea to start small to make sure you are willing to do the work necessary to keep it healthy and thriving. Gardening takes common sense, and knowledge about the needs of the types of plants you want to grow. Gardening can be an immensely satisfying activity for the entire family.