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The Importance of Knots in Carpets

September 30 2010 If you love hand-woven carpets, you’ll want to buy the finest quality you can afford. Knowing about knots is one of the best ways to get the most for your money. The finest, most durable carpeting is made from hand-knotted pile.  The more knots there are per square inch, the … read more

Tile Floors Are Timeless

March 31 2010 While hardwoods are elegant in living and dining rooms, other flooring options are well suited to entries, high traffic kitchens, and wet areas such as baths and laundries. Among the most popular choices is tile, which can be laid in a wide range of sizes, shapes, designs, colors and patterns. … read more

Add a Fireplace

March 31 2010 With winter coming, the idea of snuggling around a cozy fire with a good book, your favorite robe, and a warm cup of hot cocoa sounds irresistible. There’s just one problem – you don’t have a fireplace. But never fear – you have plenty of options. It’s just a matter … read more

Wainscoting 101

March 31 2010 To dramatically transform a room in short order, consider wainscoting. Wainscoting is a style of tongue-and-groove panelling applied to the lower portion of the interior walls of a room, above the baseboard and below the chair rail. It originally served to protect the lowest portions of a wall from normal … read more

Choosing Hardwoods for Floors

December 31 2009 The rich patina of wood floors adds beauty and elegance to any home. Older homes were once routinely constructed with hardwood floors, but that practice was abandoned in the 1950s, when new technologies made wall-to-wall carpeting available.  Builders were able to build more homes faster, for the post-war baby boom, … read more

Front Door Face Lift

September 30 2009 “Don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply when it comes to selling a house. In real estate, first impressions can make all the difference, and nothing makes a first impression like the entrance to your home. Luckily transforming a lackluster entrance can sometimes be as simple as … read more

Roofing 101

June 30 2008 Depending on what corner of the country you call home, your roof protects you against rain, sleet, snow, sun, the odd errant fly ball and just about everything else. Yet one thing you can be sure of is that sooner or later, your home will need a new first line … read more