Home Improvement
Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summer is the prime season for blackouts and power surges, so many of your household appliances may start acting faulty. But did you know that at least 25% of all appliance repair and maintenance calls are made for problems that can be solved with something as simple as the flick of a switch? The editors...
Bathroom maintenance 101

Bathroom maintenance 101

Have you inspected your bathroom lately?  Richard Fogel, owner of Grout Rescue CT, a Westport, Conn.-based company, suggests that with every change of season you take time to carefully check your bathroom tub, shower, tile floors, toilet and sink.  Richard, who has been repairing bathrooms professionally for almost a decade, says there is no reason...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Silvermine Arts Center events 64th Annual Art of the Northeast: Now through July 26; curator talk by Andrew Russeth is available online; Guild Group Show, curated by Deana Haggag, director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, August 2 – September 14, Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., artist talk August 26 at 6:00 p.m. Also opening...
Don't get scorched with high energy bills

Don’t get scorched with high energy bills

Tired of your energy bills spiking as the sweltering summer weather forces you to crank up the AC? Need some easy advice on how to keep your thermostat and energy bill low? Don’t let the seasonal scorchers get you down; save some time and money this summer. Editors at The Family Handyman have compiled a...
Trending: Window treatments

Trending: Window treatments

When you walk into any room in your home, what’s the first thing you notice? Is it the couch? Or your new side table from that antique shop you bought last week? It could be. What is often overlooked, however, is that the overall ambience of any space sets the tone for how you feel...
Trending: Serene bedrooms

Trending: Serene bedrooms

The biggest trend in bedroom design right now: Serenity. Soft, muted, monochromatic colors schemes, lots of textures rather than pattern, and simple furnishings, allow you unwind and rejuvenate before the next hectic day of running around. Here are some beautiful inspiration shots from Houzz.com. Mirror mirror Mirrored finishes can add a touch of glamour and...
Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

June is a time for fun in the sun with family and friends! But for many of us, it is also a time for that dreaded move. To help make your moving experience less stressful, the experts at The Family Handyman (www.thefamilyhandyman.com) have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more...
Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that company Design Director J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, Conn., has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design...
Bird feeding etiquette

Bird feeding etiquette

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and...
CTGBC green home tour in Westport

CTGBC green home tour in Westport

A home located at 7 Otter Trail, Westport, Conn., will be part of the Connecticut Green Building Council Spring 2014 green homes tour, scheduled for this Saturday, June 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Completed in 2010, the energy efficient house, which was designed by Ridgefield-based Trillium Architects, features a geothermal system, an 8kW PV solar...