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Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do, however, if they are unsure,...

Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Once you become a homeowner, the safety of your home and the loved ones who live there become a main concern. A few common precautions you’ve taken to protect your family from danger include having a security system professionally installed, regularly testing your smoke detectors and creating an emergency escape plan. But you may be...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Here’s the scenario: Daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby. The most practical, affordable solution?...
Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

For passionate cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the kitchen is command central, with well-organized pantries and cabinets an essential component of a pleasureable, creative experience. Michael Jackson, kitchen and bath designer for Ring’s End, is a firm believer in high-efficiency organization. “If you really like to cook or love to entertain, you need to determine how...
Preservation society

Preservation society

“Among the most fragile objects we’ve worked on,” says Patsy Orlofsky, founder and director of the Textile Conservation Workshop, “is a large silk engraving of The Declaration of Independence. Printed in the first quarter of the 19th century, it is an extremely rare commemoration of the original document.” The TCW, as it’s sometimes called, specializes...
Pawsable interiors

Pawsable interiors

Honoring your pets’ needs while maintaining your home’s sophisticated style can be tough. Cat beds, dog crates, feeders, litter boxes, it can all add up to a look that’s not great. But there are ways to organize the chaos and even make your home better looking in the process. Here are some ideas I found...
Buying a condo? Make sure your pets can come

Buying a condo? Make sure your pets can come

If you are a pet owner and are interested in purchasing a condo, you should become familiar with the condo homeowners association rules and regulations which will state whether pets are allowed and if so, how many and what the restrictions are. The pet owners I know — myself included — treat their pet like...
Plant ice resistant trees

Plant ice resistant trees

Winter storms that coat everything in layers of luminous ice leave a very beautiful but dangerous calling card. We know ice covered trees are susceptible to breakage from the added weight; but if you take a look around your yard, now do you know which of your trees are more likely to give in to...
Christmas tree basics

Christmas tree basics

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start putting up the tree and digging out those boxes of lights and decorations. To help save some stress and maintain merry spirits, The Family Handyman offers the following tips: ·Christmas trees can be extremely difficult to handle: It’s important to first check the height of...
Deck the halls safely this holiday

Deck the halls safely this holiday

Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it...
Preparing your home for sale and the holidays

Preparing your home for sale and the holidays

A recent stop to a local drugstore made my head spin. As I tried to make my way to the pharmacy area in the back, I was deluged with holiday items. I proceeded down an aisle that literally squeezed me with all the red and green paraphernalia combined with some very strong scents. Phew! I...
Lighten up on linens

Lighten up on linens

Coming home with new luxurious linens, whether they’re towels, sheets or table linens, is one of life’s little pleasures. Linens let us do mini-makeovers in our homes. Open the shopping bag and presto, you’ve perked up your pad. But, sadly, this little bit of joy often doesn’t last very long. Why do linens lose their...