Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality

Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home. As desirable as such kitchens may be, some homes simply don’t have enough space for a centerfold-worthy kitchen featuring an island, wine refrigerator and walk-in … Read more

Modern pools have all the bells and whistles

This is not your grandma’s pool. While the typical backyard pool years ago was a plain rectangle — simple in form and look — today’s pool is sleek and usually custom-made. Shape choices are nearly limitless, and with options ranging from adjoined hot tubs to adding waterfalls and fountains and colorful lighting, the family pool … Read more

Choosing a neighborhood

When shopping for a home, it’s easy for buyers to fall in love with a property. A well-maintained home with updated features can be hard to resist, but buyers must consider more than just a home’s appearance before submitting an offer. One variable prospective homebuyers tend to value more highly than others is the neighborhood … Read more

Home improvements that increase home value

When granite countertops or shiny stainless steel appliances beckon homeowners from the display areas of home improvement stores, it’s tempting to gear remodeling thoughts toward the items that will add flair and decorative appeal to a home. Even though most improvements add some measure of value, deciding which are the best investments can be difficult. … Read more

Stay one step ahead of the storm

Let’s start with the basics. Generators are machines that create electricity. The people who sell them simply say, “Storms generate sales.” During Sandy, Katrina and other big weather events, power outages were daily problems. Homeowners couldn’t buy generators, because they were all sold out. Instead of burning coal to turn turbines, generators use engines to … Read more

Be prepared

September is National Preparedness Month. Hurricane Sandy might have been a few years back, but Darien and its surrounding area has not forgotten the impact. This month, we are reminded to be prepared in case a disaster of any kind strikes. Stock up — Make sure your house is fully stocked with batteries and flashlights. … Read more

One-stop decorating

Ring’s End is celebrating its 114th anniversary this year. This family-owned business comprises a flagship design center located at 181 West Ave., Darien, with additional design center locations in Branford, Danbury, Fairfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull, Westport and Wilton. All have an expansive selection of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, blinds, shutters and shades plus full-time … Read more

Solar energy: Let the sun shine in!

As more and more homeowners are changing (or thinking of changing) from coal, oil or gas to solar heating, the questions come up, “What’s it all about?” and  “What does it mean, anyway?” According to Paul Passarelli of Solar and Thermal Systems in Norwalk, “One of the areas we enter is physics and one of … Read more