PITTSBURGH - There are lots of old, pretty houses in Edgeworth, Penn., in the Pittsburgh metro area. So when John and Mary Menniti went house hunting in 2004, they knew renovations were in their future. They toured 401 Maple Lane and fell in love despite the work that lay ahead.
CUTLER BAY, Fla. - The treasure seeker, the bargain hunter, the occasional dabbler looking for the perfect vintage piece - they all begin to line up under the hot summer sun before the door creaks open at 9 a.m. on the dot. Who knows what they will find?
Episodes of "Monsters Inside Me" on Animal Planet demonstrate how internal parasites can slowly drag a human being down over many years' time. It got me motivated to finally cut the mistletoe out of my big mesquite tree. This weird plant the ancient Celts called "a different twig" is forgotten outside the Christmas season, but in times of drought, it should be a top concern for everyone with trees in the yard. Just as with people, stress can exacerbate the negative effects of parasites, increasing their ability to damage the plant host.
With the summer selling season in full swing, many homeowners are looking to sell their homes in what remains overall a vibrant selling market. Those looking to sell their homes for top dollar in the quickest amount of time also need to keep the wishes of potential buyers at the top of their minds. When it comes time to sell a property, it is no longer someone's home but a product on the market that will be compared with other products. Some designer or decorator items that served a seller well and they enjoyed while living in the home may be potential negatives when it comes time to sell.
The promise of spring - tender seedlings, the first sight of a butterfly, that itch to dig in the dirt - has turned into the realities of summer. We face hours of yard work, our feeders are pillaged by hungry squirrels, and clouds of voracious mosquitoes darken the sky. Thankfully, there are solutions to those problems. And there are other nifty products out there to enhance one's outdoor experience. Here are a few:
Q: Dear Ed, I am installing a wet bar in my finished basement. I'm planning on a granite countertop with an under-mounted bar sink. My question is with the faucet. I don't want the standard candy cane-type bar faucet. I'm looking for something like a high spout, pull-out type kitchen faucet. But, a kitchen faucet is a little too big for the area. Any suggestions?
Q: You talked about a ground fault circuit interrupter and that it's necessary in different places in the home. My home was built in the 1950s, and I don't have these outlets. Should I have one installed?
A favorite part of my job is helping customers turn their houses into homes, truly unique dwellings that reflect their personality. So when Ann arrived scouting for furnishings and inspiration to put her stamp on the historic home she and husband Wally had just bought, we were excited to help. I want to invite you into Ann and Wally's beautiful library because it is a great illustration of an important credo: Make your interior design personal. Here's how these homeowners did just that, and the results are stunning. Come on in ...
A man's home is his castle, according to the old English proverb. But James Wagley and Deb Newell's home really is a castle - or at least a 20th century facsimile of one - reigning over a wooded hilltop in the kingdom of Eagan, Minn.