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Butcher Block Countertops: How Do They Hold Up?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 10, 2014

Who else loves the look of brand new butcher block countertops? The natural wood gives a rich, cozy feel to a kitchen. But I've always wondered how these beauties hold up over time....


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11 Ways a Surface Remodel Can Save you Money

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 11, 2014

Surface "remodeling" is a great way to give your home a lift without investing a huge amount of time and cash. This type of work is really renovation, a cosmetic refinishing process,...


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The Homeowner's Guide to Tile Grout

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 10, 2014

Today, trendy tile is used as an eye-catching decorative feature, covering walls, floors, countertops, and backsplashes in some of the most striking homes in town. But no matter how...


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Yes, You Can Remodel on a Tiny Budget

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 16, 2014

If your home no longer fits your needs, it may be time to think about remodeling. Even with a limited renovation budget, there are a number of very practical ways that you can improve...


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Remodeling: Envision Your Dream Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 07, 2014

Just about everyone has a vision of their dream home. Even if you built it yourself or had extensive remodeling done before moving in, after several years in residence you’ve...


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8 Top Home Renovation Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 01, 2014

Folk wisdom says that remodeling your home is hell while it’s in progress and heaven when it’s done. To make sure you end up with that heavenly feeling at your project’s...


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Convert Your Kitchen to Open Plan: Yea or Nay?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 01, 2014

The trend toward open kitchens, which first began back in the 1980s, is still going strong. Decorators tend to love the style and often assume that when you update your home, of course...


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In Praise of Freestanding Kitchen Stoves

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 27, 2014

Designer kitchens, as depicted in recent years via the Internet and glossy decorating magazines, almost invariably feature separate cooktops and wall ovens. Interestingly, though, Consumer...