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This person turned his garage into a photography studio. (Photo: Illusive Photography/Flickr)

Ten Fabulous Uses for a Garage

Posted by Cris Carl | Dec 19, 2012

Garages: they’re not just for cars anymore. Last year I wrote an article about making over your garage if you wanted to have a garage band. I started thinking afterwards that...


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Year Round Pellet Stove Maintenance Tips

Posted by Cris Carl | Dec 17, 2012

Pellet stoves are a great way to save energy and money, but they must be maintained properly. Unlike a wood stove, pellet stoves are operated electrically and have circuits and moving...


This doghouse at the Main Botanical Gardens has a green roof. Photo: InAweofG-d'sCreations/Flickr.

Humane and Healthy Doghouse Ideas

Posted by Cris Carl | Dec 17, 2012

There are hundreds of dog houses to choose from on the market. If you have decided you want your dog to live full-time or part-time outdoors, you will need to consider appropriate size...


Two roofers install clay roofing tiles, a green roofing material. (Photo: majorosl/istockphoto.com)

Choices in Green Roofing

Posted by Cris Carl | Dec 16, 2012

When you think of having a “green” roof, there are a number of concepts and materials to consider. First you need to ask yourself about what you are hoping to accomplish....


A mom helps a child with Down's Syndrome with homework. (Photo: EVAfotografie/ istockphoto.com)

Adapting Your House for a Person with Down's Syndrome

Posted by Cris Carl | Nov 27, 2012

Due to the spectrum of intellectual disability that a person with Down’s syndrome may experience, what is needed in the home can vary widely. Leslie Kenny, who works in the Family...


Look at these gorgeous dehydrated vegetables! Photo via excaliburdehydrator.com.

The Art of Dehydrating Foods

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 24, 2012

A couple of years ago, I started dehydrating foods. It takes some work, depending on the amount of food you are looking to preserve food by dehydrating, but the pay-off is definitely...


Filtering cider. (Photo: Ben Garney/Flickr)

Tips for Brewing Your Own Hard Cider

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 17, 2012

In some parts of the country, hard cider has grown from a down-home project to a mass-marketed trendy drink. To brew your own requires few materials outside of care and cleanliness....


Offering utopia to your tenants makes you a good landlord. Just kidding. (Photo: John Snape/Flickr)

Tips for Being a Good Landlord

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 15, 2012

Being a good landlord means more than just being a nice person or even being fair. Whether you are just starting out or have been a landlord for a period of time, laws and situations...


A cook enjoys a professional gas stove. (Photo: Seemann/morguefile.com)

How to Choose a New Stove and Oven

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 10, 2012

“Considerations when picking out a new stove often have to do with whether you are buying one for the first time or not,” said Josh Gralenski, assistant sales manager for...


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What’s Reliable and Updated in Child-Proofing?

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 04, 2012

“What’s new in baby-proofing has a tendency to reflect what new hazards exist,” said Jeff Baril, president of the International Association for Child Safety. “Every...