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Articles by Laura Foster-Bobroff


Photo of a black and white tiled kitchen in a luxury apartment by piovesempre/istockphoto.com.

Which Tile Goes Where?

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | May 27, 2013

No matter what room you want to tile these days, the process of narrowing down your choices is daunting. Tiles come in different sizes, textures and materials including marble, natural...


A man survives hot weather by cooling himself with a fan. (Photo: monkeybusinessimages/istockphoto.com)

Simple Weatherizing for Summer

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | May 17, 2013

Weatherizing a home to reduce energy usage and maximize savings is something homeowners think about in cold weather. The fact is, energy efficiency is just as important during summer...


Inspectors stand before freshly installed cabinets in a FEMA trailer. Photo credit: Bicknell/FEMA.

12 Common Cabinet Installation Mistakes

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Jul 02, 2012

One of the biggest causes of delays in project completion for kitchen renovations comes from mistakes related to the installation of kitchen cabinetry. Here’s a list of ways to...


Natural stone finishes, sleek fixtures and plants make this bathroom a serene place to be. Photo credit: srchen/Morguefile.com

Remodeling Tips for a Serene Bathroom

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Jul 02, 2012

At the end of a busy, stressful day, nothing’s better than jumping into a hot shower or a soaking in a tub to release the tension. To maximize a sense of serenity and make your...


Can you identify these types of screws? (Photo: Laura Foster-Bobroff)

Types of Screws & Their Proper Usage

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Jun 15, 2012

You wouldn’t hang a small picture frame with a house nail or build a piece of furniture with an upholstery tack, but when it comes to screws most people will grab whatever they’ve...


Look beyond tile when planning a kitchen backsplash. (Photo: gimbok/sxc.hu)

Budget Backsplash Ideas

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Jun 08, 2012

A sluggish economy and limited budget might put a kybosh on the dream kitchen that’s on the top of the home improvement bucket list, but even an old, dingy kitchen can be spruced...


The living is easy when you can relax in a freshly refurbished deck chair. (Photo: veggiegretz/morguefile.com)

How to Fix Up and Renew Backyard Chairs

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Jun 07, 2012

Summer is the time for outdoor grill parties or sitting on a deck on a hot summer night sipping cold drinks. Whether you’re a refurbishing beginner or a carpentry expert, it’s...


A house for sale means it's time to call a home inspector. (Photo: taberandrew/Flickr)

Home Inspections: Myths and Facts

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | May 23, 2012

‘Tis the season for home sales and with it comes the demand for home inspections – an indispensable tool that can help buyers make an informed decision about a property...


Don't get ripped off by substandard plumbers! (Photo: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr)

Leaky Pipes or Leaky Wallet: 5 Tricks of Plumbers

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | May 03, 2012

Chances are you need a plumber in your life on a regular basis. Plumbers not only take care of common household repairs like leaky pipes and clogged drains, but some are also responsible...


Krylon and other spray paint manufacturers offer online tutorials on how to best use their paints. (Photo: John Swift/sxc.hu)

Choosing and Using Spray Paint

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | Apr 10, 2012

Painting with a brush can be time consuming, but you can accomplish tasks in record time by taking advantage of the commonly overlooked can of spray paint. Spray paints are not what...