Articles by Laura Firszt

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Roof Types Factsheet: Pros & Cons of 10 Popular Materials

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 13, 2019

Are you looking to install a new roof this year? Jumpstart the project – prepare yourself with the facts on roofing materials before you even hire a contractor. Here’s...


Wrap Around Porch Ideas that Shout "Summer"!

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 05, 2019

Ahh! The iconic summer experience – relaxing in a swing on a breezy wrap around porch. Take a look at the beauties below, and you just may be inspired to add a cozy, beautiful...

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Year Round Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 28, 2019

Outdoor summer living is amazing – worth waiting for all year, some folks say. But when you’re the impatient type (like yours truly!), you crave a way to enjoy your patio,...

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7 Creative Ways of Upcycling Plastic Bottles

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 22, 2019

Science has spoken: Although reusing plastic bottles for your drinking water does not cause cancer. it may lead to a buildup of bacteria and fungi (yuchh!), especially now the warm...

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How To Install Laminate Flooring

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 12, 2019

If you’re looking for a project that’ll really challenge your DIY skills, try your hand at installing a laminate floor. This large-scale home improvement will give you a...

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Picking The Right Lawn Mower

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 08, 2019

Picking the right lawn mower will tremendously improve your mowing experience. Find out how to choose a lawn mower, with the professional advice of Kim Ridel, Tactical Marketing Manager,...

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Dry Stone Walling

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 01, 2019

Ever heard of dry stone walling? It’s worth investigating if you're looking for a ruggedly beautiful, green type of fence that stands the test of time. Read our interview with...

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Spring Clean Up For Your Lawn And Garden

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 25, 2019

Get your lawn and garden ready for a great growing season. The essential first step, whether you DIY or hire a landscaper: take care of basic spring clean up. We show you how, with...

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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 17, 2019

Are you thinking of installing a new hot water heater? Tankless water heaters supply continuous hot water on demand, while consuming less energy than conventional tank heaters. But...

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Plan Your Flower Garden Layout

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 11, 2019

Who else thought this year that spring might never arrive? Good news: warm weather is just around the corner. It’s time to plan your flower garden layout! Now, while most folks...