Articles by Rahel Jaskow


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Common Landscaping Mistakes

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

We would like our homes to reflect our best selves. That includes what is outside our homes as well – our lawns, our gardens, our yards. We live in a culture devoted to doing...


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Retaining Wall Ideas

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

You’ve finally decided what to do with that sloping section of your yard: you’re going to make the slope into steps by using retaining walls. Since the construction of...


Ideas for Stone Walkways

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

Just like your home, you want your yard to express who you are. You’ve chosen the plants carefully by color and, of course, by their suitability to the climate. Whether you...


Before You Hire a Concrete Contractor

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

Source: Andrew Rollinger, Flickr.com See that lovely house down the street – the one where the owners just put all that gorgeous stonework around the entrance? You probably...


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Concrete Furniture: Hot or Not?

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

If you wish to replace the furniture in your home or even in a single room, there are lots of options to choose from. Although traditionally, homeowners have chosen conventional...


How to Replace a Plug

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

Source: Samuel M. Livingston, Flickr.com The appliance is good condition, but the plug is cracked or otherwise damaged. Or there’s a size discrepancy of some sort between the...


Master Bedroom Remodeling Ideas

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

If you have a master bedroom in your home, then you know what a blessing it is to have a private sanctuary, a place that is entirely your own. More than any other place in your home,...


Before You Hire a Tile Installer

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

Source: thisisbossi, Flickr.com You’ve decided to replace the tiling in your bathroom or kitchen, or have tiling installed in an area of your home that has never been tiled...


The Wood-Burning Fireplace. Energy Efficient?

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

The image of a fireplace is popularly associated with the warm, cozy feeling of a home. But does a fireplace provide enough heat to keep out the chill of, say, a New England winter?...


The Annual Furnace Exam: Why It’s So Important

Posted by Rahel Jaskow | Jan 01, 2011

Source: Ardyiii, Flickr.com If maintenance is the most important aspect of home ownership, then prevention is perhaps the most important aspect of home maintenance. It’s always...