Talking About the Home You Want

Have you ever thought, “I wish my kitchen looked like that,” when you visited a friend’s house or watched a home design show on TV? Do you share a home with a spouse, other family member, partner or pal? If you answered yes to both questions – and you’re actually considering redecorating or renovating your home – the most helpful first step may be to have a conversation. Many couples have casual and sporadic conversations about changes they want to …

Avoid Through the Roof Costs on Home Repairs

We have a rather eclectic “California contemporary” style home built in the 1940s. Some visitors say it reminds them of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania. I don’t know about that, but for the past couple months we’ve had impressive streams of falling water from our living room ceiling. My first rainy day solution: a bucket by my easy chair. More rain came. Turns out my wife wasn’t keen on a bigger bucket. And having put on the roof myself 15 …