5 tips to create a personalized shed

Create an outdoor oasis with a personalized shed The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time — but quality time with friends and family. This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard it can be. Think sheds. No, not your grandparents’ tattered shed filled with a dusty mower and 30-year-old paint brushes. We’re talking highly personalized sheds. Intimate covered spaces that keep the sun’s rays out but bring the summer in. Outdoor sheds come …

BLANCO Launches the Innovative PRECISION® R0 Farmhouse Sink Crafted of its Groundbreaking DURINOX® Material

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, launches the new PRECISION R0 Farmhouse Sink crafted of its revolutionary DURINOX stainless steel material. Scratch and fingerprint resistant, DURINOX is the latest innovation from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART® featuring a completely unique look and feel with two times the strength of traditional stainless steel. Tailored to a hard-working and sophisticated kitchen, the PRECISION R0 modernizes a classic style complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette. Featuring crisp, zero radius seams and an on-trend farmhouse style, the PRECISION R0 combines superior strength and unsurpassed resilience in its …

Gunnar’s Cottage: Former Duplex Finds New Life on Nashville Show

Former Duplex Finds New Life on Nashville Show When Shane Stratton of Stratton Exteriors and Urban Properties bought the modest house in Lockeland Springs and “flipped” it last year, little did he know that the buyer was Michael Lohmann. Lohmann, director of photography for Nashville, the television show that many credits in part with Nashville’s rise as a popular destination spot for tourists and newcomers, and has used it as a set for the show. The house showed up in season three as the new house that Gunnar Scott moves into—the house where Micah’s grandparents arrive to announce their guardianship …

IG New Charcoal BBQ

IG Charcoal BBQ is a stainless steel Charcoal BBQ that has special features that include: Connected side-trays that fold down  Easy installation  Removable grill top Rotating charcoal handle for raising and lowering the charcoal Sliding ash collector tray For more information www.igbbq.com.

VESTA® Fine Hardware launches the PALAZZO Collection

Classically inspired by decorative hardware with on-trend geographic facets Refined, rich, and eternally romantic VESTA™ Fine Hardware introduces Palazzo, a collection of elegant decorative hardware with an influence of octagonal elements. Available in nine cabinet pull and knob shapes, the classically inspired collection blends emotion and creativity with exceptional craftsmanship and artisanal European design. The Palazzo collection radiates effortless elegance, states Christine Zimmer, Product Manager of VESTA. “It has the rare ability to both inspire designers and transform spaces. A symbol of passion and dedication, Palazzo is a work of handcrafted art.” Composed of solid brass, the Palazzo collection is …

Don’t re-roof until you do these 5 things

With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spending will approach $340 billion this year — the strongest gain for remodeling in more than a decade. Among the costliest of projects is roofing, a large expense with serious implications if put off or improperly done. When you add 2018’s remodeling demand with the much-talked-about skilled labor shortage, on top of the recovery from last year’s …

Kirkland’s And Trisha Yearwood Launch Exclusive Collection

Kirkland’s, a leading retailer of home decor accents and gifts, launches the Trisha Yearwood Collection, a line of affordable home accent pieces personally curated by the country music star and lifestyle expert, in stores and online April 20. The collection of 23 pieces includes art, decorative accessories and accent furniture that showcase Yearwood’s sophisticated style inspired by her Southern roots. “Some of my favorite things about my hometown of Monticello, Georgia, are the dogwood-lined streets of spring, and everything that goes along with that time of year. Everything is fresh and new, and has a certain sparkle to it,” said Yearwood. “That’s the feeling …

Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden

Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to have a fresh supply of crisp veggies, fragrant herbs or fresh-grown flowers. Whether you have a balcony, rooftop or patio, gardening is a hobby that quite literally allows you to harvest big rewards. One of the most exciting parts of gardening is deciding what to grow. With thousands of plants to choose …

Are hidden leaks damaging your home, boosting water bills and harming the environment?

Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. Fixing easily detectable leaks like dripping faucets and malfunctioning toilets can reduce water bills and water waste. But what do you do about the leaks you can’t see? Hidden leaks can be dangerous. Leaking pipes within walls can cause mold. Dripping faucets behind appliances can be a fire hazard. Leaking irrigation can cause significant lawn damage. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In a national study of more …

House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer

House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you’re lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the “must have” boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the house holds more issues than your budget (and drive to renovate) can handle, it might be best …