October 19, 2016 signature

If you’ve shelved your prerecession plans to buy or build a new old house, take heart. Being stuck at home needn’t mean stuck with the home you have. Classic style is well within reach. Renovations that are easy and affordable can add the missing ingredients. By incorporating the inherent comforts of the past to the creature comforts of today, you can gradually turn the house you have into the home you want. For starters, you’ll want to research styles as well as materials that are appropriate for your region of the country, so take time to study local traditional homes….

May 25, 2016 signature

THE JUNK: CHAIN LINK FENCE A rusty old fence on a property speaks volumes about its owners. Or, rather, it shouts really unfortunate things about them to the entire neighborhood, such as “We’re weird, and our devil dog might eat your children.” But you only have a cat! GET RID OF IT 1. First, snip the tie wires that hold the fabric of the chain link to the top rail and posts, then loosen the bolts on the tension bands, the connectors that hold the tension bar to the end posts. Do the same to the brace bands that hold…