December 12, 2016

Thinking Ahead

It is easy to get lost in the flurry of activity during the holiday season. May you get time to take in the beauty and true meaning of the season and have a Merry Christmas! ——- What’s For Dinner Over the Holidays? Let’s face it: Cooking and eating are a big part […]
November 6, 2016

The old saying

It’s November! We hope that you’ve had a great fall so far. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime with any home remodeling questions you have. We’re here to help! ——- Unwatched Pots Can Be a Holiday Fire Danger As we approach the holidays – be careful! Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, […]
October 16, 2016


The American Dining Room Has Come a Long Way Before the late 1700s, American families found it difficult to dine together regularly. Rooms and tables had multiple uses, and families would eat in shifts. If chairs were in short supply, the men would sit and the women and children might stand. One […]
September 19, 2016

Just One Thing

Benjamin Franklin imported the first bathtub to America – having it shipped from France in the 18th century. Franklin’s tub was reportedly made of sheet copper and had to be hand-filled with buckets. We’ve come a long way 🙂 Below are a few quick tips to expand storage space in your bathroom […]
August 17, 2016

Strike a chord?

Great Balls of Fire! The month of August is a hot one, but that’s nothing compared to “Las Bolas de Fuego” (Balls of fire) celebrated in the small town of Nejapa, El Salvador every August. That’s when competing groups of young people in the village hurl flaming balls (comprised of old cloth […]
June 28, 2016

Unfortunately, very few people saw it

New in June June 25, 1951 marked the introduction of something new for the American public: CBS aired the very first commercial color TV program. Unfortunately, very few people saw it because almost nobody had color TVs at the time. That’s not surprising, since – even several years later, a color TV […]
May 24, 2016

Before you start your remodel

April Showers and May Flowers  You know the old saying that “April showers bring May flowers.” The month of May brings a lot of other fun stuff, too, including: May Day, Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you!”), Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day – just to mention a few. […]
April 14, 2016

Three tips

April Fools pranks are not a uniquely American tradition – but in other countries they have their own character. In France, for instance, the victim of a prank on the first day of April is referred to as a “poisson d’avril,” or “April fish” (Referring to a young fish that is easily […]
March 31, 2016

Prepare for the hammers and saws

With March here, it may not quite be time to start planting your garden, but it’s a great time to “plant seeds” for a home remodeling project. That’s because a successful home remodeling project doesn’t happen overnight. It requires thought, planning, and preparation. Doing your homework now means that when it’s time […]
February 2, 2016

Every four years

Leap Year Traditions Every four years February presents us with an extra day—and this is one of those years. But in addition to giving us an extra day, Leap Year has also given us some rather interesting traditions. In 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret of Scotland is rumored to have enacted a […]
January 7, 2016

Only 8 percent

New Years Resolutions for Your Home New Years Resolutions are still a big part of our post-holiday culture. Unfortunately, according to even though 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, only 8 percent keep them! Of course the most popular resolutions tend to focus on losing weight and getting fit. No wonder […]
January 2, 2016

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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December 23, 2015

The one thing

About Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” List A big part of the holiday season seems to revolve around the “Jolly Old Elf” we call Santa Claus. The legend of Santa can be traced back to the 3rd century where he was admired for his kindness and became the subject of a variety of […]
November 18, 2015

Five common mistakes

Tantalizing Thanksgiving Trivia Questions If you dread those awkward moments around the Thanksgiving dinner table when the conversation drags, here are a few trivia questions that can get things going again. How long have Americans celebrated Thanksgiving? This is a trick question. Although the tradition extends back to the days of the […]
October 12, 2015

Don’t Be in a Hurry

October is More Than Jack-o-Lanterns For many of us, the first thing we think about when we see the calendar turn to October is Halloween. The grocery stores have had Halloween candy for sale since August. Big box stores have had candy and costumes on display for almost that long. But Halloween […]