Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
New Home Sales Down 10.5%
Demand tapers off as mortgage rates inch upward. West region hit hardest.
From HGTVPro newsletter. And I read in last week's real estate section also that home sales are tapering off and should reach a normal level eventually. Speculators are buying less.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
From The HouseMaster eNewsletter:
FORMOSAN TERMITE SPREAD - IN THE NEWS
Can Formosan termites be spread through mulch and other products from hurricane damaged areas?
What affect does this fungus have on the strength of wood lumber used in home construction?
Monday, March 27, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Our Toadhouse Collection
We have about ten toadhouses, including broken flower pots. We find them in garden stores and catalogs and have picked up a few while on vacation. Toadhouses come in simple, upside-down bowl shapes, mushrooms, tree stumps, and even little houses with a window and chimney. Our biggest toadhouse is a combination bird bath and toadhouse. I've seen one in a catalog made of wood with a thatched roof; and I just saw a toad trailer in a Gardener's Supply Company catalog. It resembles an Airstream trailer, but I noticed that it has a floor. I've seen one with a floor before, but I'd never get one for toads because they like to dig into the dirt--probably for coolness and safety.
When we got our first toadhouse, we wondered if toads would really be interested, but it wasn’t long before one moved in. Like butterflies, toads are living additions to the garden, but they're nocturnal; and they're painted in earthtones, but they are utilitarian as well, doing what they do best--eating bugs--an added benefit for the garden.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Scaffolding on a Steep Slope
I have a very tall house, built into a hill, and the sides are at a steep slope. Here's my problem: the house needs to be stained.... Link: Scaffolding on a steep slope - Topic Powered by Groupee Community
From: HGTVPro e-newsletter
Monday, March 20, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
What is a Home Theater and What Does it Do for Me?
A Working Definition Of Home Theater
Home theater refers to a setup of audio and video equipment in your home that tries to duplicate the movie theater experience.
Application Of Home Theater
The application of this definition can vary widely, however. Many consumers are intimidated by the term "Home Theater" as they think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place. ...
From: House Building Guide Newsletter - March Issue
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
My short story, Taking Tawny Home, is online at Story Station: Story Station - Children's Stories & Young Adult Stories . This is a sequel to Lost in the Long Dark, which appeared in Alien Skin some time ago.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Monday, March 6, 2006
In an international survey sponsored by Ikea, 41% said they would add one.
From Home Remodeling & Makeovers (Woman's Day Specials magazine)
And there's an interesting sidebar in the Spring 2006 issue of Renovation Style (Special Kitchen Issue). "Islands don't work at all in some kitchens. [It's] not a good idea if it will cut aisles to less than 36 inches..." And it considers the furniture look...
Thursday, March 2, 2006
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