Rights & Responsibilities of Tenants

Even though most issues that occur between a landlord and tenant could be resolved when both parties work together, it’s important to understand your rights as a tenant in case a situation arises that can't be resolved amicably. Along with…

Polish Your Garden's Look With Metal

When building our gardens we are apt to use brick, stone or wood. But what about metal? Gates and fences have traditionally been the clear uses for metal in the backyard, since the material is durable and cost effective but…

Architect's Toolbox: The Sketches That Spark a House

With everything that goes into creating a house today, it’s tough to envision where everything starts. How do you communicate your thoughts to another person, and how does an architect translate things such as “indoor-outdoor stream, tons of natural lighting…

6 Tower Houses Boost to Today's Tastes

Although most of us are lucky to not need to reside in fortified houses today, there’s some thing about tower homes that continue to capture our imagination. We often think of towers too dark, foreboding places where water always seeps…

9 Ways to Avoid Kitchen Traffic Jams

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, it is tempting to try to squeeze in all of the latest and finest gadgets and appliances — and enough cabinetry to contain them all. But unless you also put some thought…

Kitchen of the Week: A Cottage-Chic Kitchen on a Budget

Designer Sarah Phipps saw possible when she walked to the door of this 1940s Oregon kitchen — regardless of the shag carpeting, horrifying heater and peeling paperboard walls. “I always see what it looks like in the end,” she states….

Designing Your Kitchen: Where to Put the Sink

When you’ve spent hours poring through the numerous kitchen photos and products here on , let us say you’ve finally settled on your dream kitchen sink. How much thought have you put in to where it should reside in your…

How to Account for the Cost of Building & Real Estate Taxes

If your company bought a building for business use, you must account for the price of the construction and the real estate tax due on the construction each year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers a building a capital asset,…

March Into Year-Round Chic With 15 Twists on Red, White and Blue

While I think of red, blue and white, I usually think about good old-fashioned Fourth of July ornaments and kids’ rooms — bright white, fire engine red and navy blue. These are wonderful classics, but tweaking the hues and utilizing…

Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Tasty

Dill may be associated with pickles, but give it a try in other dishes as well. Both the new seeds and leaves are edible, and the blowsy leaves, delicate yellow blossoms and 3-foot elevation (some forms are shorter) add a…