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GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

CES has expanded their Connected Home area and it seems that Kenmore and GE are leading the way with introducing their latest in home technologies. For a consumer brand as large as GE its surprising that this is their first appearance at CES. They have taken this opportunity to introduce […]

Eco-Friendly Ice Melt Options

Eco-Friendly Ice Melt Options

Ice melt is a terribly useful invention, but the drawback is that many conventional formulas contain a high degree of chemicals that, during a thaw, can run-off into nearby water sources or become absorbed by the groundwater. So what, if any, eco-friendly options do you have? It turns out, several. […]

Build A DIY Snow Ramp

Build A DIY Snow Ramp

Who says all of your DIY fun has to be confined inside during the winter months? If you’re lucky enough to live in a locale that receives snow (or are on the East Coast and have more snow that you can possibly want), try building a DIY snow ramp for […]

Digging Out From the Snow Safely

Digging Out From the Snow Safely

The Northeast is digging out today from record snowfall and people are putting their snowblowers and snow shovels back in action. Here are some tips for digging out from the snow safely and what to do in case you get hurt. 1. Assess the situation Do you truly need the […]

Protect Your Home From Carpenter Ants

Protect Your Home From Carpenter Ants

In most parts of the country, the threat of pests has diminished thanks to frigid temperatures and inhospitable weather conditions. Yet carpenter ants, one of the most destructive pests, can still strike, especially in warmer parts of the country, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to protect […]

Records As Roofing

Records As Roofing

File this one under creative genius! Nashville resident and artist Matt Glassmeyer found a way to use 350 vinyl records — attaching them to a roof in place of shingles. Conflicting Internet reports claimed that Glassmeyer’s record roof had held up reasonably well for two years, but Glassmeyer disputed that […]

7 Places With Free Land For The Taking

7 Places With Free Land For The Taking

In today’s downturned economy, it can seem nearly impossible to find somewhere to live where there are jobs, affordable housing, and banks willing to approve a loan. If you’re not lucky enough to live in one of the most affordable places for homebuying (Dayton representing!), but are lucky enough to […]

Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow

Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow

Yes, we said it — the dreaded s-word! As snow begins to fall in parts of the country, it’s time to think about stocking up on winter supplies and that most dreaded of chores — shoveling snow! Shoveling snow is not easy work, especially if you’re trying to move a […]

Clean Up Yard Waste With Compostable Lawn Bags

Clean Up Yard Waste With Compostable Lawn Bags

With autumn drawing to a close, it’s time to address the arduous task of cleaning up all those gorgeous fall leaves strewn about your yard. However, many waste management companies and municipalities are requiring that yard waste be bagged before being disposed of … which means you have to go […]

How To Make a Halloween Spider That Scares Everyone

How To Make a Halloween Spider That Scares Everyone

Visit any big box retailer and you’re likely to see no shortage of blow up monsters, ghosts, goblins and other creepy creatures for Halloween. But we were impressed by this massive-sized homemade monster of the eight-legged variety. Whether it is meant to evoke Shelob from The Lord of The Rings […]

Schnepf Farms for Pumpkins, U-Pick, and Family Fun

Schnepf Farms for Pumpkins, U-Pick, and Family Fun

Driving the I-10 corridor from Tucson to Phoenix isn’t where you’d expect to find an amazing organic farm and pumpkin patch but if you ask anyone in Arizona, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek is the place to be in the fall. They’re Pumpkin & Chili Party is world famous and […]

How To Clean Your Gutters

How To Clean Your Gutters

As we mentioned in our fall maintenance checklist, cleaning gutters is very important to the overall health of your home as gutters blocked by debris such as leaves and branches will cause water to buildup on your roof as well as ice dams to form. Gutters need clear paths to […]

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

I love a good list. It keeps me organized and focused, and I savor the sense of accomplishment when I can draw a big line through a completed item. Thanks to Kiplinger’s newly released fall and winter home maintenance checklist, you now have a handy guide of must-do tasks that […]

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Yes, I said it — the dreaded “w” word! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but freezing temperatures, snow and ice will be here before you know it (for a lot of the country, anyway.) Before the demand for weather-related and other products spikes, stock up at […]

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Winter is peeking around the corner and ready to cast a frost across the garden you’ve carefully cultivated all spring and summer. The gardening pros from the Chicago Flower & Garden show have shared some tips with us to help prepare our garden for winter. 1. Continue to water your […]

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

What better way to celebrate the crisp weather of fall — especially those delightfully chilly evenings — than with a backyard fire pit? And thanks to a DIY version featured in this month’s Fresh Home magazine, you can be roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in a mere two hours or […]

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

Despite a steep decline in home prices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports that many homeowners are still choosing to invest money in their homes, especially for projects “that promote greater energy efficiency and accessibility throughout the home,” writes Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA. Top Home Design Trends for the […]

Solutions To Common Solar Landscape Lighting Problems

Solutions To Common Solar Landscape Lighting Problems

Solar landscape lighting is convenient and beautiful when it works. When the lights don’t work, it can be maddening. Fortunately these systems are fairly simple and generally easy to fix. With a little know-how and some quick tests, you can have the solar lights up and running again in no […]

Treehouses Never Get Old

Treehouses Never Get Old

We love treehouses at C&H: in fact, the more luxurious or exotic, the better! So when I first spotted these new designs on Casa Sugar about German company Baumraum, I was excited. Craftsmen at the company include architects to tree experts when it comes time to pick a site and […]

Swiss Earth House

Swiss Earth House

Well, I’ve always wanted an underground lair. Luckily, I’ve found one that looks more pastoral than evil and gloomy. Made of concrete and earth, this Swiss estate is a cluster of grass-blanketed houses encircling a pretty little lake. According to Inhabitat, aside from using natural and recycled materials and having […]

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

The Eames House is one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles and located just off the PCH in Pacific Palisades, California. Completed in 1949, some believe the Eames House has yet to be equaled in modern architecture. The design concept was also a precursor to the prefab home construction […]