Natural Gas Natural gas, like oil and coal, is a fossil fuel. It is formed when organic matter (like the remains of plants and animals) gets compressed under the earth over a long period of time. Homes that are heated with natural gas are connected to a "main," a...
If you think you’ve had it with hauling hoses to cope with drought, maybe you think it’s time to consider a sprinkler system.
The secret is they don’t. There is this myth about perennials returning each year and producing a sequence of bloom that continues all season long. Well, it’s just not so.
With hundreds of options for countertops and kitchen surfaces, it’s best to narrow the scope by deciding how long the counter should last, how durable it will be, the difficulty of installation and how much you want to spend.
When traveling down an icy path, it helps to know all the alternatives to prevent slipping, sliding, and accidents.
If you’re tired of paying big bucks for small pots of perennials of dubious hardiness, look around your garden (while you’re lying in the summer hammock) and choose the flowers that perform best for you.
Lead-based paint is a serious health risk in older homes. Today, new products are available that may save the time and expense of lead removal procedures.
Smart landscaping that saves energy and dollars.
Designing and building an energy-efficient home that conforms to the many considerations faced by home builders can be a challenge. However, any house style can be made to require relatively minimal amounts of energy to heat and cool and be comfortable and healthy.
Many people buy or use air conditioners without understanding their designs, components, and operating principles. Proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to cost-effective operation and lower overall costs.
Appliances account for about 20 percent of your household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.
Older air conditioners may still be able to offer years of relatively efficient use. However, making your older air conditioner last requires you to perform proper operation and maintenance.
Landscaping is a critical element in building an energy efficient home. A few simple strategies can add up to big savings on your monthly electric bill.
With an EPA ban on CCA-treated wood going into effect, are decks going to crumble, picnic tables disintegrate, and play sets collapse? Not likely. Learn what will replace it and how to deal with existing structures made from pressure-treated lumber.
Just as there is much confusion about the different categories of oriental carpets, there is also much confusion about the type of maintenance these rugs require.
As the glorious palette of fall unfolds and fades in the northern parts of the country, can Jack Frost be far behind?
If you have bare ground but don’t want more lawn, evergreen ground covers are very good.
With beautiful ocean views to enjoy year-round, creating outdoor living spaces was part of the plan from day one.
Throughout this project one recurring theme constantly re-emerges—hire the right people and take the time to do it right.
With the foundation in place, the trucks bring in the house sections for assembly.
The proper lighting and the ability to control each layer of light is the key to composing a stunning visual environment.
A solid foundation is more than a footprint. That’s why the Hammonds took the time to work through the design details before deciding on a shallow basement for their seashore home.
Oceanfront property, while desirable, creates many hurdles before groundbreaking can begin.
Building a deck can add beauty and value to any home. Here, some advice before you get started.
Foul weather hits the site before the roof is finished, forcing some fast-paced work to seal out the elements so interior work can continue.
Preparation, planning and a few tricks of the trade make easy work of installing decorative tiles.
Some people’s gardens always look as though they were momentarily expecting Architectural Digest’s photographer. Others look as though they’ve been stirred up with a giant spoon and never tidied up.
Brownouts and blackouts cut your home’s crucial electrical supply. Backup power systems keep the furnace warm, the refrigerator cool, and your home’s security system online.
Birdseed carries the eggs of meal moths. In hot weather these varmints hatch, eat starch, then pupate and turn into small tan moths with black markings.
These useful plants can cover a bare spot and save you some raking.