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Peters Professional Landscaping: Meet...

by on 08/20/2014 - 01:01 pm

Chris Peters and his wife founded Peters Professional Landscaping 22 years ago. The operation started as landscaping equipment crammed into the family garage. The multi-crew organization that specializes in landscaping, mowing, and snow removal no longer fits in a garage, but it's still very much a locally-oriented family business. Josh Riley started with Peters in 1995 as a mower. Now, 19 years later, he oversees the entire organization as General Manager.Chris expresses the importance of individual ownership and responsibility on his crews. "We're really a hands-on group, everybody's involved. There's not just one person running everything." Check out the Peters team for yourself.

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Champion Windows Studio At Progressiv...

by on 07/28/2014 - 11:09 am
Category: Windows & Doors

By Lauren KoketkoIf you are planning to head to Progressive Field to watch a Cleveland Indians game, check out the Champion Windows Studio. Completed last May, the Champion Windows Studio provides Tribe fans with pre-and-post game entertainment from WTAM-AM 1100 and Clear Channel programs during all home games.With an ideal location, the suite is located in center field neighboring the Rigid Jobsite Bar. If your home is in need of new windows, take advantage of the opportunity to view products from Champion Windows while rooting for your home team. The Champion Windows Studio is not only there to showcase the quality of its products, but also to highlight the generosity of the company. Cham ...

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Tool Girls: Patching A Hole

by on 07/18/2014 - 10:17 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Home Technology

HGExpo presents "Tool Girls," a web series aimed at making home improvement projects more accessible for the up-and-coming weekend warrior.In this installment, Morgan and Chelsey patch a hole in the bathroom wall, with a little help from HGExpo experts.
Here's the gist:

Measure the hole.
Add a stabilizer to attach new drywall (in this case, wood) by cutting the stabilizing wood to fit behind the hole and screwing it into the wall.
Cut the drywall to fit the hole and attach the drywall to the wood backing with screws.
Tape the edges of the drywallApply mud over the tape.
After mud dries, sand until smooth
Repeat steps 5-6 until the patch blends in with the wall.

Three Reasons To Establish Documented...

by on 07/18/2014 - 09:35 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Home Exteriors, Kitchen & Bath

When working with a home remodeling contractor, communication is key. We've discussed the importance of effectively communicating your budget BEFORE the contract is signed, but what about after the project starts? Increasingly, home remodeling contractors are using web-based communication portals to track progress, costs, and communication from start to finish. Here are some of the benefits.First, it just makes things easier. When a large job is designed and revised—and revised again—over an unorganized series of emails, phone calls, texts, and personal conversations, keeping things straight can be hard.Second, it makes communication effortless when it comes time to work. Communi ...

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The CouTour: July 2014 Edition

by on 07/18/2014 - 03:52 pm
Category: Décor & Lighting

This month's Consign Home CouTour features accent chairs, a golf-themed desk, paintings, and much more.

What's A Fairy Garden?

by on 07/17/2014 - 03:51 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

If you’ve been to a garden center this year, you may have seen some very tiny lawn ornaments with labels like, “For Fairies Only.”No, you’ve not slipped into Neverland.  You’re witnessing the birth—and very fast growth—of a whimsy, new gardening trend.And we love whimsy.Basically, a fairy garden is a miniature garden.Fairy gardens use real plants and fairy-functional garden accents like mini-chairs and super small fences to transform a small space into the perfect home for a fairy.It’s growth, in large part, is thanks to crafty kids.“This is the perfect craft for kids because they can choose which plants to use in the garden and help ...

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Powder-Coated Garage Door Springs

by on 07/17/2014 - 03:33 pm
Category: Garage/Basement/Storage

By Jim Boland, Precision Overhead Garage Door ServiceWhen your garage door fails, the coils and springs are often the culprits—thanks to rust and breakage.After a break (or hopefully before a break), check your springs, and consider an option with special coating to reduce (or even prevent) the formation of rust.At Precision Garage Door, we offer a spring with a lifetime warranty, aptly dubbed the green spring. Our springs use a unique, green powder coating (both on the inside and outside) that resists rust and extends the life of the spring.When the spring is powder-coated, it is stretched slightly, ensuring that the powder reaches in between the coils. This stretching and coating pro ...

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Is It Really Resurfaced Granite? Or I...

by on 07/17/2014 - 04:30 pm
Category: Kitchen & Bath

There's something classically beatuiful about stone countertops. Cutting, shaping, and installing a slab of stone that came out of the ground just seems like something every home needs. But not every home needs or wants granite, marble, or quartz (which is actually an engineered mixture of natural stone and resin). These traditional options are more expensive and require some additional maintenance and attention. For instance, marble is vulnerable to being "etched" by common household acids like lemon juice, and discolored by wines and juices. If you don't mind paying a little extra attention to granite or marble countertops, or you're ok with your countertops developing a litle extra charac ...

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Designing With Siding

by on 07/17/2014 - 02:11 pm
Category: Home Exteriors

By William Barr, Universal WindowsThere are countless ways to maintain and update the exterior of your home. Painting shutters or switching up your mulch can improve the exterior of your home, but landscaping and exterior decorations are small focal points.For a bigger impact without picking up a paintbrush or garden gloves, think siding.Here are three types of siding perfect for a curb appeal pick-me-up:Shakes: If you’re looking to add a rustic element to your home, try cedar-style shakes.  “Shakes” refers to shake siding, a traditional, rustic looking option with the grain and texture of wood. Many modern vinyl shakes use a textured grain pattern, molded based on rea ...

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The Basics of Air Conditioning Repair

by on 07/17/2014 - 01:36 pm
Categories: Energy Savings, Home Technology

By Raj Rai, Owner of WeatherKingWhen the dog days of summer hit, it’s important that your air conditioner is up and running properly. To ensure you’ll get cooling relief all season long, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about your air conditioning unit.How Your Unit WorksYour air conditioner uses refrigeration to keep your home cool. Compounds called refrigerants work within the coils of the unit to absorb heat as it changes from a liquid to a gas state. A compressor in the unit puts extra pressure on the gas which makes extra heat. Condenser coils push the extra heat to the outdoors. The refrigerants keep the inside of your home cool, with the help of your interio ...

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