Smart Home Remodeling Options For 2014

In fact, Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report highlights many alternative San Francisco remodeling projects that recoup their costs. In San Francisco, an unfinished attic that’s converted into a bedroom with bath, including four new windows and closet space, recoups 135.2 % of its value, according to the report. A basement remodel that includes an entertaining area and full bathroom recoups 117.8 % of costs.
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Longer Stays Require Home Renovations -

Before the Regency renovation, this bathroom was plain with outdated fixtures. “They are choosing to make improvements that they have been putting off, like renovating their kitchen or a bathroom.” When it comes to homes, Regency does it all. They are licensed roofers, install replacement windows, repair and tuck point masonry, add siding and other exterior renovations, build decks and porches, finish basement and attic spaces, build room additions and renovate kitchens and baths. “We handle all jobs from concept to completion. Depending on the size and complexity of the job, we help homeowners with project design, obtain architectural plans, if needed, municipal approvals, and even help them find financing,” Ryan said. “We have had many of the same foremen and workers on our crews for over 20 years so they really know what they are doing. Longer stays require home renovations -

10 Impressive Sunrooms That We Need To Sip Lemonade In… Now (photos)

Flickr photo by Around285 What this sunroom lacks in square-footage it makes up for in coziness. Mismatched pieces of furniture set against a wall of windows and a stylish curtain partition make this corner a relaxing haven. Flickr photo by nlnnet Sheer curtains and slate floor tiles make a simple room appear more elegant. A tiered table works well as a simple accent.

Drought Prompts Some In Sacramento Area To Rethink Lawns As Landscaping Norm

GU020NOAJ.3Staff Photographer A 1,500-square-foot lawn surrounded by 375 feet of plants that require medium amounts of water uses requires 45,653 gallons per year, Brown estimated. The same size area planted in drought-tolerant landscaping needs only 12,338 gallons of water a year, she said. Since the programs inception, at least 500 homeowners have removed about 350,000 square feet of turf, saving an estimated 14 million gallons of water annually, Brown said. Its controversial Britta Kalinowski was one of the programs early participants. Whole article at

Concrete-dissolving Bacteria Are Destroying Our Nation’s Sewers

Concrete-Dissolving Bacteria Are Destroying Our Nation's Sewers “The veins of our cities are in serious trouble, and they’re in serious trouble because of corrosion, and this corrosion has been unanticipated and it’s accelerating,” said Mark Hernandez at a symposium on the microbiology of the built environment in Washington DC yesterday. Hernandez is a civil engineer, but he’s meeting with microbiologists because this problem is bacterial. Essentially, it’s an infection of the nation’s sewage system. The sewer as a microbial ecosystem Here’s what’s going on.
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Add Glamour To Your Bathroom In A Jiffy!

(Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images) RELATED Kitchen tricks for daily use An immensely personal space, the bathroom can be made to look good, and even cheerful with a few simple tricks: Accessorise well! Accessories are fairy godmother to your bathroom. Pick a color theme and then begin. Whole article at

Blizzard Warning In Effect For Cape Cod And The Islands

Winds greater than 60 mph are expected Wednesday morning, along with possible coastal flooding, beach erosion and plenty of snow. “I’ve got to put the plow back on in about another hour, hour and a half,” said a smiling Mike Donnelly of Donnelly Landscaping. “I want spring to come.
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Bus Replacement Windows

PDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Proposals must be submitted electronically at . There will be a pre-bid meeting and job walk on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 Omnitrans offices located at: 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. The IFB documents can be obtained via download at Omnitrans’ website as follows: .

General Motors Foundation Donates $1.45+ Million To Habitat For Humanity

military service members and veterans access programs for them to become homeowners or improve their current living conditions. An important factor in building stronger families and communities is the stability of a permanent home, said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard . This constancy is particularly important for our veterans and military service members, and we are committed to helping them and the Habitat partner families realize home ownership and take advantage of programs designed to move their lives forward in positive ways.This is the second year in a row that the GM Foundation has provided national funding to Habitat For Humanity. The construction and revitalization projects will occur in the following cities withteamGM Cares volunteers involved in all projects: Partner Affiliate
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