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Can kitchen cabinets be upcycled?

by on 08/22/2017 - 11:35 am
Category: Home

By Scott Herceg, Kitchen Design Center
It seems like everywhere you look, you see repurposed, upcycled items for the home. Not only are these items staying out of the landfill, but, given new life, they are authentically stylish.
From old spoons hung on a chandelier to add a whimsical touch to your lighting to and an old sink filled with herbs outside your kitchen window, the latest in kitchen décor is giving the saying “something old is something new” a new meaning.
And to make the biggest impact, resurfacing your kitchen cabinets will not only give them a brand-new lease on life, but it is an easy way to achieve your dream kitchen on a budget. ...

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How to save money on cooling your home

by on 06/15/2017 - 11:20 am
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mark Staron, S&S Heating, Cooling and Sheet Metal
In Northeast Ohio, we have the luxury of enjoying all four seasons. But those four seasons brings blistering cold and sweltering heat. In the warm summer months, it’s important for you to feel comfortable in your home without breaking the bank.
Here are some tips to get the most of out of your indoor comfort system without having to spend a fortune, now and in the long run:
1. Replace old air conditioning units with newer, more resourceful models. If you’ve been lacking on maintaining you old, current unit, it’s time to consider investing in a newer, more eco-friendly model. A replacement mo ...

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The fix for cracked and peeling basem...

by on 05/09/2017 - 04:42 pm
Category: Home

By Greg Mata, Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete
There are many types of epoxy coatings that can repair and/or protect all types of concrete surfaces. It doesn’t matter if the concrete is old or new, it should be protected properly to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Flooding this year created a lot of aggravation for many homeowners in the Akron and Cleveland areas, destroying carpeting, tile, and hardwood floors. This could have been avoided if the concrete floors were protected with a professional epoxy coating from Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete. Customers who had already hired us to install one of our beautiful, non-porous epoxy finishes did not have any ...

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What does rock salt do to my concrete...

by on 05/09/2017 - 10:48 am
Category: Home

By Gregory Mata–Owner, Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete
Winter can wreak havoc on our homes, particularly when it comes to the garage. Snow, ice and rock salt make their way onto garage floors, creating more problems than simply a wet, sloppy mess. Over the years, continued deposits of corrosive rock salt cause the concrete on your garage floor to flake and chip, resulting in an unsightly pitted surface.
But the damage here goes far beyond the cosmetic. Once the top layer of your concrete starts to come off, those splotchy valleys formed continue to trap and hold the icy, salty water, allowing it to be absorbed into the concrete. The pits become deeper and m ...

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Should I paint my garage floor?

by on 05/09/2017 - 01:40 pm
Category: Home

By Greg Mata, Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete
With spring in Northeast Ohio well under way, homeowners are looking to spruce up their garages as well as transform them into usable recreational spaces. There are, however, a few things to think about before deciding to paint or coat your garage floor.
People who want to buy paint or some other garage floor DIY coating product are on the right path, but the product choices available to consumers are typically not the best options. Regardless of how closely you follow the directions on the can, and no matter how much prep work you do prior to the application, the success rate for paint and other DIY floor coatings is ...

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How to put a fresh face on your home

by on 04/17/2017 - 04:20 pm
Category: Home

By Scott Herceg, Kitchen Design Center
With nature waking up from its long winter’s nap—birds making nests, blossoms blooming everywhere—now is the perfect time to reset your clock to spring cleaning mode, seeing your home in the bright white light of a new day and finding ways to enhance it. 
Here are a few ideas:
• Clear the Way–Clutter in every room could be dragging you down. Pick up each item on your counters and ask yourself how much you love it. Does it really make a positive impact in your life? If not, you’re better off without it.
• Thinking Green–Add a boost of life to any room with a festive plant. Think outsi ...

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Staying active and engaged after reti...

by on 04/17/2017 - 03:43 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Jeff Risner, Renaissance of Richfield/Bath
On the road to retirement, day in and day out, we eagerly inch closer to our reward for our life’s work. We dream of retirement as a time to relax or reinvent ourselves. When we get there, and the day comes when we can finally chuck that early morning alarm clock, reality sets in.
Now what?
The road ahead may look empty, particularly as we continue to live longer lives well past the age of retirement. We should forge ahead, and remember retirement is our time to rediscover our mind, body and spirit.
We’ve all heard it’s not the destination; it’s the journey. So let’s be there for i ...

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Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor P...

by on 02/03/2017 - 12:25 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
Many craftsmen have heard the statement, “prior proper planning prevents poor performance” countless times in their training. It goes along with, “measure twice, cut once” and is just as appropriate in personal financial planning.
With proper planning, you minimize costly mistakes and avoid panic when temporary disasters strike. There are small disasters such as car or home repairs, to large disasters such as the disability of a wage-earning family member. There are temporary disasters such as market declines and permanent disasters such as death of a loved one. Proper financial planning can help to reduce the e ...

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Dressing the unusual window

by on 12/06/2016 - 11:35 am
Category: Home

By Patricia Nugent, Contributing Writer
For every style of window, there are many treatment options. But with out-of-the-ordinary window styles, the process is more complicated and there are design landmines to avoid triggering.
Is a room renovation or two on your to-do list this winter? We put you in the hands of local designer Eileen Zimmerman, who, along with her husband, Don, owns Well Dressed Windows design service.
Q: What are the most challenging styles to design around?
A: I would say that arched windows—especially two story ones—give people the most trouble. One of my signature techniques for arched windows is to mount decorative holdb ...

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Invisalign Express vs. Traditional In...

by on 11/23/2016 - 01:55 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Dr. John White, Braces by White
While Invisalign Express uses the same concept and high-quality plastic material as traditional Invisalign to straighten teeth, there are some differences to note.
• Who Qualifies?
I use the Express 5 treatment (consisting of five aligner sets switched every two weeks) for only a couple of patients a year because of its limitations. It is an option if the patient only requires a very small amount of movement and only needs to move one to three teeth, or for orthodontic relapse patients who had braces but their teeth have just started to shift since going without retainers. The Express 5 is only capable of rotating a tooth three to fo ...

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