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Idea House Build: Buttoning Up the Farmhouse Exterior | Farmhouse in Fairfield (E2)

Previous episode: Idea House Build: Future Farmhouse | Farmhouse in Fairfield (E1) | Next episode: Coming soon In this episode: In Fairfield County, Chris checks in on the progress that’s been made at the Farmhouse. He tours the outside of the house with Jerry to see what’s been done, and Jerry explains his vision for what’s to come. At the front of the house, a large sliding door is being installed to maximize the great room’s view of the Long Island Sound. Chris helps Eddy install the door, and then moves up to the roof to see the progress there.…

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Kitchen of the Week: ‘A Secret Retreat’ Above a Violin Store

Designers often say that the best renovations come about after you’ve actually clocked some time living in a space, so that you can have a better understanding of how your home supports (or hinders) your daily routine. Architect Jack Tsai’s clients, a couple in their 60s, had 15 years to figure out what was wrong with their living quarters. The couple own a violin shop and had been living atop of it in a dark, rundown apartment for a decade and a half before they brought in Jack to reimagine it—and by then, they knew exactly what they wanted: more…

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Frugal Happy: A Stronger Neighborhood in a Covid-19 World

This coronavirus pandemic is terrible. By almost all measures, life now sucks for everyone. But there is one thing I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see during these unprecedented times, which is that despite all the social distancing, our neighborhood has actually become closer. Seems counterintuitive, but I suppose it makes sense. Since we’re all stuck at home and can’t go out for our usual activities, we are doing more things here in the neighborhood, which means we see and interact with one another more often. Can’t hang out with friends. Can’t go to the movies. No restaurants. No gyms. No…

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The Best Pest Control in Houston

Houston homeowners have a lot to deal with when it comes to pests. The hot, humid environment makes the city a breeding ground for mosquitoes, roaches, and more. Luckily, Houstonians have access to some of the best pest control companies in the country. Orkin, Terminix, and Rentokil each have many decades of experience, highly trained specialists, and regional expertise. With commercial grade products, equipment, and expertise, pest control specialists from these three companies can tackle your common household pests as well as termites and bed bugs. To get a quote from Orkin, call 877-871-4752, or fill out this form. If…

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TruGreen vs Lawn Doctor

Searching for the right lawn care company for your needs can be overwhelming. There are many options across the country, but they don’t all offer the same plans and quality of service. TruGreen and Lawn Doctor’s reputations may precede them, but do you know everything you need to know about them? This Old House Reviews team has created a comprehensive review comparing TruGreen and Lawn Doctor on important metrics like availability and services offered. Ultimately, This Old House Reviews Team recommends TruGreen for its greater number of comprehensive lawn care programs and its commitment to customer service. To get a…

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Bath Math: Small Bathroom Layout Ideas

Considering a master-bath overhaul and wondering what it takes to fit in everything you want? “A hundred square feet can be a nice sweet spot,” says San Diego designer Corine Maggio. It allows for the classic four pieces—a double-sink vanity, a tub, a separate shower, and a toilet—while meeting the minimum standards for comfort and usability. That means allowing for a 3-foot-square shower, 30 inches of clearance alongside a tub and in front of a commode, and a 60-inch-long vanity. Is going bigger that much better? It depends. Not all square footage is considered equal, since design decisions are also…

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