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Add something to the property that will attract the eye as people drive up. I would plant 3 trees or a tree and some shrubs. My guess is that it seems like a problem because the place is new to you, after awhile it won't bother you.
If you must have something, build a pergola with a partial roof over the back porch . Construct it so that it can be moved elsewhere on the property after the garage is built


How Can I Add Interest To \"Blank\" Side of House? Good Questions
7/31/14 02:42 AM

I tried the light and airy look in my first owned apartment. It did not work for me. It felt cold. I was given a large, solid ,upholstered, living room chair with wide arms, solid, short feet and a short tailored skirt at the bottom. When I came home from work and looked at it I felt welcome and comfort. I knew then that the airy, factory style wasn't for me. I gradually redecorated with more substantial furniture. I kept my mirrors and light coloured living room walls. In my bedroom I went all out for dark and cozy with royal blue walls. I know that it wouldn't work for a teeny, tiny apartment. However, when I went for substantial and cozy I finally felt that I had a home.


8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/30/14 12:09 PM

Wow! What a difference, you must have a great eye for the basic lines.


Before & After: A Dated Desk Gets a Fresh, Clean Look
7/24/14 05:48 PM

I wouldn't buy an apartment with an under counter fridge. Crouching down isn't as fast and easy as it was when I was younger! Things we use several times a day are kept at counter level.
We keep all of our grains and flours in the fridge/freezer. We once had an insect infestation that originated in the neighbour's place. Advice we received said storing in the fridge/freezer was the best thing to do with grains that you don't use everyday.
I also notice that in our campervan, with under counter fridge, it is harder to find things because you can't look down into the fridge.


What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 11:55 AM

1. Don't use a swamp cooler or anything else that adds to the humidity unless you live in a dry climate. In our campervan we have a small electric one plus a hand held battery operated one that we use while travelling in hot dry places. At the coast they just make you feel worse.
2. When our furnace died we bought a heat pump. It heats in winter and cools in summer but you still need a small back up furnace for coldest days. No more expensive than installing air conditioning and the air is more comfortable to breathe.
3. We used to have a portable air conditioner and it was worth every penny. Window ac wasn't possible. In fact we couldn't think of anyone we knew that had double hung windows.Here people have side sliders or swing open.


Keep Your Cool: Air Conditioning 101
7/13/14 11:53 AM

I suppose it is better than sleeping without protection from rain but not much better. It isn't safe or warm and just draws attention which may increase the danger.
By the way, Vancouver may be warmer in Winter but it is not frost free. There are plenty of freezing nights and days from early November to the end of March. As a gardener I have often lost plants due to freezing temperatures.


These Vancouver Benches Fold Out into Homeless Shelters Design News
7/8/14 04:00 AM

Repair the outside but maybe put a cabinet in the inside. Whenever I see one of those bar carts I think "extra things to wipe and dust"! Put some of the alcohol in the cupboard and just keep out a few decorative bar items


Replacement For No-Longer-Needed In-Wall Air Conditioner? Good Questions
6/27/14 04:25 PM

Spray paint them and use them to add colour as well as support to other garden plants. They are especially nice flashes of colour when plants like peonies or dahlias are just starting to grow and later when the flowers are gone and only green remains. They are also great for dwarf peas or beans growing in a pot. Even the ones that "don't need staking" flop over the edge or tangle with each other making them hard to pick.


6 DIY Project Ideas Using Leftover Tomato Cages
6/27/14 04:16 PM

Speaking as a gardener, don't use it as a planter. Water would likely damage it.
How about rolled towels or sets of placemats rolled together?


Alternative Use For Newspaper Holder? Good Questions
6/27/14 04:08 PM

Our grandson's paediatrician said the latest advice is not to use sippy type cups anymore. Apparently something about delaying the development of appropriate muscles in controlling mouth.
My husband thinks this info could make good fodder for humour.


5 Tops to Help Kids Transition to Using Real Glasses
6/26/14 01:02 PM

Take up the carpet. I don't think wall to wall carpet is in keeping with this style. Unless the photo is off the carpet colour doesn't go with the walls.
Don't paint now, live with it awhile. Think of mountain lodges and imagine what would fit in a rustic retreat. I think large chunky furniture.


Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/23/14 03:53 PM

In case you ever need to add leaves, you can have them made out of plywood. Our antique dining table is capable of stretching quite far but only had one extra leaf still with it. It matched perfectly, was the same wood but was unfinished. I have read that in France extra leaves often were unfinished because if the table was pulled out you had a cloth on it. The shop made us two extra plywood leaves so we can use the table for occasional, large family gatherings.


Ways To Lighten the Look of a Mahogany Dining Table? Good Questions
6/6/14 04:01 PM

Would something simpler like Restore A Finish work? Check into your options for improving without painting and then try one door.


Should I Restore 40s Maple Doors or Paint? Good Questions
5/22/14 11:38 AM

In my experience these don't work very well unless you are in a dry climate (where they are great). It just upped the humidity and made us feel miserable. We don't have the kind of windows that would allow us to use a regular air conditioner. Spending the money to get a portable air conditioner was one of the best decisions we have made. Now that they are more common, sometimes you can get them second hand for a good price.


Hack A Temporary Air Conditioner For Hot Summer Nights
5/21/14 11:09 PM

Don't paint the tiles. It doesn't always work well. It would be better to live with the colours you have. In my first condo the tiles were a browny salmon colour and I was able to use a rosy pink paint with it so check out some colour chips in your bathroom light. It will probably help to choose a shower curtain first. Once you sort of have an acceptable colour range maybe the children could help choose?


Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 01:00 PM

Bulletin board, simple, useful. Notes, recipes, calendar, reminders we couldn't do without ours. Just buy a small one and hang it in the frame.


Best Way to Disguise Ugly Kitchen Electric Panel? Good Questions
4/8/14 11:20 AM

Bathmats We use mats that are made of same material as our towels and change them as often as we change the towels.


Do You Have Strong Feelings about Bathroom Decor?
4/4/14 07:17 PM

Thanks again for sharing. It has been the most enjoyable one so far. Perhaps it is the quality of the writing and the photos. It certainly turned out great!

I too would have loved a spot to eat breakfast by the kitchen window.


Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/3/14 12:17 AM

First, paint the room a deep colour in the same family as one of the colours in the furniture fabric. It will make a huge difference. Some couch pillows in the same dark colour would be nice.
I don't think the curtain colour goes with the furniture. For privacy, I would put lace (or translucent fabric) curtains hanging behind or perhaps stretched over frames and just pressure fitted into the bottom halves of the windows.
I love the painting but it is hung too high and needs something else with it.
Paint an old dresser, sideboard, china cabinet for storing books and toys. It would be a nice room for snuggling and reading as well as playing on the floor.


Design Ideas for Bare Bones Living Room? Good Questions
3/26/14 03:21 AM

Not my style at all but it didn't matter, I just wanted to keep looking! What a great job and you have made it feel so spacious. There are so many interesting things to look at such lovely handmade things. I guess the wonderful light helps it feel bigger but I still think it had a lot to do with planning. Thanks!


James' Beautifully Handcrafted Apartment in Clinton Hill House Tour
3/25/14 04:32 PM