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Headline: Home design in 2015

Home design is always changing. What may have seemed brilliant a few years ago can quickly fall out of style and leave you wondering, “What were we thinking?” But our homes reflect our habits and hobbies, and the newest trends reflect a new kind of home owner.

Re-thinking the kitchen
Food doesn’t just come from the grocery store any more. Many homeowners grow food in their gardens and have taken to canning their produce. New kitchen designs often include added space for storing vegetables from your garden and your canning equipment. High-temperature cooking options, induction ovens, and combination ovens are also becoming more and more popular.

Be cautious about the connected home
The new technology for controlling your HVAC system, home entertainment system, and other electronic features is convenient, but it does come with some risk. Technology moves extremely fast, and what once seemed cutting edge can quickly be abandoned by the manufacturer, leaving you without many options for updates, maintenance, and replacements. Be sure to do your research.

Gray is anything but dull
Cool shades of gray are an extremely popular choice for interiors. Other popular paint colors in newer homes include chocolate brown, teal, and yellow. —Source: REALTOR®Mag


Headline: Five items that you shouldn’t trash

Most of us fall into the habit of disposing of all of our household items when they’ve broken, expired, or simply are no longer useful. But for environmental and safety reasons, here are five items that need to be disposed of with care:

 1. Old batteries: Batteries contain chemicals like alkaline, zinc, cadmium, and nickel. These chemicals can be hazardous if a battery deteriorates, so take your old batteries to a hazardous waste center.

 2. CFL lightbulbs: CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they require different care once they burn out, because they contain mercury. Take them to a waste center.

 3. Paint: Water-based paint is OK to be thrown in the trash. But oil-based paints can be hazardous. You could take them to a hazardous waste center, or you could donate the paint—community centers and non-profit organizations are a good start.

 4. Electronics: Replacing your computer, or just getting rid of old junk? Instead of throwing your old electronics straight in the dumpster, take them to an e-waste center, or consider donating if the items are still useful.

 5. Smoke detectors: Make sure to replace them every 10 years. Ionization smoke detectors actually emit a small amount of radiation, so you should mail them back to the manufacturer.


Headline: Remember to inspect your ceilings

Ceilings undergo a lot of stress—after all, they help hold up your house. Ignoring or neglecting a small problem can lead to a big problem and expensive repairs down the road, so here are a few key things to look out for with your ceilings.

Water-related issues in the bathroom: All the moisture from hot showers, baths, and splashed water can lead to damage, whether it’s mold or bubbling paint. Keep an eye out for water damage, and refer to a professional for anything that looks problematic.

Cracks: Changes in temperature cause the materials in your home to expand and contract, and that creates stress that leads to cracks. Cracks are especially problematic in newer homes, as they can be a sign of poor construction.

Paint problems: If you’re seeing a large section of peeling paint, it could be indicative of a water leak, so be sure to have it inspected immediately. Call a professional to take a look and make sure it gets fixed before there’s major water damage.


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