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Are you trying to save money in these harsh financial times? Have you given up trying to find a contractor, and are you starting to do more projects on your own? If so, you’ re in fine company, as my email inbox has exploded over the past months with requests for help.

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The hours before a party or gathering always seem to fly by. It’s all too easy to spend time preparing food, setting the table and putting finishing touches on your decor, and put cleaning tasks off until the last minute. If guests are on their way and you have yet to plug in the vacuum or pick up a scrub brush, don’t fret. By tackling a few impactful cleaning tasks, you can get your home company-ready in a matter of minutes.

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A coffered ceiling system is a striking feature that makes a design statement in a room that calls attention to the ceiling. The coffered tiles are an architectural element that appears as a sunken panel in the shape of a square or rectangle. The 24- inch square panels add a rich look of luxury and warmth.

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Winter brings frigid temperatures for much of the country, and when temperatures plummet, the water that supplies your home’s faucets and fixtures is in danger of freezing inside your pipes. Because water expands as it turns to ice, frozen pipes are prone to bursting, which can result in costly water and plumbing damage throughout your home. At the highest risk of freezing are pipes that run against exterior walls and those in unheated or uninsulated places, such as the attic, basement or garage.

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The selling feature in many homes is the attic, an ideal space for not often-used but keeper-worthy stuff we accumulate. In many new homes there’ s access to an attic, but it’ s useless without a floor; the same is true in some older homes. To take advantage of the untapped storage space in the attic, you can add flooring and make it useful to stash your stuff in a safe place.

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Not a week goes by that I don’t receive an email asking me about what’s involved in renovating an old building. Most who reach out to me realize it can be an expensive endeavor, but the allure of restoring a sound old building to either its former glory or transforming it into an attractive modern look sometimes overrides the financial aspects of the project.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) is a term most people in Moline have never heard, so they may be interested to learn that ADUs may soon be coming to their neighborhood, courtesy of the Mayor and Moline City Council. One form of ADUs are tiny houses, and if Council has its way, your neighbor could build one in her back or side yard, complete with sewer and electrical hook-ups, additional street parking, and the right to rent to anyone.

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Q: Our condominium building has a unit where the owner died several years ago. No one has appeared to pay the real estate taxes or the homeowner association fees since the owner died. The association has a lien on the unit for the unpaid assessments.

After last year’ s gatherings were largely canceled or held virtually, many of us are gearing up to host holiday guests for the first time in a while. For holiday dinners, consider where guests are likely to congregate before, during and after the meal, suggests New York City interior designer Elizabeth Gill. Before the holidays arrive, wrap up any unfinished...

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Designers have used acrylic glass block for years because it creates a striking focal point while providing a light airy feel to a room. Remodeling contractors choose block windows to replace old windows, especially where you want to bring daylight into a room like a kitchen; but also maintain privacy. While many acrylic block windows are solid, an opening block window adds more to a room by ...

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A trip to the spa leaves you feeling relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated. The experience centers on a serene environment that’ s carefully designed to help you unwind and escape, and you can easily re-create that soothing atmosphere at home in your own bathroom. By incorporating calming elements, upgrading fixtures and minimizing clutter, you can achieve a...

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