High-quality flooring can make the difference between a "pretty good" room and an outstanding one.
An 8-year journey between the City of Eldridge, the North Scott School District and the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley culminated in a ribbon cutting Friday marking the opening of the new 44,000-square-foot $14 million North Scott Community YMCA.
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.
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.
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.
The streets of Cairo, Illinois, are lined with boarded-up buildings and empty lots. Now the federal agency is set to gut the city of some of its last affordable housing.
As lifestyles shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic, our homes had to adapt to new activities and routines. Dining rooms and closets became home offices, kids’ bedrooms served as home-school spaces, and guest rooms were outfitted with workout equipment.
Sarah reached out to me a few days ago. Six months ago, she had a new master shower installed with a marble tile floor. The pieces of marble are small 1-inch hexagons. Sarah’s finding impossible to keep the grout clean.
The Rock Island Public Library will hold a year of events to celebrate its opening anniversary.
Six months ago, my son bought a new house. He had been looking to move from his apartment for well over a year.
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.
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.
Dryer vents and exhaust fans tend to get skipped, sometimes for years at a time, which can cause both inefficiency and fire risks.
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.
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.
It’s great Netflix is finally releasing “The Power of the Dog” on DVD. Now fans don’t have to worry that it’ll disappear from the streaming service, they’ll have it as long as DVDs still exist.
Electric fireplaces don't provide heat but still give the glow and visual warmth of a traditional fireplace and can be a centerpiece in a room design.
Last week, I fielded no fewer than five phone calls from homeowner with the same grim news. They found it nearly impossible to get quotes from contractors to do fairly simple repairs.
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...
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 ...
Rock Island High School has partnered with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to host its "College Application Day" on from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 31st.
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...
At least three people were killed, including the suspect, and seven more were injured after a shooting Monday morning at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School in south St. Louis.