Mr. Handyman provides in-home solutions for those aging-in-place

By Kathryn Acciari Contributing Writer ASHLAND – Mr. Handyman Central MetroWest is not just about fixing things and maintenance. The team there has made extra...
The average New England household spends more than $1,500 on energy bills. Half of that amount goes to heating and cooling.

Energy-saving tips don’t have to be complicated or expensive

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Typical of many seniors, George Downie has an aging home. Heating and cooling bills―which typically make up the...
Replacing an old and worn-out garage door is one simple home improvement to boost a home’s curb appeal.

Top home improvements that pay off when selling

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - The housing situation in Boston and most of Massachusetts these days is best described as “sizzling.” Big demand...

Resolve ice dams quickly – Unchecked roof ice dams can wreak havoc on your...

If you own a home in an area of the country where you get cold and snowy winters, then you've probably already experienced ice dams. If, on the other hand, you are a first-time homeowner or a new transplant who has just purchased a home in a region of the country with harsh winters, then you may be unfamiliar with ice dams. If you fall into one of these two latter types of homeowner categories, then it's important that you become familiar with ice dams and know how to resolve them quickly.

Reading Nooks – Making the most of a small space

Reading in a cozy chair is still desirable for a lot of people. Though you may be sitting with your Kindle instead of a bound text, the expression "curled up with a book" sounds so much more appealing than proclaiming that you are getting comfortable with your iPad. Right?

Head space — Save money on headboard replacements

Buying furniture is an expensive endeavor, but living on a tight budget doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice your sense of style. It can be an opportunity to be creative. For those with small bedrooms, having too much furniture can make the room appear cluttered and even smaller. Fortunately, you can do without bulky items, such as a nightstand, dresser or armoire, and replace them with organizers to make the room appear more spacious.

Water wisely for a beautiful garden and landscape

Too much or not enough water and never when you need it. That seems to be the long time plight of gardeners. Add to these extended droughts, flooding and watering bans. What is a gardener to do? Become a waterwise gardener.

Kitchens go outdoors: Fire pits, rings, tables

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires.

Improving the kitchen in small or big ways

Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and challenging, but you can make substantial cosmetic changes with just the help of a painter and electrician.

Doors that go pop: rethinking entranceway color

Painting the front door a color that packs a punch is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change a house’s look and help it stand out from the rest.