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The stately colonial, the windswept Cape Cod, the enduring saltbox, the classic cottage: All across the country, Americans enjoy living in a variety of long-established and beloved home styles. In fact, many younger people are flocking to such historical varieties as people more and more appreciate the architecture of the past.   A home is...
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For Michiganders living under umbrellas and constantly scooping water off decks, awnings, and flower pots, the upcoming forecast is welcome news. Drier and warmer weather is on the horizon. Yes, the state will still experience some rainfall, but it is forecasted to be on the lighter side. Drier days are ahead. Unfortunately, though, the damage...
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One spring morning, Mary Danford was weeding her prize-winning rose garden when she noticed something concerning. Between the blooming Prairie Roses, she glimpsed a large crack in her home’s foundation. She pushed through the flowers and peered closer. Dismayed, Mary discovered several cracks, some quite large. A few were vertical, but she also saw one...
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“The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.” – Lucretius In 2001, a midwestern couple paid $446,000 for its dream home. They had saved money for years, all to buy a house with every desired amenity. Their builder – known for its luxurious homes – even referred to the housing community as “a little...
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As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Yes, March 20 – June 20 is a glorious time of year known as spring. The months of March through June provide much good: loads of sunshine, fresh breezes, welcome temperatures, longer days, and flowers, flowers, flowers. It also provides an abundance of water. Spring is...
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Spring is close at hand and with it the return of birds, blossoms, and blooms – and something else: building. Last January, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) forecasted that new home sales would increase 2.5 percent in 2020 from 2019, reaching 708,000 new homes. That was the first time since 2007 that first...
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These days are, to quote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “cold, and dark, and dreary; it rains, and the wind is never weary.” For Michiganders, hunkered down as tempests blow across the state, winter days are demanding: temperatures harsh, west winds biting. For weeks to come, hardened residents will endure severe storms that transport an excess of...
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Now that the holidays are behind us and the emphasis on parties and presents has passed, it is the perfect time for a new focus: home maintenance. We are well into winter, and that means our homes are reacting to harsh and fluctuating temperatures, melting snow, freezing winds, and all that Mother Nature can conjure....
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