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Tankless Water Heaters: Pros and Cons

I’ve interviewed a dozen or so people who have installed tankless water heaters (which heat your water on demand rather than storing hot water in a tank) — and [...]


Laundry Room Appliances too Cute to Hide

When Kristina Johnson and David Franke remodeled their California kitchen and laundry room, they did a surprising thing: left the door off the laundry room. Of course, I had [...]


4.8 Million Box Fans Recalled

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer [...]


A New Kitchen for an Older Woman

Outside of Charlotte, N.C., Judy Hammill moved back to the farmhouse where she grew up and that her own father built. But the kitchen was dated and would not work as Judy [...]


The greenest remodel in America?

If you can’t sell your parent’s former home, why not turn it into a showcase for green remodeling? That’s exactly what Jay DeChesere and his wife did with a [...]


1.5 Million Dishwashers Recalled

Name of Product: Maytag Dishwashers Units: About 1.7 million in the United States Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich. [...]


Is Contemporary Out? Already?

In 2008, I posed this question in a poll: Is contemporary style on its way out? My theory was that hard economic times would propel people into the comfort of traditional [...]


Where to Put the Microwave? 14 Tips

Another winning piece by kitchen designer Susan Serra: Honestly? Sometimes, not always, but sometimes, finding a place for the microwave drives me crazy! It’s not [...]


Cool new French door wall ovens

You know, new products were a lot more fun a few years ago when we were rolling in dough and using our homes as ATM machines to fix up our homes. Of course, the big new [...]

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New home-related recalls

Recalls for these products were announced recently by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Product: Kenmore wall ovensManufacturer: Frigidaire Canada, a sister company of [...]

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Dad’s Brilliance? Keeping Mom Happy

When Claudia Jones told her husband, Rick, that she’d like to take down the wallpaper in the kitchen of their Agoura, Calif., home, he came back with a radical idea: [...]