The garage: a guy’s refuge

The traditional “guy” — broadly defined as a man’s man who can take down a tree or change his own oil — faces extinction from threats ranging from reality television to couples’ baby showers. Garages are a guy’s refuge from these kinds of enemies. Guys’ appreciation for garages is fairly predictable. They are a place […]

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Pointers for prepping your deck and backyard for summer fun

Warm weather is here to stay, which means people everywhere are spending more time outdoors. If the sunshine, gentle breeze and chirping birds are calling your family outside to enjoy some fresh air, it’s time to get your outdoor space ready for fun activities. With some smart home improvements, you can easily prep your patio […]

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Clean water is a must-have for every home

Digging a well and need to have your water checked for clarity? Look no further than Clean Water USA. The company, located at 183 Placerville Drive in Placerville, specializes in water purification systems, filter housings and cartridges, water softeners and acid neutralizers. “We analyze water and we sell water treatment equipment  for both residential use […]

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Reinvent your home with new furniture

Spring is here and many people will be cleaning up the old and replacing it with the new. One sure fire way to get that new look is to buy new furniture. Sierra Furniture Company, located at 1267 Broadway in Placerville, offers up an assortment of furniture for almost every taste and budget. The store, […]

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Home how-to for the simple fixer

Eventually, that household project that you have been putting off cannot be avoided any longer. But if you’re like most homeowners, you will quickly give up on the DIY route and settle for something less daunting, like calling in a professional. Before you sell yourself short, consider following some of these simple DIY do’s and […]

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Plant it, paint it — True Value is your go-to for home improvement

Making a “to-do” list of home improvement projects is easy; actually doing any of the tasks is not. So instead of sitting around, trying to decide where to start, get over to True Value Hardware in Placerville where the staff will get you the tools and knowledge to “get ‘er done.” Store manager Jeff Gutierrez […]

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2012 outdoor living trends can easily update your patio or deck

More homeowners want their outdoor space to truly be an extension of their house and are taking steps to create an inviting area to relax, play and host guests. If you want to update your deck or patio for warm weather entertaining, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money. You can […]

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Gardening tips to avoid injury and discomfort

It’s that time of year again when you can dig your hands into the dirt, spread seeds over the freshly turned earth, and smell the delicious scent of green plants growing. Gardening is very healthy, both physically and mentally. In addition to providing exercise, gardening delivers health benefits in the fresh foods you eat and […]

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Cultivate the new good life with the power of plants

In today’s world where news travels at the speed of now, people are searching for balance and purpose and are tapping into the power of plants to cultivate the ‘new good life’. “Plants are powerful,” said Eric Liskey, deputy garden editor for “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine. “Whether it’s enjoying garden-to-table meals or sharing great […]

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HomePRO offers solutions for water leaks in stucco

By Matt Stevenson A majority of the homes in El Dorado County are built with stucco exteriors. Unfortunately, some of these homes develop water leaks, especially around window openings. When water enters the wall cavity it can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Finding the source of the water leak […]

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El Dorado Hills biz wants you to be EnergyWise

EnergyWise Solutions Inc. announces the formal opening of its offices in Sacramento and El Dorado Hills. Formed by a trio of professionals from El Dorado Hills — Dave Sipes (GC), Allan Priest (REM) and Robert Wellman (MBA) — EnergyWise Solutions is a residential energy assessment and retrofit firm. “We know energy costs will continue to […]

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Easy remodels give your home value a boost

By Janine Waggener  What are the best ways for a homeowner to add value to their home? Kitchens and bathrooms have long been at the top of the list. Kitchen remodeling sales were up 36 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same time a year earlier, according to the National Kitchen & […]

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Put your energy into great energy savings

A home remodel or addition requires extensive planning. Homeowners have to think about walls, paint colors, flooring, windows, etc. What about where to put the electrical outlets? How about alternative energy and back-up energy? Some of those details are easily overlooked unless you have a licensed electrical contractor on your side. For more than 30 […]

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Simple ways to give your home a makeover

By Julie Samrick Spring means new beginnings and what better way to breathe fresh life into your home than by giving it a mini makeover that will make a major improvement on its look and feel? Design consultant Wees Maeding of BI Design Studio in El Dorado Hills said a limited budget and lack of […]

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