Focused mostly on remodeling, construction, wellness, real estate, sustainability. Also writes about lifestyle, COVID, pets, education. Bylines in AARP, Forbes.com, USAToday, Better Homes & Gardens.
Extensive research went into this article. I contacted homeowners, realtors, mortgage appraisers, and several national organizations such as the US Green Building Council, Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange, Pearl Certification and others to determine whether investing in features that can make a home energy-efficient and sustainable will bring a premium at resale.
Since March, the pandemic has changed the way we live in our homes. In this article I interviewed architects and designers, including Alaina Money-Garman, whose firm helped develop a post-COVID home design that will address issues of indoor air quality, health and wellness.
When Kevin Yost began working from home last spring due to the pandemic, he set himself up at his San Francisco area home's dining room table. But with sensitive material on his laptop, he needed more privacy from his wife, who often worked from home, and two teenage children. Yost discovered a solution in his own backyard.
When people think of renting, they typically imagine a unit in an apartment building or maybe a part of or even a whole house. They don’t usually think of a newly constructed house built with a renter — not a buyer —in mind. But there are a growing number of these build-to-rent single-family communities in the United States (about 6% of new single-family homes, according to real estate adviser RCLCO), including some in the Rochester area.
Ensuring business continuity in the era of climate change requires thinking ahead to potential worst-case weather scenarios, and budgeting accordingly.
If you were a business looking for a writer, would you hire Robin Flanigan or The Kinetic Pen? Holly Leber Simmons or Red Pen Editorial? Elna Cain or Innovative Ink?
Flanigan, Simmons, and Cain are all freelance writers whose business name is different from their own. Should you do the same?
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The past decade has seen a decline in the number of subcontractors and trade partners due to a shortage in newer workers entering the industry, older workers aging out, and many businesses downsizing or disappearing during the Great Recession.
In this webinar, learn specific ways to nurture relationships with trade partners and subcontractors and keep them feeling part of the team. Highlights include:
-Ideas for how to show appreciation for subcontractors
-Why it’s a good idea to diversify your subcontractor base
-How to nurture those relationships going forward
While the idea that homes can be healthy places that nurture their inhabitants and promote wellness isn’t new, that idea is now being more sharply defined and codified in ways that could change building practices and further heighten consumer awareness—especially in light of the COVID-19 health crisis and people’s need to do more tasks at home.
Some nights Katie North and her fiancé find themselves in their Oakland, California, kitchen doing a little cheerleading, a little jazz scat singing, a little dancing and clapping all in the name of getting Rugger, their 12-year-old springer spaniel mix, to eat. “He usually stands there, asleep at the wheel; we have to get him excited enough to eat. It’s absurd; he wants entertainment with his meal.”
While most dogs don’t require dinner and a floor show, plenty of dog owners find themselves as frustrated as North. How do you get those picky eaters to nose in on their bowls?
Money is wrapped up in all kinds of unpleasant emotions. Shame, embarrassment, fear, regret. We all experience these feelings about our money at one time or another, but we’ll be damned if we actually talk about it. This essay is part of the Financially Naked series -- where people have the space to bare all about their most vulnerable financial experiences, mistakes, and regrets.
By swapping spaces, a couple gain a bright, welcoming kitchen all set for get-togethers. See all the little details of this stunning Tudor Revival kitchen remodel.