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APRIL 2009

H O M E
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Bathroom your family to sleep and take refuge from the outside world. A master bedroom
A beautiful, updated bathroom will undoubtedly add value to your home, but remodel should reflect an atmosphere of serenity and comfort. It’s also the
it can also be a money pit that sucks away your remodeling dollars due to perfect place to install energy efficient windows, which will help keep you cool
potentially high material and labor costs. In an effort to cut back, try searching in the summer, warm in the winter, and allow you to eventually recoup the cost
for discounted fixtures like shower heads and faucets at home improvement with savings on your monthly energy bill.
stores or at online sources like eBay. Color is typically one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to make a
Oftentimes, the cost of new luxury-name fixtures can run between $500 to significant change in the look of your bedrooms. Kids’ bedrooms can benefit
$1000 while mass-market versions may provide the same look for less. Many from bright colors and easily washable surfaces. Pick up a pre-fabricated
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mulches might work better in vegetable gardens. Don’t be afraid to seek compost. These mulches will insulate the garden from summer heat. In the winter
advice from the sales representatives where you’re buying your mulch as time, pine needles or straw are effective at trapping heat once the ground has
to which mulch goes best with each area. Mulch does not have to be frozen. Other mulches, including bark and stone, are essentially the multi-taskers
uniform throughout the property to provide maximum aesthetic appeal. of mulch, working to insulate in both summer and winter.
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If improving the soil is a priority when mulching,
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Another, though probably less popular, way to reduce the risk of mosquitoes Thinking about covering water stains with a fresh coat of paint?
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individual touches. The following easy and
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not only the grass that can take a pounding. The soil
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underneath, allowing for better circulation and
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nutrients they need to stay green and healthy.
• Mow at the correct height: Busy homeowners
understandably want to cut their lawn as low as possible
to minimize the number of times they need to cut the
grass. However, different grasses require different
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significant damage to their lawn by cutting too low or
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determine the best height at which to cut.
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Composting helps give grass a greener look, and is
also beneficial to the environment by cutting down
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8. Forgetting the family: An ornate garden certainly looks pretty, but how
practical is it for your way of life? If you have kids, you may have to think
about how your property is used and plan your landscape around that.
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you use for gardening. Always read the instructions and user’s manual.
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R matching too many elements in your yard could look sloppy and not well
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M-F 13. One-season landscape: Your landscape should grow and change with the
7:30am weather. Plan for plantings that bloom or offer color all year round.
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14. Forgetting the day-to-night transition: Of course you want your yard to
look great during the day, but what about enjoying it at night? Make sure
it is safe and plan for exterior illumination so that you can have many
wonderful evenings under the stars.
email: backdoor llc@verizon.net 15. No roadmap: You must have a plan for your landscape. Plot it out on
paper, make a list of your materials and costs, run the idea by all those in
the household and only then begin.
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Separate Spaces For Today’s Couples?
You may find a new option in homes being built by you, catering to improved according to his or her style.
comfort for couples. It’s not uncommon to find dual master bedroom suites to For those who don’t have a problem sharing the same space, only prefer
accommodate couples who can’t compromise in the bedroom. These solitary separate beds, then go ahead and renovate with two beds in the room. They can
retreats help ensure a good night’s sleep or give couples some personal space. always be pushed together if you desire closeness.

A 2005 survey by the National Sleep Foundation uncovered that nearly 25


percent of American couples sleep alone. The number was almost double of the
percentage of solo sleepers from merely four years prior. The Sleep Council of
England has found that 1 in 4 people regularly heads to another room or the
living room couch to escape his or her sleeping partner and get some rest.
The desire for separate spaces has begun to affect home construction. The
National Association of Home Builders says there has been a steady increase in
the number of requests for two-master bedroom homes since 1990, prompting the
organization to predict that by 2015, 60 percent of all custom upscale homes will
be built with two “owner suites.”
1950s Mentality or Modern Revolution?
When many people envision separate sleeping arrangements for married
couples, they think of the popular sitcoms of the 1950s. In these shows, separate
twin beds with a night table between them were the norm. It was considered
risquee to show a couple sharing a bed. But many couples today are choosing to
sleep in separate beds or separate rooms for a number of reasons:
• snoring
• restless leg syndrome
• night owl vs. early bird
• different preferences in linens
• different preferences in room temperatures
• TV watcher vs. book reader
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Come Over to My Place
Couples who support separate sleeping arrangements say that it’s fun to invite
over their spouse for “date night” and find creative ways to get together. And
when well rested, they’re happier and more inclined to want to spend time
together or with the children.
In a report by CNN, Alisa Bowman, a 37-year-old freelance writer from
Emmaus, Pennsylvania, offered, “I’m a better mom and wife when I’m rested,”
who says she’s always had trouble sleeping with another person in the room. “I
also think it makes you appreciate each other more.”
Renovating Your Home
If you are not moving to a home that offers separate master bedroom
suites you can create personalized spaces if you prefer to sleep separately. If
your master bedroom is large enough, perhaps you can divide the room into
two spaces, even if it’s with modular room dividers. Empty nesters may have
the advantage of one or more other bedrooms to call his or her own. Flip a
coin over who gets the bigger room. Then each can personalize the room
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