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Interior Design Q&A: Re-flooring a Sunken Living Room

July 19, 2015

Q.  My husband and I have just purchased a 1979 two-story house with a sunken living room which has carpet.  We want to install hardwood floors, but how do we…

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Ask Our Experts: Balancing an HVAC System

July 19, 2015

Questions for Our Experts: How to Balance Your HVAC System My friend suggested that my HVAC system needs to be ‘balanced.’  What does this mean, and why might I need…

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Interior Design Q&A: Brightening Up Dull Brick

July 6, 2015

Q.  My fireplace is brick (house 27 yrs old); the brick is dull, and I want to brighten it up. I have cleaned the brick and it is not dull.…

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Ask Our Experts: Troubleshoot a Sump Pump

June 22, 2015

Question for Our Experts: How can I troubleshoot a sump pump? Our Experts’ Answer: Several things could potentially cause a sump pump to stop working, including loss of power, motor…

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Interior Design Q&A: Staining Wood Finishes

June 14, 2015

Q.  I have bought a home that has cherry cabinets and we are planning to have oak hardwood floors stained cherry to match the cabinets.  Do you think it would…

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Ask Our Experts: Inconsistent Water Temperature in Shower or Tub

June 9, 2015

  Why is my water temperature inconsistent? Inadequate water heater size Competing nearby appliances Side effects of tankless water heaters A faulty valve Before we tackle solutions, let’s briefly discuss…

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