Category Archives: Home Tips

Cedar Supply of Fort Collins

Cedar Supply - Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS – For more than three decades, Cedar Supply, a local family-owned lumber company, has been providing high-quality specialty lumber products to custom homebuilders, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers all over northern Colorado. This is not your cookie-cutter national home-supply store. “We don’t sell plywood, studs or sheet rock,” says Dylan Thomas, president of Cedar Supply. “We sell the unique building products not usually found in the big chain stores, such as interior

Garage organization tips

Garage Organization Tips

LOVELAND – If you’re like most people, your garage ends up being used for storage instead of parking. Even worse, you may find it difficult to find the items you need, when you need it. If you’ve always wanted to find a way to continue storing items in your garage yet still be able to fit in a car, here are some tips to get you started. Making effective use of the space To accommodate both storage and parking, you must be creative with how you use your space and what you store in it. The w

Colorado water

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[caption id="attachment_2985" align="alignleft" width="150"] By Carol O’MearaColorado StateUniversity Extension[/caption] Water falling from the sky seems like a rare occurrence in Colorado, but lately we’ve been enjoying a flow of moisture that gardeners and plants adore. We revel in the rain and want to extend its benefits into the summer, when we know the days will grow dry and hot. But before you invest in a rain barrel to collect a little water, brush up on our water law, which puts a p

Choosing a custom home site

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NIWOT – Choosing a site is a key step in the process of building your dream home.  Your selection will play a part in the cost, style and design of your home and will play a large role in the overall perceived value of your home. This brief column will give you a general overview of what to look for in a building site. Cost Factors Price for a site is determined by such factors as market conditions, location, size, views and orientation. Orientation takes into account the amount of sun exposu

Spring cleaning on the cheap: Dust off your organizing skills with these tips

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Spring cleaning is nearly upon us — and experts nationwide say it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to organize your home. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost more than a few bucks and a little work. And if your home is organized and tidy, you’ve already made the first step toward easier and faster spring cleaning. Follow these handy tips to conquer every nook and cranny in your home, so your house will be super organized.   Embrace your inner shover. If you prefer hooks over hangers, dro

Boulder County Home and Garden Show

Boulder County Home and Garden Show

BOULDER COUNTY – Winter isn’t quite done with us, but it won’t be long before the mercury begins to rise. When it does, it will be time for those of us with green thumbs and a passion for home improvement to roll up our sleeves and get to work. What better way to prepare than the Boulder County Home and Garden Show? The Show The Boulder County Home and Garden Show is a tradition in Longmont, going back almost 20 years. Each spring and fall, the show, a three-day affair, gives home owners a

Recreating that feeling of a real fireplace

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BOULDER COUNTY – Close your eyes for a moment and imagine you’re sitting around a campfire with friends or family high in the mountains. It’s late and the summer evening is dark and crisp. The conversation fades as you find yourselves lost in thought and gazing into the dancing flames. The crackling of the embers and the sparks rising from the fire create a magical and playful effect. Let yourself go there right now. How would you describe that feeling? Peaceful? Relaxing? Soothing? Inspir

New uses for zippered bed linen bags

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A few weeks ago I bought a new set of sheets. Now I can’t bring myself to get rid of the bag. It’s one of those zippered, clear plastic bags that seems like it would be perfect for storing sheets in the linen closet, except I’m sure I’d never be able to fold the fitted sheet neatly enough to cram the whole set back into the bag. Still, that bag was much too nice to throw away. But what to do with it? I turned to Pinterest, one of my favorite time-wasters, for ideas. Yes, I get paid to d

Addressing winter indoor air quality

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LOVELAND – As you spend more time indoors due to colder weather, it is important to think about the quality of the air that you breathe. Chemicals, gasses and other irritants found indoors may have a negative impact on your health. Below are a few common pollutants that affect indoor air quality: Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause poisoning or even death. It is particularly dangerous in the winter as a common source of carbon monoxide is heating systems. Firs

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