| Sep 25, 2009
Memo to the three little pigs: You now have more exterior cladding choices for your houses. And, they sure beat sticks and straw.
Although the National Association of Home Builders says the majority of new houses in the Midwest are still clad with brick,...
| Apr 16, 2010
You can tell a lot about a town by its barber shop decor. At Liberty Barber Shop, where Libertyville locals queue for chairs manned by the Vojtech family of barbers, a "Packers Fan Parking Only" sign proclaims the Lake County village's proximity to...
| Apr 29, 2010
| 9:47 AM
Homebuilders spend a bundle dressing their model homes so you are seduced by their sectionals and wowed by their wallpaper. What's behind the walls, though, is what determines if a house is best in show or just for show.
True, "they don't build ‘em...
| May 7, 2010
Did you know that a cockroach can live for a week without its head? That an ant can lift 20 times its weight? That the termite queen can rule her colony for 15 to 20 years?
Sally Quick knows this stuff and more. As an Orkin Pest Control (orkin.com) route...
| May 21, 2010
In the parlance of home electronics, there are two types of homeowners, says Eric Lee: DIY (do it yourself) and DIFM (do it for me). Luckily for him, he says, most are the latter.
"Most homeowners see it as too complicated," says Lee, president of...
| May 28, 2010
| 9:50 AM
Calling him "the pool guy" is like calling your lawyer "the law guy," jokes Jim Maddin, senior designer at Downes Swimming Pool Co. in Arlington Heights. But he answers to it, then walks a client through the process.
"Typically, a pool is part of a...
| Nov 24, 2009
| 12:45 AM
This lengthy but enjoyable story is about comedians, but not all of the content is humorous as writer-producer-director Judd Apatow teams Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
Sandler plays a comedy star who learns he has only a limited time left to life, so he...
| Dec 3, 2009
| 2:40 PM
Every year, a customer asks Harvard Christmas tree farmer Ben Czarnowski if chopping down a tree is the "green" thing to do.
"In fact, by supporting the Christmas tree farmers, you are helping the environment," Czarnowski tells them. "Besides, if I didn'...
| Jun 4, 2010
For Libertyville homebuilder Nick Lazzaretto, "every house is like one, big, woodworking project." While most of today's new houses have factory-built components, Lazzaretto and his crew still build houses the old-fashioned way — by hand.
| Jun 4, 2010
The " Harley-Davidson" coffee mug belongs to Ted. The "Su Do Ko" one is Bill's. The mug with the picture of the yellow Labrador is Noel's. Mudgeon Quinn can name the owners of the rest of the dozens of mugs on the wall at her family's Quinn's Coffee Shop,...
| Jun 24, 2010
They are the Rodney Dangerfields of new housing; they get no respect. Often misnamed and misunderstood, they are the exception to the rule. But for homebuyers like Jamie and Andrew Kach, they make sense.
Collectively called factory-built homes, they...