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THE TIMES LEADER

January 22, 2012

The Official Home & Garden Show Guide

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Endless Mountains Solar Services would love to top all the world’s roofs with its offerings designed to harness the power of the sun.

Show is perfect way to begin prep for warm weather By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

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ure, January in Northeastern Pennsylvania can be chilling, gray and dreary. What better time for a Home & Garden show? “They do it at a perfect time of year, when people are tired of the cold and looking forward to spring. They’re looking for ways to improve their life and their lifestyles,” said Ed Pitcavage of Endless Mountains Solar Services in Wilkes-Barre.

Pitcavage will be one of many exhibitors at the 11th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show, set for Friday through Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township, where he hopes to educate homeowners about the benefits of solar panels. A firm believer in the environmentally friendly panels, he has installed a “solar farm” atop his headquarters on Kidder Street, enough to meet all

the electrical needs of the 10,000-square-foot building below. “Here’s the beauty of today’s technology,” Pitcavage said. “In the Jimmy Carter days, they depended on direct sunlight. Now we use UV (ultraviolet) rays. Just like when you’re at the beach on a cloudy day, you’d better put sunscreen on or you’ll get a burn because of those rays. Well, it See SPRING, Page 4

IF YOU GO What: 11th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show When: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township Admission: $7.50 for adults; younger than 16 free; $5 all weekend for seniors 65 and older Special guests: Tom Silva, host of ‘This Old House,’ and Harry Rinker, ‘The Collector Inspector’ Parking: Free

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“Here’s the beauty of today’s technology. In the Jimmy Carter days, they depended on direct sunlight. Now we use UV rays. … It could be a cloudy day, snow coming down, and there are still UV rays.” — Ed Pitcavage of Endless Mountains Solar Services

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Mike Pitcavage, one of five sons of Ed Pitcavage, who established the family business Endless Mountains Solar Services, stands on his company’s roof among the energy-saving creations he champions.

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could be a cloudy day, snow coming down, and there are still UV rays. “That’s one of the biggest advantages,” he said. “Whether you’re home or not, whether you’re on vacation, (your solar panels are) producing energy. You can zero out your electric bill and end up with the electric company actually paying you for electricity.” Another business making use of solar technology is Northeast Flagpole Co. of Schuylerville, N.Y., where owner Sheri Fane recommends a Titan Solar Display Light to people who want to observe flag

etiquette without taking the Stars and Stripes down before sunset. “This light sits on top of the flagpole and illuminates the flag at night,” said Fane, who is looking forward to a return visit to the Home & Garden Show. “Its solar panels are charging throughout the day, into rechargeable AA batteries.” Her company sells telescoping flagpoles and a variety of flags, mostly to residential customers. “Our flagpole kit comes with an American flag and a double-flag harness so you can add a second flag,” she said, explaining that military flags, support-the-troops flags, holiday flags and sports flags are popular options. The possibility of adding a flag to See SPRING, Page 14

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The Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township will fill the main and upper floors of the area’s premier entertainment venue this weekend.


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Debbie Kuchemba enters a drawing at the Owens Corning Basement Finishing System exhibit.

Cary Loeser of LeaFilter Gutter Protection offered free estimates last year.

Scenes from the 2011 Home & Garden Show

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ABOVE: Visitors walk through a vendor-packed main exhibit area at the Mohegan Sun Arena. RIGHT: Tasty temptations also are part of the show. Marlen Kostiw of Babunya’s Gourmet Spice grills chicken at her booth. FAR RIGHT: J.P. Greczel of All Granite and Marble Corp. had some headturning countertops to display. PAGE 6

Jan Tooke of Kitchen Craft Waterless Cookware puts on an educational demonstration.


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2012 NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOME & GARDEN SHOW After a Scranton firefighter was killed in the line of duty in 2008, Patti Hozempa said, she used his clothing to make memorial quilts for his family.

MAKING Memories

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Patti Hozempa of P.A. Designs Inc. works on a custom quilt made of Dale Earnhardt T-shirts.

Quilter uses clothes to create one-of-a-kind gifts By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

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o longtime quilter Patti Hozempa of Tunkhannock, personalizing a quilt means more than giving a floral design to a gardener or stitching a woodland scene on an outdoorsman’s sturdy bed covering.

“I make memory quilts and memorial quilts from people’s clothing,” she said on a recent winter afternoon. “I’m working on one right now from all Dale Earnhardt Tshirts.” The T-shirt quilt will be a novel gift for a NASCAR fan, said Hozempa, who has enjoyed representing her business, P.A. Designs Inc., at the Home & Garden Show for the past few years. Other projects she has quilted

create artwork from the clothing a child has outgrown or that a person of any age wore before he or she died. After a Scranton firefighter was killed in the line of duty in 2008, Hozempa said, she used his clothing to make memorial quilts for his family members. “I made one for his son, one for his wife and one for his mother.” In another example, she said, “There are three sisters from Phila-

delphia, their dad was an assistant chief of police. We did his uniform and ties in quilts for all three.” The “we” in the equation is Hozempa and her husband, Adam, who happen to be the P and A of P.A. Designs. “It doesn’t stand for Pennsylvania,” she said. “It’s for Patti and Adam.” The memory quilts are “the most important part” of what she See MEMORIES, Page 9


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Adam and Patti Hozempa unfold one of their ornate quilts made of special fabrics.

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does, said Hozempa, who has been sewing since she was 12 years old. But P.A. Designs also makes customized quilts, wall hangings and table runners that are not quite so personal – just in the colors, fabrics and fit the customer specifies. “This summer, I sent my first custom quilt to Germany,” the quilter said. “This couple was vis-

iting here, from Germany. She didn’t speak much English. He did. They wanted something American-made to take home. They picked the color and the fabric, and we made them a quilt to fit their king-size bed. “Everything had to be in meters,” she added. During the Home & Garden Show, Hozempa said, she’ll have a little craft for children. It won’t involve actual stitching, which might be too difficult for younger children to pick up quickly. It will be “kind of like a puzzle they can take home. They get a little lesson, along with Mom and Dad.”

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Planning of three to four months is recommended for kitchen updates.

Planning for the unexpected can help with budgeting expenses.

A typical roof installation takes only a few days, but planning takes much longer.

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Home-remodeling projects intended for completion in spring or summer should be drawn up in winter.

Good project planning leads to better results By BOB KARLOVITS The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Tim and Carol McDermott can see how five years of planning have given them what he calls “exactly what we want.” Ken Moeslein, president of a remodeling firm that has done much of the work, says there is a good reason for that success. It is because they are great examples of mapping out a project.

As the new year begins, homeowners are putting together their to-do lists of matters that need addressing. Or at least they should be, says Moeslein from Dormont’s Legacy Remodeling. “Most people do not put enough time in the planning process.” he says. “These things do not happen overnight.” Tim McDermott says he and his wife started talking about the need

for a large addition to their Shaler home when they decided they needed more space but didn’t want to move. “When you live in a house you begin to realize what it needs,” he says of the thinking process that led to a job that began in July. Because they had it planned in their heads, they were able to deal with work that still See RUSH, Page 11


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is going on. That element of time barges its way into every project and is a major planning issue. Mark Uchida, owner of A reMARKable Kitchen in Aspinwall, for instance, says the process of designing a kitchen takes three to four months. That time estimate does not account for the installation. Decks might only take a week to install, but there are other aspects to the project that make the whole job longer, says David Dickson from Carnegie’s Quaker State Construction. “Most people want their decks for spring and summer,” he says. “You can’t wait until then.” Mercer County architect Jim Cardillo agrees. It is never too early to start planning, because jobs line up far in advance. “A good builder might be booking home additions right now for the summer or fall,” says Cardillo, who does a great deal of work in Allegheny County. Some jobs seem short but have hidden traps planning helps avoid. Staying alert to problems Roofing can be one trap. Tom Bollnow from the Washington,

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A proper kitchen remodel can take months of planning by a designer and the homeowner to get the best results.

D.C.-based National Roofing Contractors Association says putting on a new roof can be a two- or three-day job. Sometimes, a big company can throw more workers at a project and be done in a day and a half. Simple, right?

But rising shingle prices can send the cost of jobs through the roof, so to speak. That danger can be avoided by deciding early to do a roof and buying shingles in advance well before the annual JanuaryFebruary-March price increase period. “This is the great advantage of the person who watches the condition of the roof, knows it is time to do it and can plan to get it done,” Bollnow says. Bollnow says planning a job also probably will get a client onto a schedule that will come close to being met, despite the accidents and emergencies that are a large part of the roofing trade. In a similar manner, deck installation can be a work-week-long job, Dickson says, but the permit process with municipalities adds time to the job. Getting permits to do the job and inspections after it has been done can add sometimes many days to a job, making planning vital to getting a job done for when it is wanted. “If you don’t get a job booked in January or February, it’s going to be late summer before it’s done,” he warns. Being able to plan accurately for the time of projects is important in more obvious cases, too. All in the handling Kitchen and bathroom remodeling jobs can involve drastic redesign or simple replacement. The work can be done by a crew that can handle all the tasks or

by a contractor who has to sub some of the work. That difference can lead to major changes in the pace of a project. Todd Leighton from Tri-County Kitchens in Trafford says the only thing his crews cannot do in a kitchen is design and installation of countertops. For that reason, he says they can come in and get all of their jobs done in a week while more subcontracting can put the brakes on a job . Uchida, on the other hand, suggests some clients would rather have the design and work done by other professionals, leading to a designer crafting a plan for a contractor. Both routes require planning of three to four months to acquire cabinets, appliances, flooring and the like as well as time for installation. Naturally that time can grow if the cabinets have to be custom made as opposed to bought For all of these jobs, financing is an issue, Moeslein warns, so a remodeling client needs to know getting a home-equity loan or some other form of financing could take two or three weeks. The upfront payment is geared to provide a contractor or designer with working cash. Bollnow has a bit of advice that could go with financing as well as finding a contractor. “Get it lined up,” he says

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As winter sets in, homeowners can do a lot of weatherizing themselves, including adding insulation and applying adhesive-backed foam weather stripping to prevent cold air from seeping in around doors and windows.

Tools of the TRADE

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Experts recommend having the following tools: a 20-ounce straight claw hammer, a utility knife, linesman’s pliers, a flexible putty knife, a four-in-one screwdriver, a cordless drill-screwdriver, a 25-foot measuring tape and an adjustable crescent wrench.

Know when you can do it yourself, when to call expert By CAROLE FELDMAN Associated Press

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n times of economic hardship, “do-it-yourself” is a tempting mantra for many homeowners with dripping faucets, running toilets, leaky windows or sticky locks.

The savings can add up when you don’t have to call a repairman, especially for tasks such as painting, plumbing and appliance repair, said Ken Collier, editor-inchief of The Family Handyman. “Parts are a small part of the cost. Labor is huge,” he said. And if things go wrong? With a small job, Collier said, “Worst case,

you have to hire a pro and eat some crow.” There are some home repairs, of course, that an unskilled homeowner should avoid, among them “situations where having heavy equipment makes the job go much better, especially outdoors,” Collier said. Avoid jobs where you could in-

jure yourself or damage property. Chris Long, a member of the Home Depot do-it-yourself team, recommends calling an expert to replace a tub or shower valve or do more involved electrical work. And while “any reasonably careful person can hang drywall,” Collier See DO IT YOURSELF, Page 13


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said, taping it to cover the seams and joints is “very much an art where a practiced hand makes a huge difference.” But many other household repairs and projects can be tackled by a do-it-yourselfer who takes the time to learn what’s required. David Frank of Libertyville, Ill., does just about all his own home repairs and remodeling — “from electric to plumbing to concrete. Any of it can be done.” He started working on his first house, a fixer-upper he bought in college, to save money. “I had to learn to do it or it wasn’t going to get done,” he said. Over the years, he has taught himself by reading books, watching home-improvement TV shows and talking to experts. Besides the money saved, there’s “definitely a sense of accomplishment” in doing the work himself, he said. His advice to beginners: Use common sense, take your time and read as much as you can. “The Internet is unbelievable,” he said. When taking on a project, begin by finding out where in your home you turn off the water and gas and how the circuit breakers work. If you need a professional to show you, hire one. You’ll also need a good set of tools. Collier recommends such things as a 20-ounce straight claw hammer, a utility knife, linesman’s pliers, a flexible putty knife, a fourin-one screwdriver, a cordless drillscrewdriver, a 25-foot measuring tape and an adjustable crescent wrench. Add to that a plunger, groove-joint pliers and duct tape. If you’re going to do any electrical work, be sure to have a voltage sniffer. “Electricity is scary stuff, and a voltage sniffer is a really safe way to know everything is off,” Collier says. There’s a wealth of material online, including videos for the do-it-

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David Frank poses at his home in Libertyville, Ill. Frank does just about all his own home repairs and remodeling.

yourselfer. Even unskilled homeowners should be able to do some basic appliance repairs, Collier said, such as changing a dryer belt. And as winter sets in, homeowners can do a lot of weatherizing themselves, including adding insulation and applying adhesivebacked foam weather stripping to prevent cold air from seeping in around doors and windows. Other jobs a do-it-yourselfer can learn include repairing drywall, replacing a deadbolt or installing a new light fixture or ceiling fan. Here’s where that voltage sniffer comes in. “If you know how to confidently turn that breaker off and you can test it to verify it, you can change that fixture,” said Danny Lipford, who hosts nationally syndicated TV and radio shows and is a contributing design editor for Better Homes and Gardens.

Plumbing repairs also can be accessible even to the novice. “A toilet is really a very simple mechanism, and the parts are readily available to change out,” Lipford said. First, the cause of the problem has to be diagnosed. Find information online, in books, or talk to a worker at your hardware store. If the toilet is running, for example, one way to figure out what’s going on is to add a little food dye to the water in the tank, said Long, of Home Depot. If the water in the bowl turns the same color, the flapper valve is likely the problem. The flapper seals the tank, then lifts to allow water to flow into the bowl when the toilet is flushed. If the seal isn’t tight, water will leak into the bowl. It could be that the chain connecting the flapper to the handle is too long or too short. Adjusting

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that could fix the problem. Or, it could be the flapper itself. In most cases, the flapper snaps out and you can easily replace it with a new one. But first remember to turn off the water to the toilet. It’s also a good idea to bring the old part to your hardware store to make sure you’re purchasing a compatible new one.

If you’re going to do any electrical work, be sure to have a voltage sniffer. “Electricity is scary stuff, and a voltage sniffer is a really safe way to know everything is off.” — Ken Collier, editor-in-chief of The Family Handyman

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your property is just one of hundreds of ideas you’re likely to glean if you visit the show. From verandas to Venetian blinds, carpets to cabinets, ceilings to floors and windows to doors, you’re bound to find something you like. “We’ll be bringing a kitchen display, with door samples, drawer samples and details,” said Tony Pirrella of Interstate Building Materials in Pittston. Painted finishes with glazes in “a lot of the warm colors” are popular this year, designer Bev Connelly of Interstate said, adding that cherry wood and maple are still popular for cabinetry, and granite and quartz for countertops. Kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops are the most thought-of spaces when you’re adding those hard materials to a home, but there are other options. “You can also do the tub surround for Jacuzzis and little pieces as well. You can do the shower seat, for example. You can do the

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Northeast Flagpole Company owner Sheri Fane, right, talks with Jennie and Jack Martin of Dallas at the 2011 Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show.

door sills between the bathroom and the rest of the house or a ledge in the shower,” said Walter Siewior, assistant manager at All Granite and Marble Corp. in Ridgefield Park, N.J. Stone also works nicely in fireplace surrounds, Siewior said, as

well as a top for furniture, especially antique furniture. “Back in the early 1900s you would see a lot of marble tops,” he said. “It goes with an antique look.” “We try to always expand our collections,” Siewior said, ex-

plaining the company offers more than 1,200 color possibilities. While you’re thinking about home improvement, the master gardeners from the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension hope you’ll consider the

benefits of trees and other vegetation on your property. “The theme of our exhibit this year, because of all the flooding, is ‘Trees Tame Stormwater,’ ” Roberta Troy said. “We stole it from the Arbor Day Foundation, but they don’t mind.” During this year’s Home & Garden show the master gardeners will have information about planting your own rain gardens, native plants and trees, and how all that greenery soaks up water before it can rush into a stream and overflow. The gardeners will be available to answer all kinds of questions, whether you’re worried about grubs, skunks, wood chucks or tomato blight. People always ask about tomato blight, Troy said. Other big topics are how to handle stink bugs, which smell bad when crushed, and how to look out for ticks, which can carry such ailments as Lyme disease. “Ticks were a hot item this summer,” said the gardener, who staffed a booth at the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market during the warmer weather. “I have ticks to put on display, and people are amazed at how tiny they are.”

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time. Also, make your stovetop and hood shine like new with a quick wipe from a sponge. If your oven is not a self-cleaning appliance, use the cleaning solution to wipe away baked-on grease and grime. Remember to make sure the oven is cool before applying the solution. Don’t forget to clean your dishwasher, too. Remove trapped food particles from the bottom and around any moving parts. Pour a cup of vinegar into the empty dishwasher and run it to clean the inside. Wipe down the outside of your cabinets, especially around the stove area. Vacuum and mop the floors and launder any area rugs. Bedrooms: Launder bed linens, including dust ruffles, bedspreads and pillow shams. Move furniture around so you can vacuum underneath and get rid of any dust bunnies that might have accumulated. While you’re at it, try a new fur-

niture arrangement to freshen up the look of the room. Now’s a great time to clean out clothes closets. Empty closets to vacuum and dust inside. Then, before putting clothes back, sort through them and get rid of those items that no longer fit or that you don’t wear anymore. You can donate them to a local charity. Clean blinds, light fixtures and ceiling fans. Wipe smudges off light-switch covers and door frames, too. • Bathroom: Wipe down and disinfect all fixtures. Remember lighting fixtures, too. Carefully remove glass fixtures and clean with warm, soapy water. Let them dry thoroughly before reattaching. Sort through products and discard or recycle old bottles and containers. Get rid of excess clutter in your bathroom cabinets. Remove items from the medicine cabinet and wipe down all surfaces. Remove grease, grime, mildew stains and soap scum from your bathroom surfaces, including tubs, sinks, toilets, counters and baseboards.

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s the season of snow boots and slush arrives in much of the country, entryway floors will take a beating. The spot where we enter our homes — and welcome guests — can be a tricky one to decorate. It’s meant to be a showcase, expressing our style and setting the tone for a visitor’s stay. But the floor must withstand dripping umbrellas, muddy shoes and more.

Los Angeles-based interior designer Betsy Burnham is often approached by clients who want help with entryways. Choosing a floor covering is a priority, she says. Here Burnham and two other experts offer tips on durable, easy-to-clean flooring that doesn’t skimp on style, from cork to porcelain tile to washable rugs.

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Designer Brian Patrick Flynn gave these wide-plank pine floors in his home a durable update by painting a zig-zag pattern on them using porch and deck paint. Flynn also suggests adding another coat of sealer to the surface just before winter for increased durability.

Think replaceable Burnham and designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of decordemon.com, are fans of cork flooring in high-traffic areas. Cork squares are durable, made from natural wood fibers and can handle moisture. They also absorb sound well and come in a variety of colors and patterns. “Don’t just picture a bulletin board” when you think of cork, Burnham says. Cork offers a look similar to hardwood but is less expensive. And you can replace just one tile if a section gets damaged. Another flexible option is FLOR carpet tiles, Flynn says. “You can add color, texture or pattern by laying them out in the desired pat-

tern,” he says, “then cutting the end tiles to size.” FLOR tiles can be laid out to give the look of an area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting. Flynn also recommends vinyl plank tiles. These inexpensive tiles are thin but durable and easy to install. They can be mopped clean. And do-it-yourself installation is simple, Flynn says. “It simply requires a utility knife for installation. The planks attach to one another with an upward-facing sticky strip. Each time a plank reaches a wall, it’s cut to size,” he says. Think removable Rugs can be a great way to delineate the space at an entryway, and many styles are washable. “I’ve done everything from rag rugs to Turkish carpets” in entryways, Burnham says. Rather than investing in one expensive rug, she says, buy several that can be swapped out when one is being cleaned. Meg Caswell, host of HGTV’s “Meg’s Great Rooms,” suggests shopping for carpet remnants. Carpet See FLOORS, Page 23


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stores often keep their remnants out of sight, she says, but if you ask they should direct you to them. If you find a remnant piece you want, have it cut to size. You can ask to have it banded with a canvas edge in a contrasting color, Caswell says, or in a patterned fabric you’ve chosen (check the remnants at fabric stores for affordable finds and bring the fabric with you to the carpet store). By using a remnant, you’ve created a custom piece with little expense. If it’s damaged by foot traffic over the course of a few winters, the loss will be minimal. Stylish but inexpensive and washable rugs are widely available online, from Ikea.com to eBay.com or Etsy.com. If you find a style you like at a great price, these designers recommend buying two so you’ll have a backup. Another approach Flynn and Burnham recommend: Buy a vintage rug that’s already worn. Faded colors and frayed spots are part of the charm, so you won’t mind if further wear-and-tear happens. If you’d prefer the finished look of wallto-wall carpeting at your entrance, Flynn suggests buying several smaller rugs and

A printed-concrete tiled entryway is a good example of texture. Some designers suggest avoiding pale neutrals and solids in favor of slightly bolder colors, patterns and textures that hide dirt and signs of wear.

attaching them underneath with carpet tape. The edges can be cut to fit your See FLOORS, Page 25

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space, giving a permanent, wall-to-wall look. But pieces can be removed for cleaning. Think durable Caswell often recommends porcelain tiles for high-traffic entryways. “The minute I say porcelain tile, people think it’s going to shatter, that it’s fragile,” she says. “But really porcelain tiles are truly the most durable tiles out there.” They’re nearly “impossible to chip,” Caswell says. “But the best part is that if it does chip, the color is all the way through the entire piece.” Burnham agrees: Porcelain tile, she says, “looks like stone, but it’s much less expensive than actual stone. We’ve done charcoal-gray, big rectangles of porcelain tile, and it’s so much easier to sweep out or mop up because you can get it wet.” Think bold Whatever material you use for your entryway floors, these designers suggest avoiding pale neutrals and solids in favor of slightly bolder colors, patterns, and textures that hide dirt and signs of wear. For wood floors, Flynn suggests, “Have a pattern painted directly onto it using

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1. Lock the windows. Even when a window is closed, a little space remains between the sashes where air can leak in. Simply locking the window pulls the sashes tightly together. 2. Unplug. Many appliances, electronics and other electrical devices, even cell phone chargers, draw power even when they’re turned off. Unplugging them when they’re not in use eliminates this vampire power drain. Granted, that’s not always easy or even possible to do. But where it’s practical, you can plug more than one device – say, your TV and DVD player – into an accessible power strip. With the flip of just the strip’s power switch, you cut the power

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ing the dimmable kind. Oh, and take Dad’s advice: Turn off any lights you don’t need. 5. Turn off the computer. When you’re done surfing the Net and updating your Facebook status for the day, shut down your computer. Better still, activate its system standby or hibernating feature to save power when the computer is on during the day. Of course, you don’t want to turn off the computer if you’ve scheduled automatic maintenance checks that happen at night. 6. Rearrange the furniture. A forced-air system works best when air can flow freely from registers and into cold-air returns. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking these vents. The same thing applies to radiators. If you block them with furniture, you block their heat. 7. Change the furnace filter. The filter’s primary purpose is to trap dust and other gunk before it gets to the furnace. Dirty filters impede air flow, causing the furnace blower to work longer. Dirty parts also wear out faster. By

keeping them clean, you’ll cut down on furnace-repair costs and reduce the chance of a furnace failure, which, of course, always happens on the coldest day of the year. Change the filter monthly, or clean it if it’s a reusable type. 8. Turn down the tank. For most homes, a setting of 120 degrees is plenty hot for a water heater. The only exception is if you have a dishwasher without a booster heater. Check the user manual to find out whether you need hotter water. When the water isn’t as hot, mineral buildup and corrosion slow. That helps your water heater run better and last longer. 9. Let the sun shine in. The sun is a powerful heating source, even in winter. Opening window coverings on sunny days lets you take advantage of that free heat, reducing the amount your furnace needs to produce. Close those coverings at night to help keep the heat inside. 10. Avoid the range. As much as possible, skip using the stove or oven and opt instead for smaller cooking appliances -- slow cookers, microwave ovens, toaster ovens and the like. They use less energy than that big appliance. Come to think of it, saving energy sounds like a great excuse for eating out. There go the savings.

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