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Topic - Jim Rill
The Washington area may be home to Democrats, Republicans, independents and Libertarians, but no matter what their political persuasion, local residents more than likely live in a conservative home.
While many homeowners gladly embrace the joy of gardening in spring and summer, many turn their backs on the outside of their house as the weather cools. It may not be as easy to surround your home with colorful flowers and greenery in the winter, but landscape designers and home remodeling experts can recommend ways to improve the appeal of your grounds even when they are hard with frost.
If your dream is to build to a custom home with every feature finished to your specifications, you likely will need deep pockets and a plenty of patience. Though some costs of custom-home building have decreased, buying land, hiring an architect and working with a custom home builder is still an experience reserved for those who can afford a home with a million-dollar price tag.
If you want your home to become the center for neighborhood activity, one of the best ways to do it is to create an indoor sports space for your children and their friends.
The "eat local" movement encourages consumers to buy food that has been grown as close to home as possible. You can't get much more local than growing your own zucchini, grilling it in your outdoor kitchen and serving it to your guests a few feet from where it was planted.
The term "mudroom" often conjures up an image of a filthy floor strewn with debris, soggy sneakers and sports equipment caked with dirt.
"When we consult with homeowners and determine how much space they have and the budget, we can incorporate things like a calendar area for keeping schedules, a small desk with a space for the mail and a laptop, and electrical outlets for charging cell phones and iPads," Mr. Rill said.
"Whatever you do, the mudroom is one place in the home where every inch should be designed for the maximum storage space," Mr. Rill said.