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Renovating Your House Without Any Demolition

Renovating your house doesn’t have to mean taking it down to its studs. It does, however, entail some big decisions. First establish why you want to renovate, says Micah Finkel, owner of the Brooklyn-based Sons & Co., a custom millwork company. Are you looking to create your dream house or improve its value at resale, or, perhaps, to accomplish both? Also, consider whether you’re renovating for aesthetic or functional reasons and convey your intentions to the designer and contractor, says...

A Few Little Tips for Decorating in Small Spaces

As more and more people downsize or move into ever smaller homes, co-ops and condos, they’re faced with the challenge of fitting all their possessions into a more limited space. The first thing to do in tackling a smaller space is to assess what you plan to put in it and take a closer look at your things, says Donna Sheehan, interior designer and owner of Inner Sense Interiors of Bellport. “Letting go of some things can lead to gaining others, such as a workable albeit small closet...

How to Make The Most of Your Closet Storage Space

Today’s closet is not simply a place to stash your clothes. Rather, with the proper design, a closet virtually becomes a room within a room, a showcase to proudly display your wardrobe. The first thing to address in designing a closet are the hanging clothes, because there’s really nowhere else for these clothes to go, says Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets, a storage design company based in Holbrook. “When you walk into a closet, it’s not just about packing it in,” says Reich...

How To Turn An Attic Into A Bonus Room

If you’re looking for a practical solution for adding more room to your house, consider turning that cluttered attic into usable, livable space, such as an extra bedroom, playroom, office, or personal yoga studio. Provided the space has a high enough ceiling, a finished attic would be an easier and more economical renovation than adding an extension to the house, notes Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten, a free platform that connects homeowners with vetted general contractors...

The latest home tech is all about automation

Imagine changing the color that emits from your light fixture when you’re thousands of miles away or checking whether you’re running low on milk with a peek into your fridge while sitting at your desk at work. These are just some of the latest innovations that exist today to automate your home. With the advent of integrated technology, you can stay in the kitchen while accessing the internet for recipes, video chatting with friends, creating shopping lists, adjusting the thermostat, controlling...

Living Al Fresco: Creating Outdoor Spaces

Come summer, just about everyone naturally thinks of getting out in the fresh air. But with the growing popularity of fire pits, fireplaces, and an array of outdoor heaters, people are spending more and more time in their backyards and extending their living space outward. To create a seamless interior-exterior transition, it’s important to incorporate the same furniture style, similar textures and color schemes for both spaces, says Jodi Dell, owner of Jodi Dell Designs, a Manhattan-based...

With spring house chores, should you do it yourself or hire a pro?

Ah, spring! The birds are singing, the flowers are budding and you’ve got chores galore to do around the house. Would you be better off hiring a pro or doing the job yourself? Turning on the water source for the sprinkler system, checking that valves in manifold areas are holding water, running each zone to ensure that nothing’s leaking and all heads are intact, says Mike Amarosa, owner of Ammo Irrigation in Port Jefferson. “We adjust the heads, set the timers,” explains Amarosa...
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