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How to make a small bathroom feel bigger PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:25
Is a tiny bathroom cramping your functionality and style, leaving you longing for the enormous bathrooms gracing the pages of design magazines? Even if your bathroom is a fraction of the size, all it takes is some design savvy to make the most of the space you have. Consider these 10 tips that will help your bathroom look, feel and function like those larger contenders.
1. Get creative with corners
Space is at a premium in small bathrooms, so it's important to maximize every inch. Corners, for example, provide extra space for shelving, storage units and even hooks. Get creative and install unique design solutions that are not only functional, but also eye-catching.
Tips to keep house warm without burning hole in your pocket PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:20
The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year.
They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable.
If you're interested in controlling energy expenses while maintaining comfort, these tips will help you make sure more of your money is put towards presents than power.
• Close the doors to rooms that are not in use. Most of us remember to turn off the lights in a room we're not using but we rarely shut the door. And we end up wasting energy because of it. Don't waste heat on rooms that aren't in use. Instead, close those doors and allow the heat to circulate within a smaller area. Your furnace will have an easier time maintaining the temperature and you'll notice the benefit on your energy bill.
Create inviting entrances to welcome guests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:13
Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door.
What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement?
If the latter is true, try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips from Pella Windows and Doors to create an inviting entryway and make everyone feel right at home.
Tips for creating a positive first impression with an inviting entry into your home:
• Clean fingerprints or pet nose prints from doors, sidelights and visible window glass surfaces.
• Appeal to the senses by placing fragrant arrangements nearby or light a candle just before guests arrive. For safety purposes, never leave burning candles unattended.
• Make sure the entryway is well lit. Place groupings of festive battery-operated lanterns on tables or in corners to illuminate darker areas.
Hats off to county Realtors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:04
The Wood County Board of Realtors collected over 160 hats and pairs of gloves in November.
They were donated to the Salvation Army office in Bowling Green.
Local Realtors and business affiliates donated the items during the Nov. 13 WCBR membership luncheon at the Bowling Green Country Club.
Several events took place at the meeting.
After lunch there was the election of the 2014 slate of officers, and directors and pins were presented to the Realtors who qualified as top donors for the Ohio Realtor RPAC fund.
Jennifer Kephart, executive director for Habitat for Humanity, was the speaker for the meeting.
She shared Habitat's vision for helping families get into homes of their own, emphasizing that families who helped with housing go through lengthy interviews and classes with the goal being to "support sustainable and transformational development."
Deal with drafty doors and windows PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:15
With temperatures dropping, now is the time to improve the home's energy efficiency. Drafty windows and doors can increase heating and cooling costs.
The typical American household spends $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half spent on heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star.
"Completing an annual home walk-around is a great way to check for potential maintenance needs and home improvements," said Kathy Krafka Harkema, spokesperson for Pella Windows and Doors. "Look for leaks, feel for drafts, and replace or repair worn or broken items to help avoid more costly damage."
What to look for:
• Inspect interior and exterior finishes and the space around them. Is the paint or stain in good condition? Signs of flaking and peeling, or water stains may mean that it's time to refinish or replace the window or door.
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