IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Sun, 24 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-17078-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
 Springfield Jaycees Lawnmower ClinicApr 16, 9am-1pm Sat. Lawnmowers serviced at reasonable prices. $50-60. O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1501 W. Jefferson, 793-1872.Woodland Wildflower and Tree SaleApr...]]>
Springfield style, inside and out - Use design concepts for aesthetics and practical living http://illinoistimes.com/article-17079-springfield-style-inside-and-out.html Springfield style, inside and out - Use design concepts for aesthetics and practical living
 Homes and landscapes are individual and personal. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a time-tested tradition in much of art and design. While art and beauty can depend upon individual...]]>
How to get the roof you need http://illinoistimes.com/article-17080-how-to-get-the-roof-you-need.html How to get the roof you need
 When it comes to home improvements, a good roof isn’t as obvious as a new garage, as entertaining as a new sound system or as cool as a new kitchen. In fact, it could be said that the best roo...]]>
Keep to the code http://illinoistimes.com/article-17081-keep-to-the-code.html Keep to the code
 It’s my yard, I’ll do what I want – right?Maybe, and maybe not. Before breaking ground for a new garage, planning your first pool party, going into the egg business or working on your cous...]]>
Home appraisal survival guide - How to put the best possible face on your spacious, clean, carefree home sweet home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17082-home-appraisal-survival-guide.html Home appraisal survival guide - How to put the best possible face on your spacious, clean, carefree home sweet home
 The useful life of an appraisal is just one year, so any sale, refinance or home equity loan will likely require a new appraisal ordered by the financial institution, conducted by a qualified ap...]]>
Your beautiful garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-17083-your-beautiful-garden.html Your beautiful garden
 If landscaping goes in cycles, where every few years there’s a wildly popular new thing you suddenly see everywhere, followed by a few years of refinements until the next new splashy thing, th...]]>
Growing asparagus at home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17084-growing-asparagus-at-home.html Growing asparagus at home
 Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people, as the first crop cannot be harvested for at least a year after planting. This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that can m...]]>
Home and garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-16131-home-and-garden-events-calendar.html Home and garden events calendar
Prairie GardenSep 17, 5:30pm Thu. Learn which prairie plants will make great additions to your garden. Hosted by University of Illinois Sangamon-Menard Extension. Free. 782-4617. University of Illinoi...]]>
What’s new in the kitchen? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16132-what%25E2%2580%2599s-new-in-the-kitchen.html What’s new in the kitchen?
Frank Buraski of Buraski Builders, who has been in the business of renovations and construction for 34 years, finds that kitchen trends are cyclical. He notes with interest that people are becoming mo...]]>
Home-sharing - For boarders without borders, consider Airbnb http://illinoistimes.com/article-16133-home-sharing.html Home-sharing - For boarders without borders, consider Airbnb
 People all over the world who have a surplus of space, an adventurous spirit and the desire for extra income have opened up their homes to guests via Airbnb. For those who haven’t experienced...]]>
Make the most of your yard with a patio http://illinoistimes.com/article-16134-make-the-most-of-your-yard-with-a-patio.html Make the most of your yard with a patio
 Whether your yard is the size of a football field or a putting green, a well-planned brick or stone patio can make your space into a sanctuary and add value to your home.While many people can ha...]]>
Easy and budget-friendly ways to add curb appeal http://illinoistimes.com/article-16135-easy-and-budget-friendly-ways-to-add-curb-appeal.html Easy and budget-friendly ways to add curb appeal
 Curb appeal can help a home get noticed in a bustling real estate market. Curb appeal also can contribute to the aesthetics of a neighborhood for residents who plan to stay put, and many homeown...]]>
Converting garages into livable spaces http://illinoistimes.com/article-16136-converting-garages-into-livable-spaces.html Converting garages into livable spaces
 Many people decide to upgrade from their apartments or condominiums out of a need for more space. But even after moving into a new home, homeowners may soon begin to outgrow the room they have....]]>
Time to plant garlic http://illinoistimes.com/article-16137-time-to-plant-garlic.html Time to plant garlic
 With the change of seasons, there are many different activities that take place in the garden during this time of year, according to University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.“In...]]>
Fall gardening tips http://illinoistimes.com/article-16138-fall-gardening-tips.html Fall gardening tips
 Taking a walk in cool, crisp weather, attending football games, picking apples and choosing the perfect pumpkin are some quintessential activities for the fall, said University of Illinois horti...]]>
A beautiful spring begins this fall - Now is the time to plant spring bulbs http://illinoistimes.com/article-16139-a-beautiful-spring-begins-this-fall.html A beautiful spring begins this fall - Now is the time to plant spring bulbs
 Have you ever admired the vibrant colors of spring flowers and wondered how to create this beauty in your own landscape?  “The time to plant for spring bloomers is now,” said University...]]>
Confessions of a reformed composter http://illinoistimes.com/article-16140-confessions-of-a-reformed-composter.html Confessions of a reformed composter
 Do your eyes glaze over as you read home composting recipes? Do you wonder if an advanced degree in chemistry is necessary to make respectable home compost? “Home composting is no more complic...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15343-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Get Your Roses Ready for the SeasonApril 16, 5:30pm. Barney Bruzetti on getting your roses off to a good start and keeping them beautiful all summer. 30 minute presentation followed by Q&A session...]]>
Save your basement with an overhead sewer line http://illinoistimes.com/article-15344-save-your-basement-with-an-overhead-sewer-line.html Save your basement with an overhead sewer line
 April showers bring May flowers, and they can also bring nasty basement flooding.Springfield’s older neighborhoods face an increased risk of sewer backups in the spring and summer, but homeown...]]>
The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses http://illinoistimes.com/article-15345-the-greenest-of-springfield-awards.html The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses
 Sustainable Springfield Incorporated has announced its newest sustainability program for area small businesses, The Greenest of Springfield Awards. The program aims to raise awareness for busine...]]>
Add value to your home with these renovations http://illinoistimes.com/article-15346-add-value-to-your-home-with-these-renovations.html Add value to your home with these renovations
Homeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Although many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, several others are seen as worthwhile investments. ...]]>
Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels http://illinoistimes.com/article-15347-dos-and-don%25E2%2580%2599ts-of-kitchen-remodels.html Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels
According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report,” a major kitchen remodeling project should enable homeowners to recoup 74.2 percent of their initial investments. Kitchen renovations h...]]>
Renovating a historic home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15348-renovating-a-historic-home.html Renovating a historic home
 Living in an historic home can be a labor of love. The history and the distinct architecture of historic homes draw buyers to such properties, but what historic homes have in regard to history t...]]>
The benefits of hiring a landscaper http://illinoistimes.com/article-15349-the-benefits-of-hiring-a-landscaper.html The benefits of hiring a landscaper
The flowers are blooming, and the grass has begun to grow anew, making spring a great time for homeowners to once again turn their attention to landscaping. Those who aren’t looking forward to dusti...]]>
A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise http://illinoistimes.com/article-15350-a-haven-for-japanese-maples.html A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise
 For tree lovers and connoisseurs of Japanese maples in particular, Davidsan’s, at 919 S. Farmingdale Road near New Berlin, is a paradise. David and Gale Myers’ 22-acre tree farm is the large...]]>
Transplanting trees is no small task http://illinoistimes.com/article-15351-transplanting-trees-is-no-small-task.html Transplanting trees is no small task
An alluring landscape can make a home that much more enjoyable. Many homeowners devote considerable time to their lawns and gardens, and that devotion can pay both instant and long-term dividends. A w...]]>
How to build a disaster-resilient house http://illinoistimes.com/article-15352-how-to-build-a-disaster-resilient-house.html How to build a disaster-resilient house
 Extreme weather events in every season now are thrashing, burning, flooding and flattening many homes into rubble, and such storms are making many homeowners wonder what would happen to their ho...]]>
Create a warm and cozy space outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14469-create-a-warm-and-cozy-space-outdoors.html Create a warm and cozy space outdoors
 More and more people are staying at home to entertain rather than heading out for a night on the town. The trend of staying at home has sparked many homeowners to invest in their backyards, with...]]>
Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14473-blaze-of-glory.html Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney
 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b...]]>
Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit http://illinoistimes.com/article-14478-cut-your-energy-bill-with-a-home-energy-audit.html Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit
 Most people don’t turn to Gary Hurley until it’s too late. Hurley is energy services manager for Springfield City Water, Light and Power, and he oversees the utility’s home energy audit pr...]]>