Bust the Breakdown: Appliance Repairs That Won’t Break the Bank

April 15th, 2014

The key to properly caring for your appliances so you can utilize them for many years is to maintain and clean them regularly. If you’ve cleaned and maintained them properly, they will not need repairs as often and when they do need repairs, it won’t cost you an excessive amount of money. Focusing on the larger appliances in your home, here’s how to keep costs down and appliance efficiency up.

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Washing Machine

The biggest problem with washing machines are the hoses. The hoses are made of rubber than can dry or crack over time. It’s the same as the hoses in your vehicle; they will wear down with use and time. This creates cracks in the rubber which will drip and eventually start to have a major leak. Check your hoses regularly and replace them every five years to prolong the life of the washer. It’s important to keep soap from building up in the washer too. The rim and moving parts should be cleaned periodically. Occasionally, run a load with no clothing and plain water with 1 cup of white vinegar to clean out the caked soap. (more…)

How to Bring Nature Indoors

April 12th, 2014

One of the great things about home design is that we get to question the rules of the past, borrow from what we find valuable, and redefine them according to our own needs and sensibilities in the 21st Century.

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What does that mean when it comes to connecting the worlds of indoor and outdoor design in our homes? (more…)