Homes

Published October 17, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Millions of people across the United States are kept warm each year thanks to funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. However, declining federal appropriations means groups that receive money from this fund are finding it harder and harder to assist those in need.

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Published October 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Although Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind as to whether the furnace or air conditioning is needed on any given day, the fact remains that as the calendar counts down to winter, more and more residents will need to switch on their heat.

But will it work?

Heating and cooling experts all recommend an annual check of the furnace to make sure a professional can catch any problems before the outside thermometer dips.

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Published October 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — You don’t have to howl if you don’t want to, but Halloween is coming, and for many it’s a time of excitement that circles around with the annual changing of the seasons.

The month of October allows many people to celebrate being a kid again with costume parties or surrounding themselves with cute or spooky Halloween décor.

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Published September 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The tiny-home movement has already taken over home improvement channels and is slowly starting to spread across the country, as more people are drawn to the idea of downsizing.

Locally, Scott Baker is hoping the trend will grow some feet in the metro Detroit area. 

Baker recently started the company Cool Tiny Homes, based in Rochester, to offer tiny homes to people looking to bring a small cottage up north or to a hunting site.

“I like the idea of minimization to kind of get back to your roots,” he said. 

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Published September 20, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The most occupied room in a house is arguably the kitchen, so a nice countertop really goes a long way.

As the years have passed, times have changed. Many homes now forgo the old plastic laminate look in exchange for a more chic, yet classic, look.

Jena Anastasio, an interior designer at Transitions Remodeling in Farmington Hills, said she has noticed an influx in popularity in the quartz market.

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Published September 13, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s sometimes easy to forget in our modern, often comfortable lives that something could throw a wrench into our routines and bring life as we know it to a screeching halt.

September is National Preparedness Month, a timely educational effort amid the wildfires, hurricanes and flooding that have been filling the news of late.

Local experts weighed in on what residents in the metro Detroit area can do to make sure they are ready for emergencies, such as water main breaks or power outages, or disasters, such as tornadoes or flooding.

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Published September 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Now that the Labor Day holiday weekend is through, many Michiganders’ thoughts are turning to one of two things: closing up the cottage or getting ready to close up the home before heading south for the winter.

Local safety officials say that in both cases, there are a number of things that should be done to protect an unoccupied house.

The first thing St. Clair Shores Police Community Resource Officer Chad Hammer recommends is making sure that the house appears to be occupied. 

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Published August 30, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The buildup to the start of school not only has parents scrambling for school supplies and a new wardrobe for their kids, but has also made the housing market in metro Detroit a busy one this summer.

A market saturated with buyers has made for a competitive atmosphere over the past few months, according to local real estate agents. There weren’t enough houses on the market to meet all the demand.

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Published August 23, 2017

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DETROIT — The city is coming back to life.

Abandoned buildings are being transformed into luxury lofts, and new construction is move-in ready in hot neighborhoods like midtown, downtown, the Riverwalk and more.  

The second annual Downtown Living Tour, hosted by Hour Detroit and Detroit Home Magazine Aug. 11, delivered a first look at six new developments. Each is currently under construction or renovation, or recently completed. 

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Published August 16, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 9, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 1, 2017

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By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published July 28, 2017

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By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 19, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 12, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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