Spray Foam Insulation Effect on a Shingle Roof

Acute temperatures in uninsulated, ventilated attics affect comfort and energy efficiency in living spaces beneath. Many homeowners elect to seal and insulate the attic, cutting indoor heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter. A comprehensive attic sealing project typically includes applying polyurethane spray foam insulation to the underside of the roof sheathing. The…

How to Care for Gaillardia Aristata Arizona Red Shade

Heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant and requiring minimum care, Gaillardia aristata “Arizona Red Shades,” a cultivar of this plant commonly called blanketflower, is up for just about anything, except moist soil. From spring through autumn, the big orange-red to yellow flowers bloom on 10- to 12-inch stalks. This cultivar grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones…

A Thrifter's Comfortably Bohemian Bungalow

Serial and blogger thrifter Hilary Walker believes in the power of working with what you have got. Nowhere is that more evident than at the Fort Worth, Texas, leasing she shares with husband David, a music teacher. The Walkers stuffed the 1940s house with antiques, roadside furniture, exceptional artwork and repurposed household items that all…

Details: Show Off Your Sink Line

Many contemporary and traditional sink designs expose our waste and water supply lines. If your new sink will show off your pipes, you will want to decide on a good sink trap — specifically a P-trap, named because of its shape, such as the letter”P” — and matching sink fittings. There are two fundamental sorts…

Herb Garden Essentials: How to Grow Basil

Basil, indigenous to Asia, is now a buckle staple in restaurants across the world. The familiar and aromatic sweet ginger (Ocimum basilicum) is grown as a summer annual that generally reaches roughly 2 feet tall. Even if you’re already committed to sweet basil as your herb garden mainstay, it is well worth taking a peek…

A California Craftsman Bungalow Lightens Up

When this homeowner bought her Craftsman bungalow in Pasadena, California, it was stripped of a lot of its charms by bad renovations. She and her boyfriend at the time worked on the home constantly, but they went a bit overboard on Craftsman style. After she split from the renovation-helping Craftsman-inclined boyfriend, the home seemed just…