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Palos Heights is a small western suburb of Chicago with a population of 12,000 and a land area of less than 4 square miles.
Often confused with its larger neighbor, Palos Hills, the smaller town is nearly 20 years older and has the interesting history of being originally developed as
Most American homes built after World War I sit on foundations made of concrete block or poured concrete. The refinement and wide availability of these materials, along with the advent of the trucks and highways to get them to building sites allowed the construction of stable foundations that
Having windows in the basement is great. They admit natural light, can be opened to let in some often badly needed fresh air and, properly configured, can serve as an emergency escape.
Of course, when there are windows in the basement, there have to be window
For a relatively small city of 60,000, West Allis WI has a lot going on.
Named for the founder of former heavy equipment giant Allis-Chalmers, West Allis is a thriving suburb on the west side of Milwaukee. Along with being known as the hometown of flamboyant entertainer
Highland Park is a community of about 30,000 residents located on the banks of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore. A year-round shopping, dining and cultural destination, Highland Park becomes even more popular in the warmer weather months.
The Port Clinton Art Festival, one
Maybe it’s laundry day or time to bring out the lawn furniture. Or, maybe you just need a screwdriver or a bucket. So, it’s into the basement you go.
You flip on the light, go down the stairs, step in a
To some homeowners, their basement is one big workshop – a place to build things, fix things and, well, putter.
To others, it’s a storage spot, the place for the lawn furniture in the winter, the ski gear in the summer and the place year-round
Valparaiso IN had its first European settler in 1834 when a log cabin was built in a wooded area in what was then known as Porterville. Three years later, the community took the name Valparaiso in honor of its original namesake, Commodore David Porter, who commanded a ship in
Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is known today as one of the city’s most desirable areas in which to live. Varied housing stock, ranging from greystone mansions to modern condos and excellent public schools are among the many attractions.
The history of Lincoln
Mold is a simple fungus but it can cause serious health problems for residents of a home inflicted with it. There are many forms of mold and all grow from spores and need three things to survive – moisture, warmth and food.
The tricky thing about
Homeowners are called upon to make lots of decisions about their homes: What color to paint the bathroom? Put in new windows this year or next? Carpet or hardwood on the living room floor?
Naturally, some of these decisions are easier to make than
Racine WI has been many things in its history -- a commercial port, a heavy manufacturing locale, an important stop on the Underground Railroad and a home to iconic examples of American architecture.
Today, Racine is a growing city of 78,000 residents on the western shore of Lake
The village of Oak Park grew from a small detached community at the time of the Civil War to a thriving “urban” suburb due largely to the exodus of residents from its larger neighbor after the great Chicago Fire of 1871. The village is known internationally as
Whether it’s an appreciation of greenery, a fruitful use of spare time or an ongoing quest for “curb appeal,” homeowners love landscaping and gardening. Homes look great with shrubs and flowers around them and many homeowners show off their creativity by building planter boxes
Unless located in the tropics where home heating is unnecessary and fireplaces unheard of, almost every house has a chimney of some type.
Homes with fireplaces have a chimney to vent them and the whole assembly extends into the basement (or crawl space) to accommodate an ash
Merrillville IN is a town with two personalities – it is both a bedroom suburb and a major commercial center, often referred to as the “Main Street of Northwest Indiana.”
Indeed, the U.S. Route 30 corridor in Merrillville is home to numerous big-box retailers, restaurants
German-born architect Mies van der Rohe is well known in Chicago as the designer of the International style, “glass box” buildings on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology and for other buildings in the city like IBM Plaza and the Federal Center.
Let’s face it; cleaning gutters on a home is a pain in the neck.
A conscientious homeowner will tackle the job twice a year, spring and fall, and the project usually involves ladders, garden hoses, odd-looking scoops (or just dirty hands) and often a lot
Lots of homes have crawl spaces. They may be partial ones that share the home’s footprint with a half-basement or they may be full, serving as the only belowground space in the home.
Regardless of their size, crawl spaces are like mini-basements that, although
Kenosha WI is a city of 98,000 that lies on the western shore of Lake Michigan about midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. To some it is an urban center with its own suburbs, to others Kenosha itself is a suburb of Milwaukee and some big thinkers even consider it
As winter snows melt or summer thunderstorms pour down rain, telltale signs of home maintenance problems commonly begin to crop up. Gutters leak, lawns grow puddles and mold begins to sprout.
Worst of all, basements begin to get leaky. At the end of winter, the
If you were to look at a bar graph of the dates of home construction in Naperville IL, you’d see a big jump in the decades of the 1980s and 90s. Nearly two-thirds of Naperville’s homes were built during that 20-year period and it
Hammond IN is the largest city in Lake County with a population of 76,000. Its development began with the meatpacking industry and the city was named after the owner of the city’s first packing plant.
Outside the immediate area, Hammond may be best known as
Waukesha is the seventh-largest community in the state of Wisconsin with a population of nearly 69,000 and it has been recognized numerous times as a great place to live. For example:
Money magazine ranked Waukesha on its 2012 100 Best Places to Live list;
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Skokie is one of the older suburbs of Chicago, having been settled in the 1850’s and incorporated in 1888. Today it is a fully-developed residential and commercial suburb with a population of 66,000 living in nearly 24,000 homes.
Most of these homes in Skokie have basements of poured