Blog - Rosie on the House

02 July 2019

Most of the time, the first thing people see when driving up to your house is your garage door or your front door. Bringing these doors to life can add sales and visual appeal to your home. So here is the latest information from experts on trends in buying a new garage door or front door for your home...

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24 June 2019

It seems every Summer is the time that our AC units collectively decide it is time to start acting up. In this searing summer heat the smallest problems can turn into big headaches. This week David Byrnes of Green Integrated Design discusses common AC problems, how to fix them, and some great tips on how to efficiently cool your home...

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18 June 2019

Lots of simple new ideas for using the sun to help cool off your house are in the works, including an energy-efficient, so-called "Hybrid Climate System", developed by SunTrac, a Tempe company, along with other companies. The new system involves installing a small single "smart" panel on a home's roof...

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11 June 2019

Millions of homes in America are now equipped with rooftop solar panels that produce electricity. Over the last several years, hundreds of appliances and products have hit the market every year to inspire even more use of solar power inside and outside our homes. Many of these devices come and go from the marketplace, but here are some of the latest choices plus advice on getting good service out of them...

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04 June 2019

In the last few years, utilities in Arizona have been slowly reducing the buyback credits they pay homeowners with solar panels who "sell" their excess power back to the utility. With these changes, many predicted that sales of solar systems would drop dramatically. Despite all that, solar is flourishing... Here are some of the possible reasons why...

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28 May 2019

Have you ever thought that Arizona squanders a lot of money and energy running air conditioners half the year? The fact is however, that our state – the 14th most populous in the union – ranks close to the bottom -- 43rd among all states -- in energy consumption per capita. The following is a summary of Arizona’s energy sources, including the “renewables” that make up about 13 percent of the state’s net electric generation. For some of us, there may be a few surprises...

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21 May 2019

Everyone was horrified at last year's fires in California, but then we read a newspaper account about a home in Malibu that survived one of the worst wildfires ever in that state. Arizona doesn't seem to have as many risks as California... but we certainly have wildfires. In light of the fact that the summer season of wildfires might not be far away, here is a list of materials and techniques that can be used during building to provide more fire protection for an Arizona home...

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14 May 2019

Let's say you're really anxious to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom. Now you're searching for the right remodeler to do the job. Maybe you are even about to hire someone....

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07 May 2019

Discover six different ways you could update your backyard this season. New trends, styles, DIY, and designs that will improve your outdoor living room...

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30 April 2019

You've finally decided to remodel the kitchen including ripping out cabinets and walls... The price tag for this upscale remodel looks astonishing, but after all, when you sell, you'll get a big chunk of money back – or will you? Every year since 2002, Remodeling magazine has done a report comparing the cost of most current remodels to how much the investment will improve a home's resale value. In other words the report estimates how much money a homeowner...

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23 April 2019

Many Arizona homeowners would like to have hardwood floors, but after thinking over the complications of installing real wood, homeowners have been tempted by unique new products that look like the real thing, are cheaper than hardwood, water-resistant, easy to clean and may even have a non-slip finish....

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16 April 2019

Ever since the 1950s, new ideas for surfacing kitchen countertops have kept hitting the marketplace. Since 2000, a manufactured newcomer, "quartz" has emerged. What's the difference between quartz and granite? Are there other options that may be better? What's more popular and what about the average cost?...

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09 April 2019

Once upon a time, a backsplash amounted to a few extra rows of tile installed in a kitchen above the cooktop or the sink. It was a way to keep food or water from splashing up on bare walls. But the past few years, the backsplash has become a tempting “kitchen canvas” where homeowners and kitchen designers try out exciting ideas. If you're looking for backsplash ideas for your kitchen, we have seven suggestions...

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02 April 2019

There are many different possibilities for budget-friendly flooring; some of them are easy enough that you might even consider doing a DIY project. We researched a few of the more popular options and the work that would go into making your flooring project successful...

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26 March 2019

Sometimes plans can be disrupted by common aging issues, illness, injury or even an accident requiring surgery or even serious medical attention. After one of these medical issues occurs, you may need extra physical help, such as short-term rehab, before heading home. A new short-term rehabilitation approach has been introduced by LifeStream Complete Senior Living...

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19 March 2019

Arizona ranks #2 in the U.S. for drawing in baby-boomers, according to the Census data. Today’s homeowners are more active than ever and determined to stay in their home as they enjoy retirement. We all crave our independence, and in most instances a minor remodel of our home can make that independence possible...

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12 March 2019

We asked an Arizona energy and building expert – John Wesley Miller of Tucson – to suggest eight sensible ideas for making an existing house more sustainable. As an award-winning builder and solar pioneer, Miller has been a national leader in energy conservation and green building ideas. He also champions the concept of "universal accessibility" – building homes that are creatively designed to be user-friendly and comfortable for all...

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07 March 2019

When we set out to make our custom tool box, we didn't think it would be easy, and we were right!...

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05 March 2019

If you’re planning to do remodeling for an aging relative or friend, their budget for changes may be too limited to take on huge projects, but there are important changes you can add to your home or theirs to improve safety and make life easier. Most of these ideas are either do-it-yourself projects or improvements a handyman can do...

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26 February 2019

Someone in the family is getting older and needs a new place to live. So like many homeowners you wonder if you'll need to remodel a little in order to provide space for your favorite grandmother and/or grandfather or perhaps your parents or other relatives need some assistance. For starters, you may need to provide handicapped access throughout the house...

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