Blog - Rosie on the House

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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19 February 2019

When your pipes get clogged or you spring a serious water leak, there's nothing quite like that feeling of relief when a plumber rings your doorbell. However, there are lots of problems with pipes clogging up that can be prevented before they start, plumbers tell us. If you avoid certain practices, you can save yourself a lot of problems and frustration...

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12 February 2019

When Arizona homeowners remodel their kitchens and bathrooms, it's because they want an updated space with the newest, quality features and fixtures. We researched and gathered the latest plumbing trends for kitchen and bathroom so you don't have to...

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05 February 2019

You rarely think about the pipes supplying fresh water to your house and carrying sewage and wastewater away. However, the age and condition of your pipes might keep you awake at night, or cause you a great deal of stress and expense should something go wrong. Here are some key facts about plumbing in Arizona homes and what you can do to care for it......

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29 January 2019

It always seems to happen at the worst possible moment. It's late at night, you hear water trickling and discover it's coming out of your water heater. It looks like the leak could flood the garage or worse yet, perhaps a closet or storage area inside the house. Once the problem is fixed, how do you avoid a crisis like that in the future? We came up with key questions and answers about heating water in your home that'll help you in the future...

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22 January 2019

Odds are, you've probably done some type of successful DIY projects before, and now you're taking a look at your flooring next. Perhaps your project is a not as extensive such as adding accent tile around an outdoor kitchen or a backsplash; or maybe you've just always yearned to try laying tile. We asked Joe Fortuna, owner of Mexican Tile and Stone in Phoenix and Tucson, for his suggestions on starter projects and for tips on making jobs go smoothly...

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15 January 2019

Old dusty chandeliers and other aging light fixtures can make your home look tired and outdated. They can also waste electricity if you're still using incandescent bulbs. Here are some tips and advice on how to replace old fixtures and perhaps make the switch toward using energy saving LED lighting...

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08 January 2019

In the realm of home improvement, there are a multitude of tasks that can be done to improve the overall feel of your home, both big and small. However, sometimes these jobs can be glossed over, maybe the complexity of said task is daunting, or there are so many small fixes you don't know where to even begin, perhaps you simply just do not have the time. Fret no longer, this week at Rosie On The House we cover different Do It Yourself jobs that can be completed in a weekend, or even a single day!...

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03 January 2019

Radon, a naturally occurring gas found all over the country, and the world. A substance, which if you are unfamiliar with, can be potentially hazardous to anyone in your household. Join Rosie Certified Partner Arizona Foundation Solutions this week as they show us what Radon is, why it is dangerous, and how to keep you and your loved ones safe!...

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01 January 2019

We are all familiar with that dreaded feeling, discovering a puddle on the floor, sagging or swollen drywall, something is leaking and by the time you've spotted it the damage is done. Join us this week as we explore how to prevent leaks from happening, keeping your home dry, and the homeowner happy!...

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