Blog - Rosie on the House

24 March 2020

When starting your next Home Improvement project, you'll come to find that applying for and receiving permits requires more patience than a stripped nail. When it comes to the incredible complex world of permitting, you'll want to make sure you have a grasp of what they are and why we need them. Knowing what they are and how they function before you start your next major project will save you a whole lot of headache down the road. ...

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18 March 2020

Converting a Carport to an enclosed garage involves a lot more than throwing up a couple of walls and hanging a garage door. In fact, if that's all you do you'll be creating two problems for yourself: A code violation, and a potential fire trap. This week we will cover what you'll need to know before starting such a project...

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10 March 2020

Painting your home can seem like a daunting task, it is one of the larger paint jobs many us of us will experience during our lives. You'll want to be sure it gets done right, but what does that exactly entail? This week we cover how to settle on the perfect paint for your home, and how to find the right painter to get that done! ...

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03 March 2020

Think you might like to join the 9 million people who hit the road in an RV this year? Modern RV’s have amenities similar to home with solid surface countertops, designer elements from real to not so real tile backsplashes. With residential refrigerators, induction cooktops, electric fireplaces, lift beds, porcelain tile floors, multiple LCD TVs - new RVs, especially larger ones, often rival new household construction in design and cosmetic trends...

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25 February 2020

If you are in the market for new cabinets, you may be pleasantly surprised! With all of the improvements to functionality and updates in style, every homeowner can have a kitchen that works for them and enhances their lifestyle...

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18 February 2020

If you are planning to sell your home, it is imperative that it leaves a good (or better) first impression. While it is a seller’s market, it is a competitive market! Positive or negative impressions are made at the first glance...

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11 February 2020

Have you ever thought about buying a historic home? They can be pricey to keep up. We don't have many really old homes in Arizona but, imagine caring for a home that is 100 years old or older? If you are a taxpaying American citizen, you are partial owner of the 200-year-old White House. In Honor of Presidents Day, we decided to take a look at a few of the significant changes it has gone through...

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04 February 2020

The convention floor buzzed with excitement last month as the National Kitchen and Bath show got under way. Designers and builders viewed the hundreds of manufacturer booths that lined the floor looking for the latest and greatest finds for homeowners. Here are a few of our top picks from the show...

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28 January 2020

Is your house getting to the point that every time you pull into the driveway you think “we really need to paint” or “gee, a cactus design would look cute on the mailbox” or “is this my house”? Before you trot down to the hardware store for supplies, you need to check if the changes you want to do to the exterior of your home are allowed by your Homeowners Association (HOA)...

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21 January 2020

If your home was built before 1978, lead paint might have been used during the building of your house, and if it was built as late as the 1990s, materials containing asbestos may have been used too. Common renovation, repair, and painting activities like sanding, cutting, chipping, and replacing windows, can disturb lead-based paint and asbestos creating hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults, children, and pets...

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14 January 2020

Most of the time, Arizona's climate allows us to spend a lot of time outdoors. With more conveniences and a variety of landscapes and accents, our backyards have become an oasis. In addition to a pool, there are many options available to enhance our backyards so we can enjoy them year-round...

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07 January 2020

There are many innocuous tasks we do around the house that with one wrong turn could lead to a visit to the ER. We spoke with Dr. Lisa Goldberg, Emergency Medicine, Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Emergency Department. The most common accidents around the house that the ER team sees at TMC are cuts and lacerations to the hands. Sometimes they result from bagel, avocado, and tomato debacles, but many come from DIY projects that require the use of a saw...

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30 December 2019

It’s time to get rid of the three-ring binder and move your home management documents into the digital age. Digital home management gives you the ability to start or update your home’s inventory, track a maintenance calendar, manage your home remodel projects, understand your home finances and market your home when you are ready to sell it...

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23 December 2019

Wow! We sure have covered a lot of topics in our 30+ years! At the end of each year we look back at the blogs that received the most website clicks. Sometimes they are blogs from previous years, as is the case of three of the five below. So, in case you missed these or could use a refresher, these are the top three home improvement and top three landscape blogs that received the most website clicks in 2019...

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17 December 2019

If your closets and garage are bursting at the seams, it may be time to look into a storage shed... A shed can make your property look tidier because everything is out of sight instead of shoved in a corner or cluttering your garage...

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10 December 2019

Christmas and Hanukkah are just days away. If you have not finished your holiday shopping, we have some ideas with a little Americana spin that may inspire you...

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03 December 2019

Daydreaming about buying your very own cabin? Somewhere at 6,000 feet where the highs are in the 80s in summer and the lows are in the 50s? Just a small place, not too expensive? Here are some important questions to ask if you have been bitten by the cabin bug...

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26 November 2019

Imagine returning home each day to a space that invites you in and encourages you to relax, leaving the day behind! This is an outdoor space full of fresh air, comfortable seating, just the right amount of light and perhaps a block fireplace. It is an attractive space with beautiful interlocking pavers and colors that reflect the beauty of the desert. In the Arizona desert it is possible to create this special place right in your very own backyard!...

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19 November 2019

So you live in Arizona and want to turn your home into a ranch-style house. Seems easy. Tack on some western décor and voila you have a ranch house! Sorry folks, that’s not how it works. Ranch-style is not themed décor; it’s an architectural style. Unless you change the floor plan and roofline of your current house, you cannot have an authentic ranch-style home...

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12 November 2019

The 70s brought us Avocado Green, Harvest Gold, Sunflower Orange, and Chocolate Brown. The 80s had us moseying along in pastel tones of the southwest. Every decade has its pallet. If your home looks like a throwback to yesteryear, consider updating it for the new decade. Angela Hirst, Showroom & Designer Sales Manager at Interior Essentials, a Rosie on the House Certified Partner, offers some ideas to refresh and modernize your home...

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