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Landscaping materials offer alternative yard options

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer WHEELING — Many residents of the Ohio Valley are getting ready to prepare their yards and gardens for warm weather, repairing any damage left by winter and making ready for summer. But some people are moving away from traditional grassy lawns, ...

It’s the busy season for canvas tents, canopies and awnings

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY For The Times Leader WHEELING — Whether it’s for a very casual residential setting or for a more formal occasion or business, outdoor spaces can be greatly enhanced with canvas tents, canopies or awnings. Wheeling Canvas Products Owner Lisa Martin said this is the ...

How to get the best-looking lawn for your time and money

(BPT) -- If grubs overtake your lawn this spring, will you know how to get rid of them? Do you have the time and skill to effectively patch those ugly bare spots that developed over the winter? A lush lawn and beautiful landscape are on virtually every homeowner's wish list, but a lack of time ...

Air units may need upgraded to meet new standards

By SHELLEY HANSON Times Leader Staff Writer BARNESVILLE — Now is the best time for people to start thinking about upgrading their whole house air conditioning units, according to one local company. Kellie Loudin, co-owner of Rumer Loudin Inc. that has offices in Barnesville and St. ...

Customize doors to personalize your home

By CASEY JUNKINS For The Times Leader WHEELING — Whether you’re looking for unique colors, shapes, sizes or designs, custom doors give a homeowner the chance to make his or her house one-of-a-kind. Numerous shops and contractors across the Upper Ohio Valley offer custom doors, ...

Five projects to create the perfect outdoor kitchen

(BPT) -- The weather outside is beautiful, so naturally you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible -- and that includes mealtime and even the time spent preparing your food. So, if your outdoor cooking station isn't quite master chef worthy, worry not. There are several easy, ...

Four bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

(BPT) -- When you're ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it's no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a ...

Prospective homeowners have options

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — There is much that first-time homebuyers need to know when purchasing a home, and banks and state agencies are there to assist. Agencies in Ohio and West Virginia are able to help low- to moderate-income homebuyers purchase ...

Remodeling is a good time to revisit house insurance

By HEATHER ZIEGLER For The Times Leader Spring is a great time to begin those remodeling jobs around the house that will add freshness and value to a home. When that occurs it’s always a good idea and time to revisit your homeowner’s insurance police. Scott Carnes with M.C. Thomas ...

A little maintenance goes a long way for lawn & garden equipment

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH Managing Editor ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Charlie Galownia says a little basic maintenance will keep lawn and garden equipment running well and serving homeowners for many years. He should know — after all, he’s spent more than two decades teaching small ...

Metal roofing with an expensive look, but not price

From Staff Reports BEACH CITY, Ohio — Homeowners looking to improve their property with a new roof now have an option that looks costly but actually is quite affordable. Amos Hershberger, owner of Amish Country Roofing in Beach City, Ohio, said a new metal roofing option called ...

‘Greenery’ the natural choice color for home design

WHEELING — The color green really is a neutral color in the world of home design for 2017. The season’s “color of the year, ” as selected by Pantone, is “greenery” — a hue encompassing the green colors seen in nature. The complexion of grass, pears and apples is especially ...

Sleek and gray kitchens are making a big splash in 2017

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader WHEELING — Sleek, functional and roomy are the latest trends in kitchen design these days, with painted cabinets making a comeback for a warm, inviting look. Regarding color trends for kitchens, Tom Smith of Berry Supply Co. in Wheeling said, “The ...

Simple spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less

(BPT) -- For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it's finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn't have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling ...

Ohio hardware company offers solutions to spring storage

By DREW PARKER For The Times Leader CAMBRIDGE — Every homeowner has dealt with the issue of space and, in particular, not having enough of it. As spring storage woes arise, many homeowners want to find new options to help declutter their spaces. Chris Unklesbay of Orme Hardware in ...

Stores meet demands for LED lights

By ROBERT DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — When the issue of lighting for indoor or exterior projects comes up, Rick Cain of Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting said the demand is for light-emitting diodes, or LED lighting. “Everything’s going to LED, and it’s ...

How to make the most of your sleep

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer BRIDGEPORT — Getting enough quality sleep is important in life. Without the necessary rest, it can be hard to complete your everyday tasks, such as work, school or cleaning. By stocking your bedroom with the right combination of furniture and ...