Ask the Experts: Window Treatments

Ask Boutin1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   Rosalie Boutin Swags Window Decorating 207 363-2009 How do window treatments affect a room’s design?Window treatments can be the wow factor in the room, or they can be quietly subtle by softening the space, deadening the sound, and giving a finished look to the space. Either way, they should be designed and installed with function in mind first: giving privacy, cutting glare on a television screen, adding insulation, or adding that pop of color and interest. What eco-friendly options are available...

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Ask the Experts: Farmers

Ask EdieBaker1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Edie Barker Barker’s Farm603 778-1039 Does your farm specialize in any particular vegetable?We do not specialize in any one particular vegetable. We like to grow a wide range so that we can offer something to everyone. What is one tip you would give homeowners just starting their own vegetable gardens?Make sure you have full sun, a source of water, and get a soil test so that you can amend your soil accordingly. What is the most important component of success for your...

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Ask the Experts: Outdoor Lighting

ASKHurley1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Tony HurleyArtistic Landscapes 978 317-9875Besides safety, why should I install outdoor lighting? During these warmer months, a well-lit landscape provides an additional sense of comfort from being able to see the depth of your yard while you are outside enjoying a fire or the tranquility of the evening. During the winter months, it is almost magical the way ice and snow glisten from the illumination of a strategically placed light. What are the advantages and drawbacks of low voltage versus LED outdoor...

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Ask the Experts: Custom Cabinetry

Ask Richards1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Paul D. Richards Housewright LLC603 679-5034What inspires your custom cabinetwork?By far, the majority of my clients own houses that date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The quality of workmanship these early carpenters and joiners employed caught my attention at an early age, and I strive to emulate their work through my own. I get great satisfaction from working with clients to produce an end product that is appreciated by both parties. What are the current trends in cabinetry?As in...

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Ask the Experts: Garden Centers

Linda Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Linda ZukasChurchill’s603 772-2685    What distinguishes your approach to gardening from that of the big box stores?Plant and product knowledge, customer service, and inspiring displays are the key areas that set Churchill’s apart from the box stores. We have employees with many years of experience that lead our team in helping customers select plant material that will perform the best in their home or yard. We are also open year round and pride ourselves on displays that help customers...

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Ask the Experts: Spas and Hot Tubs

Ask_JimHedlund Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar James R. HedlundAdvanced Spa and Pool603 579-2727 Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?Things have changed over the past few years. Consumers aren’t interested in 140 jets and five pumps, requiring a 100-amp breaker. Consumers want quality and hydrotherapy, combined with efficiency. Gone are the days when homeowners weren't concerned about a $100 per month electrical expense. What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?Higher-end manufacturers are producing spas with better, more innovative jetting running from high...

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Ask the Experts: Cleaning Services

Ask_JenniferHilton Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Jennifer HiltonThe Maids603 964-1633maidsnh.com What is your best tip for saving time when cleaning?Having a carryall bucket with all the necessities (furniture polish, glass cleaner, cleaning cloths, trash bags, all-purpose cleaner, etc.) will literally cut cleaning time in half. Also, start in one room and work clockwise around the room with your carryall; this will ensure you stay focused and complete each room thoroughly. What is the first thing you would say to most homeowners to help them be better organized?Donate...

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Ask the Expert: Kitchen Designers

Ask_NancyBither Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Nancy Bither, Atlantic Design Center(207) 363-3004 - atlanticdesignctr.com How would you describe your design style or philosophy?My approach is a little more technical than some. While style is critically important, I tend to think function is the priority. I want to know the appliance details and the storage needs before I talk about what my client wants for a door style or finish. However, coordinating the whole picture successfully is still the most satisfying part of my job. What is a common...

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Ask the Expert: Stonework

Ask_SteveGreen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   Interview by Kristen Schwaegerle Steve Green Carved In Stone 603 659-4026 thechiseler.com What attracted you to working with stone? Do you consider stonework artistry? My attraction began with the availability of stone. Walking along the beach, through a field, or down a road, there was beauty, uniqueness and potential everywhere. There is artistry in any job well done, and the goal in any project I undertake is to do it well. Is there something special about working with stone in New...

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