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There are more than 75 million pet dogs in the U.S., which is more than in any other country. In comparison, there were only 68 million pet dogs the year 2000 across the United States. Taking care of puppies and dogs is a lot of work -- for anyone. You'll need to bring a puppy in for vaccines every three...
As I posted earlier this month, my wife and I are finally about to start tackling some of the home improvement issues that have been lurking within the property lovingly dubbed, "Rock Father HQ." If you're just joining us, the basic gist is this: In 2010 we purchased a 1,300 sq. ft. home in Chicago's Northern Suburbs, a house...
Many people have a long list of projects in mind when they first buy their home, but these can get put off sometimes for a longer time than they originally plan. When you start looking at that long to-do list of home projects you've been waiting on, you might not necessarily know where to start. Larger renovations can take...
According to Houzz, approximately 58% of homeowners completed some form of a home renovation project in 2017. Approximately 40% of homes are over 50 years old, so it makes sense that repairs and updates need to get done. Whether you’re one of the 90% of Americans who prefer to be surrounded by green lawns or a foodie wanting to...
My wife and I have been intrigued by the idea of a neighborhood library for awhile - an interest piqued by the growing Little Free Library movement. Perhaps you've seen them around - little boxes or buildings placed in a yard, each encouraging neighbors to take a book or leave a book for their neighbors to enjoy. Until now,...
As summer starts turning into fall, now is the perfect time to adjust your home's energy usage for the cooler season. Energy expenses are one of the largest drains on your finances as a homeowner, and keeping up with the changing seasons for your home's energy use can help you save a shocking amount of money. If you want...
The long winter months can often leave busy bodies feeling cooped up in their house. And while there isn't usually much you can do outside, there is plenty of work you can do to the interior of your home. So let's take a look at a few easy home projects you can consider to keep yourself busy this winter. Seal...
It's time to start improving our home... and that means I'm going to write about it. That picture up top? That's Rock Father HQ. Pretty on the outside... but some evil lurks within... When my wife and I bought this house five years ago, we knew that there were some issues. On the surface and in the listing, the house...
Not every part of your home was designed to last forever. In fact, if it's been a while since your last major home repairs, it's likely that there's something in your home that needs to be repaired or replaced. Larger home maintenance and repair tasks can seem a bit daunting, especially if you don't know when major appliances and...
Last year, we took a look at a booming trend in multigenerational living: the in-law suite. Now, with more families staying home than ever and many sharing concerns about the health of older Americans, it's no wonder that families are getting creative when it comes to expanding the possibilities for the extended family. Hence, we're serving up some thoughts...