Take a Sacramento home remodeling tour without leaving your house.
Local homeowners looking for fresh ideas can view projects online via the Virtual Home Tour produced by Sacramento area members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Featured on this spring tour are examples of several whole-house remodels, a room addition, a kitchen and a bathroom.
"We chose the format of a Virtual Home Tour as a way to showcase some of the top-quality work produced by NARI remodeling professionals and as a way for homeowners to view projects from the comfort of their homes without the restraints and traveling that a home tour usually entails," said chapter president Susan Broderick. "There is no cost to the public and all they need do is go to www.narisacto.org and click on the Virtual Home Tour button. Homeowners can then look at each of the projects at their leisure."
Viewers also can listen to clients describe the remodeling process and what it was like working with a NARI contractor. Subcontractors and designers share how they work with individual contractors to turn ideas into finished projects.
In addition, consumers can request NARI's brochure, "How To Select a Remodeling Professional" or the association's free home improvement and remodeling guide.
Call (800) 611-6274 or visit www.narisacto.org.
Want fresh home-grown vegetables this summer? There's still time to plant a vegetable garden but do it now! Choose varieties that need the least time to mature, preferably under 75 days.
From seed, plant beans, radishes, corn, pumpkins and squash (both summer and winter). Also plant basil and other annual herbs.
To speed up your garden's production, plant seedlings for cucumber, pepper, eggplant and tomatoes.
Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena. Plant seeds for sunflowers, asters, cosmos, salvia and zinnias.
As spring-flowering shrubs finish blooming, give them a little pruning to shape, removing old and dead wood. Lightly trim azaleas, fuchsias and marguerites for bushier plants.
Remove spent blooms from rose bushes to encourage more flowers. After watering, feed with a rose fertilizer.
Don't forget your indoor plants. Feed them with a slow-release fertilizer.