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Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

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Plumber: Keep an open mind when designing a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: We are redesigning and remodeling our downstairs half-bath. With limited space to work with, we don't want to overcrowd the area. One of your past articles spoke about benefits of a pedestal sink in a small space. But, we're looking for extra storage as well. Any bathroom fixture recommendations for saving space along with storage?

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Style at Home: How to find your muse

How do you fuel your creativity? What do you do to keep yourself inspired? When it comes to making your home fresh and beautiful, where do you find your ideas? Through the years, I've discovered some failsafe ways to ignite my creative spark. Here are a few of my favorite muses, which not only inspire my decorating but also enrich my life:

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5 costly remodeling mistakes to avoid

Remodeling is a costly proposition under the best of circumstances, but it's also a high-wire act. Sometimes, one mistake can cost staggering amounts of money, especially in the planning process. And what may be an easy fix right now could end up costing you $10,000 or more down the line.

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On Gardening: Golden Delicious pineapple sage

There is an old adage that you can't have your cake and eat it too, which is most likely correct, but with Golden Delicious I assure you, you can have your pineapple and eat it too. Well maybe I should clarify; we aren't taking fruit, but the most luscious sage on the planet.

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Style at Home: Let travel inspire your home's design

Travel changes you. I firmly believe that. Whether you are visiting a new state, or a new country, when you stretch out and explore someplace new, meeting the people, sampling the fare, drinking in the beauty, it fuels your imagination and helps you see the world in a fresh way. It can also influence how you decorate your home.

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5 Ways to Revamp Your Staircase

Scuffed-up treads, off-color carpet and time-worn railing systems don't accomplish any sort of "look" when it comes to staircases. In fact, such old and outdated features can be a significant drag on your interior design. Changes to your stairs can transform your entire space. And any one of these five updates can turn this simple architectural necessity into a stunning showpiece.

It’s the first time in their own home for this millennial couple

For millennials Farrah Poladi and Andrew Llorente, buying a home was an emotional roller coaster. After being outbid twice they found their place in Carmichael. They celebrated their first day in their new home on Sunday, May 6, with champagne.
Paul Kitagaki Jr.