Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Humboldt Independent
“I had an idea of what Iwanted,” said Mitch. “I foundsomething close to my idea
The den or ofﬁce of the Fridolfson home.
and then modiﬁed it.” In order to keep the costs of construc-tion to a minimum, Mitch alsodid the electrical, plumbingand heating himself.One of the most unusual el-ements of the Fridolfson sideof the duplex is the stamped,stained, and heated concreteﬂoor. The in-ﬂoor heat uti-lizes heat packs, installed byMitch. “We really enjoy theﬂoor,” said Mitch. “It’s nicewaking up on cold winter mornings and being able to putyour feet on the warm ﬂoor.”The U-shaped kitchen con-tains custom built, multi-leveloak cabinets. “I like the waywe designed it to accommo-date our needs,” said Chantel.“We wanted an open ﬂoor plan, and that’s what we have.”The kitchen is staffedwith stainless steel appli-ances. There is an abundanceof counter space, with a largesink built into the island/bar area. The counters are coveredwith a high deﬁnition lami-nate countertop. Tile coversareas below the cupboards andabove the counters. All doorsand drawers of the cupboardsare slow close.The adjoining home is sim-ilar to the one in which the Fri-dolfsons now live. However,the patio is larger, and there is
Open ﬂoor plan is a true beneﬁt of the Fridolfson home.The living room of the Fridolfson home looks to thepatio.The ﬂoor of Fridolfson home is stained, stamped and heated.
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It’s time for raking leaves,pruning shrubbery, and other seasonal fall lawn care tasks.Never has the old adage“work smarter, not harder”been more apt than when tack-ling yard work and preparinglawns for next season.Here are some smart waysto handle fall lawn care:Good posture can preventbackaches when raking leaves.Keep your head up and backstraight. Relieve back pressureby raking using the “scissors”stance: whereby you placeone foot forward and the other back, reversing position after several minutes. When mow-ing, move the mower withyour body weight as much aspossible, rather than relying onyour arms and back. And useergonomically designed rakes,shears and pruners that requireless hand strength than tradi-tional ones. Put away the loud,smelly leaf blower. Nothing isworse than raking leaves on awindy day, only to have themblown around. Rake leavesonto a tarp and drag it away.You can easily clip handlesto it to make it easier to haulwhen full of leaves. Remem-ber, dragging leaves away iseasier on your back and envi-ronmentally friendly. Weedingcan be made less painful if youadhere to the old gardener’strick of weeding after it rains.When earth is dry, it’s harder topull out the whole weed with-out breaking off the top. After rainfall, the ground is damp,making it easier to pluck outentire weeds. This way, weedscan easily be added to leavesand other debris that need tobe hauled away. Remember,fall is your last chance to putyour lawn in order before nextseason’s warm weather.
Easier falllawn care
Owning a home is a365-day-a-year commitment,a mortgage to pay, a yard tomaintain and bills to juggle.But experts say that evaluatingkey exterior elements of your home at least once annuallycan prevent some bills fromskyrocketing.If your roof is damaged bysevere weather or is old andleaking, investing in a newroof made of durable polymer slate or shake tiles will pay off for decades to come.For exterior trim pieces,swap out wood trim that is sus-ceptible to rotting and insectinfestation with urethane andPVC trim products.For functional areas of the home, like windows anddoors, use solidly-constructed,man-made products.A recent report on return-on-investment and homerepair, the “Remodeling2011–12 Cost vs. Value Re-port” (www.costvsvalue.com),shows that replacing older, in-efﬁcient windows with upscalevinyl windows is one of the 10most popular projects withpayback for homeowners, andhas a higher projected return-on-investment than severalother popular home upgradeprojects, including bathroomremodels or additions, major kitchen remodels or the addi-tion of a master suite.
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