Dana Lawlor's Blog

Posted on 01/16/2022
Umbrella Plant & Other Toxic Indoor Trees Pet Owners Should Know
Unfortunately, many popular houseplants are toxic to pets. Many of the small tree varieties commonly grown as houseplants, like the umbrella plant, can make both humans and animals sick if ingested. Here is a basic guide to popular indoor trees pet owners should avoid: Umbrella Plant Umbrella plants are named for their whorl-pattern leaves creating a dense canopy...
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Posted on 01/09/2022
Construction Loans vs. Traditional Home Mortgages
Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay Most homeowners have a mortgage against their house, and homebuyers who purchase existing homes usually secure a traditional mortgage before closing. When building a new house, however, you’re likely to need a construction loan before getting a home mortgage. Here’s a breakdown of each, including how they’re used in the new home building...
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Posted on 01/02/2022
Top Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Your Home Theater
Setting up a home theater might seem like a relatively easy project. Unlike other home improvement projects, you don’t have to worry about changing your plumbing or electrical systems. You also rarely have to deal with changing the layout of your home or making any other major changes in order to set up this type of room. While...
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Posted on 12/26/2021
Fireplaces: Ideas for Your New Mantel
A fireplace mantel can enhance the appearance of your living room or den while also giving you a place to decorate and display items. While some fireplaces come with mantels, others don’t have one. If your fireplace doesn’t have a mantel, you’re not out of luck. With a few tools and materials, you can build your own fireplace...
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Posted on 12/19/2021
How to Create Your Own Wooden Garden Walkway
Wooden pallets are a budget-friendly source of reclaimed wood and can inspire countless DIY projects. For those who love casual and rustic garden pathways, a pallet might be the perfect place to start. Using just a few materials and tools you can create a wooden plank path for your outdoor space without breaking your budget. Here we’ll go...
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Posted on 12/12/2021
Universal Design: Easy Ways to Bring Accessibility Home
Universal design is creating spaces to be more accessible for everyone. Whether they’re an elder, child or have mobile restrictions, it focuses on building areas to be used by all. However, despite the daunting name or meaning behind it, universal design isn’t a difficult feat to accomplish. Add Views of the Outdoors Installing French doors provides an incredible...
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Posted on 12/05/2021
Your Step-by-Step Guide to New Residential Construction
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels There is something enticing about building the home that you want rather than purchasing a property that only has some features you desire. When you invest in new residential construction, you can create the living space that you have always dreamed of having. Step 1: Choose a Builder The first step in...
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Posted on 11/28/2021
First-Time Homebuyer: Remember This Key Checklist
You've gotten an offer accepted on your first home. The appraisal and inspection came back fine. Now, all that's left to do is eagerly await your closing date. This is the day when you will sign all the paperwork that makes your first home purchase official! So, what should you expect as you prepare for this big day?...
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Posted on 11/21/2021
Outdoors: Basics for Building Your Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchens are ideal when you want to cook outside when the weather’s pleasant. Instead of being cooped up in a stuffy kitchen, you can get some fresh air and sun while preparing lunch or dinner on the grill or outdoor range. Your outdoor kitchen can also include an area for dining, so you don’t have to go...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
How to Make Simple & Delicious Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is an old standby regarding potluck recipes. Most recipes take less than an hour to make and involve inexpensive ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. However, since pasta salad is such a diverse dish, there is an overwhelming amount of different recipes available. If you’re not sure where to start, here is a simple...
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Posted on 11/07/2021
How to Know When It's Time to Sell Your Home as an Investment Property
Photo by fran hogan on Unsplash If you’re a homeowner considering selling your home as an investment property, timing is important. From a financial perspective, just as you probably bought strategically, you want to sell strategically too. The trick is knowing when the right time arrives. Here are four common metrics people use to determine when it's time...
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Posted on 10/31/2021
Too Many Books? Conquer Your Clutter in 4 Easy Steps
Photo by Gabby K from Pexels Being surrounded by favorite books can be a calming experience in a highly chaotic world. However, when your book collection becomes a part of your chaos instead of a relief from it, it's time to rethink your organizational methods. If books are keeping you from enjoying an organized, clutter-free home, here are...
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