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Tips from the Pros

Welcome to your source for helpful tips and pointers from recognized local professionals in home building, remodeling, and home improvement projects. Do you have a do-it-yourself home improvement project on the horizon? Are you considering buying or selling a home? Do you need tips from industry professionals on remodeling your home or building the custom home of your dreams?

R-22 Air Conditioner Repair or Replace?

In 2008 the EPA mandated a phaseout of R-22 refrigerant starting in 2010 and ending in 2020 with the refrigerant no longer being produced in any capacity. Since 2008 the price of R22 refrigerant has gone up every year incrementally, forcing SS&B Heating & Cooling to now charge $160 for the first pound added today ... Read More

Black Color Added as a Standard Option for Multiple Delden Garage Door Models

This New Option of Black Color is Available for Delden Models Prestige & Delcraft 200 Delden Manufacturing Company, Inc. has proudly announced that it is offering an exciting new Black color option for multiple Delden branded garage doors. The new Black color option has been added to residential, polystyrene insulated models Delden Prestige (PR-24) 1000/2000 and Delden Delcraft ... Read More

Night Stands with Flip Top Electrical Compartments

From night stands that offer flip top electrical compartments to infrared SmartEye in media consoles;  technology has sure inspired the interior design industry and playing a huge role in the overall style and function of products for the trendiest of homes. Below are some tech-savvy products provided through a few of Decorating Den Interiors suppliers. ... Read More

Can Lightning Strike Me Inside a Storm Shelter?

Will I be electrocuted if the storm shelter is struck by lightning while I’m inside? At FamilySAFE Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms, we hear this question from time to time, and the answer is simply no. Should your shelter be struck by lightning while you are inside, the electricity will travel down the outside of ... Read More

Building Science Sessions by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek - April 5th

Join Dr. Joseph "Joe Lstiburek, dubbed the "dean of North American building science" by the Wall Street Journal, for a day full of learning and laughter! Morning Session: "Building Science 301" Afternoon Session One: "The Perfect Wall - Keeping the Outside OUt and the Inside In" Afternoon Session Two: "Roofing - Where the Building Touches ... Read More

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

By Jason Bekebrede President, HBA of Greater Springfield For home owners, warmer weather means it’s time to get organized and tackle your spring home maintenance jobs early so you – and your home – can enjoy the change of seasons with minimal stress.  It can be daunting to take on a long list of chores ... Read More

Four Reasons to Hire a Personal Decorator Before Christmas [video]

PART 1: 4 REASONS TO HIRE A PERSONAL DECORATOR BEFORE CHRISTMAS [VIEW VIDEO] The holiday season has arrived! Soon, you'll be building snowmen, wrapping presents and hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree. But before you invite guests over for the big celebration, you may consider hiring a personal decorator from Decorating Den to help you deck the halls! You're ... Read More

5 Mistakes to Avoid While Designing a New Home

Many thoughts may fill your mind as you begin to design your new home. You might turn to online home designs for inspiration and start making an exhaustive list of what you wish to see in your new home. The process of building a home is answering ten thousand questions in the right sequence with ... Read More

HBA Remodeling Show Video - 2017

Watch our HBA Home Remodeling Show video with information about the show. Also, look for videos about the informative remodeling presentations that will take place during this event.

Who's Winning the HBA Video Contest?

The title of this post might be a tiny bit deceiving because the videos we are referring to were never intended to be posted as a competition. Here is a little of the back story to help you follow. The HBA had videos created and some have now been posted on Facebook. In our current ... Read More

Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now?

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances U.S. government has placed restrictions on how much refrigerant can be produced and by 2020 will no longer be produced. As the amount of R-22 refrigerant that's available dwindles down, the cost of the refrigerant begins to skyrocket. So what should I do? If you have replaced or upgraded your system ... Read More