Create a Backyard Oasis with an Outdoor Kitchen

While there’s nothing wrong with a standard charcoal grill and some quality burgers, there’s something exciting and appealing about an outdoor kitchen. A true focal point in your home that makes everything from family parties to the standard Wednesday night dinner easier, these spaces have been growing in popularity as homeowners look to up their entertainment value.

Electricity: Understanding & Conserving It

From the sharp blast of light that cuts through the sky during a summer storm to the gentle hum of your air conditioner when it powers on to keep you cool, there’s a lot to appreciate about electricity during the summer. Yet, we often take this awesome resource for granted. In honor of National Electricity Day today, June 15, let’s learn a little about electricity and the power it has in our daily lives.

5 To-Dos Before Summer Sets In

The lazy, hazy days of summer? They only feel that way if you’ve done your prep work. Avoid the frustration of AC service calls by following these five simple steps before the season takes its toll.

The Best Ways to Clean Your Drains

Think of all the stuff that has gone down your drain. It’s not a pretty list, is it? And it certainly doesn’t smell like a bouquet of roses. Funky smelling sinks are a regular and totally normal occurrence, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with the odors. Try these methods to keep your drains clean and smelling fresh moving forward.

Prepare Your Home for Spring

Spring cleaning season is here, and soon you’ll be scrubbing, washing, dusting, and vacuuming your way to a spic and span home. But just as you take care to clean up your living spaces after the long winter, it’s the perfect time to do some maintenance on other parts of your home. From the attic to the basement and all around the exterior, add these to-dos to your list to ensure a safe space all spring and summer.

The Benefits of Radiant Heating

On a chilly winter morning nothing is more jarring than that first step into the bathroom and onto its ice-cold tile floor. This unpleasant wake-up routine is perhaps what brought radiant heating into the residential space a few years ago; as homeowners renovated their bathrooms, they were wooed by the idea of toasty warm flooring greeting their bare feet each morning. But imagine this constant, cozy heat throughout your entire home. It’s a trend that is gaining traction as more people learn about the many benefits of radiant heating.

Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

Colder temperatures, heavy snow, and slippery ice can wreak havoc on a home – particularly one that isn’t prepared for winter weather. While you can’t change the weather forecast ahead, taking time before the worst hits to inspect, update, and protect your home from extreme elements will ensure a safer, warmer, and easier season.

Simple Ways to Update Your Bathroom

If you’re planning to have houseguests this holiday season, you’ll want them to be as comfortable as possible. That means clean sheets in the guest room, fresh flowers on the nightstand, and the Wifi password at the ready. It also means offering them a bathroom that is inviting and functional. If you’re worried a bathroom renovation just doesn’t have space on your already-packed to-do list, there are still easy ways you can update your powder room and guest bath to make for a warmer welcome.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Heating Costs

The return of sweaters, football, and pumpkin everything also brings the return of higher energy bills. While sometimes the most efficient thing you can do to save on heating costs is to lower the thermostat and grab an extra blanket – the average American home is set for 68 degrees overnight, and should really be at 60 degrees – there are some other simple home repairs and changes you can make to shrink your monthly bill. Here are ten of our best tips and tricks to keep your home warm during the coming chilly months without breaking the bank.

Home Plumbing Issues: When to Call the Pros

No matter how well you maintain your home, or how high-end your fixtures are, there’s a good chance a home plumbing issue is in your future. Wear and tear eventually lead to a number of minor issues that don’t only affect the quality of your home plumbing, but can lead to much larger and more expensive issues if not addressed. Can you handle the repair yourself? We at Madsen are happy to help our clients with any home plumbing issue they have, but yes, many common issues are simple enough to be fixed by a seasoned DIYer. Check out the five most common home plumbing issues and how to know if you and your toolbox are up for the challenge or not.