Blog - Rosie on the House

30 November 2021

The time will come when we seek some indoor heat. From your central heating system to your honey, there are a lot of heating options to choose from. Let’s take a look...

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23 November 2021

I love stalking the National Hardware Show each year to find new products to share with our listeners and readers. I also love the sense of nostalgia that comes from the American-made products that return year after year and are household staples. This year I visited from afar via laptop computer. And though I missed the hands-on experience, I still enjoyed the hunt for new products and seeing our tried-and-true favorites. A big theme for this year was outdoor living. For many, that includes food: cooking it, storing it, prepping it! It is a great way to pass the time with those you love. I always gravitate to quality products that are well made and are intended to last...

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16 November 2021

Thanksgiving weekend is the time many households start decorating for Christmas. If you are like many households, sorting through last year's decorations and gift wrap is nothing short of a nightmare of knotted ribbons, bows, broken baubles, and tangled lights. Before you start decorating and gift wrapping, get organized! Rosie-Certified Partner, Get Organized with Bridges + Co., offers these quick and easy organizing tips that will help decrease the stress and chaos during the holiday rush this month...

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09 November 2021

Texture in interior design is more than how furnishings and surfaces feel. It is also about incorporating visual texture in the form of tactile objects such as fabrics, wood, metal, and stone. Mixing materials to complement surfaces while providing comfort and enhancing depth and dimension to a room takes the skill of an experienced interior designer. We consulted with Rochelle Horn, CKBD, sales and design, Rosie Right | Design. Build. Remodel. One of the trends Horn is seeing a lot of is leathered or...

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02 November 2021

Vinyl flooring plank continues to be a popular flooring choice. According to Mitch Taylor owner of Bram Flooring, it's been trending for the past eight years. Now the system is seeing moisture failures requiring repairs that are catching contractors by surprise. Not all vinyl flooring that was installed in the past eight years is failing. Taylor noted that his company has only had to fix one of their original installations, which the manufacturer is funding. However, the industry has learned some things about how the flooring should be applied as a result...

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26 October 2021

If you are like most homeowners, you don’t think you have enough storage space. Hmm, you may have more than you think. Here are some nooks and crannies that make excellent storage options...

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19 October 2021

The throne. The porcelain goddess. The loo. No matter what you call the toilet, it needs to work when you do your business; so do the water heater and faucets. When these items don't work, leak, or are backed up, who do you call? A plumber – one licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors... A plumber’s duties, for lack of a better word, are much more than unclogging a toilet or fixing a leaky faucet...

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12 October 2021

When the temperature in our homes is comfortable, we tend to forget about the people who make our comfort possible. On that first cold morning when the winter chill arrives and the heat doesn’t kick on, we may find ourselves scrambling for an HVAC contractor... There is a lot of skill and knowledge that goes with being an HVAC installer or technician. HVAC repair and installation is not a DIY project. Always hire an HVAC contractor licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors...

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05 October 2021

Our homes will always need updating, repairs, and maintenance. The electrical systems are one of the most important functions of our homes that need such attention...“there are other home improvement jobs that you should not do under any circumstances without assistance from the pros. An electrical wiring job is a good example of this.” Safety is paramount, especially when it comes to electrical work...

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28 September 2021

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and ended on the 10th. Since 1922, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance. This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds...

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21 September 2021

Fiberglass is a versatile material that’s used in many applications. You’ll find it in everything from boats and airplanes to the insulation in your own home. Now fiberglass has made its way into windows. Pella, a Rosie-Certified Partner, offer a different kind of window -- fiberglass...

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14 September 2021

Pets are a big deal, and for those of us who have pets, they are considered part of the family. Some people refer to their pets as their furbabies or four-legged children. 90.5 million U.S. households own a pet, with dogs leading at 69.0%, cats at 45.3% followed by fish, reptiles, horses, and other small animals. Like us, our pets want to feel loved, secure, safe, and comfortable. Here are some ideas to help you create a space that makes your pet feel like a member of the family...

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07 September 2021

Arizona is home to an assortment of stunning and mysterious wildlife and plantlife. As beautiful as the Arizona desert is, there are threats to your pets that you need to be aware of; animals on the prowl, plants that hurt, and a virus that could prove fatal. The Arizona Game & Fish Department, Carrie Pawpins, Animal & Surgical Center of North Scottsdale, PetMD, and the American Kennel Club offer these preventive measures. You will want to find the problem before your pets do...

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07 September 2021

On October 1st, 2021, APS is scheduled to reduce its solar energy buy-back rate. This means that anyone who goes solar after September 30th will earn less when they sell their excess energy back to APS. The good news is that you still have time to lock in today's better rates for 10 years if you sign up to go solar before the deadline...

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31 August 2021

Thinking about livening up your backyard? Perhaps you are also interested in attracting wildlife and birds? Now that fall is approaching, start planning your backyard habitat and enjoy the birds, butterflies, and lizards that pop by for a visit...

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24 August 2021

After weeks of monsoon rains, you may have noticed a lot of puddles and dirt in your neighborhood. Or you may have noticed washouts as you skidded on loose dirt rounding a corner. Some of the water may have naturally flowed from small washes between homes, but some may have flowed from someone else's property and onto yours. What's a homeowner to do? Here are some basics regarding how drainage is determined in planning for homes and communities:...

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17 August 2021

Water has been the big topic throughout Arizona and at Rosie on the House over the past few weeks. We have had an abundance of much-needed rain. Our state broke quite a few rainfall records this year; Tucson International Airport set one of several records this season with 5.88 inches of rain through July 25. And the monsoon season is not over. BUT, don’t think we can leave the dust behind. Just because much of Arizona received record rainfall to date, doesn’t mean that we are flush with water. We still need to conserve what we have...

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10 August 2021

Whether you’re installing a new landscape, renovating an existing one, or just looking for ways to conserve water in an urban environment, proper planning and design are essential to creating a water-wise landscape. Water - Use It Wisely offers simple considerations to get you started on the design path...

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03 August 2021

According to the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), Arizona used about 7.1 million acre-feet of fresh water in 1957 — a figure that was actually lower — at 7.0 million acre-feet in 2017. An acre-foot is 325,850 gallons, enough to cover a football field in nearly a foot of water. Water saving isn’t any single area of our life; it's every area of our life. How we steward that resource is our individual responsibility. The more we think about how our decisions affect water and in what part/form of its life cycle we are using, the better stewards we become...

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27 July 2021

Owning a pool can be great fun! However, it can also be a great deal of work. To keep it clean and the equipment working properly, it needs regular maintenance. You may be tempted to do this yourself, and you totally can, but if you don’t want to be bothered with taking samples of your water to be tested or brushing down the pool, weekly service may make sense for you. At the very least, hire a professional service company for annual maintenance and summertime upkeep...

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