In Michigan, carpenter and odorous house ants seek water-soaked wood below pipes, drains, dishwashers, showers, and leaky roof shingles for nesting sites. Have a washing machine with a leak? Better check the floor underneath. Was there an ice dam over the winter that caused a leaking mess in a wall? Hire a contractor to expose the soaked wood completely, replace it, and fix the reason for the ice dam.
Whether a home is new, centennial, or somewhere in between, there can be not-so-obvious entry points for critters such as insects and mice. Before the snow starts piling up, it’s a good idea to locate and seal gaps that can invite these unwanted guests.
In Bloomfield Hills is a French Country Traditional home with fascinating design elements in every room. To build this exclusive respite, the homeowners partnered with Jeff Dotson of J. William Construction, and together they created an exceedingly detailed home that combines old favorites with new inspiration.
Having the right type and amount of insulation is key to maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout the home and managing your energy costs.
Today, rapidly changing technology makes bird migration tracking easier, faster, and instantly communicated to the world.
Centrally located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is the village of Shepherd, where Mike and Annette Florian have owned Annette’s Construction and Seawalls since 1989. From contemporary to log, Florian and his team build custom homes of various designs throughout Michigan and beyond. One log home in particular -- his own -- reveals his limitless creativity and craftsmanship.
The combination of oppression and a business deal laid the foundation for Idlewild, the most popular black resort in the Midwest from 1912 to 1964.
Erosion, drainage issues, an ugly fence, unattractive utility areas - these are just a few of the eyesores homeowners may face when buying or maintaining a home. With a little know-how, there are natural ways to remedy annoying landscape concerns.
For plants to thrive, knowing when to water and how much sun is needed is only part of the story. Growing healthy fruits, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, grasses, and trees requires a solid foundation of soil – an often misunderstood and overlooked requirement for creating beautiful gardens and landscapes.
Under the radar, the dye garden is typically known only to color experts, homesteaders, and fiber artists. For the artisan interested in “growing” one’s own color, planting a dye garden takes “handmade” to a whole new level.