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Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help.


Porch Enclosure Systems (PES), an Eastern Shore Maryland-based manufacturer, has launched a versatile new product that allows homeowners to enjoy their screened porches in a whole new way. Instead of waiting for the perfect summer day to enjoy their screen porch, homeowners are now able to e…

  • By Lena Ellwanger

A backyard retreat isn’t complete without something to help homeowners relax — a simple sun chair, a mesmerizing fire pit, a comfy hammock or, the ultimate in kicking back, a stress-relieving hot tub.

  • By Jennifer Chaney, CSP, GRI, MBA

Buyers decide whether or not they are interested in taking a closer in-person look at a home for sale usually based on their first impression of the pictures and curb appeal of the home online. As the Bay Area Association of Realtors “Top Realtor in Sales,” Jennifer Chaney, a Realtor, certif…

If you’re planning to make some home improvements this year, you’re probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of reb…

  • By John and Ellyn Vail

In October 2000, we settled on our intended retirement home in Galena in northern Kent County. Late on a Sunday afternoon, after two days of relentless unpacking, we took a break and launched our canoe into shallow Swantown Creek and paddled down to where the creek joins the Sassafras River.…