Homeowners can handle their home security needs

TEMECULA – Feeling secure at home is a priority for many people. Many people consider installing security systems in their homes to improve their sense of well-being. Whether someone owns or rents, individuals may be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security systems can be savvy investments. The right system can help people protect their belongings […]

Menifee couple finds burgeoning passion in alpaca farming

Menifee couple finds burgeoning passion in alpaca farming

Art and Val Bradford are embarking on an adventure that few might consider as they approach their golden years: raising alpacas, the slightly smaller camelid cousins of llamas. On their farm in Menifee are huacaya alpacas of varying colors, genders and ages. The animals can be seen gathering together, eating and enjoying the Southern California […]

How to control common spring pests

How to control common spring pests

TEMECULA – Just when winter thaws out and people are anxious to enjoy the blooming flowers and luscious lawns of spring, pesky pests can appear and impact comfort levels and safety. Many pests resume their levels of activity as spring draws closer and temperatures warm up. The presence of these insects and rodents may cause […]

Fire-resistant homes can be built with straw bales

Fire-resistant homes can be built with straw bales

Anne Atkins held an open house Jan. 20 at her ranch to let people know about the benefits of building homes with straw bales, a subject she is passionate about. She first learned about straw bale building from an article in an Orange County newspaper. Atkins lived in Huntington Beach at the time and had […]

What to do when a project stalls

What to do when a project stalls

TEMECULA – Upon embarking on a home improvement project, homeowners who have never before lived through such undertakings are often told to expect their projects to take more time than initial estimates suggested. Unforeseen complications can compromise project timelines, and some homeowners may find their projects stuck in neutral. Stalled projects can make life at […]

Laundry room renovation ideas

Laundry room renovation ideas

TEMECULA – Even the smallest washer and dryer space can seem like a luxury to former apartment dwellers or those who have never enjoyed the benefit of a dedicated laundry area as the benefits of dedicated laundry rooms abound. However, disorganized laundry rooms can nullify such benefits. Depending on the needs and preferences of each homeowner, […]

5 steps for a home remodel

5 steps for a home remodel

Family Features Special to Valley News As a homeowner, there is nearly always a laundry list of projects with time and budget constraints when it comes to a home remodel. This step-by-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help ensure you get the maximum return on your […]

How to conserve water when temperatures rise

How to conserve water when temperatures rise

TEMECULA – Spring and summer are synonymous with increased hours of sunlight, warm temperatures and, oftentimes, an increased reliance on water to feed recreational pursuits and lawn and garden needs. The Water Information Program states that 3.9 trillion gallons of water are consumed in the United States each month and the average person uses 176 […]

Horticultural therapy can benefit all ages

Horticultural therapy can benefit all ages

What is the practice of horticultural therapy both now and historically over the years? The therapeutic benefits of the garden and natural environments have long been documented and practiced since ancient times. A resurgence of that practice is growing to aid people in dealing with life’s daily challenges and the varied stress levels in our […]

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