Summer has begun and that means our 15th annual Great Backyard Giveaway is in full swing. Enter our brand new contest to win over to $12,000 in prizes including $5,000.00 worth of classic beautiful redwood, Super Socket & Wrench Sets from Grip-Tite, 500 square feet of synthetic turf installed by XGrass, a barbeque, ceramic cooker and a fantastic outdoor heater. Check out more about these wonderful sponsors in their featured articles. The contest ends July 9, 2011 so hurry to, click on the icon, and enter today!

To get your summer going we have loads of tips and advice to save energy this season with radiant barriers. Check out our latest project on planning a deck, mending your fences and for more green in your garden, Rebecca Cole has you covered with her Digging, Decorating, and Design Tips. We also have Chef Jamie to help you entertain for those outdoor events and personal trainer Karel Nunnink to get you moving in the summer heat.

It’s summertime and On the House wants to help you enjoy the indoors as much as the outdoors with advice straight from the professionals!

Morris and James Carey and Rebecca Cole

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Choose Redwood for More Than Decks

Great-looking redwood is so durable and easy to work with that many homeowners choose redwood for much more than just their decks. Shade structures, benches and other redwood accents can bring entire areas together and create inviting outdoor living spaces that capture the natural feel of the great outdoors.



Designing your Custom Outdoor Kitchen Start to Finish

Have you seen an outdoor kitchen and had daydreams of entertaining in your own backyard? You are not alone. An outdoor kitchen is on almost every home buyers "wish list". Here are some tips for designing your own outdoor kitchen!



XGrass® offers expertise, service, and experience to
make artificial grass projects a success

Initially a subsidiary of a family artificial turf manufacturing business, XGrass®, Inc. offers complete synthetic turf solutions for a variety of applications. Founded in 1998 as The Putting Green Company®, owner Steve White, Jr. was one of the first to bring a realistic golf experience to the backyard. Today, XGrass® combines a broad line of versatile turf products with three generations of experience in manufacturing, sales, service and installation.



The Easy Way to Attract Nature with a Birdfeeder

You probably love having a birdfeeder. Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor activity and the second most popular of all outdoor activities. It is estimated that 40% of homes have birdfeeders. With a feeder you can bring a hidden world of natural beauty to your window.

If you think having a birdfeeder is too much effort, new ideas and products have made bird feeding much easier than it was in years past. For example, if you worry about a mess of shells or seed sprouting below your birdfeeder, you can buy “no mess” seed that eliminates those problems.




Don't Miss Your Chance To Be A Winner! Each week in June, Grip-Tite is giving away 2 Super Socket Sets Feeder Fresh has a bottle of Feeder Fresh for the caller of one lucky hour and AtticFoil has a 1,000 Square Feet of 48 Inch Wide Radiant Barrier

June 4, 2011 We are back LIVE and ready to go after a restful weekend! Do you need to buy a wedding gift for that June Bride?
Rebecca has the inside scoop on what the modern newlyweds are asking for! Do you use dryer sheets to soften your clothes? If the answer was "YES", Morris has some very important news that can save you some money! Have a homeowner's legal nightmare? Ron and Paul Rives, our Legal Tool Chest experts will join us in the On the House studio and workshop. Give us a call at 800 737-2474 for the answers to your home improvement, gardening and legal questions!
June 11, 2011 Listen in on Saturday! Call James, Rebecca and Morris with your questions, interesting and informative tips and you may win some prizes! Rebecca will give us the scoop on Red Sunflowers, outdoor fabrics, and pavers versus concrete. James has a new energy gadget, the nPower Peg. Put it in your pocket and just your movement is enough to charge this portable power cell. According to the manufacturer, one minute of walking with nPower PEG will produce enough juice to power an iPod Nano for one minute; it takes roughly 10 minutes of walking to power 1 minute of talking time on
an iPhone 3GS. Morris has a wonderful tip on gauging your barbeques propane by weight so you never run out of fuel halfway through a party! And, while you are barbequing, his recipe for corn on the cob is excellent; it’s from the "Great Backyard Grilling app"! Give us a call at 800 737-2474.
June 18, 2011

Are you getting ready for summer BBQs to kick off the warm weather? Want to help keep your home cooler? Ed Fritz from AtticFoil will join us to answer your questions on radiant barriers. Need to get rid of gophers, have picnic ants lined up and ready for a feast? Need some help cleaning the bugs out of the barbeque? Our "Gang" has answers and help for your DIY or "Honey Do" project problems! All this and more at "On the House"! Have a tip for us?
Give us a call at 800 737-2474.

June 25, 2011

This is the week to get your home and garden ready for the July 4th weekend! Can you do it? Yes you can. James and Morris will be here to help you with any DIY, repair, paint or plumbing problem you may have. Rebecca will decorate your table, your patio and your garden, is there anything else? How can you go wrong? We can even help plan a mouthwatering menu for your barbeque from the On the House Great Backyard Grill App. And remember: only one, week left to enter the Great Backyard Giveaway DO IT NOW!


Surfaces from the Ground Up,
by Steve Kleber

Kitchens and baths are the most functional spaces in the home and, as such, there is little room for clutter. For example, steam in a bathroom could damage a fine painting. And, as beautiful as an antique rug looks in a kitchen, it seems to be a magnet for red sauces. However, there is one tried-and-true way to make kitchens and bathrooms artful: by integrating innovative surfaces. These installed items are a capital improvement, differentiating a home from comparable residences in the same neighborhood.

Today’s marketplace is filled with an exciting array of surface options. Let’s explore each type of surface, from the ground up.



May 7, 2011 Different Outdoor Lighting Techniques:

May 14, 2011 Cool Your Home with Shading Devices and Landscaping: Read more...

May 21, 2011 Color is Fun!:

May 28, 2011 Decorating Ideas a Natural:

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and floral needs at

May 7, 2011 Bacon Carmel Sauce:

May 14, 2011 Grilled Caprese Salad Skewers:

May 21, 2011 Asparagus!:

May 28, 2011 Tuscan Frittata for Breakfast!:

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Karel will be back next month!

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May 7, 2011 Homeowners’ Insurance - Your Personal Liability Policy: Read more...

May 27, 2011 The Lawsuit Explosion – Fact or Myth: Read more...

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