Day: July 20, 2022


Check Out the 5 Sunniest Trends Right Now

Is it just us, or does everything feel sunnier in the summer? And those happy vibes even seem to show up at mealtimes. (Hello, alfresco dining, fresh fruits, and farmers markets!)

As a result, it’s understandable that folks want to capture the joys of summer anywhere they can—especially in the kitchen.

“The kitchen is a central gathering place, so it makes design sense to want that area to feel as inviting as possible,” says interior designer Charlotte Reeves, founder of CR2 + Design in Charleston, SC. “Since summer is associated with warmth, incorporating bright accents while feasting on the

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Palm Beach County Commission votes to cut millage rate

County taxpayers have tentatively been given a millage rate reduction for next year to offset an expected spike in taxes because of dramatic rises in property values.

The county commission voted 4 to 2 on Tuesday with Commissioners Melissa McKinlay and Dave Kerner opposed and Commissioner Maria Marino absent to cut the millage rate from the current 4.7815 per $1,000 of taxable value to 4.7150.

The measure will be taken up again by the commission in September when it conducts two public hearings to adopt a budget for the 2023 fiscal year. But the law says the budget cannot be

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Confidence in Remodeling Market Wanes

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its latest Remodeling Market Index which covers the second quarter of 2022. 

As of this quarter, confidence has declined 10 points to a score of 77 when compared to the second quarter of 2021. 

“Although most remodelers across the country are still positive about the market, a growing number are starting to experience symptoms of a slowdown,” said Kurt Clason, NAHB Remodelers Chair , a remodeler from Ossipee, N.H. “Some customers are showing a reluctance to go forward with projects due to the higher costs and delays associated with material shortages,

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Why Don’t Homes in Britain Have Air Conditioning?

LONDON — Temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 37.7 Celsius) are difficult to endure anywhere, but it’s particularly dangerous in Britain, where few homes are equipped with air-conditioning.

There is little data on how many homes in England have air-conditioning units installed, but the best estimates place it at under 5 percent of homes, according to a 2021 report from Britain’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Most of the air-conditioning in use comes from portable units, with central air rarely found outside of some high-end apartments in London.

While a handful of days each summer are typically

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