Wise Cabinetry Choices Make Your Kitchen Shine

by Blake Herzog Cabinets can dominate your kitchen to the point of making or breaking it, both in terms of appearance and functionality.  So when it’s time to replace them, think about configuration to take advantage of all the space your floor plan allows, as well as durability of materials and finishes. Consider different options … Read More…

COVID-19 Forced People to Take a Deeper Look at their Housing Needs

by Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association One thing COVID-19 has taught us is … there is no playbook. We are in an unpredictable, shifting, liquefied way of life. The COVID-19 economy certainly has presented us with winners and losers with the housing/construction industry a clear winner. The housing market stumbled early on … Read More…

Extraordinary Succulents Grow Indoors

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal, Watters Garden Center The popularity of succulent plants has exploded this year. Their easy-care, love of the sun, and diversity make for fascinating plants. So unique are many of the anatomical adaptations they often appear to be from another planet.  Here are 10 unusual succulents that add personality and … Read More…

Understanding the Term ‘Totaled Vehicle’

You’ve had an accident and your vehicle is in bad shape. After you report your claim, the insurance company sends out an adjuster to determine if it is worth paying out for the required repairs or instead of paying you for the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident.  If the cost … Read More…

Pour Your Personality Into Your Backsplash

by Blake Herzog One thing kitchens don’t usually have a lot of is exposed walls — which can make them a great place to experiment.  Between all the appliances and cabinets found in that room, there’s only a little bit of vertical space, set off from the rest of your house, which makes it the … Read More…

Best Autumn-Colored Trees to Grow in Prescott

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Not all trees are created equal when it comes to autumn colors, and this is their season. Autumn is also the ideal planting window for trees and tall shrubs. You will find increased garden success when plants are showing their colors. The days are crisp, and the soil warm … Read More…

How to Avoid the Costliest Fire Claims

The kitchen is one of the most common sources of home fires, and cooking fires are the most expensive to repair. The average cooking fires ends up costing more than $30,000, which is four times higher than the next most expensive type of homeowner’s claim, according to a new study by Nationwide Insurance. Most kitchen … Read More…

Dress up your kids’ bedrooms for the new school year

by Blake Herzog We could all use a little pick-me-up right now. One relatively easy way to do that for your child is to give them a bedroom makeover, especially if they’ve gotten bored with theirs during school shutdowns and family quarantines. Affordable décor and furniture changes can be pulled off with revitalized hand-me-downs or … Read More…

Change Orders are a Constant for Construction Industry

by Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association First of all, I am not an attorney and cannot dispense legal counsel. I can, however, write about the importance of change orders during construction. To quote Wikipedia: “In project management, change orders are also called variations or variation orders. Any modification or change to works … Read More…