Michael Franco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A creative director with Reader's Digest for ten years, also formerly serving as site editor for a division of About.com, Michael Franco has spent over a decade covering science, technology, hospitality and home improvement. His writing credits include Angie's List, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic. A graduate of Ithaca College and Manhattanville College, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, Mr. Franco once owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Amish country. Today, he lives and works in Asheville, NC. Michael Franco on LinkedIn | Google +

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FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | THURSDAY
Thousands of Years in the Making, Radiant Heating Arrives

While the origins of radiant floor heating stretch way back into the mists of history, the technology has come of age only in recent years. Today, it works as well as any other traditiona...

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 | THURSDAY
8 Bright Ideas to Boost Natural Light

Bringing natural light into your home is both economical and enjoyable. Here are seven ways to let the sun shine in throughout your house.

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 | FRIDAY
7 Life-Changing New Home Technologies for 2015

With each passing year, our houses are getting smarter and smarter. It's no fantasy; appliances that mix drinks or cook dinner at your command—a simple touch on your phone app could be th...

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | MONDAY
What Type of Door Is Best for Your Entryway?

You put a great deal of trust in your front door, counting on it to form a good first impression of your home for any visitor or passerby. For that reason alone, the front door is more im...

JANUARY 23, 2015 | FRIDAY
New Front Doors Change Everything in 4 Entryway Before-and-Afters

It's almost shocking that a home upgrade as minor as replacing the front door can boost your home's curb appeal in such a major way! Courtesy of Masonite, these before-and-after sequences...

JANUARY 23, 2015 | FRIDAY
Radiant Heating Gives You Total Design Freedom

By now, you're familiar with the many benefits of radiant floor heating: It runs silently, circulates no dust or airborne impurities, and operates at least 25 percent more efficiently tha...

JANUARY 16, 2015 | FRIDAY
Make One Minor Change to Get Major Curb Appeal

When Remodeling magazine last published its annual Cost vs. Value Report, many were surprised to learn that, of all the many different home improvements one might undertake, front door re...

DECEMBER 18, 2014 | THURSDAY
How Does Radiant Heat Operate 25% More Efficiently?

Most people assume radiant floor heating costs a fortune. Perhaps that's because, compared with radiator or baseboard heat, radiant systems are rare. But there's reason to suppose that in...

DECEMBER 5, 2014 | FRIDAY
11 Gifts for Gadget-Loving Guys and Gals

Hunting for a gift with real wow factor? This selection of gadgets ticks all the right boxes, satisfying the desire for both fun and function. Click through our carefully curated guide, w...

DECEMBER 5, 2014 | FRIDAY
10 Gifts for the Tool Nut Who Has It All

If you know someone who gets starry-eyed over T-squares and power drills, chances are that special someone already has a well-stocked workshop chock-full of tools of every imaginable kind...