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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NOVEMBER 20, 2014 | THURSDAY
7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable

In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however, a garage can be transfo...

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 | MONDAY
The Benefits of Radiant Heat Are Invisible, and That's a Good Thing

You've probably heard about radiant heating, a new technology that delivers comfort via hydronic panels installed underneath the floor. There are many things to love about this home heati...

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | MONDAY
Winterize Your Home in 7 Simple Steps

With winter fast approaching, you'll want to make sure you've taken some critical steps to keep your house warm and safe through the colder months. Here are seven simple things you should...

OCTOBER 29, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
The Most Cunning Secret Hiding Spots We've Ever Seen

When it comes to hiding valuables in your home, you don't need a massive safe bolted to the floor in the bedroom—you just need to stay one step ahead of would-be thieves. All it takes is ...

OCTOBER 17, 2014 | FRIDAY
7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter

The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.

OCTOBER 17, 2014 | FRIDAY
Heat Your Entire House with a New Radiant Heat System

Despite all the attention radiant heating has received over the last few years, you still might not regard it as a viable alternative to traditional systems, such as hydronic baseboards o...

OCTOBER 13, 2014 | MONDAY
Your Guide to Navigating the New World of Light Bulbs

January 2014 signaled the final stage in the phaseout of standard incandescent light bulbs in the United States. As of January 1, traditional incandescents are no longer permitted to be p...

OCTOBER 7, 2014 | TUESDAY
The Only 7 Tools You Need to Paint Any Room

Hands-down, painting is the biggest way to change the look and feel of a room on the smallest budget. Here are a few things no home painting project should start without.

OCTOBER 2, 2014 | THURSDAY
The Right Way to Weatherstrip a Door

Door drafts can be a cause of real discomfort. Besides the immediate unpleasantness of a chilly gust invading the warmth of your home in winter, there's also the impact that drafts can ha...

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | TUESDAY
The Toilets of Tomorrow

High-tech appliances, gadgets, and gizmos are steadily marching into all corners of our lives. So it only makes sense that advanced technology would insinuate itself into our… bathrooms? ...