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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MARCH 12, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Planning Guide: Backyard Ponds

Just to be clear, the kind of pond we’re referring to doesn’t involve swimming, fishing, or boating. We’re talking about a decorative garden pond for goldfish, koi, or plants—a water feat...

MARCH 6, 2014 | THURSDAY
When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!

Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In fact, it’s typically the grout that starts to fail or show its age befo...

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Warming Trend: 5 Smart Ways to Heat Your Home

When considering the best way to bring warmth into your house, think of the four “E’s": energy, efficiency, economics, and environment. You’ll want to choose a type of energy source ...

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Make a Picture Frame

What is art? Critics and philosophers are free to debate the question endlessly, but we think it's pretty simple: If there's a frame around it, then it's art! Less simple—but not so compl...

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Install a Prehung Door

Doors come in countless different sizes and styles—from modern, flush interior doors with standard dimensions to massive, traditionally designed entryways. By comparison, there are dramat...

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 | MONDAY
New & Notable: 10 High-Tech Gadgets to Make Housework Less Work

Remember Rosie, the congenial (and often hysterical) robot that flitted around the Jetsons' apartment in the sky, keeping things neat and tidy? When the cartoon first aired, in the 1960s,...

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Planning Guide: Mudrooms

As the main staging area for arrivals and departures, the mudroom is a much-relied-upon space. If your floor plan doesn't include a mudroom, you can create one by screening or walling in ...

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Make Concrete Countertops

The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as driveways, walkways, and patios. But there are some who love concrete...

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Install a Dryer Vent

Developed in 19th-century England, the first mechanized clothes dryers were perforated barrels that rotated over flames. Today's appliances are not so very different, at least in principl...

JANUARY 29, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
9 Ways to Dress Up a Room with Molding

Just as the right tie can really make a suit, or a well-chosen accessory can add some pop to an outfit, molding can turn a plain square room into a true showpiece. When you're considering...