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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JANUARY 9, 2014 | THURSDAY
Planning Guide: Insulation

Insulation is the strong, silent type. Although it operates behind the scenes for the most part, it plays a vital role: keeping us comfortable indoors. Unlike fuel or electricity, insulat...

DECEMBER 20, 2013 | FRIDAY
Which Is Better, Forced-Air or Radiant Heat?

In the radiant floor vs. forced-air heating debate, radiant floor always wins because it provides a quiet, even heat and eliminates the allergy problems often associated with heating duct...

DECEMBER 13, 2013 | FRIDAY
Planning Guide: Fireplaces

Is there anything better than sitting beside the fireplace on a chilly winter eve? Not only does a fireplace provide decorative charm and the practical benefit of warmth, but it can also ...

DECEMBER 2, 2013 | MONDAY
Chimneys 101

Why would Kris Kringle choose to squeeze his considerable girth through one of the narrowest and most soot-covered passageways in the home? The answer: Who the heck knows? One thing is ce...

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tool Lover

If you're stumped at what to buy the tool-lover in your life, never fear — Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guides are here!

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
All About Radiant Wall Heating

This article has been brought to you by Warmboard. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Think “radiant heating” and you’re likely to think of floors. But did you know that ra...

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 | THURSDAY
Recipe for Success: 10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks

With a few simple and fun DIY projects, you can turn your kitchen into an oasis of order where everything is at your fingertips.

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
The Black-and-White Benefits of Gray Water

It takes a whopping amount of water to sustain what many would regard as modest household usage. Imagine a family routine that involves twice daily showers, a couple of laundry loads per ...

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 | MONDAY
Retaining Walls 101

Retaining walls offer aesthetic as well as practical benefits: In addition to beautifying the home, they inhibit soil erosion and provide privacy to outdoor living areas. Retaining walls ...

OCTOBER 23, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
5 Things to Covet in Your Dream Home

If you’re building a house from scratch, or even putting an addition on your current home, you’re in the unique position of being able to install systems and components that could be hard...