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Link Love: Hiring remodeling consultants, "picture frames" in kitchen tile, energy-hog tech, and more

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Hire a remodeling consultant? It’s something to consider
Kathy’s Remodeling Blog
“You’ve got your builders and general contractors and remodeling contractors and architects and designers and engineers and plumbers and roofers and tile setters and butchers and bakers and candlestick makers. Oh wait. Well, anyway, it can be very confusing. And that’s why consultants were invented.”

Kitchen Design: A Picture Frame for Your Backsplash
Houzz.com
“If you are looking for ideas for a traditional kitchen backsplash, consider creating a picture-frame feature above your range or cooktop. These are square or rectangular tile designs bordered by molding, much like a picture frame. Think of it as wall art for your backsplash. Here are some great examples of picture-frame backsplashes and some tips for doing this yourself.”

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Charles and Hudson
“Moving into a new season typically means that there are some home maintenance tasks you can check off your to-do list. That’s especially true as we head into fall, as much of the country will begin to experience cooler temperatures before winter’s frigid grip takes hold. To make sure your home is in tip-top shape, consider tackling some of these checklist items.”

5 Little-Known Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel
CalFinder Blog
“Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen, the next challenge may be to find the right balance between getting all the features you want and making costs manageable. Keeping in mind the five P’s – planning, priorities, proportion, placement, and professional – can help you accomplish your goals.”

When it comes to energy waste, tech is hero and villain
CNN.com
“In this day and age, we’ve come to expect that technology will help us save electricity, not waste it. But when it comes to electronics, there are glaring exceptions to the rule that more technology makes our lives more efficient.
It seems technology has become simultaneously the hero and villain of the energy-efficiency movement.”