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NFPA launches web-based CodeFinder tool with mapping software to show the codes and reference standards being used domestically and internationally

TEMECULA – The National Fire Protection Association has released CodeFinder, a new interactive online tool that identifies the NFPA codes and standards that are in effect in U.S. municipalities or counties, as well as in... — Updated 6/22/2018

 By Codie Hays    Lifestyles

AR Workshop brings DIY to Temecula

With more and more people taking charge of their home improvement projects and websites such as Pinterest offering up millions of ways to freshen up the home it's no surprise that... — Updated 6/21/2018


Make moving much easier

TEMECULA – It should come as no surprise that spring kicks off one of the busiest times of year in the housing market. Warm weather makes it more comfortable to see and display... — Updated 6/21/2018


'Tis the season for outdoor kitchens

Outdoor living is second nature to Californians. The weather is usually ideal for grilling and enjoying company outside. There's no better way to spend the evenings with family and... — Updated 6/20/2018


Awnings can make outdoor spaces more comfortable

TEMECULA - Many homeowners are eager to step outdoors upon the return of warm weather. Outdoor living spaces have grown in popularity as more and more homeowners embrace... — Updated 6/20/2018

 By Alex Groves    Lifestyles

Homes for Our Troops holds two Southwest Riverside County events for veterans

A nonprofit that specializes in providing specially-adapted homes to severely wounded veterans held two events in Southwest Riverside County last weekend. On Saturday, June 9, Marin... — Updated 6/20/2018


How to choose the right window treatments for your home

Plantation shutters? Mini-blinds? Cafe curtains? Formal draperies? Homeowners’ options in regard to window treatments for their homes are extensive, which can make outfitting home... — Updated 6/20/2018


Pools and lawns can get along

TEMECULA - Homeowners interested in installing pools in their backyards need not worry about the potential impact of such decisions on surrounding landscapes. According to the... — Updated 6/8/2018


Water features benefit garden landscapes

TEMECULA – Many homeowners aspire to make their homes appear as beautiful and welcoming as possible. Exterior renovations may be high on homeowners' to-do lists, and landscaping i... — Updated 6/8/2018


How to read a nursery plant tag

Temecula - Shopping for new plants for a home can be an exciting undertaking. Nurseries and garden centers are often home to dozens of types of plant species that come in various... — Updated 6/8/2018


Rose Care Fundamentals: Water roses deeply as temperatures rise in June

Gardeners must become water-wise and learn as many ways as possible to use water efficiently. Some districts have restriction on how and when water can be used for irrigating... — Updated 6/1/2018


Matilija poppy is queen of California flowers

Matilija poppy has been called the "Queen of California flowers" in the words of Mary Parsons in her book "The Wildflowers of California," 1897. It seems more appropriate for this... — Updated 6/1/2018


Create an effective fire safety plan

SAN DIEGO – While fire can provide warmth and safety, it also can cause immediate and significant damage that can uproot lives and devastate homes. Because fire is such a... — Updated 5/31/2018


Over 24,000 Riverside County homes improved using HERO Financing

SAN DIEGO – Over 24,000 homes in Riverside County have been made more energy-efficient, or have had renewable energy systems installed, since HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy financing became available to area homeowners in... — Updated 5/30/2018


Safely avoid rattlesnakes this spring

As spring arrives with warmer temperatures many of us are tempted to spend more time outside. However, as temperatures increase so does rattlesnake activity. So far this year,... — Updated 5/24/2018


Use a lawn to improve curb appeal

TEMECULA – Returns on home improvement projects vary. In its annual Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling magazine notes the projects that yield the best returns on investment in a... — Updated 5/24/2018


Hire the right contractor

Most major home repairs will require the help of a professional and hiring the right contractor can be challenging without knowing what to look for. Here's how to ensure quality... — Updated 5/24/2018


Inland Empire Landscape Contest accepts submissions

PERRIS – Do all the neighbors stop in the front yard and offer compliments on the beautiful drought-tolerant landscaping? If so, then consider entering the Inland Empire Landscape Contest. The biennial contest is accepting... — Updated 5/22/2018


Redbud trees are harbinger of spring

Spring is happening, and so are the flowering redbuds, Cercis canadensis. When you look closely,, the petite flowers resemble a tiny pea, hence they are called "pea flowers" This... — Updated 5/18/2018


County raises rubbish collection fees

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors voted to increase fees for trash collection in unincorporated communities. According to Department of Environmental Health Director Steve Van Stockum, the four waste haulers under... — Updated 5/18/2018


Safety stressed during National Electrical Safety Month

QUINCY, Mass. – Flipping a light switch, plugging in a coffee maker, charging a laptop or iPhone, these actions are second nature for most people. Electricity makes their lives easier, but its potential for shock and... — Updated 5/17/2018


EMWD celebrates Water Awareness Month by highlighting Tap Water Day

PERRIS – Eastern Municipal Water District delivers a safe and reliable drinking water supply at an exceptional value, and May is the opportune time to celebrate those services that help sustain the community’s health,... — Updated 5/11/2018


Tackle weeds in a lawn efficiently

TEMECULA – Weeds are the bane of lawn and garden enthusiasts. Weeds can spread rapidly and overrun pristine grass, choking lawns and robbing them of their lush green look. In... — Updated 5/11/2018


Create garden rooms for spring

With the arrival of spring and summer on the horizon, how about creating a "garden room" just outside the back door? Garden rooms can be that little oasis that becomes a destination... — Updated 5/10/2018


Climate change challenges rose gardeners

If you feel like your garden just doesn't seem to be responding as it has in years past, you just may have noticed the effect of climate change. As I speak with other rose... — Updated 5/9/2018


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