TIP OF THE WEEK

Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet?

A growing number of homeowners are taking utilitarian home elements and transforming them with creative flair into stunning home designs. Even the venerable garage door is experiencing new life as interior room dividers, exterior walls and other purposes yet to be discovered.

“Many homeowners are opening their homes to the great outdoors by using garage doors instead of sliding glass doors,” says Vickie Lents, director of marketing for Entrematic, a leading company in the garage door industry known for smart innovation and design.

Garage doors with clear glass held in place by an aluminum grid system are the common standard in residential applications. Homeowners gravitate to glass garage doors when used as exterior and interior walls because of their clean, modern look.

Whether they feature a modern or traditional operating system, garage doors can serve as more than windows to divide indoor living space from the outside. Interior designers and homeowners have gravitated toward the trend of using garage doors to divide room space as well. Particularly when used as interior room dividers, garage doors with frosted or tinted glass offer privacy when closed but can be opened to create expansive indoor space.

“Garage doors make such a statement when incorporated into home designs. There’s instant intrigue and excitement when guests see them,” Lents says. “The doors are practical in function and offer the ‘wow factor’ that homeowners want.”

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HOME-SELLING TIP

Legal aid: When putting your house on the market, you may want to consider enlisting the services of a real-estate lawyer to guide you through the transaction. Your lawyer can help you navigate the offers you receive, review contracts and let you know which things you must disclose to potential buyers. You might also consider a preliminary consultation with a lawyer if hiring one for the whole transaction is too cost-prohibitive.

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DECORATING TIP

Bring the bling: Bright, golden tones are big right now, but few homeowners have the financial means to deck out the family home with mirrors, sconces and other decorative items made of genuine gold. Fortunately, these, and a wide range of other accessories, are available in finishes that mimic the look of real gold, with price tags that won’t leave you feeling like a fool.

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GARDEN GUIDE

Protect your bulbs: Keep critters out of your recently planted flower bulbs by staking poultry netting or mesh over the flowerbed. The netting should be placed right on top of the flower bed, and extend 3 feet from the plantings. When spring arrives, you’ll want to take off the netting or cut holes in it to let your flowers thrive. You may also want to try commercial pest deterrents to keep your flowers intact.

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