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Home Matters
Home Matters on KIRO Radio
Tune in to KIRO Radio on Sunday at 8am for Home Matters.

Tile and stone installation

If you've walked into a flooring store recently, your head is probably reeling with all of the stone and tile flooring choices. Ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone, what'st the difference? Pete talks to Lyle Morris of Interior Floor Designs to help tell the difference.

Home Loans and Mortgages

Buying a home can be a confusing process. Interest rates change, there can sometimes be hidden costs to the buying process, and, how exactly do you get a mortgage anyway? Heather Hendrix from Directors Mortgage helps Pete understand the homebuying process.

In-home elderly care

As parents age, it's important to know what you're getting into when helping your parents age at home, Pete says. Vanessa Carr from Care at Home of Washington, talks to Pete about what you should know when taking on the challenge.

Resurgence of lumberyards

"The role of a lumberyard today is a source for people to be able to come down and get some real good expert direction and advice," says Steve Compton of Compton Lumber. "We spend the majority of our time with a lot of our customers, just educating them on what it takes to do the project they're wanting to do."

Window and siding technology

Seattle is rainy. Except for the beautiful past few summers we've been having, your home is being slammed by rain for eight to ten months of the year. The best way to protect your home, Pete says, is by having good siding and windows. John Ramsdell from Elite Exteriors talks to Pete about how having quality siding can make the difference in your home.

Remodeling from an electrical standpoint

As we're moving into spring, Pete says people start to think about remodeling. He says now is the perfect time to bring more light into your home, if you're tired of the grey Seattle winter.

Home energy systems

Statistically, home heating and energy systems last 16 to 20 years. If you're running on the far side of that spectrum, Neil Kappen from Ballard Natural Gas suggests that it might be time to replace your furnace.

Soil, planting and irrigation

If you'd like to start a basic garden but don't know how, Pete says you're not alone. He and Stephanie Ripple from The Espoma Company offer some basic gardening tips to get your green thumb going.

Quality home appliances

Nobody likes to buy things twice, whether they wear out, break, or otherwise need replacing. So when looking for a new home appliance, how can you tell what's a quality piece of engineering, and will keep up with advances in technology? Tom Beardslee from Seattle Home Appliance offers some tips on purchasing an appliance that will last.

Building a Custom Home

While interests rates are still low, you may be considering an addition or a gut rebuild or remodel. Lou Lincoln from ACC Custom Homes talks with Pete about how the process might be easier than you think.