Bay area exterior designer Kim Levell is set to appear on The Nate Berkus Show on Monday. The show will feature a segment in which Levell is paired with a Baltimore family whose back yard is in need of a lot of TLC. Filmed over four days, the 10-minute segment shows the transition to an expanded, practical living space with atmosphere. The show airs at 10 a.m. on WFTS-Ch. 28. Additional designs can be seen at Levell's website, exteriordecorating.com.
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iPad app tracks home repair, maintenance
Is it time for your air-conditioning system's annual checkup? Is the roof 10 or 12 years old? We can't remember either. The Home Maintenanceapp for iPad aims to track all manner of services, repairs, installations and prior charges. There are preset lists of the usual home issues as well as the option to create your own list. You can add photos to items, which could include images of service receipts. We can't find those either. Use the calendar function to set time periods on reoccurring services. It costs $4.99.
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Kitchen faucet gets another update
Moen, purveyors of the latest in kitchen and bathroom fixtures, continues to tweak the kitchen faucet. The original pulldown-type, which allows you to extend the faucet to where you need it, came on the market in the past decade and proved a clever alternative to the fixed type. Moen now offers an updated design, called the Reflex. It features a resistance-free hose designed for smoother retraction. For information, go to moen.com or call toll-free 1-800-289-6636.