Book helps house hunters

Book helps house hunters

Marianne Cusato believes finding the right house isn’t about tallying up square footage and gushing over granite countertops. It’s about figuring out how you want to live.

She helps house hunters do that with her new book, “The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving — or Just Dreaming — Find Your Perfect Match!”

Cusato is a home designer touted for her work on the Katrina Cottages, compact homes originally intended for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. She’s also passionate about matching housing to needs, not just desires.

Her book helps readers figure out all the nuts-and-bolts issues involved in a home search.

She even offers tips for updating the home you’re in to make it easier to stay there.

“The Just Right Home” is published by Workman and sells for $12.95 in paperback.

Curved shower rod is tension-mounted

Moen has introduced a curved shower rod that’s tension-mounted, so there’s no need to drill holes in your walls.

The shower curtain rod bows outward, adding up to 5 inches of space in a shower. It installs in most bathrooms in minutes without the need for special tools.

The stainless steel rod resists corrosion and comes in chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. It can adjust from 57 to 60 inches long.

The rod is expected to be available later this month at Lowe’s stores. The suggested retail price is $39.98.

McClatchy Newspapers

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