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5 Tips to Care for Your Floors

You may spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep your home tidy and up-to-date, but how often do you look down at your floors? Flooring is one of the biggest factors on overall feel of a space. It may be tempting to opt for cheaper flooring materials and methods in intermediary areas, but putting in a little extra time and effort can increase a property’s... (more)

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm Homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind of wonder wood that checks all the boxes. Designers, contractors and consumers have all taken... (more)

8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home

Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your new house feel like home. 1. Enhance the Kitchen Quality kitchen... (more)

10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper

There is something awesome about buying a fixer upper and doing the renovations yourself. Some people fix them up a bit at a time, using cash as they have it available. If you want to make a big impact by doing small things, here are 10 things you need to include. 1. Change Out the Lighting Nothing says outdated like an old-fashioned gold chandelier. Lighting... (more)

How to Maintain Marble Floors

Veins of color and unique patterns give marble tile a truly stunning appearance. However, maintaining that elegance may seem anything but effortless. Common advice cautions against using vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners, while taking care to prevent scratches from the wheels of an old vacuum or basic sand and dirt is paramount. With... (more)

7 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Going to the spa is an expensive proposition—not to mention costly in terms of time. Bringing the relaxation of the spa to your own home, however, means that you can kick back and relax whenever you like. A simple bathroom redesign can be enough to completely change the way your bathroom feels, leaving relaxation just a few steps away when you need it most. Less... (more)

5 Home Upgrades to Make This Fall

Fall is the perfect time of year to tackle home improvement projects, especially those that enhance existing features or add new functions to your home. This season, consider making cost-conscious upgrades, such as: 1. Revitalizing worn woodwork – Nothing ages a home’s appearance faster than tired, weathered woodwork on the front porch or back deck. Apply... (more)

How to Preserve Character when Renovating Your Home

A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict,” has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory. Whether you’re giving new life to a historic treasure or sprucing up a more modern home, there are... (more)

7 New Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

By Barbara Pronin Hanging large mirrors on one wall of the living room has been touted for years as a way to make the room larger. But, said New York designer Jeffrey Blum, mirrors reflect everything in the room, creating the illusion of clutter. Blum, the owner of SixZero6 Designs, suggests seven less traditional ways homeowners should consider to create the... (more)

Six Ways Homeowners Can Prepare for Winter Weather

This year’s winter weather predictions vary on the amount of precipitation we can expect, but many of them agree that much of the country will experience below normal temperatures. Energy authorities encourage homeowners to take steps before these cold temperatures set in to help keep warm air in your home and money in your pocket. “Most winterizing... (more)

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