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August 30th, 2014

Home Repair

Home renovation starts with good planning and good insurance

The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years. People are remodeling their homes at historically high rates, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Many of these projects are complex and expensive, and too often people neglec...

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Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you’re considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order to get the most out of your budget. Fortunately, many aspec...

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Get decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or entertaining a late-night dinner party on the deck, summer is the perfect time to throw a get-together in your outdoor living space. The outdoor living experts at Trex offer these tips for creating a party-perfect deck, porch or patio. Plan a weekend makeover – If your deck needs a “fa...

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Add your health to your spring cleaning to-do list

Spring is a season for dusting, washing and polishing the home, cleaning up the yard of any winter debris and even cleaning the storage on the computer or laptop. Spring also should be a time to clean up your health – adding small habits to your lifestyle that can result in big changes to your well-being. From making simple changes to your or...

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Opening the door to space and privacy is easy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations. To meet that demand, Johnson Hardware recently introduced the Series 200WM wall mount door hardware, an exclusively designed system for mounting sliding doors to interior walls. Not to be confused...

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Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget

If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home. 1. Mini-makeover kits Y...

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Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover

Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches. “Exposed structural elements work well when paired against something that’s more delicate,” says David Bourke, archi...

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Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor

Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You’re not alone – many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for remodeling. In fact, a maj...

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Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design

Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The “keeping up with the Joneses’’ mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace the role of desig...

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Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony

The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you’re afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe – we all have one or two spots in our home that cry out for organization and tidying. Spring cleaning season is approaching, and with a plan of attack you can take this opportun...

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