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April 25th, 2014

Home Repair

It’s up to everyone to take action to help protect the nation’s waterways

Did you know that the average American uses 2,000 gallons of water a day – twice the global average? Water is hidden in diets, in the energy used and the products purchased. Every pair of jeans worn or hamburger consumed is created using water in some capacity. That’s why water conservation, no matter where you live, is a global necessi...

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Tips to spruce up your home for the holidays

Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season’s greetings is always the priority but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year. This is one of the reasons that autumn is a popular time for home improvements. Fifty-two percent of homeowners plan to make ho...

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Decked out for summer: Three easy tips for making your dream deck a reality

Summer means deck time for many Americans. A deck is an ideal spot for relaxation and entertaining. Imagine a cook-out with friends, snoozing in the sun on a hot day, snuggling with your sweetheart watching shooting stars, or having a backyard camp-out with the kids. Are you dreaming of deck time this summer, but dreading the construction and maint...

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Enhance your outdoor space with an outdoor fireplace

Winter lingered far too long this year. It was cold, it was blustery, and many of us were left wondering if it would ever end. Now summer is here – and it’s time to get outdoors. Instead of being forced to labor through the same old spring chores, use this abbreviated spring as an excuse to stay outside. Fire up the grill, dust off the...

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Cool your home and save cold, hard cash with air conditioning tips

Home cooling costs rise with the temperature, making many homeowners dread the arrival of their monthly electric bill during the good ol’ summertime. Fortunately, with a few simple strategies, it’s easy to cut down on cooling costs so you can enjoy summer, even through record-high temperatures. “Air conditioning is the main way ho...

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Four simple steps to help DIYers get pro-level painting results

When it comes to simple, low-cost home improvements that can add value and completely change the look of a room, you just can’t beat painting. From giving a room a whole new look to protecting the walls and boosting the value of your home, painting delivers many benefits – all at a fraction of the cost of other improvements. Tackle the...

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Five steps to create a customized outdoor living space with railing

Railing can upgrade any deck from drab to fab – adding style, as well as safety and support. In fact, it’s often the one element that truly sets your outdoor living space apart from others in the neighborhood. Here are five steps to create the perfect perimeter for your deck. 1. Find ideas at your fingertips – From contemporary to...

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Spring into action for a lush summer lawn

There’s little as inviting on a hot summer day as a lush, green lawn. To make sure your yard is ready for summertime fun, invest a little time and attention into it this spring. “As seasonal temperatures rise across the country, we’re entering prime lawn growing season and the perfect time to so some basic maintenance,” says...

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DIY or DI-don’t? When to do it yourself, when to hire a pro

When it comes to home improvement, homeowners aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty; 64 percent who plan to make improvements this year say they will do it themselves, according to an American Express Consumer Spending and Saving Report. But not all home decorating or renovating projects are suitable for the average DIYer. So how do you know...

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Tips for making your spring cleaning a breeze

A long winter season can leave you and your family longing for outdoor activities. Before you head for some fresh air fun, you need to get your home in order for the spring and summer months ahead. Spring cleaning can be a drawn-out chore, but that can change this year. The key to a quick and painless deep clean involves staying organized, having t...

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