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Splurge vs. save: You can have your dream kitchen [Infographic]
(BPT) - When designing your dream kitchen, it can be challenging to draw the line between splurging and saving. You want a space that reflects your personal style and makes kitchen work easier, but you don't want to blow the bank. However, if you know where to look, you can have it all — parti ...
4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects
(BPT) - Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and enviro ...
4 ways to keep kids safe outdoors
(BPT) - Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or j ...
5 projects to create the bathroom you've always dreamed of
(BPT) - Work, social obligations, the kids – your life is go, go, go. Sometimes it’s impossible to find even the slightest moment for yourself, until you head home to your bathroom oasis and find a calmness to melt your stress away.But what if you don’t feel this relaxation when yo ...
5 tips to prepare your home for cooler temperatures
(BPT) - Fall is an ideal time to prepare your home for cooler temperatures. Set some time aside this weekend to take care of these five easy tasks that will help to keep your home and family safe and comfortable during the winter months. They’re so quick, you won’t even miss the football ...
Renovating to age in place? Focus efforts and budgets on bathrooms and kitchens, experts say
(BPT) - No one relishes the prospect of having to move out of his or her home due to age-related health, mobility or dexterity issues. In fact, more than half of homeowners 60 and older say they intend to stay in their current homes indefinitely, according to a recent survey by Houzz. Fortunately fo ...
How to ensure your home stays warm throughout winter
(BPT) - With some parts of the country already experiencing dipping temperatures and light flurries, it makes sense for homeowners to think about how to keep their home comfortable and performing optimally throughout the colder months. Putting off winterization efforts can lead to higher utility bil ...
4 approachable modern home design ideas
(BPT) - Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. The new “approachable modern” design schemes emphasize the grace of nature, respect the strength of simplicity and c ...
Green your space this fall
(BPT) - Fall signals the end of summer and the beginning of vibrantly colored leaves on the ground, pumpkin patches and refreshingly cooler temperatures. Early fall is also the perfect time of year to complete home improvement projects — the weather is mild, and you can clear your home of clut ...
Everything including the kitchen sink: 5 high-impact renovation projects for DIYers
(BPT) - Do-it-yourselfers are generally a "can-do" bunch, willing to tackle just about any home-renovation project — except perhaps installing a new kitchen sink. But with the right innovative product and a little self-confidence, it’s possible to get fabulous results for kitchen project ...
Reduce the risk of home fires
(BPT) - While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in ...
Avoid expensive energy bills with this hot new housing trend
(BPT) - Imagine being able to heat your home with no more energy than used by a hair dryer turned on low, or even going off the grid altogether.Thanks to smaller, carefully planned home designs, coupled with a superior insulation system, super energy-efficient small homes are growing in popularity.O ...
Keep the heat in and the cold out this winter: Tips for a cozy home
(BPT) - Winter this year promises to be harsh across much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts conditions will be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!Aut ...
Defining home improvement ROI: It's not just about the money
(BPT) - If home improvement was only about increasing a home’s resale value, perhaps more people would live in homes that had steel entry doors, manufactured stone veneer and/or vinyl siding and interior walls that were a uniform beige. But when you’re calculating the potential return on ...
6 curb appeal boosters that increase your home's resale value
(BPT) - Whether you just bought a new home or have lived in yours for years, home improvement seems to come with the territory. It’s understandable — you want your home to feel like it’s your home, which means matching your tastes. That said, it literally pays to think about how mu ...
4 ways to improve your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home.Whether it’s a potential buyer or simply a visitor, within seconds of seeing your home’s exterior, that first i ...
5 tips for creating fall curb appeal
(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don't have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales - below are tips and projects for sp ...
4 DIY tips to refresh your home for the holidays
(BPT) - With the holidays right around the corner, people across the country are getting ready to host parties, dinners and more. Could your home’s interior use a refresh before the guests arrive, but you haven’t settled on the right idea? The key is to select one or two-day projects tha ...
8 easy steps to an organized, dust-free workshop
(BPT) - Any good DIY project leaves a trail of dust, tools and various scraps around the workshop. While the end-product is often fulfilling, the remaining cleanup never is. However, having a clean, organized workshop you can easily maintain isn’t impossible. Here are eight workshop cleanup an ...
Important backyard safety steps for all seasons
(BPT) - From building snowmen with the kids in winter to playing fetch with Fido in the spring, your backyard is the backdrop for fun activity all year long. That means safety should be top of mind during all seasons. Just as you take steps to protect your children inside your house, you must be cau ...
5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year
(BPT) - Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you e ...
5 DIY projects that can't wait until next year
(BPT) - Are you afraid your chances to complete a DIY project this year are over because colder temperatures are coming? If you are, the good news is there’s no need to worry. You still have plenty of time to tackle that outdoor DIY project and, if you act fast, even enjoy it for a while befor ...
Splurge or steal? 3 DIY home projects that give a high-end, modern look without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Doing your own home improvement projects is a great way to save money and still get the new look you desire. When you’re working on giving a traditional home a more modern feel, it can be tempting to splurge – but you don’t have to. It is possible to “steal” gre ...
Top kitchen renovation trend: Upgrading for love alone
(BPT) - If you follow home improvement trends, you’ve probably read in recent years that Americans are willing to invest significantly to create luxurious dream bathrooms. Now it seems the same is true for innovative, beautiful kitchens. More than half of homeowners planning a renovation will ...
Splurge versus save: High end kitchen design that won't break the bank
(BPT) - Ninety-eight percent of people believe good design enhances their daily lives, and they’re willing to pay more for products that truly reflect their own personal style and aesthetic, according to a new study from Dwell. Drawing the line between “splurging” on those premium ...
Refresh your kitchen with a stunning DIY backsplash
(BPT) - The cost of complex kitchen renovations often prevents homeowners from improving the appearance of this important space. However, installing a new backsplash with contemporary glass or mosaic tile is one of the fastest, easiest, most affordable and often overlooked projects for dramatically ...
Why consider metal when choosing a roof? Durability, fire-resistance and energy-savings
(BPT) - Residential roofing experts report metal roofing is winning converts based on its durability, fire-resistance, energy savings, value and natural good looks.The Metal Roofing Association (MRA) reports non-metal roofs last 17 years on average, but metal roofs can last a lifetime. Though h ...
Freshen your home room by room with this simple ingredient
(BPT) - With the holiday season in full swing and family and friends visiting from places near and far, you’ll have a checklist full of things to do. Don’t forget to freshen up your house before guests arrive and keep it simple with one ingredient you might already have in your pantry.Ba ...
Weathering the storm: 9 necessary tips for using a chainsaw to clear debris
(BPT) - It’s storm season, and as soon as a tornado or hurricane strikes, clean-up begins.Often, storm clean-up requires participation from volunteers who supplement the work of experts in removing miles of debris. Many are weekend warriors who have never tackled such an immense task — a ...
7 ways to improve your home and budget with one smart upgrade
(BPT) - With home automation on the rise, it’s easy to imagine your future home might look like something out of “The Jetsons.” While there’s no Rosie the Robot to do your laundry (yet!), smart home technology can do everything from adjusting your temperature to texting you w ...
5 outdoor projects that will add value to your home
(BPT) - Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work – and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment. Here, then, are fi ...
Why spray foam? How spray insulation is better, faster and cheaper alternative to rigid foam board [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Closed-cell spray foam insulation offers a complete, cost-effective and superior performance solution for exterior commercial wall construction. As a three-in-one product, closed-cell spray foam insulation is an ideal continuous insulation solution for modern building designs that feature ...
Warm up to luxury bathroom upgrades this winter
(BPT) - Back-to-school and the holidays aren’t the only welcome seasons that arrive with cooler weather. Fall and winter are also a great time to make some luxury upgrades to your home. With children back in school and holiday guests on the way, you have the perfect window of time — and ...
4 ways skylights can make a home brighter and healthier
(BPT) - Paul and John were on to something when they penned their ode to good old natural light. The association between sunshine, positive emotion and good health is integral to the human psyche. It’s in our nature to revel in natural light and sing out “here comes the sun” instea ...
Why today's garage doors can increase your home's value
(BPT) - Today’s garage door is not your father’s garage door. It is vastly more important to the overall design and function of the home, and hundreds of new models meet needs that were not envisioned even 25 years ago. A non-commercial website, www.garagewownow.com, contains many h ...
The most common - and solvable - home health and safety risks
(BPT) - For many Americans, “home” evokes warmth, comfort, security and safety. But while home may be sweet, statistics show it’s far from safe. From falls and other types of accidents to fires and poor indoor air quality, home can be a dangerous place — so it’s importa ...
How to stay comfortable this winter without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Throughout the cold days of winter, homeowners are inclined to turn up the dial on their thermostat to maintain a warm, comfortable home. However, homeowners may not realize the presence of drafts and air leaks throughout the home can lead to temperature fluctuation and higher than normal he ...
Lawn care tips guaranteed to save you winter worries
(BPT) - Cooler nights and shorter days are a sure sign winter is on its way. Smart homeowners use this time to prepare their homes against the season’s wrath. You too can protect your property and eliminate winter worries with a few simple projects that can be completed in one weekend or less. ...
Design tips for a chef-centered kitchen
(BPT) - Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality with sophisticated style.Faucet makeoverCulinary ...
To flush or not to flush: Get the facts on what's flushable
(BPT) - Once something is flushed down the toilet, most people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Whatever was flushed has cleared the bowl and is on its journey to the wastewater treatment plant, wherever that may be. It’s not until a problem arises, (like a clogged to ...
5 easy fall home updates
(BPT) - There are so many reasons to love fall. From the brisk breeze and color-changing leaves outdoors, to prepping for the holidays and watching football inside, there couldn’t be a better time to make a few updates around your house. Consider these simple fall home updates to stylishly wel ...
5 DIY house hacks to prep your home for winter
(BPT) - As summer comes to an end and the temperature begins to drop, home improvement opportunities can heat up. Now is the time to do some cost-saving improvements on your home before it gets too cold outside. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just looking for a few ways to sav ...
Winter is coming for your home: What you can do now to protect your wallet
(BPT) - It’s coming — the white, windy weather of winter. Are you ready? Is your home? Now is the time to protect your home and wallet with a quick window and door checkup to make needed repairs and reduce costs.Clear sills and moving parts of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt ...
7 steps for simplifying your next paint project
(BPT) - If you’re considering a household painting project, now’s the perfect time. The summer’s hottest days are in the past and winter’s frigid temperatures aren’t even on your radar. Whether you plan to paint your kitchen, a hallway, outdoor siding or a refurbished p ...
Easy grout makeover brings new life to tile
(BPT) - One of the most economical improvements a homeowner can make to a kitchen or bath is refreshing the grout instead of replacing the tile. Mechanically removing and replacing grout can cost as much as $20 per square foot and complete demolition can seem out of reach when you are on a budget. H ...
How smart home chefs are going green with kitchen design
(BPT) - Home chefs everywhere are taking a new approach when designing their dream kitchens. Beyond upscale tools and high end appliances, they also want features that are eco-friendly and environmentally smart. Here are the top trends in eco-friendly kitchen design.Green countertops When it comes t ...
Fight roof damage from ice dams before it's too late
(BPT) - Each winter, the inevitable happens as snow falls and the temperature inside and outside the home fluctuates — icicles form. While icicles are considered a common sight throughout the colder months, they can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home. While homeowners may not re ...
Heat your home without wasting energy this season
(BPT) - If you’re interested in living a greener lifestyle, perhaps you’re already trying to reduce your energy usage as much as possible. Maybe you ride your bike to work, unplug your electronics when they’re not in use, use fans during warm weather and avoid wasting water.Saving ...
Top 5 winter money saving tips for homeowners
(BPT) - The winter can be harsh in many ways — slick driveways, brisk winds, heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures. Unfortunately, that’s not all — these weather annoyances can lead to high heating costs and energy bills, which can be tough on your wallet. Instead of handing your ...
Improve your home's energy efficiency this fall with these smart winterizing tips
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing — winter is on its way. January and February are typically considered the coldest months in the Northwest, Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. It can be tough for homeowners to stay cozy inside without running ...
5 home projects with a great ROI and plenty of wow
(BPT) - What’s motivating you to tackle that next home improvement project? Are you planning to sell and you want to make your home more irresistible? Or do you plan to stick around and you simply want to complete a project you can enjoy for years to come? Whatever your motivation, it’s ...
Easy, affordable home winterization ideas with big impact
(BPT) - Although you may prefer to forget, last winter’s subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to w ...
5 DIY steps to help you stay warm and save money this winter
(BPT) - With the dead of winter fast approaching, it’s never too soon (or late) to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. With the goal of keeping cold air out and warm air in, make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family warm and your heating bills low.Proper insulating ...
Put your home on autopilot to save money, time and energy
(BPT) - Every homeowner can remember a time when they wondered, "Did I lock the front door this morning?" Or, "Did I leave a light on?" Others can attest to that feeling of dread knowing their air conditioner is running full blast while they're away on a weekend trip. There's nothing worse than worr ...
Fall: The best season for home improvement
(BPT) - The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.This fall promises to be particularly popular for home pr ...
Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
(BPT) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.Popcorn ceilings haven’t really represented stylish home design since d ...
The annual deck checkup: 3 steps to a safer deck
(BPT) - A little maintenance goes a long way to keep your deck safe, performing well and looking great any time of year. Just like you need an annual checkup with your doctor to ensure you’re in good health, so does your deck. While you may think spring is the time to check your deck, another ...
Five tips to get a whole new look in the bathroom, for less
(BPT) - A bathroom remodel is one of the most valuable home improvement projects you can undertake. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range bathroom remodel of $16,000 recoups 70 percent of its value at the time of resale. But what if you want a great bathroo ...
Tips to make your next DIY home improvement as green as possible
(BPT) - If you’re thinking about making your next DIY home improvement project “green,” but aren’t sure how to achieve a balance of eco-friendly and affordability, there’s good news. It’s now easier than ever, especially when you do the work yourself with rented e ...
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Winterize your outdoor living space in 5 easy steps
(BPT) - Ahh the backyard – it’s served you well all summer. But now the seasons are changing and colder weather is on the way. Which means you need to prime your property from the ravages of winter. That’s right, it’s time to winterize!Since you can finish your indoor winteri ...
5 simple design tricks to revamp your home
(BPT) - Whether you’ve just moved into a home or you’ve lived there for years, it might be time for a design tune-up. While many may think tackling their home décor takes a bundle of time, money and expertise, it doesn’t have to be so frightening. You don’t need to spe ...
6 easy holiday decor ideas to impress your guests
(BPT) - Whether you’re planning an extravagant party or simply hosting a few family members, the stress of the holiday season can easily become overwhelming. With your busy schedule and full to-do list, the key to successful entertaining is to keep it simple.If you’re like most people, y ...
Winterize your wallet: 4 maintenance projects to save money and prepare your home for winter
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures signal it’s time to switch gears and prepare your home for the approaching winter. A few modifications can go a long way — here are four key projects to winterize your abode, help you stay warm and save money this coming season and beyond.1. Stop letting money ...
How to score Black Friday-worthy deals every day
(BPT) - Black Friday: the unofficial holiday when retail promotions peak, and the winter holiday shopping season kicks off. Americans across the country scour the Web or wake up before dawn to beat the crowds and score bargains on their most wanted products. But deals don’t only have to happen ...
5 ways to shake it up in the shower
(BPT) - Let’s be honest — today’s shower is about much more than just getting clean. Modern American showers are now all about the experience. Your shower is an oasis of relaxation at the end of a stress-filled day or a way to kick off your day on the right foot. If this isn’ ...
3 smart, sensational ways to customize your shower experience
(BPT) - Any real estate agent will tell you great bathrooms help sell homes. But what if you’re not planning to sell any time soon and still want to have a memorable, attention-grabbing room? Start by upgrading your shower; it’s the heart of creating an amazing bathroom.A relaxing shower ...
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