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10 office organization tips to boost productivity
(BPT) - Empty boxes, piles of paper, pens strewn about - everyone is guilty of office disorganization. What most people don't realize is a messy, disheveled office space can actually dramatically reduce worker efficiency and productivity.A staggering 98 percent of office workers say they'd be more p ...
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Spray foam insulation: What it is and how it's used [Infographic]
(BPT) - Spray foam insulation is a modern and energy-efficient way to help keep buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, as well as help mitigate sounds and minimize air loss. But what exactly is spray foam? Let’s take a look at this high-performance material and its uses.  ...
Don't waste the refund: Invest in your house for long-term ROI
(BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.The overall average return for a ...
Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don't need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. With eye ...
Understanding the millennial home
(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this g ...
5 reasons you're not sleeping
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking - it can be maddening when you don't get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you're in good (albeit tired) company.Millions of Americans across the country are chronically sleep d ...
The answer to overcoming color cowardice in home decorating: more natural light
(BPT) - Have you ever picked a paint color you loved in the store, only to hate it when it’s on the walls at home? Or purchased throw pillows that you thought would be delightful on your neutral-hued couch, only to decide they look positively garish there? In both cases, you loved the colors w ...
Tips for going green, saving green, with greywater recycling
(BPT) - Water conservation isn’t just for Californians and others who live in dry climates. Although the Golden State’s water woes grabbed headlines last summer, it’s not the only state potentially facing water shortages. Nor is it the only one where conservation-minded homeowners ...
Windows and skylights 101: What to know when adding windows, roof windows or skylights to your home
(BPT) - Is your home chilly and dark in winter, or stuffy and dark in the summer? If your home has too small or too few windows, it can be difficult to get the natural light and ventilation you crave, and need for good health. You may look around your digs and think, “this place could stand so ...
8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
(BPT) - Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eight ...
Expert advice for surviving severe weather
(BPT) - It’s out there — that next bout of severe weather is on its way. No matter where you live in the United States, the potential for severe weather always exists and sometimes it comes without much warning.“None of us really knows what the weather holds,” says LT. Genera ...
3 tips for breaking the DIY barrier
(BPT) - Whether inspired by countless cable shows or the desire to have the perfect kitchen, more Americans are doing their own home improvement projects. Laying hardwood floors, installing plumbing and replacing windows has become another DIY task like changing your oil.Consider these following tip ...
5 smart upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home
(BPT) - Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are typically the rooms in any home that get the most use, which could also be why homeowners, when surveyed, consistently cite those rooms as the ones they most want to renovate. It makes perfect sense to upgrade the rooms where you spend the most time, but ...
3 tips on choosing the right window for your kitchen or bath remodel
(BPT) - Kitchens and bathrooms are not only two of the most highly used rooms in your home, they’re also two of the most popular rooms to renovate, according to home style experts and Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report.With any kitchen or bath renovation, there are many a ...
Homeowners liable for snow, ice control
(BPT) - During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door — it’s also a liability issue should ...
Getting an early start on spring
(BPT) - As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can star ...
Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow
(BPT) - While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily mea ...
Make your bathroom a retreat for holistic living
(BPT) - In holistic living, all things are interconnected, which means home design has a big influence on health and wellness. One room where every household member can benefit from the art of holistic living is the bathroom. With some strategic upgrades to the decor, fixtures and appliances, it&rsq ...
Winter tree trimming: why the season of white is a great time to think green
(BPT) - Is your winter tree maintenance limited to trimming the Christmas tree? If so, you’re missing out on one of the season’s most important home projects. Many homeowners pay little attention to their trees and bushes once colder weather arrives, but seasonal maintenance done during ...
Explore the possibilities with cypress
(BPT) - Inspired by popular home-improvement television shows and information-rich social networks, homeowners and savvy design professionals are using natural materials like cypress to transform their creative aspirations into beautifully tangible realities.“Cypress is a versatile wood that o ...
Four steps to protect your home from winter water damage
(BPT) - Rain, sleet, ice and snow — no matter what form it’s in, precipitation can lead to major winter damage resulting in many issues for home and business owners. Icy roads, ruptured pipes and ice dams are all complications brought on by winter water, and the threat may be even greate ...
These 2016 kitchen design trends are on track to become timeless
(BPT) - Some kitchen design trends fade as quickly as they come in — tile countertops, naked windows or avocado-hued appliances may come to mind. Other trends, however, are so deeply rooted in good design that they’re destined to become timeless style statements — and enhance your ...
Renovating a kitchen? These trade secrets can help you achieve your dream kitchen
(BPT) - It’s no secret people like to renovate their kitchen —the heart of the home, where typical American families spend most of their at-home time. However, it can be overwhelming for many homeowners to start designing their dream kitchen without guidance from a professional.Renowned ...
All the rage: What's trending in hardwood flooring
(BPT) - After months of online browsing, you’ve found the perfect, wide plank hardwood flooring. Or so you think! You absolutely love the look, but how can you be sure it’s the right product for you? Ask the pros.In order to make an informed, purchasing decision, Linda Jovanovich of the ...
5 tips to make sure your home is ready for winter
(BPT) - It’s a chilling thought, but winter is coming fast. Snow, sleet, ice and brisk winds are all on their way. You can’t avoid winter’s pending arrival, but you can prepare for it. If you haven’t already, start your preparations today because once the first few flurries f ...
4 futuristic bath upgrades to indulge in for 2016
(BPT) - Are you planning a bathroom remodel in 2016? If so, you’re not alone; the National Association of Homebuilders predicts a 6 percent increase in remodeling in the coming year. Some of those remodeling homeowners will seek upgrades to transform their bathrooms into true oases of luxury, ...
5 DIY projects to help your home beat the cold weather blues
(BPT) - When winter is at its worst, most homeowners bundle up and hope for the best. But savvy do-it-yourselfers know that preparations and regular maintenance throughout the season can prevent costly damage down the line.So grab your toolbox and try out these projects to help prepare your home to ...
Resolve to cut clutter: Quick, easy ways to bring order to the kitchen
(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also home to a lot of clutter. From food and utensils to small appliances and phone chargers, the kitchen is the second most-cluttered room in the house, according to a Moen Consumer and Market Insights Group. But, that doesn’t m ...
7 steps to a cozier home this winter
(BPT) - Winter’s wrath brings a chill to millions of houses across North America, causing homeowners to crank up the heat and hide under layers of blankets. The good news is, with minimal effort, you can create a cozier home and save money on your heating bill.Here are some tips to ...
6 expert maintenance tips to keep you warm in your home all winter long
(BPT) - Is your heating system ready to brave the long, harsh winter? As cold temperatures take hold all over the country, it’s important for homeowners to safeguard their homes from heating system breakdowns.“It’s fairly simple to ensure your home is ready for the freezing months ...
Insulate yourself from ice dam damage [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ice buildup on your roof can cause extensive damage to your home. In fact, it can cost nearly $6,000 to repair a roof damaged by ice dams. Learn what causes ice dams and what you can do to help prevent them in this infographic.
Strong El Nino prediction: Ways to act now to protect your home
(BPT) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced a very significant El Niño event will likely continue through winter 2016. While this might provide some relief from the 4-year drought currently affecting much of the West, it may also mean severe rains, winds, ...
4 things to consider when choosing siding
(BPT) - Selecting new siding is one of the most important decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider. Many manufacturers are now combining traditional st ...
Design tips for a chic, gender-neutral bathroom
(BPT) - Finding the perfect balance of feminine elegance and bold masculinity in one room can be challenging, but strikingly captivating. To design a bath that appeals to both genders, think about neutral design schemes with graphic art, warm textures and luxurious fixtures to personalize the space. ...
4 ways to tap into the Nordic décor trend
(BPT) - Minimalist Nordic design is taking over the home décor scene in 2016. Scandinavian-inspired design principles, featuring white, simple color schemes and use of natural materials, provide attractive options for creating a balanced, beautiful home. The Nordic movement, which evokes ...
Easy ways to beautify and protect your home exterior this season
(BPT) - When considering home improvements, people often picture costly, time-intensive endeavors. But enhancing and protecting your home this season can be enjoyable—and deliver plenty of bang for your buck. For easy, high-impact ways to upgrade homes, rely on distinctive Mid-America Siding C ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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