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Six DIY Fall Home Maintenance Projects You Shouldn’t Skip

The whole fall season is an important one for home maintenance. A lot of jobs around the house need to be done annually, and are important to get done before winter hits. Here are just a few you can do without hiring a professional, that can keep your house in great shape and even lower your utility costs and long term expenses. Continue reading

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Perk Up Your Patio…It Pays Off!

Whether you’re looking to make your house a little more salable, or just put the finishing touches on your dream home, renovating your patio area can really revitalize your back yard and deck area and make a great space to socialize or just get a little R&R, while also increasing the value of your home. Continue reading

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What Wood You Do: Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

When choosing between hardwood and laminate flooring, for a remodel or a new build, there are a few important things to consider. Durability, cost, appearance, lifespan, and level of required maintenance all differ pretty significantly between the two, and before you make up your mind, you should figure out what’s most important to you! Continue reading

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Picking The Right Decking Material: How To Save On Sanding And Learn To Love The Wood

Wood Decks come in all variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, but choosing between them isn’t just about good looks. More expensive varieties, like Ipe, are much longer lasting, whereas softwoods like redwood and cedar require much more frequent long-term maintenance. So when you’re choosing a deck, remember the time you’ll have to spend face to face, on your hands and knees, with a sander on a slab of wood when you’re picking your favorite! Continue reading

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Pergola Design, The Renaissance of the Patio

A Pergola outside offers a nice cool sitting area for those especially hot summer days. These tips can help you decide which materials to use and help inspire your perfect pergola design. Continue reading

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Cabana, Garden Room, or Conservatory? Build Outside and Enjoy the Pretty.

Cabanas, saunas, conservatories, and garden rooms are all great outdoor spaces to enjoy your garden or landscape. If you have nice weather, even for part of the year, it’s a nice addition to your property. Who wouldn’t want a tropical paradise spot to relax outdoors? See post for building comparisons and garden decor tips. Continue reading

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Wind up, Wind Power!

Wind power is becoming a more important alternative energy source and one that will hopefully grow in the energy sector. Continue reading

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Deck the Walls with Water

An exploration into the watery world of interior design, using aquariums and indoor waterfalls to renovate a home. Continue reading

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Art of Vertical Gardens, Healthy and Spectacular

The scoop on the benefits of indoor landscaping. Continue reading

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Five Ways to Insulate a Green Home

Here are five clever new ideas for efficiently insulating a home with recyclable materials Continue reading

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