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Posted on 06/21/2021
Making Wall Art From Reclaimed Wood
Wood seemingly past its prime is being reclaimed to create awe-inspiring walls and other interior design elements. Part of the reclaimed popularity revolves around the language we use to describe it. Although tidying up lumber and using it for a second purpose is nothing new, it became trendy under monikers such as vintage, upcycled and refurbished. These days,...
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Posted on 06/14/2021
DIY Energy-Saving Projects for Your Home
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Going green at home doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. There are plenty of easy changes homeowners can make to minimize their home's carbon footprint. From installing new storm windows to adjusting the temperature control on the hot-water heater, these DIY projects are can shave dollars off utility bills. The best...
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Posted on 06/07/2021
Selecting the Best Window Sealant
Image by Andrey Popov from Shutterstock Window sealants are sealing materials used to fill in cracks, holes, or openings around windows. A good seal is essential for protecting your windows’ lifespan. Gaps around a window let in the elements and end up increasing your energy bill. For home maintenance, preparing for the next season, or getting your house...
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Posted on 05/31/2021
What You May Want to Know about Crowdfunding for Down-Payments
Photo by Tumisu via Pixabay In an age where collaboration is on the rise, it’s not surprising that some are looking to find an alternative source of funding for their home or business purchase. Crowdfunding has been a successful way to fund various projects and business propositions, but it seems that some have found a way to make...
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Posted on 05/24/2021
Calm the Noise: Ways Smart Speakers and Intercoms Can Bring You Peace
Photo by Athena from Pexels Although smartphones make it easier than ever to relay a message across the household, listen to videos and blast your tunes, they simply don’t compare to a fully integrated speaker and intercom system. Although home intercoms might seem like a blast from the past, they are back and better than ever. And as...
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Posted on 05/17/2021
Looking for a Small Town Life?
Photo by Christian Heitz via Pexels Sometimes, small town life is just what you crave. If you’re considering a move and want a community with that feel, there are several in the East Coast that deliver it beautifully. From New York to Pennsylvania, here are some of the top small towns that you need to see for yourself....
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Posted on 05/10/2021
Managing Your Book Collection Before It Manages You
Photo by Gabby K from Pexels Being surrounded by favorite books can be a calming experience in a highly chaotic world. However, when your book collection becomes a part of your chaos instead of a relief from it, it's time to rethink your organizational methods. If books are keeping you from enjoying an organized, clutter-free home, here are...
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Posted on 05/03/2021
Multi-Generational Living is a New Trend
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Housing priorities of young families and retired couples can vary. More and more households are combining by necessity or for the added convenience. When households combine, invariably, some adjustments will be necessary. However, the needs of young families with babies and toddlers are not really so different from the "aging in place"...
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Posted on 04/26/2021
Outdoor Get Away Place in Your Own Backyard
Photo by Tod Franklin via Pixabay What makes you happy? Do you love to sit and read? Or are you more of a hang-out-with-friends kind of homeowner? Regardless of what moves you, there's a way to create space for it in your own backyard. Even better -- you can increase your home's resale value in the process. Use...
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Posted on 04/19/2021
Gather Around the Fire: How to Create a Fire Pit for Outdoor Gatherings
Photo by jamie410 via Pixabay A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some...
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Posted on 04/12/2021
Waterproofing Basements and Foundations in New Construction
Photo by Kristina Paukshtite from Pexels When building a new home, builders put a water-resistant coating on any part of the block crawlspace or basement that is underground. This is typically good enough to protect your foundation for years. However, after time, or if you have a drainage problem, the coating becomes less effective. Moisture and even water...
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Posted on 04/05/2021
Buying Your First Home: Keys to Remember
Photo by Roman Samborskyi via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting! And scary! But you don’t have to fear the process if you take the time to become fully prepared for homeownership. Below are the seven primary keys to preparing yourself and smoothing the process. How to Know You’re Ready Determine how much you can afford. The...
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