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Keep a man cave top of mind when choosing a new home
(BPT) - It used to be that the man's room – or man cave – was relegated to the basement or the garage. Now homes are being designed with the man cave already in mind to give men a place to call their own.Man caves have changed over the years, becoming a part of the home itself instead of ...
Keep your cool by paying less for air conditioning this summer
(BPT) - If high heating bills left you cold and bitter this winter, then now is the time to think about how high your monthly cooling bills could be this summer. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 19 percent of all household electricity consumption and emits nearly two tons of carbon ...
Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with new outdoor solutions
(BPT) - After one of the harshest winters in history for many areas of the country, it is likely that your property has suffered some damage or wear and tear. New products and solutions that resist moisture damage, help reduce maintenance, and stay one step ahead of the weather are just around the c ...
6 things you should never do when renovating a kitchen
(BPT) - Whether you’ve heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn’t it? If those mistakes occur during the course of a kitchen renovation, however, it may be difficult to be philosophical ab ...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.Conceal wall stains with primerHave your kids made artwor ...
This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.At the dawn of the automobile age, those who were affluent enough to own a car kept it in the carriage house, where the h ...
6 reasons why you should heat your home with wood in 2015
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to he ...
Home trends: High tech kitchens in high demand
(BPT) - The digital craze has affected virtually every aspect of life, but perhaps nowhere is it more useful than in the home. From keeping your property secure to saving water and energy, digital upgrades can give your house a modern edge that adds convenience, cuts costs and improves resale value. ...
How to determine the true value of home improvements
(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It&rsq ...
Easy ways to beautify and protect your home's exterior
(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. One of the fastest, easiest ways to dramatize your home’s exterior is to install vi ...
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you ...
Enhancing your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - First impressions mean a lot — especially when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re getting ready for resale or just want to update the exterior, you may think your home is ready for a curbside makeover.More than 80 percent of homeowners believe their home&rs ...
Use less water, save more money by focusing on 3 areas of your home
(BPT) - Severe drought and water restrictions in California may be making headlines and history, but the Golden State is far from the only region in the U.S. facing a drier summer. With the Environmental Protection Agency reporting that 40 out of 50 state water managers predict shortages in their st ...
6 must-do home improvements to withstand severe summer weather
(BPT) - Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.“It pays to ...
Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their garden shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into “digging season,” Common Gr ...
Spring projects that are sure to spruce up your home
(BPT) - Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.Windows and doorsFrom a full window replacement to a simple coat of paint, updating your win ...
Repairing potholes protects your vehicle and wallet
(BPT) - There are millions of potholes in the United States, so it is not surprising that nearly 500,000 insurance claims are filed annually due to damage caused by this unrelenting enemy of vehicles across the country. Making matters worse, these potholes often sit unrepaired for extended periods o ...
Optimize your home's performance this spring
(BPT) - Did you know building experts suggest that spring is the ideal time to prioritize home improvements that add value and comfort? Most homeowners fail to notice the red flags indicating their home is not performing optimally. The inability to efficiently and effectively heat and cool your home ...
How to avoid winter chills without the higher bills
(BPT) - Every year, homeowners across the country face the expense of coping with winter – from cranking the heat to lighting your home during a season with fewer hours of daylight. However, it doesn’t take a lot of new technology to turn your house into an efficient home, and the payoff ...
4 steps to find your home's perfect patio door
(BPT) - Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.Whether you’re replacing an old door or installing one for the f ...
Look good or feel good? 5 home improvements that let you do both
(BPT) - Who remembers that old Saturday Night Live bit in which Billy Crystal, posing as Lorenzo Lamas, quips that “It’s better to look good than to feel good”? Home improvement can sometimes shake out that way. Some upgrades that look great don’t do a lot for a homeowner&rsq ...
4 designer touches every well-dressed deck will wear this season
(BPT) - When spring arrives will your deck be ready for “primetime?” Or will it still be wearing the shabby remnants of last season’s look? Clunky, view-blocking railings, a rectangular layout and dark stain are so last decade. Before warm weather gets here, consider upgrading your ...
Creating characterful interiors with hardwood moulding
(BPT) - Just as tasteful, well-chosen jewelry can turn an unexciting outfit into a stylish, eye-catching ensemble, carefully applied hardwood mouldings and trimwork can transform a plain-Jane interior into an interesting - even beautiful - space.Today’s newly built houses often lack any sort o ...
Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
(BPT) - Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?Every year 235,000 adults seek emergency care for injuries sustained in bathrooms from falls and other accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injuries are due to everything from grabbi ...
Have it made in the shade in your backyard this summer
(BPT) - In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC ...
Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the ...
Lighting fundamentals: How style and function blend for ideal bathroom visibility
(BPT) - Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there’s one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.To make th ...
Your how-to guide to outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - The end of cold weather signals the change of seasons, a move from indoor to outdoor activities and the perfect time to throw a great party. But before eagerly sending out those first invites, take a few moments to prepare for your upcoming event by following these three easy steps to hostin ...
How to audit your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - A home that wastes energy can put significant strain on your budget. Extremely cold winter temperatures and scorching summers, together with a poorly performing thermal system will drive monthly heating and cooling costs higher than expected. So what can you do to cut the waste and the expen ...
How to make your home street smart
(BPT) - A new survey from Lutron Electronics shows that consumers are increasingly looking for their home to get street smart. The ability to control lights and shades from their smartphones when they are away provides peace of mind and a feeling of greater security. To learn more about how you can ...
It's going to blow: Must-know tips for homeowners replacing water heaters in 2015
(BPT) - Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren’t among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water ...
Get safer drinking water the natural way
(BPT) - Household bacteria can be a serious issue affecting your health. In fact, the very steps we take to eliminate harmful bacteria may be spreading it. Everyone washes their fresh fruits and vegetables, but the water in your pipes may contain even more bacteria, especially if you have hard water ...
This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
(BPT) - In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet, much of that energy is wasted, leading to higher energy bills for homeowners.The DOE notes that the leading causes of energy waste in mos ...
The download on digital dwellings
(BPT) - With so much technology, have people hit electronics overload? Moen research shows that even though 51 percent of people never unplug, we still hold mostly positive feelings toward technology. Learn more about how and where consumers are currently using technology in their homes&h ...
Was winter hard on your hardscape? Tips for simple DIY repairs
(BPT) - Heavy snowfall that lingers for weeks or months, extreme temperatures, ice that thaws and then refreezes – Old Man Winter can be rough on your home’s hardscape. When the last vestiges of cold weather finally melt away, you can find yourself heading into spring with pitted drivewa ...
Home security in the palm of your hand
(BPT) - Did you know that more than 40 percent of U.S. homes have dropped their home landline phone service and gone completely wireless? This amazing statistic from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) says a great deal about today’s modern world, one wh ...
Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of a ...
What's in your pool water?
(BPT) - You hit the diving board, get some air and tuck up for the biggest cannonball of the season. It feels good to be back in the pool again. Or so you think. Because the truth is, if you knew what was in the pool water you were jumping into, maybe you wouldn’t be jumping in the first place ...
5 essential steps for finding the perfect lawn mower
(BPT) - Nothing says springtime like the sounds of lawn mowing and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. For some, mowing the lawn is a chore. Others enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride in a great looking lawn. Regardless of where you fall, you’ll likely find yourself mowing about 30-4 ...
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can tr ...
Design a stunning backsplash without the whiplash
(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you’ve just completed a remodel or you’re looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space int ...
5 home-improvement projects to help sell your home
(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down ...
Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?Amer ...
What's up in roofs? Metal growing in popularity
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 polar vortex wasn’t all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon’s silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conven ...
Why smart renovation investments will keep you living more comfortably
(BPT) - Now is the time when building industry experts urge homeowners to consider home renovations for the year. While thinking about home renovations may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, the recommendation is valid. With temperatures below freezing and furnaces across the country wo ...
Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space with these easy projects
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible – and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking and ...
5 ways to redefine your outdoor space
(BPT) - Winter’s coldest days make you appreciate spring and summer, as well as the warm afternoons spent outdoors enjoying these seasons. And when the time comes, there’s no better place to relax than in your own backyard. If your space isn’t all it could be, though, this is the p ...
4 sensible, affordable ways to give your bathroom spa-like panache
(BPT) - Americans’ love of a spa-like bathroom experience continues to be strong, with industry watchers reporting that luxurious touches like freestanding bathtubs, separate vanities and top quality materials remain in demand. But if you’ve delayed renovating your bathroom, thinking tha ...
6 simple warm weather tune ups for your home
(BPT) - Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year.Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in ...
Why DIY? Projects can pay you back big time
(BPT) - Hiring professionals to get jobs done around the house may be convenient, but it can set your budget back quite a bit. Instead, consider doing it yourself – not only to save big bucks but also to showcase your creativity. Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement is a major trend that will ...
Floor your house guests with creative design twists
(BPT) - Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.Using hardwood flooring on walls and ceilings is becoming an increasingly prominent ...
Find space with grace, the best positioning for items around your house
(BPT) - Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determi ...
Operation safety: Tips to make every bath a safe bath
(BPT) - Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom's level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love.Leave a little light o ...
Raise your rooms to new heights with eye-catching ceilings
(BPT) - Want to infuse your home with architectural interest? Start at the top.“The ceiling is the most overlooked design element in a space, hands down,” said Brian Patrick Flynn, whose interiors are regularly featured on HGTV.com and often showcased by his own company, FlynnsideOut Pro ...
Does your garage door squeak and groan? Listen to what it's saying
(BPT) - Your garage door – just like Oz’s Tin Man – needs regular lubrication in order to move freely.While the Tin Man could ask Dorothy for the oil can, your garage door can only squeak and groan and hope you’re paying attention. But now, your garage door can send you an em ...
Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home
(BPT) - Did you know a home break-in occurs every 15 seconds? Considering summertime is peak season for home burglaries, there’s no better time than the present to take a few steps to protect your home and your family.“Securing your home doesn’t necessarily require a costly alarm s ...
5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.When it comes to weed control, driveway repairs, home maintenance projects and more, these ti ...
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the olde ...
Refreshing your kitchen? What you need to know about the kitchen sink
(BPT) - If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it would be easy to make the case that the sink is the heart of your kitchen. It’s where you prepare foods, clean dirty hands and scrub dishes before the next culinary project. It's also one of the best features to update when planning a kitche ...
Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money
(BPT) - If you’re considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don’t overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms can ...
10 easy ways to save energy at home
(BPT) - Energy efficient homes don’t have to be built from the ground up. Renewing older homes with new technology can pay off big in energy savings. With this in mind, exterior building products manufacturer, Ply Gem, partnered with Purdue University, Whirlpool Corporation and sustainability ...
Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps
(BPT) - Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation an ...
Remodeling a kitchen? Draw inspiration from locations and cultures around the world
(BPT) - Traditional, rustic, contemporary, modern – which style will you choose for your kitchen remodel? While each design style has its own appealing characteristics, what if you want a look that is worldly and inspired? You can add flare to any kitchen – and any kitchen design style & ...
5 over-the-top outdoor improvements for DIYers
(BPT) - A beautiful backyard has become a suburban status symbol much like a brand-new car in the driveway. Upgrading your outdoor space is not only uplifting, it’s practical, too. A great backyard expands your living space, enhances your enjoyment of your home and can boost resale value.Anyon ...
Is your money going out the window? It won't with energy-efficient windows
(BPT) - One of the largest contributors to a home’s energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home’s comfort while reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your home’s value.For example, replacing single-pane windo ...
6 tips to keeping seniors safe at home
(BPT) - Safety is a big concern for seniors and their families, especially as more baby boomers are embracing aging at home. Homes they've owned for decades that were perfect for raising children may not be as accommodating for people who may suffer from poor eye sight, unsteady balance or memory is ...
Plug into these spring tips for a smarter home
(BPT) - The days are finally becoming longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time for spring cleaning, upgrading and refreshing your home. Consider these tips to get your home ready for a fun, smart and cost-efficient year ahead.* Control your thermostat via smartphone apps ...
Upgrade your entryway with simple DIY projects
(BPT) - You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.Start fresh with a new doorSometimes the simplest answer is to ...
Hurricane season, wind speed and your home's siding: What you need to know
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
Go tankless in 2015 [Infographic]
(BPT) - A higher Energy Factor (EF) will soon be required for all residential storage tank-type, gas, electric and oil water heaters by the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). The changes will directly impact water heating selection and installation and raise costs. Fortunately, tank ...
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home cou ...
5 projects to recreate your basement
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series ...
3 absolutes to preserve indoor air quality during your remodeling project
(BPT) - Are you beginning a remodeling project? Well, take a deep breath because your air is about to be affected in a major way.Is this preventable? It can be, if you take action.The most important time to act is before you begin your remodeling project, especially if you are staying in your home d ...
Top 10 most often forgotten spring cleaning steps
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to clear out the old, bring in the new and welcome a fresh start. From coast to coast, consumers are eager to usher in new home decor and air out spring attire; however, the areas of one’s home that are the hardest hit during the winter months - floors and carpet ...
5 tips to crown your lawn king of spring
(BPT) - Those winter chills are finally history and it’s time focus on outdoor fun again. Your lawn is the perfect spot for family gatherings, sports competitions, barbecues and relaxing afternoons, so why not make it the best it can be? Before your calendar fills up, apply these five tips and ...
Got an hour? Quick hits for updated kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Busy has become a way of life. Between work, household chores, time with family and friends, people often don’t have time to complete that entire wish list of home updates. Luckily, there are several simple kitchen and bath projects that you can conquer in minimal time that deliver max ...
5 projects to amaze with your outdoor space
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather’s finally here, who doesn’t want to be outside? Lawn games, barbecues and lazy afternoons in the backyard – these warm days were made to enjoy. They also present a great opportunity to conquer some outdoor home improvements.If you have an eye on impr ...
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