Family Mudroom Design

November 21, 2014

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The family mudroom is without question one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet necessities and sporting equipment. It’s where [...]

Interior Decorating Farmhouse Style

November 7, 2014

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Farmhouse décor offers a relaxed, casual and charming feel. It perfectly combines old and new elements for an eclectic look. A farmhouse interior is warm and inviting while also being practical. Whether you’re a true country dweller or simply love the look and feel associated with its laid-back style, bring the charm of the farm [...]

Weekend DIY Projects to Improve Your Home Value

October 31, 2014

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The best home improvements are those that have a high return on the investment. Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report, analyzing the ROI of 35 separate remodeling projects. You can even look at the return based on your region. The report is based on the assumption that you’re using professional labor to [...]

Growing Grapes in Your Home Garden

October 24, 2014

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Whether you’re growing grapes for the fruit or their color and leaf texture, grape vines are a great addition to the garden. There are several varieties that produce delectable table grapes, and the large, lobed leaves provide a textural contrast when juxtaposed against plants with small leaves or the long, thin blades of ornamental grasses. [...]

10 Tips for a Green Home

October 10, 2014

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“Going green” means living in a way that’s environmentally friendly. It uses less water, less electricity, and less fuel, conserving natural resources while protecting the environment. It also saves money on utility bills, which is something all homeowners can appreciate. From simple to elaborate, here are a few ways to green your house and property. [...]

How to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters

October 3, 2014

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Your gutters take care of your house, but who’s taking care of the gutters? Cleaning and maintaining your gutters is just as important as changing the oil in your car. Why Gutters Need Cleaning When your gutters get clogged, you’ll see waterfalls pouring from their edges in warmer weather, and icicles glittering along the bottom [...]

How to Keep Your Front Entry Fun and Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

October 1, 2014

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Halloween is an exciting, fun-filled day when kids can express their creative imaginations. They can enjoy a bit of make believe, some sugary treats and a few “safe scares.” It’s the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that trick-or-treaters are safe when approaching a home. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when [...]

How to Decorate a Home Office

September 19, 2014

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Whether you work from home or are simply interested in a dedicated space to manage the monthly bills, respond to emails, or work with your children on schoolwork, crafting an environment based on personal needs can be accomplished regardless of the space available. Create a home office with your specific design needs in mind. Keep [...]

Septic Tank Use and Maintenance Guide

September 10, 2014

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Unseen, buried in your yard, it’s constantly at work. While you’re away during the day, it’s at work too. As you sleep at night, it’s still working. Through holidays and all types of weather, it’s working yet. In fact, your septic tank never stops. That is, not as long as you care for it properly. [...]

How to Lower Your Heating and Cooling Costs

September 5, 2014

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When temperatures drop below freezing or rise to the point of sweltering, does it seem like your wallet develops leaks? If keeping your home comfortable year-round taxes your budget or tempts you to forgo comfort, you need to find a better way. Try implementing simple methods to lower your heating and cooling bills. Save on [...]