Choosing a Kitchen Sink to Match Your Style and Budget

August 22, 2014

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If you’re remodeling your kitchen on a budget – or equipping a new kitchen and haven’t a clue where to start – focus on the kitchen sink. Yesteryear’s limited selection of cast iron and stainless steel can’t compete with today’s stylish, modern sinks. Simply choose the mounting type and style, then select the material. A [...]

How to Bring Nature Inside

August 15, 2014

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What do you love most about nature and the outdoors? Is it the first sign of spring blooms, the colorful autumn foliage, or maybe the smell of fresh cut grass on a warm summer day? Do you enjoy the soothing sound of a trickling creek or a bright blue sky on a sunny day? Incorporate [...]

Should You Remodel or Just Move?

August 8, 2014

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If your home no longer fits your needs, it may be time to either move or remodel. But which makes the best sense in your situation? Whether to move or remodel is an entirely personal choice, based on your financial situation and your personal preferences. Ask yourself first if you can renovate your house, then [...]

Tips for Conserving Water at Home

July 25, 2014

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Perhaps it’s a little too easy to overlook the importance of water. It’s simple, after all, to turn the tap and watch it flow. Consider, though, that only 1 percent of the Earth’s water is useable. The rest is either salty or frozen. Not to mention the amount of energy used in acquiring, treating and [...]

Does a Hot Tub Increase Home Value?

July 11, 2014

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It’s considered something of a luxury, and there’s little wonder why: Hot tubs aren’t exactly cheap. Depending on the size and other details, it may cost well over $1,500 for the tub alone. (Some outdoor, in-ground models can run $20,000.) Then there’s electricity and other needs, not to mention installation, delivery, preparing an area for [...]

Designing Backyard Shade Structures

June 27, 2014

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In the midst of summer’s sweltering heat, nothing provides relief like having a shady spot for relaxing. Backyard shade structures also help keep your outdoor furniture from fading. If you want to add a shade structure to your yard, explore the variety of options available and customize the design based on your needs. Design Considerations [...]

How to Create a Butterfly Garden

June 6, 2014

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Who doesn’t love a butterfly? Most people think of aesthetic value when they consider the benefits of butterflies. But beyond their good looks, butterflies are an important link in the ecosystem. The adult insects and their larvae are critical to the food chain and provide nutrition for many birds, bats, and insect-eating animals. When butterflies [...]

DIY Patios: What to Consider When Designing a Patio

May 16, 2014

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Adding a patio to your home is exciting. It’s the perfect place for relaxing outdoors, alone or with company. It’s not as simple as finding a patio you admire and duplicating it, however. You have to design a patio that will work with your location, budget and other factors. Here are some things to consider when [...]

Design Tips for Your Children’s Playroom

April 25, 2014

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When designing a playroom for your children, there are some key factors to consider. This is a room where your children will learn, grow and flourish both physically and socially. It’s important to craft an inspirational, fun and safe environment. Combine these elements to create a playful, carefree environment in your home. Color & Theme [...]

Creating a Garden Your Kids Will Love

March 28, 2014

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Gardens don’t have to be off-limits to children. In fact, creating a designated garden area for your kids can provide hours of fun as well as opportunities for learning. If you have limited space, allocating even a small garden bed for your child to care for can give him a sense of accomplishment and an [...]