DIY: Create an Accent Wall With Wood Pallets

May 15, 2015

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There’s a lot to be said about the rich, earthy look of wood. All too often it’s overlooked, however. We use wood to build walls, and even to trim them. But then we cover it with drywall, wallpaper or paint. Gone is the warmth that wood imparts, and wood paneling or other wall sheathing alternatives [...]

Interior Design on a Budget

February 20, 2015

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Whether you’re planning to furnish a new build, or you’re simply seeking to give your current home a makeover, you don’t have to break the bank to do so. There are countless ways to make a big impact easily and affordably. There are also several do-it-yourself options that can save a bundle on unnecessary labor [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Adding Closet Space – What to Consider Before You Start

October 25, 2013

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When you have more items to store than closet space, something’s got to give. Building and installing a closet is a fairly low-cost solution that the average adult is capable of doing. In a weekend’s time, with a little planning and knowledge, you can transform an unused area into the most useful spot in the [...]

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

August 30, 2013

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Remodeling a bathroom on a budget requires careful thought and more elbow grease, so to speak, than simply going out and buying whatever you want at the first place you see it. Still, it can be done. Certain strategies will help keep you from going over budget. Here are some tips to keep in mind as [...]

Designing a DIY Water Feature

March 22, 2013

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Water features come in all shapes and sizes, from tabletop fountains to the powerful, towering jets at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Obviously, the construction of large water features is best left to the professionals, but for smaller projects, it’s possible to design a DIY water feature in a single afternoon. This article will outline [...]

Garden Plants for Christmas Wreaths

December 7, 2012

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These days the holiday season is upon us before the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are stashed in the refrigerator. With gifts to buy, parties to plan, and another big meal around the corner, you can save money by creating DIY holiday wreaths and garlands. All you need is a 16- to 18-inch wire wreath form, some [...]

5 Home Improvement Tips to Increase Property Value

August 3, 2012

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Home improvements are still a surefire way of adding value to a property, but with the average return being somewhat lower than we have seen in prior years, it is time to strategically select your DIY projects in order to see the maximum return. Always remember that your taste isn’t universal, and what you see [...]