Poll: How Would You Improve Your Home With $17,850?

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Ceiling fan or chandelier? New front door or smart alarm system? New kitchen appliances or new cabinets? Home improvements mean flexing your decision-making skills. And those decisions add up. The typical U.S. homeowner can spend up to $3,021 per year on home improvement projects, such as landscaping, cleaning and maintenance, according to a Zillow analysis of the costs associated with … Read More

Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then ours was in need of a triple bypass. When we bought a house halfway across the country – without having set foot in it – we knew there would be projects. Walls to paint, old carpet to pull up, a dingy bathroom to tackle. And while the kitchen was certainly … Read More

Design Pros' Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials

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When you ask Seattle-based house flippers Lora Lindberg and Debbie Cederlind where to find the best home-restoration materials, they quickly reply in unison, “Craigslist.” Lindberg and Cederlind of Urban Squirrel Residential Restoration have been flipping houses and using reclaimed materials cleverly since 2010, when they purchased their first renovation house in Everett, WA. Debbie Cederlind (left) and Lora Lindberg (right), … Read More

With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-all, Game Day Is No Sweat

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This project will help you organize your garage and become the LeBron James of DIY projects . With all your gear in the same place, you’ll always be prepared when someone yells, “Where’s my basketball?” (Or volleyball, hockey stick, tennis racket, etc.) See how it’s done, then follow the step-by-step instructions to build one of your own. 1. Find a bookcase Choose … Read More

DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps

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Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit . This outdoor DIY project is easy to complete, and you’ll be making s’mores and cuddling up by the fire in no time. Get ready Before you start building your backyard fire pit, you’ll need to gather some supplies: bricks for the fire pit wall, gravel, … Read More

8 Easy Fourth of July Crafts to Add Patriotic Flair to Your Party

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Break out the sparklers and the barbecue aprons — it’s that time of the year again. Celebrating the country we live in, and our freedom as Americans, is such a special gift. Here are eight DIY projects to showcase your patriotism this July. Deck your home out in red, white and blue and family using these four items for inspiration: … Read More

Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand

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There’s a century of history woven into the floors of a contemporary home east of Seattle: golden planks, shiny blondes and the occasional knotted gray. It’s just how Amanda Gatlin wanted it – even if she didn’t expect, at first, it would involve recycling an entire Mississippi barn with pieces dating back to when Woodrow Wilson was president. “It was my … Read More

Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

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Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury – something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But if you have kids and pets that love to play in the yard, or if you’re an avid gardener, runner, or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower … Read More

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Hint: Don't Just Wing It)

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It takes more than a bird feeder to attract a colorful variety of songbirds to your backyard. Think of your feeder as a drive-thru fast-food joint in an unsafe neighborhood: The birds will stop to eat, but they won’t stick around for very long. They want to get home to their comfy nest in an exclusive deciduous broadleaf community, where they can … Read More

Pampered Pups: 5 Home Features Dogs (and Their Owners) Will Love

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Every dog owner wants their home to be a safe, entertaining, and happy place for their pet. But the space should also be a clean, well-organized dwelling for the human inhabitants. Here are some handy ideas for boosting your home’s pet-friendly qualities. Get it together Keep all the necessities — toys, leashes, and treats — close at hand with this clever DIY customized … Read More