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

Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace

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A garden shed is more than a place to stash your shovel and lawnmower – it’s a gardening workstation where you can plant and repot to your heart’s content. Of course, if you don’t have a shed, you can always improvise. Turn a corner of the garage, balcony, or patio into the next best thing by including a potting bench … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Deidre Oliver's Streamlined Master Bath

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Designer Deidre Oliver, with Niwot, CO firm Oliver Designs , transformed her neighbor’s ’90s master bath into a contemporary spa sanctuary with high-end plumbing and beautiful finishes. Oliver reconfigured the 432-square-foot bathroom’s layout to better utilize the center of the room, which had been empty, wasted space. The original layout consisted of an L-shaped vanity, above-mirror Hollywood lights, and quartz … Read More

How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

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A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about – until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored. Disaster firsthand Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior … Read More

Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs

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So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it? Understandably, this is a common scenario that holds many people back from flipping houses. It’s also one of the most common questions people ask Tarek and me. A rehab’s costs involve more than just what you … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton's Aspen Barn Studio

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Colorado design firm Rowland + Broughton  embraced original architectural elements and added new contemporary finishes to update a beautiful three-story dwelling in Aspen. Located at the base of Red Mountain, the picturesque property consists of four parcels – two developed and two undeveloped. On an 8-acre parcels stands an 8,000-square-foot mountain home built in 1968 by Aspen’s first female architect, … Read More

Your New, Bigger Space: 5 Ways to Win at Upsizing Your Home

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As a new generation graduates from renting to homeownership, they face plenty of uncertainties: How much homeowners insurance is enough? Is a home warranty necessary? How do you fill a 4-bedroom home with the stuff that used to be in a 1-bedroom apartment? Transitioning from an apartment to a larger home is always tricky, but making that move – known … Read More