When Do I Need a Building Permit for Home Improvements?

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When it’s time to remodel or make improvements to your home, you may wonder when you need a building permit. How do you determine which remodels and renovations require permits? Most contractors will know ahead of time, but it’s good for homeowners to have a general understanding for future renovations. Why Do I Need a Building Permit? For many projects, … Read More

3 Simple DIY Driveway Ideas

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A DIY driveway can be an easy want to add parking or improve the look of your home. Here are three relatively simple options. 1. Carve out a parking pad The easiest, most affordable way to get an extra parking space is to clear out some grass and throw down mulch. It works fine, looks good and can be done … Read More

A DIY Guide to Concrete Pavers for Driveways

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Beyond the variety of styles, colors, textures and shapes available, pavers – often called paving stones – have distinct advantages over other driveway surfaces. Why choose concrete pavers for your driveway? Among other benefits, a concrete paver driveway delivers the following. Strength, durability and longevity: Sheet concrete and asphalt look good, but they really aren’t as strong and durable as … Read More

Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork

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Insulation isn’t free, but as the old saying goes, sometimes you have to spend some to make some. When it comes to adding duct insulation, your monthly savings in utility bills will soon cover the costs, especially if you install the insulation yourself. The problem with uninsulated ducts You need insulation – even around your ducts – no matter where … Read More

How to Modernize a Split-Level Home

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What’s not to love about a split-level home? The interior spaces flow. And while the change in floor level creates a partial separation of spaces, they are visually connected from one level to the next. Split-levels are cool – on the inside. The outside is often another story. Split-level exteriors tend to be a bit bland. If you’ve seen one, … Read More

How to Bleach Hardwood Floors

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Bleaching hardwood floors is a chemical process to lighten the color of the wood. Sometimes your hardwood floors become discolored with age or accidental stains. Occasionally, homeowners choose to lighten their floors in preparation for special finishes, such as antiquing or pickling. Learn how to bleach your hardwood floors, including what type of bleach to use, to get the job … Read More

Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental

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Living in a rental can dampen your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, bland paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and settle for builder-grade basic. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have … Read More

Boho and Minimalism Top Our List of 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

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It’s easier than ever to create an outdoor oasis that’s an extension of your home, and this summer’s biggest trend is creating a backyard space that is as comfortable as your indoor one. Design styles like bright and bold boho and Scandinavian minimalism are heading outside, according to our 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report. “The lines have been blurred between … Read More

Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

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Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that’s a nice idea. Get the most out of the kitchen space you do have with these tips. Make room You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help … Read More