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home : life : home improvement April 28, 2016

Is your high-efficiency water heater going to lead to heartache later on?
(BPT) - It's time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you've done your homework. You're going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. Good for you! But as with any home improvement pro... More >>


5 tips to keep your kids safe at home
(BPT) - Your home is supposed to be a safe haven: a place to relax, unwind and spend time with family. It’s where families share the events of the day over dinner, celebrate their child’s birthdays and snuggle on the couch for movie night. But the home is also a place where many acciden... More >>


A blanket for your home: Choose the right insulation to save money
(BPT) - With memories of winter fading fast, you might not be thinking about your home’s insulation, but the warm months are the ideal time for some simple DIY insulation projects with huge paybacks. Proper insulation — from roof to foundation — helps keep your home cool in the su... More >>


5 essential spring home improvement projects
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.... More >>


4 simple ways you can save the Earth
(BPT) - Every year in April, Earth Day encourages people around the world to think about how they can better support the environment. While this is a great reminder to live sustainably, the lessons surrounding Earth Day shouldn't be limited to just one day. In fact, world leaders and A-list celebri... More >>


Protect your home from fire and storms with tough-as-nails exterior products
(BPT) - Investing in your safety pays off, whether you live in a coastal region prone to hurricanes or in a place fires can occur and storms inevitably strike. Preparing your exterior with fire-resistant, water-resistant siding and hurricane storm-rated shutters can ensure your home stands up to na... More >>


Make the most of an empty nest by creating the ultimate 'boomer cave'
(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It's time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.If you have been dreaming of a "boomer cave" - a place where you can get away to relax, watch T... More >>


Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
(BPT) - Open floor plans, mini-mansions, micro homes — some home design styles and elements shift with the currents of consumer tastes. However, others stand the test of time because they’re enduringly useful. Attics or lofts, for example, are a staple of American home design, remaining... More >>


7 simple steps for summer lawn prep
(BPT) - If you're a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it's important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort.According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American gra... More >>


4 tried and true tips for any kitchen redesign
(BPT) - Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task - whether it's a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel like you're the only homeowner, ever, to have questions. Renowned designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus, has answered design quest... More >>


Turn spring cleaning into 'spring keeping' with 5 easy storage tips
(BPT) - Why do spring cleaning when you can do “spring keeping?” Organize all your gear in style while getting rid of the clutter at the same time. To help kick off spring in a whole new way, Karl Champley, home improvement expert and the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge on... More >>


Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy... More >>


Give your home a seasonal refresh with these easy tips
(BPT) - Another winter has passed and warm weather is on its way. That means it’s time to say hello to all-things spring: budding flowers, walks to the park and…spring cleaning.While cleaning this spring might not be as much fun as grilling burgers out on the deck, it’s pretty mu... More >>


Know what's below before you dig this spring
(BPT) - With the snow gone and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country are rolling up their sleeves and reaching for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into “digging season,” Common ... More >>


7 steps to patio perfection
(BPT) - Daffodils bloom brightly by the back door, temperatures are balmy, cookout season is on the horizon and you’re ready to give your outdoor living space a breath of fresh air. Great patios and decks enhance your enjoyment of spring and summer, and boost home value, so it’s well wo... More >>


Save big on home heating, cooling costs with this building method
(BPT) - If you are planning to build a new home or add on to your existing home, you likely take for granted that it will be constructed with “sticks.” For more than 100 years, homes in North America have been built using hundreds of individual pieces of lumber, wall studs, floor joists... More >>


5 steps to get your mower ready for the season
(BPT) - After months of winter, warmer weather is finally here. It’s time to head to the lake, spend time on the deck or take your kids to the park. Yes, you’re ready for the season – but is your lawn mower?One of the season’s most important tools has been hibernating throug... More >>


Create a 'wow-worthy' home entry using fun and free online design tools
(BPT) - Entire TV shows are dedicated to it, and real estate agents say it is essential when selling your home. So what is "curb appeal?" More importantly, how do you create it for your home?Even if you're not planning to sell your home any time soon, some simple steps to boost the attractiveness o... More >>


6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and that means tackling home improvement projects you've been putting off all winter long. As you plan for these projects over the warmer months, include steps to improve your family's home environment, both inside and outside. Your house will be a better, more comfort... More >>


5 biggest myths about decking materials
(BPT) - Whether you’ve decided this is the year you’ll add a deck to your home, or you’re still pondering the project, as soon as you say the words: “I want to build a deck,” you’ll start hearing and reading lots of advice. Some of it will be useful, like: &ldquo... More >>


Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy u... More >>


6 kitchen and bath upgrades that are 'the whole package'
(BPT) - Let’s face it — once you get past high school, the people who go farthest in life are the ones who are the “whole package,” those who balance style, good looks and brains. The same can be said of kitchen and bath upgrades. The ones that will stand the test of time &m... More >>


2 expert tips for selecting the best garage door design for your home
(BPT) - Today’s garage doors come in so many different and attractive designs that the biggest challenge for homeowners is to find the right door that looks best with their home’s unique features. While it’s great to have options, sometimes too many options can be overwhelming. An... More >>


5 ways to improve the air quality in your home
(BPT) - Before you take that next breath, do you know what’s in the air in your home? Sure there’s oxygen and carbon dioxide — that much you know — but it’s the things you don’t know about that should concern you.A quick test of your indoor air quality can uneart... More >>


5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
(BPT) - Spring is here! This season of new beginnings also marks the start of the year’s busiest real estate period. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the housing market in 2016 is set to be quite active with a 3 percent increase in total home sales compared to the prev... More >>


Design the perfect deck: 5 must-ask questions before you start
(BPT) - A backyard should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. But all too often, homes lack enticing outdoor living areas. One way to give your outdoor space a retreat is to add a new deck. A well-designed deck can extend your living space, make your yard more functional and, best of all, provide a c... More >>


5 things you can do to improve the look of your lawn today
(BPT) - You’ve waited all winter for the chance to transform your lawn from that drab, frozen tundra into the lush, green oasis you know it can be. But this transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t expect Mother Nature to take care of everything herself. Getting your... More >>


7 easy tips to create the serene bedroom of your dreams
(BPT) - As life gets busier, a bedroom becomes more than a sleeping space — it’s an escape to a calmer, more serene world that rests the mind as well as the body. To create your own in-house getaway, use these easy tips to “calm-ify” your bedroom and transform it into a more... More >>


You won't believe how fun spring cleaning can be with these tips and tricks
(BPT) - As the days grow longer and warmer, thoughts turn to spring’s beauty. However, when you look around your home that’s been closed up all winter, beauty is probably the last word that comes to mind. From smeared windows to the dirty carpets, it’s time to roll up your sleeves... More >>


5 tips for a satisfying spring cleaning
(BPT) - Of the many projects and activities people put on their annual to-do lists, few loom as large as spring cleaning. If you suddenly feel a burst of energy and a need to shake out the dreariness of winter, you’re not alone. While it may seem like a chore, many look forward to spring clea... More >>


Don't skimp on safety when planning your deck: Expert tips for creating a safe outdoor space
(BPT) - When dreaming of your at-home outdoor oasis, safety may not be top-of-mind. But when making decking decisions, a key element to enjoying your retreat for years to come is ensuring it is safe and structurally sound.The experts at Trex, the world’s No. 1 decking and railing brand and le... More >>


Your home exterior wish list: Curb appeal, easy maintenance, storm protection [Infographic]
(BPT) - If its been more than 10 years since you've replaced home exterior materials, or your house has products made of high maintenance materials like wood, it's time to consider an update. Upgrading to new windows, siding, roofing or stone will instantly improve curb appeal, save you time on mai... More >>


The new beautiful: 6 tips for turning ugly homes into dream designs [Infographic]
(BPT) - Realtor.com reports that a small but growing number of listings nationwide are advertising "ugly homes," a seemingly counterintuitive notion that's also the subject of many popular home flipping television programs. Buying the worst home in the best neighborhood not only puts the home withi... More >>


Smart ways to boost your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - You wouldn’t know it with the mild weather we’re having this winter, but spring is fast approaching. Building industry experts say now is an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize home renovation plans. Most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home... More >>


Go green to save green: 6 earth-friendly home improvement ideas
(BPT) - From cleaning out the garage to upgrading your floors and windows, it often seems like home improvement projects will never end. While you may be dedicated to making your home a better place, it’s also important to consider how it affects your carbon footprint. Are you doing everythin... More >>


Garage door 101: 3-step program offers homeowners peace of mind
(BPT) - Spring is here, and so are the chores that come with it, like spring cleaning and tuning up the lawnmower. Here’s a tip — don’t forget your garage door.Don’t feel badly if you have; most people don’t give their garage door a second thought until something break... More >>


Professional or amateur? 5 qualities of an expert contractor
(BPT) - Are you one of the more than 3 million people planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom this year? Or perhaps you’re adding on a room or finishing your basement. If you’re going to hire a contractor for any home remodeling project, make sure you know the difference between a... More >>


Spring cleaning: 6 areas to repair, replace and refresh
(BPT) - Spring is one of the most popular times of year to clean up your home inside and out, make renovations and take steps to ensure it operates efficiently for the rest of the year. But after the long winter months, the list of projects can pile up. This year, focus on six key areas to repair, ... More >>


Don't waste the refund: Invest in your house for long-term ROI
(BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.The overall average return for ... More >>


Planning to age in place? Don't overlook need for balanced natural light
(BPT) - When homeowners think about improvements that can allow them to stay in their homes longer as they grow older, they may focus on things like grab bars in the bathroom or wider doorways to boost accessibility and safety. Yet they often overlook another critical type of improvement that addre... More >>


Five home-buying trends for this year's market
(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms a... More >>


DIY tips to repair concrete damaged by winter weather
(BPT) - If you left concrete surfaces around your house unprotected this winter, it’s very likely you have a crack or two to deal with this spring. The repeated freezing and thawing that occurs due to changes in daytime and nighttime temperatures during the winter can cause concrete to crack ... More >>


Do homeowners love their contractors as much as they love their AC? (infographic)
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Selling your home? Let the bidding wars begin
(BPT) - No wonder you’re thinking of selling your home — it’s a “seller’s market” right now. The housing supply has dwindled, creating more demand for fewer homes.At the same time, according to Realtor Tammy Reinke, buyers’ expectations are higher than ever... More >>


Create stress-free living with this single kitchen upgrade
(BPT) - Home is all about entertaining — barbecues, parties, pool parties, family dinners and the like. All of a sudden, your kitchen is the nexus of activity as family, friends and neighbors grab drinks from the fridge while you’re prepping those burgers and mixing up the fruit salad. ... More >>


Sell or stay, these home improvements pay off in the long run
(BPT) - Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home. O... More >>


From modest to magnificent: Create an entertainment space for any home
(BPT) - Entertaining at home? Whatever you’re planning — big bash or intimate soirée, cheery beer fest or elegant wine tasting — an inviting and accessible built-in bar featuring handsome hardwood cabinetry can help transform mundane household space into the life of the par... More >>


5 ways to improve your outdoor space with retaining walls
(BPT) - When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That’s the most common use for retaining walls — to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are multi-purpose landscaping tools with many more uses.Si... More >>


Stack the deck in Mother Nature's favor with these green deck-building tips
(BPT) - Communing with the bounty of nature in your own backyard is one of the many advantages of having a deck. Not only does it boost home value, a deck gives you a comfortable venue for enjoying the outdoors — and what could be more environmentally friendly than spending some time with Mot... More >>


5 things to discuss with your significant other before purchasing a home
(BPT) - In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.One of those important conversations every... More >>


7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning
(BPT) - Longing for allergy relief? To stop the endless cycle of sniffles, sneezes and wheezes, it’s time to ready your vacuum and rubber gloves. Spring cleaning helps eliminate allergens so you can relax, breathe easy and enjoy the season.“People who suffer from allergies may not reali... More >>


10 office organization tips to boost productivity
(BPT) - Empty boxes, piles of paper, pens strewn about – everyone is guilty of office disorganization. What most people don’t realize is a messy, disheveled office space can actually dramatically reduce worker efficiency and productivity.A staggering 98 percent of office workers say the... More >>


Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. W... More >>


Understanding the millennial home
(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this ... More >>


The answer to overcoming color cowardice in home decorating: more natural light
(BPT) - Have you ever picked a paint color you loved in the store, only to hate it when it’s on the walls at home? Or purchased throw pillows that you thought would be delightful on your neutral-hued couch, only to decide they look positively garish there? In both cases, you loved the colors ... More >>


5 reasons you're not sleeping
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking — it can be maddening when you don’t get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you’re in good (albeit tired) company.Millions of Americans across the country are ... More >>


Spray foam insulation: What it is and how it's used [Infographic]
(BPT) - Spray foam insulation is a modern and energy-efficient way to help keep buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, as well as help mitigate sounds and minimize air loss. But what exactly is spray foam? Let’s take a look at this high-performance material and its uses.&nbs... More >>


Tips for going green, saving green, with greywater recycling
(BPT) - Water conservation isn’t just for Californians and others who live in dry climates. Although the Golden State’s water woes grabbed headlines last summer, it’s not the only state potentially facing water shortages. Nor is it the only one where conservation-minded homeowners... More >>


Here's what to know when adding windows or skylights
(BPT) - Is your home chilly and dark in winter, or stuffy and dark in the summer? If your home has too small or too few windows, it can be difficult to get the natural light and ventilation you crave, and need for good health. You may look around your digs and think, “this place could stand s... More >>


8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
(BPT) - Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eigh... More >>


Expert advice for surviving severe weather
(BPT) - It’s out there — that next bout of severe weather is on its way. No matter where you live in the United States, the potential for severe weather always exists and sometimes it comes without much warning.“None of us really knows what the weather holds,” says LT. Gener... More >>


3 tips for breaking the DIY barrier
(BPT) - Whether inspired by countless cable shows or the desire to have the perfect kitchen, more Americans are doing their own home improvement projects. Laying hardwood floors, installing plumbing and replacing windows has become another DIY task like changing your oil.Consider these following ti... More >>


5 smart upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home
(BPT) - Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are typically the rooms in any home that get the most use, which could also be why homeowners, when surveyed, consistently cite those rooms as the ones they most want to renovate. It makes perfect sense to upgrade the rooms where you spend the most time, but... More >>


3 tips on choosing the right window for your kitchen or bath remodel
(BPT) - Kitchens and bathrooms are not only two of the most highly used rooms in your home, they’re also two of the most popular rooms to renovate, according to home style experts and Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report.With any kitchen or bath renovation, there are many ... More >>


Getting an early start on spring
(BPT) - As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can sta... More >>


Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow
(BPT) - While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily me... More >>


Make your bathroom a retreat for holistic living
(BPT) - In holistic living, all things are interconnected, which means home design has a big influence on health and wellness. One room where every household member can benefit from the art of holistic living is the bathroom. With some strategic upgrades to the decor, fixtures and appliances, it&rs... More >>



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