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4 steps toward greener living
(BPT) - Living a greener lifestyle isn’t just about conserving natural resources, it’s also about saving money. Whether you’re renovating your existing home, or building from the ground up, you can create a home that’s more efficient, cost effective and “green.”1. ...
9 home improvement projects that will pay you back big time [infographic]
(BPT) - If you're planning any home improvement projects, keep in mind that some projects can actually make your home worth less while others can increase the value of your home dramatically. Here are nine home improvements that will not only increase the comfort and safety of your home while you're ...
5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, inclu ...
Big brother is watching: It's good for you and bad for the bad guys
(BPT) - It’s Monday morning and you awake to the sound of your alarm blaring. If you’re like a hundred million other Americans, it means it’s time to get ready for work.Some people get up, get dressed, then wrestle the kids into their clothes and the car to drop them off at school ...
Go tankless in 2015 [Infographic]
(BPT) - A higher Energy Factor (EF) will soon be required for all residential storage tank-type, gas, electric and oil water heaters by the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). The changes will directly impact water heating selection and installation and raise costs. Fortunately, tank ...
Identifying hidden savings opportunities in your monthly budget
(BPT) - Advancements in modern technology have put control of many things all into the palm of your hand. Your home is no different, because mistakes or forgotten chores that once required a trip home to set things right now can simply be handled by your smartphone. If you’re not asking your p ...
Can your walls stand up to life?
(BPT) - Let’s face it. No matter how careful you are, an active family can take its toll on the interior of a house – especially on the walls. Depending on the season or day of the week, your family may come home toting cross-country skis, throwing off wet raincoats or banging football g ...
4 ways to add 'wow' to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.To simplify your project, many companies are integrating the ...
Is a wood or composite deck right for your home?
(BPT) - Outdoor living is a home improvement trend that can’t be ignored. If you plan to add a deck to your house, remember the design is only one aspect of the planning process. The materials you decide to use can affect the project in numerous ways, from the initial investment to maintenance ...
Keep a man cave top of mind when choosing a new home
(BPT) - It used to be that the man's room – or man cave – was relegated to the basement or the garage. Now homes are being designed with the man cave already in mind to give men a place to call their own.Man caves have changed over the years, becoming a part of the home itself instead of ...
Floor your house guests with creative design twists
(BPT) - Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.Using hardwood flooring on walls and ceilings is becoming an increasingly prominent ...
Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their garden shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into “digging season,” Common Gr ...
Empty nesters, boost home value and your spirits with savvy, appealing improvements
(BPT) - Whether they’re heading off to college or they’ve finally finished their education and are starting their careers in a distant city, the departure of kids from your nest makes for a bittersweet time. If you’ve committed much of your energy—and most of your home— ...
Considering home improvements? Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades can enhance livability and value
(BPT) - Perhaps your home is in pretty good shape – newish roof, well-maintained furnace and air-conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. Or maybe you’ve bought a brand-new house that’s move-in ready. Even though you don’t really need to do a thing to the home, you may still ...
Inspiration and good looks for your next home project
(BPT) - If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s exterior, include American hardwoods in the mix. New, environmentally friendly treatment methods now make hardwood an excellent and great looking material choice for outdoor living spaces.“American hardwoods in outdoor applications u ...
4 tips to tackle any DIY project
(BPT) - (This post is brought to you by the makers of Advil(R).) It’s that time of year again: project season. It’s time to open the windows, reimagine your space and get to work on the home improvement project you’ve been dreaming about all winter. This is an exciting time of ...
6 simple warm weather tune ups for your home
(BPT) - Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year.Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in ...
This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
(BPT) - In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet, much of that energy is wasted, leading to higher energy bills for homeowners.The DOE notes that the leading causes of energy waste in mos ...
5 tips for painting like a pro this summer
(BPT) - Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting off your list in a breeze and head back outdoors to enjoy the weather.1. Buy high-quality paint for the best coverage and deepest color satura ...
Get safer drinking water the natural way
(BPT) - Household bacteria can be a serious issue affecting your health. In fact, the very steps we take to eliminate harmful bacteria may be spreading it. Everyone washes their fresh fruits and vegetables, but the water in your pipes may contain even more bacteria, especially if you have hard water ...
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can tr ...
6 must-do home improvements to withstand severe summer weather
(BPT) - Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.“It pays to ...
Your how-to guide to outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - The end of cold weather signals the change of seasons, a move from indoor to outdoor activities and the perfect time to throw a great party. But before eagerly sending out those first invites, take a few moments to prepare for your upcoming event by following these three easy steps to hostin ...
Enhancing your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - First impressions mean a lot — especially when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re getting ready for resale or just want to update the exterior, you may think your home is ready for a curbside makeover.More than 80 percent of homeowners believe their home&rs ...
Top 10 most often forgotten spring cleaning steps
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to clear out the old, bring in the new and welcome a fresh start. From coast to coast, consumers are eager to usher in new home decor and air out spring attire; however, the areas of one’s home that are the hardest hit during the winter months - floors and carpet ...
3 ways to preserve indoor air quality during remodeling
(BPT) - Are you beginning a remodeling project? Well, take a deep breath because your air is about to be affected in a major way.Is this preventable? It can be, if you take action.The most important time to act is before you begin your remodeling project, especially if you are staying in your home d ...
The Cs of choosing diamonds and shingles: Knowing more means paying less
(BPT) - Shopping for an engagement ring can be confusing. But knowing the 4 C’s of picking a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat – can help consumers get the best gem for their money. Shopping for roof shingles can be confusing, too. But knowing the 3 C’s of buying a new ...
Hurricane season, wind speed and your home's siding: What you need to know
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
9 custom features to add to your home wish list
(BPT) - Whether you’re building a new home or looking to upgrade your current one, there are many factors to consider. You want to be sure you’re creating something of value, but also including features that will add convenience, enjoyment and entertainment. After all, it’s your li ...
Look good or feel good? 5 home improvements that let you do both
(BPT) - Who remembers that old Saturday Night Live bit in which Billy Crystal, posing as Lorenzo Lamas, quips that “It’s better to look good than to feel good”? Home improvement can sometimes shake out that way. Some upgrades that look great don’t do a lot for a homeowner&rsq ...
5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.When it comes to weed control, driveway repairs, home maintenance projects and more, these ti ...
Repairing potholes protects your vehicle and wallet
(BPT) - There are millions of potholes in the United States, so it is not surprising that nearly 500,000 insurance claims are filed annually due to damage caused by this unrelenting enemy of vehicles across the country. Making matters worse, these potholes often sit unrepaired for extended periods o ...
5 outdoor projects that will add value to your home
(BPT) - Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work – and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment. Here, then, are fi ...
Splurge versus save: High end kitchen design that won't break the bank
(BPT) - Ninety-eight percent of people believe good design enhances their daily lives, and they’re willing to pay more for products that truly reflect their own personal style and aesthetic, according to a new study from Dwell. Drawing the line between “splurging” on those premium ...
5 simple steps to make your new place feel like home
(BPT) - Millions of Millennials move every year, and due to the flexibility of renting, a remarkable number of people choose to rent rather than own. Just because renting requires a short-term commitment, however, doesn’t mean you can’t personalize your temporary home. A few expert tips ...
Does your garage door squeak and groan? Listen to what it's saying
(BPT) - Your garage door – just like Oz’s Tin Man – needs regular lubrication in order to move freely.While the Tin Man could ask Dorothy for the oil can, your garage door can only squeak and groan and hope you’re paying attention. But now, your garage door can send you an em ...
Refreshing your kitchen? What you need to know about the kitchen sink
(BPT) - If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it would be easy to make the case that the sink is the heart of your kitchen. It’s where you prepare foods, clean dirty hands and scrub dishes before the next culinary project. It's also one of the best features to update when planning a kitche ...
From grab bars with style to gorgeous anti-slip floors, aging in place looks better than ever
(BPT) - Gray hair, wrinkles and frailty are no longer inevitable aspects of growing older; medical science and a better understanding of health, nutrition and exercise mean more people are living healthy, active and more youthful lives. Likewise, aging in place no longer means sacrificing style for ...
Enjoy summer fun in the pool - without the harsh effects of chlorine
(BPT) - This summer your kids will be spending every day in the backyard, having a grand old time splashing around in the pool. You'll probably spend some quality hours in your pool as well, cooling off when the weather gets hot and enjoying the beautiful summer days.The only concern you have is abo ...
4 steps to find your home's perfect patio door
(BPT) - Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.Whether you’re replacing an old door or installing one for the f ...
5 projects to amaze with your outdoor space
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather’s finally here, who doesn’t want to be outside? Lawn games, barbecues and lazy afternoons in the backyard – these warm days were made to enjoy. They also present a great opportunity to conquer some outdoor home improvements.If you have an eye on impr ...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.Conceal wall stains with primerHave your kids made artwor ...
Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home
(BPT) - Did you know a home break-in occurs every 15 seconds? Considering summertime is peak season for home burglaries, there’s no better time than the present to take a few steps to protect your home and your family.“Securing your home doesn’t necessarily require a costly alarm s ...
Ceiling improvements can get things looking up in your kitchen
(BPT) - When you’re planning a full kitchen renovation, or even just a few choice upgrades, counter tops, cabinets, appliances and flooring command your attention. But do you ever look up? Unless a lightbulb burns out or you want to replace a light fixture, you probably don’t think much ...
Use less water, save more money by focusing on 3 areas of your home
(BPT) - Severe drought and water restrictions in California may be making headlines and history, but the Golden State is far from the only region in the U.S. facing a drier summer. With the Environmental Protection Agency reporting that 40 out of 50 state water managers predict shortages in their st ...
Mother Nature knows best: How natural elements in the home make you healthier
(BPT) - When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actuall ...
Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money
(BPT) - If you’re considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don’t overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms can ...
Plug into these spring tips for a smarter home
(BPT) - The days are finally becoming longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time for spring cleaning, upgrading and refreshing your home. Consider these tips to get your home ready for a fun, smart and cost-efficient year ahead.* Control your thermostat via smartphone apps ...
Move to a world of color with these easy tips to find your color inspiration
(BPT) - Color can be transformative. It has the power to evoke emotion, alter your mood and stimulate one-of-a kind creativity. The shades and hues that capture a person’s imagination are as varied as people themselves. What colors capture you? Is it a color you see or wear every day, or is i ...
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you ...
Dress up your floors with top tile trends
(BPT) - If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new—such as bringing tile into main living areas in addition to your bathrooms and kitchen. New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material.“Tile ...
Tips for selecting the right decking material for your outdoor living space
(BPT) - When you’re designing and building a dream outdoor living space, you have more options than ever. But how do you know which material is best for your home? The good news is that you don’t need a degree in deck building to master the differences between the various types of deckin ...
Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps
(BPT) - Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation an ...
Why DIY? Projects can pay you back big time
(BPT) - Hiring professionals to get jobs done around the house may be convenient, but it can set your budget back quite a bit. Instead, consider doing it yourself – not only to save big bucks but also to showcase your creativity. Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement is a major trend that will ...
Carve out more living space with a one-room renovation
(BPT) - A growing family, overnight guests, work-at-home demands and lifestyle changes can make for cramped quarters in any home. If you’re not ready to move to a bigger house or take on a full-scale addition, carve out more space from your home’s current footprint. Renovating an attic, ...
Find space with grace, the best positioning for items around your house
(BPT) - Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determi ...
How to clean and refinish your deck for summer [Infographic]
How to determine the true value of home improvements
(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It&rsq ...
4 sensible, affordable ways to give your bathroom spa-like panache
(BPT) - Americans’ love of a spa-like bathroom experience continues to be strong, with industry watchers reporting that luxurious touches like freestanding bathtubs, separate vanities and top quality materials remain in demand. But if you’ve delayed renovating your bathroom, thinking tha ...
5 projects to recreate your basement
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series ...
6 ways the Grateful Dead and tie-dye have transformed America's look
(BPT) - The Beatles had their signature haircut, and the Stones celebrated Mick Jagger's lips with their mouth-and-tongue logo, but few bands have made a look their own as thoroughly as the Grateful Dead and tie-dye. Granted, the Dead didn't invent tie-dye - the technique originated in India thousan ...
5 over-the-top outdoor improvements for DIYers
(BPT) - A beautiful backyard has become a suburban status symbol much like a brand-new car in the driveway. Upgrading your outdoor space is not only uplifting, it’s practical, too. A great backyard expands your living space, enhances your enjoyment of your home and can boost resale value.Anyon ...
5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to the summer months, all you can think about is getting outside and soaking up the sun. But when you look out the window into your yard, what do you see? Is it an inviting space that encourages you to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Or could it use a bit of sprucing ...
Simple steps to build a beautiful decorative garden wall
(BPT) - Landscaping and gardening are the most popular outdoor do-it-yourself home improvement activities planned by homeowners in 2015, according to a recent survey by the Home Projects Council. Beyond traditional landscaping and gardening projects like planting flower beds or laying paver paths, h ...
5 essential steps for finding the perfect lawn mower
(BPT) - Nothing says springtime like the sounds of lawn mowing and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. For some, mowing the lawn is a chore. Others enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride in a great looking lawn. Regardless of where you fall, you’ll likely find yourself mowing about 30-4 ...
Fun ideas to make your summer entertaining a hit
(BPT) - The sweet days of summer signal a long awaited transition for outdoor living. Combine food, family and friends with fresh ideas, and the possibilities for summer entertaining are endless.“There is something so magical about taking a meal outside in the warm weather,” says designe ...
Three super-simple ways to make your new deck look amazing
(BPT) - Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? Then a deck addition may be the solution. A new porch, patio or multi-level deck can serve as an extension of your home and create personalized spaces for summertime festivities, from easy afternoon ...
Was winter hard on your hardscape? Tips for simple DIY repairs
(BPT) - Heavy snowfall that lingers for weeks or months, extreme temperatures, ice that thaws and then refreezes – Old Man Winter can be rough on your home’s hardscape. When the last vestiges of cold weather finally melt away, you can find yourself heading into spring with pitted drivewa ...
How to make your home street smart
(BPT) - A new survey from Lutron Electronics shows that consumers are increasingly looking for their home to get street smart. The ability to control lights and shades from their smartphones when they are away provides peace of mind and a feeling of greater security. To learn more about how you can ...
Home trends: High tech kitchens in high demand
(BPT) - The digital craze has affected virtually every aspect of life, but perhaps nowhere is it more useful than in the home. From keeping your property secure to saving water and energy, digital upgrades can give your house a modern edge that adds convenience, cuts costs and improves resale value. ...
10 tips to make your home safer for kids
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and for most people, it’s where they feel safest. Yet for children, the home isn’t as safe as you might assume. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for injuries that happen in homes.Some ...
Remodeling a kitchen? Draw inspiration from locations and cultures around the world
(BPT) - Traditional, rustic, contemporary, modern – which style will you choose for your kitchen remodel? While each design style has its own appealing characteristics, what if you want a look that is worldly and inspired? You can add flare to any kitchen – and any kitchen design style & ...
Upgrade your entryway with simple DIY projects
(BPT) - You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.Start fresh with a new doorSometimes the simplest answer is to ...
Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space with these easy projects
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible – and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking and ...
American manufacturing by the numbers [Infographic]
(BPT) - Given the choice between buying a product made in the United States and buying one made abroad, the majority of Americans would rather buy the American product, according to a 2013 survey. DEWALT is a global brand with American roots committed to bringing manufacturing back to the United Sta ...
Keep your cool by paying less for air conditioning this summer
(BPT) - If high heating bills left you cold and bitter this winter, then now is the time to think about how high your monthly cooling bills could be this summer. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 19 percent of all household electricity consumption and emits nearly two tons of carbon ...
The 5 most important things you never knew about your shower
(BPT) - You use it to get clean, refresh, relax or get invigorated, but how much do you really know about your shower? Did you know that the average shower lasts eight minutes in America, or that the shower is the third largest source of water use in the average American home? With conserving water ...
7 tips for summer DIY projects
(BPT) - (This post is brought to you by the makers of Advil(R).) The lazy days of summer aren’t always lazy for DIY aficionados. The warm weather provides the perfect catalyst to tackle those home improvement to-do lists – from finally updating the color of the bedroom walls to beautifyi ...
Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need
(BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Cen ...
Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?Amer ...
More colors, more textures and more protection as vinyl continues to be America's most-installed siding
(BPT) - While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance. Add to this the growing interest by homeow ...
Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with new outdoor solutions
(BPT) - After one of the harshest winters in history for many areas of the country, it is likely that your property has suffered some damage or wear and tear. New products and solutions that resist moisture damage, help reduce maintenance, and stay one step ahead of the weather are just around the c ...
The download on digital dwellings
(BPT) - With so much technology, have people hit electronics overload? Moen research shows that even though 51 percent of people never unplug, we still hold mostly positive feelings toward technology. Learn more about how and where consumers are currently using technology in their homes&h ...
Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the ...
See solar power in a new light this summer
(BPT) - With sunny summer months right around the corner and energy bills continuing to rise, more and more Americans are making the switch to solar powering their homes. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 186,000 individual residential solar installations, according to GTM Research. As a result, mor ...
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