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Posted on 10/24/2021
Planting Near a Basement or Crawlspace: How to Avoid Damage
Image by Jean-Pierre Pellissier from Pixabay It's tempting to plant shrubs and other plants against your house to hide the basement or crawlspace area. However, you could be asking for trouble. Before you buy or plant anything new for spring, find out why it's not such a good idea to have plants too close to your basement or...
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Posted on 10/17/2021
Expert Advice for Packing & Moving Books
For many homeowners, a book collection is a point of pride and an important element in their interior decor. Books can hold emotional as well as functional significance and their presence in any room adds an important personal touch. However, when it comes time to move, an extensive book collection can be difficult to work with. Books are...
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Posted on 10/10/2021
Smart Hub Technology: Programmable Thermostats
Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels As you go about your day at home, you might change the thermostat settings more than once to balance your comfort with saving money. But what if you were able to leave all that fine-tuning to a digital system and achieve your goals with little to no effort on your part? Well,...
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Posted on 10/03/2021
Create Your Own Jungle With These Indoor Trees
Just like with smaller plants, there are indoor trees for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Adding larger plants can make a statement in your interior design and provide other benefits like filtering the air and providing fresh oxygen. If you’re thinking about getting an indoor tree for your home, here are some suggestions to help your search....
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Posted on 09/26/2021
The Benefits of Living Green Walls
Photo by Magda Ehlers from Pexels Living walls have become increasingly popular in buildings in cities and urban areas. Also called vertical gardens or green walls, these installations can provide several benefits to the area besides just aesthetic appeal. While you’ll most often encounter living walls outdoors, they’re also common inside commercial spaces and homes. Here we’ll go...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Building a Mid-Century Modern Home: What to Consider
Photo by Alex from Pexels Once you have the idea for a perfect home design, it’s tempting to get started right away. While some styles may be very popular they could still pose potential challenges to homeowners who dream of having that style for their very own. A perfect example of this is mid-century modern design, which rose...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Buying vs. Building a New Home: How to Decide
When buying a home, you can either build a new residence from scratch or buy an existing home already built. This can be a tough decision to make. Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you move forward with your decision. Buying an Existing Home There are several advantages to buying a home that’s...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Safety Tips for DIY Construction
DIY construction projects can be an exciting way to put your skills to use and improve your home’s functionality or appearance. Whether you’re new to DIY or have experience with these types of projects, it’s always important to make sure you’re safe. When doing DIY construction projects, keep these safety tips in mind at all times. Get Rid...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
How to Read a Blueprint
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels If you're building your own home, chances are you'll come across the blueprints at some point early in the process. This can be frustrating for many homeowners as they might not have an architect's background. However, you don't need to be an architect to understand the basics. We'll look at the various...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Natural Lighting: Skylights and Light Tubes
Image by PlusONE from Shutterstock The presence of natural light inside of your living space can have a tremendous impact on how you feel in your home. If you're interested in introducing more daylight into your space consider installing a skylight or light tube. What are skylights? A traditional skylight is a window set into the roof of...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
Neighborhood Amenities Every Private Community Needs
Photo by Engin Akyurt via Pixabay When you choose a private community, you likely do so because of some of the more visible amenities -- the pool, tennis courts and clubhouse are difficult to miss. Which amenities matter most to you -- and which are just nice additions? A look at some of the potential private community amenities...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Be Prepared for Closing Costs
Image by Ryan R Fox from Shutterstock It can be a stressful endeavor to purchase a home. As one of the most significant investments in life, it is important to understand the steps and fees you may encounter beyond the sale price. When you are searching for a property, keep the expense of closing in mind. What Are...
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