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Thursday 01/23/2020
Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

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Going Green with Natural Stone
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) The 2017 color of the year, revealed by the Pantone Color Institute is a near-avocado hue called “Greenery.”

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Renovations in Every Room
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

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Wednesday 01/22/2020
Five To-Do’s To Take Your Basement From Unlivable To Lovable
Posted: January 22, 2020

(NAPSI)—Look up “basement” in the dictionary and you’ll see cellar, vault—even crypt. But with a little effort and some design flair you can make your basement come alive—and reclaim valuable living space.

Create the workout room you always wanted. A dramatic home theater. Or a spacious office, playroom or craft area. If you can re-imagine your basement, you can remodel it. Here are hints on how:

1. Make a plan: An accurate floor plan will help you visualize the end result—especially if you’re dividing rooms, adding a pool table, a large sectional or a projector and theater seating.

Dozens of design apps can help you create a virtual, 3D floor plan. A few to consider: Home Designer Suite, Sweet Home 3D, Home Design 3D and Google Sketchup.

Check to see if you’ll need a permit for improvements.

2. Banish water: Does your basement pass the smell test? If your lower level has moisture problems, your nose will know.

Besides a musty smell, moisture leaves other clues: dark, saturated concrete block walls, flaking paint or condensation. Consult a basement waterproofing contractor if you have any concerns before you begin remodeling.

3. Elevate your ceiling style: Stained or sagging ceilings also point to excess moisture. Identify the cause and make repairs. Then replace the old ceiling with coffered ceiling tiles. With the look of sunken panels, they add depth and distinction. Some of Armstrong Ceilings’ coffered options resist moisture and mold and stand up to humidity.

Like the look of wood? Check out Armstrong WoodHaven Ceiling Planks. They’re available in a variety of finishes, although WoodHaven Classic White planks is the DIY favorite. These wood-look ceiling planks can install over drywall, plaster or joists and can even cover an existing drop ceiling grid.

4. Beautify floors and walls: Beautiful, versatile flooring options are abundant today. Before you choose, think about how you’ll use the space. Consider structural issues, too.

Creating a playroom or cozy retreat? If moisture isn’t a worry, add warmth and softness underfoot with carpeting or an area rug.

If your sub-floor is smooth and even, vinyl is hard to beat. Whether in tile, sheet or plank form, the styles are versatile and the material is water-resistant or waterproof.

If you’re adding a basement gym, consider rubber interlocking tiles. They absorb shock and you can install them yourself.

You’ll discover abundant wall-covering options, too—such as wainscoting, paneling and beadboard. Subtle grass cloth wallpapers add sophistication. Peel-and-stick cork wall tiles create design interest and absorb sound.

Whatever your choice, be sure to waterproof the walls before you cover them.

5. Make a statement: Once you’ve landed on the look you love—whether it’s traditional, farmhouse or mid-century modern—personalize your décor to make it your own.

Display cubes or built-in shelving with lighting are great options for showing off your trophies, baskets, pottery or collectibles. For color and warmth, mix and match a variety of pillows and plush throws.

To personalize your walls—without making a permanent design commitment—consider wall decals. Their elegant patterns and bold images add instant interest. You can even make your mark with an inspiring, oversized quote.

Use every type of lighting—general, task and accent—to bring your basement out of the shadows. Mirrors are another great way to add light—and the illusion of space.

DIYers have never had more versatile design tools and materials to choose from. So don’t let your lower level go unloved and unused any longer. Let the transformation begin.

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Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Wednesday 01/15/2020
Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures.

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Resolve to Be a Healthier You
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.

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Wednesday 01/08/2020
Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

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Healthy at Home
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:57 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

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Friday 11/08/2019
Hispanic Homeowner Follows A Step-By-Step Plan to Buy A House
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:48 am

(NewsUSA) - A national housing survey found 88 percent of Hispanics felt homeownership was a good long-term investment, with 92 percent reporting they planned to be homeowners.

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Hispanic Homeowner Follows A Step-By-Step Plan to Buy A House
Updated: January 07, 2020 - 3:10 am

(NewsUSA) - A national housing survey found 88 percent of Hispanics felt homeownership was a good long-term investment, with 92 percent reporting they planned to be homeowners.

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Friday 11/01/2019
Low maintenance, high curb appeal: Top exterior home trends of 2020
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Whether you are thinking of selling your home next year, or simply looking to update certain elements, investing in your exterior will deliver a return on your investment in both resale value and enjoyment.

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Tuesday 10/29/2019
How to Buy A House Without Draining Your Savings
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:48 am

(NewsUSA) - Erin, who works at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, had been toying with the idea of buying her first home. She was 32 years old, and was very aware that the Durham housing market was heating up.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
5 Ways to Reap the Benefits of Natural Light [Slideshow]
Updated: October 29, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Thursday 10/17/2019
Top 5 smart decisions to make when remodeling your home
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Whether renovating a new home or remodeling your longtime family dwelling, there is no shortage of options when it comes to design that will make a lasting impact. If you’re wondering where to splurge and what you should hold back on — look no further. From Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, to elevated entertaining areas, here are five smart design decisions to make in your home that will stand the test of time.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
5 Ways to Decorate with Nature
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - According to a recent YouGov survey, commissioned by VELUX, 63% of people spend less than 7 hours a week in nature. Nature helps to soothe and calm us, so weave it into the decor throughout your home. Natural light brightens this bathroom, highlighting the clean, modern lines.

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Tuesday 10/01/2019
3 things that may go wrong if you don’t winterize your house
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Fall is here, which means, like it or not, cold weather is just around the corner. While most of us would prefer not to think about turning on our heat just yet, this is actually the best time to check your heating to ensure everything is operating as it should.

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Thursday 09/12/2019
10 Acronyms Homebuyers Need to Know
Posted: September 12, 2019

(StatePoint) PMI, APR, LTV…these unfamiliar acronyms don’t need to bewilder or intimidate uninitiated homebuyers.

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Wednesday 09/04/2019
How Close Is Too Close When It Comes to Living Near Your Family?
Posted: September 04, 2019

(StatePoint) While you can’t choose your family, you can choose how close you live to them. A new survey suggests some healthy boundaries between parents and in-laws make for a happier family relationship -- something to keep in mind when shopping for a home.  

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