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  • 5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again

    5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again

    Spring isn't just the season to clean out old junk from your home, it's also the perfect time to tackle some DIY craft projects that repurpose household items and give them new life. Repurposing, or "upcycling," is one of the hottest trends in home decor and design for 2017, according to online...

  • Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space

    Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space

    During the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeowners...

  • 6 surprising spots in the home you can transform with a wholesale club membership

    You may already know a wholesale club is a great place to buy groceries, but your membership in a club like BJ's Wholesale can also help you save money in virtually every room of the house, not just the kitchen and pantry. Here are six rooms in the house that a wholesale club membership can help...

  • How trending home colors achieve their 'hot' status each year

    How trending home colors achieve their 'hot' status each year

    You see it every year — a "hot" new color begins appearing on phone cases, walls, ceilings, furnishings and accessories. Soon, virtually everyone who's doing any kind of renovation or design work is incorporating that color into their project. Have you ever wondered how home color trends happen?...

  • Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage. "Self-employment...

  • Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

    Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

    We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact,...

  • Expand your outdoor living experience with a retaining wall

    Expand your outdoor living experience with a retaining wall

    There are many popular ways people chose to get the most out of their outdoor living space these days. They build a fireplace or a fire pit, install lighting or a water feature, add a paver patio or outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden or trees — the possibilities are limited only to a person's imagination...

  • Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows

    Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows

    Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here's a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don't return 100 percent of their...

  • Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools

    Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools

    DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it’s easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a professional...

  • Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave

    Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave

    A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like. Some of the most-loved aspects of modern design — open,...

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  • 4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

    4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

    When you're ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it's no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom where...

  • Rearrange your backyard with a concrete fire table

    Rearrange your backyard with a concrete fire table

    Fire pits and fireplaces continue to be among the top 10 most desirable residential landscape design features, according to the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects annually. When you consider that few things compare to gathering...

  • What you should know about rising interest rates

    What you should know about rising interest rates

    Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it...

  • Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system

    Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system

    More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you’ll be among them, understanding...

  • Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements

    Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements

    If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates...

  • Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls

    Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls

    For centuries, hardwood planks have been the ultimate material for residential floors. Combining exceptional durability with unrivalled good looks, oak, walnut, cherry or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace. But these days, handsome timber planking is not only...

  • How to safeguard your home this winter from ice dam formation

    How to safeguard your home this winter from ice dam formation

    The unpredictable winter weather can wreak havoc for millions of Americans across the country, leaving them cold and reaching to crank up the thermostat. Those living in areas where the temperatures can plummet to subzero, and snow and ice are a certainty, are all too familiar with what the season...

  • 6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster

    6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster

    Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you're selling your home, you'll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller...

  • 4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

    4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

    Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost...

  • Plumbing the power of a powder room addition

    Plumbing the power of a powder room addition

    1Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners’ wish lists. What’s more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of Realtors...

  • Playroom upgrade: A wall-mount 'barn door' makes more room for fun

    Playroom upgrade: A wall-mount 'barn door' makes more room for fun

    With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there's no better time to upgrade the playroom. Why not swap out a traditional swinging door for a playful chalkboard wall-mounted sliding door? Your little artists can draw for hours on the chalkboard, plus the sliding door can add up to 14 square...

  • This security system alerts you before something bad happens

    This security system alerts you before something bad happens

    There's a distinctly unwelcome sentiment that every parent, no matter how vigilant, must experience once in a while. You might know it as, "that was close." It happens when your child's sense of adventure unexpectedly outpaces your vigilance. Stephanie Hinderks, a mother of two, remembers the exact...

  • 4 tips to save water in your home

    The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every single day, 70 percent of which occurs indoors. Flushing the toilet, brushing your teeth and taking a long hot shower all add to the consumption of this valuable natural resource. So what can you do within your own home to reduce...

  • 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

    5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

    The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you'll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less. Marvelous mirrors Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you're...

  • 5 tips to keep your home warm, cozy and protected this winter

    Winter is a harsh and cold season that can be terribly straining on homes, causing costly and inconvenient breakdowns, especially to plumbing and heating systems. Home experts recommend homeowners pay attention to the little things to avoid bigger problems from developing. Taking simple steps, such...

  • Hidden hazards to keep in mind this holiday season

    As we head into the holidays and winter months, it's important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments...

  • Where there is a will - and more - there's peace of mind

    What's the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial's Tax Department, says now's a good time to find out. Changes in federal estate tax law have significantly increased the amount at which federal estate tax is triggered, says Fishbein....

  • Make a design statement with cypress

    As Americans design their dream homes, or plan the remodel of their existing ones, wood is once again becoming a prominent feature in their interior design schemes. One species in particular — cypress — is attracting the attention of both millennials in the suburbs and boomers along the shoreline....

  • 4 statement pieces to elevate your bathroom to a work of art

    Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you're selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you're staying,...

  • 3 easy home improvement projects you can tackle right now

    During the milder months — like summer and fall — homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we're more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all, no...

  • The evolution of kitchen design: Timeless tips through the decades

    As a reflection of the ever-changing American lifestyle, kitchens have evolved over the past 100 years from a space that was once viewed as a utilitarian work-room in the back of the house, to become the centerpiece of the home. While trends come and go, history has made its mark on kitchen design....

  • Bathroom decor ideas for less than $100

    When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone's taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you...

  • Beyond the front door: The benefits of working with a mortgage banker

    So you've found your dream home. Before you start packing up, you'll need to make some big decisions first, like finding the right mortgage. Mortgage decisions can be overwhelming, especially if you try to do it on your own. Your neighborhood mortgage banker can help you navigate this process,...

  • 3 tips to protect your home this winter

    Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home's gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand...

  • 7 ways to bring the beauty of nature into your home

    There's nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can't spend as much time as we'd like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you...

  • New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017

    From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal. One of the most notable...

  • Bathroom renovations even the pickiest in-laws will love

    While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you're thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you're thinking about your mother-in-law's commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law's judgment of the archaic toilet that uses...

  • One-weekend DIY projects to get your house relative-ready for the holidays

    When the holidays arrive, you can prepare a scrumptious feast, present ideal gifts that are perfectly wrapped and decorate the house like something off a magazine cover. However, your mother-in-law is still going to focus on the stained upholstery in the family room, the tacky and dated wallpaper...

  • 5 home-building secrets you should know

    Thousands of Americans who are in the process of building their own home, or simply looking into it, are faced with hundreds of different questions. Granite or quartz countertops? Neutral or bold colors? Tile or hardwood flooring? And those questions are just the tip of the iceberg. Being able to...

  • 5 tips to prepare the bath for winter

    As chilly weather approaches, it’s time for homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath décor and incorporate simple upgrades — ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting winter...

  • 5 budgeting tips to host a spirited, not spendy holiday party

    If you find the guests attending your upcoming holiday party delightful, but the bills associated with hosting frightful, here are five tips to know. So on with the snow, the glow and the show! * Lose the formal invitations. As you’re looking to cut expenses associated with your holiday party, simplifying...

  • 6 insider tips on upgrading your home

    Life moves in many different directions, and the constant changes people face each year provide challenges, growth and opportunity. Many of life’s biggest changes happen when you realize your home is too small for your growing family. The once comfortable space you've lived in for years feels much...

  • Natural elements in the home make you healthier (Infographic)

    Incorporating natural elements, such as wood or plants, into the design of your home can actually improve overall health, according to recent research*.

  • 10 clever ways to organize your space

    As the end of the year approaches, have you asked yourself if you have organizational goals on your resolutions list? Fortunately, home organization is made easy with a plethora of clever options that are as smart as they are stylish. From custom cubbies to hidden pantries and more, Clayton Homes...

  • The many moods of modern design

    With roots dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, modern interior design encompasses a wide variety of aesthetics and moods. From an urban industrial loft to a sleek beach house, the versatility of modern design can morph to match a variety of environments. Whether you prefer raw spaces and reclaimed...

  • Be winter weather ready (Infographic)

  • How to get the most out of your lawn and snow tools

    Remember when you actually had to leave the house to do things? Today, you could use your smartphone to do all your holiday shopping, order groceries and have them delivered, and then watch all the Oscar nominated films without ever getting off the couch. It’s pretty amazing, but for all the convenience...

  • 3 reasons why winter is a smart time to buy a home

    Don't give up on buying a home as winter nears. In fact, December through February may be better for buyers than the busy season in spring and summer. Enjoy less competition and lower prices. Fewer properties are typically available during the winter, as sellers and buyers aim to complete transactions...

  • 6 holiday-friendly home design features

    Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton Whether you’re shopping for a new traditional, manufactured or modular home or just attempting a renovation project, it’s important to consider the functionality of key spaces like kitchens and living rooms. These most-frequented rooms will host meals, family gatherings,...

  • 5 kitchen updates that stand the test of time

    Whether you’re undergoing a full-scale kitchen renovation or a simple refresh, design decisions can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions that will stand the test of time....

  • Investing in spray foam the right way (Infographic)

    Investing in spray foam insulation for your home can lead to significant savings each month. Spray foam insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs as well as contribute to lowering your home's carbon footprint. It's important to understand what goes into selecting and installing it. Here...

  • An affordable way to qualify for a home loan without that big down payment

    For many Americans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the 20 percent down payment they think is required for mortgage approval. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 34 percent of respondents believe they need more than 20 percent. Meanwhile, low down payment...

  • 5 ways to design with the 1980s comeback kid: Marble

    Marble touts a long precious history in design. For thousands of years, the beautiful stone has been used to complete some of the most famous structures in the world, such as the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court building, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Pantheon and Michelangelo’s Statue of David. However,...

  • 5 hot home trends for 2017

    The choice to remodel a home is growing among U.S. homeowners. In fact, Americans will spend $31.2 billion in 2016 to remodel 1.8 million kitchens and 2.5 million bathrooms, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Some experts predict this number to rise into 2017. Emerging...

  • Home improvement tips for your car that can save you money

    Do you tend to put off some tasks, especially mundane ones like those pesky home improvement chores? While procrastination is not uncommon, staying on top of the chores not only can help keep you organized, it can save you money. Take cleaning your garage, for example. With the winter season rapidly...

  • 4 ways to make your family's holiday portraits shine

    Take a look at your family. How many changes have crept in since last year? And one year from now, when it’s time to send out holiday cards again, think about how much more they will have changed. Sending a family photograph as your holiday card is one way to share with your friends and loved ones...

  • Tech tools that can help you find a mortgage and home faster

    Whether you're a first-time or experienced homebuyer, chances are a good portion of your real estate journey will take place online. In fact, four in 10 homebuyers start their house-hunting with an online search, according to the National Association of REALTORS. It's easy to understand why: Online...

  • Autumn and early winter: The best times to be a homebuyer?

    The long-held belief that summer is the only time to buy a home is fading fast. Savvy home-buyers are learning that when temperatures drop, numerous benefits emerge that simply aren't available other times of the year. "With warm weather and many homes on the market, summer is generally the busiest...

  • 4 easy ways to pest-proof your home

    It's late and you're in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your...

  • 5 must-do fall yard care tasks

    With winter approaching, it's almost time to hang up your gloves, and retire from the lawn and garden until next spring. But before the snow and cold temperatures arrive, there are a few fall yard care tasks you need to check off your list. Follow these steps to get your yard ready for winter and...

  • Making memories: Tips for preserving and creating meaningful wooden pieces

    From your first meal as a married couple at your oak dining table, to enjoying a glass of lemonade with your grandchildren on your pine kitchen stools — your most cherished memories are made at home. "Families have so many pieces of wooden furnishings in their homes that are meaningful to them,"...

  • Refresh your home with 6 easy DIY paint projects

    Few things are as satisfying as pulling off a DIY project, especially when the results are successful. Whether you’re looking to refresh something old or create something new, there’s no need to hire a professional. Updating your home both indoors and out can be effortless. All you need is a fresh...

  • Home improvement: What's old is new again

    Fall is a popular time for home improvement as people think about impressing their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique. Simply put, what's old is new again. Homeowners are gravitating to classic and timeworn elements to...

  • Tips to prepare your home for hurricane season

    NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms in 2016 with four to eight potentially becoming hurricanes. However, while weather experts monitor storm patterns, homeowners don’t have to sit idly by and wait for disaster to strike.  "Getting your home prepared before a hurricane...

  • Site-built, manufactured or modular: What's the difference and what does it mean?

    Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton When you’re planning to purchase or build a new home, you’ll have to choose what kind of house you want — site-built, manufactured or modular. There are slight differences to each type and all have their own pros and cons. “A newly constructed home may be any of the...

  • 5 ways to reinvent your garage

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The garage – it’s that space where you used to just store your car, lawn mower, power tools, bikes, bats and boxes of things you wore in the 90s. But to say a garage is only for storage is like saying a truck is only for hauling dressers and...

  • Smart tips for buying a first-home that will be easy and affordable to personalize

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Call this the age of personalization. You can customize practically anything these days, from the kind of information you get on your favorite news feed and the offers you receive from your bank to the icons, background and sounds on your...

  • The rise of the basement: Top tips for a better space

    With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements. Basements are coming out of hiding these days. And they’re doing it in style, with before-and-after transformations featured everywhere from...

  • 4 important tips for planning a kitchen remodel

    Kitchen upgrades can seem daunting. From full renovations to hardware updates, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. To make the process as smooth as possible, Delta Faucet compiled key tips to keep in mind as you embark on the remodeling journey. These quick...

  • Know what to do in a home fire? Get prepared with 5 easy tips

    If a fire broke out in your home, would you know exactly what to do? Would your kids? Home fires are the biggest disaster threat facing American families today, with one home fire reported every 86 seconds in 2014. Despite this threat, many families aren’t prepared. In a recent survey* of parents,...

  • 6 steps to close your home loan (Infographic)

    Want to get on with your happily ever after? Just follow these six easy steps to apply for your home loan. Save Save

  • Introducing the intelligent toilet (Infographic)

    - In an age where consumers are seeking ways to make their homes, and everything within it, work harder, faster and smarter, isn’t it time for Americans to upgrade their traditional toileting experience to an intelligent one? Save

  • 5 secrets to building the best media room

    There was a time when only a few could afford a large screen television. The resolution was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, technology has advanced so remarkably fast that today a 60-inch television with unbelievably crisp resolution is within many people's budget....

  • 3 surprising home elements you can automate

    Just a decade or two ago, home automation was still something of a novelty. Some homeowners might have had programmable thermostats in their homes, but many probably hadn't thought of automating things like window coverings. Moreover, they likely viewed any home automation they did have as a convenience....

  • Winterizing is key to better lawns

    As September closes the door on summer with falling temperatures and leaves, many homeowners mistakenly slip into hibernation from yard work. However, this timeframe is crucial for prepping your yard for the coming winter— and positioning it to look its best the following spring. The typical yard...

  • 4 DIY projects for your first home

    "Where should I start?" It's a question many homeowners ask themselves. DIY is a great place to start for new homeowners. DIY projects are very versatile — they can easily be adapted to your skill level, budget and desired project. With a little extra time and creativity, you can transform your...

  • 4 questions smart homeowners must ask remodelers

    If you're like millions of Americans, you're doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you'll select your remodeler? Don't be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos — they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don't tell...

  • 4 great ways to create an outdoor living space

    Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space. Today more than ever, homeowners are seeking ways to maximize the footprint of their home - both inside the four walls and out. Outdoor...

  • 4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System

    Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You've replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text. Another thing you can add to...

  • 10 Home Upgrades Under $500

    With the overwhelming popularity of home renovation shows, now more than ever, people are looking to tackle their own upgrades and invest in making their homes look and feel stylish, updated and reflective of their personalities without breaking the bank (or spending months in the process). To...

  • 10 smart ideas to heat your home for less

    As cooler temperatures begin to sweep the nation, homeowners are turning on their heat for the first time in months. With every degree increase on the thermostat, utility bills follow suit. A warm, comfortable home shouldn't cost you a small fortune. Luckily, there are some simple strategies for...

  • Superior design, superior functionality

    Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today's modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly "wow" guests with elevated design choices that don't compromise the space's necessary functionality. From countertops to fixtures,...

  • 3 things to look for when buying a new home

    Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Whether you're moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail. As a home seeker, the first thing you'll evaluate is location,...

  • 5 DIY projects to liven up your office

    Whether you go into the office every day or work from home, most of us probably spend a lot more time at our desk than anywhere else. Why not take some time to make it a space that you can enjoy? With some creativity and individual flare, you can transform a utilitarian work station into a personalized...

  • 6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out

    Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it's the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don't need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable,...

  • Building a Strong Fence Starts with Properly Set Posts

    There are a variety of reasons people put up a fence around their home. Often it’s to increase privacy, security, curb-appeal or property value. No matter what the reason or rationale, the long-term benefits of a fence are only as strong as the posts that keep it standing. There are a variety of...

  • Smart renovation investments to prepare your home for winter

    Do you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter? Now may be an opportune time to consider investing in some energy efficient winterizing projects to let your home stay comfortable throughout the colder months. By investing in several simple, yet cost-effective measures,...

  • Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places

    As recent wildfires in California and other parts of the U.S. have shown, nature's wrath is a good reminder to evaluate your own home's safety. If you live in a wildfire-prone area, it's essential to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep, experts warn.  And one...

  • Budgeting basics for first-time home buyers

    Sponsored Ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. You wouldn't dream of going somewhere you've never been before without first getting directions. So, why would you go through life without a plan to help meet your financial goals? "An ongoing household budget is essential, whether it's...

  • Helpful hints for keeping tile surfaces gorgeous

    Apparently, Texas isn't the only place where things are bigger when it comes to tile. During the past decade, homeowners across the country have installed larger and larger tile onto floors throughout their homes. In fact, the majority of tile installed today is considered large format, which is...

  • Upgrade your backyard with a DIY outdoor fireplace

    Upgrading an outdoor living area with a fireplace continues to grow in popularity at homes across the country according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. In fact, the latest Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the organization identified fireplaces and fire pits as...

  • What to look for when buying a garage door for your home

    The most important factor that garage door buyers consider is not the price!  That was the surprising result of a 2016 national survey completed in February. According to that study, the buyers’ most important consideration is appearance/curb appeal, followed by price, durability, low maintenance,...

  • 10 packing hacks to streamline your move

    Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing. The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels — oh my! Packing can be chaotic and overwhelming. Fortunately...

  • 3 simple DIY updates to make your home safer and more energy efficient

    At the height of summer when busy schedules are at their peak, it’s difficult to find time to cross home improvement projects off of your to-do list. But as the seasons change, it’s important to be mindful of best practices around the house when it comes to safety and energy efficiency. From installing...

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