Window Treatment Trends
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3M ago
Replacing or updating window treatments can be a significant investment for your home. Each treatment is a feature expected to last for years to come. With many options for material and style, it can be difficult to decide on the best ones. To help, I have compiled information to help you narrow the choices and keep your home looking stylish and inviting.   Before Deciding When choosing window treatments, there are a few basic factors to keep in mind. Think about privacy, light regulation, and temperature control. For many, privacy is the most important consideration for window treatments ..read more
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Remodeling: What You Should Not Cut Corners On—Bathroom Edition
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3M ago
It can be tempting to do a fast and easy renovation job in your home, but you should not cut corners on your bathroom remodel. Taking shortcuts on critical components can result in future costly repairs and affect the overall appearance and functionality of your new bathroom. While redesigning your bathroom, avoid skimping on the following items.   Plumbing It is a good idea to hire a professional contractor with experience in bathroom remodeling to ensure that everything is done according to regional codes. Also, although it may be tempting to choose less expensive fixtures, they are oft ..read more
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A Guide to Preparing for Guests
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3M ago
  Preparing for guests can be a stressful endeavor. With much to account for, it can be difficult to remember all the necessary accommodations. To simplify this process, here is a guide to preparing your home for company.   Make sure your home is thoroughly clean and organized. Throw away any overflowing garbage and wipe down sticky surfaces. Likewise, make sure the sink is empty and the floors are swept or vacuumed. Remember to file away your mail and other visibly strewn papers. When cleaned properly, the first aspects of your home guests will notice are tidiness and organization ..read more
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Hiring a Contractor
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by hayadmin
3M ago
Are you thinking about making some renovations to your home? One of the first things you should do is consider hiring a contractor. A contractor will be the one who oversees the project to make sure your renovations are completed correctly. The contractor will guide you through the process, make sure you have the materials and labor you need to complete the project, and ensure the project is completed timely and up to your expectations.   Do your own research before you begin. Decide on exactly what you want done and what your budget will be. Try to find out what similar projects in your ..read more
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Brilliant Beavers
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by hayadmin
3M ago
There is a reason beavers are often depicted as brainy characters in children’s media. These adorable furry creatures with eccentric tails and quirky teeth actually do have bright minds when it comes to engineering. While these clever mammals’ structures clash with manmade systems at times, we can appreciate the beaver’s design and resolve conflicts that may arise with their architecture.   One of the largest rodents (averaging 30 to 50 pounds), a beaver is fairly recognizable. Beavers’ thick brown fur is smooth and sleek as they glide through water, and their unique scaly, flat ta ..read more
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Potential Allergens in Your Home
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by hayadmin
3M ago
Allergy symptoms are caused by your immune system’s reaction upon coming into contact with an allergen. There are many allergens that can be found within your home. Many people have allergies, which are hard enough to battle when you encounter allergens outside, so what do you do when you are living with your allergens twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? First, track when you start experiencing symptoms, note what you may be around at the time, and look for signs of allergens in your home. You likely know about the common substances, such as mold, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Wh ..read more
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Front Door Style Guide
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by hayadmin
3M ago
The front door is the centerpiece of your home’s façade. Effectively remodeling the front door can unify your home’s design and instill an inviting appearance. Upgrading the front door also boosts the aesthetic value of your home, increasing property value. However, the process of selecting the right style and design can be overwhelming. To simplify these decisions, here is a guide to popular front door style concepts.   Solid wood doors offer an elegant aesthetic. Withstanding years of heavy use, solid wood doors are a long-term investment. However, wooden doors pose some drawbacks. Firs ..read more
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Plumbing Tips All Homeowners Should Know
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3M ago
A vital system, the inner operations of pipes, fixtures, and appliances are continuously working to keep your home efficient. Keeping the plumbing system in your home functioning is crucial for having a clean water supply and managing waste and sewage correctly. Properly functioning plumbing systems in your home also prevent water damage and any hazards that may come from stagnant water. It is important to be prepared for any minor plumbing issues that may come your way.   Regular Maintenance Like any other system in your home, your plumbing system requires regular maintenance to keep it ..read more
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5 Ways to Create Space in Your Home
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by hayadmin
3M ago
Finding or creating the room to fit everything you need into your home is a struggle almost every homeowner must face. Whether you merely want to get organized or need more space for loved ones, finding the extra square footage can be challenging. Luckily, there are simple ways to maximize the space in your home without having to get rid of everything.   1. Get Organized This is the simplest and most cost-effective way to make more space in your home. Whether you are rearranging cabinets and drawers or redoing the closet layout, organizing storage spaces of any kind can create space you d ..read more
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Installing an Outdoor Outlet
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by hayadmin
3M ago
Are you tired of running hazardous, bulky extension cords around your beautiful back yard every time you need power? Do you want to put up mood lights on the gazebo, have a mini fridge by the lounge chairs, or turn your back yard into a theater with a projector? Then, this article is for you. Installing an outdoor outlet can open a world of back yard possibilities and enable you to make the most of your outdoor spaces.   Location The first step in installing a new outdoor outlet is selecting the right location. There are two basic options: an exterior wall of the house or a spot in the ya ..read more
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