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Posted on 09/26/2021
Home Upgrades: Which Boost Value Without Breaking the Bank?
When you’re making upgrades to your home, aim for changes that have a higher return on investment (ROI). ROI refers to the amount of money you can expect to recoup when you sell your home. Changes that have a higher ROI mean you can expect to recoup a higher amount compared to what you paid for these upgrades....
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Avoid These Common Mistakes When Building Your New Home
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Building a new home is an exciting event, but the process can be overwhelming — particularly if you are having your first home built. While working with a qualified and reputable local builder will ensure that you get the best results possible, it's also important to remain informed and aware. These are...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
3 DIY End Table Ideas
If you’re looking to get into DIY furniture, end tables are the perfect place to start. End tables are small, versatile and useful in any space. You can even use them as accent pieces to make a bold style statement as well as provide excellent functionality. Here we’ve put together some ideas for DIY end table projects to...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Home Office: Quick Tips for Designing Your Work-From-Home Space
Do you work remotely? Do you spend a lot of time in your home office? Whether you’re designing a home office from scratch or making some updates, you may need a little guidance when starting. Keep reading to learn 4 simple tips for creating a home office you’ll love. Choose the Right Location Do you want a home...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Ultimate Guide to Creating a Carnivorous Plant Terrarium at Home
Sure, terrariums are vast and fascinating. But if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, try starting one for carnivorous plants. The easiest way to keep them happy is by building a terrarium all their own. Within that space, they can enjoy the perfect amount of light, humidity and tasty insects. Here’s what to do. Select Your...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
How Home Automation Can Benefit You
From your coffee maker to thermostat to security system, the possibilities for home automation are endless. Most homeowners who use automation technology have adopted it bit by bit. For instance, they might purchase a single smart speaker instead of outfitting their whole home in every gadget on the market. However you measure it, the practice is very much...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
4 Secrets to a Boho Chic Bedroom
If you’re looking for a design style to guide your next bedroom makeover, consider seeking inspiration from boho chic interiors. The boho chic style is fun, cozy and inviting—perfect for a bedroom. Besides, it’s easy to take the basic elements of the style and apply your own unique twist. Here are some things you’ll want in your boho...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Bathroom Design Tips: Choosing a Theme
Renovating a bathroom is a major project. Before you can design and decorate your updated space, you will need to think of a theme. It's important to decide on a theme for your bathroom in advance as this will help you carry out the theme throughout the entire design. These are a few tips that can help you...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
How to Choose the Best Seating and Décor for Your Home Game Room
When you have a gaming room in your home, you can enjoy playing video games in comfort. Having high-quality video and audio equipment is an essential part of any gaming room, but you can also add some style with the seating and decor you choose. If you’re exploring options for gaming room decor and seats, the following tips...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
How to Make Your Own Curtains & Cushions Without a Sewing Machine
If you need to give a space a style boost, switching up fabrics can be a great place to start. There are lots of DIY projects you can use to add new colors, textures and prints to any space. However, if you don’t have a sewing machine or sewing experience, the thought might seem daunting. Luckily there are...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Why You Should Know About Painted Rocks
Photo by Jadson Thomas from Pexels Have you been walking through a local park or along the street downtown and stumbled upon a brightly colored painted rock? These painted rocks have been appearing in the most unlikely of places over the last several years and it doesn't seem like the trend is dying down anytime soon. Sometimes referred...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
5 Home Renovation Contract Clauses That Can Resolve Miscommunications
Homeowners and contractors sometimes grow frustrated because of miscommunications. Even with what appears to be a well-crafted remodeling agreement, people interpret things differently. That's why it’s essential to include mutually agreeable dispute resolution clauses in your contract. How to Minimize Potential Disputes Understanding how the project rolls out often proves enlightening. It's not uncommon for a construction company...
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