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 Have you heard of this new phenomenon of 'chalk paint'?  Honestly, it's not necessarily new having been around now for several years, but there are some people out there who are not educated on it yet, so let me educate you.  Now, if you're like me then the first thing you thought of when you heard 'chalk paint' was that paint you can use as a chalk board and write on whatever sur...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
A creative solution to a compost bin, fixing a steep slope on the cheap, and the money-saving joy of an edible garden.This compost bin holds leaves on one side and food scraps on the other side. All images in this post: Courtney Craig for HouseLogicI became a first-time home owner in May, but I waited until late September to start doing some landscaping projects. Why? Long-time home owners I know ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
You can get a lot of living out of a tiny house by including things that make you happy.This tiny house sports a garage, balcony, and full-size bath. Image: Brendon Purdy for SmallworksSmall is the new big when it comes to micro-living.If you think a tiny home would crimp your way of life, check this out. We found three weensy abodes that feel like much larger homes. The trick is that each pl...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When Good Renovations Go Bad It is common sense to think that if you fix up your place, maybe add a little more counter space in the kitchen or maybe another bathroom, you’ll be able to sell your home for more than you bought it for. And in most cases, you would be right. But in a recent study done by Remodeling Magazine, there are some renovations that can actually cost you money and hurt th...
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By Michael Spacek]
More builders are raising the bar when it comes to greater energy efficiency in homes. The new-home industry is using it as a lure to attract buyers, but they’re also, in some cases, being forced to adopt more stringent state energy code standards for new residences.   While greater energy efficiency in new homes can serve as a selling point to potential buyers, some builders are also growin...
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By John Askins]
A big trend in the modern American lifestyle is changing the way we remodel our homes.Work features like an extra sink into your kitchen remodel now, and you’ll be in good shape should you find yourself living with your grown kids or parents later. Image: Tales From the SouthMultigenerational households are on the rise, led by an increasing number of college graduates who come home to live wh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When it comes to remodeling, exterior replacement projects have routinely rewarded home owners with more bang for their buck.This year is no different: REALTORS® rated many exterior improvements as among the most valuable home investment projects as part of the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.Two additional siding replacement projects were in the top 10, including foam-backed vinyl sidi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
Not sure if your upcoming DIY project requires a permit? Check with your local building authority and let them know what you're planning. Image: Leonard Nevarez ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Lighting's a vital part of homes and consumes 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States. But a new technology — LEDs that come in sheets — promises to give both agents and home owners unprecedented flexibility when showing and using homes."Organic LEDs" — technology already used in many smartphones and televisions — use half as much energy as equivalent fluorescent lightbul...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
Considering new carpet? View samples during different daylight conditions and switch on your lamps; it'll give you a better idea of how your natural and artificial light will affect the carpet's color. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
The aging of the nation's Baby Boomer population could reshape the United States' residential real estate market and economy in the coming years. As members of this demographic get older, many will move out of the houses where they raised families and downsize into smaller, cozier apartments, condominiums, and townhouses.  This is a normal transition for people of such age, but it represents...
Read Post [Posted on 10/12/2014 By John Askins]
Got an uneven or blemished wall? 3-D wallpaper camouflages, while adding drama. Image: Graham & Brown ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
Finding a "move-in ready" home was important to 87 percent of 300 first-time buyers polled by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Some agents say first-timers are being more selective; and some are turning away from well-priced homes because they do not have granite countertops, they need a new carpet, or they have wall colors not to their liking. Zillow says higher down payments and stricter underw...
Read Post [Posted on 10/06/2014 By John Askins]
Not all home improvements are created equal. Even in a seller’s market, it’s important that you make the right investments that will yield higher returns. Here are the top 10 home improvement myths so you can stop believing in them. 1. Any remodeling project will add value to your home. While many remodeling projects will add value to a home, some can be seen as a negative by future buyers....
Read Post [Posted on 10/04/2014 By John Askins]
More home owners and buyers are ranking energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home features high in surveys.  AOL Real Estate highlighted a few easy steps home owners can take to make their homes more “green”: Swap out the light bulbs: LED light bulbs are known as being 80 percent more energy efficient and lasting as much as 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  Have a p...
Read Post [Posted on 10/04/2014 By John Askins]
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