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These stair treads are MDF covered in stained brown paper, giving the overall effect of cork. All images in this post: Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home When I first saw pictures of Rachael Evans’ stairway upgrade, I honed in on the textured wallpaper she applied to the risers beneath what looked like cork treads. But as I read Rachael’s post, I realized the t...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Marla Lewis]
From Houzz.com: “Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag.” Here are 12 tricks to do just that. ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Alex Handley]
These budget-friendly home improvements will help you enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the most value tomorrow.When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely.Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home mo...
Read Post [Posted on 09/12/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The home of tomorrow isn’t about Jetson-esque wonders and smartphone apps. It’s about home value, the environment, and our lifestyles. In an effort to predict what home features will be most valued in 25 years, we focus on four rising trends:1.  Extreme Energy EfficiencyUtility bills are expected to skyrocket over the next couple of decades. This will result in sustainable updates that push t...
Read Post [Posted on 09/12/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
A floor design like this one is part art, part technical expertise. First, the concrete is buffed smooth. Then the design is laid out using chalk lines, and the pattern is scored onto the floor using a circular saw with a diamond blade. Acid stains are used to color in the design, and finally the floor is waxed to a soft glow. Cost is $3-$6 per sq. ft....
Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By Marla Lewis]
You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house.An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of its appraised value, says Mack Strickland, an appraiser and real estate agent in Chester, Va. That’s a $15,000-$20,000 adjustment for the average home.But good ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Storms, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are getting worse because of climate change — and that puts your home at risk. Here’s what to do about it.Does climate change worry you? If not, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t believe climate change will have any real effect on them. A March 2014 Gallup poll found that although 69% of Americans agree climate change is happening, only 36...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
As we enter the peak of hurricane season and the beginning of fall weather, many home owners may ask themselves: Have I done enough today to disaster-proof my home? Forbes has provided several tips on how to disaster-proof a home, including: Trim the trees. Make sure the trees around your property are trimmed and pruned. Forbes points out that if your overgrown tree is near a power line, you shoul...
Read Post [Posted on 09/07/2014 By John Askins]
(NewsUSA) - Ceiling fans are more than pure decorative elements. They cool down rooms in warm weather and maintain comfortable temperatures during the winter. But besides offering powerful environmental effects for every room, the right fan often helps complete the look of a room. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers the following reasons to consider a new ceiling fan. 1. Ceiling fans ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Narrow down your flooring choices by considering who's going to be using the space most. For tumble-prone kids, cushy cork flooring or carpet are great options. Image: Toddler Approved ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Wainscot WondersWanting to spruce up their plain entry (and needing a bit of organizational space), these home owners created faux wainscot by nailing up $65 worth of 1-inch-thick boards and painting everything white. Hooks screwed into the boards provide storage for coats and bags, and a flat board at the top creates a small shelf for artwork and knickknacks.Read more: http://www.h...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Making a Big SplashStyles change, but the stainless look still defines a kitchen as tres chic. Cool stainless steel tiles come in a variety of shapes, such as the mini-subway tiles shown here, for about $20 per sq. ft. Smaller tiles are pre-assembled in 1-by-1-ft. squares with mesh backing for easy installation. Tough and easy to clean, they make a great backsplash.Read more: http://www....
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
Budget-Friendly Kitchen MakeoverIf you're looking for a kitchen remodel that can increase the quality of life for the cook in your life while still be budget friendly,  consider updating your kitchen cabinetry.  It's usually the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel, often eating up about half of the total budget but if done right you can do a budget-friendly kitchen makeover the righ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Samantha Mitchell Cotten]
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