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The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom
(BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will l ...
It's going to blow: Must-know tips for homeowners replacing water heaters in 2015
(BPT) - Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren’t among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water ...
What's hot in home improvement? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home improvement projects come in all shapes and sizes. Learn what rooms or pieces are most common targets for a home improvement project and how infusing your own creativity can help create the space of your dreams.
Finding big-ticket bargains during the holiday season
(BPT) - Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte‘s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial ...
Do you know more about snack cakes than smoke alarms? Most Americans say 'yes'
(BPT) - Cold weather often brings many tasks to mind, such as shoveling snow, conducting car maintenance and preparing for holiday fun. However, one preparation often overlooked by many Americans is how to keep their families safe during the peak season for home fires.In a recent survey conducted by ...
Got an hour? Quick hits for updated kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Busy has become a way of life. Between work, household chores, time with family and friends, people often don’t have time to complete that entire wish list of home updates. Luckily, there are several simple kitchen and bath projects that you can conquer in minimal time that deliv ...
Easy projects to get your home winter ready [Infographic]
(BPT) - Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start flying. ...
Operation safety: Tips to make every bath a safe bath
(BPT) - Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom's level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love.Leave a little light o ...
What to look for before hiring your spray foam contractor [Infographic]
(BPT) - The right contractor can ensure your spray foam insulation project is successfully and properly installed for optimal performance over the long-term. So how do you find the right one? This infographic offers 10 tips that you should consider before hiring your spray foam insulation contractor ...
6 reasons why you should heat your home with wood in 2015
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to he ...
New year, new coat of paint: Success tips for DIY painting projects
(BPT) - Painting projects are more popular than ever with do-it-yourselfers with 94 percent planning a painting project in 2015, according to a Sherwin-Williams survey of homeowners. DIYers are also planning their painting projects earlier in the year, with January, February and March marked as popu ...
Creating an inviting, low maintenance porch
(BPT) - Your porch should be a warm, welcoming outdoor living space that offers comfort and helps make a house a home. Whether you want to remodel your porch from the ground up, or just give it a refreshing new look and feel, it’s easier than you think to create a perfect porch.Start with a Kl ...
5 simple steps for protecting your home during the holidays
(BPT) - When you think of the holidays, celebrations, presents and friends likely come to mind - not crime. Unfortunately, burglaries increase at this time of year, and your home could be a target. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables no ...
5 projects to recreate your basement
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series ...
Plumbing 101: Answers for your top 5 plumbing questions
(BPT) - Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves – all you need are the right tools, good judgment and a little time to devote to the project.Here are the top five plumbing questions plumbing customer ...
Lighting fundamentals: How style and function blend for ideal bathroom visibility
(BPT) - Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there’s one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.To make th ...
The beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces
(BPT) - Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man’s house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and uni ...
Energy-efficient DIY projects that take just hours to complete
(BPT) - Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As cold months quickly approach, now is the perfect time ...
Tackle tough DIY tasks like a pro
(BPT) - Have you been putting off some seemingly hard-to-handle home improvement projects? If so, there’s still time to tackle do-it-yourself tasks like a pro – from painting high ceilings and stairwells to repairing garage and basement floors. With the right tips and tools, you can acco ...
A baker's dozen: 13 must-have products for any kitchen
(BPT) - Eighty-four percent of women and 67 percent of men, on average, do some sort of household activity, such as housework and cooking, every day, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because so much of that time is spent in the kitchen, there are certain helpful tools that you just ...
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much neede ...
Why smart renovation investments will keep you living more comfortably
(BPT) - Now is the time when building industry experts urge homeowners to consider home renovations for the year. While thinking about home renovations may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, the recommendation is valid. With temperatures below freezing and furnaces across the country wo ...
6 design trends to heighten your home's style in 2015
(BPT) - As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 20 ...
5 essential winter home safety checks
(BPT) - Home fires, carbon monoxide poisonings and home break-ins tend to increase during the winter months. If you’re aware of the increase in dangers to your home during the cold-weather season, you have the power to take precautions. Now is the perfect time for you and your family to review ...
Repurposing garage doors into stunning walls with a view
(BPT) - Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garde ...
Have it made in the shade in your backyard this summer
(BPT) - In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC ...
Easy, affordable and smart ways to protect your home from winter weather emergencies
(BPT) - Snow and ice, high winds, bone-chilling cold, heavy rains and flooding – no matter where you live, some form of weather-related crisis may put your home, family and belongings at risk this winter. Before the worst of it arrives, it pays to take some vital steps to ensure you’ll b ...
What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now
(BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient ...
7 secrets to a perfect kitchen redesign [Infographic]
(BPT) - From a total overhaul to the simplest decor changes, major or minor design decisions can impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of everyone who lives in your home. Nate Berkus, renowned decorator, designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio, suggests these seven thoug ...
How to avoid winter chills without the higher bills
(BPT) - Every year, homeowners across the country face the expense of coping with winter – from cranking the heat to lighting your home during a season with fewer hours of daylight. However, it doesn’t take a lot of new technology to turn your house into an efficient home, and the payoff ...
A quick, 3-step energy audit could save you big bucks this winter
(BPT) - If you are winterizing your home to protect against the headache of frozen pipes and potential water damage, conducting a quick, three-step energy audit now can help prevent nasty surprises when the heating bill arrives.It’s human instinct to increase the heat during the coldest winter ...
Add a signature style to your home
(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.“There’s really nothing quite like it,” say ...
The right tools can help you make home repairs and DIY after disasters
(BPT) - The life of a homeowner is unpredictable. It is inevitable you will encounter necessary home fixes and even an occasional disaster. From storm-damaged roofs and extended power outages to a cabinet door ready to fall off its hinges, it’s important to fix issues quickly before they becom ...
Spring projects that are sure to spruce up your home
(BPT) - Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.Windows and doorsFrom a full window replacement to a simple coat of paint, updating your win ...
4 designer touches every well-dressed deck will wear this season
(BPT) - When spring arrives will your deck be ready for “primetime?” Or will it still be wearing the shabby remnants of last season’s look? Clunky, view-blocking railings, a rectangular layout and dark stain are so last decade. Before warm weather gets here, consider upgrading your ...
6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor
(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor: 1. Dec ...
Freshen up your home with 5 colors for the new year
(BPT) - While you're making resolutions and setting goals for the new year, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.To simplify the makeover process, Dutch Boy Paints ...
6 tips to keeping seniors safe at home
(BPT) - Safety is a big concern for seniors and their families, especially as more baby boomers are embracing aging at home. Homes they've owned for decades that were perfect for raising children may not be as accommodating for people who may suffer from poor eye sight, unsteady balance or memory is ...
Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
(BPT) - Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?Every year 235,000 adults seek emergency care for injuries sustained in bathrooms from falls and other accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injuries are due to everything from grabbi ...
Energy-saving saving resolutions for the new year to make 2015 better - environmentally and financially
(BPT) - It’s another new year – the perfect time to make a fresh start and set plans to achieve new goals. As you put the finishing touches on your resolutions, this is a great time to consider adding a few energy-saving commitments to the list. Taking small steps throughout the year can ...
Bathroom luxuries: 6 delights to take your bath from lax to luxe
(BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ide ...
Countdown to 2015: New ideas to get your home ready for the new year
(BPT) - The end of a year usually means one thing: endless resolutions. As you bid farewell to the holidays, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. In fact, sometime ...
Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond
(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.By understanding top trends and i ...
5 ways to redefine your outdoor space
(BPT) - Winter’s coldest days make you appreciate spring and summer, as well as the warm afternoons spent outdoors enjoying these seasons. And when the time comes, there’s no better place to relax than in your own backyard. If your space isn’t all it could be, though, this is the p ...
Expert tips for choosing the right window for your kitchen remodel
(BPT) - What are the hottest updates for homes in 2015? The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home to remodel, and for good reason. According to HGTV and Trulia, a kitchen update is one of the secrets to selling your home.When it comes to remodeling your kitchen you must consider many ...
Three upgrades sure to turn kitchen time into quality time
(BPT) - The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just ...
Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter and that means homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. The western part of the U.S. should stay warm, while a cooler ...
5 easy kitchen and bath upgrades that take only hours to complete
(BPT) - Do your kitchen and bathrooms look a bit drab? If you don’t have the time or budget for a full remodel, there are still many simple updates you can do to refresh these spaces and invigorate each with impressive style. From affordable faucet updates to pretty paints, each takes one day ...
Holiday home safety checklist
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when everyone spends a little less time focusing on their day-to-day lives and a little more time on family and friends. If you’re hosting at your home this year, you’re probably already preparing your decorations and your menu for th ...
Design a stunning backsplash without the whiplash
(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you’ve just completed a remodel or you’re looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space int ...
Learn about this home improvement that can save you money
(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the ener ...
Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
(BPT) - The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to cha ...
Don't play cat-and-mouse with rodents: Tips to keep your home pest-free
(BPT) - Though catching mice has been a popular theme in games and cartoons for decades, preventing rodent invasions is not child’s play. Even the most fastidious homeowners can fall victim to a pest invader at some point.Research by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reveals that ...
Timeless or trendy? This year, achieve both in your home decor
(BPT) - Are you looking for ways to update your home this new year? With so many fresh interior ideas available, it can be difficult to balance current design trends with classic styles for a look that is both of-the-moment and everlasting. Follow these guidelines to find a way to blend now and fore ...
5 ways to revamp your outdoor living space this year
(BPT) - Do long, winter days holed up indoors have you dreaming of a new deck to relax on come springtime? Whether you envision transforming a deck into a personal sanctuary or building a new outdoor living space for backyard entertaining, now is the perfect time to start turning those dreams into r ...
Overcoming home improvement anxiety [Infographic]
(BPT) - We all dream of beautifying our homes, but a new survey from Wood, Naturally shows that many homeowners are overwhelmed at the mere thought of starting a home improvement project. From budget woes to relationship tensions, a long list of concerns can turn homeowners off of home improvement a ...
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