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Posted on 01/16/2022
Popular Houseplants That Are Safe for Your Pets
Keeping houseplants can enrich our lives and beautify our homes. Unfortunately, many popular houseplants are toxic if ingested by your pets or fellow humans. To keep your furry friends and family safe it’s important to know which plants are safe to keep in your home. Here we’ll go over some of the best choices of pet-safe houseplants. Areca...
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Posted on 01/09/2022
Whirligigs and Wind Spinners: Naturally-Powered Garden Decor
Wind spinners, also called whirligigs, have been a popular outdoor decoration for a long time. They come in many colors, sizes and levels of detail and are also simple to make on your own. With all the choices available it’s difficult to know which will fit your yard. Here are some things to consider when looking for the...
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Posted on 01/02/2022
Sheltering Without Power: How to Prepare
A power outage can happen anywhere. Even if you don't live in an area prone to extreme weather or natural disasters, it's crucial to know what to do if you lose power for an extended period. Here are some of the best ways to prepare for sheltering at home without power: Get an Emergency Weather Radio Emergency weather...
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Posted on 12/26/2021
How to Design a Flawless Ceiling
The ceiling in a room can have a big impact on the way the entire area looks and feels. In some cases, ceilings can add visual appeal rather than just being a plain covering over a room. Designing ceilings means taking certain factors into careful consideration in order to achieve the effect you want. The following tips can...
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Posted on 12/19/2021
Tips for Designing Bedroom Layout
Bedrooms might seem like simple rooms to determine a layout for in your custom home. However, you can end up with bedrooms that don’t provide enough space or bedrooms with inconvenient layouts if you’re not careful. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure you have bedroom layouts that provide you and your family with comfort and...
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Posted on 12/12/2021
Options for Financing Home Remodeling Projects
When you plan to do a few smaller remodeling projects, you might fit them into your budget easily and over time. However, larger or more complex home remodeling projects might be harder to afford. If you aren’t able to pay for these kinds of upgrades upfront, you can look into financing options. These options allow you to have...
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Posted on 12/05/2021
How to Choose the Best Screen Size for Your Home-Viewing Experience
When you’re setting up a home theater, choosing the right screen size is important. With a screen that’s not too big or too small, you and your family can look forward to having an enjoyable time watching movies at home. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure you end up with the perfect screen size in...
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Posted on 11/28/2021
Zoning: Things to Remember When Building an Outbuilding or Fence
Property owners typically think of zoning regulations concerning building placement as a form of land use. In some ways, the idea of gaining permission to place or erect a structure limits how a property owner can use the parcel. But regulations concerning specific measurements between other elements take this notion a step further. Even when a type of...
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Posted on 11/21/2021
Maximize Efficiency With a Galley Kitchen
Image by Rebecca Matthews from Pixabay Homeowners may have mixed emotions about galley kitchens until they fully grasp their potential. People who have galley kitchen designs see the value in space efficiency. These intimate designs position many utensils, spices, and appliances within arm's length. Rarely do galley kitchen owners have to take more than a few steps while...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
How to Prep Your Backyard for a New Shed or Outbuilding
Outbuilding popularity exploded in recent years. Homeowners have latched on to innovative ways to utilize designs that now include front porches, lofts and solar-powered energy attached to roofs. Often resembling small houses, these buildings can be converted into large playhouses for children, workshops and a private escape. While pre-fabricated buildings allow homeowners a convenient alternative to spending leisure...
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Posted on 11/07/2021
Why You Should Consider Home Automation
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 10/31/2021
What Causes Closing Delays? 5 Common Issues
Photo by Alexander Suhorucov from Pexels Real estate transactions have so many steps and moving parts they can feel unending. Your hard work and patience will pay off when you reach your closing day—as long as there are no unforeseen issues. Unfortunately, there are some common reasons that a closing can be delayed. While you cannot predict everything,...
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