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  • Top 6 design trends for 2017 (slideshow)

    Top 6 design trends for 2017 (slideshow)

    Now that 2017 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What’s hot? What’s trending in 2017?

  • Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

    Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

    The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat. It...

  • 10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances

    10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances

    Today’s typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effective. Maintain...

  • Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified

    Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified

    In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different,...

  • 5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree

    5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree

    Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you’re the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room. As beautiful as they are, though, Christmas trees, both fresh and artificial,...

  • 8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather

    8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather

    As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter...

  • Welcome to Porcelain Valley (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Welcome to Porcelain Valley — home of American Standard — on Innovation Day, when our top engineers share the latest in toilet technology. Presented today: the VorMax Plus Self-Cleaning Toilet, engineered to be a true modern marvel. It cleans...

  • 5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years

    5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years

    What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house? If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn’t doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there doesn’t...

  • 5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home

    5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home

    From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair! When you live with a furry friend, it’s inevitable that there will be pet...

  • A cost-effective solution to complete air conditioner replacement (Infographic)

    Updating or replacing an old, damaged or inefficient air conditioning system doesn’t have to mean purchasing all new components inside and outside your home. Installing a Guardian(R) GAW Air Conditioner offers a cost-effective alternative to complete system replacement. Less expensive to install...

  • Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis

    Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis

    Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls,...

  • Save energy and money this holiday season

    Save energy and money this holiday season

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This time of year is also when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV(R) expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and, ultimately, money, this holiday season:...

  • Safe snow removal: How you can avoid potential health hazards this winter

    Safe snow removal: How you can avoid potential health hazards this winter

    A full patch of undisturbed snow can be one of the most beautiful sights of winter — unless, of course, that patch is covering your driveway or sidewalk. Then, it’s tough to see it as anything other than an annoying chore — and a potentially dangerous one at that. Research shows that roughly 100...

  • Cold weather is coming (Infographic)

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  • 5 steps for a successful holiday gathering

    5 steps for a successful holiday gathering

    The holiday season is about spending quality time with family and friends. Many people will host gatherings and parties during this time of year. Keep stress levels at an all-time low by taking some seamless shortcuts to pull off a get together of any size – whether a football watch party, gift...

  • 6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home

    6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home

    As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few simple...

  • In Porcelain Valley, dirt has no place to hide (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Born right here in Porcelain Valley, the VorMax Plus Self-Cleaning Toilet from American Standard was meticulously engineered to be a true marvel of modern technology. It cleans and freshens the toilet bowl with every flush — no extra steps...

  • That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today

    That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today

    Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways. Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable ‘70s flair. * More macramé, please. From dip dyed wall hangings to...

  • 6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. When temperatures cool, critters that were perfectly happy outdoors begin looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter. They may decide your house is the perfect location — unless you take steps to keep them out. You can prepare by learning...

  • 6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time

    6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time

    When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk. Your bathroom(s) — especially your master bathroom — are among...

  • Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project

    Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project

    Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project. Transitions in open floor plans As homeowners seek more open floor plans, interior...

  • 6 ways to refresh your home with hardwood

    Hardwood is one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet as any savvy architect, designer or homeowner will tell you, renovating with characterful woods is a sure way to make a tired interior look fresh and contemporary. “There’s something rejuvenating about the unique colors and textures...

  • Are you a holiday entertaining pro? (Infographic)

    Test your “Holiday Q” this season.

  • Dirtiest objects in the home

    Home is where you live, eat, sleep and everything in between. It’s a sanctuary away from work and the chaos of the outside world, but have you ever given thought to how filthy even the most commonly used items are? To keep your clean home happening so that you can enjoy your treasured time, take...

  • Extreme weather damage: How to repair and prepare (Infographic)

    Extreme weather events can cause serious damage to homes. The damage can be extensive and expensive to repair. Prepare your home for future extreme weather events such as hurricanes by installing closed-cell spray foam insulation into your home. Closed-cell spray foam can help reject bulk water...

  • 4 things you might not know about DIY home security

    With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security — especially if you know you’ll be traveling over the holidays. A growing number of homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself smart home security systems to address their security concerns....

  • 4 DIY projects to improve the visual appeal of your home

    If you love a good DIY project, then the beautiful weather of the spring and summer marked the perfect time to tackle all of your outdoor goals. Yes, these were the good times, but since then, the weather has shifted and cooler temperatures have arrived. So, is now the time to shelve your DIY aspirations...

  • Homeowners liable for snow and ice control

    Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and injure...

  • Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions

    Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they’re passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global. Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like more...

  • The natural benefits of down and feather bedding (Infographic)

    Down and feather bedding products — such as pillows and comforters — have many distinct and natural advantages over other types of bedding. They're eco-friendly, biodegradable and have the lowest carbon footprint of any fill material! Visit www.downandfeathercouncil.com for more information.

  • 4 reasons why a real estate franchise might be the career move for you

    Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship — franchises...

  • The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office

    In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever....

  • Insulation tips: Give your home its own winter coat

    In fall's natural progression toward hibernation and all things cozy, preparation for your house is often forgotten. Insulation for the home can seem intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from digging deeper. You’ll find that proper insulation is key for superior home comfort and increased...

  • Roof repair: Mind the gaps, banish the squirrels

    Cold can aggravate a roof issue and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest “Cost vs. Value” report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement costs over $20,000. So, whether you’ve already noticed signs of wear on your roof or just want more...

  • Top tips for selecting unique decor gifts for everyone on your list

    As you strive for a happy holiday, do all your gift ideas seem ho-hum at best? It’s a common holiday conundrum: You want to show all your friends and family that you care, but finding the right present seems impossible. If you feel stuck, look for gifts that will enhance the home, because there...

  • Increase kitchen efficiency with ease

    As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy. Plan in advance...

  • What to look for when shopping for home locks and deadbolts (Infographic)

    When it comes to your home, we know how important it is to you to keep it safe and secure. That's why you should look for the BHMA Certified Secure Home label when shopping for a new lock or deadbolt. For more information, visit www.securehome.org.

  • Home smart home: Boost your home IQ with smart appliances

    If you think a Jetsons-like home of the future is still a ways off, think again. Today’s smart home is here offering simple ways for consumers to operate their home, adding the ultimate in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment. It’s easier than you think to create a connected home that lets you...

  • How to keep your lawn healthy this fall

    With colder temperatures quickly setting in and the holiday season creeping around the corner, it’s not uncommon to find lawn care at the bottom of your to-do list. However, fall offers a prime opportunity for your lawn to revitalize from summer and prepare for winter, as grass roots are actively...

  • America's finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.

    Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can’t build, renovate or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don’t have to sacrifice...

  • Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind

    Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project....

  • 5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day

    Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs. To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any DIYer, each...

  • Upping your laundry room's wow factor

    Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream kitchens...

  • Cost-effective home improvements

    Home improvement projects don’t always require breaking the bank and turning your living space into a construction zone. There are plenty of small, cost-effective projects that are not only affordable, but can potentially save you money in the long run. Programmable thermostat Simple installation,...

  • The key to a better love life lies in your chores (Infographic)

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  • Top 7 design trends for your home this fall

    Whether you’re planning a large home-renovation project or simply looking for inspiration as you dream up ideas for new rooms or entire houses, it always pays to check out the latest design trends. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, there are products and design options to...

  • Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door

    If you’re buying a garage door, you’ll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face. The design decision Remember the adage that the front door is the most important design...

  • Installing large format tile for beautiful, durable floors

    Floors set with large format porcelain and natural stone tile continue to be the rage among homeowners and interior designers. Large format tiles, which are defined as 15 inches or longer on one side, make any room feel more open and welcoming. These popular tiles make a bold statement that can...

  • 3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

    From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home’s vital systems and indoor comfort. “Winter...

  • 7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

    If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can’t escape the cold. You can’t wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home weathers...

  • Real-mom life hacks for an imperfectly perfect life

    Your house is spotless, your children are well behaved, and every night there's a beautiful home-cooked meal on the table. Just how do you do it? The answer: You don't. From 1960s how-to guides portraying the perfect mother to today’s Pinterest-crazed super moms, there's always been pressure on...

  • Give your outdoor space the home field advantage

    On a beautiful, sunny day, you simply have to be outside. But when you step outdoors, where do you go? To the park? The lake? A friend's home? How often do you stay home and enjoy the beauty of your own outdoor space? If your answer is not often or never, it’s time to create your own home field advantage....

  • 5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond

    The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it’s football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that’s suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there’s no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind. No matter where you live in the country,...

  • During storm cleanup, safety comes first

    For many people, fall is their favorite season – mild temperatures, fall clothes and fall leaves creating colorful yards. But the season involves more than cool breezes and fall colors. From New England to California, Florida to the Great Lakes, the final few months of the year usually bring with...

  • All home warranties are not created equal

    Having a home warranty is a smart way to help deal with the inevitable home repair problems that all property owners face at one point or another. After all, a good home warranty can mean getting expert help when your HVAC system needs to be fixed, your water heater needs to be replaced, or your...

  • Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining

    “Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,” explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. “It’s perfect because fall is our favorite...

  • How to choose the right lock for your home (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Looking for a new lock or deadbolt for your home? Be sure to look for the BHMA Certified SecureHome label. Products that feature this label are rigorously tested in the three areas most important to any homeowner – security, durability and...

  • Build a classic concrete fire pit with a modern look

    Getting your backyard ready to entertain during the fall and winter months can take many forms. One popular outdoor trend is the addition of a fire pit. This trend seems to resurface every year for a variety of reasons. For some, a fire pit provides the perfect area for gathering family and friends...

  • House hunting and credit: What you need to know

    By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth. For many, owning a home is cheaper than renting and,...

  • Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist

    After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in seasons...

  • Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

    Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations. Beyond...

  • 5 tips to create a seaside oasis in your bathroom

    Use finishes as coastal statement pieces Transform your space by simply painting or refinishing your cabinets and drawers. Create a Grecian islands retreat with a linen white paint contrasted with bold, cobalt accessories. Try a dark, stained wood paired with tropical colors for a warm take on an...

  • Military families can get help with their moves

    Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams civilians rely on to help them...

  • Increasing your home's appeal through design

    When you think of where you are happiest in your home, is it a place where you can relax, where you enjoy socializing, or where you feel most productive? Most people associate positive feelings with their home — but more specifically, they associate positive emotions with certain parts of their...

  • How to Transform Your Cleaning Routine (Infographic)

    According to a survey* from affresh(R), 28% of Americans haven’t considered cleaning the inside of their laundry appliances or didn’t know that the inside of dishwashers should be cleaned. The appliances that clean our clothes daily or remove built-up residue from our dishes are just as important...

  • Transform your backyard with these 3 elements

    It’s amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history — from da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to van Gogh’s Starry Night — are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings to life....

  • 4 fallacies you should never believe about wooden decks

    Deck-building trends come and go, including new styles and building materials like composites. However, wood remains the material of choice for the majority of deck projects, according to Popular Mechanics. When you’re weighing what type of material to use for your deck project, you’ll likely hear...

  • Color as a catalyst for purchase decisions (Infographic)

    Color plays a dominant role in many of the purchasing decisions we make. Because paint color is so important, PPG’s more than 20 global color experts forecast upcoming relevant colors so you can be sure the paint colors you choose for your home, car and electronics are on trend. Consider adding...

  • 6 timeless home features that are always 'in'

    Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the ‘70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing in if...

  • This fall, make home upgrades with staying power

    Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn’t allow. It’s also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes...

  • Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding

    Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider. Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and materials with...

  • Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen

    Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today’s modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style preferences,...

  • 5 ways to refresh your not-so-fresh bathroom

    Whether you have a powder room that looks like it was last decorated in the '70s or a master bathroom that has never felt very masterful, you might be one of the many homeowners around the country who is clamoring to give their bathrooms a little touch-up. There’s no doubt a coat of paint is a...

  • How to lower your monthly mortgage payment

    Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI). If...

  • Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes

    While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses — and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home. More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National Association...

  • 5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish

    You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant. What do you do when you’re built to entertain,...

  • 5 safety essentials for working outside

    Remember when you were a kid and biked around the neighborhood without a helmet? Or how excited you were to sit in the front seat when your mom or dad picked you up from kindergarten? These days, it can be shocking to think about how lax people once were when it comes to certain safety issues. Nonetheless,...

  • Housework may be a key to improving your relationship

    Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn’t at the top of a couple’s “To Do Together” list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In fact,...

  • 5 fabulous deck fix-ups

    Are you tired of having a deck you’re no longer proud to show off? You’re not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime. If you’re like surveyed...

  • Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks

    You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks? “The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted brand...

  • How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Kristen Johnson* loved her home, her family and their active lifestyle. She’d never want to change a thing — except for her foyer and adjoining dining room. When she and her husband first moved into their home, they had intended to refinish...

  • Forward-thinking yard projects to tackle as the weather cools off this fall

    The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn’t the long marathon of the summer yard...

  • Focus on a single element to get the feel of a remodel for less investment

    Dreaming of a renovation but lacking the time and resources for a full upgrade? You might be able to refresh your space by focusing your efforts on individual elements that have the most impact. This growing interior design trend uses a thoughtful approach to renovation by analyzing what should...

  • 5 smart technology upgrades to make the bathroom the brainiest room in the house

    Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an...

  • Buying smart home tech? This approach helps you steer clear of disappointment

    Are you tempted by smart home technology? It’s the high-tech home improvement trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners are flocking to electronics stores to pick up app-controlled smart thermostats, automated smart locks and even smart doorbells with onboard video cameras. But don’t join...

  • Turn your basic backyard into an outdoor oasis

    Summer’s in full swing, but are you truly making the most of it? Creating a vibrant outdoor space can expand the living area of your home, while providing a unique venue for entertaining or relaxation, allowing you to enjoy every free moment to the fullest. From the ultimate sports bar to a zen...

  • Use steel to improve your home's curb appeal

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  • Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget

    Who wouldn’t want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great. Here...

  • Hidden helper: Home equity lines of credit (Infographic)

    Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the variety of ways home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can be used. Not surprisingly, current owners are more likely than less experienced first-time buyers to understand that a HELOC can be used for purposes beyond home improvements, including consolidating...

  • 5 steps to a smart home

    When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone. So what about a smart home? Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of cases,...

  • 5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom

    If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don’t make it bigger....

  • 3 steps to a more secure home

    More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection. In fact, out of those who have ever purchased a new lockset or deadbolt, only 19 percent have done so with the safety of their home in mind, according...

  • Tips to turn the kitchen sink into a beautiful, functional focal point

    When you’re updating a kitchen, it’s time to ignore that old adage “everything but the kitchen sink.” Many homeowners don’t think about replacing their kitchen sink unless it’s broken, ancient or they’re upgrading countertops. However, the sink has the potential to be the perfect focal point of...

  • Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

    It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What...

  • Summertime energy savings tips and tricks for every room of the home (Infographic)

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