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05 Apr 2012

Housing Market Still in the Dumps, So Remodel Away

Housing Market Still in the Dumps, So Remodel Away
That seems to be this year's sentiment according to CNBC News. While there are reports that America's housing market is still going down and millions of foreclosed properties sit idle, the remodeling industry has continued to soar. CNBC says that's because Americans feel stronger about their finances, and some are just "dipping their toes back into the housing waters" with remodeling projects. That's all well and good, but are... Read More
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14 Feb 2012

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertainment Space

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertainment Space
An outdoor entertainment area should naturally flow from one space of your home to the next. Outdoor entertainment areas are the new trend in remodeling projects, according to Mark Franko of Franko-LaFratta Construction in Richmond, Virginia. According to him, he has completed three outdoor projects in the past year. He attributes the climb in remodeling projects to the recession, saying that people like to remodel during thes... Read More
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13 Feb 2012

Wine Cellar Redux

Wine Cellar Redux
In most rooms, a wine cellar is an extravagant expense, and not just for what's stocked on the shelves. Rack room design is usually comprised of multiple wooden shelving units with chilled interiors for certain types of wine. However, the popularity for wine cellars is increasing. Full cellars with humidity and temperature color are a pricey remodel, starting at $75,000. You can end up paying a lot for a decorative place to st... Read More
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10 Feb 2012

Glass Railing Installation for Decks

Glass Railing Installation for Decks
Deck design often can seem the most demanding. You have to use so much wood to create an outdoor space, and you have to know exactly how to build the deck to maintain safety. However, there are new deck designs that are foregoing at least part of the wooden design. If you've ever built a deck with a wooden railing and gate, then placed furniture only to find that your gate is too high or that you can't really see through the w... Read More
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09 Feb 2012

Steps for Going Green at the Start

Steps for Going Green at the Start
Remodeling projects can offer you a chance to start living more environmentally conscious and even add in some energy conservative methods to your home while you're renovating. You can choose sustainable remodeling practices to ensure that your home is green from beginning to end. The right way to go green is by starting with a thorough evaluation, inspecting existing insulation, air sealing, and mechanical systems, such as HV... Read More
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30 Jan 2012

Materials Overview for Kitchen Countertops

Materials Overview for Kitchen Countertops
During a home improvement project, you may simply want to exchange a part of a room, like the kitchen countertop, for something that goes better with your house colors or a different material, such as granite. There are so many materials that are available for kitchen countertops to provide more contemporary looks, functional or timeless appeal. Of course, many of these materials have their own advantages as well as disadvanta... Read More
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29 Jan 2012

What Type of Cabinets For Your Home?

What Type of Cabinets For Your Home?
Cabinets are one of the more integral parts of kitchens and bathrooms, and what you choose for your cabinets will change how your home looks. The right cabinet can really open your home and give you more options for color or pattern. You can also replace cabinets for durability reasons as well. Most cabinets will be a combination of wood, possibly glass. Modern kitchens may have some type of steel look. However, since wood cab... Read More
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28 Jan 2012

Bathtub Installation: What You Should Know

Bathtub Installation: What You Should Know
The bathtub is the quintessential part of any bathroom. A long hot shower or bath is the most relaxing part of someone's day. A beautiful bathtub can also make your bathroom simply perfect during a home remodel. You can raise the value of your home by adding a whirlpool tub as well. So what are the options and what can you do to make the installation go more smoothly? The first thing to consider is the type of materials and tu... Read More
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27 Jan 2012

Inspired by Art: Swatches that Match Your Artistic Tastes

Inspired by Art: Swatches that Match Your Artistic Tastes
Picking colors is hard enough for one room, but for a whole house, you may be in trouble. That's why some designers suggest that you pick colors based on a favorite painter. You can find that painters are often decorating their paintings and choosing corresponding color palettes that make a lot of sense. You can get a great idea of what to color your rooms from an artist who uses indoor colors that work with natural light and ... Read More
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