Archives for Home Repair

Daring pairings: making a match of food and wine

(BPT) – Whether you’re a trained chef or simply enjoy cooking at home, there’s always a certain amount of trepidation at the thought of having guests for dinner. Do you go out on a culinary limb and serve something impressively daring, or do you play it safe with a tried and true menu? If you decide to take a chance, how daring are you? And, if your menu is an adventure for the taste buds, what wine do you pair with it? Recently, malbec received praise for being a versatile wine and a great choice for food pairing. In fact,
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Top DIY home winterization projects

(BPT) – As the months pass and the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to update your do-it-yourself list. Several home winterization projects will help keep your home in good repair come spring. While some projects should be left for the experts – like cleaning out the chimney – there are several most homeowners can accomplish themselves. These projects are easy to tackle, and the end result will make a huge difference to your home all winter long and into the spring months. * Flushing gutters – Leaves and small tree branches often fall onto the roof of
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Size doesn’t matter: Give your tiny kitchen a huge design boost

Bigger isn’t always better in the real estate world, and what’s more, it’s not always possible. With more baby boomers downsizing from McMansions to smaller, more manageable houses, and a growing number of people opting to rent rather than buy, many families are looking for new ways to decorate, design and work with smaller spaces. Kitchens sell homes, but this most-used room in the house hasn’t escaped the “less is more” trend, either. Interior designers, decorators and home product makers are responding to the growing demand for practical, beautiful options that make sense in smaller kitchens. If you’re looking to
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Five steps to create a customized outdoor living space with railing

(BPT) – Railing can upgrade any deck from drab to fab – adding style, as well as safety and support. In fact, it’s often the one element that truly sets your outdoor living space apart from others in the neighborhood. Here are five steps to create the perfect perimeter for your deck. 1. Find ideas at your fingertips – From contemporary to classic, you can choose from a multitude of modular railing options in a variety of colors and materials to give your outdoor living space a dose of personality. Use the new Railing Configurator on the Trex Color Visualizer
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Five tips for kitchen redos

(BPT) – Feel the need to renovate? If so, you’re not alone. Fifty-three percent of homeowners believe that now is a good time to remodel, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. When deciding on where the makeover begins, look no farther than the kitchen. Kitchens are a major selling point for homebuyers, so a kitchen remodel is good for the home-selling price. Even if you have no plans to move, the kitchen gets more traffic than any other area of a home and serves as the family hub, so it deserves the attention. To ensure a successful project, keep
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Cool ways to enjoy your outdoor spaces through the dog days of summer

(BPT) – When warm weather arrives, does your family head outdoors to enjoy your patio or deck? Do they then turn around and head right back into the air-conditioned comfort when summer sun and temperatures make outdoor living spaces too hot to handle? “In many areas of the country, the window of opportunity for enjoying your outdoor space opens in spring and closes when summer’s worst heat hits,” says Mark Dammeyer, director of exterior products for Somfy Systems. “Strong sun, hot temperatures and high humidity can make spending time on your deck or patio too uncomfortable, no matter how much
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Green bathroom renovations that don’t sacrifice style or luxury

(BPT) – Elegant, planet-friendly bathrooms continue to be a hot trend in home building and renovation. Bath products that respect and celebrate water have become trendier and more satisfying, proving that homeowners don’t need to sacrifice comfort, beauty and luxury in order to do something good for the environment. The secret to achieving a pleasing and environmentally friendly bathroom renovation is choosing the right combination of fixtures and accessories – and realizing that the bathroom is one room that’s well worth investing a bit more in to achieve great upgrades that are modern and lasting. Worth the investment Bathrooms sell
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High-design, high-tech ideas for making your home more luxurious

(BPT) – With so many demands on our time these days, it’s easy to relegate adding luxurious elements to the home as something better suited for another day. Yet, with concerted effort and a few purposefully chosen items, it is easier than ever to create a home environment that pampers you each and every day. To create your luxurious lifestyle, begin by incorporating fixtures that blend functionality, aesthetic appeal and innovative design into your whole home – expanding beyond general living areas into practical rooms like the kitchen and bath. By focusing on the basic elements of these spaces you
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Three ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost

(BPT) – Homeowners only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s one chance to impress potential buyers, family, friends and neighbors with the first thing they see: your home’s exterior. From simple upgrades to meticulous landscaping projects and replacing an outdated roof, there are dozens of options to enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior. Improvements don’t need to break the bank or take a year to complete. By focusing on three simple areas, you can change the entire look of your home that you’ll appreciate every time you pull into your driveway. 1. Landscaping The key to
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Californians lead the way – again – in trend toward ‘greener’ backyards

(BPT) – From implementing stricter standards for vehicle emissions to creating a state-level agency to administer stewardship of the environment, Californians have always been at the forefront of the green movement. That commitment to the environment even extends to local backyards, where California homeowners are turning to eco-friendly materials, building practices and landscaping to create “greener” outdoor living spaces. You can bring such style into your own backyard with a few tips and tactics inspired by your California neighbors: Choose eco-friendly materials that are locally produced in California. A great place to start thinking about such issues is with a
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