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One area of your home could be adding a lot of money to your heating bill
(BPT) - As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.Nearly all modern homes have ... More >>


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 thou... More >>


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 Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life.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 id... More >>


Winterize today for a warm and cozy home tomorrow
(BPT) - Last winter’s polar vortex not only affected the majority of the country with subfreezing temperatures, but wreaked havoc on utility bills. In fact, consumers in 13 states and the District of Columbia used enough energy in January to capture eight of the 10 highest winter demand days ... More >>


Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and now thanks to home automation, it’s also where technology thrives. More people want smart home features that let them control their spaces while increasing energy efficiency and cutting waste. In fact, the smart home market is forecasted to hit $12.8 bi... More >>


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 ene... More >>


Preparing for fall and winter pests: How to keep wildlife and insects out of your home
(BPT) - For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds h... More >>


The simple DIY trick to eliminate pesky floor squeaks
(BPT) - Do floorboard squeaks date your home past its actual age? Do you avoid walking in some areas due to the noises the floor produces, especially at night when everyone is sleeping? Annoying at best and disruptive to work and sleep at worst, floor creaks are easier to eliminate than you may thi... More >>


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... More >>


Keep your family secure at home with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to protecting your family, your home is your fortress. It’s the place where your children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s the place where you can... More >>


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 contracto... More >>


From make-do to all new - updates to create your dream kitchen
(BPT) - Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies – and there’s good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you ma... More >>


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. De... More >>


3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.Building industry experts s... More >>


DIY projects to help you whip winter
(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed b... More >>


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 revie... More >>


Feeling the cold at home and in your wallet? [Infographic]
(BPT) - If your home is allowing warm air to escape this winter, you’ll probably notice – both in temperature and in your wallet. This is because air escaping from your home wastes both money and energy – up to 40 percent energy for many homes. Learn more about how spray foam insu... More >>


5 allergy myths and the facts that refute them
(BPT) - You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already aware of everything the... More >>


Simple DIY projects that save your home from water damage
(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming month... More >>


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... More >>


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... More >>


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 ... More >>


Easy ways to warm up and protect your space this winter
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures are on the horizon and now is the ideal time to begin checking items off your seasonal to-do list. Complete simple projects before the harsh winter weather arrives so your home is ready to enjoy in the coming season.Add some pizzazz with paintFall is the perfect painting... More >>


Avoid a blizzard of bills this season with these energy efficiency tips
(BPT) - Fall’s cooler temperatures are on their way, if you haven’t felt them already. And when you feel that first chill, your natural response is to reach for the thermostat. Many people do the same thing, sacrificing energy efficiency in the name of comfort. But you can have both. He... More >>


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,” sa... More >>


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.... More >>


Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
(BPT) - Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to a... More >>


Tips to keep tools in top shape
(BPT) - From painting supplies to gardening and hand tools, buying well-made home improvement tools can help improve project results. The tools you use may be an investment, so you’ll want to take care of them to ensure they last for more than just one project.Painting toolsPainting is the ea... More >>


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... More >>


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 need... More >>


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 for... More >>


5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.However, bet... More >>


Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door?
(BPT) - How often do you use the front door? Not often, right? When Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.“The garage door is used more often, it commands more curb appeal, and price-wise, it’s a great bargain,” says Jim L... More >>


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 acc... More >>


Keep the cold at bay with these home winterizing tips
(BPT) - Winter’s frigid temperatures are on their way, and if you wait until the cold hits to finally start winterizing your home, it may already be too late to prevent home damage.“You need to winterize your home while the weather is still warmer just as you would winterize your car,&r... More >>


Home improvements that give you the most bang for your buck
(BPT) - Prioritizing a home-improvement wish list is never easy. Do you put design and aesthetics ahead of functionality? Or do you choose comfort and convenience over energy efficiency and cost savings?If you’ve found yourself trying to figure out which home improvement project to tackle nex... More >>


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... More >>


How to install and finish drywall in 10 steps
  (BPT) - For do-it-yourself homeowners who have wanted to install and finish drywall but weren’t sure how, these 10 steps will guide them through their home improvement projects. Anitra Mecadon, design expert and host of DIY Network’s Mega Dens, demonstrates techniques for me... More >>


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 tim... More >>


12 amazing ways window treatments can make your home look like The Jetsons'
(BPT) - Does your home have a smart TV, smart appliances and maybe even smart lawn sprinklers? Technology has advanced our homes to the point they’re starting to look like The Jetsons’ domicile. But did you know your window treatments can be smart, too? Intelligent motors like those mad... More >>


Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy
(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home’s energy use during the winter heating ... More >>


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 2... More >>


6 simple steps to an organized and sensational garage space
(BPT) - Move over kitchens and bathrooms, homeowners are focusing on a new part of the home: the garage. No longer just a place to park the car and lawn equipment, today’s garages are getting bigger and better. Here are a few quick and easy projects to create a useful and organized garage.Mak... More >>


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 pop... More >>


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, sometim... More >>


Fall into your home to-do list
(BPT) - The leaves and the weather don’t need to be the only things to change this season. As the cooler temperatures send you indoors, start adding home improvement projects to your to-do list.Why now? According to a recent survey by Houzz.com, 78 percent of homeowners are looking to improve... More >>


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 winte... More >>


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 Kleer d... More >>


Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures ch... More >>


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 un... More >>


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 gard... More >>


Choosing the hardwood floor that's right for you
(BPT) - After kids go back to school, homeowners finally have time to complete remodeling projects. This makes autumn a popular time for home improvements. In fact, home improvement activity is expected to peak in the final three months of 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Acti... More >>


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 n... More >>


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 t... More >>


5 common weatherization myths ... busted
(BPT) - Last winter’s visit from the polar vortex made for bone-chilling blizzards and teeth-chattering temperatures. If this year is anything like the last, drafty homes and high thermostat settings will accompany the freezing weather. Unfortunately, many homeowners get cold feet when it com... More >>


Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall
(BPT) - If you have a wood deck, chances are that it’s made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall months to finish your deck. What many people ... More >>


Natural cedar, a great material to help reduce your environmental footprint
(BPT) - Everyone wants to go green, but because the movement has been around for many years, it’s hard for homeowners to get a firm grasp on what products will keep the environmental footprint created by their homes smaller.Take natural wood products, for example. Many homeowners think using ... More >>


Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or offic... More >>


Energy saving tips for every room of your home [Infographic]
(BPT) - As we move into colder months, here are various ways to conserve energy in every room of your home without sacrificing comfort or style.  ... More >>


6 backyard projects you can't skip this fall
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier ... More >>


5 things you're doing wrong while staining your deck
   (BPT) - Whether you are ready or not, summer is almost over. And if you haven’t had a chance yet this season to make your deck look new again, then it’s time to get started. Make sure you’re not making these common mistakes.1. Using an unconditioned brush Work a ... More >>


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 b... More >>


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 ch... More >>


2015 sneak peak: Hot home decor color trends
(BPT) - It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.“Color itself ... More >>


Give your home a colorful makeover in just a weekend
(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? There are easy home improvements you can achieve in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.Accent walls (23 percent), interior or exterior doors (22 percent) and home accessories, such as ... More >>


Tools to help you tackle home-related projects (or 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 beco... More >>


Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments
(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain... More >>


Simple ways to update a bathroom [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to wanting to remodel a bathroom, 85 percent of homeowners have it on their wish list, according to a Moen survey. Time and money often prevent it from happening. There are, however, some simple ways homeowners can update the look and function of their bathrooms, without wasti... More >>


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 ... More >>


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 ... More >>



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