How home automation can help cut costs and save energy

Energy Efficient(ARA) – Who wouldn’t like an extra set of hands around the house? Or some help with basic everyday activities such as keeping your home comfortable? And if that extra help could also make your home more energy efficient – reducing your utility bills – wouldn’t that be an added bonus?

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Go for the gold: Master suite remodeling tips

Master Suite Remodeling(ARA) – If kitchen and bathroom remodels are the gold and silver medalists in the Olympics of  home renovation , then a master suite remodel is a very respectable bronze. But while the superstars of the renovation world may reap more in terms of resale value, a master suite remodel can be more rewarding for your soul.

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How roofing brings a custom look to fine homes

June 2, 2011 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Roof, Roofing, Shingles, Slate Roofing 

(ARA) – For some people, selecting roofing material is an afterthought, but savvy homeowners, remodelers and builders know a beautiful roof creates architectural appeal that can top any other residence in the neighborhood.

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Summer storm damage: What to look for and how to fix it

June 1, 2011 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Basement, Deck and Patios, Gutter, Roof, Roofing, Shingles 

Roof maintenance(ARA) – Storms are a natural part of summer. After a storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, take stock of your home and repair any minor damage caused by the storm. Repairing minor problems quickly can help ensure they don’t evolve into major headaches.

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Warm up to an affordably luxurious bathroom this season

February 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Bathroom Remodeling, Budget-friendly, Shower, showerhead 

(ARA) – With the advent of summer still several months away, the comfort of a hot bath or invigorating shower continues to be something to look forward to every day. However, in many ways, the bathroom can be a frigid place on a cold late-winter or early-spring day. In fact, it often may feel like the coldest room in the house thanks to all of that impersonal chrome, porcelain and tile.

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Hot new kitchen and bath trends: Finishes that fit tastes and lifestyle

February 11, 2011 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Bathroom Remodeling, Faucet, Kitchen Remodeling 

(ARA) – Starting any home project can be stressful, especially when undertaking those projects in the most-used rooms of the house, like the kitchen and bathroom. From overall room style to structural changes and fixtures, many pieces of the puzzle need to fit together to create the finished product.

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How to cut more than $1,500 from your utility bill

(ARA) – In today’s challenging economy, homeowners are looking for a few extra bucks to help pay their monthly utility bills and other household expenses, but there’s no need to resort to searching for spare change in the sofa cushions. You can find plenty of extra cash throughout the house by making some simple and

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DIY tips for creating a beautiful patio and yard in less time

June 29, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Curb Appeal, Do-It-Yourself, Fencing, Landscaping, Patio 

ARA) – Summer is the season for DIYers to complete outdoor home improvement projects, but even the most enthusiastic homeowner wants to make the best use of time so he or she can still enjoy the beautiful summer days.

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Weekend home upgrades: fast, affordable fix-ups

(ARA) – With today’s falling home prices, one family’s well-worn dwelling can quickly become another’s dream “starter” home. Interest rates are at historic lows, meaning buyers can get more house than they could a year ago for the same monthly mortgage payment, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

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Dressing your home with designed exteriors

May 31, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Curb Appeal, Exterior, Exterior Finishes, Home Decorating, Landscaping 

(ARA) – Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling for a different look, one of the first things you need to consider is your home’s curb appeal. Common curb appeal updates include landscaping, walkway and patio renovations. Another remodeling practice that can lead to major curb appeal is updating the surfaces of a home’s exterior walls.

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