Archive for the ‘Homeowner Tips’ Category

5 Steps to a Smart Home

(BPT) – 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, they were the only […]

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cottage Comfortable This Summer

(BPT) – Although it’s officially summer, the fluctuations in temperatures, sporadic downpours and tornado-inciting weather would make you think otherwise. While many of us take the opportunity to hit the beach, lake or ranch during the summer for some rest and relaxation, cottage home improvements are often the furthest thing from our mind. More often […]

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Rethinking Bathroom Design

(BPT) – As homeowners begin to dream up plans to update their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There’s no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you should start with the […]

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Cypress Siding: It’s What the Pros Choose

(BPT) – If current design trends are any indication, wood siding is back. Design professionals are recommending one species in particular: cypress. What’s behind this revival of cypress siding? “Good looks, dependable performance and affordability,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, www.CypressInfo.org. “Cypress has a unique appearance with its honey-like hues and […]

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The 411 on HVAC Energy-Efficiency Ratings and Terms

(BPT) – Whether you’re looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you’ll spend running it every year, and the smaller your home’s environmental […]

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Breathe Easier: 7 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

(BPT) – More than 6 million American children – nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. – have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send more than a million people to emergency rooms, including approximately 24,000 children younger than 15, the CDC reports. Yet health […]

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Simple Steps to Create the Perfect Outdoor Oasis

(BPT) – Summer is home to many of the year’s most beautiful days, so who can blame you for wanting to spend them all outside? Your yard becomes your living room and your patio the kitchen. It’s your home away from home, which begs the question – do you like your current digs? If your […]

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7 “Little” Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Homebuyers

(BPT) – Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is “just right.” While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it […]

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7 Fast, Effective Garage Door Safety Tips

(BPT) – You probably put little thought into your garage door. You touch a button. The door opens, closes and you go about your day. While the garage door – the largest, heaviest moving object in your home – serves as the primary entry point of the home to many of us, it can also […]

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How to Blend Contrasting Materials for High-Impact Design

(BPT) – The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery. From partnering unconventional textures to pairing […]

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