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October 19, 2018

Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyar... More >>

3D printing is reimagining the way we live today
(BPT) - When additive manufacturing technology - better known as 3D printing - was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and pe... More >>

Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.Deer - and their wilde... More >>

5 tips to plan the perfect game day
(BPT) - You've waited all summer for this but now it's finally here again - the sports season trifecta. That's right, football season, post-season baseball, the return of hockey and new professional and college basketball seasons on the horizon are all happening at once. It's a sports-lover's dream... More >>

How to keep pests out of your chimney
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don't have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful informatio... More >>

3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here's the dirt on what's really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it's important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends co... More >>

Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don't even know it.If all the holiday prep and bustle is giving your inner Grinch a migraine, you may find yourself in very good company! A ... More >>

How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space
(BPT) - Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or someth... More >>

Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather
(BPT) - Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to seek su... More >>

Prevent these 4 winter home problems now
(BPT) - When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mitt... More >>

5 steps to building and designing a sustainable, energy-efficient home
(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton.For the 21st-century home, building with environmental sustainability in mind is a must. A sustainable, energy-efficient home makes the most effective use of building materials and natural energy. Many home builders look for new ways to ensure energy-efficien... More >>

A guide to getting your home and yard winter-ready
(BPT) - As the winter months approach, there's much to anticipate: hot drinks, football games and getting cozy on those long, chilly nights. While homeowners can enjoy the comfort of the indoors, it's still important to ensure their property is well prepared - inside and out - for chillier temperat... More >>

How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
(BPT) - Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked ... More >>

Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home
(BPT) - Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you're not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.Begin with winterizing your home now to ensure you're prepared for the season. Apply the following tips and your home w... More >>

Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.Tidy toilet bowlsThe toile... More >>

Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck
(BPT) - As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you've been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all thi... More >>

Leave it to the machines: How to avoid injury during snow season
(BPT) - Back and shoulder pain, pulled muscles, slips and falls - these are just a few of the injuries commonly reported during the winter season due to snow removal. When the snow begins to fall, it's important to make sure you have the proper snow-removal equipment. If you don't, you're increasin... More >>

Why our world needs wood
(BPT) - More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established World Habitat Day, an important step in acknowledging that everyone deserves a safe place to live.However, housing availability in many cities is at a crisis level, where families have to choose between daily essentials... More >>

Integrate accessories for added luxury
(BPT) - Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware ... More >>

Balancing 2 (or more) generations under one roof
(BPT) - If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing home... More >>

Hurricane Florence: What to watch out for during recovery
(BPT) - Hurricanes threaten lives and cause widespread property loss, flooding and damage to infrastructure. While there's little we can control about the actual storm, we can be prepared and vigilant during the recovery phase to ensure greater stability in the rebuilding process.Hurricane Florence... More >>

Rats! How these rodents can ruin your day
(BPT) - Say you've just gotten home after a long day. All you want to do is put your feet up, but you notice what looks like rodent droppings on the floor, find evidence of something having nibbled at the food in your kitchen and … what is that scrabbling sound coming from inside your wa... More >>

13 moving hacks that could save time, money and sustainability
(BPT) - Changing households can be a time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and boundless opportunities.But those good things tend to come after the moving process itself, which can take a lot of planning, organizing and old-fashioned elbow grease. And many people start the process unprepared.... More >>

Take a second look at your homebuying options
(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income and debt levels, and ... More >>

Back to basics: The importance of real grass
(BPT) - Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids' imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.Whether you're a first-time homeowner or looking for ways to improve yo... More >>

This Season the Hygge Design Trend is Back and Bold
(BPT) - Last year, the Scandinavian concept of Hygge took the interior design stage by storm with people around the world flocking to buy cozy blankets and sheepskin throws. This year, Noa Santos, interior co-founder of interior design company Homepolish says that hygge has experienced a rebirth an... More >>

8 home security hacks recommended by police
(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.Read on for e... More >>

5 steps to protect your home from rodents this fall
(BPT) - Once they're inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren't good for the people who live in your home, either: Some... More >>

How to properly store summer clothes to avoid a pest infestation
(BPT) - As colder weather approaches, you may decide to store some of your summer clothes. However, when warmer temperatures roll around again, you might not find those shorts and tank tops exactly as you left them. Certain insects that feed on fabrics and textiles can leave your carefully stored c... More >>

3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit
(BPT) - If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it's the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home's HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you're in the market for... More >>

Get there intact: 5 tips toward a safe DIY moving day
(BPT) - Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that's especially true if you're a do-it-yourselfer who's renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in his lifetime, man... More >>

Fabulous Fall Flavors: Why Autumn is ideal for gardening, plus timely tips for success
(BPT) - For any gardener, fall is bittersweet. The exuberance of summer's bounty has started to fade, while cooler nights and less daylight signal the approach of cold, dark winter.However, there's still plenty of time to savor some of the garden's best flavors before you close your door on the sea... More >>

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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Using Land in lieu of A Mortgage Down Payment
(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Saving up for a new home can take many people years and to most it can seem like there is no easy answer to achieving their dream. According to the U.S Census Bureau as of July 2018, just 64% of Americans currently own their ho... More >>

Going green a smart real estate strategy that adds value
(BPT) - Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home's value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you're selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the... More >>

5 tips for buying a home in a competitive market
(BPT) - Buying a house in a hot market is always a challenge, and if you're jumping into the fray at the end of the home buying season you might be tempted to think the situation is hopeless. But all is not lost.In reality, home sales tend to be less seasonal in competitive markets. While it's true... More >>

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You've got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from Termini... More >>

Remake your bathroom with these luxurious hotel-inspired trends
(BPT) - Life can get hectic. While it is easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it is important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.To incorporate this trend into your... More >>

Fall maintenance tips for a lush green lawn next spring
(BPT) - The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooling off. The kids are back in school. Yes, fall is in the air, and that means it's time to start thinking about prepping your lawn for winter.'Many homeowners see spring as the most critical season for lawn care,' says Bryan Ostlund, execu... More >>

Battling back-to-school pest problems
(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole h... More >>

Discovering Southern Cypress: The Natural Choice [Video]
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3 reasons fall is a great time for roofing
(BPT) - Cool breezes and falling leaves are around the corner, and for many parts of the country those telltale signs of fall signal the best possible season for roofing.So what makes fall a great time for roof repairs or a full replacement?1. Perfect weatherThe same perfectly cool weather that mak... More >>

What does the color of your home reveal about you?
(BPT) - A home's curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of homeowners say their home's exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of Americans say the e... More >>

An easy way to boost your curb appeal? Container plants!
(BPT) - Whether you're buying, selling or currently living in and enjoying your home, you know it's all about curb appeal. Your home's first impression is how your slice of the American dream looks from the street, which is a reflection of your style, taste and pride in homeownership. Think of your... More >>

Home sweet home? 6 safety tips when moving with kids
(BPT) - Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences.For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting... More >>

6 simple tips to prevent a fall
(BPT) - Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepare... More >>

New technology promotes healthy aging in place
(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they're changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers ... More >>

Bathroom customization: Stylish options for styling needs
(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of your home, but don't underestimate the importance of your bathrooms. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most frequented spaces in the home. It's where you go to rejuvenate and get ready for the day. It's the place where you take the time to make ... More >>

4 ways to use technology to simplify your home buying process
(BPT) - While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.With increased competition... More >>

Will my deck have room for a hot tub? And other questions answered
(BPT) - As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, 'Just how big of a deck do I need?'Frank Pologruto, owner of Decks & More in Atlanta, says it all ... More >>

DIY outdoor bar serves up entertainment
(BPT) - As outdoor living space continues to be an extension of the home for entertaining, it's no surprise that nearly 60 percent of homeowners believe outdoor kitchens will be popular this year, according to the latest Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the American Society of Landscape Arch... More >>

5 yard updates you can complete in a fall weekend
(BPT) - If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside.One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the ... More >>

Tiling like a pro comes down to the right grout
(BPT) - Today, anyone who enjoys interior design can experience the pride of installing their own tile. Planning is the key to success, since each project has different needs based on the size and type of tile and where it will be installed. After that perfect tile has been selected, the next step ... More >>

Celebrate the season! 5 ways to get your yard party-ready
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, you're planning an outdoor party to celebrate the warm-weather season. That may be especially true if you've made recent improvements to your outdoor spaces; according to a recent Houzz survey, 51 percent of homeowners conducting such upgrades plan to throw mo... More >>

How to make a concrete lawn border [video]
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Add curb appeal with a concrete lawn border
(BPT) - Curb appeal is important to homeowners for many reasons. Some people take pride in keeping up the exterior appearance of their home and enjoy the process of doing so. Others want to be the envy of the neighborhood or are meeting property guidelines required by the local homeowners' associat... More >>

4 tips to mitigate home improvement costs
(BPT) - Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due t... More >>

5 simple tips for a low-maintenance lawn
(BPT) - Whether it's regular outdoor entertaining, kids playing soccer or dogs chasing tennis balls, fun on the lawn - combined with hot, dry conditions - can mean your grass gets a major workout during the summer and early fall. But that doesn't mean you have to.To keep your lawn looking sharp wit... More >>

5 ways to beat the heat this summer
(BPT) - Everyone has had that moment when fun in the sun turns into a struggle to stay cool. And when that happens, all you want to do is get out of the heat as fast as possible.Sometimes, however, that is easier said than done, and if you've ever found yourself in extreme heat for a prolonged peri... More >>

Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.For military families, that challenge can be recreated many times over. Due to the nature of the work, the average U.S. military family relocates every two to three years - 10 times more than civilian families. ... More >>

5 tips to amp up the natural benefits of your yard
(BPT) - It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend w... More >>

4 ways gardening is good for you
(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload:... More >>

Considering a new deck? Avoid these pitfalls
(BPT) - Homeowners across America enjoy entertaining guests and relaxing on decks, enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Studies reveal adding a deck to your home pays for itself in resale value. A 2016 report by the National Associa... More >>

5 tips to help keep pests from attending your backyard party
(BPT) - When you're making memories surrounded by friends and family by the grill, the last thing you want to be doing is swatting and shooing away pests. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help keep your backyard the perfect place for all your celebrations.Reduce standing waterStanding water i... More >>

Backyard Entertainment Starts with Clean Concrete
(BPT) - The backyard truly is an extension of the home these days, so it makes perfect sense that homeowners are placing greater emphasis on the upkeep and maintenance of these areas. In fact, the primary reason homeowners start a landscaping project is to upgrade deteriorated features of their out... More >>

Before you renovate, have you considered this?
(BPT) - Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you've certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it's time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something eve... More >>

3 elements to create a dream bathroom sanctuary
(BPT) - Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.Whether you're hiri... More >>

Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).'Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guideli... More >>

DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend
(BPT) - Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs.While wood decks are aesthetically pleasing, properly maintaining th... More >>

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most
(BPT) - American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United S... More >>

Choosing the right wood for your deck project
(BPT) - The deck is the perfect spot for get-togethers and events. However, if yours needs a facelift or a complete re-do, now is the perfect time of year to complete a new outdoor living space customized to fit your needs. A new wood deck can add value to your home, but be sure to choose the right... More >>

Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces
(BPT) - Are summer's sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summ... More >>

The surprising health benefits of decluttering
(BPT) - Getting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimen... More >>

Don't suffer high energy bills any longer
(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bills arrive?The annual energy cost for a typical single family home in the U.S. is more than $2,000, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you can think of a thousand things you'd rather spend your hard-earned money on than electricity an... More >>

Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking
(BPT) - If you're planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in today's decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtual... More >>

6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
(BPT) - It's summertime, and you'll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you're wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so yo... More >>

5 tips for a bathroom worthy of any man cave
(BPT) - Every guy wants his own man cave, right? But an amazing bathroom is rarely part of that equation. Instead, too many men see a bathroom for its functionality when it could be about luxury, too. Why can't you have both?It is possible to create a bathroom worthy of every modern gent and the ti... More >>

How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
(BPT) - It's that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds and hail, which can ... More >>


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