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February 17, 2018

Add fire safety to your family's routine
(BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly - your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It's easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now - before an emergency ... More >>

Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018
(BPT) - Whether you're redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It's hardwood floors celebrating knots an... More >>

4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more t... More >>

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018
(BPT) - It's your home's focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining - it's your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today's top tre... More >>

Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with an updated sink
(BPT) - While everyone would love a complete kitchen makeover, you can still freshen and update the look of this room by taking on smaller projects.The perfect place to start is the kitchen sink. Most people don't realize it, but a well-chosen sink has the potential to create the perfect focal poin... More >>

Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools
(BPT) - If you're like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom - you just don't like cleaning it.In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores... More >>

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from ... More >>

Warm up with 5 DIY projects to tackle this winter
(BPT) - For the avid DIYer in you, the winter season may cause a little anxiety while you're cooped up inside and unable to tackle those outdoor projects you'd love to finish. The good news, however, is that the inside of your home needs just as much DIY attention as the outside - sometimes more - ... More >>

Deliver curb appeal with a DIY block mailbox
(BPT) - We've all heard the old adage, 'you only get one chance to make a first impression.' Well, that statement holds true when you're talking about a home. Whether it's the landscaping, the siding, the front door, the windows, the paint, the driveway or the outdoor furniture, the initial reactio... More >>

4 tips to prepare for extended power outages
(BPT) - In the year 2018, it's very easy to take your home's power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It's easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes or hours.Often... More >>

A great lawn begins with a great engine
(BPT) - As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if yo... More >>

2018 remodeling trends that boost your home's value
(BPT) - A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity... More >>

Cut expenses without cutting corners on your bathroom remodel
(BPT) - When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we've seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toi... More >>

Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot
(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may ... More >>

The beauty of barn doors
(BPT) - Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It's not hard to see why.'Many homeowners hear the term 'barn door' and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not ... More >>

How to keep winter pests out
The cold winter months provide the perfect reason to stay inside and enjoy the warmth of your home. Unfortunately, pests agree - and many are eager to make your cozy space their home for the winter months. Indoors, these critters can be problematic and frustrating to have in your home. Terminix off... More >>

Spring without the wings: 5 tips to avoid a seasonal pest problem
(BPT) - Daydreaming of spring is something everyone does during the coldest days of winter - even pests. The promise of warmer weather on the horizon is also a boon for the numerous species of pests that inhabit your area, and when the temperature perks up, many of those pests come out of hiding an... More >>

Keep your home pest free this year
(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you'd like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It's important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems... More >>

Unique home improvements perfect for DIY
(BPT) - Here's a quick question for you: What's your favorite DIY project you've ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you've completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.Those that weren't at the top of your ... More >>

Equipment warranties 101: What you should know
(BPT) - From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with some kind of warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that's also critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace?'Warranties are meant to assure a h... More >>

Escape with 2018's top trending color
(BPT) - Whether you've been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you're an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade n... More >>

5 DIY projects that will reinvent your bathroom in a weekend
(BPT) - Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you're an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started.According to experts from the Nat... More >>

Rent vs. own: Which is right for you?
(BPT) - If you're thinking of buying your first home, you've probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home - and for good reason.Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.But which is right for you? To answer that,... More >>

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.Wash win... More >>

Creating a dream home with cypress
(BPT) - Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients' dream homes.'Wo... More >>

Smart home update 2018: New products that organize your life through voice
(BPT) - The artificial intelligence that's already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.Throughout the year, consumers worldwide are expected to spend $102 bi... More >>

New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018
(BPT) - It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alon... More >>

5 must-have home features for retirees
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Clayton HomesAs we move through the different stages in our lives, our housing needs change too. The home you were excited to move into in your 30s might not be ideal for those now nearing retirement.According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard Univer... More >>

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it's hard not to think about the warmer months to come - and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling ... More >>

Defining Luxury ... American Hardwoods [Video]
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Wellness begins at home: 5 tips for a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - From diets to exercise routines to standing at our desks while we work, we do a lot to stay healthy. Most of the time this involves focusing on what we eat and how we move. No doubt this is an essential component to good health, but increasingly, people are realizing their home environment ... More >>

Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power ... More >>

Is now the right time to replace your water heater? [Infographic]
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Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senio... More >>

Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams
(BPT) - The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year's lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat... More >>

5 strategies for protecting your valuables
(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?The recent wildfires... More >>

5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree
(BPT) - Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you're the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room.As beautiful as they are, though, Christmas trees, both fresh and arti... More >>

8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather
(BPT) - As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn't exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the... More >>

5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home
(BPT) - From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn't trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don't find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!When you live with a furry friend, it's inevitable that there will b... More >>

5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years
(BPT) - What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house?If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn't doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there ... More >>

Welcome to Porcelain Valley [Video]
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Tips to save money and energy this winter
(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:* Lighting: LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs.* Prevent heat lo... More >>

A cost-effective solution to complete air conditioner replacement [Infographic]
(BPT) - Updating or replacing an old, damaged or inefficient air conditioning system doesn't have to mean purchasing all new components inside and outside your home. Installing a Guardian(R) GAW Air Conditioner offers a cost-effective alternative to complete system replacement. Less expensive to in... More >>

Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming wat... More >>

Cold weather is coming [Infographic]
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The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media
(BPT) - Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insu... More >>

That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today
(BPT) - Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of '70s style in updated, modern ways.Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable '70s flair.* More macramé, please. From dip dyed wall hangin... More >>

In Porcelain Valley, dirt has no place to hide [Video]
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The New Year's resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home
(BPT) - Nearly 42 percent of all New Year's resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It's easy to understand why - resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields lo... More >>

Squash the pests, not your holiday spirit, with these pest-prevention tips
(BPT) - The holiday season and guests go together like twinkling lights and fir trees, or peppermint and chocolate. However, while you might be eager to welcome family and friends to your home, you'll probably be less excited to receive a visit from another all-too-common type of holiday 'guest' - ... More >>

6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter
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6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time
(BPT) - When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk.Your bathroom(s) - especially your master bathroom - are a... More >>

Mastering the art of hosting the holidays [Infographic]
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Top 5 features millennials look for in a home
(BPT) - For generations, homeownership has been part of the American dream. For most Americans, it's the largest, most significant investment they'll make, and because homeownership is the best way to grow their wealth, the most important investment as well.As the youngest generation of new homeown... More >>

6 ways to refresh your home with hardwood
(BPT) - Hardwood is one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet as any savvy architect, designer or homeowner will tell you, renovating with characterful woods is a sure way to make a tired interior look fresh and contemporary. 'There's something rejuvenating about the unique colors and ... More >>

5 tips for speed cleaning your home
(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It's cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert.In an online survey conducted... More >>

Are you a holiday entertaining pro? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Test your 'Holiday Q' this season.... More >>

Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... More >>

Dirtiest objects in the home
(BPT) - Home is where you live, eat, sleep and everything in between. It's a sanctuary away from work and the chaos of the outside world, but have you ever given thought to how filthy even the most commonly used items are? To keep your clean home happening so that you can enjoy your treasured time,... More >>

4 DIY projects perfect for winter months
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it's time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year?Hardly.Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don't have to mark an end to your DIY pursuits. There is still plenty of work to be done and you ca... More >>

Extreme weather damage: How to repair and prepare [Infographic]
(BPT) - Extreme weather events can cause serious damage to homes. The damage can be extensive and expensive to repair. Prepare your home for future extreme weather events such as hurricanes by installing closed-cell spray foam insulation into your home. Closed-cell spray foam can help reject bulk w... More >>

How to avoid cold weather woes
(BPT) - As sweater season knocks on the door, it's time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.Winterize your porchInstall plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing ... More >>

Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions
(BPT) - Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they're passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global.Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like... More >>

3 tips to keep your home cozy all winter
(BPT) - Every year, homeowners across the country take precautionary steps to winterize their homes to protect against burst water pipes as well as improve their overall comfort throughout the colder months. Winterizing your home goes beyond just ensuring snow and chills stay out. These three tips ... More >>

Is your home ready for the holidays? [Infographic]
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Reduce and Reuse at Home [Infographic]
(BPT) - From your roof to your mailbox, these easy steps will save energy, help the environment and put some extra cash in your wallet.... More >>

5 house cleaning tips for allergy sufferers
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean is just as important in the fight against allergies.Keep the outdoors outWhile it is hard to control exposure to pollen and other triggers when outside, those with... More >>

10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances
(BPT) - Today's typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effecti... More >>

6 home cleaning tips for pet owners
(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into ... More >>

Preparing for a party? Try these 4 tips
(BPT) - It's important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan aheadSet aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from simple app... More >>

The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office
(BPT) - In today's increasingly digital world, it's no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations - from the office building to the home - productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ... More >>

4 DIY tips to save money and get your home ready for winter
(BPT) - Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it's time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeow... More >>

What to look for when shopping for home locks and deadbolts [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to your home, we know how important it is to you to keep it safe and secure. That’s why you should look for the BHMA Certified Secure Home label when shopping for a new lock or deadbolt. For more information, visit www.securehome.org.... More >>

The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against ... More >>

Home smart home: Boost your home IQ with smart appliances
(BPT) - If you think a Jetsons-like home of the future is still a ways off, think again. Today's smart home is here offering simple ways for consumers to operate their home, adding the ultimate in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment. It's easier than you think to create a connected home that lets... More >>

America's finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.
(BPT) - Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can't build, renovate or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don't have t... More >>

3 steps to a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - Today, people are more focused on health and wellness than ever before. You know this because you are constantly flooded with advice on what to eat, how (and how much) to exercise, and what to ask your doctors.All of these things are important but what about the vital role the home plays in... More >>

Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improveme... More >>

Debunking home ownership myths for millennials
(BPT) - We've all been told, that owning a home is part of the American dream. It's the biggest and most rewarding investment many people will make in their lives. Instead of paying rent every month and having nothing to show for it, paying a monthly mortgage builds equity and wealth.While most kno... More >>


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