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August 15, 2018

3 secrets to hosting a great party on your deck or patio
(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting is a no-brainer. We've compiled three simple ways to get your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.1. Make your deck and patio shineAfter y... 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 ways to prep your home for winter
(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 >>

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 >>

Your home haven: 5 common mistakes when planning a DIY deck
(BPT) - Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Furthe... 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 >>

5 tips for financing your next home improvement project
(BPT) - Whether it's transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In ge... 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 right wood for the job: Your guide to summer deck building
(BPT) - Think about your favorite moments and memories from past summers. The time you spent with family and friends, dining, playing games or simply enjoying one another's company. Now, ask yourself this: How many of those summer memories took place outside, on the deck?The deck is the perfect spo... 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 >>

Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps
(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.'Summer is the ideal time to tackle a painting project, as the warmer temperatures lead to faster drying times... More >>

Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.The hunt for great vintage wear has become so popular that we're spending some $4 billion annually on such f... More >>

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer... More >>

DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage
(BPT) - Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on your construction skills and complete a woodworking project to grace your home or cottage.Do-it-yourself fans in the U.S. are expected to spend some $43.7 billion tow... More >>

3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
(BPT) - If The Old Farmer's Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be 'hotter than normal' across most of the U.S. If you're ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get start... More >>

How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
(BPT) - Whether it's a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with mo... More >>

4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side - and fortunately, you don't have to be a master craftsman - or spend a fortune on materials - to have fun and enjoy the benefits.'A great way to get into crafting is by 'upcycling' - bringing new life into items y... More >>

Be prepared for the 2018 storm season
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the devastation of the 2017 storm season is still fresh in their minds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cumulative cost of the weather events in the U.S. was $306.2 billion. Whether you were directly affected by one of those s... More >>

5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home - as it often does during summer travel - ar... More >>

Quick DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.1) Need more daylight? Hav... 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 >>

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are t... More >>

4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts ar... More >>

Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today
(BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there's one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible.An energy-efficient home is more than just good for the environment. It... More >>

Take the sting out of summer with these pest prevention tips
(BPT) - If you're like many people, the warm months of summer are when you are most active outdoors. You're not alone. The same is also true for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. New findings show these pests are more than just an annoyance, they can pose a health risk. According to the Centers for Dise... More >>

Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs
(BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they're also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season.Of course, they're also concerned with controlling costs. The average homeowner spends nearly... More >>

How much will it cost to replace your roof?
(BPT) - How can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for similar home improvement projects on neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost?In general, labor for a new roof should make up 60-65 percent of the cost and most of the rema... More >>

Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space - the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home - and rec... More >>

5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role - adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.1) Aim high and low - When choosing railing, look for high-per... More >>

4 decorating tips for the perfect outdoor entertaining space
(BPT) - When it comes to outdoor entertaining, making sure your space is ready is critical for enjoying summer - from its "unofficial" start over Memorial Day weekend all the way through Labor Day.Lowe's recently partnered with Julia Engel, lifestyle influencer of Gal Meets Glam, to style her new C... More >>

Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently fo... More >>

Home improvement: One repair at a time
(BPT) - Tis the season … for home improvement. Longer days, warmer weather and more flexible schedules (hello, summer break!) have a way of inspiring home improvement projects. It's as if appliances in and around the house emerge from the shadows of winter, calling out for attention. Sud... More >>

Make the most of your landscaping projects this year with these tips
(BPT) - Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there's outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some l... More >>

5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the ai... More >>

3 warm-weather home cleaning tips
(BPT) - Warmer weather and more daylight hours bring renewed energy to truly enjoy your home with family and friends. Spring is a great time to get rid of the lingering grime and grit of winter to keep your clean home happening all season long. With a thorough home clean, you can create a vibrant l... More >>

Do's and don'ts of attracting hummingbirds and getting one to land on your hand
(BPT) - Watching a hummingbird is enchanting. Their tiny size and incredible speed make them a natural wonder. Flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second, they can move in every direction, or simply float majestically in midair.You may have observed hummingbirds in the wild, but you can ... More >>

Floor cleaning 101
(BPT) - Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed... More >>

Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places
(BPT) - It's National Wildfire Awareness Week. So, if you live in a wildfire-prone area, make sure you're taking the right steps to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep.And one of the best ways to do that is to take a look at the home itself."It's a combination of... More >>

Simple summer home maintenance tips for comfort and energy savings
(BPT) - Things will soon be heating up all over the country. In fact, the average U.S. household will spend 3 percent more on electricity bills this summer than in 2017, due to rising retail electricity prices and higher usage, according to the U.S. Energy Administration's estimation.Jennifer Franz... More >>

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn't mean, however, that everyone's moving process was fric... More >>

5 ways to get the most out of this baseball season
(BPT) - Spring is many things to many people: the smell of freshly cut grass after a long winter; blue skies; warm days; and the crack of the bat, sending a ball far into the outfield.For millions of Americans, the start of the baseball season is the best part of spring. Indeed, as spring settles i... More >>

3 ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree
(BPT) - The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won't soon forget.However, before you fire up ... More >>

Chef Michael Voltaggio's kitchen essentials inspire culinary innovation
(BPT) - When award-winning chef and culinary visionary Michael Voltaggio was remodeling his West Hollywood home, he purposefully selected kitchen essentials that facilitate restaurant-level culinary innovation in a residential setting. Chef Voltaggio's home kitchen couples superior functionality wi... More >>

Brilliant blooms: 5 smart consumer tips for sending flowers
(BPT) - For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It's so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother's Day holiday alone - $26.6 billion on floral products thr... More >>

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage
(BPT) - Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It's exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. ... More >>

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
(BPT) - Spring is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.As we begin our list of warm-weather chores,... More >>

A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - When it's time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.It's pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you're on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are ple... More >>

6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use ... More >>

The most common causes of homeowners insurance claims
(BPT) - The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alon... More >>

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project.DIY home improvement projects are popular ea... More >>

Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home
(BPT) - Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It's an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made i... More >>

5 tips to create a personalized shed
(BPT) - The backyard. It's your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It's the place to go not only for 'me' time - but quality time with friends and family.This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard ... More >>

If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners
(BPT) - The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage.Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes t... More >>

3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology
(BPT) - More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you're one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that, and the benefits of doing so are twofold: First, of course, is being more environ... More >>


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