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The Perfect Painting Project

Painting a home is no easy task, no matter if you are painting the whole house, or just one room, it is difficult to keep complete control of a painting project.  That being said, there are several ways to ensure a smooth and successful house painting project, it just takes a little patience and preparation. …

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Added by Sally Williams on July 31, 2015 at 1:31am — No Comments

Affordable DIY Home Upgrades

Affording to keep your home updated with all the upgrades it requires can quickly drain your bank account, so unfortunately many homeowners deprive their homes of necessary upgrades because they think they cannot afford them.  Upgrades are important if you want your home to last forever.  The truth is, there are many home upgrades that can be completed on a tight budget, and homeowners should understand the importance of keeping up their homes so that their value remains high or increases,…

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Added by Sally Williams on July 28, 2015 at 1:12am — No Comments

Increasing the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Homeowners often forget that the look of the exterior of your home is just as important as the look of the interior.  It is easy to become caught up in making sure the interior of your home is perfectly updated and decorated, and forget about the exterior completely.  The exterior of your home should never be forgotten because it is the first impression of your home, and just like all first impressions, you want it to be a good one.  Here are some easy upgrades for the exterior of your home…

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Added by Sally Williams on July 27, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

Home improvement ideas for a greener home

Home improvement projects can be quite expensive. Of course some projects will add value to your home so you can think of them as long term investments. Another way to defray the cost of home improvement projects is to focus on improvements that will make your home more energy efficient. Each month, your energy bill savings will be paying for those improvements. You may even be able to get some tax credits. As an added bonus, you’ll be doing your small part to help out the environment. Here…

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Added by laura white on July 20, 2015 at 2:46am — No Comments

Four hidden home remodeling costs

If there’s one thing that every home remodeling project has in common, it’s that it tends to cost more than you plan for. That’s because in every remodeling project there are hidden costs and unforeseen setbacks that force you to go over your budget.



Remodeling experts recommend…

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Added by Sally Williams on July 20, 2015 at 12:27am — No Comments

What to expect during a remodeling project

Planning a remodeling project? There’s one thing you should know above all, they never go exactly according to plan. That said, there are a few things you can pretty much expect whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, refreshing the look of your bathrooms, or adding on a master suite. Here are a few things you can expect and how to plan for them.



Higher cost



A remodeling project never costs less than you expected. There are always hidden costs and setbacks…

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Added by laura white on June 30, 2015 at 12:20am — No Comments

colors

I would like to keep the colors in the 1900 era and really having a hard time deciding what to paint the inside. Does anyone have an idea. This house is on the historical register.

Added by John Leigh on June 28, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Guide for Buying a New Property

There really isn’t any doubt about it – unless you’re buying a planet, a house is probably gonna end up being the most important purchase in your life. With property prices skyrocketing over the past couple of years, you really do need a guide, and this is where we come in to save the day, or, at the very least, throw a couple breadcrumbs of advice for you to follow until you’ve reached the goal of situating yourself in a brand-new, owned-by-you dream house.…

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Added by Sophie Andersen on June 28, 2015 at 4:29am — No Comments

Help

I am trying to find an alternative source of heat for a 114 year old house that has electrical baseboard heaters. Is there an alternative economical system that I can put in??????

Added by John Leigh on June 27, 2015 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Conveying Emotions with Your Paint Colors

Paint colors say a lot about your home, and can even invoke certain emotions, so when you are choosing paint colors, don’t just think about whether or not you like the color, consider which emotions that color could invoke.  Believe it or not, there are colors that are not recommended, and if they are used, they should be used in moderation such as crimson red because it symbolizes power.  The goal of your paint colors should be to create comfort and happiness in your home, but don’t let…

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Added by Natasha Poidevin on June 23, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

What to expect during a remodeling project

Planning a remodeling project? There’s one thing you should know above all, they never go exactly according to plan. That said, there are a few things you can pretty much expect whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, refreshing the look of your bathrooms, or adding on a master suite. Here are a few things you can expect and how to plan for them.

Higher cost

A remodeling project never costs less than you expected. There are always hidden costs and setbacks that arise during a…

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Added by Natasha Poidevin on June 22, 2015 at 2:16am — No Comments

How to make the most of a tiny bathroom

There’s something charming about older homes. Small bathrooms are not one of those things. For whatever reason, many older homes suffer from having smaller bathroom spaces. If you’re house hunting and love everything about a prospective home, minus the bathroom(s), do not despair. There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of a smaller bathroom.

The vanity

In a smaller bathroom, the vanity often takes up most of the real estate. When remodeling your bathroom, choosing…

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Added by Natasha Poidevin on June 16, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Five Remodeling Projects That Will Sell Your Home

Selling a home for the price you’re asking for can be extremely difficult. If your home is in a highly competitive or saturated market, it can seem all but impossible. Unless you’ve taken great care over the years to keep your home up-to-date, chances are your home…

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Added by Natasha Poidevin on June 12, 2015 at 3:16am — No Comments

Most Dangerous Pests You Don't Want in Your Home

Your home can become a habitat for a large number of uninvited guests. This primarily refers to pests, such as mice, bugs, etc., who, in search of food, occupy your home and can give you serious problems.

Mice

If you have mice in house or apartment it's hard to get rid of them.

The mice have ability to reproduce very quickly, thus their…

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Added by Sophie Andersen on June 11, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

Ten easy remodeling projects

Just the thought of starting a remodeling project in your home can cause stress. When most people think of remodeling, they imagine a room, or rooms, being torn apart and rebuilt from the ground up. Though some remodeling projects are that extensive, there are plenty of smaller remodeling projects that can be done without tearing your home apart. Here are ten manageable remodeling projects to consider.

1.       Paint. Repainting your home’s interior is a great way to give your home a…

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Added by Natasha Poidevin on June 9, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Ten easy remodeling projects

Just the thought of starting a remodeling project in your home can cause stress. When most people think of remodeling, they imagine a room, or rooms, being torn apart and rebuilt from the ground up. Though some remodeling projects are that extensive, there are plenty of smaller remodeling projects that can be done without tearing your home apart. Here are ten manageable remodeling projects to consider.



1. Paint. Repainting your home’s interior is a great way to give…

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Added by laura white on June 9, 2015 at 1:12am — No Comments

Plaster Woes

Spent the majority of the day in the office/tv room scraping the wretched texture coat off my plaster walls.  Discovered why the individual who thought this was a good idea did what he or she did.  Many cracks and a lot of uneven areas where the plaster has dislodged from the lathe.  Checking out videos on Youtube ... One contractor recommends using a masonry bit to drill holes the diameter of a liquid nail tube tip along the edges of the uneven areas and then injecting the holes with liquid…

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Added by John Barnes on May 29, 2015 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

A LIGHT AT THE "END" OF WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A DARK TUNNEL

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Working on the butler's pantry/basement entry today removing layer upon layer upon layer of vinyl tile.  First layer, cheap dollar store "marble" green peel & stick, second layer god awful cream/red/brown/pink heavy vinyl from the 70's and third layer VERY thick black linoleum tile.  My…

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Added by John Barnes on May 28, 2015 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Advice On Plaster

Good evening fellow old house enthusiasts.  I just purchased my first home (1905 cottage/tudor/craftsman??? - lovely mongrel...lol) and I have MANY issues with plaster.  The first and foremost problem I have encountered is previous homeowners applying a semi-thick coat of joint compound-like material combed into a texture pattern over the original plaster.  What would be the best way to remove this coating without disturbing the integrity of the plaster below it?  I did do a "trial" removal…

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Added by John Barnes on May 26, 2015 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

Historic Porch lattice work

Does anyone know where I could purchase panels of wood or wood composite square porch lattice work? I am not looking for the cheap ones that you could find at Home Depot or Lowes. I want the authentic looking 1" x 1" or 1.5" X 1.5" wood slats that are made into a square panel. These skirt panels will be used around my front porch to hide the contents below the porch deck. 

It is easy to find the diamond pattern panels, but I need the historic looking ones that have a square pattern. I…

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Added by Paul Regiec on May 11, 2015 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

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