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Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space
(BPT) - During the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeow ...
6 surprising spots in the home you can transform with a wholesale club membership
(BPT) - You may already know a wholesale club is a great place to buy groceries, but your membership in a club like BJ’s Wholesale can also help you save money in virtually every room of the house, not just the kitchen and pantry.Here are six rooms in the house that a wholesale club membership can h ...
Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom
(BPT) - American homeowners' desire for spa-like bathrooms shows no signs of waning, says the latest Design Trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). From freestanding bath tubs and floating vanities to LED lighting and soothing color schemes, some of the most-requested bath ...
Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?
(BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It's easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water ...
7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation
(BPT) - Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacati ...
Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows
(BPT) - Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside.You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don’t return 100 percent of ...
Rearrange your backyard with a concrete fire table
(BPT) - Fire pits and fireplaces continue to be among the top 10 most desirable residential landscape design features, according to the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects annually. When you consider that few things compare to ga ...
Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools
(BPT) - DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it's easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a prof ...
Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave
(BPT) - A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.Some of the most-loved aspects of modern design — op ...
Open the door to design [Infographic]
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4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility
(BPT) - When you’re ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it’s no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom wh ...
What you should know about rising interest rates
(BPT) - Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what's in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise-as they have been re ...
5 tips for safe space heater use
(BPT) - During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home h ...
The home design trend you need to know about
(BPT) - With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past f ...
Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system
(BPT) - More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you'll be among them, understandi ...
Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements
(BPT) - If you’re planning to make some home improvements this year, you’re probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of reb ...
Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls
(BPT) - For centuries, hardwood planks have been the ultimate material for residential floors. Combining exceptional durability with unrivalled good looks, oak, walnut, cherry or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace. But these days, handsome timber planking is not ...
How to safeguard your home this winter from ice dam formation
(BPT) - The unpredictable winter weather can wreak havoc for millions of Americans across the country, leaving them cold and reaching to crank up the thermostat. Those living in areas where the temperatures can plummet to subzero, and snow and ice are a certainty, are all too familiar with what the ...
6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster
(BPT) - Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a ...
4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle
(BPT) - Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average co ...
Plumbing the power of a powder room addition
(BPT) - Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners' wish lists. What's more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of R ...
Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world
(BPT) - A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out.Just about everyone has experienced a power outage due to a seasonal storm in their lifetime and it is a trend that continues to grow between super storms ...
Playroom upgrade: A wall-mount 'barn door' makes more room for fun
(BPT) - With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there’s no better time to upgrade the playroom.Why not swap out a traditional swinging door for a playful chalkboard wall-mounted sliding door? Your little artists can draw for hours on the chalkboard, plus the sliding door can add up to 1 ...
This security system alerts you before something bad happens
(BPT) - There's a distinctly unwelcome sentiment that every parent, no matter how vigilant, must experience once in a while. You might know it as, 'that was close.'It happens when your child's sense of adventure unexpectedly outpaces your vigilance. Stephanie Hinderks, a mother of two, remembers the ...
5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter
(BPT) - The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you'll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.Marvelous mirrorsMirror, mirror, on the wall, ...
4 tips to save water in your home
(BPT) - The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every single day, 70 percent of which occurs indoors. Flushing the toilet, brushing your teeth and taking a long hot shower all add to the consumption of this valuable natural resource.So what can you do within your own home to ...
5 facts about radiation you never knew
(BPT) - Radiation - it's not something most people think about very often, and when they do, their thoughts usually turn to radiation's effects as they are portrayed in the movies. These being namely that exposure to radiation will either turn them into a hideous monster or a superhero.The truth is, ...
Simply sleek: How to create today's top shower design
(BPT) - Love the look of sleek, elegant shower spaces featured in popular home-improvement magazines and TV shows? You don’t need to be a design expert to update your favorite bathroom with touches of modern luxury and influences of European simplicity. To create a fashionable, functional and fabulo ...
5 tips to keep your home warm, cozy and protected this winter
(BPT) - Winter is a harsh and cold season that can be terribly straining on homes, causing costly and inconvenient breakdowns, especially to plumbing and heating systems.Home experts recommend homeowners pay attention to the little things to avoid bigger problems from developing. Taking simple steps ...
Natural elements in the home make you healthier [Infographic]
(BPT) - Incorporating natural elements, such as wood or plants, into the design of your home can actually improve overall health, according to recent research*.
4 statement pieces to elevate your bathroom to a work of art
(BPT) - Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you’re selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you’re stayin ...
Make a design statement with cypress
(BPT) - As Americans design their dream homes, or plan the remodel of their existing ones, wood is once again becoming a prominent feature in their interior design schemes. One species in particular — cypress — is attracting the attention of both millennials in the suburbs and boomers along the shor ...
Smart storage ideas to squeeze extra space from your bathroom
(BPT) - Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry — the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be ...
3 easy home improvement projects you can tackle right now
(BPT) - During the milder months — like summer and fall — homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we’re more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all ...
3 tips to protect your home this winter
(BPT) - Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood car ...
The evolution of kitchen design: Timeless tips through the decades
(BPT) - As a reflection of the ever-changing American lifestyle, kitchens have evolved over the past 100 years from a space that was once viewed as a utilitarian work-room in the back of the house, to become the centerpiece of the home. While trends come and go, history has made its mark on kitchen ...
5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage
(BPT) - Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortable ...
Buying your first home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit
(BPT) - So buying a new home tops your list of New Year’s resolutions. As you picture the big moment — the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door — you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your financ ...
New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017
(BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.One of the most ...
5 tips to prepare the bath for winter
(BPT) - As chilly weather approaches, it’s time for homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath décor and incorporate simple upgrades — ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting win ...
Bathroom renovations even the pickiest in-laws will love
(BPT) - While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you're thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you're thinking about your mother-in-law's commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law's judgment of the archaic toilet that ...
3 ways to turn discarded wood into beautiful home decor
(BPT) - The saying, “what’s old is new again” has been around for years, but most recently represents a popular trend in interior design — upcycling old items with a new purpose. Everyone from high-end designers to DIYers are enjoying and incorporating this trend into their everyday life. From five- ...
4 tips to help keep your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient this winter
(BPT) - With winter comes the holiday season, a time that’s supposed to be associated with “comfort and joy.” But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can ma ...
5 home-building secrets you should know
(BPT) - Thousands of Americans who are in the process of building their own home, or simply looking into it, are faced with hundreds of different questions. Granite or quartz countertops? Neutral or bold colors? Tile or hardwood flooring? And those questions are just the tip of the iceberg.Being abl ...
6 insider tips on upgrading your home
(BPT) - Life moves in many different directions, and the constant changes people face each year provide challenges, growth and opportunity. Many of life's biggest changes happen when you realize your home is too small for your growing family. The once comfortable space you've lived in for years feel ...
10 clever ways to organize your space
(BPT) - As the end of the year approaches, have you asked yourself if you have organizational goals on your resolutions list? Fortunately, home organization is made easy with a plethora of clever options that are as smart as they are stylish.From custom cubbies to hidden pantries and more, Clayton ...
Unlock the value of insulated garage doors [Infographic]
(BPT) - To provide homeowners with more durable and energy efficient garage doors, Dow is using science and technology to develop innovative insulation solutions for garage door manufacturers, like C.H.I. Overhead Doors. High-performance polyurethane insulation increases a home’s resale value, reduc ...
DIY projects to increase the resale value of your home
(BPT) - Whatever you’re passionate about, you know hobbies cost money. People who haven’t shaken the travel bug need to negotiate time off work, pay for lodging, airfare and more. If you’re a big football fan, the amount you spend on food, snacks, game tickets and clothing adds up during the course ...
Create grand, open living spaces with unique pocket door frames
(BPT) - Offering twice the opening width of their standard pocket door frame, Johnson Hardware’s new 1562 Series Commercial Grade Bypass Pocket Door Frame lets you easily create a wider room divider using just a single wall recess. It’s a great alternative to converging doors. Designed to support tw ...
Your fall maintenance checklist: Take our comfort quiz [Infographic]
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5 kitchen updates that stand the test of time [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you’re tackling a full-scale kitchen renovation or simply refreshing your space, design decisions can often-times be overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and Artistic Advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions.SaveSave
Easy DIY tips to save on your winter energy bills
(BPT) - Here's what Americans have to look forward to this winter: While the south will be drier and warmer, the northern U.S. can expect 'wetter, cooler conditions,' predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).'Regardless of the outlook, there is always some chance for extre ...
How to get the most out of your lawn and snow tools
(BPT) - Remember when you actually had to leave the house to do things?Today, you could use your smartphone to do all your holiday shopping, order groceries and have them delivered, and then watch all the Oscar-nominated films without ever getting off the couch.It's pretty amazing, but for all the c ...
Be winter weather ready [Infographic]
5 kitchen updates that stand the test of time
(BPT) - Whether you're undergoing a full-scale kitchen renovation or a simple refresh, design decisions can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions that will stand the test o ...
Investing in spray foam the right way [Infographic]
(BPT) - Investing in spray foam insulation for your home can lead to significant savings each month. Spray foam insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs as well as contribute to lowering your home's carbon footprint. It's important to understand what goes into selecting and installing it ...
5 easy ways to 'charge up' your recycling habits
(BPT) - Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items. ...
5 ways to design with the 1980s comeback kid: Marble
(BPT) - Marble touts a long precious history in design. For thousands of years, the beautiful stone has been used to complete some of the most famous structures in the world, such as the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court building, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Pantheon and Michelangelo's Statue of David ...
Home improvement tips for your car that can save you money
(BPT) - Do you tend to put off some tasks, especially mundane ones like those pesky home improvement chores? While procrastination is not uncommon, staying on top of the chores not only can help keep you organized, it can save you money.Take cleaning your garage, for example. With the winter season ...
4 easy ways to pest-proof your home
(BPT) - It's late and you're in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close ...
No excuses: Preparing for earthquakes goes beyond the 'Big One'
(BPT) - Through September, more than 2,700 earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 2.5 have rattled the contiguous United States in 2016, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.A majority of those tremors are harmless and might provoke little more than a 'Did you feel that?' However, the pure volu ...
From stains to storage: Easy home cleaning solutions that open up time for fun
(BPT) - Juggling parenting duties and work obligations, not to mention household chores, is a lot for one person to take on and yet, moms like you do this every single day. So often you get caught up in all the busyness, you forget to set aside time to relax or just have some fun. Fortunately, there ...
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