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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 ...
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*.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 DIY projects for your first home
(BPT) - “Where should I start?” It's a question many homeowners ask themselves.DIY is a great place to start for new homeowners. DIY projects are very versatile — they can easily be adapted to your skill level, budget and desired project. With a little extra time and creativity, you can transform yo ...
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 ...
The rise of the basement: Top tips for a better space
(BPT) - With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements.Basements are coming out of hiding these days. And they're doing it in style, with before-and-after transformations featured everywhere fr ...
4 important tips for planning a kitchen remodel
(BPT) - Kitchen upgrades can seem daunting. From full renovations to hardware updates, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. To make the process as smooth as possible, Delta Faucet compiled key tips to keep in mind as you embark on the remodeling journey. These ...
Know what to do in a home fire? Get prepared with 5 easy tips
(BPT) - If a fire broke out in your home, would you know exactly what to do? Would your kids? Home fires are the biggest disaster threat facing American families today, with one home fire reported every 86 seconds in 2014. Despite this threat, many families aren't prepared. In a recent survey* of p ...
5 residential design trends in hardwood
(BPT) - Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What’s the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters.“We’re constantly delighted to see how traditional woods like oak a ...
Fire safety reminders to protect your home and family
(BPT) - While it's important to be prepared in the event that a fire breaks out in your home, it is also very important to evaluate your home for fire safety and fire prevention beforehand. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) September 2015 Structure Fires Report, U.S. fire ...
5 secrets to building the best media room
(BPT) - There was a time when only a few could afford a large screen television. The resolution was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, technology has advanced so remarkably fast that today a 60-inch television with unbelievably crisp resolution is within many people’ ...
Introducing the intelligent toilet [Infographic]
(BPT) - - In an age where consumers are seeking ways to make their homes, and everything within it, work harder, faster and smarter, isn't it time for Americans to upgrade their traditional toileting experience to an intelligent one?Save
3 surprising home elements you can automate
(BPT) - Just a decade or two ago, home automation was still something of a novelty. Some homeowners might have had programmable thermostats in their homes, but many probably hadn’t thought of automating things like window coverings. Moreover, they likely viewed any home automation they did have as a ...
10 smart steps for chainsaw safety
(BPT) - The buzzing, the crack, the call of "timber!" Whether you're trimming vegetation on your rural property or updating the landscaping by your suburban home, a chainsaw helps you get the job done quickly and efficiently.Millions of homeowners safely use chainsaws every year, however, it's impor ...
Tips for creating a virtually self-cleaning bathroom
(BPT) - Americans may be spending less time on housework, but that’s probably not much consolation when you’re scrubbing the toilet for the third time in a week. Meanwhile, hours spent working are taking more of our time, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Surve ...
Tackle those air leaks now before heavy snow and cold temperatures hit
(BPT) - Home renovation experts suggest now is the ideal time for homeowners to prepare their home for winter and think about home improvement plans they can complete now.When it comes to home improvements, building experts recommend homeowners carefully consider and prioritize their plans by lookin ...
4 questions smart homeowners must ask remodelers
(BPT) - If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you’ll select your remodeler? Don’t be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos — they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don’ ...
4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System
(BPT) - Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You've replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text.Another thing you can ad ...
4 great ways to create an outdoor living space
(BPT) - Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space.Today more than ever, homeowners are seeking ways to maximize the footprint of their home - both inside the four walls and out. Outdo ...
Tips to prepare your home for hurricane season
(BPT) - NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms in 2016 with four to eight potentially becoming hurricanes. However, while weather experts monitor storm patterns, homeowners don't have to sit idly by and wait for disaster to strike. "Getting your home prepared before a hurrica ...
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