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Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products
(BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it’s no wonder bathroom recycling is... Click to read more


5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project
(BPT) - When it comes to home improvement, DIY is more popular than ever. There's just something satisfying about improving your home with your own two hands and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, day after day. However, home improvement projects can be expensive, and many people shy awa... Click to read more


4 design upgrades for a spring refresh
(BPT) - With warm weather knocking at the door, it’s time to rejuvenate your space and rid the home of winter clutter. While it may be the perfect time of year for a refresh, it can be challenging to find exciting new ways to decorate. With top design trends in mind, here are four simple solutions ... Click to read more


7 home improvements to tackle before you move in
(BPT) - You found the perfect home, so it's not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty.So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive.* Painting. A fresh coat of... Click to read more


Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system
(BPT) - The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you’re already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling sys... Click to read more


3 upgrades to help boost your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - With milder temperatures and longer days, it seems as though the last vestiges of winter are behind us. Yet, if you experienced high heating bills, or drafts and cold spots throughout your home, it could mean your home is not as energy efficient as it could be. Home improvement experts sugg... Click to read more


Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less
(BPT) - For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it's finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn't have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling reinvigorate... Click to read more


3 tips to make your bathroom remodel a breeze
(BPT) - If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, you're not alone. Bathrooms are the most common remodeling project people will undertake in 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. So what's the best way to begin? Here are three expert tips to help you get started: 1... Click to read more


3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help.Best of all, many of these projects... Click to read more


5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring
(BPT) - We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly!Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun an... Click to read more


Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home
(BPT) - Spring is a time of renewal and home improvement. More and more, homeowners are looking for maximum practicality and durability from everything in their home. They won't, however, sacrifice style and aesthetic to achieve it. Fortunately, home products continue to advance, be it waterproof t... Click to read more


4 hot, high-tech upgrades to give your bathroom over-the-top luxury
(BPT) - Americans love luxury and technology, so it's no surprise that the two are meeting and thriving in one of our favorite places - the bathroom. Just as technology is transforming every other area of the house, inside and out, it's recreating our concept of what constitutes a luxurious bathroo... Click to read more


Retaining walls create attractive outdoor seating options
(BPT) - Humpty Dumpty had the right idea when he sat on a wall.Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are a popular solution for beautiful and durable outdoor seating - from freestanding walls that double as seating and two-tiered couches to large applications such as cost-effective amphitheater and ... Click to read more


Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry
(BPT) - From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist.Here to set the record straight for our feathered f... Click to read more


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 homeo... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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 bat... Click to read more


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 wate... Click to read more


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 vacat... Click to read more


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 o... Click to read more


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 pro... Click to read more


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 — o... Click to read more


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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 w... Click to read more


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 g... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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. Rates can change direction fast, and when they rise-as they have recently-it can cost borrowers... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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 storm... Click to read more


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, understand... Click to read more


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 re... Click to read more


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 no... Click to read more


Safeguard your home from ice dam formation
(BPT) - 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 sea... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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 c... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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 ... Click to read more


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 th... Click to read more


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,... Click to read more


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... Click to read more


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... Click to read more


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 fabul... Click to read more


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 step... Click to read more


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 stayi... Click to read more


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 sho... Click to read more


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 b... Click to read more


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 al... Click to read more


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... Click to read more


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 comfortabl... Click to read more


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 finan... Click to read more


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 ca... Click to read more


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 mos... Click to read more


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... Click to read more


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... Click to read more


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 m... Click to read more


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 ab... Click to read more




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