Home Improvements

Home Improvements

How to Spiff Up Your Fireplace

Here are secrets for dealing with the messy ashes and sooty surfaces of a wood-burning fireplace… Ashes: Wait until every…

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Easy Way to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper is back! Or maybe it never went away? It’s a great way to accent a powder room or small…

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Add Style to Your Home with Salvage Design

Vintage tiles, old doors, claw-foot tubs, fireplace mantels and a host of other items salvaged from old homes, barns, schools…

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7 Renovations That Reduce (Yes, Reduce) Your Home’s Value

Never do this to your home! Home-renovation projects rarely pay for themselves when the home is sold. Sometimes the financial…

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How to Go Solar Without Getting Burned

Save Big on Energy Bills These are sunny days for solar power. In 2018, a new solar project was installed…

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3 Ways to Avoid Paint Drips

If you’re getting ready to paint a room, you probably know to cover up furniture and exposed body parts (like…

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Don’t Use a Paint Brush for This

If you’re painting unusual configurations, like intricate stair railings or wrought-iron gates, it might be easier to use your hand…

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No More Leaky Skylights!

Enjoy the Sun and the Stars Without the Drips A skylight can transform a dark room into a bright and…

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Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

Finishing a basement often is the most cost-effective way to increase a home’s living space—one of several reasons that the…

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Tricks to Make a Small House Feel Bigger: No Renovations Required

In a recent survey, 80% of home owners had at least one major regret about their home. Among the most…

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What Color Did I Paint That Room?

It's time to paint your bedroom or guest room or wherever, and you've discovered the best color ever. Here's a…

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How to Save with a Smart Thermostat

Since the Nest “smart” thermostat was introduced four years ago, more than one million have been sold despite its relatively…

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You’re Decorating Wrong

7 Mistakes You're Probably Making Minor decorating decisions can have a major impact on how your home looks and feels.…

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Wow! This Is My House? Simple Renovations That Can Transform Any Home

You might be surprised at how much you can change the character of your home—and make it much more attractive…

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6 Thrifty Tricks to Spruce Up Your Deck

The typical residential deck is an uninspired, unattractive rectangle of rapidly weathering wood. Very few home decks are truly engaging…