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Incorporating Recycled Materials into Your Home Improvement Project

One of the hottest trends in home design is to incorporate recycled and salvaged materials in home projects. Recycled or salvaged materials add timeless character to homes across the country. Sourcing salvaged wood and metal from local demolitions reduces landfill waste and the environmental costs associated with lumber production and transportation. Recycled materials look great; […]

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Raising Your Home Value

When we purchase a new home, most of us dream of the day when our property values rise. Home ownership used to be a logical and safe investment; we could expect that the value of our homes would grow over time. Today’s fickle real estate markets make home purchases a risky bet in many cases, […]

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Green Cleaning Tips

Across the country, homeowners are taking steps to lead healthier, happier, more environmentally-conscious lifestyles. In the home, cleaning products are an area that deserves more scrutiny. Traditional house cleaning products may not only harm the home’s residents, but they may also contribute to environmental damage. Let’s take a look at the “green cleaning” revolution and […]

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Adding an Outdoor Shower to Your Home

Many homeowners love to spend time outdoors. Pastimes like gardening, swimming in a pool or enjoying athletic activities are great ways to interact with family and friends. Sometimes, though, those outdoor activities can leave you dirty and ready for a shower. If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, an outdoor shower is […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Paste Wax

For thousands of years, people have been using wax to protect and beautify wooden surfaces. From architectural trim to fine furniture, picture frames, and kitchen implements, paste wax has been front and center when it comes to taking care of those wooden surfaces. Here is a quick crash course in paste wax – what it […]

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Simple Tips on Starting a Garden

Landscaping around the home adds a great appearance. Flower beds, trees, and shrubs give a home a finished look, and most homeowners take great pride in the way their landscaped areas look. Your garden, on the other hand, is more of a mystery. Too many homeowners think that gardening is tough work and complicated; the […]

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6 Simple Home Improvements

When most people think of a home improvement project, they envision weeks of work, lots of expenses, and a mess that disrupts everyday life around the home. While this is true for many different kinds of household improvement projects, there are just as many simple home improvements to take on at any time.  Freshen up a […]

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Easy Home Improvements

When most people think of a home improvement project, they envision weeks of work, lots of expenses, and a mess that disrupts everyday life around the home. While this is true for many different kinds of household improvement projects, there are just as many easy projects that take just minutes to do. Freshen up a […]

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Insulation Upgrades: How Retrofitting is Done

Adding insulation to an existing home is a great way to improve interior comfort. It’s also a fantastic way to save money on utility costs, reducing harmful environmental emissions in the process. By adding insulation to the attic spaces, crawl spaces, and wall cavities of your home, you can slash heating and cooling costs. Some […]

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What is COOLWALL®?

In sunny tropical climates like the Mediterranean Coast, the deserts of the Middle East, or island chains dotting the Pacific, it is common to find homes painted a brilliant white color. Besides giving these neighborhoods a polished look, that whitewashing effect has an important benefit: to block the sun’s rays from heating each home’s interior […]