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Home Improvement

Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond
More people want smart home features that let them control their spaces while increasing energy efficiency and cutting waste. Here are the trends that are forecast to be hot in 2015.
 
3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
Now is the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.
 
5 common weatherization myths ... busted
Don't get cold feet when it's time to winterize your home - the truth behind common weatherizing myths.
 
Tips to keep tools in top shape
Take care of your valuable home improvement and gardening tools with these tips.
 
Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
Poor indoor air quality is nothing to sneeze at. Here's what you can do about some of the unexpected side effects of bad air.
 
5 things you're doing wrong while staining your deck
 
5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
With simple updates that cost less than $100 each, you can create a fabulous bathroom.
 
How to install and finish drywall in 10 steps
For do-it-yourself homeowners who have wanted to install and finish drywall but weren't sure how, these 10 steps will guide them through their home improvement projects.
 
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
From aging in place to an emphasis on luxury, renovating Americans weigh multiple objectives when updating their homes.
 
4 ways to discover the design potential of the '5th wall'
Ceilings are the "fifth wall" of any room, and they offer homeowners an opportunity to further express their decorating creativity.
 
One simple home improvement cuts noise pollution while boosting energy savings
Spray foam insulation not only improves your home's energy efficiency, it can make it quieter inside, too.
 
Add curb appeal to your home inspired by architecture
If you want to give your home a fresh new look, it's easy to update your curb appeal based on the style of architecture you like.
 
Keep them home, happy and studying: Creating a kid-friendly space
Whether you're trying to ease the transition from summer to school or convince your teenager that your house is the best spot to hang out, creating a kid-friendly space is easy with a few design tips.
 
Deck support: It's what's beneath the surface that counts
Learn why steel framing should be an integral part of your next deck.
 
Going home again: A great office is a key to success for new home-based workers
Ready to start working from home? Here are key considerations for setting up a productivity-inspiring home office.
 
5 simple ways to inspire and improve your inner 'making' skills
Tips to bring your next DIY project to the next level.
 
Tips on how to give your home an annual checkup
Give your home an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.
 
Your how-to guide for an amazing deck makeover
This is perfect deck season but before you mix that pitcher of lemonade or fire up the grill, you may want to give your deck a much-needed makeover.
 
The great debate: Stacking TVs and fireplaces
A great debate is happening on if a TV and fireplace can be stacked, creating one focal point in a room.
 
Must-have technology is making bathrooms healthier, safer, more enjoyable
Home technology is transforming American bathrooms and how we use them.
 
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Learn more about how kitchen and bathroom style has changed over the years and how each reflects the feelings of the era.
 
Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
The active lifestyle baby boomers enjoy means they don't want to take care of large homes any more. They're ready to downsize, and want to design their homes to be exactly what they need.
 
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.
 
Beat the heat: Simple solutions for keeping outdoor spaces cool and comfortable
Keeping outdoor spaces comfortable and cool doesn't have to be a challenge - consider these simple tips so you can enjoy the outdoors even during the dog days of summer.
 
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
What you need to know to make the bathroom a safe, enjoyable place for everyone in your home.
 
Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value
A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort on your deck or patio, all while enhancing your house's value and exterior aesthetic.
 
Summer projects to make your home sensational
Take your seasonal project to the next level with these fun ideas.
 
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Planning to complete a project during your staycation? It doesn't have to be all work and no play.
 
How to find $500 in energy savings in 5 rooms
With the demand for electricity and natural gas rising, right along with energy costs, American homeowners can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills. Read more on how you can save $500.
 
Ways to celebrate National Curb Appeal Month with projects you can do on your home
Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.
 
The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent
There's a new advancement in home construction that can improve energy efficiency dramatically.
 
Deck dreaming: 5 easy steps to plan the perfect deck
Breathing new life into an old deck is easy with a few simple projects.
 
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Nate Berkus, expert designer, shares kitchen design and entertaining tips to create inspired spaces and host memorable events.
 
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
Converting an attic into living space is a great way to gain room without moving up. Here's what you need to know about attic conversions.
 
5 simple projects to revive outdoor spaces in one weekend or less
You can get your deck party-ready this summer with a weekend's worth of simple projects.
 
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
Today's hottest design trend mixes traditional and contemporary decor in the home. Here's how to achieve the effect.
 
Easy DIY projects that boost curb appeal for less than $100
Curb appeal doesn't have to be costly. Here are projects that can enhance your home for less than $100.
 
The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal
Handcrafted home decor speaks to the soul. To achieve the handcrafted look in your home, consider these upgrades.
 
Extend your home to the outdoors this summer and beyond
This summer homeowners are turning their attention to home projects on the outside of the house.
 
Renewing concrete driveways, patios and sidewalk damaged by harsh weather
Did winter damage the concrete surfaces around your home? Here's what you should know about DIY concrete repair.
 
Summer's hottest 'deck-cessories'
See what's trending now when it comes to making outdoor spaces as stylish and functional as they can be.
 
Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway
Your front door and entrance is often the first thing others notice about your home. Make a positive first impression with these ideas.
 
Easy methods to give your home a summer spruce up
Summer provides a great opportunity to go deep and tackle the DIY-oriented tasks around the home. Check out these tips to give your home a summer spruce-up, without breaking the bank.
 
Smart, stylish solutions keep your entire home cool - without disrupting home decor
You don't have to pay for central A/C or compromise your decor to keep your home cool this summer.
 
Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
If you're planning a remodel, online resources can help you bring your vision to life, and create a detailed design plan before you begin the project.
 
Lawn mower accessories help get landscaping jobs done efficiently and professionally
At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family. Here's how.
 
Sink into these top tub trends for the ultimate bathing experience
If you consider your bathroom a relaxing oasis, soak up the news on these top tub trends.
 
DIY projects to turn your backyard into a summer oasis
Are you looking for easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your backyard? Here are a few projects to help turn your backyard into a space you'll look forward to showing off all summer long.
 
Get decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party
Planning some outdoor entertaining? Try these tips for making your patio, porch or deck party-perfect.
 
Five fixes for kitchens that get compliments
Make your kitchen your dream kitchen with these simple steps.
 
Do's and don'ts: the art of tackling your tile project
When you add a tile to a room, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Here are some simple tips to plan the look and feel of a room using tile.
 
Prepare your home for outdoor entertaining this summer
Simple, fun ways to spruce up your outdoor space for warm weather entertaining.
 
Top 5 trendy bathroom upgrades that don't cost a bundle
A trendy bathroom doesn't have to cost a bundle. Here are five hot bathroom trends that are surprisingly affordable.
 
Is your relationship ready for DIY? [Infographic]
Find out the differences between men and women when it comes to tackling a home improvement DIY project. Knowing how couples approach DIY discord will keep the relationships - and your projects - going strong.
 
Home renovation starts with good planning and good insurance
Before you begin a home improvement project, take steps to protect your home and assets from construction risks.
 
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Find out which remodeling projects can have a big impact on your home and its value.
 
All aboard: Family friendly tips to make your cleaning projects a snap
So you can get those summertime deep cleaning projects out of the way and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather, here are some quick tips to help make your home sparkle.
 
Keep cool this summer while saving money
Hotter weather can translate into higher costs if your home isn't operating efficiently. There are simple things you can do throughout your home to keep cool while saving money.
 
5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home
Some of the most valuable home improvements aren't visual. Here are five behind-the-scenes upgrades to improve a home's safety, comfort and value.
 
Spray paint tips to flawlessly update your home's furniture
Whether your outdoor items are looking worn and weathered - or your indoor spaces need a pop of color - spray paint is the perfect solution.
 
Stop home-maintenance headaches caused by the harsh weather
Intense weather may seem like a distant memory once the temperature warms, but the effects of severe climates may leave long-lasting damage to your home.
 
Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
Attention to trim can go a long way toward boosting your home's curb appeal.
 
Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces
With piles of paper from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas.
 
The window you choose makes a big difference [Infographic]
Not all windows are created equal. Learn how choosing the right window can lead to future energy savings.
 
Make your shower sing: Trends and tips to help you relax and re-energize
Simple updates and upgrades can help turn an ordinary bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary.
 
Home improvement tips to prepare for the summer storm season
Make sure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature has planned.
 
Basement flooded? This device could have prevented damage by shutting off water at the source
Few things match water's destructive power. Learn what to look for in your home.
 
Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color
Learn how to make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
 
Five fresh interior design trends using wood
Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood.
 
Selling this summer? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale
Upgrades can sell a home faster. Fortunately, some of the most effective improvements are also the most affordable.
 
Trim applications give the world a creative preview of your home
Choosing the right exterior trim products is essential, whether you have a modest home or coastal mansion. In fact, exterior trim is one of the most important architectural accessories you can use to dress up your home.
 
Driveways to mailboxes: Oft-overlooked items that drive curb appeal
Cracked driveways to shabby mailboxes, these often-overlooked elements can detract from your home's curb appeal.
 
Brighten and heighten your interior design with 5 simple tips for summer
Luxurious textures, bright colors and bold accents help to define today's most popular summer decor trends, adding emotion and energy to any space.
 
Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself
With the right tools and some know-how, it's possible to build your own outdoor kitchen this summer.
 
Modern home-design trends are set to revolutionize the housing market
Gen Y home-buying trends and desires are far different than what their parents and grandparents have wanted in the past, and it may forever change the way homes are designed and built in the future.
 
Backyard projects to turn the area into a treasured sanctuary
If you're planning to update your backyard this summer, be sure to use quality and natural products in building your projects.
 
Save money, time and energy when you tackle these home improvements in tandem
In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.
 
Hot home upgrades for spring
 
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