Home Maintenance and Remodeling July 9, 2022

Earth-Friendly Renovations That Save Money

Growing numbers of homeowners are paying more attention to the ecological effects of renovations. Some eco-friendly projects can even reduce utility bills. Here are a few home improvements that can lower your carbon footprint and monthly bills at the same time.

Solar Panels
Although roof-mounted solar panels can be costly upfront, they often pay for themselves over time through tax credits, rebates and lower electric bills.

Insulated Windows
Dual-pane windows reduce energy costs by retaining warmth in the winter and keeping your home cooler in the summer.

Programmable Thermostat
Programming your thermostat is an easy way to slash your annual energy usage. In cooler months, you can lower the thermostat by a few degrees at night. As outdoor temperatures warm up, you can program the thermostat to reduce your air conditioning usage during the hours when nobody’s home.

Responsibly Sourced Flooring
Flooring that’s environmentally friendly often costs less than hardwood, which may not always be responsibly sourced. Sustainable choices include reclaimed wood, recycled tile, bamboo, linoleum, cork, and stained concrete.

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling July 9, 2022

Keep Your Garden Flourishing

You’ve invested hours of work into preparing, planting and feeding your garden to give it a healthy start. By keeping a watchful eye on it now, you can ensure it prospers and produces for the remainder of the season. Here are five mid-summer tips for a healthy garden in any region.

  1. Weeds go wild in high temperatures. Vigilance in controlling them now can keep your garden thriving.
  2. Look out for insect infestation. Slugs, snails and spider mites are just a few of the pests that can wreak havoc.
  3. Watch out for common diseases. Leaf spot, rust fungus and mildew can quickly take over your garden bed and ruin your hard work.
  4. Harvest vegetables as they ripen. Zucchini, for example, will keep producing if you pick them often.
  5. Prune suckering water sprouts from fruit trees. They grow from the trunk and branches and can sabotage the tree’s energy. 

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling June 15, 2022

Is Your Home Due for a Summer Makeover?

Imagine you’re a stranger touring your house. What would you update or replace? To spark your creativity, browse magazines and Pinterest boards for tones, colors and textures that speak to you. Even the smallest new touches can refresh the whole feel of a room. You can start small by adding new pillows and lighting or rearranging furniture. For a more dramatic change, consider these makeover ideas from FamilyHandyMan.com.

Stylish Window Treatments
Heavy drapes in outdated fabrics can age your rooms. If blinds are dirty or broken, think about replacing them.

UPDATE: Horizontal blinds and lightweight curtains help refresh and lighten your interiors.

Open Spaces
Floor-to-ceiling mirrors were popular in the ’80s to make a small space look bigger.

UPDATE: Vaulted ceilings and picture windows are a great way to open up a room and bring in more light.

Chic Finishes
Old wallpaper and borders can age your home dramatically. Consider hiring a pro to strip old paper and hang the new.

UPDATE: If you like the feel of wallpaper, try a modern faux-finish or a painted pattern such as stripes.

Bright Bathrooms
Glass block windows can sometimes date your space.

UPDATE: Skylights offer an updated way to bring more natural light into your bathroom.

On-Trend Colors
You loved those trendy paint colors back in the day, but now they look like a timestamp.

UPDATE: Create space and airiness by painting walls in lighter neutral colors.

Elegant Fixtures
Dated light fixtures don’t do much to complement today’s decor.

UPDATE: Dramatically change a room with modern or industrial lighting in updated colors and materials. 

Home Maintenance and Remodeling June 15, 2022

5 Home Renovation Myths

Myth #1: All home improvements provide a dollar-for-dollar return on investment (ROI).
In reality, you usually only get back a percentage of what you spend.

Myth #2: Permits aren’t necessary.
Not true. Check your city or county website for details on permits required in your area.

Myth #3: DIY is a great way to save.
What if your project ends up being too complicated for your skill set? It could be even more expensive to hire a pro to fix what went wrong than to hire a pro in the first place.

Myth #4: Temporary or partial repairs will provide the long-term answer.
Many DIY repairs aren’t covered by a warranty, which can be a deal-breaker when it comes time to sell your home.

Myth #5: The latest trend will always be popular.
Trends are eye-catching, but some may go out of style just as quickly as they came in style. It pays to stick with timeless designs.

Bottom line, the best approach to all home renovations is the informed one. Be wise with your renovation and reap the ROI.

Design TrendsHome Maintenance and Remodeling June 15, 2022

Luxury Closet Features

Closet design in the primary bedroom has become a new luxury feature in homes. Here are some of the most sought-after items for those who want to enhance the style and storage in their closets.

Upgraded Lighting
Many homeowners are adding dramatic lighting in their closets. Some popular choices include lighted clothing rods and shelves, chandeliers and sconces.

Built-in Dressers
Integrated storage and built-in dressers are must-haves for homeowners seeking to keep all their clothes and accessories in a single, organized space.

Storage for Valuables
Many homeowners want drawers specifically designed to hold jewelry, watches, sunglasses, and other small valuables. These locking drawers are often lined with velvet or satin. A small safe is another important item to conceal within the closet.

Dressing Areas
A large, attractive space with a full-length mirror, comfy seating and even artwork is increasingly popular for dressing areas in the closet.

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling May 19, 2022

Easy Ways To Deep Clean Your Home

Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, but here are a few ways to simplify the process and make your home sparkle.

Use the Dishwasher
You can save the elbow grease and use your dishwasher to clean metal vent covers, soap dishes, toys, and more.

Soak Showerheads
To clear your dingy showerhead of soap scum or hard water stains, simply fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it to the showerhead with a rubber band, and let it soak overnight.

Iron the Carpet
Spray set-in carpet stains with a mixture of one part white vinegar and three parts water, then cover with a clean cloth. Set your iron to its highest steam setting and run it over the cloth for several seconds. When combined, the vinegar mixture and steam will transfer the stain from the carpet to the cloth.

Refresh Mattresses
To freshen up your mattresses, sprinkle on some baking soda and allow it to sit for at least an hour. Finish by vacuuming up the baking soda, leaving mattresses refreshed and deodorized.

Steam the Microwave
To remove tough food splatters, fill a microwave-safe bowl with two cups of cold water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Microwave the mixture for 5 minutes, allowing the steam to loosen the food stains. Residue should easily wipe away.

Dust With a Dryer Sheet
Use dryer sheets to attract and trap dust on tables, blinds and other dusty surfaces.

Deodorize the Garbage Disposal
Eliminate odors and residue by running a few lemon slices, ice cubes and some salt through the garbage disposal.

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Design Trends May 19, 2022

Declutter, Purge & Reorganize Your Stuff

Decluttering may not be your idea of fun, but if you can get past taking those first steps, it can be enjoyable and satisfying.

Mentally fast-forward past the un-fun parts like making all those decisions about what you do and don’t want to keep. Imagine yourself at the next phase.

Now that you’ve opened up all this new space, find other fun ways to show your curated collectibles and household items. For example, try hanging tools or pots and pans on a decorative pegboard. Add some personality by painting, framing or covering the board in fabric. You can also decorate a coordinating magnetized board for cutlery.

part of kitchen with utensils

To add even more space in your kitchen, install pull-out drawers in large cabinets or insert a slim pull-out pantry in the space between the wall and your refrigerator. Hang a mug or cup collection with attractive hooks.

Take advantage of unused spaces under the stairs by installing drawers or cabinets. This space can be used to store things like sports equipment, out-of-season footwear or extra cleaning supplies.

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling May 19, 2022

Simple Home Updates

If you want to refresh your home decor but don’t have a lot to spend, the following affordable updates can make a significant difference.

Paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a big impact. Choose colors that make you happy and reflect your style.

Lighting
Outdated light fixtures can age your home. Replace them with modern lighting to brighten and refresh your rooms and exterior.

Hardware Finishes
Scratched and mismatched finishes on doorknobs, hinges, light switches, and outlet covers can date your interior style. Swap out old hardware for a simple, inexpensive way to bring cohesion to your space.

Front Door
If the outside of your home could use an update, paint or replace your front door. Everyone who visits will notice the change.

potted plant near red wooden door

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling March 3, 2022

Upgrade Your Laundry Room

A luxurious laundry room may seem a bit extravagant, but consider these options if you’d like to transform a dreary, utilitarian room into an attractive, functional space.

Add a Sink
A sink is a handy addition to any laundry room. You’ll have a dedicated place to scrub stained clothing, wash paint brushes, rinse muddy shoes, and clean dirty messes you don’t want in your kitchen or bathroom sinks.

Create Storage
Cabinets, shelves, drying racks, and storage baskets will help organize and declutter the room.

Make Space for Hampers
Free up space by adding built-in storage for hampers underneath the countertop. Use the counter when sorting laundry to keep your floor clutter-free.

Hang Wallpaper
Because they’re typically small, laundry rooms can be great areas for a bold design. Consider adding stylish wallpaper to spruce things up.

Build a Dog-Wash Station
If you have the space, a dog-wash station offers a convenient way to bathe your pets and contain their furry messes.

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Home Maintenance and Remodeling March 3, 2022

Choosing Exterior Paint for Your Home

Selecting a paint color for the exterior of your home can be challenging, but the following tips can help you make the right choice.

Coordinate with existing stone, brick or wood accents. If your home has natural elements that will not be painted, choose a color that complements the undertones of those elements.

Use an online color visualizer. Once you’ve narrowed your paint choices, use a color visualizer to see how different colors will look on your house. Some paint manufacturers allow you to upload photos of your home to their websites to test various color schemes.

Try several samples before committing to a color. The best way to compare colors is by painting on poster boards rather than directly on your house. Move painted poster boards around various areas on your home’s exterior. Make sure to test colors in sunny and shady areas. Also, be certain to put them directly next to any stone, brick or wood to ensure the color complements existing natural elements.

gray standard color book near green eraser

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