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Home Improvement

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Find out which remodeling projects can have a big impact on your home and its value.
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.
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.
Eliminate home-maintenance headaches caused by the harsh weather
The polar vortex of 2014 may seem like a distant memory, but the effects may leave long-lasting damage to your home. To make sure your home is in tip-top shape, consider these key maintenance projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color
Learn how to make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
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.
Spruce up your wood deck for outdoor entertaining [Infographic]
Let the natural beauty of a well-maintained deck transform your backyard into a gathering place with these spruce-up tips.
Put the 'pro' in home improvement with the right painting tools
Many DIYers don't consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right paint color. Here are a few tips to help you identify the right tools for the job and make your next painting project your best yet.
Expert advice for spring kitchen redesigns that you'll love forever from designer Nate Berkus
If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you're simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it's time to plan a spring redesign that you'll love now, and for years to come.
New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
Learn how the latest technology can protect your home from wet weather and storms.
5 outdoor living trends that instantly turn a drab deck into a beautiful oasis
If your outdoor space is a bit drab, there's no need to fret. The year's top trends in outdoor living will transform any deck in an instant and create a space that is truly an extension of the home.
Make two company - not a crowd - in the master bath
While you may be ready to share your life with someone, you may quickly realize you aren't willing to share everything. The solution? His-and-her master bath bathrooms.
Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
Homeowners don't have to compromise on quality building materials in order to achieve greener construction and renovation. Some of the most durable and cost-effective materials are also among the greenest.
Tips on transforming a dated condo into a hot property
Learn just how easy it can be to transform a dated condo into a hot property everyone wants.
Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces
Learn how you can create an amazing outdoor space that is also eco-friendly.
5 simple tips to prepare your home for flood season
The No. 1 natural disaster in the U.S. is floods: Is your home ready? Consider these insider tips for getting your property ready for flood season.
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder
The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything. The bathroom should be a functional room that works for you and here's how.
Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
Learn how you can save money and energy this season with a few home improvements.
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
Homes are more technically advanced than ever before. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.
Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
First impressions happen at the curb. Even if you're not planning on selling your home anytime soon, simple outdoor improvements can make a dramatic difference. Add curb appeal without emptying your bank account.
Stay cool by going green this summer
Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $11 billion annually in usage alone, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn how to cut bills and go green.
Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
Myths persist about composite decking. Here are the facts homeowners should know before deciding on composite or wood for a deck.
Spruce up your home for spring with wood [Infographic]
Crown molding is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add style and definition to any room, and you can install this upgrade yourself.
Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
See how the latest technology makes owning a pool and cleaning it easier than ever.
Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, above-floor plumbing quickly and easily solves a host of plumbing challenges.
Deck staining secrets for success
Restoring your deck's beauty and protecting it from further damage can be relatively easy and affordable. HGTV/DIY Network star and seasoned deck builder Jeff Wilson shares his six essential tips for success for this popular project.
To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
Learn how modern technology can make daily chores easier, freeing up time in today's busy lifestyle.
Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
If you're planning to sell your home and have already renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, what's your next move? Three words: master suite upgrades.
Bringing life back into your yard and garden
You can take pride in your backyard year after year with a breathtaking landscape by following these simple steps.
A sure-footed way to choose new flooring
When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.
How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
Learn why spring is a great time to reside your house and what options you have.
Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling?
Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
Find out how to recreate your outdoor living space without spending a fortune. There are plenty of easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in just a few weekends.
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.
Create a splash of color in your home - indoors and out [Infographic]
Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Learn more about these projects and National Painting Week here.
Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home
Learn simple ways that you can open up storage options in your kitchen without a major overhaul.
Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
A residential wood deck addition has a recouped cost of 87.4 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value Report - here's what you need to know about this smart home improvement project.
Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Check out these tips for getting your home ready for a quick sale.
Get decked out with color
Wondering what one of the biggest trends "on deck" is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain.
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest "chalet chic" design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.
Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here's advice from the experts.
Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home.
A healthier home makes for happier families
If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home. Here are four tricks to help reduce your risk for headaches, fatigue, allergies, respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and other serious long-term conditions, and make your home healthier.
Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it's often the things that homeowners don't consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home.
Perk up your home with pattern
Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

"Patterns are hot, hot, hot," says Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. "Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background."
Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn't a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.
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