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Posted on 01/16/2022
How to Use Your Home Assistant Effectively
Virtual home assistants can be versatile, even if they're still somewhat seen as a novelty to some homeowners. To really get the most out of them, though, you need to first understand what it can do. We'll look at how your home assistant works and how you can add more efficiency to your routine by adjusting how you...
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Posted on 01/09/2022
Fairy Gardens: What They Are & How to Build Them
Image by normwear from Pixabay Fairy gardens are miniature gardens either planted in containers or in part of an actual garden. They typically feature small plants and decorative materials depicting a tiny scene or living space for “fairies” or other small imagined creatures. Some are purely decorative, while others are interactive and meant to be played with. Setting...
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Posted on 01/02/2022
3 Fun Ideas to Keep You In-Touch With Long-Distance Loved Ones
Most of us are fairly accustomed to using long-distance technologies. But did you know you can use those same long-distance technologies to do more than communicate with the office? Here are 3 excellently entertaining ways to stay in-touch with your loved ones while having a blast. Virtual Tea/Coffee Having a warm cup of tea or coffee with loved...
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Posted on 12/26/2021
What Is a "Good" Foundation?
Photo by Rodolfo Quirós from Pexels Regardless of the type of foundation you decide upon, you need to make sure that it's a good quality foundation. It isn't as simple as throwing up a few forms and then pouring cement to create a slab or walls. So what makes a "good" foundation? Building Foundations and Their Features To...
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Posted on 12/19/2021
Thinking About Storage Sheds? Check Out These DIY Ideas
A storage shed offers a great place to keep your lawn mower and other lawn care and gardening equipment. You can also store bikes and other outdoor recreation equipment in these sheds, or keep your trash cans hidden away in them. Having one of these sheds can free up space in your garage while also making it easier...
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Posted on 12/12/2021
The 3 Things You Need to Know About Selling to a First-Time Homebuyer
First-time homebuyers are an important subset of potential customer every agent and seller should know. As younger generations reach the age and stage of wanting to purchase a home, they’ll be entering the market with specific needs. If you’re selling your home—either through an agent or by owner—here are some of the most important things to do to...
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Posted on 12/05/2021
Modern Farmhouse Style 101
Image by Andrea Barstow from Pixabay The modern farmhouse trend continues to grow in popularity. For both interior and exterior home design, the name of this style is everywhere, from inspiration blogs to retailers. Real estate professionals have even begun featuring modern farmhouse properties in their respective markets because of the continued demand for the style. However, with...
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Posted on 11/28/2021
How to Finish Basement Walls: Expert Tips to Help
There are many steps that go into “finishing” an unfinished basement. One of the biggest challenges is renovating the basement walls in order to create a living space. Whether you hire a contractor or do the work yourself, there are some key things to consider in your process. Here are some expert tips for finishing your basement walls....
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Posted on 11/21/2021
Can Converting A Shed Into A Tiny Home Save You Money?
A growing number of homeowners invest in in-law apartments each year as a way to expand their square footage to accommodate family members. According to data from Freddie Mac, upwards of 1.4 million single-family homes include an in-law dwelling. Regardless of the reason to make the home improvement, property owners often spend the money knowing the additional living...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
How to Safely Build a Treehouse
Treehouses give kids a fun place to play, read books or hang out with friends. With a treehouse, kids can spend more time outside enjoying fresh air. If you’re thinking of building a treehouse in your yard, it’s important to keep a few factors in mind, such as where to put it and how big it should be....
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Posted on 11/07/2021
Thinking of Adding a Kitchen Island? Check Out These DIY Ideas
Image by Solomon Rodgers from Pixabay Installing a kitchen center island ranks among the most significant changes homeowners make to the house's most used space. The benefits of increased surface area and the idea you can design a kitchen center island to include a breakfast counter make this improvement attractive. But the cost can of an installation can...
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Posted on 10/31/2021
Lighting: How Smart Lights Can Give Your Home Ambience a Boost
Smart lighting is available in many shades, colors, shapes and fixture sizes, which makes it easier to blend them into your day-to-day. With this technology, you can control multiple lights in a single room with bluetooth-enabled bulbs and experiment with various combinations. What Is Ambient Lighting? Ambient lighting refers to the first layer of light in the room,...
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