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5 fabulous deck fix-ups

Are you tired of having a deck youre no longer proud to show off? Youre not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.If youre like surveyed respondents and ready to return your fixer-upper to its former glory, the process may seem daunting. Fortunately, a little inspiration is all you need to transform your deck into... read more
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How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation

Kristen Johnson* loved her home, her family and their active lifestyle. Shed never want to change a thing — except for her foyer and adjoining dining room. When she and her husband first moved into their home, they had intended to refinish the hardwood floors in those areas in a darker stain to better fit their style, but...
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Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks

You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light, said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety. Take...
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Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools

It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. People who had stayed away are now coming back, getting exercise...
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5 tips to make the most of your outdoor space

A beautiful, sunny day is one of the best parts of the season and when you have one, you simply have to be outside. When you step outdoors, where do you go? To the park? The lake? A friend's home?How often do you stay home and enjoy a beautiful day in your own outdoor space?If your answer is...
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