Home-Repair

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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 life got in the way. Twelve years, two boys and countless birthday parties, pets and indoor soccer games later, their floors were... read more
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Buying smart home tech? This approach helps you steer clear of disappointment

Are you tempted by smart home technology?Its the high-tech home improvement trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners are flocking to electronics stores to pick up app-controlled smart thermostats, automated smart locks and even smart doorbells with onboard video cameras.But dont join them just yet. Smart home equipment requires expertise to set up, program and maintain—expertise...
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Turn your basic backyard into an outdoor oasis

Summers in full swing, but are you truly making the most of it? Creating a vibrant outdoor space can expand the living area of your home, while providing a unique venue for entertaining or relaxation, allowing you to enjoy every free moment to the fullest.From the ultimate sports bar to a zen paradise, the outdoor design possibilities are...
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5 steps to a smart home

When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone.So what about a smart home?Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of cases, they were the only steps. Since then, technology has continued to...
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Your backyard canvas: 3 ways to create an outdoor living area as unique as you are

Its amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history — from da Vincis Mona Lisa to van Goghs Starry Night — are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings to life.Likewise, when creating your own outdoor living space, you...
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