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Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover

Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.Now's the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether its a balcony, a patio or a deck, a few touches are all you need to turn it into a highly functional living space.When done right, a patio makeover is like a boost to... read more
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Transform your backyard with a paver patio

As the natural extension of a home’s interior, making sure the backyard is an attractive and functional exterior space for entertaining family and friends is important to many homeowners. Described by some as an outdoor room, it requires as much thought, creativity and commitment to design a backyard living area as it does the rest of a house....
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Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors

Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, todays kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than your backyard and the brightly colored...
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Plumbing the possibilities: Kitchens, showers and baths highlight outdoor living spaces

The trend toward outdoor living spaces that mimic the look, comfort, convenience and functionality of indoor spaces doesnt have to stop at the backyard grilling station. A growing number of homeowners are exploring new additions to their outdoor spaces, including outdoor showers and powder rooms, and even garage entertaining areas anchored by sinks and wetbars!While traditional plumbing techniques...
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How to get the best-looking lawn for your time and money

If grubs overtake your lawn this spring, will you know how to get rid of them? Do you have the time and skill to effectively patch those ugly bare spots that developed over the winter? A lush lawn and beautiful landscape are on virtually every homeowners wish list, but a lack of time and knowledge commonly keep people...
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