How to Transform Your Garage Into a Gym

6049858429_f02289ef36_zWe all want to look our best. Unfortunately, we live in a world where it’s all too easy to indulge in a convenience meal after a busy day. Not to mention the fact that with so much going on, it can seem impossible to find the time to burn off those calories at the gym. Whether you failed at your New Year’s resolution to take advantage of a gym membership or just want to get fit and make the most of the only life you have to live, it can be hard to get to the gym. Aside from time constraints, there are other issues such as finding childcare and keeping up with gym membership fees. There is a solution when you invest in transforming your garage into a gym. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Things That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

21182371144_4c1ee01f22_zJust about every homeowner knows that things such as kitchen and bath remodels and finishing unfinished space will add value to their home, but there also are some little-known upgrades that can make a house stand out. Here are five surprising things that will increase the value of your home. Continue reading

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Using The Five Types Of Lighting To Differentiate Spaces

1210Today, people enjoy the opportunity to use five dynamic different types of light to enliven a home. Using illumination effectively to differentiate spaces within a living environment; task lighting, natural, aesthetic, ambient and accent lighting can play an important role in home decor. This article provides detailed information about how you can use different types of lighting, what is the importance of illumination zones and how to use fixtures. Continue reading

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Growing Out Of Your Home? Build A Garage Apartment

5469846355_aaa4d47f60_zDo you need more room in your home but don’t want to add an extension? Consider transforming your garage into an apartment. Doing this can be a lot easier than you might imagine. All you need is one of the garage apartment kits and a little imagination.

Garage apartments are multifunctional. They can be used to provide space and privacy for a young adult, an aging parent, or a long-term visitor. Some people use garage apartments as rental property, play spaces, or home offices. Garage apartment kits can transform any garage into valuable living or work space. Continue reading

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Taking Advantage Of Your Vertical Space

11755994073_cf269dee04_zDecorating a home can be challenging as you want your home to reflect who you are and you also want it to be as organized as possible. Small living spaces can make it even tougher to decorate. Taking advantage of your vertical space is a sensible way to organize your items in a way that is attractive and appealing to you and your visitors. Even if you live in a bigger home, you will still want to make optimum utilization of all the space and using vertical spaces offers a ton of options. Continue reading

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Simple Upgrades to Turn a Builder Grade Home Into a Custom Home

4153722507_302c7a0797_bWhen you purchase a builder-grade home, you may benefit from a much lower up-front cost than if you built a custom home with designer touches throughout all of your rooms. However, a builder-grade home can have a less elegant or individualized feel to it than a custom home, and you may be wondering what steps you can take to improve your home without an extensive renovation or costly improvements.

There are a few simple, easy upgrades that you can add to your home that will give it a custom feel without investing a lot of time and money into home improvement and renovations. Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know About Egress Windows

8849310521_0f6cca4d9f_zDid you know that an egress window could save your life or the lives of your loved ones some day? Particularly if you reside in an older home, having access to one of these vitally important emergency exits could mean the difference between survival and perishing in a fire.

Essentially, an egress window permits the occupants inside a dwelling to escape from the premises if they must leave in a hurry. If a doorway or hallway should become blocked by smoke or fire, the ability to leave the residence via a bedroom egress window may prove lifesaving. Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Painted Concrete Floors

1Improvements in concrete paint quality, expanded color choices and money saving opportunities have opened up a new world for home interior designs. Homeowners are excited about new possibilities and options to explore using concrete paint. Learning about the pros and cons is a good place to start before making interior design changes. Continue reading

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How to Retrofit a Home to Make it More Energy-Efficient

4005730480_b523784e97_zThe vast majority of homes in the United States are inadequately insulated, many of which are in dire need of a detailed energy audit and retrofitting. Air leaks due to cracks and holes in a home’s shell cause the greatest expenditure of energy and are estimated to raise the average homeowner’s electricity bill by 25-30%, while energy-wasting appliances and lighting fixtures are a close second. But how should property owners begin the process of retrofitting their homes for better energy efficiency?

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4 Interior Decoration Ideas Using Historic Styles and Periods

5742525694_380956691c_b (1)There’s always a sense of nostalgia that is the foundation of interior decoration ideas based on historic styles and periods. Creating a special look that reminds individuals of their favorite historic period makes an unmistakable style statement.

 

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