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Renovations: The Most Bang For Your Buck

It’s no secret. Renovations are costly and can do a real number on your daily routine. Depending on how extensive your renovation is the time it could take stretches anywhere from a few days to a month. But, when done well, home renovations are a great way to increase the function of your home while also adding to its value. There’s a long list of things to renovate, and when you’re starting out the list of things you want will be quite long. But to get the most out of your renovation, check out these projects that bring the...

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Hidden Budget Blunders of Renovations

The first thing anyone who’s ever been through a renovation will tell you is to create a realistic budget and stick to it. It’s easier than you think to go crazy with little upgrades here and there. It’s only an extra twelve cents per square foot for the nicer tile… Only fifty bucks more for this toilet with more features… It’s a five dollar difference between this fixture or that switchplate, and the list goes on and on. But it isn’t just those little expenses you have to consider when creating the budget that you will stick to no...

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Room Upgrades That Don’t Involve Paint

Painting is a relatively easy task to create a bold new look for any room in your home. But do you really want to devote an entire weekend to one project. Painting is also a rigorous bit of work. If you want to add a little extra oomph to your rooms, but don’t want to undertake the DIY paint project, here are a few ideas to get your imagination going. Lighting Fixtures We don’t recommend rewiring your home’s lighting sources. That’s a job best left to the professionals. But changing your lighting fixture is well within your DIY reach....

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The Great Outdoors Inside

The Great Outdoors Inside “Be one with nature” the wise, enlightened guru tells you. If you live in a bustling, busy city it can be all too easy to forget about nature. Even if you aren’t Mighty Jack Camper with a closet full of REI gear for the great outdoors, even if you utterly despise the thought of going camping, there’s still something soothing about a bouquet of flowers or the blade-like leaves of a snake plant reaching its vibrant green spears towards the ceiling. Fresh foliage in any room brings with it a certain feeling of life and...

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Paint Like A Pro, Spend Like a Miser

You’ve made the decision to update your bedroom with a new paint job. The New Year is on the horizon and you’ve got some vacation time coming up, but no plans to travel. Let’s Do It! You can hire a professional painter. You can. But you’ll have to pay – not just for the supplies – but the service. If you’ve got the budget for it, go for it! But if you’re invested in making an investment without “shooting your wad” as Memaw would say, you can have the look of a professional and keep it in a reasonable...

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