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Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking

(BPT) - If you’re planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in today’s decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtually any design to reflect your style. The possibilities of creating a bold deck design are only limited by your imagination. For example, did you love hopscotch while growing up? Build a hopscotch board into your deck. Maybe you are an avid musician; why not design your deck in a giant guitar shape?

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.

Monday 06/18/2018
Top Tips and Decluttering Insights for Your Next Move
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(StatePoint) Moving can be emotional and the ways you manage it – including the downsizing of your possessions – may be influenced by your age, suggests a new study.

Friday 06/15/2018
3 simple ways to create the party deck of the summer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting the summer fun is a no-brainer. Throughout the colder seasons it’s easy to forget about your special role of summer party host, and maybe the dirt and grime on your deck is piled a little bit higher than you had expected. Worry not, for we’ve compiled three simple ways to have your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

Tuesday 06/12/2018
How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with more playtime and fewer headaches to help you get started.

Friday 05/25/2018
4 decorating tips for the perfect outdoor entertaining space
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - When it comes to outdoor entertaining, making sure your space is ready is critical for enjoying summer — from its "unofficial" start over Memorial Day weekend all the way through Labor Day.

Monday 05/21/2018
Feed your dog from a DIY concrete bowl
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - With dogs living in more than 60 million U.S. households, pooches are by far the most popular pet in America according to the America Pet Products Association’s 2017-2018 National Owners Survey. The same research also indicates that dog food accounts for a large proportion of the expenses to own a dog at around $300 a year, depending on the type of dog and their choice of chow. Regardless of expense, no owner wants to see good food go to waste because their clumsy dog accidentally knocks over the bowl or an unexpected storm blows the dish across the back patio. Dog owners can avoid the repeated exercise and cost of replacing wasted food by using a sturdy and durable concrete dog bowl.

Thursday 05/10/2018
Make the most of your landscaping projects this year with these tips
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there’s outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some landscaping. If you have landscaping as part of your to-do list this season, the right strategy can ensure that you get the most benefit from your landscaping goals with the least amount of headache.

Wednesday 05/09/2018
The benefits of child's play extend beyond exercise
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess?

Thursday 05/03/2018
6 Money Tips for Buying a Home
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(StatePoint) When searching for a new home, you may come across some conflicting information, especially about home financing or mortgage loans. Consider these six money tips to help you navigate the process.

Tuesday 05/01/2018
Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - It’s National Wildfire Awareness Week. So, if you live in a wildfire-prone area, make sure you’re taking the right steps to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep.

Tuesday 04/24/2018
A Primer for First-Time Homebuyers
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Finally ready to take the plunge? Join the club.

Friday 04/20/2018
With More Buyers Out There, These Home Upgrades Can Really Pay Off
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - It's time to stop thinking of Millennials as totally uninterested in owning anything just because they were early adopters of Uber.

Wednesday 04/11/2018
90 percent of homes have hard water: What are the effects?
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The only way to truly remove the hard and soft scale from household water systems is with salt-based water softeners.

Tuesday 04/03/2018
Buy a home in 2018 with these 3 steps
Updated: April 04, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - So you want to buy a home? Congratulations! Homeownership can be a wonderful accomplishment and milestone in your life. But be forewarned that it might not be easy. The process is complicated and often comes with a few hurdles.

Monday 03/26/2018
Credit tips for buying an investment property
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you.

Wednesday 03/21/2018
4 home remedies that will put more money in your pocket
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - What do you like to do for fun when you have some free time on your hands? Whether it’s seeing the latest blockbuster, sampling a delicious entree or taking a road trip, chances are your passions cost money. If you’re like many Americans, you may find you don’t have quite as many loose dollars, especially when you have to be a responsible adult and take care of all those monthly expenses.

8 simple things you can do at home to improve indoor air quality
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - A clean house always looks and feels good. But did you know a clean environment goes a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy?

Thursday 03/08/2018
Are Common Myths Holding You Back from Buying a Home?
Updated: March 09, 2018 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Aspirations of home ownership is strong for America’s families, yet findings from the fifth annual America at Home survey from NeighborWorks America indicate several perceived barriers to homeownership among the majority of consumers.

Monday 03/05/2018
How Much Home Can You Afford this Spring? Factors to Consider
Updated: March 05, 2018 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty clear about the proper order of things -- agreeing you should fit your mortgage to your finances, not to a house.

Wednesday 02/21/2018
House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love.

Thursday 01/25/2018
Spring without the wings: 5 tips to avoid a seasonal pest problem
Updated: February 02, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Daydreaming of spring is something everyone does during the coldest days of winter — even pests. The promise of warmer weather on the horizon is also a boon for the numerous species of pests that inhabit your area, and when the temperature perks up, many of those pests come out of hiding and start looking towards your home for food and shelter.

Wednesday 01/24/2018
Deciphering the legalese in your furnace warranty
Updated: April 17, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with a warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that’s critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace?

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Creating a dream home with cypress
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes.

Monday 01/08/2018
6 ways to reach your New Year's financial resolutions
Updated: January 16, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Sponsored content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

Thursday 12/21/2017
Preparing for a party? Try these 4 tips
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - It’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.

Tuesday 12/12/2017
Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams
Updated: March 20, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat.

How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.

Wednesday 12/06/2017
Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
Updated: March 10, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm.

Tuesday 11/14/2017
How to Find the Right Home Mortgage So You Don’t Overpay
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Ample bedrooms and bathrooms? Check. A roomy kitchen? Check. A nice-sized backyard, storage space in the attic and just the right amount of curb appeal? Check, check and check.

Monday 09/11/2017
Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
Updated: September 12, 2017 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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