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What No One Will Tell You About Farmhouse Sinks

From: Pretty Handy Girl By: Brittany Bailey When we bought our farmhouse sink, I naively thought I wanted one because they looked so beautiful in photos of farmhouse style kitchens. Now that we’ve had our farmhouse sink for three years, I want to tell you What No One Will Tell You About Farmhouse Sinks, especially […]

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The Beachhouse Has Drywall and It’s Glorious

From: Young House Love By: Sherry Petersik This has been a LOOOOOONG TIME COMING, and we couldn’t be more excited: our beach house has walls again! When we first “met” our house the original crumbling plaster was full of mold and termite damage, so it has taken over eight solid months to rebuild this baby […]

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Top Six Exterior Siding Options

From: HGTV By: By: Jeannie Matteucci Siding gives you a great way to add color and definition to your house. There are lots of options these days to help you create the perfect façade and you want to choose carefully. While aesthetics are always important, you also want to consider the material’s durability, ability to […]

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How Much Slope is Needed in Land Grading Near Foundations?

From: The Spruce Many homeowners are unaware of how much slope (grade) is needed around a house foundation. This is an important issue, because if land grading is not done properly, runoff can be directed toward your foundation. This unwanted water can eventually compromise its integrity. If the ground around your house is completely flat […]

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How to Construct a Chain Link Fence

From: DIY Network Follow these instructions to a sturdy chain link fence along your property line. Mark the Fence Location Before you start, have the local utility company mark all underground utility lines. Also, be sure to determine the property boundary and the local setback rules. Once you have determined the property line and legal […]

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Gardening in a Drought

From: Birds & Blooms By: Jill Staake A favorite aphorism among gardeners is that rainy days exist so we’ll have time to do housework. But while most of us much prefer a sunshiny afternoon in the garden to being stuck indoors with the vacuum, we also know that we need the rain. Most garden plants […]

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DIY Extra Tall Baseboards

From: Little Green Notebook I love tall, chunky baseboards and I’m not ashamed to say it! 🙂 Beefy floor boards = instant character in a room. Custom milled tall baseboards are insanely expensive though. Luckily it’s easy to replicate the look by layering a few pieces of much more affordable moulding. Here’s how: After we […]

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How to Choose the Best Kitchen Countertop

From: Remodelista These days, designers have gone way beyond granite—they’ll use just about anything for kitchen and island countertops. We can help you navigate the field. (Skip to the advice posts.) Kitchen countertops plays a demanding role: as the site of all food preparation, it’s expected to be durable (stain-proof, scratch-proof, and heat-proof), beautiful, and […]

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Painting for the Future

From: Fresh Nest Blog We are no strangers to the paint game. Anyone who has ever read this blog or seen either of our houses knows that. We also have recently announced that we’re expecting a baby in November, so we’ve begun prepping a spare room. It was a little less than a year ago […]

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Late-Summer Gardening

From: Mother Earth News By: By Vicki Mattern Q: I’m planting my fall garden, but it’s so hot outside! What can I do to help seeds germinate when I plant them in hot summer soil? A: Most annual vegetable seeds germinate readily in soil temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. But in midsummer, […]

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