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Waterproofing and Tiling a Bathtub Shower — an Overview

From: The Ugly Duckling House Blog So, folks: I gotta be honest. I went into writing these posts about the master bathroom fully thinking I would create painstakingly step-by-step posts about waterproofing, tiling, leveling, grouting, and installing the new hardware on my shower. Basically, a bunch of posts that broke each part down for you […]

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The Pros of Cons of Painting vs. Wallpapering

From: Freshome By: Ronique Gibson The walls of your home have the advantage of changing and transforming your space with the help of paint or wallpaper.  A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy […]

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How to Pick the Perfect Window Placement

From: The House Designers By: Lauren Buser Windows aren’t just openings in the wall; they bring us closer to nature and let us connect better with our surroundings. Imagine walking into a sun-drenched room with an expansive ocean or mountain view. You can maximize the view by surveying your property and making adjustments to landscaping […]

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How to Choose the Right Hanging Hardware

From: This Old House By: Tim Snyder There’s no doubt about it. It’s tricky to fasten something to drywall when it has to go between studs. Plaster walls and hollow-core doors are no picnic to work on either. These surfaces separate space, not support weight. But, fortunately, there is an anchor for just about any […]

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Protecting Your Deck From Dry Rot

From: HomeAdvisor Dry rot is a tricky foe to fight. Even its name is deceiving since it’s not dried at all but, in fact, occurs due to excess moisture. But what exactly is it? Actually, it is a fungus which can cause mildew, mold, staining, or decay in wood. Micro-organisms remove cellulose from the timber, […]

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Six Tips for Your Lawn and Garden in a Drought

Source: Frankie Flowers Water is a precious resource, a fact made very apparent during a drought. Here are six tips to help your lawn and garden get through a drought, without wasting water. Use Mulch If you haven’t already added 2-3 inches of mulch to your gardens, now is the time. Mulch prevents weeds, reduces […]

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Keep Off the Grass: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

Source: Bob Vila By: Michael Franco Grass. It’s easy to plant, covers most types of terrain, and feels good under bare feet in the summer. It’s also… kind of ordinary. NASA satellite imagery shows that in America, lawns occupy about fifty thousand square miles, an area roughly the size of New York State. All that […]

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Positive Drainage Keeps a House Dry

From: Ask the Builder By: Tim Carter DEAR TIM: I am building a new home soon and I do not want water drainage problems of any sort in my yard. My existing home is built on a slab and I frequently have standing water around the house after a rainfall. My new home will have […]

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6 Steps For Converting A Bedroom Into A Home Recording Studio

Source: Explora By: Greg Johnson A well-designed room can make the difference between smooth sailing and major headaches down the road. With today’s technology, it doesn’t take thousands of dollars to get the gear needed to set up your home audio studio. Here are a few things (six steps) you should know before you start […]

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Put A New Face On Your House

Source: NorthJersey.com We can all use a makeover now and then. The same goes for our homes – not just the interiors, but also the exteriors. All About Stucco Stucco has been used since ancient times, for both architecture and sculpture. Along the way, its composition has been amended to withstand harsher weather conditions and […]

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