Kitchen and Home Design Ideas — Home Improvement

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6 Home Upgrades Under $1,000 That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

6 Home Upgrades Under $1,000 That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

 Photo: Pinterest When it’s time to sell, a few key improvements, such as adding a granite countertop, can really increase your listing price. These strategic home improvement ideas can help add value to your home. Pop quiz: Would you rather buy a home with 1990s laminate countertops or pristine marble? It seems like an easy “A,” yet many home sellers are so immune to pre-existing (read: old) features in their homes that they can’t understand why buyers can’t see past them too. But even if you aren’t ready to list your home just yet, a few smart changes can make...

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Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Summer Entertaining

Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Summer Entertaining

What better reason to throw a soirée than to celebrate the return of summer? Now that the dormant winter months have waned, your backyard is full of life again and presents itself as the picture-perfect backdrop for a party. Prepare for a season worth celebrating by arranging your own outdoor entertaining area. You’ll be ready to party in no time. Positioning and Foundation.  Photo: Houzz Start by assessing your outdoor space, deck, or patio to determine the best location for your setup. Although you can position furniture differently for each event, start with a spot that provides plenty of room...

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How High Should a Knee Wall be for Granite Countertops

How High Should a Knee Wall be for Granite Countertops

Kitchen counters serve as more than places to store appliances. You prepare food, wash dishes and perform other duties at the counter and its height makes a big difference in your ergonomic comfort. Standard heights have been adopted for the different countertop surfaces in the kitchen but your personal preferences and needs may make alternative measurements preferable. Some builders will create the bar or island from cabinetry and top it with a countertop. Building a knee wall (some call it a pony wall)-- a short wall made from dimensional lumber -- is more affordable and looks just as good.      ...

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5 Mom-Approved Products for Your Next Remodel

5 Mom-Approved Products for Your Next Remodel

Whether she's a master chef or spa connoisseur, build the perfect space for Mom. If you want to remodel a kitchen or bath in the house, chances are that the lady of the house is the go to for decision-making on everything from scheduling the demo to choosing the paint color.  According to Colette Carlson, an expert on gender and selling, women make 89% of major purchasing decisions.  Keep that statistic in your back pocket and take a few minutes now to think about products your women are begging for in their homes. With Mother's Day coming up fast, these new and...

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