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He Shed. She Shed.

Posted on 07/17/2024

Backyard sheds are useful assets. Sheds can create storage space in the garage, basement or other areas of the house that have become gathering spots for gear typically used outdoors


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Home Design Trends

Posted on 07/10/2024

Check out these and other noteworthy trends


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Alfresco A.I.

Posted on 07/03/2024

Smart home technology doesn’t have to be limited to the boundaries of your interior living space. Today, you can automate tasks and easily control key security and entertainment features outdoors, too. This is thanks to the increasing availability of intelligent devices built to withstand the elements and managed by your smartphone and voice assistant.


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Landscaping Tips to Try

Posted on 06/26/2024

Work out a plan to conserve two of your garden’s most precious resources: your time and energy. For most people, an ideal garden would be full of flowers and require no maintenance at all. But short of using silk flowers, that type of garden just doesn’t exist.


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Container Gardening – Designing Movable Masterpiece

Posted on 06/19/2024

Nearly everyone can enjoy the beauty, fun and ease of container gardening. Containers are a great way to bring the garden to a doorway, balcony, terrace, rooftop or practically any outdoor location. It is especially ideal for those with a limited gardening space and all that is really required is adequate light and accessibility to water!


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Keeping Chickens with Dogs

Posted on 06/12/2024

If you’re a dog owner, the first thing to consider is the temperament of your pet. Does it often chase rabbits or deer when out on a walk? How does your dog react to birds in the garden? If your hound tends to lose control in these situations, this behavior is likely to carry over into their relationship with chickens. Equally, if your dog is of a more relaxed temperament, they may show little if any interest in your coop.


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A guide to long-distance moving

Posted on 06/05/2024

Prospective home buyers are widening their home search areas to find new places to live. The National Association of Realtors says the median distance that buyers traveled to their new homes was 50 miles in 2022, which was triple the median distance that most people clocked in the 30 years prior. Still, the NAR 2022 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers also indicated one-quarter of buyers studied traveled more than 470 miles to find new homes.


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Open the Door to a Stylish Home

Posted on 05/29/2024

Your front door serves several purposes. It lets in sunlight and guests, and keeps out the cold. It’s the backdrop for your holiday wreath and your first line of home defense. It contributes to overall curb appeal. Because it does all this in the face of constant outdoor exposure and daily use, your front door may be well past its prime and within a few slams of needing a replacement. Here are five tips to help you select the best door for your home and lifestyle.


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Made in the Shade

Posted on 05/22/2024

With spring and warmer weather in full force, you want to venture more regularly beyond your back door and bask in the splendor of Mother Nature on your patio or deck. The catch? The sun can get awfully bright and hot, and it’s no fun being exposed to rain or other unwanted elements.


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Dust Baths: A Spa Day for Your Chickens

Posted on 05/15/2024

When you think of the word dust and bath that may not seem like a spa day to you but for your chickens this is the best way for them to preen their feathers and maintain cleanliness. You might not think it is necessary to actually make a dust bath for your chickens. For example, whenever there’s a dry spot of earth they’ll peck and scratch at it, and then crouch down, fluff out their feathers, and shake their wings to cover themselves in dust.


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Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens

Posted on 05/08/2024

Chickens aren’t especially difficult to care for, but before you dip your toes into backyard chicken keeping, there are a few things you need to consider to be sure you raise a happy, healthy flock that’s best for your family and home.


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Adding Ducks to Your Backyard Flock

Posted on 05/01/2024

We started our little backyard flock back in 2009 with six baby chicks and two ducklings. And I’ve had ducks living in (mostly) complete harmony with my chickens for more than a decade. Ducks are hardy and low-maintenance, but whether you’re just starting your backyard flock or thinking of adding some ducks to your chicken flock there are some important things to know about raising ducks.


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Before you pull that home improvement trigger

Posted on 04/24/2024

That costly custom crystal chandelier you’ve been eyeing would look perfect in the foyer. You’re convinced that dark quartz countertops would really make your kitchen pop. And your kids keep asking you to install that in-ground swimming pool you’ve hinted about. All these wish-list upgrade items make perfect sense to you. But they may not be so well-received by your home’s next owner, according to the experts. You may never recoup the costs you pay for many remodeling projects when it’s time to sell your home.


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6 Secrets To A Foolproof Paint Job

Posted on 04/17/2024

They’re easy to take for granted, but the walls and ceilings in your home are asked to do a lot — from setting your interior color palette and displaying décor to weathering the pounding and pressure they take from kids, pets and adults alike. It’s no wonder why the experts recommend repainting your walls every few years.


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What's new in kitchen cabinets?

Posted on 04/10/2024

While stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops receive most of the admiration in a kitchen design, cabinets have become look-at-me stars, too. Modernizing them can change a kitchen's personality or vibe. Here's a rundown of six trends in kitchen cabinets today.


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Planting fresh ideas indoors

Posted on 03/27/2024

Nothing announces the coming of spring quite like budding vegetation, flourishing flora, and grandly growing greenery. Only you don’t have to wait for your outdoor flower beds to bloom or garden to blossom before you can benefit from an overdue dose of Mother Nature’s majesty.


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Spring outdoor improvement checklist

Posted on 03/20/2024

Tackle these tasks to ensure a better-looking yard. We may be in the thick of winter, but here’s a warm and welcoming thought: It won’t be long before the flowers begin budding, trees start blooming, and the grass goes into a green-up mode.


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Facts on Fiberglass

Posted on 03/13/2024

A Fiberglass Pool Could Be Your Crystal-Clear Choice


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Made in the Shade

Posted on 03/06/2024

Upgrade your home’s outdoor living features in 2024. You’ve had your fill of holiday regaling and hosting guests indoors over these cold winter months, and you’re eager to take your entertaining ambitions outdoors once the weather breaks. Problem is, your backyard isn’t adequately equipped to accommodate alfresco get-togethers.


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Tips to Make Your Home More Cat-friendly

Posted on 02/28/2024

Millions of people cannot imagine life at home without their cats. Cats make wonderful pets, bringing their own unique personality into a home and providing companionship to their owners.


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Where to get home fix-it funds

Posted on 02/21/2024

That roof is starting to leak. Your basement foundation is showing some troublesome cracks. The furnace doesn’t fire up quickly when you adjust the thermostat, and your pothole-pecked driveway has seen better days. Each of these worry spots can come with a costly repair or replacement price tag. So where are you going to get the greenbacks to pay for these priorities?


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When It’s Better to Hire a Pro for the Job

Posted on 02/14/2024

As a homeowner, it’s often tempting to bite off more than you can chew. Particularly, that DIY bathroom redo that you were hoping to save money on, that sagging garage roof crying out for your magic touch or that new foyer light fixture waiting to be hung. Fact is, savvy and skilled weekend warriors can march into the home improvement battle with confidence. But the rest of us are usually better off enlisting experts for a fix-it or remodeling project.


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Signs It’s Time to Rightsize

Posted on 02/07/2024

Take a look around your home. Are the kids grown and moved out and now you have more house than you need? Maybe your elderly parents are ready to sell your childhood home and move to a senior center? It might be time to consider downsizing.


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Short on Time, Big on Clean

Posted on 01/31/2024

Sometimes it seems an insurmountable task to keep up with home maintenance. No need to worry. Take the advice of these cleaning experts, who have sketched out 10 quick-and-easy shortcuts that’ll help you fake the fact that you haven’t dusted in weeks:


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