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    3 ways to build a lasting dream deck with steel framing

    (BPT) - A recent Houzz survey reports that 1 in 5 homeowners who underwent home renovations in the last year made exterior upgrades to their property. Breaking it down further, 1 in 8 of those weekend warriors funneled their energy into a complete deck overhaul. With the rising popularity of DIY home improvement projects in today’s ever-evolving landscape, these statistics will only continue to climb.

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    Top tips for weathering storm season

    (BPT) - September is the most common month for hurricanes to make U.S. landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and with severe storms and tornadoes appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm.

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    Tips for jump-starting your next home project — safely

    (BPT) - While health and safety concerns remain top of mind for all Americans, many are also using this season and the extra time at home to get started on long-awaited home improvement projects. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to achieve your vision for your abode safely, with a little planning and know how, while practicing social distancing.

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Thursday 09/17/2020
5 Home Remodeling Tips from the Pros
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) With the extra time many Americans have spent at home over the past few months, there have been plenty of opportunities to think about how that living space could be improved.

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How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Today’s designers, architects and builders are creating modern bathrooms that are practical, luxurious, comfortable and accommodating. They know homeowners and homebuyers desire – even demand – these features regardless of the bathroom’s size or layout.

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Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams

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Create a Healthier Home this Back-to-School Season
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time at home. That increased time indoors also comes with increased risks for fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and more. As families consider hybrid and home school schedules this year, use these four tips from the experts at Carrier to create a healthier home and get children involved in learning more about home safety and their environment. Learn more at corporate.carrier.com/healthyhomes.

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Wednesday 09/16/2020
Ease Into Education
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation.

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Creating a Stable Back-to-School Routine for Children
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If there’s one thing parents know, it’s children thrive on routines. When it seems like everything is changing, routines can create stability.

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Saturday 09/12/2020
Home Projects That Don’t Require a Professional
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) While spending more time at home, you may have noticed the little things that need to be fixed, and small ways you can improve the appearance and functionality of your home. So why not use this time to test your skills with a few DIY projects?

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Wednesday 09/09/2020
Get Curious About Your Cat's Health
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.

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5 Seasonal DIY Home Improvement Projects
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The calendar pages may be turning fast, but it’s not too late to take advantage of late summer warm temperatures and do some work around the house. Now is the time to wrap up home improvement projects before the weather turns too cold.

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Wednesday 08/12/2020
The latest in home fire safety
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While the office, school and home now share one roof, keeping your house and family safe has never been more important. Thanks to enhanced safety technology, you can better protect against the threats of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO), allowing you to go about your busy lifestyle without skipping a beat. When upgrading your protection, make sure to install alarms with the latest safety enhancements. Alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including in each bedroom and outside every sleeping area.

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Friday 08/07/2020
Pet-friendly design tips
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether you're dreaming of a complete home remodel or a simple decor update, you may not be factoring your pets in your decision-making and overall design process. But how many times have you regretted a furniture or upholstery choice once Fido or Fluffy got their paws (and fur) on it?

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Monday 08/03/2020
How to use the noir aesthetic in home design
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Tuesday 07/28/2020
4 home improvements that may affect your homeowners insurance
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many of today’s homeowners have been inspired by house-flipping shows to learn practical tips and savvy tricks to either increase their home’s resale value or, for those who prefer to stay put, refresh their living space for its long-term use. While these shows highlight the newest trends that resonate with new buyers or help customize a house to an owner’s current needs, what they don’t tell you is how remodeling might affect your homeowners insurance coverage.

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Wednesday 07/15/2020
Have time and energy? 5 affordable DIY projects homeowners can finish now
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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Wednesday 07/08/2020
Simple solutions to create a modern home oasis
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When people think of modern homes, many picture classic floor-to-ceiling glass windows, white rooms and contemporary furniture. The reality is, adding modern touches to your home does not require a rebuild, a huge investment or a blank space. A few design tips and simple swaps can transform your existing space into an updated, modern oasis.

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Friday 06/26/2020
Staying secure beyond National Home Safety Month
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Assessing and updating your home’s security measures should be a year-round focus for homeowners. While timely reminders, such as National Home Safety Month, are great for encouraging immediate action, these considerations should remain top-of-mind 365 days of the year.

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Home renovations to fit the ‘new normal’ of homeownership
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With people across the country spending more time at home than ever before, home improvement projects are increasingly becoming top of mind for homeowners. Despite the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic, 77% of homeowners say their home renovation budget for 2020 is the same or greater than last year, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

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Friday 06/05/2020
4 easy steps to a chemical-free backyard
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families.

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Wednesday 06/03/2020
5 ways to go green and stay comfortable at home
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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