2014 SPRING HOME improvement

Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel

(BPT) -- Remodeling a home's decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new -- something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality -- an important factor es...

Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014

(BPT) -- While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, s...

Hardwood flooring trends, a touch of the creative

(BPT) -- The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before. "Savvy consumers want variety...

Brick basics

Brick can be a great feature in any home, but like most things, it can wear down over time. You can clean brick, you can repoint brick, and you can even replace brick. Replacement, however, can be difficult and costly. If you have brick that has seen better days and replacement is not an option, ...

Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques

(BPT) -- When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish -- hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of ...

Bring the outdoors in

With temperatures heating up, you are spending more and more time outdoors. You’re working on your flowerbeds, sprucing up your garden shed and more. Oh, how you love the warm weather. It makes you want to throw open your doors and windows and bring the outdoors in. Lucky for you, you can. ...

Your home's major systems

Know when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems -- the furnace, air conditioner and water heater (BPT) -- If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know becau...

The color dilemma: Your paint choices

Most of us have been there, done that -- perusing paint chips for days on end, selecting a few colors, applying them to the walls and hating the results. We don’t have the time, money or desire for a redo, so we tell ourselves to live with the paint colors for a while to see if they grow on...

Top 2014 home improvement trends: Smart homes and home automation

With the latest smart home solutions from Iris, you can check in on your beloved pets while on the go and even provide the dog walker access to your home with just the touch of a button.

Carpeting: Color underfoot

It’s been quite some time since you’ve bought new carpeting for your home, and it is starting to show. What was once soft and stain free is no longer. It’s time you replaced the carpeting, and while there are many factors to consider from pile cut to fiber to performance rating,...