2013 HOME spring

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The dos and don'ts of basement finishing

Remodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home. Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn't require the sam...

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Local experts on how to get the kitchen you want

AUBURN — If you’re like most people, you don’t build or remodel a kitchen every day. So, chances are you’re not completely sure where to start. What should you think about? How do you pick a designer? How do you pick an installer? How much should you spend? Kitchen project...

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Time to replace your garage door

A garage door is an oft-overlooked part of a home. Some are rarely opened, while others are used on a daily basis. Though they might be overlooked, garage doors play a role in thousands of injuries every year. Roughly 20,000 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for inju...

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Using bold paint colors

Paint is one of the least expensive and most versatile means to changing the look of a room. According to the experts from "This Old House," 60 percent of the colors of a home that visitors perceive come from the paint on the walls. Choosing a color scheme can be challenging, which is why so many...

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Various materials can be used to pave a driveway

When renovating a home, many homeowners look to increase the home's curb appeal. "Curb appeal" is a term used to describe how the home's exterior appears to buyers the moment they pull up to the curb. A home that impresses prospective buyers before they even go inside is said to have a strong cur...

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7 tips to make indoors seem like outdoors

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. ...

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Planning a child's room to last

Your toddler is growing up quickly, and before you know it, they will be in grade school and done with that race-car or princess bed. Here are some tips for transforming their room into one they can live in for a long time. It may be hard to imagine now, but eventually that little one drag...

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Exterior paint color quandary

Warm days are here again, and it’s time you got serious about your home’s exterior. It could use some work, and while a paint job would do wonders, you’re thinking about taking a different routeÑvinyl siding. That’s right. You’re ready to shell out some...

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Planning your kitchen project: Cabinet basics

Browse through the kitchen cabinet section of your local hardware store, and you’re sure to come across dozens of styles. Before you start looking into the style choices available, you might want to know a little more about how kitchen cabinets are actually constructed. Kitchen cabin...

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Creating a backyard spa retreat

NAPSI — Soaking away the stresses of the day can have many mental and physical benefits. To help, here are some tips for enjoying your backyard spa and keeping maintenance simple: • Make your spa a place of refuge and peace. Twinkling candles around the perimeter can set the moo...