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Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

AIR CONDITIONING ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF THE ENERGY USE IN U.S. HOMES
By Andrea Woroch
Americans are feeling the heat in their electricity bills. Unfortunately, this sizzling financial sensation isn’t expected to cool down any …

Before You Buy Stone Flooring Before You Buy Stone Flooring

What To Know To Avoid Surprises With The Project
You’ve done your home work on stone work. You understand the basic categories. You can imagine the feel of cool brushed sandstone under your feet as …

Getting More from the Outdoors Getting More from the Outdoors

Great options to update your backyard living space
By Merry Wise
Here comes the sun! And with the warm weather comes inspiration to create new spaces or improve on others for full enjoyment of your home. In …

Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

Consider Many Options Before Making Your Backyard Investment
By Merry Wise
Planning a custom swimming pool and/or spa for your specific environment and living style is similar to planning your home and fashion styles — you …

Your Dream Outdoor Living Space Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Follow The Trends To Transform Your Backyard
By Merry Wise
Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor …

Granite Countertops are Here to Stay Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

These four reasons highlight their durability and appeal
By Kathleen M. McCoy
Granite continues to be the preferred choice for kitchen countertops nationwide. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, a stunning 91 percent …

Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners

Designers plumb their creative depths to give homeowners unique spaces
In today’s homes, bath and powder rooms are as beautiful, luxurious and unique as any kitchen or master bedroom. The winners at the 2015 National Kitchen …

Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors

Care For This Important Focal Point Before Your Holiday Guests Arrive
Before guests arrive for the December holidays, homeowners should take stock of their home exterior doors to renew and beautify them to assure years of …

Make the Cooler Weather Work in Your Landscape Make the Cooler Weather Work in Your Landscape

These No-Sweat Fixes Bring Year-Round Benefits
Fall is the landscaper’s secret weapon. It is the best time of year to fix problems or make wonderful things happen in the garden. Here are some tips on how …

Your Dream Outdoor Living Space Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Follow the trends to transform your backyard
By Merry Wise
Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor …

How to Clean Hardwood Flooring How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

Care for it right and it will last a lifetime
Your hardwood floor is installed. Your house finally feels like a home. But now what? How do you care for your new investment? Read on.
 
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It’s All in Store and on the Floor It’s All in Store and on the Floor

See What Trends Are Underfoot From The World
Floor Covering Association
By Leah Gross-Harmon
Whether soft or hard surface, Mother Nature is definitely influencing the future looks of flooring. Especially popular are “weathered” and “worn” looks showing up …

Splashdown to Summer Fun Splashdown to Summer Fun

Planning Your Pool For A Fabulous Outdoor Experience
By Elizabeth Anthony
Summertime fun is quickly approaching and now is a great time to begin planning for splashdown in your very own backyard pool. Start with a vision …

Let There Be Light! Let There Be Light!

“No Fuss Lights” Is The Bright Spot On The Outdoor Lighting Horizon
Six years ago, John Emanuel had a corporate job in advertising and marketing that catered to high-end clientele. Much of his time was spent …

Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes

Make Your Yard Attractive To The Wildlife You Want
We gardeners have a choice. We can fill our landscapes with plants based purely on their looks alone, or we can deliberately select those that bring in …