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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

By Melanie Saxton
Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes …

Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko
With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be …

Top 10 Home Improvements Tips Top 10 Home Improvements Tips

Regular maintenance adds value to your investment
By Cheryl Alexander
Your home is one of the single biggest investments you’ll ever make so it only makes sense to make the most of your investment and ensure your …

Flooring Trends – July Flooring Trends – July

FROM HARDWOOD TO CARPET TO TILE, WHAT’S NEW AND FABULOUS UNDERFOOT
A high-tech lifestyle, subculture movement and über conveniences are just some of the aspects of today’s lifestyle that are influencing the products that we are …

Before You buy Hardwood Flooring Before You buy Hardwood Flooring

SEVEN TIPS FOR SAVVY SHOPPING
You’ve decided to go both timeless and timely with a beautiful new hardwood floor for your home. Congratulations! But before you hand over that credit card or sign that check, you …

NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013 NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013

Major kitchen and bath trendsetters: gray color schemes, quartz surfaces and transitional style
A s we settle into a seemingly healthier national economy, some kitchen and bath design trends continue to flourish, while consumer budgets for these …

Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013 Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

Sustainable and low-maintenance design in demand
American homeowners increasingly are drawn to adding outdoor rooms for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society …

The New Rock of Ages The New Rock of Ages

Make a distinct design statement with stone veneer
By Angela Crissman
One of the latest design trends — for both interior and exterior projects — is the use of stone veneer. These innovative products, which combine art …

New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

The Top 10 tips to add value to your investment
By Cheryl Alexander
New Year’s resolutions are usually packed with good intentions, but sometimes the intention lacks direction and we fall off track. Don’t let that happen …

Spruce It Up for the Holidays! Spruce It Up for the Holidays!

A pinch of personality and some short cuts for Thanksgiving and beyond
By Lanie Hightower
We all look forward to relaxing during the holidays, despite the fast pace of our lives. Planning ahead and keeping in mind …

Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

Find the right material for your space
—–By Angela C. Crissman
Looking for a countertop material that will take center stage and dramatically transform your space? Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is an important …

Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects 2011 NKBA winners prove design dreams are possible Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects 2011 NKBA winners prove design dreams are possible

2011 “Best Of” Kitchen Award Winners
Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? The first thing you need to do is establish a realistic budget. There are ways to stretch the remodeling budget and still achieve your desired look. …

Retreating to the Backyard Retreating to the Backyard

From a pergola to a fire pit to a new patio, create a paradise just outside your own door
By Jennifer Miko
Mother Nature invites you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime. …

Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

The best flooring and hottest styles for every room
As homeowners search for new hardwood flooring, it’s clear what is uppermost in their minds — authenticity. An appealing look or style is not enough. While consumers …

Organize Your Oasis Organize Your Oasis

De-cluttering at home may be easier than you think

By Cheryl Alexander
Many New Year’s resolutions include the intent to get organized on some level, and since your home is your oasis, shouldn’t a decision to enhance …

Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home

Transform your living space with new flooring
By Christie Craig
Are you thinking maybe it’s time to launch that big home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of? If the budget won’t allow for a complete room renovation, …