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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, …

Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot

Exciting options for fashionable flooring
Are you choosing floor décor for a new house or renovating an existing one? As you figure out what you want underfoot, trying to decide among today’s vast array of …

The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard

By Jennifer Miko
Just imagine lounging in your backyard without the threat of rain, heat or insects. Picture yourself cozy on a chilly evening looking at the stars, or sitting in the Texas sun without the …

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
Houston’s arid conditions have plagued most lawns and gardens this summer. And if you’ve given up on the “30 percent chance” for rain, you’ve probably given up on maintaining your flower beds. Don’t …

The Perfect Kitchen Remodel The Perfect Kitchen Remodel

Make your kitchen clutter-free and spacious by adding storage
For many Americans, remodeling their kitchens tops the list of home improvement projects — and for several good reasons. Not only is the kitchen the heart of …

Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling? Fresh Paint! Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling?  Fresh Paint!

Spending around $100 will provide a whole new look
A remodeled kitchen is the fondest dream of many homeowners. But at an average cost of $56,000 for a “mid-range” upgrade according to Remodeling magazine, the price …

Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy

Remodeling Older Homes Allows Buyers To Put Principles Into Action And Keep Money In The Bank
Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photos by TK Images
Though headlines announcing unemployment rates, continued layoffs, acquisitions and buy-outs are still …

Baffled By Window Coverings? Baffled By Window Coverings?

By Sandra Meineke
Window coverings can make or break a home improvement project. Should you go with outside shutters? Indoor drapes or shades? Long draperies or just a valance? Decorative or plain rods? Tiebacks or straight …

Scratching The Surface In Home Improvements Scratching The Surface In Home Improvements

Flooring options take a step in new directions
A fresh coat of paint or new accessories can update any room in your home. But to make a significant change, you need to take a step in …

Gardening Trends and To-Dos Gardening Trends and To-Dos

Gardening with a purpose takes root; get your garden in shape
With Earth Day — and spring —just around the corner, it’s time to revitalize that garden that’s been dormant all winter. So, put on your …

Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind

According to the FBI, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, and break-ins at residential properties accounted for 70 percent of those offenses. No wonder that electronic security products have seen a steady increase …

Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase your home’s value Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase your home’s value

Are you considering putting your home on the market? The time to take a good look at what needs to be renovated, removed or simply refreshed is well before the first prospective buyer walks up …

Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Exciting options for fashionable flooring Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Exciting options for fashionable flooring

Are you choosing floor décor for a new house or renovating an existing one? As you figure out what you want underfoot, trying to decide among today’s vast array of choices may well floor you! …

Bring Life Back into the Kitchen Bring Life Back into the Kitchen

Quartz And Solid Surfaces Lead The Pack With Style And Durability
When homeowners remodel they often look to upgrade the kitchen first. Since the kitchen is usually the gathering place within a home and used …

Fall in Houston: Time to Get Outdoors Poolside parties can continue a while longer Fall in Houston: Time to Get Outdoors Poolside parties can continue a while longer

Even though September means “fall” in some parts of the country, in Houston it’s still warm enough for outdoor entertaining. While summer is almost over for this year, it’s not too late to be thinking …

Thinking of Remodeling? Start with the Windows Thinking of Remodeling? Start with the Windows

Replacing older windows can increase a home’s resale value
Now that summer is winding down and the days will be getting cooler, this might be a good time to tackle that home improvement project you’ve been …