Home Exterior and Outdoors

Outdoor Lighting

In today’s sluggish economy, it’s no surprise that consumers seem more interested in enhancing and upgrading their homes rather than moving or buying new. In addition to sprucing up their homes’ interiors, many homeowners are looking to the space beyond their four walls as a source of inspiration. Extending a home’s living area to the outside world is gaining in popularity across the country evidenced by an increase in the number of outdoor kitchens, spacious patios, multilevel decks, expanded greens and water features.

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Stop Worrying and Get Safe!

Precautions to Protect Yourself and Your Family

Our homes should be the place where we feel safe and secure, though that is getting increasingly more difficult in this day and age. We live in a crazy world where unexplained violence can erupt in places we least expect. While we can't ignore the dangers around us, we also can't live in mortal fear.

The answer is to find a place of comfort, somewhere between being overly cautious and totally oblivious. It is important to understand the potential risks, take as many precautions as possible and then live each day to the fullest.

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Water Safety

20 Tips for Pool Safety

There is absolutely no way to over-emphasize the importance of making your pool safe for children. A backyard swimming pool, while beautiful to look at and fun to use during the hot summer months, can be extremely dangerous for our little ones. Drowning happens quickly and mostly without any cry for help.

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10 Tips for a Safer Home

Is your home as safe as it could be? Check out these safety tips, and see if there aren't things you are forgetting.

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Help! I Don't Know which Color to Paint My House!

Tips for Choosing Exterior House Paint

You've decided to paint the exterior of your house. Good for you! A new paint job will increase both the curb appeal and resale value of your property while bringing new life to your home. Now you only have one problem: What color to paint?

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Backyard Swimming Pools

A backyard swimming pool can be a homeowner's greatest luxury. See what safety factors and design options you should take into consideration when buying a pool.

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5 Ways to Get made in the Shade

Don't Get Burned this Summer

In the summertime, most of us look forward to spending as many hours as possible basking in the season's good weather. Picnics, pool parties and backyard barbeques are among the joys of summer, but too much time in the sun spells bad news. Sun exposure ages your outdoor furniture, not to mention your skin. It doesn't take long for a few hours in the sun to translate into a nasty sunburn or worse, heatstroke.

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Drip Systems

Drip-pity-do!
Why a drip irrigation system is right for you.

Are you concerned about wasting precious water with your current sprinklers? Do you have plants on an odd-shaped, narrow, or sloped area that is difficult to water? Do you want to learn how to keep your garden irrigated but conserve water at the same time?

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Staying on Budget

Help, this Renovation is Getting Out of Control!
Tips for Saving Time and Money on Your Remodel—Cost Busters

As projects go, it was about as big as they get: homeowner Maggie McGee had budgeted $400,000 for a major remodel of her New York house. She was expanding, yet trying to retain the home's architectural character. The project was projected to take four to six months to complete.

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What's the Perfect Gift for Mom? You!

Give your time and her home an upgrade.

Moms are sentimental by nature: who else would save clay imprints of your hands, your messy Valentine's Day card, or the woven potholders you made her in seventh grade? Whether or not they're still on display, you can bet that any project you did for her holds a special place in her heart. These gifts last because they come from a special place—the heart of her child.

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