4 Home Improvement Ideas

(Family Features) Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and eLivingtoday.com can help you get started. Create a Plan Improving your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Start by setting realistic expectations, determining your goals and needs, finding inspiration and, perhaps most importantly, setting a budget. Renovate the Bathroom You can improve your home’s usability and increase its value with bathroom updates or a full renovation. Before you get started, think about …

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home

(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects. Though upgrades made with efficiency in mind can vary depending on the climate you live in, the biggest energy users are typically the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and water heater, all of which make up about 60% of a typical home’s energy budget. Learn how you can reduce your home’s energy reliance and environmental …

14 unique ways to decorate with contact paper

How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget With Contact Paper   Whether you are looking to add a pop of color to your space or simply want to cover up the wear and tear of your home, contact paper is your new best friend. Contact paper is less expensive and less permanent than traditional wallpaper. It has a design on one side and adhesive on the other, allowing you to attach it to almost any surface.    Contact paper comes in every design imaginable. The most classic look, used for countertop revamps, is the marbled pattern. Other designs include …

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine. Use space wisely. Your laundry room may not have a big footprint, but you probably have more usable space than you realize. Install shelves or storage units on the walls and consider the ceiling as a spot to hang a floating drying rack. Don’t overlook the back of the door, where you can mount a …

5 Tips to Get Your Home Winter-Ready

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it’s time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components and make your property safer overall. Consider these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to help ensure your home is ready before winter weather strikes. Get Your Furnace Checked To keep your furnace from failing when you need …

Starting a Home Remodeling Project

Tips for choosing a qualified contractor (Family Features) Outside of the home itself, remodeling is typically one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. While some projects can be tempting to tackle yourself, many larger-scale projects may require hiring a qualified professional. Because remodeling your home is a big undertaking, it’s important to take steps to ensure the professional you hire to perform the work is qualified to complete it to the highest standards of quality and integrity. Consider these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to help you make an …

January/February 2020

Put a splash of blue into your design mix this year. Blue is the color of the year for 2020. This design was created for new owners of an existing home. Outdoor seating and dining galore is featured in this covered space and adjacent brick patio. Slate grey iron furniture is made comfy with pale grey cushions and blue accent pillows. A blue outdoor rug defines the ‘sitting room’ and outdoor rated lamp provides soft evening illumination. A combination of round and rectangle dining tables accommodate 10 on the patio. Photo courtesy of Decorating Den Interiors.

5 Tips to Refresh Your Home in the New Year

(Family Features) Each new year gives you the chance to reset and start new routines. When you’re considering new approaches to healthy living – whether eliminating or adding habits to improve your daily life – beginning with your home is an optimal choice. Your living environment has a strong influence on your life, and it’s worth evaluating how you can make updates that create a positive space for you and all that the new year will bring. Consider these ideas to refresh your home and simplify your housecleaning routine so you can spend more time focusing on your goals this …

Identify Your Ideal Kitchen Design Style

(Family Features) While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspiration for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations. From transitional to modern and every style in-between, these ideas can help you decide what suits your home while also fitting your personal tastes. Find more inspiration at wellborn.com. SOURCE: Wellborn