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

The Power of Pigment: Using Paint Color to Sell Your House

Hoping to sell your home? Make sure you create a blank slate for potential buyers—look here for more info on using paint color to sell your house. When you live in a home, you do what you can to personalize it and make every little aspect fit your style. Your paint colors, decorations, and furniture all fit who you are, and that’s important. But when you’re thinking about selling your house, you need to create a blank slate so that the new owners can create their own sanctuary. If you need help deciding how to paint your home for the …

Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider. Before you get started, take into account these considerations about the design and function of your new bathroom from the remodeling experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Space A primary consideration is the available footprint to create your new bath. This is often a concern as children reach their teen years and also with …

Remodel Your Way to a Bigger ROI

(Family Features) Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons. Even a newly constructed dream home needs improvements over time. Common renovation projects include upgrading worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials, or adding features and improving livability. Other homeowners invest in remodeling simply because they’re ready for a change. However, many find the idea of taking on a remodeling project too overwhelming to attempt. Thirty-five percent of U.S. homeowners would rather move to another home than remodel their current home, according to research by the National Association of Realtors. What those homeowners don’t realize is …

4 Ways to Share the Holidays With Your Pet

(Family Features) The holiday season is filled with traditions, seasonal meals and festivities. With busy calendars, it can be easy to get caught up with a long to-do list when the true joy of the season is in creating meaningful memories with loved ones, including pets. It can be easier than you think to share the season with your furry companions simply by incorporating them into your regular holiday activities. Consider these tips to include your pet this holiday and find more ways to indulge your pup at cesar.com. Enjoy the Season with a Stroll Many families brave winter weather …

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season

(Family Features) For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving – not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term. After the lights come down and the New Year’s ball drops, the programs and services provided by most nonprofits and cause-based organizations continue to run year-round. Their ability to help those they serve not only relies on meeting a single season’s fundraising goals but also on the ongoing commitments from …