Find Inspiration in Award-Winning Home Design

(Family Features) Award-winning renovation projects aren’t just a way to identify top-notch contractors, they’re a chance for homeowners to gather ideas and learn from other home improvement success stories. One such source of inspiration is the National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award Winners who are honored each year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. A panel of industry experts anonymously selected winners based on the functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty of their projects. Find inspiration in these 2020 residential project winners, and see the complete list at nari.org. Residential Exterior Under $50,000 The clients …

Costly Mistakes Made When Selling Your Home

With over twenty years’ experience as a licensed real estate professional and after selling almost a thousand homes, I’ve seen sell- ers do really well financially with selling their homes, and I’ve seen many sellers lose tens of thousands of dollars. I was reminded of this recently while holding an open house for a listing of mine. A sweet couple entered the home. After looking around,  they shared that they loved the house and stated they’d buy it that day if their home would sell. Their home is listed at over two million dollars and has been on the market …

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 …

5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather

(Family Features) Colder weather brings plenty of changes, especially in the ways you take care of your home and self. Especially when the temperature drops, extreme winter conditions can play havoc not only with your skin and health, but also your family’s comfort. Take steps to protect your family and household as the weather starts to cool this season with these practical tips:                 Take steps to help prevent the flu. As temperatures drop, the chances of getting sick rise. That’s partly because certain germs and viruses thrive in colder temperatures, and because …

How to keep your home and family safe from fires

(BPT) – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms. A new generation of home safety technology — combined with tried-and-true safety practices — can help keep homes and families safer from the threat of home fires. The following are tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Be safe, replace: If you can’t think of the last time you installed a smoke alarm, chances are, it’s time to replace your old ones. All …

Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs

(BPT) – Whether it’s a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That’s why it’s important to take precautions to ensure your property and belongings stay safe even when you’re not there. Not only are vacation homes a target for thieves, but empty homes are often vulnerable to the elements and the unexpected. For example, can you imagine the damage that a water leak would cause …

Common House Problems to Keep an Eye Out For

Your home should be a relaxing haven, not a place riddled with problems. Don’t let those get the best of you: watch out for these common household problems. No place is quite as relaxing as your home. If problems strike, however, they can cause quite the headache—not to mention a money drain. Be wary of these common house problems, and deal with them as soon as they arise. Faulty heating or air conditioning Nothing is more uncomfortable than a house that’s too hot or too cold. All too often, though, people have issues with their heating or air conditioning. Worst …

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal

(Family Features) Whether you’re hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there’s one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It’s a broad term that may reference any number of visible features, meaning there are plenty of ways to enhance the appearance of your house. Consider these ideas – some big, some small – for bringing new life to your home’s look from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Swap Out Your Front Door As one of the first things a guest, passerby or …

House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House

Open daily for tours October 18-November 3 is the nearly 6,000 square foot Whole Home Concept House, powered by LG and built by Castle Homes in the historic Belle Meade neighborhood in Nashville. The pages of House Beautiful will come alive with the magazine’s second annual Whole Home Concept House, constructed in the English Arts and Crafts style. Inspired by early 20th century architect C. F. A. Voysey, who embraced the simplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement, the home has been designed by Castle Homes with architect Kevin Coffey. Designers from across the United States are participating in the home …

Parade of Homes Returns to The Grove

Construction is wrapping up on the houses taking part in the 2019 James Hardie Building Products Parade of Homes™. The highly anticipated custom home tour will open Saturday October 12 and continue daily through Sunday October 27 at The Grove community in College Grove. Hours are from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 per person and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Memories of Honor is the designated charity to benefit from ticket sales. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT), this year’s event features five custom homes built by area builders. The homes …