Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the "modern farmhouse." Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add "shiplap" to more people's vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant …

Outdoor Living6 min

6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. I…

Maintenance5 min

Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home's exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property's value. So, sometimes it is what's on the…

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Curb Appeal5 min

4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry amo…

Renovation5 min

What’s a HELOC and How Can it Finance Your Next Remodel?

U.S. homeowners have a record amount of available equity at their fingertips—more than 6 $ trillion to be exact—which is the highest volume …

Curb Appeal5 min

6 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home’s interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize e…

Curb Appeal5 min

Infographic: Smooth Siding for Modern and Traditional Styles

Who says you're limited to your home's interior when it comes to letting your design personality shine? The power is yours to choose a sidi…

Renovation3 min

Can You Install Siding Without A Contractor?

If you're a skilled Do-It-Yourselfer, you can install siding on your own without assistance from a contractor. You would need to carefully …

Renovation5 min

Hail Damage Doesn’t Have To Result In Re-Siding

Not long ago, we used the term “Hail Zone” to describe those unfortunate places in mid-America that frequently experience devastating hail …

Renovation4 min

7 Places to Splurge or Save During Your Home Renovation

When it comes to home renovation projects, your budget can quickly go from manageable to astronomical. But how do you know where you should…

Renovation4 min

Remodeling Spending: A Waste Or Worth It?

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Maintenance5 min

Turn Your Tax Refund Into Lasting Home Improvement

GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about 3 000 $. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 per…

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