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Pros and Cons of Pavers

Pavers are a useful little tool for your outdoor areas. The “technology” behind them was first put to use in Ancient Rome. Yes. The Romans really did think of just about everything. In Roman times, they used a mixture of lime and sand to densely pack the area, and on top of that they would lay natural stones cut in such a way that they locked into place and would never need to be tended to again, no matter the weather they weather. That was then, this is now. Natural stone isn’t practical for road construction. Pavers, on the...

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Pools: The Debate

It’s part of the American Dream, right? Married with two and a half kids, owning a home with a white picket fence and swimming pool for the kids. Growing up, in the summer, the kid with a pool in his or her backyard was the envy of all the neighborhood. Nothing says summer and luxury more than your own private pool. But are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Let’s deep dive into the pros and cons of owning a pool and how it will affect your life from the standpoint of overhead compared to luxury. Living...

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Major vs. Minor; Renovation vs. Remodel

It’s pretty common for folks undergoing a home improvement project to use the words renovation and remodel interchangeably. While no one’s going to throw you in jail for using the incorrect identifier, there is a difference. But what is that difference? And when do you do a renovation and when do you do a remodel? Sit back, read on, and all will be de-mystified. Renovations Renovations are very large undertakings that cost a lot of money, take a lot of time, and completely change the room. So if you plan on gutting the entire kitchen and starting from scratch,...

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Avoid Catastrophe: Common Reno Mistakes

Ack! The dreaded renovation is about to take place! The actual process of renovating won’t be a barrel of laughs, but the end result will be worth it. That is unless you make a mountain of mistakes. There are intrinsically so many things that can go wrong in a renovation; from start to finish it’s a never ending parade of peril. Fear not! We have a few pointers to help you avoid the pitfalls of home improvement. Follow this guide and avoid the most common renovation mistakes. Bad Budgets All home improvement budgets need to be nailed down and...

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Worth It: Renovations With The Best Return Value

Very rarely do people decide to renovate their home, or portions of it, because they happen to be bored with their current situation. There are far less expensive ways to cure your boredom. Trust us. The two main reasons homeowners renovate is to increase the function and value of their space. Where you see that value is in the return on the investment when you sell, or in the immediate reduction of your bills. So what’s going to get the most bang for your buck when you put your house on the market? Let’s take a looksie, shall we?...

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