• How Your Curtains Can Save You Money

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    If you’re sick of your heating and cooling bills going through the roof, there’s an easy fix that you may not have known. You can save yourself money and energy with simple window treatments, even simple ones like curtains and drapes! These window treatments will help to block out unwanted sun or cold, and can help add sophistication and privacy to any room.

    When picking out your curtains or drapes, there are a lot of different styles you can pick. Some curtains are floor length, others reach just the bottom of the sill. Some only cover the top section of a window, but these won’t be ideal if you’re looking to block out unwanted heat or freezing temperatures. Curtains come in all kinds of materials and designs too, so you’ll be able to find something that perfectly accents your home’s existing decor.
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  • The 3 Biggest Outdoor Patio Trends for 2015So Far

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    Summer is the perfect time of year for Americans to relax on their brick patios and pool decks and enjoy the beautiful weather. However, if you haven’t given your outdoor space a new look in a long time, it might be time to consider giving your patio or deck a much-needed face lift.

    This is especially true when you consider the fact that 60% of grillers now report using their grills throughout the whole year — and not just on major grilling holidays like Memorial Day and July 4!

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  • How to Choose The Right Driveway for Your Home

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    Your driveway does not only have to be a place where you park your car, your driveway is inherently a extension of your landscaping design.


    Selecting Between Asphalt, Gravel, Brick or Concrete Slabs for Landscaping Your Driveway

    There are several materials to consider when choosing your new driveway material. Not only can each material add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but they can also serve very practical functions as well.

    Asphalt

    Asphalt provides classic durability and ease of installation. Asphalt is less costly as well, averaging less than two dollars per square foot. Asphalt, however, is not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing option for your landscaping and although it can be relatively low maintenance it can be susc Continue Reading

  • Quickly Sell Your Home in the St Louis Area

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    A home is an investment, but what happens when you need to quickly sell your home quickly? We buy houses locally! Selling a home on your own could take 30 days in an ideal setting and up to 9 months in a slow market. Today the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) market accounts for a total of only 13% of home sales. Here are several reasons why you ought to consider selling your house fast for cash if you’re in the St. Louis area.

    D-I-Y D-O-N-T
    We all remember when the do-it-yourself craze first took off. In reality however, staging is difficult and not always rewarding. The 2012 HomeGain Home Improvement Survey (a survey of 500 real estate professionals) found that stag Continue Reading

  • Decks and Patios Provide Families with Relaxed, Outdoor Gathering Spaces

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    While some areas in the U.S. have great weather all year, summer months across America are times when many more families spend time outdoors. The kids are out of school, schedules are a little more relaxed, and the whole family enjoys the chance to spend an evening eating and talking on the patio. The most popular grilling times, of course, are Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day, but 60% of outdoor cooks report using grills year-round. How recently, however, have you updated your outdoor gathering space? If the above ground pool deck or the patio design that you created 15 years ago are starting to look a little worse for the wear, it might be time for you to consider a redesign of the outdoor space you enjoy so much.

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  • Solar Power Facts To Brighten Your Day

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    Solar power is arguably one of the best practices for renewable energy. But for many, solar energy is still a mystery. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about solar power.

    Solar energy is the most abundant energy resources because of the 173,000 terawatts of solar energy that is constantly hitting the Earth. This is a huge amount of energy, considering one terawatt is equal to one trillion watts. In fact, the amount of energy the sun constantly provides is more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy uses.

    There are many spacecraft that utilize solar power technologies. The space industry was an early adopter of solar technologies, and has installed them into their spacecrafts to generate power. The first Earth satellite powered by solar power, called the Vanguard 1, is Continue Reading

  • Increasing the Value of your House Through Renovation

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    So, you’re considering remodeling your home. You are not alone. In 2013, a survey done by Houzz found that 84% of participants were planning to remodel or redecorate, 40% were planning to put on an addition and/or remodel and 10% were in the process of building a new, customized house. Where do they get inspired? Where do they get their remodeling ideas?

    Whether you are looking for a whole home renovation or just want to update a few rooms, design and build companies can be great resources for remodeling ideas. The home remodeling process can also be long and challenging, design and build contractors can help guide you through and help you make decisions that will make your home more comfortable for you now and easier to sell later. Whether Continue Reading

  • Quick Guide to Water Proofing Your Basement

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    If your basement leaks when it rains, look at the age of your house. A few decades ago, new homes were standardly water proofed with a solvent-based asphalt. Unfortunately, this imperfectly water proofed the foundations, and the technique is out of date. Good for new homes, but still a problem for aging homes.

    Water proofing prevents liquid water and water vapor from permeating a surface, while this old technique only prevented vapor. Successful water proofing solutions to protect your foundation or seal your basement are actually somewhat difficult to find, never mind how complicated the chemistry of it all is. But it’s incredibly important to invest in quality here, as 98% of basement will receive water Continue Reading

  • 50 Shades of Garage Doors Rubber, Belts, and Chains

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    Garage doors. They’re just panels of wood that slide up and down so you can lock up your car at night, right?
    Wrong.
    Garage doors are oft-overlooked pieces of curb appeal and safety, and your lifestyle may actually drastically change what type of door you need.
    The Door Itself
    Start with cosmetics. If you’re looking to buy or sell, pay attention not only to the outer side of the door (Is it clean? Does its style match the rest of the house?) but also the garage door opener. This is the actual mechanism that reels up the door, and depending on type it can be loud and rattly.
    If you’re looking to buy, test that thing. See how loud it is and what rooms the noise affects. Your kids certainly wouldn’t appreciate sleeping above the garage if you have to leave for w Continue Reading

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Basic Tree Care and Benefits

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    Asides from their obvious aesthetic attributes, trees can fulfill many practical functions that will positively affect your quality of any homeowner’s life, and of course, wallet.
    Not convinced? Here are some of the benefits of trees:

  • Trees work as natural sound blockers and absorbents. In fact, trees can reduce noise pollution by up to 40%. This is especially handy if you live near highways, or loud neighbors.
  • Trees add positive value to real estate. According to statistics, a yard with trees can add as much 5 to 15% more real estate value, as compared to homes with landscaped yards.
  • The addition of trees on the west side of your home can reduce cooling costs during the summer months. Trees effectively shade the sun, preventing your home from heating up more than it shou Continue Reading
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