• 4 Tips to Using Window Treatments to Change the Look of Your Home

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    Window treatments can do wonders for your home. Beyond the design value and ability to transform the look and feel of a home, they also can make a big difference in terms of energy costs. Without proper window treatments blocking the elements, a home can lose up to 50% of its heating and cooling through the windows. Additionally, blinds and curtains make a home more private and make it possible to bring more light into a space while keeping out harmful UBV rays. Curtains and blinds come in such a large variety of colors and textures it is possible to fix the right look for any home. The experts at Hunter Douglas blinds offer these tips for finding the best window tre Continue Reading

  • Tips for Picking the Best Cabinets for Your Kitchen

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    Remodeling your home is a great way to increase its value or turn what we have into a dream home for you and your family. Kitchen remodeling projects are some of the most popular and can add the most to a home?s resale value. At the end of the day however, most Americans opt to redo their kitchens because they are looking to make them look and feel better to them, nearly 80% list that as their main reason for making any changes. As kitchen cabinets make a big difference in the look, feel and utility of a space, deciding what kind to buy can be an important decision. Often custom wood cabinets cost more than other kinds but there are reasons to look at both options.

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  • Top kitchen remodels for increasing home value

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    Anyone who has owned a home knows that at some point you are going to want to remodel it. That might be right away to get rid of the outdated kitchen and baths or it may be later on, after wear and tear and changing styles have left your home looking like the way you remember your grandparents home looking. There also may be a feature you just have to have, such as custom gun cabinets. With any remodel you do, you should be cognizant of how much value you are adding to your home vs. what you are spending.

    Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, because the kitchen is a room in which most people spend a lot of time, and it’s also one of the rooms that are most important to buyers. The key when remodeling your kitchen is to go small. Minor kitchen remodels are among the best remodeling project Continue Reading

  • The Importance of Choosing the Right Window

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    There is a lot to consider when designing and building a structure that is not only safe, but also convenient and secure. A lot of planning goes into the design of the building, including the flooring, the wall texture and color, the design of the home and the type and design of the windows and the doors. Oftentimes, the windows and doors can be overlooked, simply being added as an afterthought only because entrances and exits are required in a building. Sometimes, the cheapest option is added and the metal windows and doors are not thought of again. This is a common mistake, as the windows and doors of the structure are just as important as the rest of the design.
    Things such as placement, durability and material should all be factored into the window and door planning.

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  • The Personal Benefits of Trees to Your Property

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    When remodeling or sprucing up your home or business, there are many options you have to make it look better; both indoors and outdoors. One area of improvement that many property owners often overlook is landscaping; specifically, the addition or trimming of trees on your property with professional tree care. A common misunderstanding is that you are stuck with the amount of lack of trees on your property at the time of purchase. However, trees not only can add curb appeal and look to your property, they also are very beneficial to the environment and to your own personal needs as a property owner.

    Many people already know the environmental benefits of trees, but the personal benefits will likely surprise you. In fact, if you planted a tree today on the western side of your house, approxi Continue Reading

  • Steel Windows Practical and Beautiful Building Design

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    Most people think of windows in terms of their most obvious benefits. Windows allow people to look out of our homes, to enjoy a beautiful view or to see what their neighbors are doing. They allow sunlight and fresh air into a home or business. They are a centerpiece for decoration, with Americans spending millions each year on shutters, curtains, and other window treatments. However, windows are also a tool for ensuring security, saving energy, and providing safety from fire. Steel window manufacturers ensure all of these benefits, and steel framed windows and doors can be a beautiful part of creative design as well.
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    Burglary is a frequent crime in the United States; a home is broken into every 13 seconds on average. In almost a third of these crimes, the burglar en Continue Reading

  • 3 Reasons To Invest in an Interactive Home Security System

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    Home security is an issue of vital importance in modern America, and many organizations take the time to perform studies of rates and trends. Unfortunately for Chattanooga, the studies don’t show reassuring things. For example, in 2013, crime rates in every area examined were more than double the national average, yet the ratio of police officers to citizens was also lower than average. With those stats to examine, most people start considering security systems, or at least they should. It’s a good time to look at the issue too, what with new technology allowing companies to offer interactive home security, and with the levels of crime in Chattanooga, interacti Continue Reading

  • How to Know When it’s Time to Call an Electrician

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    Electrical systems need regular checks and upgrades to make sure that they are safe, up to code and in good working condition for the residents. Newer homes are equipped with new codes that make the homes even after than before but older homes have to work to keep up with the new safety demands. Often times, in new or old homes, we face electrical problems but instead of leaving it to the professionals, we hope to fix the problem ourselves. So if you are wondering when to call an electrician, let me give you a few great examples to get you thinking about reasons to use a professional electrician.

    1. An outage; whether it is the breaker tripping or a blown f Continue Reading
  • Foundation Repair What You Need To Know

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    Finding a crack in your foundation that requires some form of foundation repair can be disheartening, but the need to address such cracks sooner rather than later is very real. A crack may be nothing, but it could also be a disaster, causing a house to shift or even fall depending on the severity of the crack. Knowing what type of crack you have and whether you need to address it is vital and can save you not only money, but also heartache later.

    As a rule of thumb, all cracks that are at least a quarter of an inch wide or any stair step cracks — cracks that look like stairs in a pattern — in blocks or bricks need to be repaired as a matte of urgency. Such cracks can p Continue Reading

  • Are You Installing Laminate Flooring in Your New Home?

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    Why doesn?t someone tell you these things? You have recently returned from a visit to a high school friend?s home. She and her family live in a beautiful house in the country outside of Belair, Maryland, and you were only in her home a few hours when you noticed a very important bathroom design detail.
    In fact, throughout her home you noticed several laminate floor edging ideas that simply aren?t used in the Midwest. Instead of wood trim baseboard pieces separating the laminate floor from the painted wall, her highest humidity rooms actually had additional bathroom tile. This would have been a great idea to know before you built your home. The wooden baseboard pieces at your home continue to warp and chip paint, and som Continue Reading

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