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General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

Scaffolding Tips for DIY Projects

scaffolding

Avid do-it-yourself types will tell you very few projects are over their heads in terms of what they're willing to attempt. But in the case of projects that are literally over their heads, scaffolding may be needed. Projects such as painting extra high walls or ceilings are made easier when scaffolding is used. Whether doing some painting indoors or roof work outdoors, scaffolding can save time, energy and money by allowing you to complete large areas in a project before moving on to the next section. However, there are a few things you should know before building and using your own.

Thinking Of Renovating Your Home? Here Is What You Need To Know Before You Get Started

house plans

One of the most exciting projects that a property holder can get involved in is home renovation. Your remodeling may be a simple issue of replacing some kitchen equipment or it could be an overall refashioning of your home. No matter which type of home renovation project you're undertaking, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed before and during renovations.

5 Ideas On How To Renovate Your Old Sofa

sofa

Your sofa is probably the most important piece of furniture in your living room, which is the heart of your home. Because sofas represent community and comfort in a home, it’s important to keep your sofa in the very best condition, without buying a brand new sofa - which can be extremely expensive. If you have a sofa that could use some updating, then there are a few things to consider before giving it a new lease of life. These tips will help you renovate your old sofa into a work of art.

A Guide to Buying Leather Furniture

leather furniture

When it comes to leather, you really do get what you pay for. The higher quality pieces may cost significantly more, but their comfort and quality makes them a more worthwhile investment in the long run. There are a number of ways in which you can save money without sacrificing on style and appearance. If you are looking for a leather furniture piece that won’t get a large amount of use, consider choosing bonded leather or leather look furniture as a lower cost option.

3-D Printing Can Build A House In A Snap!

3D House Printer

Apparently, we’ve come a long way since prefab housing construction—the answer to lower costs in residential construction.

The University of Southern California has taken it step further by creating a macro printer that can construct an entire house in less than 24 hours.

How Solar Water Heaters Work

Solar hot water

An average electric water heater will cost you an estimated €400 per year to run, with a gas heater being only slightly cheaper. This may not seem like much, but it all adds up, and there are surely alternatives which allow you to save that money.

Luckily, solar water heaters may just be that alternative. Their high initial installation cost is easily made back in no time through your reduce water heating bills. With so many options out there, however, which one would suit you the best?

Real Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles: Which Is Better For Me?

Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles

The use of real ceramic tile vs. peel-and –stick floor tile: Which is better for me? This is a question of budget and a homeowner’s willingness to invest in their home. Real ceramic tile requires a mixture placed underneath the tile to hold it to the floor. A good pair of kneepads is necessary to keep the tile pressured. Some tiles need a sizing cut to install; this requires a special tool and takes a great deal of patience. A professional custom homes dealer might prefer to install this brand of tile, in order to get the best look for the home.

4 Air Conditioners Compared

Bryant air conditioners

If you live in an area that gets fairly warm in the summer, you likely want the comfort of an air conditioner to keep your home from getting too hot. There are many brands of air conditioners, and each of them manufacture dozens of units, which means that finding the right unit for your home can be a challenge.

Here is a product guide to help you compare five of the most popular brands of air conditioners. You can get an idea of what each one offers and whether or not they are the economical choice for your home.

Wouldn't Old St. Nick Be Proud: 5 Insane Christmas Decorations!

Christmas Decorations

Have your neighbours put up their Christmas decorations yet? Does your neighbourhood engage in a friendly competition to see who can put up the boldest, brightest or craziest decorations?

Festive decorations are getting more and more lavish every year. Just take a look at some of these over-the-top Christmas decorations. Perhaps one of them will inspire you in your hunt for this year's holiday theme.

Hardwood Floors Refinishing Guide

Hardwood floor being refinished

If you're currently considering having hardwood floors installed in your home, most definitely you're being met by many naysayers. "Hardwood floors are too expensive!" Or "Hardwood floors are such a pain in the butt to keep up!"

It's true; refinishing hardwood floors is not a job for everyone. It can be labor intensive and can be unforgiving - small mistakes will show until the next time you sand it all down. However, hiring a professional to come in and do the job can cost almost twice as much as doing the job yourself.

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