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2014: The Year of the Remodel :: 5 Remodeling Projects that Pay Off

As we head into 2014, home improvement contractors and remodelers might be wondering what the market’s looking like for jobs. With the housing crash from 2008 in the rearview, contractors have seen a rising real estate market resulting in more transactions and work requests. Home improvement contractors should feel pretty solid about 2014, as the housing industry and consumers are ready to move forward with improvements to their home.
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Earth Day 2014: How Environmentally Sound is that Single Serve Coffee Maker? :: Hint – Don’t Trade Yours In Just Yet

The coffee pod concept has met with considerable criticism for its obviously negative environmental impact. Though it might excel at delivering a consistent cup of coffee, the pod itself clearly is an overly manufactured and wasteful piece of packaging for delivering something as simple as a single cup of coffee. Furthermore, the pod has no clear "recycling strategy"; once used, it retains its coffee grounds, and as such, shouldn't be disposed along with empty plastic recyclables. The only immediately obvious thing to do is toss it in the trash, and that's probably what most folks do.
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Baltimore’s Wild & Wonderful Hand Painted House Screens || Book: The Painted Screens of Baltimore

n her book, Eff traces this art to London and two centuries earlier where landscapes were painted on mesh screens. While it spread and in a trickle made its way to screen doors of country stores and urban markets in the south, it was Baltimore in the early 20th century who fully embraced the form.
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Dear Spring: What Took You So Long? Signed, Winter :: 6 Common Winter Caused Spring Home Repairs from DoItYourself.com

Earlier in the week, the media relations team at DoItYourself.com - a resource that I have linked to a handful of times, hit me with a proposal for a round-up of spring projects. In their email, they said – “The magnitude of the winter storms caught even the most well-prepared people by surprise and most will have experienced some degree of damage to their homes.”
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Safe Bathroom Tiles || Another Look at Bathroom Flooring

Most homeowners tend to overlook the aspect of safety when choosing bathroom tiles and instead prioritize other aspects such as style, color, cost, material, and durability. However, safety is also an important element to consider especially in homes with small children or older individuals.
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    Super Simple DIY Summer Decorating Ideas From Kristan Cunningham

    Recently I had the opportunity to interview HGTV alumni Kristan Cunningham about super DIY tips for summer projects which give you the most bang for your buck….

    We talked about outdoor ideas including creating a “garden moment”, what one can do with a simple can of paint, and what you can do to spiff up your place if you’ve got guests arriving in 48 hours. {…}

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