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For decades, garages have been nothing more than a place to keep a car safe from the weather or a place to store lawn and garden equipment or a spare fridge or deep freezer. Today, however, people are putting that valuable square footage to work to create everything from man caves to game rooms to entertainment spaces for large family gatherings. No matter what you need some extra space for, here are 8 tips and tricks to create the most versatile space and well-equipped garage. 1. Storage There is perhaps nothing of greater importance in a well-equipped garage than storage. At…

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There comes a time when kids must leave the nest. When the time arrives, parents are called upon to recognize and accept the fact that their children are all grown up. Although it is usually a significantly important event for parents in general, the experience is almost always tinged with a hint of sadness. On the bright side, you will have one or more rooms available when your child leaves the nest, and you can turn the space into something you can enjoy. For the sake of necessity, you probably had to store some of your personal effects in different…

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A new roof is a costly endeavor that few homeowners look forward to. In fact, the national average cost of a roof replacement is roughly $22,000. With such high costs involved, it’s common to fear hearing the diagnosis that your home needs a new roof. While there is little that you can actually do to reduce the cost of replacing your roof, there are a few signs you can familiarize yourself with that indicate a roof replacement might be on the horizon for you and your home, so the initial diagnosis doesn’t come as quite a shock. Recognizing these indicators…

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Summer has arrived, and with it comes grilling season. Some people also take these early weeks of summer to spice up their outdoor kitchen. A lot of money can go into this process, but it does not have to be all that expensive. There are plenty of ways to beef up that outdoor kitchen with ease. Here are a few ideas to manage outdoor kitchen renovations on a budget. Different Stations Many outdoor kitchens have both prep and cooking areas in them. Some of them have a bar or a table setting nearby. These factors all need to be considered…

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If you have a small bathroom, you may find that it is difficult to figure out how to design it. While designing small bathrooms can be challenging, there are some ideas that you can implement to make them feel and look larger and more spacious. By making the most of the space that you have, you can have the picture-perfect bathroom that you want. Consider installing a corner sink When bathrooms are very small, traditional sinks can get in the way of your room to move. Even pedestal sinks may take up too much room. With a corner sink, you…

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After an intensely irritating and lengthy winter, we are all enthusiastic that spring is finally here. With the fading memory of cold winter days, we are less likely to need the warmth of a fire in our homes. As a matter of fact, most of us are already planning for more outdoorsy activities. As the fireplace season starts to wind down, we need to prepare our fireplaces for the coming seasons. Furthermore, spring is the best time for chimney maintenance. Aside from helping to keep your family safe, proper maintenance will undoubtedly save you time and money. Unfortunately, not every…

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If you’re like most people who have a bit of property, you’d love to have a garden, but you might not want to engage in back-breaking toil to have one. You probably dream of tossing a handful of seeds onto the ground, watering them a little, then watching them grow into healthy plants with gorgeous flowers with not much care. Some plants are actually almost that easy. They do not particularly care about the type of soil, don’t need a lot of water or fertilizing, and do well in sun or shade. Here are some beautiful plants that are low…

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When you think of herbs, you probably think first of delicious flavors and aromas that add a boost to your favorite dishes. Basil and oregano are staples for Italian dishes. Sage sausages can serve as a centerpiece for Sunday breakfast. Rosemary and thyme make a leg of lamb a special treat. However, herbs can also be a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape. Here are many tips and ideas for using these tasty herbs as beautiful landscape. Traditional Herb Garden Many of you may have grown popular herb gardens in your yard, which can be beautiful in and of themselves.…

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For those who are apartment dwellers or live in any other small space, you have most likely experienced the downsides of having a tiny closet. It can be frustrating to try to fit everything into it and you may find yourself getting rid of clothes or stuffing them in other places more often than you would like. If you can relate to the above, take a look at the 10 tips below to help you get the most out of your small closet space. 1. Use Purses to Your Advantage Purses are great storage opportunities that are often overlooked. Many…

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There are few things that can make a home feel more warm and inviting that warm, brilliant sunshine streaming in through the windows. Sunlight can brighten your spirits as well as your home’s ambiance, but you may have one or more rooms in your home that lack ample sunlight. This can easily create a dreary feel in the home, and you understandably may be looking for ways to bring more natural light into the darker areas of your home. There are numerous strategies to consider that impact your rooms in different ways, and a closer look at some of the…

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