home renovations

DIY: Build your own privacy screen by Mark Schmidt

Hello, neighbor! Nice seeing you... Or is it not so nice to see them? We all need a little privacy. It's not that we don't like our neighbors. We just need a little space. 

Many of our homes are built close together or are set at just the right angle that it makes that space thing a little tough to come by. So why not take the weekend to tackle a little DIY project and build your own privacy screen? Here's how...

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Prepping for winter: Energy and money saving home updates by Mark Schmidt

Fall has arrived and the draft of cooler winter air could be just a couple months from creeping into your home if you're not prepared. No one wants to wear their triple-fat down coat indoors to save money on winter electric bills and no one wants to receive a bill from Duke-Progress Energy that's triple what it was during the Fall either. So what can you do now to reduce your energy bill while keeping the winter draft outdoors? Take a look around your home to see what energy saving home updates might just benefit you and your family this season. 

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Five easy upgrades to add luxury to your home by Mark Schmidt

Luxury doesn't have to cost a fortune. Oftentimes, all it takes is one small renovation to make all of the difference in our homes. Add instant luxury to your home with one or a few of these easy upgrades.

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Upgrade your view: A builder's guide to energy efficient window replacement by Mark Schmidt

Windows are no longer a one-stop-shop. There are hundreds of styles, functionalities and efficiencies to choose from nowadays. With such a mass selection available for home efficiency upgrades, window shopping isn’t always so crystal clear. Read our tips below to bring the outside in while saving big on your energy bill.

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Three steps to pick the perfect paint by Mark Schmidt

Each year, Pantone names one single color of the year. Just one. (Well, with the exception of this year when they named two–Rose Quartz and Serenity.) And whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, you feel this pressure–on a personal level–too. 

Just one color per room (maybe two, if you choose to paint an accent wall). There are more than 50 shades of gray in your local home improvement's collection. And that’s just gray! So how is it that you’re going to you decide on the perfect paint color when looking at that illuminated rainbow mirage of samples in Home Depot or Sherwin Williams? It's easier than you think! Try these three easy steps to pick the perfect paint for your room:

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