Home Improvement

Thinking of remodeling? Have you stopped to consider how transforming a bedroom into a home office might impact the value of the home? One of the most common questions homeowners have when thinking of remodeling is how much the work will add or detract from the value of the home. You'll find answers to those questions and more in this section of ActiveRain.


Everything you need to know – the answers to all your burning questions – about energy efficiency, green homes, landscaping, home maintenance, staging, landscaping and more is right here at your fingertips.


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By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 72
Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 4
    Your Carmichael Shower Needs a New Enclosure     I get to see a lot of damaged tub and showers in the Carmichael area of Sacramento. Homes and apartments both have a need for the repair and replacement of shower walls. This an be a fairly easy repair if the damages have not extended too far i...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 9
I love shabby chic design styles. The distressed woods mixed with elegant chandeliers and a touch of french country. Velvet high back tufted chairs and couches can be along side an armoire built out of old barn wood. Shabby chic design has such versatility in the colors, textures, and patterns yo...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 2
John Capeci - Landscaper Extraordinaire! in Fairfield County, CT John Capeci is an extremely unusual man.   He is prompt, he calls back as soon as he can, he takes very good care of his clients, he really genuinely likes people, and he loves working outdoors! John has a lot of knowledge, will sea...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
   Our kitchen has ...make that had...but will again...solid cherry cabinets.  It is the "flavor" and color of the wood I grew up with...the grandaughter of a cabinet maker. To me, it is a taste of my childhood....and a warmer, richer color that is the one we have chosen throughout our home from ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 11
Yesterday, Crestwood had a home tour, giving residents a chance to see some amazing homes that our neighbors have restored and renovated.  And one of my favorite homes on the tour is one owned by DC area master builder, Ethan Landis and his wife, Jude.  This brick mansion with it's round portico ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 17
Fall is in the air....and leaves are hitting the ground; gutters need cleaning and lawns need raking. This Throwback Thursday picture dates back to around 1980, when my daughter Susan (on the left) and two neighbor friends loved to help me tame the leaves at our  San Carlos home. Their favorite p...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
Comments 1
The next project the team takes on will be at 5817 Mountain Ash Drive, Farmington, NY 14425. This is a 3 bedroom 1 bath split that has many possibilities from remaining a 3 bedroom and adding another bath with a nice family room or if the right person comes along it could be made into a 5 bedroom...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 2
                                                                              There’s plenty of people that think of buying properties flipping them and making a profit. This kind of investment can be high risk due to the nature of the business, the point is to buy a house in not so great condit...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
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National Radon Action Week is an important time for homeowners to educate themselves on the dangers of radon. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes across the country, it has been estimated that 1 out of 15 homes are affected in the United States. This is the time to get informed in o...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
If you don’t know what a ‘Passive House’ is you’re in good company, most people haven’t. Passive Houses are essentially buildings which use very little energy for heating and cooling, whilst also providing a high level of comfort. If I were to describe Passive Houses in a few words it would be ‘E...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 11
Why clean your dryer vent?   In 2010 an estimated 16,800 reported home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines killed 51 people and caused $236 million dollars in property damage.   92% of the fires were caused by clothes dryers   Failure to clean, according to the National A...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 17
                          Ever get the feeling like you're being watched by your neighbors? Here's a tip: In Arizona Privacy screens on the outside of your windows can not only maintain your privacy but also go a long way in reducing those high energy bills in the summer time!   For information ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 0
Today was a relatively slow day for the renovations. The dry wall guy was a no show, but says he will be here on Wednesday. The plumber worked today and he sorted out all the faucets and trim packages and put the individual boxes in the bathrooms where they will be installed. He worked on the dow...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
I’ve been seeing the commercials on TV since I was a child. All you need to do is plug the little “magic box” into the nearest electric outlet and presto, your problems are solved! No more mice, rats or roaches and no need to use dangerous pesticides or poisons throughout your home. I always won...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 6
Today, once again, the only thing that happened was the floor guy came in and put a second coat of sealant on the kitchen floor. It is really starting to look good. I can't wait to see the dining room and foyer floors refinished as well. Tomorrow the drywall guy returns to close up more holes, bu...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Fannie Mae HomeStyle vs. FHA 203K Renovation Loan                See my pinterest board for inspirational ideas on how you can change your new or existing home.    Will you IMPROVE or MOVE your address?  Follow my Pinterest boards for more inspiration - CLICK HERE Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation ...
By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pace Florida 32571: Volatile apartment sector reduces U.S. home starts Single-family starts declined slightly, but a 31.5% drop in apartment starts caused the overall Aug. number to fall 14.4% after a sharp increase in July. Read more. Flat Fee Property Management $50. Monthly in Pace, Fl. 32571...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 19
How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating I love fall. It's by far my favorite season to decorate for. Because my home decor is in neutral colors, the reds, yellows and oranges really stand out. I'm a big fan of mixing those colors with natural decor, like pine cones and acorns. I usually put them i...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 13
Fun and Useful Energy-Saving Projects I don't know about you but I love to save money; especially, while having fun. Please click on the link below to view these 4 easy energy saving projects from Houselogic:   http://www.houselogic.com/blog/saving-energy/4-fun-and-useful-energy-saving-projects/ ...