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.


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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

 
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 7
Lowe’s has begun offering a 3D printing service in an Orchard Supply Hardware store in California's Silicon Valley. Customers at the store can copy hard-to-find replacement parts or décor items for their homes.Or shoppers at that Mountain View, Calif., store can pull from a digital catalog of doo...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 19
I've been MIA from the Rain during the last two weeks because there has been lots of activity at my Harlem brownstone project.  For those of you who remember my posts Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess and The Knight and the Bishop Shake Hands, there were lots of challenges when I commenced ...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
Comments 3
Low Maintenance LandscapingIf you are like me, you need all of the time you can get to manage everything that you do. If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden then you need a low maintenance garden. Make your garden easier to care for with these low maintenance lawn tips. 
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 2
When it comes to remodeling, it's best to keep it simple. Small cost-effective home renovations will likely get the best return on investment, according to surveys, appraisers, and real estate professionals. http://bit.ly/When-Renovating-Keep-it-Simple 
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 353
FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 3
I attended the Keller Williams Luxury Home International Retreat in Huntington Beach, CA this week and learned about a GREAT new Family Personal Assistant for your home!It's called "Echo"!Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and...
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)
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 Let's Start with the Can Lights In the Kitchen  There is nothing wrong with acting as your own contractor when doing a kitchen remodel or improvement. If you know the process, you can save a some money in completing the project. I was asked to help out this homeowner in getting some can lights i...
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 26
 The Magic of Caulking  There are many benefits that caulking can offer but sometimes we can get a little carried away with it's use. I recently saw a fairly new counter top that had a gap at the wall, the contractor answer was fill that gap with caulking. The gap was nearly one inch wide.  
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
Comments 0
You want to do some remodeling or updating and want the most bang for your buck right? We all do. And while it is easy to blow the budget on remodeling jobs there are some simple things you can do that add value to your home and transform the look at the same time.Kitchen remodel tipsThe kitchen ...
By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Comments 1
  Looking to sell?? Here are common mistakes that willlessen the value of your home.  1.   Overly upgrading- When upgrading your home, make sure you are spending money that will get you a possible return. If you put up remote control blinds in a $250,000 home in a bad part of town you are not goi...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
Comments 2
I found tons of unused paint in the closet - anything from half can to 1/8 of can in various shades and colours. What do you do with all the treasure? Cant just  throw it in the garbage, as household paint is considered toxic waste, so had to find a drop off facility - everything has to be a chal...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
Comments 1
Add More Attic Insulation to Save Energy and Beat the HeatYour home's attic is probably already insulated, but extremely hot or cold weather may be more than a match for the insulation in place. Adding an extra layer of insulation may be an option to consider in this video from Owens courtesy of ...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 8
Do You Know a Good Plumber? When people move to a new city, a whole new support system is needed. Doctors, dentists, barbers, hairdressers, and plumbers. Only plumbers have to come to your home to do their work. Cause that's were the pipes, fixtures, and appliances are located. As a real estate p...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 31
As a quick follow up to my original post  Interior Design is Like a Game of Chess, on Wednesday I (The Knight) met with my client (The Queen), the contractor (The Pawn) and the co-op engineer (The Bishop) to resolve the issue of the "stove". Despite the fact that The Bishop tended to speak on the...
Making your home look fantastic need not be expensive and difficult. Even if you are one of those people who are style deficient, you can still turn your home from drab to fab by following these basic design principles. Harmony and BalanceMake sure that when you arrange the furniture of your hous...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
Comments 1
Are you planning any home renovations that involve new lighting or wiring? It can be tempting to try to save a few dollars by doing the work yourself or hiring someone who is a general handy worker rather than a qualified electrician, but if your project involves electrical work, there is no such...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 16
Dallas Sanitation Services is sponsoring a class at Campbell Green Rec Center to teach homeowners about composting organic materials at home.  I love the title of the class, "Compost Happens!"  Did you know that it's been estimated that more than 30% of the waste taken to a landfill is organic in...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
Comments 5
I wanted to give a shout out Kip at Classic Plumbing of Brevard. I had a leak in the ceiling of my kitchen. I needed it fixed quickly and called quite a few plumbers before I ran across Classic Plumbing.Classic Plumbing of Brevard is located in Palm Bay, FL and services the Space Coast. They are ...
By Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Comments 8
The first impression the potential buyer gets from a home can make all of the difference of whether the home sales or not. Curb appeal will definitely attract more buyers and that will help your home sell faster. Nancy Moeller hit the nail on the head with her great tips on how to achieve this wi...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 0
What started out as a space carved out in cellars, is now one of the most used and abused spaces in the home. As your favorite Columbus, Ohio home improvement company, we are no strangers to providing function to your very important and often overlooked space! The modern day laundry room will be ...