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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By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Marble Steam Shower Restoration in Lincoln Park, ILSome projects are routine maintenance and other projects are restoration. Then there are projects that are more like life support. This project required all the tricks in the book. This steam shower was located on the bottom level of the duplex d...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Experts in Listing and Selling Waterfront & Luxury
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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 Does your Kitchen need a Refresher? Here are some great “Budget Friendly Ideas”! Here are few tips to help you update your kitchen on a limited budget. Paint Kitchen Cabinets – One of the most popular trends is the Rustoleum cabinet kit as it’s easy to use and economical. The Rustoleum cabinet k...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Terracotta Floor Restoration in Lake Forest, IL 60045Once a year there is a project which always stands out or becomes memorable. This terracotta floor restoration project was absolutely “that job” in the 2017 season. Terracotta is brick which is used for flooring and all types of décor choices. ...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Everyone prefers roofing products with the best hail resistance. Hail is a destructive force. While the destruction is readily apparent on cars and glass surfaces, roof damage from hail isn't always obvious. If a shingled roof is hit by a hail storm, you might not even realize at first. Hail caus...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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3Rs Construction was Seeing Blue at IBS Orlando  One of the stand-out colors at IBS Orlando this January was any shade of blue. Whether it was doors, cabinetry, hardware or sinks, blue was making a statement! From teal to navy, blue can be versatile or vibrant.  Strolling through the aisles of ov...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
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Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). While big proje...

By Mary Ann Teixeira, REALTOR, SRES, GREEN
(Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage)
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One of the good things about living in the house during construction is that you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and check out the previous day's work while still in your pajamas. So here I am checking out the tile shower surround and the cool diamond-shaped border: Our contractor suggest...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I get this question about vacuums often, but it's really not the best question to ask about hardwood floors and vacuums. You see, nothing really removes dirt and fine particles from the cracks and crevices better than a a good vacuum.  So vacuuming can be good - both for cleanliness and for prese...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Have you noticed the Farmhouse Decor trend?  It's been on the rise for the last several years, and if you use Pinterest, you'll see Farmhouse style items all of the place.  Farmhouse style is a very specific taste, and it's not for everyone.  But, those who love it, really love it.  Why?  Because...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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A common question I get about older homes is whether two-prong outlets can safely be changed over to three-prong outlets.  Most home buyers today don't want to be stuck with two-prong outlets throughout the house.  Two-prong outlets can always be changed to three-prong, and this can be accomplish...

By Lee Gallaher
(Gallaher Group KW)
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 Request a free consultation How To Choose Your Mortage Broker Since you're in the market for a new home, you're probably in the market for a new mortgage. Here are 3 critical shopping tips for anyone looking for a new loan. Know the Terms All the terms of a loan matter. Unfortunately, shopping ...

(North Jersey Property Inspections, Inc)
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There's a special place for people who rip off the elderly.   I did a home inspection on a property the other day. Apparently the home owners wanted to heighten their basement by excavating the basement floor by two feet.   They hired a contractor to reinforce the foundation wall. According to th...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Vintage Marble Table Polishing in Lake Forest, IL 60045Marble has been a choice for design, decor, and artwork for centuries. This project documents the honing and polishing of a vintage marble table.  This table was handcrafted in China over 100 years ago. The project date was 11-15-17. Our clie...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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All spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making the room feel as spacious as possible while also...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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Do you remember when you first fell in love? What was it that attracted you? Most likely there was something about that person or that home that made you smile and be happy. As we, as humans, grow older similar to our homes we sometimes can become complacent. Look in the mirror and say "Eh! Good ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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  The Bottom Line on Recycling Do's and Dont'sThere is no single standard for recycling - every community sets their own. Phone Books and Pizza Boxes are often not welcomed by recycling programs. Not all plastic can be recycled. Look for the recycling symbol to be sure. Did you know?Your local co...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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For homeowners who want to go for that timeless look for their home, one of the usual choices would be to go for log siding. However, getting a log siding installed to your home can be a bit expensive especially if your location doesn't allow gaint logs to be brought in. However, there is one alt...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Kitchen remodeling is not for the faint-hearted. It was not quick. Thirty one days to be exact. Started just before Thanksgiving and put the finishing touches on December 23rd - one day before hosting the Christmas Eve festivities for our family.It was not painless.  We cooked so much in our Inst...

By Debbie Solano, ALC, CRS -- Land & Country Estates near Tulsa
(Coldwell Banker Select, Realtors -- Tulsa, Oklahoma)
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Pipe and Cable Horse Fencing Installation Here's a new pipe and cable horse fencing installation at Fleur de Lis Farm in Nowata, Oklahoma. It was professionally installed and so I thought these photos may be helpful for someone who wants to weld their own fencing.  This installation is particular...

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
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Best Restoration Company in DFW Metroplex  Contact: Jesus Mendez for a FREE ESTIMATEPhone: 469-338-7286   Specializing in Roofing, Fencing, Guttering, Painting, Windows, Remodels & More!  I was introduced to this company by Jesus Mendez whom I have known many years now. He works for Richard Resto...