Category: Home Improvement

  • Moving Forward: Installation Progress on our Inground Pool

    Moving Forward: Installation Progress on our Inground Pool

    Finally, peace and quiet! After a week and a half of listening to the pump evacuate the groundwater out of the soon to be pool in our backyard, I can finally enjoy the birds chirping and the squeals of my kid’s voices as they play. Whether inside or out, the pump was a rather obtrusive sound. A lot can be said for double-pane windows, but I wouldn’t know since ours are single. Silence is a beautiful thing and I’m hoping my neighbors aren’t too upset.

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  • And the Pool Adventure Continues…

    And the Pool Adventure Continues…

    It’s been a couple of very busy weeks in preparation for the pool, but the fun, and the digging has begun. Last week we decided more sun was needed in our backyard to help heat the pool so we decided to have a few trees removed prior to the pool work beginning. It worked out well since most of the trees we had removed were not doing too well and were a hazard to our home, but I’m not sure how much more sunlight we actually gained, if any…it seemed like a good idea at the time. The good news is that the pool tile, pavers, and “choice” travertine have been selected with minimal time spent in negotiations.

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  • The Adventures of Adding an In Ground Pool

    The Adventures of Adding an In Ground Pool

    Have you ever contemplated having an in ground pool & spa added to your backyard? That’s exactly what my husband and I have decided to do thinking of the fun the kids would have and the convenience of not having to pack everything up every time we’d like to go for a quick swim in the neighborhood pool.

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  • Wow factors that help to sell homes

    Wow factors that help to sell homes

    When building or renovating your home, there can be a very fine line between features that bring a wow factor and those that can deter a potential buyer. The trick is to make changes that are easily repurposed if the buyer isn’t a big fan of them without sacrificing the features that you want in your home.

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  • Start your own garden

    Start your own garden

    According to the National Association of Realtors, vegetable gardens make the list of hot home trends for this year. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or have never intentionally put your hands in the dirt, a small garden can really spruce up a kitchen windowsill or back porch.

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  • Ottoman DIY

    Ottoman DIY

    I’m all about DIY projects, especially when they allow you to make something custom for your home that perfectly matches your style and saves you some money.

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  • How to clean house plants

    How to clean house plants

    I’m not going to lie; I’m totally guilty of letting my house plants get downright dusty sometimes, so when I came across this tutorial on Apartment Therapy, I had to…

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  • A smarter thermostat

    A smarter thermostat

    It’s not that often that I come across a product that’s well designed, functional and innovative. The Nest thermostat is one of those products, and I’ve been impressed with it since I saw it for the first time about a year ago.

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  • If these walls could talk

    If these walls could talk

    OK, I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably thinking of the overly wallpapered rooms in a house you saw and hated a long time ago (or maybe not even that long ago). It was floral and dated and everywhere, right? Well not these wallpapers.

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