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Floor Plan Design Trends in New Modern Homes

This guest post was written by George Hale, owner of H. Hudson Homes Modern home builders design functional floor plans that perform efficiently … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

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Summer Lawn Fungus Disease

This has been driving me crazy for a few years now, as I've really been trying to cultivate the most beautiful lawn possible. You can call it pride, … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

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Refreshing a Swimming Pool Landscape

Updated — Originally Published May 3, 2011 Last spring, my wife and I came up with a beautiful landscape design to complement our inground swimming pool, and we worked with a number of local contractors to help bring those ideas to life. But if you live anywhere near the Jersey Shore, you know that we then had one of the most … [Read More...]

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My Battle with Surface Water Runoff

Surface water runoff from rain, downspouts, roofs and gutters can really make your life miserable if your landscape grading hasn’t been properly engineered. The equation isn’t terribly complicated: water needs to flow away from things it can damage. But this can sometimes be overlooked or frankly creep up on you if you’re making … [Read More...]

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Things to Consider Before you go Solar

This guest post was provided by home improvement and energy efficiency writer, Tim Smith. Since the sun isn’t due to blow up for a couple billion years, we can all safely assume that solar power is here to stay. It’s not a fad and actually provides many benefits that many people don’t know about. How the Sun Shines … [Read More...]

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Phantom Dinnertime Doorbell Ringing

Every few days, right around dinnertime - my doorbell was ringing. And nobody was there. It wasn’t a repetitive ring, or a ring followed by the sound of laughter and kids running away; it was a very sensible single ring – beckoning for an answer. But nobody. While I wasn’t really sure what the cause of the problem might … [Read More...]

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Hall and Stairway Trim Work – Low Maintenance Shadow Boxes

Updated -- Originally Published December 26, 2011 One of the things I think really makes a home look beautiful is trim work. It's all about personal taste, of course - but I find the classic looks (rosettes, fluted casings, shadow boxes) always seem to carry a certain elegance, and when you have kids running around the … [Read More...]

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Paving an Asphalt Driveway

Surface tree roots and water drainage problems had been slowly killing my asphalt driveway for a number of years, but it was a convoy of construction trucks en route to the backyard that really finished it off. We tried to get creative and save the driveway with some beautiful (and strategically placed) Belgian block borders and … [Read More...]

Lawn Fungus Dollar Spot 2

Summer Lawn Fungus Disease

This has been driving me crazy for a few years now, as I've really been trying to cultivate the most beautiful lawn possible. You can call it pride, or maybe you'll want to say it's a "guy thing," but when I come home from work at the end of the day - I love turning the corner and pulling up to a pristine, meticulous and … [Read More...]

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Installing a Marble Threshold

Marble thresholds (sometimes called marble saddles) are very common in many homes, often found at bathroom entries. They look really nice, they're cool and smooth to the touch - and they're not terribly expensive. Having recently installed a marble threshold as part of a more comprehensive home rehab project, this summary … [Read More...]

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Carpet Tiles for a Quick Rehab

I never really considered the use of carpet tiles before. If I need to carpet a room, it’s usually something I contract-out because it's clearly a talent  - with wisdom acquired from experience. Best to have a professional carpet installer handle this. On the other hand, area rugs can be absolutely beautiful as well, adding … [Read More...]