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How to Rethink the Purpose of Your Closets

This is a post from our guest blogger, Kalyn M. Johnson of  More Space Place® & ifurnish®

In our homes we have doors, drawers and other handy compartments that allow us to tuck away and hide our clutter or disorganization. Don’t worry, I’m guilty of this too at times. Closets are the big one. It is so convenient to shove anything that is not of use at the time into an already crazily full closet filled with the rest of your unneeded stuff.  Read more

Linen Closet Clean Up and Organization

Do you have a packed linen closet or maybe you cannot find exactly what you need in your linen closet.  This article by Redbook Magazine gives 5 great pointers on how to make some space in your linen closet. Read more

Pool Safety

It is summer and with summer comes outdoor activities like swimming in pools.   There are some simple things to remember with pool safety. Read more

Closing out a home improvement project

When your project is done, crack open your libation of choice and enjoy it.  Share it with family and friends.  You worked hard at putting it all together, you might as well celebrate a little, or a lot depending on the project. Read more

Backyard Weddings and What you need to do to Prepare For Them

This is a time for weddings and what better inspiration to write about then a wedding.  Hosting a wedding in your backyard is a very personal experience and can provide cost saving measures. However you still need execute on all the details to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.

First you need to make sure you house is ready to host a backyard wedding.  Do you have the appropriate facilities for the number of guests you will host?  Do you have a solid surface or walkway to prevent lawn damage?  Are your trees and scrubs trimmed?  Do you need to add some color with additional flowers to create a beautiful look to a backyard wedding? Additionally, you may need to add lighting to set an ambiance or to light up the dark sky should your wedding go into the evening. Read more

Should you Buy a Fixer Upper Infographic

This is a great infographic by Credit Sesame and Column 5 that helps you decide whether a fixer upper home is right for you.  It takes into consideration time, budget and home improvement experience.  So when buying your next home, take into consideration the following. Read more

Home Improvement Projects, What I like, versus what I can afford

Another age old conundrum with home improvement projects is the tradeoff of what I like versus what I can afford.  Everyone struggles with this reality where finances and costs are pulling one side of your brain, versus the emotional trigger of I really want and like “this” to be a part of my project.

One method in helping resolve this debate in your head, or worse yet with your spouse, is to have developed a detailed budget for each item in your project.   As an example, you might have a patio project that includes 10 key items like the following…. Read more

Home Offices

Did you know that 59% of prospective home buyers want a home office in their next home.  Home offices are great rooms that allow you to work from home if your job allows, conduct your personal home business in a quiet environment and also allows your students to study if necessary. When designing your home office keep a couple of things in mind.  How many people in your family will use this office?  What will the purpose of its use be?  What furniture will you require?  Will you require multiple work stations or desks or will your require a small conference area to conduct meetings?  Will you need wall space to add white boards or screens to host meetings?  Do you work well in a natural lit room or will artificial lighting work for you?  Another thing to keep in mind in your home office is what technological requirements will you have? Will you need outlets and where and how many?  Will you need direct internet connection or will wireless connections work?  Will you need phone lines or will mobile cell lines be okay?  If mobile phones will be used, does the location of your office support strong cell signals.

Here are some great examples of home office design and configurations that might help your office design process.

Recovering from a Home Fire

My name is Tami Traeden, I live in Portland Oregon. I recently heard about Homezada and quickly checked out the website.

My interest was strong based on my experience in 2008.  My husband and I were both home on a Sunday afternoon in November. Our home was a 100yr old craftsman which was quite drafty so I used space heaters often. I was upstairs in my office when I noticed the space heater was not putting out warm air. I had moved it to a new outlet in the room so I could be closer to the project I was working on. I did not think much of it until about 30min later the power went out. My husband came upstairs to talk to me before going to the basement to check on the breaker box, when he glanced out the window.

What he saw forever changed our lives. Under the eaves he saw enormous flames shooting out from our roof line. Needless to say the scramble was on to get out of the house and call 911.

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Budgeting through Product Research in a Home Improvements Project

Many homeowners may embark on a home improvement project they have never done before.  So they struggle in even determining a high level budget because this is completely unknown.   Here are some steps to consider in helping you develop a budget in order to see if a project is even financially feasible for you. Read more

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