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(Family Features) As America's economy strengthens, remodeling and home renovations are on the rise. "Homeowners are looking for ways to update their current homes, rather than buying a new property," said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. "From simply adding a new faucet to completely gutting a bathroom, there are many ways to revitalize any home." For homeowners seeking inspiration for their bathroom renovation, here are the top trends to know:
(Family Features) - Scrambling to tidy up the house before, during and after the arrival of holiday houseguests is one tradition that many Americans would like to simply forget. Between shopping for gifts, cooking elaborate meals, and reconnecting with loved ones, keeping the house clean can seem like the one chore that never gets checked off the holiday to-do list.
(BPT) - The holidays bring plenty of cheer and the arrival of family from all over. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all. But with family visits and hearty meals also comes a big share of messes. After hefty helpings of gravy and chocolates, there will be plenty of cleaning required to get your home back in tip top shape for the new year. It’s enough to leave anyone “holidazed,” but with the right tools and tricks on your side, it does not have to.
(BPT) - Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you’re not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your project, if you’re itchin’ to update your kitchen, follow these five steps to design the space you’ve been dreaming about.
(NAPSI)—An increasing number of Americans are finding that a holiday tradition long popular in the South gets a warm welcome from family and friends everywhere: a succulent turkey, deep-fried in 100 percent peanut oil—the second most popular way to cook the bird.
(Family Features) Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible. It can be hard to imagine that tasks around the house that were once done with ease can one day pose a challenge. Anticipating the challenge and planning accordingly may allow you to remain in your home for an extended period of time. Often, with some minor modifications, your home can be adapted to help you stay as long as possible even with some loss of mobility.
(BPT) - Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.
(BPT) - While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint isn’t always the answer to a better bath. Focusing on quality products can create a luxurious look, even in a small space.
(StatePoint) Kitchen remodeling can significantly increase home value. However this can get extremely expensive. But simple kitchen fix-ups can add both value and comfort to your space.
(Family Features) From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home.
(BPT) - Ever purchased a great-looking faucet only to find you can’t easily turn it on with one hand? Or discovered that you can’t stand to sit for more than a few minutes on that new sofa that looked so great in the showroom? If so, you have experienced comfort and practicality sacrificed on the altar of aesthetics.
(StatePoint) During the holiday season, you’ll likely be spending more time indoors. While getting your home ready for the fun is important, making the process smooth and easy can help you focus on family, friends and the spirit of the season.
(BPT) - From enjoying a nice cup of coffee in the morning to putting the final touches on a homemade pie, the kitchen is the center of the home any time of year, but especially during the busy holiday season. The kitchen will be put to the test, filled to the brim with friends and loved ones, whipping up the family’s secret recipes. In order to handle the holiday season with ease, your sink needs to be in tip-top shape. Is yours up for the challenge?
(NAPSI)—From party prep to everyday dinners, cool home appliances are the tools you need for delicious recipes-plus they make great gifts for practically anyone on your list.
(NAPSI)—While the kitchen is known as the “heart of the home,” it’s also where many home fires originate. On average, 160,220 home structure fires involving kitchen equipment occur each year.
(StatePoint) During fall, many homeowners focus on small upgrades and improvements. The turning season is the perfect time to find and correct potential compromises in your home before they become larger, and more costly, renovation issues.
(BPT) - There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’re designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn’t mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.
(BPT) - Whether you are buying, selling or simply remodeling, you are looking to invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It’s natural to want it all, but before you over-personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value of your home without the risk.
(BPT) - Before you know it, the chilly weather will be here and so will the dreaded cold and flu season. While even the most avid germaphobes can’t control every germ from reaching their family, you can take extra precautions to keep a healthy home this year. Follow these expert tips to get rid of germs – once and for all.
(StatePoint) Whether you’re a serious at-home chef or a casual cook, a kitchen renovation should be more than a superficial makeover. By improving the functionality of the space, you can pave the way toward better cooking and happier hosting.
Always wash hands, knives, countertops and cutting boards before and after handling and preparing food. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—It may not be what most people think about when they consider technological innovations, but science has turned its attention toward the floor and come up with some pretty clever ideas.