(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.
(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or office is polluted.
(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees decide to enter the ranks of American entrepreneurship.
(BPT) - Working out, getting in shape, starting a fitness routine – these are all practices that are good for the body. When mind and emotional-strengthening practices like yoga and meditation are included in the mix, you’re actively working to make all areas of your body healthy. You can take this one step further by engaging in a sustainable practice – one that’s good for the environment around you.
(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.
(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.
(BPT) - Your home’s curb appeal is a statement of the property’s style and overall personality. When you look at your house from the street, does the front feel warm and welcoming? If not, it’s time to boost curb appeal. A few simple updates can make a big impact without requiring a large financial or time investment.
(BPT) - Whether it’s a cookout for friends or a quiet conversation with family, the backyard deck is the hot spot for summer living. So what’s trending now when it comes to making that space as stylish and functional as it can be?
Development in the Court Square area of Long Island City is nothing new. Residential and commercial buildings have popped up throughout the area, but The Pearson Court Square — one of the area’s newest residential buildings — aims to be more than a desirable place to live.
The 197-unit, market-rate rental sits at 45-50 Pearson St., just across from the Sculpture Center.
(NewsUSA) - While often thought of as a tradition of the past, family farms are actually still a mainstay of the U.S. agricultural industry. In fact, under the Economic Research Service (ERS) definition, family farms represent 97.6 percent of all U.S. farms and are responsible for 85 percent of U.S. farm production.
(BPT) - No one ever said “trendy” translates to “cheap.” Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don’t have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer’s dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish.
(BPT) - Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.
(BPT) - Going green is good for the environment, but it can also be good for a homeowner’s wallet – and that’s the aspect of eco-friendly improvements that seems most appealing to homebuyers. More than 80 percent of buyers said they would pay more for home features that saved energy and trimmed utility bills, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
(StatePoint) It’s time for fun outdoor afternoons spent with family and friends.
(BPT) - The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.
(Family Features) The winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for homeowners facing higher-than-normal heating costs. With polar vortex cold sweeps, heavy snowfalls and ice blizzards affecting much of the country, energy prices for electricity, gas and oil have increased. Propane prices have skyrocketed due to scarcity of supplies, leading some governors to declare a state of emergency.
(BPT) - Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.
To celebrate Earth Week last week, the Queens Center mall announced it will be installing solar panels on its roof and the adjacent parking garage over the next few months.
To kick off the initiative, a group of area children were educated about sustainable living and its positive impacts on everyday life during a kid-friendly Earth Day discussion last Thursday at the mall.
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.
New York City residents have seen extremely high energy bills this winter, with utility rates increasing by up to 20 percent, according to a recent New York Post article. If you haven’t considered solar, this is the perfect time.
Installing solar panels on your roof stabilizes your electricity costs right away and protects you against increasing utility charges in the future. Current rebates and incentives cover about 60 percent of the system cost, making New York City the perfect place for solar to flourish both for homes and businesses. However, the federal tax incentive is expected to expire in 2016, and the 10 percent property tax abatement for NYC ends at the end of 2014.
(NewsUSA) - Savvy consumers are turning to solar energy to beat the escalating price of electricity.
(BPT) - Something about summer seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize summer as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for sheer summer-like impact it’s hard to beat decorating with light.