9 Summer DIY Home Projects That Will Add to Your Home’s Value

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you probably want to be sure prospective buyers will see it in the best possible light. Chances are, however, that if you’ve been living in your home for many years, there are repairs you need to make to increase its curb appeal. The problem, of course, is that those repairs can be expensive, and you might wonder if making them will pay off in the long run. The Good News: Home Improvements Are Worth It—If You Do It Yourself. According to Remodeling Magazine, on average you’ll recoup about 65% of the costs of home improvement projects if you sell your home within 1 year. That of course assumes you’re paying someone else to make those improvements—but the cost drops dramatically if you do the repairs yourself.

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Outdoor Living: Connecting Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

The old saying goes that “home is where you hang your hat” but for a lot of us, that isn’t good enough. For some, a home isn’t someplace you live, but a place you live to be.  It’s a place where you are surrounded by family and friends.  It’s more than just four walls, a kitchen, some bathrooms, and a place to sleep.  You have worked to make your house a home.  Home is a place to relax, to entertain, and a place to interact with the people in your life.  It’s a place to find comfort and get away from it all, but also a place to be social and a space to share with others.  But your home doesn’t just begin and end at the threshold of your front door.  Your home is whatever you want to make it!  And your outdoors aren’t anymore a place where you just put water on your lawn anymore than your home is some kind of glorified hat rack!

There is a whole other aspect of your home just waiting for you outside your doors.  For someone with your enthusiasm for DIY projects, it’s all within your reach!

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11 Stars & Stripes Design Trends for Your Home

The 4th of July is quickly sneaking up on us, and that means it is time to do some new decorating around your home! The perfect patriotic home decor for this time of year is obviously stars and stripes. They are a simplistic, yet elegant design and will spruce up your home for the holiday.

Need some stars and stripes ideas that will bring life to your living spaces? Here is a list of some great products that are sure to bring some life to your home this 4th of July.

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#TransformationTuesday – Elegant Star Decorative Glass

When it comes to home decor, there are a lot of different trends that can inspire a homeowner to take action in making a positive change to their habitat. We believe that the integration of the Star has made the list. ✪

The Texas Star is a popular design element used in home decor. There’s something about the symmetry and uniqueness to the geometric shape that creates a great focal point, especially when used in decorative glass. We wanted to highlight this trend and show off some great entryway enhancements that took advantage of the star that has grown so popular across the country (especially in Texas).

For this week’s Transformation Tuesday, checkout these door transformations using Elegant Star decorative glass.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Featuring DIY Dad’s

We have included four DIY projects that can be completed in just one weekend. Each of these projects will assist in upgrading the look of your home, and the best part is they can all be completed by the DIY dad’s out there! Pick one of these projects and gift your father the materials he will need to complete this weekend project. You’ll get bonus points for creativity and for doing the hard part – shopping. The projects below are listed in order according to skill level, so there is bound to be a project out there for every dad.

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5 DIY Projects to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Home heating and cooling costs increase every year and we all wish we could do something about it, but often have no idea where to begin. We talk to our friends and family to see what, if anything, they are doing to keep the warm or cool air the are paying for inside their homes. There are easy things you can do to keep the warm inside when needed and vise versa. Once you master these some of these small projects looking into other ways to save money is going to come naturally.

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Home Enhancements That’ll Make Your Entryway POP!

Your home’s front entry is like it’s “face”. In other words, it’s the first thing that most people will notice when passing or approaching your house. That said, how does your home’s “face” appear to the world right now? Maybe you’ve already got a nice front door. Perhaps you’ve even painted it in your favorite cheery color. If so, you’re on the right track, but your front entry needs more than a little “lipstick” to really POP for a visitor to your home. Here are some ways to give it a professional “makeup artist’s” touch so that it doesn’t just look presentable, but AMAZING!

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The Rising Popularity of Wrought Iron in Home Design

Home design and decor trends are always evolving and changing just like fashion and food trends. While wrought iron is considered timeless, it’s rise in popularity recently can be seen throughout home decor to achieve multiple styles. Wrought iron can provide a beautiful and traditional old world feel; a clean, modern finish; or even a warm, inviting country style. The processes for making wrought iron were devised during the Industrial Revolution and it’s a great material to work with because it gets stronger the more you heat and shape it.

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Five DIY Projects to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is on everyone’s minds these days, whether they are looking for a new home or making improvements to the one they live in now. Some of these upgrades require significant investments of time and energy, and it may be necessary to have a profession do the work. Some are quick, easy fixes that may not have occurred to you earlier. Still others add a unique design element family and friends will comment on for years to come.

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7 Easy DIY Projects That Will Increase Your Home Value

Being a responsible, forward-thinking homeowner is all about property value. Even if you currently adore the home you’re in, you may eventually want to sell it to move up, move somewhere else, or just for a change of pace because you can. When that happens, naturally you want to get the highest possible value for the home and one of the best things about being a homeowner is the ability to improve your property value as a hobby over time. Many people do a big DIY improvement every summer, renovating the kitchen, building a playroom, or improving the garage shop.

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Traditional Window Treatments Versus Enclosed Blinds For Your Entryway

If you have a door or entryway that features a window, you may be concerned about your home’s privacy and security. Untreated windows are an opportunity for someone to take an unannounced peek into your personal space. This could put your property at risk for crime or intruders. So what are your options when it comes to adding window treatments to the entryways in your home?

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#TransformationTuesday: Decorative Door Glass

This #TransformationTuesday, we’re looking at entryway projects that completely enhance the look of your door using decorative glass inserts. We wanted to show how real homeowners are taking their ordinary doors and turning them into beautiful focal points in their home. Simply be adding glass to a solid door, or replacing existing glass that is outdated / out of style, you can completely transform the look of your entrance. The great part is that these door remodeling projects are easy to DIY in less than an hour. With minimal time and a small investment, you’ll increase your curb appeal and really enjoy ‘Enlightened Living’ with a totally new entryway.

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