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Author Profiles

John Riha

has written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Follow John on Google+.

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Maintenance (and More) Questions You’ll Wish You Asked Before Buying Your House

As you settle in to your new home, you’ll be hit with a few surprises. Here are the questions to ask before you move in. And if you’ve already settled in, you’ll find the tips you need to sidestep problems. Read More

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Love Your Bathroom Forever: 9 Perfect Features

Fads? Phooey. If you’re looking for style, sanctuary, and long-term value, you can’t go wrong with these bathroom must-haves. Read More

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How New Building Codes Could Sink Your Home’s Value

Building codes are changing faster and getting tougher. You could be in for a costly shock if you do a remodeling job and don’t check codes. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

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Can You Spot the Common Code Violation?

You’ll have a safer, more trouble-free home if you keep an eye out for these common mistakes and violations of building codes. View slideshow

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The 7 Most Common Code Violations Remodelers Make

You may save money when you DIY, but unless your projects are up to code, you’re flirting with expensive fixes and putting your home and family at risk. Read More

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Smart Ideas for Removing Walls and Opening Up

Take out a wall to improve flow, increase functionality, and ban claustrophobia. View slideshow

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Faux Wood That’s Just as Beautiful as the Real Thing — But Better

Love the look of natural wood? These look-alike products are tougher, stronger, water-resistant, often cheaper, and just as beautiful as the real thing. View slideshow

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Architectural Details Add Verve and Value

Small touches make a big difference to your home’s interiors. View slideshow

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Prep Kitchens Make Life Easier

Prep kitchens help you craft your culinary masterpieces while keeping the messes out of sight. View slideshow

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