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Author Profiles

Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.


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Do Homemade Floor Cleaners Really Work?

It’s easy to make your own floor cleaners, but not all will take out tough stains. We put DIY floor cleaners to the test. Here’s what we found. Read More

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Which Durable Countertop is Best for Your Kitchen?

Countertops are your kitchen’s tough guy, but they have to look good, too. Here are six of the handsomest, most durable countertops on the market today. Read More

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Bathroom Lighting: The Right Lights Can Make You Look Beautiful (and Smart!)

It’s easy to fall in love with a steam shower or vessel sink when you redo your bathroom — but good lighting is one of the best places to spend your money. Read More

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When’s the Best Time to Plant Trees?

Plant trees at the right time and they’re more likely to thrive. Here’s when to plant so you get the most value from your landscaping investment. Read More

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See Why Saltwater Pools Can Be So Much Better Than Traditional Pools

Safe, low-odor saltwater pools are gaining in popularity. Could you have saltwater in your future? Read More

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Are Soundproof Windows Worth the Money?

Is outside noise driving you crazy? Soundproof windows could be the solution — or you might do better with some less-costly alternatives. Read More

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How to Design Your Landscaping to Protect Against Wildfires and Other Disasters

Great landscaping is more than the pretty face of your home — it can be the first line of defense between you and natural disaster. Read More

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Front Yard Patios Add Livability and Curb Appeal

The marriage of front porches with backyard patios has spawned the front yard patio. Here’s how this outdoor trend takes advantage of valuable real estate and enhances neighbor relations. View slideshow

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Getting the Most Value Out of Your Outdoor Spaces

Upgrading your outdoor spaces? Here are upgrades that landscape architects rate as most popular. Read More

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