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11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

Some trees are more trouble than they’re worth. Before you head to a nursery, see our slideshow. Then, see even more trees readers hate. View slideshow

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More Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

So many of you told us about the trees you love to hate that we created a slideshow devoted to reader picks for worst tree. Do you agree with these? View slideshow

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Can You Spot the 9 Kitchen Design Details That’ll Make You Fat?

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and we love to make them as warm, inviting, and hard-working as possible. But some of the same features that make our kitchens efficient and comfortable send subliminal messages that say, “Let’s eat more food!” Here are ways to prevent your kitchen renovation or minor makeover from making you fat. Each of our examples features a design culprit or two — can you spot them? View slideshow

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8 Houses That Don’t Seem Real, But They Are!

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? These eight ugly houses answer that age-old question with a resounding: Yes! Despite some odd proportions, strange building materials, and off-the-wall colors, these prideful homes all have redeeming qualities that endear them to their owners. For one, they’re all unique. And in this cookie-cutter world, that’s saying a whole lot! Which is your favorite? View slideshow

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7 of the World’s Most Mind-Blowing Homes: Artistic or Atrocious?

Are you dreaming of a home like no other? Maybe one with walls made of foam? How about a pyramid 37 stories above Seattle, or even a spaceship? Every home buyer wants to find the perfect home, one that fits all of their personal quirks and dreams, and not everyone is hoping for four walls, a foundation, and a picket fence. We’ve identified some of the most unique homes in the world and imagined who the perfect home owners would be. Which one would you choose to live in? View slideshow

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Natural Swimming Pools: 9 Myths Busted

Do you like the idea of a natural swimming pool but get squeamish thinking about mud between your toes and tadpoles clinging to your hair? Environmentally friendly, chemical-free natural swimming pools have low ongoing maintenance costs and are healthy alternatives to conventional pools. They’re fairly common in Europe but less so here in the U.S., largely because of misconceptions. Follow along as we bust some common myths about these beautiful outdoor features. View slideshow

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The Plants You Shouldn’t Plant in Your Yard

These troublesome plants will hijack your garden, trees — and your neighbor’s yard. Plant at your own peril! And tell us which plants you love to hate. View slideshow

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9 Wacky Exterior Paint Jobs That Will Shock You

We’ve all seen them, lurking around the corner, maybe in the next neighborhood: houses with unaccountably strange paint jobs. As entertaining as they are to look at, odd ducks like these might deter future buyers and tend to lower property values of nearby homes. Check out these extreme exteriors to learn how your home’s fresh coat can look good and preserve the worth of your home and neighborhood. View slideshow

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Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling Mistake

There’s a reason for the proverb “measure twice, cut once,” and these pictures prove it. If you double-check your measurements, you can avoid common, and sometimes costly to fix, clearance mistakes. View slideshow

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Bathroom Storage: Smart Ways to Stow More

Desperately seeking storage in your bathroom? Is that tower of towels stacked on your vanity in danger of toppling over? Can’t tell the toothpaste from the hemorrhoid cream in the jungle of your “everything” drawer? Time to get organized! Here’s some clever, inspiring ways to find the proper place for everything and turn your bathroom into the soothing, well-managed spa of your dreams. View slideshow

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Coolest Kitchen Sinks on the Planet

Everything but the kitchen sink? No wonder — it gets so much use, that’s the last thing you’d ever toss. Here’s a guide to some of our favorites. View slideshow

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Are These Homeowners Ready for Some Football?

Lots of care and a little crazy goes into the homes of these steadfast fans. View slideshow

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Lawn Replacements: Kick Your Yard in the Grass

Tired of the same old, same old? The endless cutting and edging, the bare spots, the crabgrass and dandelions that get stronger with every application of weed control? No worries — we’ve got your back. And your front yard, too. Try these imaginative lawn replacements and you’ll have it made in the shade, once and for all. View slideshow

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7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had

Every square foot of your home is valuable. These storage solutions take advantage of underused nooks and crannies. And just for fun, we did some back-of-the-napkin calculations based on the average price per square foot of a U.S. home ($81) to attach a theoretical value to the bonus space. View slideshow

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11 Inspiring Garage Conversions

Want to add on without adding on? Converting your garage to living space may be the answer. And see how folks are reinventing living rooms, too. View slideshow

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Creepy Plants for Your Halloween Garden

If you like vamping up your house for Halloween — adding some ghoulish touches and a few frightening follies — here’s a way to enjoy the spirit of the season all year long. Creepy flora, like bat plants and Dracula orchids, give your garden and indoor pots a delightful touch of the macabre. If you dare, click through our scary slide show of creepy plants. View slideshow

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12 Refreshing Outdoor Showers

Pools and lakes are great, but for everyday summertime refreshment, nothing beats an outdoor shower. Whether it’s a quick spritz on the backyard lawn or an au naturel sudsing in the privacy of your open-air bathing booth, an outdoor shower is a delight. Grab your loofah and check out our slideshow featuring bathing beauties that cost from $100 to thousands. View slideshow

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6 Easy, Low-Cost Bathroom Makeovers

Are you looking to add some pizazz to your bathroom before holiday guests use your facilities? If you’re long on determination but short on time and cash, here are some quick, fun makeover ideas that will impress visitors, make your family proud, increase storage space, and help preserve the value of your home. View slideshow

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Fence Designs Reveal Your Personality

Fences contribute to curb appeal and help preserve the value of your property. Each fence, however, can be as unique as its owner. Which fence style are you? View slideshow

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America’s 9 Coolest Driveways Ever

There’s no steering around it — driveways play a big role in your home’s appearance. Small wonder: They’re sizeable features. A typical 20-by-40-ft. suburban driveway occupies about 800 sq. ft. of front yard — almost half a tennis court. Yet we often regard these hardworking necessities simply as slabs of concrete. With a little imagination, however, you can cook up a great-looking driveway that’ll boost curb appeal and help preserve the value of your property. Here are some ideas: View slideshow

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Clever Solutions for Under-Kitchen-Sink Storage

Is the space under your kitchen sink a little shop of horrors? We’ve got smart ways to organize and tame that wild place. View slideshow

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Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb Appeal

Our motto: No boring walkways! Pump up your home’s value when you walk this way. View slideshow

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Deck and Patio Lighting Ideas that Add Livability

Cool deck and patio lighting helps you get more use — and enjoyment — from your outdoor living spaces. View slideshow

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8 Charming Cottage Gardens

Cottage gardens are much more than sweet and sentimental; they’re natural ways to help trim water bills, lower maintenance costs, and boost the curb appeal of your property. Plus, they’re just plain fun! Want to know more? Check out our slideshow. View slideshow

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Gorgeous Drought-Resistant Plants with Vivid Color

Just when the growing season looks bleakest — think scorchers and mid-summer drought — Mom Nature brings out bursts of cheery color. These drought-resistant plants help conserve water and ensure your curb appeal won’t wilt in the heat. Native varieties are the most tolerant; check your state extension service. Meanwhile, check out our slideshow of colorful drought-resistant plants! View slideshow

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The Incredible (and Sometimes Edible) Living Wall

Who knew there were so many options to create a beautiful and functional living wall? Even one you can nibble from. Check out these 9 gorgeous and versatile vertical garden ideas that’ll put a whole new slant on how you grow flowers, herbs, and veggies. View slideshow

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Would-Be Chicken Coops of the Rich and Famous

Join our flight-of-fancy tour as we imagine what kinds of chicken coops some well-known celebrities and other notables might build in their own back yards. View slideshow

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Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014

America’s remodeling dollars are flowing again. If you’re looking to upgrade, Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report tabs these projects as offering the best return on your investment. View slideshow

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What Home Improvement Projects Give the Most Value?

A kitchen remodel might be a sexier project, but if you want the most financial return on your home improvement dollars, think curb appeal. View slideshow

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9 Alternate DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

If you believe nothing says Christmas more than a fresh cut evergreen, think again. View slideshow

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What Your Front Entryway Says About You

If you want to get to know somebody, check out their front entry. From early Chinese philosophy to ancient Greek architecture, front doors and entryways have always had a lot to say about the character of whoever lives inside. We think this is rock-solid conjecture, so we’ve put together a handy guide to front door symbology, combining historic perspective with our own unique POV. Want to know your entry personality? Enter our slide show! View slideshow

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Can You Name These Common Weeds?

Warm weather means flowers, green grass — and weeds that’ll turn your yard into a turf war. Your first line of defense? Maintain a healthy lawn with proper watering, feeding, and aeration. After that, know the bad guys that try and take over your territory. Here’s your guide to identifying some of the most common lawn weeds in North America, and how best to get rid of them. View slideshow

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9 Home Improvement Projects that Never Go Out of Style

If you’re looking to remodel or upgrade your house these days, creating lasting value is sure to be a top concern. You’ll want to add features that won’t be outdated just a few years from now — reducing your home’s marketability and making your house look like it just crawled out of a time machine. We’ve got you covered with our fool-proof list of top elements and home improvement projects that never go out of style. View slideshow

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Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical Approaches

Conventional wisdom says neutral kitchen colors help sell a house. Why conform? If you’ve ever thought about living in a freewheeling kitchen, here’s the inspiration, plus tips for materials and care. View slideshow

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10 Tips for a Low-Cost Kitchen Facelift

A kitchen renovation can be among the most expensive home improvement projects, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to whip up your meals in style. Cook up some extra storage, style, and function in your kitchen with these great kitchen design ideas. View slideshow

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Get Rid of Ugly Views and Nosy Neighbors with These Privacy Tips

You don’t have to suffer ugly views and nosy neighbors. Fix the problem with these tips to boost your home’s privacy. View slideshow

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Best Trees to Grow Curb Appeal

We’ve told you about trees that are more trouble than they’re worth. So, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share some low-maintenance stunners that amp up your curb appeal. View slideshow

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Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!

A good exterior paint job adds value; a misguided one can make you weep — or LOL. Here’s a collection of our favorite oddballs. View slideshow

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Classic and Timeless: The White Kitchen

Want enduring, marketable good looks? You’ll never regret creating a great-looking white kitchen. View slideshow

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Make Over Your Bath with a DIY Medicine Cabinet

These inexpensive, easy-to-make reclaimed medicine cabinets will get you organized and add charm to your bathroom. View slideshow

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If a House Could Win an Oscar, We’d Nominate These

What makes a reel-life house Oscar worthy? The homes that reflect our values, evoke strong feeling, or fuel our hopes and dreams. Which movie homes would you nominate? View slideshow

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12 Tough Questions (and Answers) About Home Office Deductions

Do you work from home? We asked Julian Block, author of “Julian Block’s Home Seller’s Guide to Tax Savings,” key questions about taking the home office deduction, which now includes a simplified option. As always, check with a tax pro about your circumstances. View slideshow

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Halloween Lighting Ideas

When you stroll through your neighborhood this Halloween season, get ready for some front-yard tricks and some awesome lighting treats. Halloween displays are more sophisticated — and fun — than ever, headlined by energy-saving CFL and LED extravaganzas, and powered by creative home owners who pull out all the stops when it comes to making spooky delights. Click through our slideshow and enjoy the magic! View slideshow

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Funky Flooring: Can You Tell Which are DIY and Which Aren’t?

Want to add some panache to your home life? Try envisioning your floors as your creative canvas. For inspiration, we’ve gathered some of the smartest, coolest, and wildest flooring ideas around. Although DIY projects lead the way, flooring manufacturers are hip to the notion of expressive floors, too. Can you tell at a glance which are which? Give it a try! View slideshow

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Grills Gone Wild

Tired of your little kettle charcoal grill? Want an outdoor cooker that comes with more capacity and — let’s be honest — a few bragging rights? You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood when you add one of these wild, custom-made grills to your outdoor kitchen, deck or patio. View slideshow

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Looking for Container Gardening Ideas?

Container gardening is great for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. Containers are easy to water and weed, can be moved to different locations for sun or privacy, and they add pizzazz to small spaces. They’re terrific accents for decks and patios, and add a welcoming touch of curb appeal to entryways. Ready to be inspired? Check out our slideshow. View slideshow

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11 Clever Ways to Use Salvaged Building Materials in Your Home

You’re one-of-a-kind, and so is your home. So next time you’re remodeling and improving, don’t settle for ordinary — go for the extraordinary. Salvaged building materials have unique character that’s unmatched by new products. Throw in the cost savings (with prices 50%-75% less than their modern counterparts) and sustainability (reusing old stuff keeps it out of landfills), and you’ve got bargains that are good for the environment. Check our slide show for imaginative ways to put salvage to use in your home. View slideshow

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10 Stunning Crown Molding Ideas

Looking to add a little magic to your rooms? Call in the magician — crown molding can make rooms seem taller, shorter, and fancier. It’ll disappear the seam where walls meet ceilings, put an exclamation point on cabinets and built-ins, and camouflage your remodeling secrets.

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7 Best Remodeling Projects for the Money

Planning your remodel and want make sure you’re spending your hard-earned cash wisely? Each of these replacements and upgrades earned top honors in Remodeling magazine’s 2011 Cost vs Value Report* for having the biggest bang for your buck — giving you the best return on your home improvement dollar while preserving the value of your home. View slideshow

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Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?

Ageless design — sometimes called universal design — makes homes smarter, safer, and a joy to live with every day. Unfortunately, home owners often shy away from selecting these common–sense materials and features because they’re associated with nursing homes and people with limited mobility. But today’s ageless design is made for everyone, at all stages of life. Best of all? These practical, clever principles are virtually invisible. Can you spot the ageless design in these photos? View slideshow

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Extreme Homes: This is Yurt Life

Once the au courant domicile of the sophisticated 1970s counter-culturalist, the humble yurt is entering a new era of popularity, say some makers. One reason: low environmental impact. And, with its roundish form and single-room layout, a yurt has simple charms. Its low cost of construction and go-anywhere, build-anywhere simplicity is attractive as a modestly priced alternative to traditional housing. Would you live in a yurt? Pick from your favorites in this slideshow and leave a comment on your yurt-ability. View slideshow

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7 Tornado-Safe Room Design Ideas that are Seriously Cool

Does your heart start galloping at the thought of a tornado? Can’t blame you — these bad boys of nature are fast, heartless, and devastating. How do you stand up to one of nature’s most destructive forces? Building a safe room or installing a modular storm shelter is one of the few defenses against a tornado, and outbursts of violent storms over the past few years have made busy times for shelter manufacturers. If you’re thinking of adding a storm shelter, keep these ideas in mind. View slideshow

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Vintage Appliances: Hot Stuff That’s Still Cool

Today’s appliances may be digitized techno-wonders, but innovation has been the heart and soul of the appliance industry since the invention of the clothespin. Here are some trendsetters from bygone days that set the bar for modern smart appliances — along with a couple of ideas that thankfully never caught on. View slideshow

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Garage Door Makeovers

Jazzing up your tired, boring garage door boosts curb appeal and returns up to 75% of your investment. View slideshow

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How to Heat Up the Value of Your Fireplace

Many homebuyers would pay more for a house with a fireplace — as much as $1,400. Here are great ways to enhance your fireplace gestalt. View slideshow

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Fool-the-Eye Security

Peace of mind and space-saving: The bad guys will never find your valuables when you stash them in these clever hiding spots. View slideshow

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Savvy Closet Organization Tips and Tricks

Store more and organize better with these helpful hints to max out your closet’s potential. View slideshow

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Best Shower Ideas

Remodeling your bath? We’ve gathered up clever add-on ideas that’ll upgrade your shower, build value, and pamper the heck out of you. View slideshow

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Fantastic Concrete Floor Finishes

Think of a concrete floor as a cold gray slab? We’ve got some other ideas for you. View slideshow

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Ideas for Creating Kid-Friendly Bathrooms

We’ve gathered up some smart ideas for making bath time fun, easy, and safe — some are good for grownups, too! View slideshow

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Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American Classic

Whether DIY or high-end, wood paneling offers timeless appeal and enduring good looks. View slideshow

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Awe-Inspiring Patios Made of Stone

In the hands of inspired masons and artists, natural stone transforms the ordinary backyard patio into inviting works of heart. View slideshow

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Bold Bursts of Color to Brighten Your Home

Dashes of bold hues are an easy way to update your house and give it a colorful — and upbeat — personality. View slideshow

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Best Indoor Plants for Cleaning the Air

These winners — some NASA approved! — are easy care and suck up yucky VOCs in indoor air. View slideshow

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Cool (and Cute!) Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces

Little in size but big on functionality, these peewee appliances will make your small house live large. View slideshow

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Cheap Remodeling Ideas That Add Elegance

Champagne taste but a beer budget? No problem. We’ve got 10 clever ways — some DIY! — to add expensive-looking pizzazz to your home without popping your fiscal cork. View slideshow

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9 Hobbit Homes Worthy of Middle-earth

We’re not sure if J.R.R. Tolkien inspired all 9 of these abodes, but we do believe they’re all Middle-earth worthy. From sod-covered cottages to a snazzy woodland pad, all these fanciful spaces would make a hobbit feel at home. FYI, Bilbo Baggins will return to the silver screen in, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” on Dec. 14. View slideshow

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9 Garage Storage Ideas

Sure, you’ve been wanting to organize your garage for years — you’re just waiting for the right inspiration. Well, the wait is over. Here are 9 great garage organizing ideas that are simple, cheap, clever, and possibly life-changing. Run through our slideshow, then get organized! View slideshow

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Which TV Mom Are You?

Motherhood and homemaking aren’t exact sciences; we all have our serene June Cleaver days and spicier Mommie Dearest days. It brings to mind all the classic moms we see on TV sitcoms and reality series — women who portray motherhood from every angle imaginable. Do you see yourself in those TV moms? Which one are you most like? Take our quiz to find out! Happy Mother’s Day! View slideshow

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12 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas to Fit Any Budget

These 12 backsplash ideas showcase a variety of materials while covering a range of budgets. View slideshow

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8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ Rooms

If your brood is growing but your house isn’t, try these 8 ideas for shared kids’ rooms that’ll give your wild bunch space for storage, sleeping, and playing. View slideshow

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7 Extravagant Home Improvements You Wish You Had

Tired of pinching pennies? Weary of the recession? Dream along with us as we pretend we can afford these top-shelf home improvements. But don’t worry if these budget-stretchers are out of reach — we’ve got you covered with smart advice for alternative products and systems that will make you feel luxurious without draining your bank account. View slideshow

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House in a Box: Would You Live in a Prefab or Modular Home?

Here’s the perfect complement to your ever-accelerating lifestyle: A house that’s built in two weeks, start to finish. Prefab houses — also called modular houses — go up in a matter of days, with little impact on your building site and virtually no waste (no soggy piles of debris scattered about). Don’t worry: All that speed won’t compromise quality. Built in indoor facilities, prefab houses benefit from precision factory equipment and crews operating in climate-controlled environments, all of which translates to straighter walls, squeakless floors, and no down time due to weather. Best of all, prefab designs are limitless — take a look! View slideshow

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Don’t Let Bad Curb Appeal Happen to YOU!

Your curb appeal — the appearance of your house and surrounding yard — has a lot to say about you. Good curb appeal says you care about your home and your neighborhood. Flub your curb appeal factor, though, and you’ll trash your property value and detract from nearby houses, too. Here are some classic curb appeal no-nos. 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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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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Better Than a Dog Run — Yard Ideas for Your Four-Legged Family Member

Has homeownership gone to the dogs? Yes! Features fit for furbabies are a must-have for canine-loving homebuyers — like these pet-friendly upgrades that add value. View slideshow

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Tips to Make Your Kitchen Disappear

Clever cabinets and hideaway appliances create trendy open kitchens that melt into the background of modern everyday life. View slideshow

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Extend Living Space with a Comfy Screened-In Porch

Adding low-cost living space is just one of the benefits of a breezy, bug-free screened-in porch. View slideshow

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Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior Doors

Upgrading your interior doors gives your house a whole new look that’s filled with personality and helps maintain the value of your home. View slideshow

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Ideas for Retrofitting a Range Hood

You’ll give your kitchen extra functionality and a touch of personal style when you add a range hood. View slideshow

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Smart Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

If you’re planning to include an island in your kitchen redo, here are tips and tricks to help you get it just right. View slideshow

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Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Bathroom Storage

Turn that unruly under-sink jumble into an organized model of good bathroom behavior. View slideshow

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Smart Ways to Make Your Stairs Safe

Make your stairs safe — and keep them that way — with these common sense ideas that make stairs easier to climb and help prevent falls. View slideshow

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Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

Reduce counter clutter and make the most of your kitchen space with these clever ideas to make your cabinets and drawers work harder. View slideshow

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10 Great Value-Add Exterior Paint Job Tips

If you’re going to paint your house, make sure you choose a color scheme that has lasting curb appeal. View slideshow

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Tips for Brightening Winter Curb Appeal

Nothing kills curb appeal like a drab and dreary winter. Since good landscaping can add up to 28% to the value of your home, try these ways to resuscitate your yard during the deadest part of the year. View slideshow

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Shoddy Remodeling Jobs — And How to Fix Them

A little planning and know-how will help you avoid these common contractor (or, oops, DIY) mistakes. View slideshow

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The Pros, Cons, and Costs of Different Windows

We break down the wide world of windows — pros, cons, costs — to help you choose what’s right for your home and budget. View slideshow

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Fall Stunners: Trees with Colorful Curb Appeal

Trees are arguably the most valuable aspect of your landscape. These no-fuss knockouts will claim center stage each autumn. View slideshow

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7 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Home’s Storage Space

With a little imagination, you can unlock your home’s storage potential. Here are seven clever ideas. View slideshow

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Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your Foundation

Make a great first-impression and rev up the marketability of your home with eye-catching plantings that hide foundation walls. View slideshow

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Shady Yard? These Colorful Plants Pack Curb Appeal

Your shady garden can be colorful oasis with shade-loving plants that’ll boost curb appeal. View slideshow

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Ideas and Tips for Using Reclaimed Items in Your Kitchen

We’ve found ideas for adding salvaged building materials that save money and make your kitchen as cool as you are. View slideshow

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Give Your Downspouts a Makeover

Most downspouts simply aren’t good-looking. Here’s how to transform the system that protects your foundation into an eye-catching asset. View slideshow

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Cool Bathtubs with Built-In Storage

These bathtubs can do more than hold water — they’ll help keep your bathroom neat and organized. View slideshow

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The Coolest Kid-Friendly Homes You’ve Ever Seen

Let’s not kid ourselves; these way-cool ideas will bring out the inner child in all of us. View slideshow

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Cheery Ideas to Organize Your Mudroom or Entryway

Mudrooms so nice, you’ll want to get dirty all over again. View slideshow

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Gift Wrapping Stations That’ll Organize Your Mess

When it comes to wrapping gifts and presents, our slideshow has got you covered with clever, blue-ribbon ideas. View slideshow

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LEGOs! Great Home Ideas for the World’s Coolest Toy

These wildly creative LEGO ideas for your home will get both you and your kids stacking. View slideshow

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Functional Laundry Rooms With Stunning Style

The hardest-working room in your house — your laundry room — could use a helping hand. Ramp up the functionality and give it a blast of super style with these clever ideas for the laundry room in your life. View slideshow

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Way Cool Window Seats

With lots of light, comfy cushions, and dreamy views, window seats are mini-vacations you can build right into your house. Go a step further and use the area underneath and around your window nook to gain valuable storage space. Want to see more great ideas for window seats? Snuggle up with our slideshow! View slideshow

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Fireplace Pictures That’ll Warm Your Heart

Autumn is here, and what’s better than gazing into a crackling fire? Nearly as satisfying: checking out cool fireplaces in other homes. Today’s hearth has undergone a makeover, and the traditional fireplace has transformed into a wonderful — and sometimes wacky — conversation piece. Peruse our collection of fireplace pictures that will warm up your soul! View slideshow

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7 Super-Cool Living Room Ideas

Used to be that the living room had a standard MO: a formal space where you entertained guests. Despite its egalitarian name, it was off-limits to kids and pets. But times have changed, and the living room has other intentions — namely, doing some real living. See how some folks have reinvented their living room, and tell us how you’ve reimagined your own. View slideshow

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Bringing Nature Into Your Home

We love bringing natural materials into our lives — beautiful woods, real stone, healthy plants. But some home owners (and designers) go the extra mile to accommodate the natch, blurring the distinction between what’s natural and what’s built by hand. How far would you go to let nature into your home life? Check out our slideshow, then give us a comment and let us know what your natural inclination is. View slideshow

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9 Green Remodeling Ideas That’ll Make Your Friends Jealous

Sure, you recycle, repurpose, and refurbish, but wouldn’t you love to really knock your friends’ organic hemp socks off? Turn them green with envy with these sweet, sustainable upgrades. View slideshow

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The Outdoor Entertaining Area: A Pictorial History

Since the beginning of time, we humans have always enjoyed alfresco get-togethers, being with friends, and open-air cooking. The outdoor entertaining area, however, has taken thousands of years to perfect. Here we take a tongue-in-cheek look at how outdoor entertaining might have evolved from simple flame to today’s appliance-laden outdoor kitchen. View slideshow

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8 Retaining Wall Ideas

If you’re looking to reshape the contours of a sloped property so you can have flat areas for patios and lawns, you’ll need a retaining wall. They may be landscaping workhorses, but retaining walls can be imaginative contributors to your curb appeal. Here are some great retaining wall ideas. View slideshow

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7 Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful Garages

Most of the time our garages don’t get a lot of attention, but that’s usually by design. Nevertheless, some garages definitely deserve a closer look — if not a jaw-dropping double-take. Ready for the unusual? Enjoy our slideshow of tantalizingly weird garages. View slideshow

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7 Fun and Easy Organizing Ideas from Pinterest

Tired of clutter? Weary of messes? Then get Pinning. Did you know some of the smartest low-cost storage and organizing ideas can be found on Pinterest? We’ve sorted through and come up with some of the best. Ready to straighten out your life? Click through our slideshow, then visit our pinboard on Pinterest for these and other project ideas. View slideshow

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Gorgeous Ornamental Grasses Your Landscape Will Love

Ornamental grasses usually aren’t the centerpiece of landscaping plans, but their amazing textures and expressive personalities are big contributors to curb appeal. Ornamental grasses are easy to care for, drought-tolerant, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes — from fluffy border edgings to towering privacy screens. Here are some of our favorites. View slideshow

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Bejewel Your Toilet! Plus 5 Other Over-the-Top Home Improvements

Sure, the economy is still tight. That doesn’t mean you have to budget your wildest dreams. Let’s put a bazillion dollars in your home improvement fund and go shopping for some of the most over-the-top stuff we can find. But hold on to your checkbook — we’ll provide some low-cost alternatives that are just as cool. View slideshow

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8 Bathroom Backsplash Beauties

A backsplash is bathroom armor, protecting your defenseless walls from water and spills. But that doesn’t mean it can’t make a splash, too. If you’re ready for a bathroom upgrade, check out this eye-catching bevy of backsplash beauties that’ll safeguard your walls and look good doing it. View slideshow

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9 Winter Plants That Dazzle Even in Snow

Tired of staring at leafless trees and patches of snow in your yard each winter? We’ve chosen nine great plants that add greenery, cool shapes, and will even blossom outside your window in the heart of winter. Hardy across many zones, these plants make terrific additions to your garden plans. View slideshow

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Halloween Fun: Your Decorations on Display

Check out these great reader pictures of Halloween decorations and share your own in the comment field. View slideshow

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Perfect Places for Pampered Pets

The possibility that your pet is pampered is perfectly plausible. They are, after all, more like family members than just plain dogs or cats. That’s why we’ll go to great lengths to make them feel right at home, sometimes at considerable expense and with compromises to our own living spaces. So saddle up for our tour of remodeling ideas that are sure to make your pet the leader of the pack. View slideshow

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Heart and Home: Remembering 9/11

More than a decade after 9/11, we reflect on the American values that have always helped our nation persevere: courage, ingenuity, individualism, and strong families and communities. In their many shapes and styles, our homes nurture and protect these values as well as our hopes, aspirations, and dreams of a better tomorrow. At this poignant time in our nation’s history, we’re especially grateful for one of our most cherished institutions: home. View slideshow

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Lessons from Historic Hurricanes

Although hurricanes will always be a reminder that nature is more powerful than man, improvements in storm forecasting and emergency alert technology let home owners better prepare for the worst. Here’s a look back at the U.S.’s most devastating hurricanes and tips for home owners in the path of one. View slideshow

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Under-Stairs Storage: 8 Ways to Use the Most Under-Used Space in Your Home

Needing a little extra space but you’ve run out of ideas? Step up to the space down under — under your stairs, that is. That little triangular area often has nothing going on behind it except raw, blank space you can put to good use. Stash stuff, display stuff, even add a powder room. Here are 8 great ways to take advantage of this overlooked under-stairs storage potential. View slideshow

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Dress Up Your Deck

You may think of your deck as simply a platform — a place where you can survey your kingdom and stash your barbecue grill. But deck technology and imaginative designs have combined to create fabulous outdoor havens that extend your living area with comfort, style, and a dash of wow! Take a peek at these inspiring deck creations. View slideshow

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Going Up? Attic Conversions Are Smart Remodeling Projects

If you’re looking to expand your living area, look up. Converting your attic to a bedroom, media hang, or playroom is a great way to gain space at significantly less cost than adding on. After all, you’ve got the walls, ceiling, and floor already in place. Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report says an attic bedroom conversion returns more than 84.3% of your investment. Attic conversions have a few special requirements, though, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Here’s what you need to know. View slideshow

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Heirloom Vegetables: A Smart Reason to Grow Your Own

If you’re looking to trim your grocery bill and coax a little more value from your property by growing edible fruits and veggies, you’re in for a treat. Heirloom vegetables offer a spectrum of colors and flavors that make each trip to your garden patch a sensory delight. You’ll also become part of a passionate, engaged heirloom community that loves food as much as you do! View slideshow

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Cool Curb Appeal: Slip Into These Little House Numbers

Your house numbers say a lot more than simply your street address. Stylish house numbers announce your pride of home ownership, and give passersby and visitors a hint of your personal style. It all adds up to creative curb appeal that makes your house as distinctive as you are. View slideshow

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Your Mortgage Deduction: Turn Tax Savings into Home Value

Sock away your mortgage deduction tax savings, and you’ll have a nice cushion for life’s necessities—and a few luxuries. Here’s how a typical household might spend their tax savings at various life stages (figures from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® based on a $200,000, 30-year loan at 5% interest). View slideshow

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Foreclosure Facts: 9 Families Who Bust the Myths

Everybody thinks they “know” why people end up in foreclosure, but the realities often jar poignantly with the myths. View slideshow

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The 7 Worst Neighbors of TV and Film

Which is worse: the grumpy old man; the loud, destructive teenager; or the neighborhood flirt? We love to hate them, and we’d hate to live next to them: the top seven bad neighbors of TV and film. View slideshow

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Guide to the Horrors of Home Management

Alfred Hitchcock was the master of horror, but his movies aren’t the only things that can send chills down your spine. View slideshow

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Universal Design Combines Beauty and Function

These great-looking and smartly designed features are sensible additions for anyone who puts a priority on safety and ease of everyday use. View slideshow

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