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'American Dream Builders,' Episode 1: How to Get the Look

NBC/Zillow"You want to change things up when it comes to texture and color." By Erika Riggs On the first episode of NBC's new home renovation reality show, American Dream Builders, the designers faced their first project, which were Tudor-style homes in desperate need of smarter space and rooms with more light. Here's a... Continue Reading »

How to Clean a Home's Air Ducts

Getty Images Cleaning your home's air ducts can sound like an imposing task, even for the most knowledgeable homeowner who considers themselves a DIY expert. You'll want to be prepared to clean areas that could contain mold and allergens, which aren't areas a DIYer may want to get into. Still, a home's air ducts can be... Continue Reading »

Choosing House Paint: The Do's and Don'ts of Color

ZillowApplying a little imagination to the selection process won't cost any more than a neutral scheme would. By BobVila.com There's nothing like paint to transform the look of your home's exterior, but when there's no shortage of shades from which to choose, it can be challenging to make a final selection. We've... Continue Reading »

'American Dream Builders' Recap: Tale of Two Storybook Tudors

NBC/ZillowTeam Blue creates two bedrooms, including a boy's bedroom with functional seating. By Emily Heffter Each week, Zillow Blog will provide a recap of NBC's new home renovation show, "American Dream Builders," hosted by celebrity designer Nate Berkus. Zillow is proud to be partnered with the show in its debut... Continue Reading »

Family's 'Dream' Tree House Nailed by Building Code

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Minnesota Man's Backyard Project Soars to Olympic Heights [Video]

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6 Quick Ways to Get Your Home Looking Good Enough to Sell

Shutterstock By Jim Wang Selling a home can be an extremely stressful process. Between staging your home and having to leave every weekend for several hours for open houses, it's no surprise that people dread selling their homes -– even when the market is strong and homes are selling relatively quickly. If... Continue Reading »

New Smartphone Apps Keep Homeowners in Touch With Security Systems

Getty Images By Natasha Baker Homeowners worried about security while they are at work or on vacation have a range of new smartphone apps to help them remotely monitor their property and to notify them if there is a problem. In the United States in 2012 there were more than 2 million burglaries, or about one every 15... Continue Reading »

Experts' Top Home Improvement Projects for a Booming Housing Market

More consumers are dusting off their cordless drills, tape measures and jigsaws, or at least are shelling out for paint, spackle or flooring products. Home remodeling is on an upswing, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. A byproduct of rising home sales during this past year, new homeowners... Continue Reading »

Highs and Lows of Living on a Houseboat

Zillow By Catherine Sherman Boards creak under my sandals as I walk down the narrow dock. It's a calm, summer night -- downtown Seattle lit by the warm glow of the setting sun; colorful homes rocking gently side to side. Mary LaBissoniere looks up and waves from her kitchen window, letting me know I've arrived at slip... Continue Reading »

8 Easy Energy- and Money-Saving Home Improvements

Shutterstock By Steven Holbrook As energy costs rise, you might be looking for ways to be more energy-efficient without breaking the bank. Here are eight money-smart moves to consider when making home renovations. More from U.S. News: 4 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Security Deposit The Real Cost of... Continue Reading »

'Intervention' Turns Back the Clock on Classic Malibu Home

Zillow By Erica Riggs "It's the third owner that can mess a house up," Michael LaFetra says of his home in Malibu, Calif. "I don't mean it in a disparaging way; it's just the way it works." And LaFetra would know. What started as curiosity toward architectural treasures -- a hobby of picking up notable homes, the way... Continue Reading »

How to Make DIY Home Repairs Safely

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Backyard Batting Cage Project Grew Into a League of Its Own

It's not uncommon for parents to support their kids' athletic pursuits with more than a back-of-the-garage basketball hoop, as some go so far as to install swimming pools, backyard skating rinks, pitching mounds, putting greens and even indoor courts. But one Minnesota man put a home-made batting cage in his yard that... Continue Reading »

When Is a Bedroom Not a Bedroom?

There are a few homeowners who have turned a room in the basement into a bedroom, or an unused office into a bedroom. Maybe even a sitting room into a bedroom. But what do you do when you buy a house and you have what looks like a bedroom, complete with closet and windows, on the upper level of your home, but find out a... Continue Reading »

Indiana Man Turns Backyard Into Mini-Roller Coaster Park

Roller coaster lover John Ivers says he never had much opportunity to visit amusement parks. So he found a novel means of enjoying the rides, building two of them in his backyard near Vincennes, Ind., using scrap metal and parts scavenged from the shop where he works. Ivers' first coaster, The Blue Flash, features a... Continue Reading »

Family of Deputy Slain by Christopher Dorner Gets Big Surprise at Home

The family of a fallen sheriff's deputy is getting a better, safer place to live thanks to the big hearts of volunteers and the officer's comrades. Detective Jeremiah MacKay of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was one of the officers killed in a shootout with Christopher Dorner (pictured below), the former... Continue Reading »

Makeovers That Add Value to Your Home

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5 Renovations That Could Hurt Your Home's Resale

By Brendon DeSimone Unlike the homeowner of 25 years ago, today's typical buyers plan to live in their homes for just five to seven years. So it's more important than ever to consider resale when making home improvements. Even if you're a buyer, it's important to think like a seller, too, from the time you sign the... Continue Reading »

Making Roof Repairs Yourself? Careful, Or This Could Happen

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Use a Salvaged Tub to Turn Your Backyard Into a Soothing Oasis

By Annie Thornton When a lilac tree died in Sloan Schang's yard in Portland, Ore., last summer, it left behind a blank corner. It also provided him with an opportunity. A secluded backyard spa appealed to Schang, a writer and creative director, but the $6,000 bill required for the necessary electrical work and a new hot... Continue Reading »

DIY Kitchen Remodels for Investment Properties

By ProfessorBaron.com If you are an investor who is buying rental properties, are a do-it-yourself type or want to renovate your kitchen, there are many things you can do to reduce your costs on doing some updating. Note that most renovations run way over budget and encounter issues, regardless of where DIY, semi-DIY,... Continue Reading »

Remodeling? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

By Vera Gibbons While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Some errors to avoid: 1. Not knowing exactly what you want. If you don't know exactly what you want or specify what you want, you're going to get what the contractor thinks you... Continue Reading »

How You Should Be Cleaning Hardwood Floors

By Erin Loechner I'm a hardwood floors gal all the way. I love the rich colors and patterns that come from natural wood, and there's just something about a good game of sock hockey in the kitchen that gets me every time. Yet I'll admit --- it's sometimes tricky to clean hardwood floors. After all, how do you reach those... Continue Reading »

Easy Porch Renovations Now Will Help You Relax Later

It's getting warmer out there, and you're probably eyeing that porch of yours. You're probably dreaming of kicking back in a rocking chair with a good book and glass of iced tea, hearing the warm breeze rustle the trees and feeling it rush over you. But is your porch ready to give you maximum comfort? If you've got... Continue Reading »

Want a Patio? Try Stamped Concrete as a Low-Cost Alternative

By John Riha A stamped concrete patio gives you the look and texture of a stone patio for a lot less than the real thing -- up to 50 percent less than the cost of natural slate or limestone. That's not all. Stamped concrete can mimic brick, cobblestones, cracked earth, and weathered wood. Add a bit of fun with leaf... Continue Reading »

Do-It-Yourself Ideas for Small Apartments

With some of the latest designs for apartments showing a trend toward smaller spaces (uh, did you see the 350-square-foot vision for New York City's new "microstudio"?), how on earth are we supposed to fit anything in our homes? If you're planning to give San Francisco's "micro-apartment" -- measuring a... Continue Reading »

10 Quick DIY Projects You Should Do This Weekend

By Libby Kane Springtime brings bugs: D.I.Y. bugs, to be exact. And if done right, D.I.Y. can be an affordable way to refresh your home. There's just one caveat: Doing things yourself takes time -- and patience. There's the planning, the research, the scavenging for materials, the first coat of paint, the second coat of... Continue Reading »

Painting Your House: Which Colors Work the Best

By Jan Soults Walker Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is an often-overlooked, low-cost remodeler's remedy for common complaints with interiors, offering the chameleon-like ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention. "Paint is a... Continue Reading »

Otto Kusec of Croatia Paints Room to Look Like VW Beetle Interior

Living inside of a car doesn't sound so fun -- unless you've pulled it off the way one man has. Nineteen-year-old Otto Kusec, who lives in Croatia, created one of the most amazing living spaces we've ever seen: He painted his room to look like the interior of a VW Beetle. Kusec told AOL Real Estate that it took him... Continue Reading »

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