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Designs for Small Spaces, as Seen on 'American Dream Builders'

NBC, ZillowOn "American Dream Builders," a modular home becomes a "modern cottage," complete with white plank walls and simple features. By Erika Riggs This week on "American Dream Builders," the teams were temporarily disbanded and the contestants partnered up to work on an empty modular home. Their new spaces would... Continue Reading »

Recap of 'American Dream Builders,' Episode 4: Clashing Cabins

NBC/Zillow By Emily Heffter 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 season. The show usually airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT), though this episode has a... Continue Reading »

Search for Sturdier Trees Could Save Communities Millions

John Flesher/The Associated PressProfessor Frank Telewski of Michigan State measures the branch of a shattered white pine in East Lansing. By John Flesher EAST LANSING, Mich. -- A vicious ice storm that made Christmas week a nightmare from the Midwest to Maine shattered hundreds of trees at Michigan State University,... Continue Reading »

How to Capitalize on the Tax Benefits of Home Improvement

Shutterstock By AJ Smith There are some special tax benefits homeowners get for owning a home. Homeowners can deduct their mortgage interest, points they paid as part of the financing process and interest on any home improvement loans they take out (loans which are then used to make capital improvements, or those that... Continue Reading »

Whole-House Humidifier Benefits

FlickrWhile an individual room humidifier will be cheaper, a whole-house humidifier will provide much more controlled humidity through the whole home. A whole-house humidifier can have a host of health benefits that go beyond making a scratchy throat or stuffed-up nose feel better when you have a cold. Instead of taking... Continue Reading »

Architectural Digest Showcases Latest Home Design Trends

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Sorting Out Truths and Myths About Home Storage

Zillow By Emily Heffter Spring is here, which means it's time to get organized. This season, homeowners are spending less on big projects and are focusing on smaller-scale home renovation plans. According to the latest Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, built-in cabinets, cubbies with baskets or trays and repurposed... 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 »

Home Improvement: Backyards Now at Forefront in Desirability

Shutterstock By Lou Carlozo As a Brooklyn-based architect, James Schaefer works on properties with some very high-end patios -- think in the $100,000 range -- which, of course, gets him thinking about his own. His own scale is a little lower, about "$25,000 to get a start at it," Schaefer says. For that, his... Continue Reading »

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

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Price of Home Improvement Project Included Home Break-In

Shutterstock By E.A. Mann My grandfather, an Old World Italian guy who raised his younger brother in the aftermath of the Great Depression, never paid another person to work on his home. When I was 8 and he was 60-something, I acted as his helper over my summer vacation as he rebuilt the porches on his duplex, including... Continue Reading »

Can't Afford a Home Repair? 3 Ways to Get Financial Help

BadCat13/Flickr By Geoff Williams If you had to have your furnace or pipes fixed after that recent cold snap, you aren't alone. According to a study last year by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, approximately $300 billion is spent on home remodeling and maintenance every year in the United... Continue Reading »

Homeowners' Remodeling Budgets Are Smaller This Winter, Survey Says

Shutterstock By Cynthia Nowak Despite the busy holiday season, homeowners still are thinking of ways to squeeze in a home improvement project this winter, especially one that won't break the bank. According to the Zillow Digs "Winter Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey," 40 percent of homeowners plan to make a... Continue Reading »

Americans Willing to Spend More to Remodel, Survey Says

Shutterstock By Christine DiGangi Americans are increasingly willing to spend on home renovations, according to a survey that says they are taking on more projects and plan to use more expensive materials throughout the process. Remodeling app Planese outlined in a news release the results of an online survey done... Continue Reading »

Small Home Improvements With Big Returns for Sellers

Alamy By Donna Fuscaldo Even in a housing market where inventory is low, buyers still want a move-in ready house and are willing to pay more for one that's turn-key. Sellers can increase their listing price and decrease the time their home sits on the market just by doing a few home improvement projects, experts say.... 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 »

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 »

How to Make DIY Home Repairs Safely

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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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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 »

10 Most Popular Home Improvements That Buyers Will Pay More For

If you've tried to sell a home in the last few years, you know how hard it can be to get the price you're asking for. Even now as the housing market heats up and bidding wars are breaking out in parts of the country, it's still an uphill battle selling for the right price. But if your home has the right features, that can... 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 »

Kalamazoo Homeowner Wins $115,000 After Lead-Paint Scare

A family in Kalamazoo, Mich., that bought a home from that city for only $3,200 -- ended up getting $115,000 in return when the fixer-upper turned out to be potentially toxic. The 1,800-square-foot home (pictured above) was a tax foreclosure that the city of Kalamazoo sold to Brandi Crawford Johnson, her husband, Adrian... 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 »

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