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Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013 Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

Sustainable and low-maintenance design in demand
American homeowners increasingly are drawn to adding outdoor rooms for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society …

The New Rock of Ages The New Rock of Ages

Make a distinct design statement with stone veneer
By Angela Crissman
One of the latest design trends — for both interior and exterior projects — is the use of stone veneer. These innovative products, which combine art …

Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

Find the right material for your space
By Angela C. Crissman
Looking for a countertop material that will take center stage and dramatically transform your space? Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is an …

New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

The Top 10 tips to add value to your investment
By Cheryl Alexander
New Year’s resolutions are usually packed with good intentions, but sometimes the intention lacks direction and we fall off track. Don’t let that happen …

Spruce It Up for the Holidays! Spruce It Up for the Holidays!

A pinch of personality and some short cuts for Thanksgiving and beyond
By Lanie Hightower
We all look forward to relaxing during the holidays, despite the fast pace of our lives. Planning ahead and keeping in mind …

Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

Find the right material for your space
—–By Angela C. Crissman
Looking for a countertop material that will take center stage and dramatically transform your space? Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is an important …

The New Rock of Ages Make a distinct design statement with stone veneer The New Rock of Ages Make a distinct design statement with stone veneer

By Angela Crissman
One of the latest design trends — for both interior and exterior projects — is the use of stone veneer. These innovative products, which combine art and science to replicate natural stone, make …

Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects

2011 NKBA winners prove design dreams are possible

Houston Home Trends Houston Home Trends

How local builders are accommodating owners’ wishes
By Jennifer Miko
House hunters are busy searching the Houston area, but what are they really looking for? Builders know the competition is fierce, so they need to stay current …

Retreating to the Backyard Retreating to the Backyard

From a pergola to a fire pit to a new patio, create a paradise just outside your own door
By Jennifer Miko
Mother Nature invites you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime. …

Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool

By Nicole Harkinson
With the hot summer months almost upon us, the thought of rippling tides and sloshing water in the backyard certainly has a refreshing appeal. Pools add not only a higher resale value to …

Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

The best flooring and hottest styles for every room
As homeowners search for new hardwood flooring, it’s clear what is uppermost in their minds — authenticity. An appealing look or style is not enough. While consumers …

Organize Your Oasis Organize Your Oasis

De-cluttering at home may be easier than you think

By Cheryl Alexander
Many New Year’s resolutions include the intent to get organized on some level, and since your home is your oasis, shouldn’t a decision to enhance …

Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home

Transform your living space with new flooring
By Christie Craig
Are you thinking maybe it’s time to launch that big home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of? If the budget won’t allow for a complete room renovation, …

Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot

Exciting options for fashionable flooring
Are you choosing floor décor for a new house or renovating an existing one? As you figure out what you want underfoot, trying to decide among today’s vast array of …

The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard

By Jennifer Miko
Just imagine lounging in your backyard without the threat of rain, heat or insects. Picture yourself cozy on a chilly evening looking at the stars, or sitting in the Texas sun without the …

Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride Five Colorful Flowers You Can Enjoy This Fall Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride Five Colorful Flowers You Can Enjoy This Fall

By Jennifer Miko
Houston’s arid conditions have plagued most lawns and gardens this summer. And if you’ve given up on the “30 percent chance” for rain, you’ve probably given up on maintaining your flower beds. Don’t …

The Perfect Kitchen Remodel The Perfect Kitchen Remodel

Make your kitchen clutter-free and spacious by adding storage
For many Americans, remodeling their kitchens tops the list of home improvement projects — and for several good reasons. Not only is the kitchen the heart of …

Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling? Fresh Paint! Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling?  Fresh Paint!

Spending around $100 will provide a whole new look
A remodeled kitchen is the fondest dream of many homeowners. But at an average cost of $56,000 for a “mid-range” upgrade according to Remodeling magazine, the price …

Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy

Remodeling Older Homes Allows Buyers To Put Principles Into Action And Keep Money In The Bank
Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photos by TK Images
Though headlines announcing unemployment rates, continued layoffs, acquisitions and buy-outs are still …

Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011 Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011

 
The results of a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association on design trends for 2011 suggest there will be some changes in kitchen and bath styles  this year. Below are 10 kitchen trends …

Gardening Trends and To-Dos Gardening Trends and To-Dos

Gardening with a purpose takes root; get your garden in shape
With Earth Day — and spring —just around the corner, it’s time to revitalize that garden that’s been dormant all winter. So, put on your …

Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind

According to the FBI, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, and break-ins at residential properties accounted for 70 percent of those offenses. No wonder that electronic security products have seen a steady increase …

Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase your home’s value Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase  your home’s value

Are you considering putting your home on the market? The time to take a good look at what needs to be renovated, removed or simply refreshed is well before the first prospective buyer walks up …

Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room

“What I find most interesting about color is the very positive effect it has on mood. It can make you feel relaxed, nurtured or whimsical,” says color consultant Kate Smith, owner of Sensational Color and …