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A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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    9 Ways To Increase the Heat From Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

    Do you avoid using your wood-burning fireplace for fear of big heating bills? Here are nine ways to increase heat from your beautiful fire.

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    How To Clean a Furnace Ignitor

    Have a gas furnace that won't light? Carbon deposits on the ignitor could be why. Learn how to clean a...

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    Here’s How Often You Should Wash Your Towels

    How bad is it to use a towel over and over? Here's how often you should wash towels, where to...

    The Best Smart Thermostats of 2022

    Find the best smart thermostat to control, adjust and monitor the temperature of your home directly from your smartphone or...

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    8 Simple Fixes if Your Heater Is Not Working

    If you suspect furnace problems, try these eight furnace fixes you can do yourself before calling a pro.

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    Basement Wood Flooring: What You Should Know

    If you want basement wood flooring, choose engineered not solid wood. It looks as good as solid wood, it's easier...

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    How To Light a Living Room With No Overhead Lighting

    The key to brightening up a living room without overhead lighting is layers. Here are our 13 picks, from top...

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    10 DIY Stuffed Animal Storage Ideas

    Stuffed animals taking over the toy room? These clever DIY storage ideas will help you get them off the floor,...

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    What Is a Daylight Basement? What To Know

    Is a daylight basement right for your house? Learn about this trend that maximizes living space while letting the light...

    Color-Changing Pinecones Make Fireplaces Magical

    Turn up the heat this holiday season with color-changing pinecones. Add them to any fireplace or fire pit...

    The Best Infrared Space Heaters to Keep You Toasty All Winter Long

    These infrared space heaters are well-suited for indoor and outdoor use. They also start to work right away—no warm-up time...

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    LED Christmas Lights Are Best. Here’s Why.

    When it comes to holiday lights, there can be only one choice.

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    How to Soundproof a Basement Ceiling

    Have plans to finish your basement? Noise through the ceiling is a common complaint. Avoid trouble and learn how to...

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    6 Types of Basement Floor Drains

    Getting rid of water in a basement with persistent flooding issues is a special kind of problem. Here are six...

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    How To Replace a Range Hood Filter

    Keep your kitchen clean and grease free by replacing your range hood filter every six months. Here's how.

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    What Is a Heat Pump System?

    A heat pump doesn't generate heat; it transfers it from one place to another. It's an appliance with a bright...

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    Why Are My Christmas Lights Not Working?

    The good news is that there are only a few things can go wrong with holiday lights, and they're relatively...

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    What Is a Foyer? Everything You Need to Know

    Wondering about your home entryway? We'll answer the question "What is a foyer?" and show you how to furnish it...

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    10 Fireplace Tile Ideas

    Update your fireplace and overall space with these colorful fireplace tile ideas from Instagram.

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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Renee Wilson, Insulation Contractor/Owner

    A lifetime insulation enthusiast talks about today's trade challenges, including making an industry hidden behind walls sexy to the next...

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    Everything You Need to Know About The Laundress Product Recall

    Here's what you need to know about the luxe cleaning company's recall, and how to get your reimbursement.

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    How To Install Cedar Shingle Siding

    Cedar shingle siding is beautiful, durable and probably not as difficult to install as you think. Here's how to install...

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    What Is Fire Hardening?

    How to keep your house safe from a wildlife without turning your yard into a desert.

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    What Should a Basement’s Humidity Be?

    High humidity makes us uncomfortable. Turns out it's bad for your basement, too. Here's why, and what your basement's humidity...

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    10 Types of Shelves To Organize Your Home

    Get organized, display your favorite things and keep clutter at bay with these different styles of shelving.

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    What To Know About Waterproofing a Concrete Basement Floor

    A dry basement is a comfortable basement, and waterproofing the floor helps keep it that way. It's a fairly simple...

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    Vintage Tile Backsplash Ideas

    A vintage tile backsplash adds character and old-world charm to your kitchen. Here's how to achieve the look with old...

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    How To Install Ice-Proof Rain Gutters

    Ice accumulation on your roof can be a major problem over a long winter. Learn how to install ice-proof rain...

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    Using Laminate Flooring for the Basement: What To Know

    Laminate is an attractive option for the basement, provided you use the right kind. Play it safe by sticking to...

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    7 Reasons You Should Consider Epoxy Basement Flooring

    Epoxy is waterproof, durable, attractive and DIY friendly. These factors make epoxy an exceptional basement flooring choice.

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    Can You Add a Basement To a House?

    Adding a basement to a house is difficult and costly, but it can be done. There are many factors to...