Moving into your first house is a liberating, landmark life passage. After you’ve freed yourself of your college futon and your roommate’s attempt at fine art, it’s time to come up with a plan for turning your empty shell of a house into an inviting home.

Fabric-covered furniture takes a beating all day, every day from humans and pets repeatedly sitting and sprawling on it-and, of course, that sun. Choose hardworking indoor-outdoor fabric when buying or re-covering pieces that invite wear and tear, like the movie-watching sofa.

It’s that time again, when the Spring real estate market starts to get hot (or gets even hotter, depending on how steamy your particular corner of the world is). Multiple-offer situations and selling prices that soar over asking prices are great for sellers, not so much for buyers.

Buying a home is a big step for anyone and experts say that parents looking to help their children need to make sure it is affordable and that their children are ready for the change.

Parents first need to ask themselves if they can help without compromising their own financial security.

A pergola can be an attractive addition to your backyard and is a great way to add dappled shade when there are no trees.

While black and white can be equally graphic-particularly when they’re paired together-homeowners are growing more adventurous in their color choices, and we’re now seeing more and more rooms with color. What’s the most popular? shares ideas for lawn edging for garden borders, including plastic lawn edging, steel edging, fence edging and stone edging.

Decorating small living rooms doesn’t have to be a hassle. Our small living room decorating ideas help you squeeze in more style without sacrificing function. Snug rooms are a chance to get cozy. To seat a crowd, ditch the sectional sofa (no one wants to sit in the corner anyway) in favor of small seats packed closely together.

Spring is a good time to begin growing and digging, although planning can take place before the snow melts. Gardeners spend most of the summer watering, weeding, and watching young plants grow. Fall is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, and some perennials.

Your home is an investment and as such you want that investment to perform as well as possible. So if you think you may sell your home sometime soon, it makes sense to do as much as you can to boost its value. Depending on your situation, this can mean doing some home renovations so your house becomes more attractive to potential buyers.

Tired of renting? Here’s how to take the plunge into ownership.

Buying a home is a major financial undertaking, so much so that a growing number of Americans are struggling to meet that milestone. If you’re looking to become a homeowner, but you’re finding it difficult to meet that goal, here are a few tips to make the prospect of buying more affordable.

Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation. Kitchen cabinet refacing pros: Costs about half as much as replacing cabinets.

Three real-estate experts reveal what you need to know before you buy or sell your home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned seller, there are lots of things to know and factors to consider to ensure you’re making the right decision about your home.

Win the Weekend Using common carpentry tools, you can install a sash kit or window insert from inside your home without destroying the surrounding interior molding or exterior casing. If you have the right tools and tips, installing a window yourself can be a weekend project.

Nothing says springtime like flowers and sunshine, and this sunny living room is chock full of both. Citrusy accessories, warm wood furnishings, and an abundance of floral arrangements bring this neutral room to life, giving it a cheerful, “come-on-in” appeal. Get a springtime vibe in your living room with some refreshing items.

Art is always in style, no matter the season. Here are 10 simple ways to add art to your home on a budget. Individuality is in, cookie-cutter is out. Need a surefire way to add personality and verve to your home? Original art is the easy and enjoyable way to do it.

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Many rookie homebuyers find the process of making the switch from renting to owning trickier than they expected.

Your pad has plenty going for it; perhaps an exposed brick wall, a south-facing outside space, or maybe it’s mere steps from top-notch coffee (the dream!). The problem? It doesn’t feel like a home.

Home ownership should make you feel safe and secure, and that includes financially. Be sure you can afford your home by calculating how much of a mortgage you can safely fit into your budget. Why not just take out the biggest mortgage a lender says you can have?

When we categorize groups of clients, we talk about First-Time Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Investors, Retirees, Second Home Buyers and so on. But I’ve never seen a list including “First Time Sellers.” A Unique Need First-Time Sellers have unique needs that are overlooked by most agents.

Even if you’ve renovated in the past, each project brings unique twists. After two previous home renovations, I felt I had a decent handle on what to expect with our current renovation of a 20-year-old recently purchased home. I’m discovering there is still much to learn about the home-reno game.

How to Make a Wood Plank Ceiling March 25, 2019 Give your ceiling a makeover with this simple weekend project. No professional help necessary! Read full article Linda Brink Associate Broker Helping You Find The Home You Deserve Resident Realty Main : 720-438-8655 Not intended to solicit buyers orContinue Reading

“In the first year in our house, we spent almost $20,000 on home improvements. We dreamed about granite counters and steam showers; what we ended up with was a new furnace, new gutters, a drainage system to keep the basement dry, new landscaping and lots of new paint.”

Lax lending standards were a major contributor to the near-collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008. Lending standards have tightened considerably since then. In order to get a mortgage now, you need to be able to document your ability to pay it back, and mortgage lenders want to see a reasonably good credit history.

Laundry day is everyone’s favorite day, right? While that may not be entirely true, there’s no reason your laundry room can’t be somewhere you look forward to spending a little bit of time in.

So you’ve swapped your incandescent lightbulbs for CFLs, turned down the thermostat, and only wash clothes on cold. Then why are your utility bills still so high? Air leaks are likely culprits, but so are “phantom” power suckers, such as flat-screen TVs, which draw energy even when they’re off.

Contractor and TV star Bryan Baeumler tells us which DIY projects the novice renovator should and shouldn’t do. All homeowners want to make their homes look better. Where most run into problems is in deciding which projects they can tackle.

Who says nobody likes to talk about money? Here are some tips that’ll save you cash. Do we love to pinch a penny? You bet. Hey, every little bit helps, as these tips attest.

Upgrade Your Container Garden with a Custom Planter Box March 20, 2019 Planter boxes offer a number of benefits that outweigh an in-ground garden. Learn how to make a planter box from cedar boards with our step-by-step tutorial.

With homeowners increasingly eager to make their own repairs and improvements (have you tried hiring a plumber lately?), code and safety violations are becoming more common and, along with them, “unintended consequences,” says Randy Sipe, head of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

“A room is more than something to look at it. It needs to feel good, too,” says Shirley Meisels, principal of MHouse, Inc. in Toronto. “Because when your home feels good, you feel good.” So, how do you do that? One way is to take a mindful approach to design.Continue Reading

few things look worse in a room than a tangle of unattractive cords in plain sight. And though most of us have to contend with computer wires, television cables, and electronic chargers on a regular basis, it can be a challenge to find stylish solutions for concealing them. Your livingContinue Reading

Show off your green thumb with a few of these plant pot ideas. There really are many things to think about when purchasing a plant pot. How big will the plant grow? Where am I putting it in my home? What colors are available? You can even order the examplesContinue Reading

For designers Alana Firestone and Jordy Fagan of Collective Studio, no design challenge is too big (or small). This compact 5 ft. by 9 ft. space is the only bathroom in their client’s Toronto home, and with the homeowners’ expecting their first child, it was crucial that this loo didContinue Reading

There’s hidden potential for greatness in every space. Unlock it with these smart, stylish ideas that transform overlooked areas into the best spots in your home. Check out these slides to see great ideas from Martha Stewart.