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  • Pros and cons of power washing Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then. Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty?

     
  • Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you find yourself in this kind of dark place, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas on outdoor lighting that will make a big, bright impact. First, a few basic rules.

     
  • Six things to consider before renovating a basement Aug 8, 2014 11:27 AM
    A basement renovation can increase a home’s value anywhere from 15 to 20 percent, depending on the renovations and the market, said John Gutman, vice president of sales and acquisitions at Mack Estates.

     
  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen Aug 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.

     
  • Make your home more eco-friendly with a new floor Aug 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Want to help save the planet and update your home’s flooring at the same time? The floors in your home have more of an effect on the environment — and your home’s value — than you may think.

     
  • Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

     
  • Tips for a high-impact, budget-friendly remodel Jun 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    The kitchen was eye-popping for all the wrong reasons, remodeler Dan Kradzinski recalls. Dark brown oak cabinets with medieval-style handles. Birch-colored counter. White appliances. The backsplash was rust-colored brick, the walls the color of an overripe nectarine.

     
  • Ways to make an older home work for today Jun 24, 2014 3:17 PM
    Remodels present more challenges per square foot than new construction. Is this based on statistics? No way. But I have experienced myriad oddities over the course of years working with builders, homeowners and craftsmen on all manner of projects.

     
  • Six tips for small-kitchen renovation Jun 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Designer Iantha Carley loves a good challenge, and designing a small kitchen puts her problem-solving skills to the test.

     
  • How to get that put-together look on an IKEA budget Jun 6, 2014 4:21 PM
    Unlike other brands of kitchen cabinets, which come assembled, IKEA cabinets are like much of the store’s furniture: You have to assemble each and every piece. The daunting assembly process can make even a well-trained woodworker wary.

     
  • Outdoor entertaining Jun 19, 2014 9:20 PM
    I would love to win this contest for my husband. He works so hard in order for me to stay home with our three young children. His hours are long and he never complains.

     
  • Bathroom grab bars get stylish May 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar. We needn’t have worried. Many of today’s grab bars are cleverly disguised, looking instead like sleek soap dishes, functional shampoo trays, trendy towel racks and even toilet paper holders.

     
  • How to ensure your home makes a good first impression May 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Expert architect answers questions on how to ensure your home makes a good first impression. Walkways are extremely important to your home. You know what they say about first impressions. A well-designed and landscaped approach to your home really does set the stage for guests.

     
  • Time for dreams to grow May 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Twenty-four years ago I moved in as a happy family with husband and kids with dreams of building a deck, doing some nice landscaping and being able to have family and friends over and entertain during the warm months out back. Well, things did not go as planned.

     
  • Restore yard to former beauty May 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Twenty-five years ago when we bought this home, my husband promised me a new deck if I settled for a house that was in less than mint condition. Well still no deck, not even an improved patio. Same cracks, same wooden flower beds, same area under the eaves where nothing seems to grow.

     
  • Pie-shaped yard a challenge May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    We have a small pie-shaped backyard that has been a huge challenge to work with. Now that the kids have all grown up and begun to move on, I would love to have a new backyard to entertain the adults in the neighborhood, or in which to just relax on a quiet summer evening.

     
  • Updates badly needed May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Seven years ago we bought a townhouse and planned to live in for three to five years, then buy bigger home and start family. Two years later, market tanked, housing values tanked and we were stuck! It took us eight years to save enough to buy a bigger home!

     
  • Yard, deck not welcoming May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    When we moved to our house 15 years ago, we were excited about our large deck and backyard and looked forward to spending our summers entertaining. This was especially true as we met all our neighbors and settled into the community.

     
  • Gardening allows for more healthy food choices May 15, 2014 7:01 AM
    Homeowners are increasingly choosing to plant, carefully water and eventually harvest their own food to put on their tables. Garden centers around the area are responding to this interest by offering more and more vegetable plants and fruit plants, shrubs and trees, as well as organic seeds and other supplies to facilitate this movement.

     
  • Small-kitchen measures and countermeasures May 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Designer Iantha Carley, who has participated in three DC Design Houses and whose aesthetic is known for its use of unexpected patterns, textures and colors, was the guest recently on The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat.

     
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