How to Design an Easy-Clean Home

Nov 2, 2017 8:04:00 AM Share this:

In my never-ending quest to find more time to relax, put my feet up and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book, I’m writing today about designing your home in a way that helps to minimize your cleaning time.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Ownership, Home Decor & Furnishing

Rethinking Real Estate: The Auction Method

Oct 28, 2017 4:23:28 AM Share this:

Buying and selling a home through auction is no longer for distressed property. Rather, the highly successful Harcourts Auctions platform focuses on everyday, luxury homes.


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Topics: Selling, Buying, Auction

Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Oct 27, 2017 5:27:32 AM Share this:

Fall is one of the best times of the year to refocus on the maintenance of your home. With the chaos that the holidays bring and the change in the season, it’s best to plan ahead to ensure your home can endure upcoming festivities and colder months ahead. These simple ideas when done ahead of time can help you save both time and money:


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Topics: Advice, Home Maintenance

How to Make the Most of the Space Under the Stairs

Oct 18, 2017 5:06:24 AM Share this:

If you’re looking for extra wiggle room in your home, look under the stairs. Whether in the main part of the house or the basement, this area can have enough room for uses like a mudroom and coat storage, wine cellar or craft station. Here’s how Houzz designers are making the most of this often-wasted space.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

New Study Reveals Home Renovation Firms’ Backlogs

Sep 26, 2017 3:58:50 AM Share this:

 

Home renovation professionals are busy right now. That’s great news for the remodeling industry but means that homeowners need to plan ahead. Homeowners can anticipate wait times averaging 4.3 to 7.4 weeks before a pro can take on their project, the Houzz research team finds. Design-build firms have the longest backlogs, at an average of 7.4 weeks. General contractors and remodelers are not far behind, with an average seven-week wait time.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Furniture Layout Ideas for Outdoor Rooms, Big to Small

Sep 9, 2017 3:26:37 AM Share this:

 

Whether you are looking to build an outdoor dream room or dress up an existing patio, plan ahead. A design with the perfect amount of square footage can make the difference between an elegant room and an awkward room. Don't worry if space planning seems daunting at first — that's normal. But with the right tools, it can actually be fun.


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Topics: Home Decor & Furnishing

See How 6 First-Time Homeowners Around the World Shaped Their Starter Houses

Aug 23, 2017 4:14:04 AM Share this:

Rent or buy? It’s the question most of us face at different times in our lives. These 6 homeowners around the world opted to buy, not only for financial reasons but to have a place they could call their own and tailor to their tastes. Step inside these residences — in Sydney, Moscow, San Francisco and more — and see what these first-time buyers have done to turn their new houses and apartments into homes.


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Topics: Buying, DIY, Home Ownership

The Difference between a Condo, Townhouse, Co-op, and TIC

Aug 3, 2017 4:52:42 AM Share this:

 

When we think of buying a home, the first thing that comes to mind for many is a detached, single-family home (complete with grassy yard and dog). But for many, especially those looking to buy in an urban area, a condo, a townhouse or an apartment could be a more likely scenario.


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Topics: Buying, Advice, Home Ownership

Home Project: Give Your Living Room a Facelift

Jul 27, 2017 9:04:26 AM Share this:

 

Does your living room have a case of the blahs? Whether you’re looking for quick furniture-arranging help or a complete overhaul, read on for the need-to-know info on making your living room live up to its full potential. We caught up with interior designer Mollie Openshaw to get the scoop on costs, time frames and picking the right pro for the job.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Moving: How to Sort through Paper Clutter

Jul 18, 2017 2:00:00 AM Share this:
 

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Topics: Moving House