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Saturday Morning Home Repair - Custom Tile on a Budget

The first thing was the phone camera. I visited every tile store in the area and took pictures of everything I liked. I still have hundreds of …

Inexpensive Bathroom DIYs for Less Than $100

Bathrooms usually need the most work, but simple sounding changes can quickly tally into a 4-figure bill. When your budget's not ready for a remodel, …

Buying & Selling Chicago Real Estate - The New Rules.

How Fall Leaves Can Benefit Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend …

4 Kitchen Renovations That Increase Your Home's Value

Interior designer Nate Berkus and real estate experts weigh in on which upgrades are worth the investment (plus three that aren't).<p>If you've ever fantasized about doing something a bit "unconventional" to your kitchen — say, covering the backsplashes in Moroccan tiles or installing a wood-fired …

Real Estate

After Hitting a 51-Year Low, the Homeownership Rate’s on the Rise

The homeownership rate edges back up from a five-decade low amid tentative signs that renter families are starting to gain the confidence to buy homes.<p>By<p>Laura Kusisto<p>Laura Kusisto<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@LauraKusisto<p>Laura.Kusisto@wsj.com<p>The nation’s homeownership rate, which has dropped …

13 smart & easy DIY ideas that will transform your home

Home decoration could be a really enjoyable thing to do if you know your spaces well and have that curious streak which motivates you on to go for …

A Minimalist 1930s Apartment with Iconic Views of New York City

Architect David Davis and his hotelier husband give an old apartment a new, refreshingly modern life<p>When architect David Davis, managing principal of New York’s Rottet Studio, visited the estate sale of a two-bedroom apartment in a 1930s building in midtown Manhattan, he knew he’d found his next …

How to Know If You're Buying Too Much House

In theory, mortgage companies do not want to lend you more money than you can reasonably afford to pay back each month. That seems logical because if you fail to repay your loan, the lender has to go through a costly foreclosure process that takes a lot more effort than simply cashing your check …

7 pictures of interior doors for your home

How much thought do we give to the design of our interior doors when building or renovating our homes? Generally… not much! Yet, with a bit of …

Interior Design

13 garden jobs you must do when heavy rain falls

If you're a keen gardening enthusiast, you will always keep an eye on the weather forecast. However, even those of you with less experience can …

Gardening

Chicago Skyline reflection

5 Tips for your kitchen plans

The kitchen is rightly known as the heart of the home. It is here that warmth and care combine with edible ingredients to give rise to nourishment. …

Kitchens

Theatre on the Lake renovation among projects passed by Chicago Plan Commission

This month’s meeting featured a packed agenda and included a wide range of projects<p>The Chicago Plan Commission voted on a wide range of developments at yesterday’s monthly meeting. While an additional vote by the full Chicago City Council is required for all zoning changes, amendments to Chicago’s …

The True Cost of 10 Common Home Renovations and Repairs

Tools | iStock.com<p>Renovating and maintaining a home is eating up a bigger portion of homeowners’ budgets, according to a report from Home Advisor. …

6 Major Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Over 60% of Americans are proud to call themselves homeowners, and while owning property can be an expensive prospect, there are a number of tax breaks available to help offset the burden. Here are a few you should know about.<p>Image source: Getty Images.<p>The bad news about carrying a mortgage, …

8 Home Improvement Projects for Fall That Will Increase Your House’s Value

Here's the ROI for each one.<p>Fall is the season for posting apple-picking photos on Instagram, enjoying pumpkin spice–flavored everything, and …

Home Improvement

Gardens: the truth about online gardening tips

Pinterest and Facebook are awash with gardening hacks, from how to make your plot look bigger to banishing slugs. Our gardening editor weeds out the time-wasters<p><b>The tip</b> Place mirrors around your garden to make it look bigger: the reflection gives the illusion that your plot is twice as big as it is.<p>…

Gardening

Renovation pays off: Kedron home sells for almost $1.2 million at auction

A transformative renovation has paid off big time for the owners of a Kedron home after it sold at auction for almost $1.2 million.<p>The renovation …

Real Estate

17 costly errors to swerve when renovating your home

You've done it! You've made the decision to totally renovate a house but, before you start, make sure you read our list of things to avoid or you …

Home Improvement

10 Stunning Kitchen Makeovers That'll Make You Green With Envy

Functional and stylish — what else could you need?<p>If there's one room in your home that absolutely needs to be functional, it's the kitchen. And being stylish on top of that just makes cooking that much more enjoyable. Need proof? These renovations say it all.

A Budget Renovation for a Stylish LA Guest House (Available for Rent)

We recently spotted (and admired) the interiors of the Glassell Park Boathouse, a detached guest house in Glassell Park, Los Angeles, on photographer …

How Fall Leaves Can Benefit Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend …

Seeing Stars: A Constellation Pumpkin DIY (That Went Awry)

It’s a shovel! It’s a spoon! No, it’s a Pinterest fail! So this constellation doesn’t look like The Big Dipper. Ya can’t win ’em all.<p>When I set out to carve a constellation pumpkin, inspired by the beautifully crafted gourds on Pinterest — like this utterly perfect pumpkin from The Merrythought — I …

Put a Plant on It | DIY Painted Terra Cotta Pots

If your apartment or home is feeling a bit stagnant or void of life, there’s one simple thing that can breathe life back into it, quite literally. Plants. They say that plant ladies are the new cat ladies, and I see absolutely nothing wrong with this. These lush green creatures do more than just …

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas Completed With Perfect Bathtubs and Awesome Decor - RooHome | Designs & Plans

Roohome.com – Do you wanna try to decor your bathroom with an awesome <b>modern bathroom design ideas</b>? Now you may realize it to your design. Here, the …