Remodeling a Traditional Cape Cod-Style Home

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With their large, central chimneys and weathered wood shingles, classic Cape Cod homes offer plenty of charm.

Originating with early settlers in New England, Cape Cod-style homes enjoyed a surge in popularity as starter homes for young families after World War II. They’re still perfect for first-time buyers and empty-nesters – or those who don’t want the cost (or hassle) of owning a huge home.

A well-preserved Cape can usually adapt to modern life. But if it hasn’t be…

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With their large, central chimneys and weathered wood shingles, classic Cape Cod homes offer plenty of charm.

Originating with early settlers in New England, Cape Cod-style homes enjoyed a surge in popularity as starter homes for young families after World War II. They’re still perfect for first-time buyers and empty-nesters – or those who don’t want the cost (or hassle) of owning a huge home.

A well-preserved Cape can usually adapt to modern life. But if it hasn’t be…

Creating a Homework Station That Gets Top Marks

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When was the last time your study station or workspace inspired you? For most people, the answer is, “Not recently.”

Whether you’re setting up a spot for young scholars to study or prepping an area for your work-from-home days, you can kick inspiration into high gear with home office solutions that will get your creative juices flowing again.

Window wonder

It’s no secret that sunshine does the body good. Fix up a space near the window so you can soak up plenty of …

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When was the last time your study station or workspace inspired you? For most people, the answer is, “Not recently.”

Whether you’re setting up a spot for young scholars to study or prepping an area for your work-from-home days, you can kick inspiration into high gear with home office solutions that will get your creative juices flowing again.

Window wonder

It’s no secret that sunshine does the body good. Fix up a space near the window so you can soak up plenty of …

Mortgage applications up just 0.9% as interest rates stall

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Even the drama of the monthly jobs report on Friday did little to move interest rates or the mortgage market….

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Even the drama of the monthly jobs report on Friday did little to move interest rates or the mortgage market….

5 Steps to a More Organized Home for Back to School

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As if summer isn’t crazy enough, the transition to school can make home life even busier and messier. Schedules are a mix of school activities and the last-hurrah-of-summer, and the house is strewn with important school papers and wet beach towels. Here are a few tips to help you organize the chaos this year.

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As if summer isn’t crazy enough, the transition to school can make home life even busier and messier. Schedules are a mix of school activities and the last-hurrah-of-summer, and the house is strewn with important school papers and wet beach towels. Here are a few tips to help you organize the chaos this year.

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3 Situations Where It Pays to Buy a Fixer-Upper

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It’s every home buyer’s worst nightmare: Finding a house within striking distance – of your price range and work- that quickly turns into a money pit.

On the flip side of the fixer-upper experience is someone like Jordan Brannon, a director of digital strategy in Spanaway, WA, near Tacoma. Although he’s sunk considerable money into his two-story, late-1990s home, he feels it was a good investment.

“It w…

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It’s every home buyer’s worst nightmare: Finding a house within striking distance – of your price range and work- that quickly turns into a money pit.

On the flip side of the fixer-upper experience is someone like Jordan Brannon, a director of digital strategy in Spanaway, WA, near Tacoma. Although he’s sunk considerable money into his two-story, late-1990s home, he feels it was a good investment.

“It w…

Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall

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Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling frame wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example.

Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They’re recently engaged, and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and accent pieces, but also his style.

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Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling frame wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example.

Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They’re recently engaged, and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and accent pieces, but also his style.

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Countdown to Moving: 3 Steps to Get Prepared

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Properly preparing for any move – whether big or small – is essential for a successful, low(er) stress moving experience.

Assessing everything in and outside your home that you want to take along – and figuring out exactly how you’ll actually get everything on your list into your new space – is essential when preparing to move. Here are three steps to pulling it off.  

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Properly preparing for any move – whether big or small – is essential for a successful, low(er) stress moving experience.

Assessing everything in and outside your home that you want to take along – and figuring out exactly how you’ll actually get everything on your list into your new space – is essential when preparing to move. Here are three steps to pulling it off.  

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5 Stops on Your Home-Buying Journey

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Thinking about looking for a new home? Twenty years ago, your first step would have been pulling out the Sunday newspaper and making a list of open houses to attend.

Today, however, it’s likely you’ll spend weeks – maybe even months – looking at listings online or on your mobile device before you step foot in a listed home or talk to a real estate agent.

As you prepare to start home shopping, keep in mind that buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet…

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Thinking about looking for a new home? Twenty years ago, your first step would have been pulling out the Sunday newspaper and making a list of open houses to attend.

Today, however, it’s likely you’ll spend weeks – maybe even months – looking at listings online or on your mobile device before you step foot in a listed home or talk to a real estate agent.

As you prepare to start home shopping, keep in mind that buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet…

Everything You Need To Know About Cooling Your Home

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Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air.

These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here’s how to keep your whole home cool this season.

The advent of air conditio…

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Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air.

These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here’s how to keep your whole home cool this season.

The advent of air conditio…

How to Choose an Air Conditioner

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Selecting the proper air conditioning system for your space involves weighing several factors: the type of room, its total cubic footage, the number of people typically using the space, and the room’s exposure to sunlight.

A professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist can help you evaluate your space and suggest the most suitable system from among these options:

  • Portable and window air conditioners. These units are common…

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Selecting the proper air conditioning system for your space involves weighing several factors: the type of room, its total cubic footage, the number of people typically using the space, and the room’s exposure to sunlight.

A professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist can help you evaluate your space and suggest the most suitable system from among these options:

  • Portable and window air conditioners. These units are common…