I didn’t realize how lucky I was when I was growing up. My parents’ home has two large side yards and a large backyard. When my siblings and I were kids, we would play in the yard every day with our neighborhood friends.
We are in love with nature—but also with technology—so which is better when you build or remodel a home? Natural products such as wood or wool? Or a man-made substitute, such as laminate or nylon? To answer this question, I consulted dozens of design and DIY websites and checked in with my secret weapon—my parents—who are both architects.
Every home has its flaws. We can try to hide them, but the truth eventually comes out. Hiding the truth from a buyer can, at the very least, result in the termination of a contract. Substantial revelations about the condition of your home can cost money and even a potential lawsuit.
Mandi Johnson makes it look easy. The 32-year-old Stark County native runs Making Nice in the Midwest, a blog where she chronicles home remodels, DIY projects and travels with her family. She’s also a frequent contributor to A Beautiful Mess, a popular lifestyle company founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.
Even when you think you’ve hired the right contractor, your project can go wrong. But all is not lost, as long as the contractor was licensed. (You have next to no legal recourse against unlicensed contractors, and some jurisdictions even come after homeowners for hiring them.) Here are your options.
The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for this year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes—and on our social media feeds.
I have found a number of reliable, classic clean-lined light fixtures that work in just about any home. And most of them are readily available with little or no lead time. Here are some of my favorites:
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