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  • 6 Great Ideas From Spring 2020’s Most Popular Pools (11 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-06 13:00:10 by: bossgate

    This Trending Now story features the most-saved pool photos uploaded to Houzz in spring 2020. If ever there was a spring when homeowners were dreaming of having a private pool, the spring of 2020 was it. Houzz users browsing pool photos were drawn to pool ...

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  • How 2 Professional Organizers Work With Clients Remotely (6 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-06 12:00:11 by: bossgate

    As professional home organizers, my business partner and I have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown orders. Home organizing and move management is a very hands-on profession, and in-person time with clients is an important way we gain trust, build ...

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  • How to Plan Your Kitchen Space During a Remodel (5 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-06 11:00:23 by: bossgate

    The preliminary space-planning and schematic design phase is the most important part of any kitchen remodel. A kitchen can be filled with beautiful materials and finishes, ...

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  • 10 Ways to reduce winter heating costs

    Posted 2020-07-05 14:00:00 by: bossgate

    Quavering at the thought of receiving your winter heating bill? It's enough to give you the chills, even with the heating on. However, there are some simple ways to keep your home comfortable and toasty during the winter months, while reducing costs. Here are a few ways to keep up the cosy factor without the next electricity or gas bill breaking the bank: Insulate your home A well-insulated home is both cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Both your roof cavity and walls should be insulated for the best results. Get some quotes from insulation specialists and, if you can't afford insulation immediately, start saving for next winter.  Toss any old electric heaters Your energy bill may be out of control due to a single antiquated electric heater. Any older electric heaters you are using should be replaced with newer, more efficient ones. Check the energy star ratings when purchasing to find the most efficient one possible.  Check for draughts Check all your windows and doors to see if heat is escaping through cracks. Have new seals installed on any openings that are letting cold air in and warm air out. Door snakes work wonders also.  Cover glass surfaces An enormous amount of heat – approximately 10-25% – can escape through glass surfaces such as windows and glass sliding doors. The most effective window coverings to keep heat in are lined curtains with pelmets. Open your curtains during the day to allow the sun's warmth in and close them as soon as the temperature starts to drop at night.  Another option, which may not be particularly stylish but will keep you warmer, is to spray a little water on the inside of your windows then stick on sheets of bubble wrap cut to size.  Build a thermal mass rocket heater This option is a major project and needs to be incorporated in quite a large space but will drastically cut your winter heating bills. A rocket heating system ...

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  • Before and After: 4 Black-and-White Kitchen Makeovers (8 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-05 13:00:17 by: bossgate

    A black-and-white color palette has the advantage of being both classic and contemporary. The duality makes this popular color combo a great choice for kitchens, a space where many homeowners desire the most bang for their buck when remodeling. The high-contrast palette provides a fresh, updated ...

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  • 10 Ideas for a Rejuvenating Summer Staycation (12 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-05 12:00:20 by: bossgate

    Many are stuck at home this summer, with no vacation getaway in sight. With lots of pools closed and summer camps canceled, it’s time to get creative and make special memories at home. Ideas from resorts, camps and other favorite summer places can be adapted for a staycation. See if any of these ...

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  • 10 Summer Staycation Ideas (12 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-05 12:00:20 by: bossgate

    Many are stuck at home this summer, with no vacation getaway in sight. With lots of pools closed and summer camps canceled, it’s time to get creative and make special memories at home. Ideas from resorts, camps and other favorite summer places can be adapted for a staycation. See if any of these ...

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  • Blooming Container Gardens That Welcome Butterflies and Bees (14 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-05 11:00:12 by: bossgate

    Including nectar- and pollen-rich plants in potted displays can help support the native birds, butterflies and bees in your neighborhood. While pollinators require more than just a food source for survival — they’ll also need water, native plants for laying eggs, habitat for roosting and more — ...

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  • 9 Blooming Container Gardens That Welcome Butterflies and Bees (14 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-05 11:00:12 by: bossgate

    Including nectar- and pollen-rich plants in potted displays can help support the native birds, butterflies and bees in your neighborhood. While pollinators require more than just a food source for survival — they’ll also need water, native plants for laying eggs, habitat for roosting and more — ...

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  • Patio of the Week: San Francisco Yard Plays With Light and Shadow (17 photos)

    Posted 2020-07-04 13:00:11 by: bossgate

    When interior stylist Erin Hiemstra and her husband, Christopher Wick, found a traditional Victorian home with a decent-size yard for sale in San Francisco, it felt almost too good to be true. The stand-alone home sat on a rare double lot, which offered plenty of space for a future ...

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