Ceiling seller http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229973/-1/blogs01 The ceiling is the second biggest real estate after the floor. Especially in small or awkward spaces (foyer, powder room, stair hall), a striking color, or installing wallpaper or beams will make a big change.
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Casual living http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229974/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229974/-1/blogs01 People are moving toward much more casual and interactive living. This translates into making all rooms in the home inviting and multifunctional, to foster togetherness in comfortable spaces that will actually be used.
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Repair or replace? http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229975/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229975/-1/blogs01 You know you need to make a fast decision to either repair or replace, but how do you know which is the right choice? Follow these tips from the professionals at Rheem to point you in the right direction and help you make the best possible decision.
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Curb appeal http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229988/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229988/-1/blogs01 Boldly painted exterior doors in a vibrant blue, deep red or edgy black add instant interest and curb appeal. Choose a color that best represents your individual design personality.
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Beachy vibe http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219414/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219414/-1/blogs01 Homeowners, inspired by the calm, carefree attitude of coastal living, are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition — especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marine-themed prints.
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Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219415/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:31:02 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219415/-1/blogs01 Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
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Last-minute Halloween decorating http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309977/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:21:50 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309977/-1/blogs01 For last-minute Halloween decorations, make a mini cemetery out of old cereal boxes turned into gravestones.

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Fall home maintenance checklist http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289970/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:23:29 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289970/-1/blogs01
If the holidays aren’t yet on your mind, it’s time to get out a pad and paper and tackle an important task — maintaining your home before winter.



 
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Leave it to the pros http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259976/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:16 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259976/-1/blogs01 While there are many home improvement projects you can do yourself, there are some jobs that are best left to professional contractors.

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Indoor entertaining http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239982/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:20:18 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239982/-1/blogs01 Rearrange furniture for upcoming gatherings as you move from outdoor entertaining to indoors. 

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Fight SAD with home lighting http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219971/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:22:17 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219971/-1/blogs01
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Mowing tips http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189971/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:31:56 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189971/-1/blogs01 Before winter hits, continue to mow grass as needed.

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Fall feeling http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:29:47 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169973/-1/blogs01 To get a fall feeling in your home, you don't have to rely on just reds and oranges. 

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A high-style living room http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149977/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:21:34 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149977/-1/blogs01
Some of the best items in our home are ones from the past. A vintage lamp or flea-market find can add a whole new layer of personality to the greatest space in a living area — your living room.



 
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Deer repellent http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119965/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:26:52 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119965/-1/blogs01 Even though many plants, bushes and trees will lose their leaves during fall and winter, it's important to continue applying deer repellents year-round. 

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Urban decor http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099974/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:27:47 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099974/-1/blogs01 If modern decor appeals to you but you think it might underscore the chill of winter, try an urban alternative look. 

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How to collect rainwater http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079982/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:31:48 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079982/-1/blogs01
It may not seem like it, but water is a scarce resource. That’s why rainwater harvesting is becoming more commonplace, says Luke Snyder, a water conservation expert based in Waco, Texas.



 
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Lawn aeration http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:26:26 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049973/-1/blogs01 Aerating your lawn in the fall helps to open compacted soil and break down thatch that built up over the summer. 

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Air quality http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:33:27 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029967/-1/blogs01
Adding fresh flowers and plants to your bedroom helps with the natural cycle of carbon dioxide and oxygen, improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.



 
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Preserve landscaping, conserve water http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309965/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:31:31 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309965/-1/blogs01
The United States is experiencing the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl. For gardeners, water shortages pose their own challenges — but a few tips will help you get through even the worst dry spell.



 
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Fall watering http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279962/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:26:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279962/-1/blogs01 Watering during fall is important to foster root growth and give plants a healthy drink before winter arrives.

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Kitchen DIY http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259974/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:32:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259974/-1/blogs01 For the kitchen, frame pictures from favorite recipes, use inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery and repurpose an old console table as a center island. 

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Design backyard flow, function http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:12:06 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239967/-1/blogs01
Many strategies can enhance the flow and function of a home's interior and how a family lives and uses the space. But what about a home's exterior?



 
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Kitchen upgrade http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209975/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:11:18 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209975/-1/blogs01 Because faucets are the most-used item in the kitchen, a new model with a high-arc spout can make a big impression. 

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Accessorize your bedroom http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130918/BLOGS/309189964/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:12:34 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130918/BLOGS/309189964/-1/blogs01 Accessories are a good way to add splashes of color to your master bedroom.

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High design, low cost http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169968/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:13:20 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169968/-1/blogs01
Color is beautiful. That’s something Rachel Blindauer preaches to clients, who come to her for interior design services for their homes and businesses.



 
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Carpet and allergies http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:11:23 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139973/-1/blogs01 Numerous medical and other studies show that people who suffer from allergies and even asthma do not have to live without the comfort and softness of carpet. 

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Paint facelift http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119976/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:13:32 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119976/-1/blogs01 Give outdated dressers or vanities a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. 

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Fall into tabletop trends http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:13:04 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099984/-1/blogs01
Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it's also a beginning — the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. Now is a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining.



 
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Front entrance sells http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069971/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:13:20 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069971/-1/blogs01 If you can't afford major landscaping, focus on the entrance to the home. 

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Home exterior upgrade http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049985/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:11:41 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049985/-1/blogs01 Selecting color options for the trim, shutters and the front door should only come after the main color has been selected.

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Breathe life into home decor http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029962/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:30 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029962/-1/blogs01 The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant — and often calming — result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.

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Humid homes http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309909/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309909/-1/blogs01 Too much humidity in a home can increase the condensation and potential for water damage and mold growth, as well as cause warping of walls, floors and ceilings. 

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Collectible fashion http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289893/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289893/-1/blogs01 Design around your collectibles. 

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Choose your color scheme http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269923/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:03 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269923/-1/blogs01 When designing the inside of your home, selecting a color scheme is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. 

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Pedestal candle holders http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239889/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:18 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239889/-1/blogs01 Turn forgotten pedestal candle holders into chic outdoor showpieces that will impress guests and inspire dinner table dialog. 

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Gray colors http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219912/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219912/-1/blogs01 Neutral colors remain versatile and simple, yet also nod toward color confidence.

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When to refinance your mortgage http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199918/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199918/-1/blogs01
The best times to consider refinancing are when you’ve just gotten a promotion at work, and you’re planning to stay in your home for several years or make some home improvements. Or you’ve finally paid off that credit card and your credit score has improved.



 
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Elevated garden beds http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169891/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:22 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169891/-1/blogs01 Elevated garden beds are growing in popularity because they look great anywhere in your yard or on your patio, and are easy to move if necessary.

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Cool greens, blues http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149921/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149921/-1/blogs01 On the cool side of the color wheel, clean and clear is the dominant trend.

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Enjoy a summer deck all year http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129928/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:50 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129928/-1/blogs01 The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed.

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Stick with maintenance-free trim http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099936/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099936/-1/blogs01 One of the latest (and most attractive) trends is maintenance-free trim on a home. 

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Yellows are trending http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079928/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079928/-1/blogs01 For the coming year, add some uplifting yellows to your home life.

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Liven up your laundry room http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059931/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059931/-1/blogs01
Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms.



 
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Home Help: Bath upgrades http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029918/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:53 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029918/-1/blogs01 Adding a bath or upgrading an existing one is a smart investment of your renovation dollars.

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Home Help: Bathroom remodeling http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319935/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:46 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319935/-1/blogs01 Luxurious spa qualities, like open shelving and built-in storage for easy access to towels, toiletries and candles, can be essentials in bathroom remodeling projects.

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Home Help: Refinish your basement http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269908/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:51 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269908/-1/blogs01 If you're looking for more usable living space, finishing a basement or attic bonus room is almost always easier than adding square footage to your home. 

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Home Help: Create a green bathroom http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249930/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249930/-1/blogs01 When designing your bathroom, consider using recycled flooring material, such as pebbled tiles made from recycled glass or plain recycled glass tiles. 

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Home Help: Transform walls with painter’s tape http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229938/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:23 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229938/-1/blogs01 Still love the overall design scheme of a space but feeling a little bored by it? The best way to breathe new life into it — without revamping the entire area — is by creating a new focal wall. 

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Home Help: Make your space work http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229939/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:21 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229939/-1/blogs01
As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects.



 
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Home Help: Bathrooms sell homes http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199926/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:00:39 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199926/-1/blogs01 Bathrooms sell homes. An upscale bathroom remodel that costs around $50,000 will recoup more than 58 percent of its original cost at the time of resale, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report.

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