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Ever Wonder Why External Doors Open Inwards?

An inwardly opening external door feels familiar and welcoming.  It is easier to enter a home with an armload of groceries or children when the door swings inside. But there are also practical reasons for this convention. Beyond aesthetics, the reasons external doors open inward relate to safety, maintenance, and climate. Outswing …

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12 Brilliant Ways to Separate Living and Dining Rooms

If you live in a space where your dining and living area are not walled off from each other, you may be interested in making a distinction between these two spaces. For example, if you have some friends over, but you still live with your family, you may want to …

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How to Remodel a Kitchen in 7 Stages

As the center of the home, a beautiful, functional kitchen can enhance the enjoyment you get out of your living spaces and the value your home has on the market. Whatever your reason for updating or revamping your kitchen, you’re likely to feel pressure during this infamously stressful process, so …

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Can You Use Baseboards as Door Trim?

Are you thinking about replacing your existing door trim? Or maybe you are building a new house. Either way, you need to put trim or casing around your doors. Matching that with baseboards can often be tricky. You can’t get anything too thick or thin, because then it would look …

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How to Install a Fireplace Without a Chimney (3 Steps)

You have just moved into your new house this year, and so far, it feels great during the spring, summer, and fall. However, once winter hits, you realize a warm and comfy fireplace would be a great addition to your home, but you currently lack the chimney for it. So, …

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Do Door Knobs HAVE to Match?

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to replace one of your door knobs and can’t find one that matches your other doors, what should you do? Something that seems so simple actually poses a much bigger issue when wandering down the aisles of home improvement stores. …

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Can You Install a Toilet Next to a Kitchen?

Call it a powder room, a half bath, guest bathroom, or lavatory, a small bathroom in a public area of the house is always a good idea. You can let your guests feel comfortable in your home without letting them traipse through your private space. But what if your house …

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Why Walls Get Dusty and What You Can Do

Dusting our walls is typically not something we think of doing. However, you may notice over time that dust starts to gather on walls and can become a problem. This is especially true if you live in a house that has high walls and ceilings. Walls get dusty the same …