Home Improvement

The Best High-ROI Bathroom Renovations For Your Home

Explore the World of Cost-Effective Luxury Options for Bathroom RemodelsRecent statistics from the National Association of Home Builders in the U.S. report that a mid-range bathroom renovation costs approximately $20,000 and has a return on investment of just over 70 percent. While that is a relatively high return on remodeling dollar, there are ways to boost the return, as well as to add function and beauty to the bath while you live in your Round Rock home.

Increase Usable Space

The most common homeowner complaints about bathrooms are that they are too small. But functional space is sometimes different...

5 Great Reasons to Add an Outdoor Deck

View an Outdoor Deck as Added Living Space & Personalize ItTwo of the best ways to boost a home's value are to add usable living space and to make the backyard landscape more attractive. Adding a deck delivers on both counts. But a deck can offer a number of additional advantages. Here are 5 reasons to consider adding a deck to your home:

A Deck Is Multi-functional

By its very nature, a deck can serve many functions by tying different spaces together in new ways. A deck can be the location for a secluded spa, a children's sandbox, an outdoor...

Insulation Options: Which Should Your Home Use?

5 Insulation Types You Should KnowIn order to keep a Georgetown home cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters, it needs reliable insulation. However, there are different types of insulation to choose from - just go down to the nearest local hardware store for confirmation. Unfortunately, there's no one type of insulation definitively as the best. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the different types of insulation and why they can be a good choice for a home.

Fiberglass Insulation

For homeowners who don't want to get fancy,...

Room-By-Room Home Lighting Guide

Personalize your home with layers modern & efficient lighting optionsGetting the light right in your home can be more challenging than at first glance. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with the amount of various lighting products available. Like most aspects of home decorating and improvement, the more you know, the more likely you are to be successful. And great lighting always helps sell a home. Here are some general tips followed by a room by room lighting guide

Forms of Lighting

There are three basic forms of...

Landscaping Ideas for the Modern Home

Popular Ways to Rethink Home LandscapingSavvy homeowners oftentimes look for ways of increasing a home's value, earning them a greater return upon sale. Improving a home's landscaping is one way to increase its value by helping to boost overall curb appeal, as well as improve homeowner enjoyment of the property. The trick is to create a practical balance that works for the people who live in the home. These ideas help homeowners maximize space and use of their yards.

Contrasting Landscaping and Hardscaping

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Buying a Home? Avoid These Common Home Hazards

Common Home Safety Hazards to Beware OfHome is where the heart is, but it can also be a place of hazards if it's not properly maintained. As a Bee Cave homeowner, there are many things you can do to make your home a safer and more enjoyable place to be. The following five tips can help you improve safety around the house, and may also improve quality of life as well.

1. Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Many homes already have carbon...

How to Design an Outdoor Living Area

How to Create an Outdoor Living SpaceNo matter how a backyard may look after a homeowner has purchased a new constrcution home, it is easy to overlook it entirely after a few months. But as easy as it is to stay indoors, residents are giving up a piece of their property if they don't take advantage of it. Here are a few tips to constructing an outdoor living area that will make it easy to transition from indoors to out.

Designing an Outdoor Living Room

Patio furniture can be...

How to Paint a Room: A Beginner's Guide

How to Paint Your HomeWhen it comes to painting a room, there are two options: hire someone to do it, or do it yourself. For many people, painting can seem like an intimidating project. However, painting can be a very straightforward process for any homeowner. Follow these easy steps to achieve a new look in any room in your Georgetown home.

Picking Paint

When it comes to paint, there are dozens of different types. For the average interior room, latex-based paint with an eggshell finish is a good choice. It provides just a little bit of shine and is easier to work with than oil-based paints, especially...

Signs of Common Pests in the Home

Signs of Common PestsHomeowners are often surprised by a pest infestation, as they are not always aware of the signs of a pest problem. The extent of the problem can grow quickly before a person decides to call an exterminator. From musky smells to droppings, there are ways homeowners can deduce that a pest issue may be forming. Understand more about signs that pests may be lurking in a home and what to do about it - especially if you are considering selling your home in a buyers market.

Termites in the Home

Some traditional and rustic...

How to Remediate Mold In Your Home

How to Get Rid of Mold in My HomeMold can happen in any property, even though it's more likely to occur in high-humidity areas, like kitchens and bathrooms. Mildew can be easily vanquished with a few cleaning products from the store, but mold is a serious problem that can linger in the walls and under the floorboards. Find out more about how to prevent, treat, and remove mold before it threatens the home's integrity of the health of those who live in it.

Inspecting the Home

Georgetown home maintenance starts with learning the ins and outs of the property. It's not enough for owners to notice a...

6 Best Budget-Friendly Flooring Options

Cost Effective Flooring

When it comes time to replace a home's flooring, there are a multitude of different options that can suit all needs and preferences. However, it's easy to get overwhelmed by high prices. For those who are working with a budget or just want to be budget-conscious, here are five affordable flooring options to spruce up any home to renovate or sell.

Installing Linoleum Flooring

For homeowners who want a floor that isn't going to require special cleaning to keep it looking it best, linoleum may be a good choice. It's sturdy and low maintenance, and it can even come in just about any style so it...

9 Devices To Make Your Home Smart

Smart Tech For Your HomeSmart home upgrades do a lot to improve quality of life around the house. Some smart upgrades can save energy, others can save time or increase security. There are so many smart products that some homeowners find it difficult to choose. Below are some of the most creative and useful smart home upgrades sought by modern homeowners.

Smart Thermostat

Everyone has been in a situation where they’re rushing to get out the door and forget to turn down the thermostat, leaving the air conditioning or heat on all day long when no one is home. With a smart thermostat...

How to Choose the Best Home Siding For Your Home

Let Location Guide Your Choice of the Best Home Siding MaterialThere is no single best choice for home siding. The architectural style of a Bee Cave home, the regional weather, and community standards play into the decision as much as initial price and maintenance concerns.

Here are some basic facts to help you make the right choice for your home:

Wood

<p>Real wood siding is still in use in some locales, although it has been discouraged in other areas because of home hazard or fire risk. Treated wood siding, or treated shakes and shingles, are frequently used as accent materials in conjunction with other safer and more...

Making Improvements – Do I Need a Permit?

What to Know About Permitting Home ImprovementsThe opportunity to renovate one's own property is a huge draw when it comes to purchasing a home. Instead of being afraid to do little things like paint the walls or hang pictures, homeowners love being able to make dramatic changes at a moment's notice.

Whether home improvement projects are for cosmetic reasons or they improve the condition of the property, people should think twice before they begin knocking down walls and building decks. Many projects require permits, as the city regulates certain data on all homes. Want to...

Why More Homeowners Are Going with Solar

Real Benefits of Residential Solar Power for Homeowners and CommunitiesThe majority of homeowners will face increasing energy bills from traditional utility companies in the years to come. The additional costs may not be offset by steps to improve a home's envelope, address drafts or reduce energy consumption. Rather, many have made the decision to find alternative sources of clean energy to supplement and even replace traditional sources, with more than 1.4 million homeowners who have decided to lease or buy residential solar panels.

With the growing...

When to DIY a Project and When to Leave Repairs to a Professional

Should You Hire a Professional Contractor or DIY Home Improvement Projects?When a home needs repairs or renovations, there are a couple of options for handling those things. One way is to hire someone who does that type of work professionally. The other way is for the homeowner to handle the issue themselves. Both can be good choices, and a lot depends on the skill set of the homeowner, the kind of work to be done, and the complexity and expense that has to be undertaken. With that in mind, each homeowner has to decide for themselves whether they want to tackle any home improvement projects or hire a pro.

Many homeowners want to handle home maintenance repairs themselves. After all, there...

Foundation Damage? What To Do to Repair Your Home Foundation

Everything You Need to Know About Foundation DamageFoundation damage can significantly devalue a house if it's not properly repaired. Foundation damage may also impact selling a home. Homeowners who can identify foundation damage in its early stages can often get their foundation repaired by an expert. If you're a homeowner and you think you might have foundation damage, here's what you need to know.

Identify the Damage

Before contacting an expert to diagnose your problem, know what foundation damage looks like. This type of problem can take many forms, depending on the type of foundation problems that the home is experiencing....

The Most Common Roofing Materials for the Home

How to Choose a Roofing Material for Your HomeWhile the whole of the roof is not usually visible to a Bee Cave homeowner, its materials will make a difference to the home and the people who live within it. Along with its effect on the overall style, the roof can protect the home and residents from any natural and man-made threats alike. Learn how the common materials of the roof function over time. Having an idea of each one can make it easier to replace or construct a roof (long before there's an immediate need to).

Metal Roofs

Most people don't think of metal as a common roofing material for a residential structure, but there are reasons why this is slowly starting to change. Modern metal...

4 Common Types of Home Security

What Type of Home Security Is Best for Me?Home security on a property is defined by the personal values of the homeowner, which is why there are a variety of systems available. Whether a person wants to merely lock their doors at night or hire a private 24/7 guard for their home, keep the following points in mind.

Common Sense

Much of a Spicewood home's security is just thinking through potential scenarios. While some criminals are masterminds who will stop at nothing to get into a house, most are just looking for a quick fix. They'll consider how much they can do given the location and condition of the home. For example, are there spots along the lawn that are cloaked in total darkness? Homeowners who install motion...

Essential Tools for Every Homeowner

Essential Tools for Every Homeowner

Homeownership comes with a major responsibility: home maintenance. While renters can assume landlords will shoulder most of the burden, homeowners need to be willing and able to make the repairs themselves or pay for the work to be done by a licensed professional. The thing is, it costs money to maintain a home and even more when you want to hire someone else to do the repairs for you. Homeowners wanting to handle small maintenance issues and repairs themselves can save a significant amount of money. What tools do homeowners need to get started?

The typical homeowner can benefit from having and learning to use the following tools to maintain their home. Save money and tackle common home repairs with these common tools.

A Tape Measure

Make sure that you can properly size anything in...

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