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Have the Best Backyard Barbecue on the Block With These Perfect Patios

When the weather’s hot and gorgeous, no one wants to be cramped and crowded inside. Summer is the time for swimming pools, outdoor water games, and most of all — backyard barbecues. Over the next few months, decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens throughout the land will be filled with the scent of burgers, steaks, and…


The Top 5 Master Bathroom Must-Haves

While the kitchen is the most popular room for homeowners to remodel (according to the National Association of Home Builders), the master bathroom is a very close second. If you’re preparing to join the legions of homeowners getting ready to turn their bathrooms into at-home sanctuaries, it’s essential that you start your home renovation the…


The Hottest Summertime Trends for Outdoor Living Spaces

As we move into the heart of summer, people everywhere are moving their weekend gatherings outdoors. In the past, people were content to pop open a few folding chairs in the grassy backyard and fan away smoke and the mosquitoes as they chatted around the barbecue grill. These days, homeowners have taken outdoor living spaces…


Home Additions: How to Choose Between an Attached Garage or Detached Garage

When you imagine building a home addition, you might think of creating a guest suite for holiday in-law visits or perhaps a spare bathroom to end the whining and hair-pulling that results as your kids elbow each other for space while they get ready in the morning. Depending on your needs, there are many different…


Choosing the Basement Home Theater Layout That Works for You

Just imagine: the next time an exciting new movie comes out, you refuse to head to the theater, pay for overpriced drinks and popcorn, and sit in a room packed with noisy strangers straining to hear. Instead, you wait a few weeks for the film to arrive via streaming or DVD, proceed downstairs with a (grocery…


What Not To: Avoid These 5 Things When Finishing Your Basement – Guest Blog

Smartland Guest Blog by Stephanie Jerry A lot of people live in homes with unfinished basements. These parts of the house are usually given the least attention. According to the Survey of Construction (SoC) by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of homes with finished basements are as low as 0.05% in some parts of the…


How to Remodel a Dark Basement

As your family grows and your life expands, you may find yourself looking for some additional space. Maybe you need an extra guest suite for the holidays, a pet-friendly play area, or a home gym. No matter what, if you’ve got a little-used basement, you have an excellent opportunity to remodel and expand. As you…


Reclaim Your Home — and Your Sanity — With These In-Law Suite Ideas

No matter how close your family is, in-law visits come with a certain amount of stress. In addition to the prospect of living in close proximity with your spouse’s parents for a few days or a couple of weeks, there’s always the looming question of where you can find room for them. At first, you…


Enjoy Your Land With a New Farmer’s Porch

Springtime is here, and if you’re like many people, you’re itching to do a bit of home renovating in order to update and improve the value and livability of your home. What’s the best way to do this? Should you invest in a bigger kitchen? Finish your basement and turn it into a theater room…


Adding an Outdoor Patio to Your Backyard Remodel

With warmer weather approaching and a million to-do items on your spring cleaning and project list, it might be time for a home renovation. No; we’re not talking a brand-new bathroom or a gourmet kitchen, although those would be nice, as well. When the outdoors beckon, you must answer the call — and the best…