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Style-Setting Architectural Features
wide, gownlike base. The homeowners chose high-quality materials and old-world architectural elements to give their new - construction the feel of a century-old home. Layer On the Structure In addition to emphasizing this room's soaring lines, wooden
Classic ... or Cliche?
the clippers! Carol I live in a rapidly developing area of Florida, where natural habitats are leve led and thousands of new homes are built. As the northerners move south it seems they all must have a palm tree, an orange tree, and a hibiscus bush with
Before and After: Living Room Makeover: Stephen Saint-Onge's Living Room Transformation
A Boring Before Better Homes and Gardens Contributing Editor Stephen Saint-Onge faced a problem that many new construction homeowners face. The challenge: This bright open room lacked the cozy, inviting feel that the homeowners wanted. The
2009 Home Improvement Challenge Winners
car (a hybrid), and they looked for an existing, average-size house they could renovate rather than investing in new construction . None of their green choices were flashy or high-tech but taken together, the many small steps added up to dramatic
Bedroom Window Treatments: Traditional Panels and Valances
pleated valance with toile scallops stretches across the windows. Create a Focus with Draperies Cavernous rooms are common in new homes , leaving homeowners searching for ways to make such spaces more inviting. In this bedroom the visual space becomes more intimate
Designer Tricks to Get a Comfortable Home
touches found in Craftsman-style homes built in the 1920s and '30s exhibit traditional charm that is hard to find in new - construction homes. Bring the artisan details into your home with easy DIY projects . In this photo, carved, ready-made ceiling
Alternative Building Materials
well. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) What It Is: PVC is a hard, durable, synthetic material that is becoming a choice in new construction and remodeling . Though the plastic is rarely used for whole-house building, its popularity is escalating for gutters
Tub Shower Combo
along the edge of the bathtub, which may require a professional. One-piece kits are the most watertight and perfect for new construction but they may not fit through doorways in existing homes, so many remodelers choose multipiece units. Sectional units