Outdoor Living2 min

3 Large-Scale DIY Projects to Tackle This Spring

With spring just around the corner and summer following close behind, now is the time to begin planning those outdoor projects that require a bit of extra preparation.

  • Over-seed your lawn. Over-seeding your lawn can fill in bare spots and give it a lusher appearance while naturally crowding out weeds. The cooler temperatures and ample moisture of springtime can give an over-seeded lawn a good head start on growth. Choose a high-quality grass seed that is appropriate for your climate. Prepare your lawn by mowing the grass short and bagging the clippings, then raking to loosen the soil and remove debris. Spread the seed as directed. Water the over-seeded area at least once daily until the seedlings have reached the height of your existing lawn.
  • Install a pergola. A pergola may be just the touch you need to define your outdoor space and bring landscaping to life. Pergola kits are widely available for purchase at home improvement stores, or follow these DIY instructions on how to build a pergola. Keep in mind that pergolas do not provide much shade, so you may want to locate your pergola near shade trees or in a location out of late-afternoon sun.
  • Build a shed. Is your garage overflowing with stored items, while your lawnmower and tools sit outside, exposed to the elements? Spring is a great time to get a storage shed to free up space in your garage, plus accommodate all the other equipment and supplies you want to keep inside, from your lawnmower to your mulch. Get a shed project started now to take advantage of the square footage this summer! Learn the questions to ask before you buy or build a shed.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.