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Contributed by Kaitlin Krull, Modernize Keeping and maintaining a beautiful backyard is an important part of home ownership. However, at Modernize we know that landscaping and restyling your outdoor space can quickly get expensive. If you don’t have the money for luxury-grade backyard transformations, IKEA is the answer. Make your garden’s flat pack dreams come...

Photos courtesy of Marcia Andreychuk Ay, caramba! Talk about art imitating life, imitating art! Calgary couple and DIY pros Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton have put their love of "The Simpsons" on full display, recreating their very own replica of the cartoon family's colorful kitchen. “We had the same bones as 'The Simpsons' kitchen…all the elements seemed...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com If the idea of spending hours on end deep-cleaning the house doesn’t appeal to you, take the “spring” out of “spring cleaning” and try monthly deep-cleaning instead. When you tackle one room in your house each month throughout the year, the only thing you’ll have to think about come next spring is enjoying...

Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern...

Reddit user troymcklure is a Nintendo fan, but that may be the understatement of the century. He's a huge Nintendo fan! Being a Mario fan myself, his recent DIY project really brings out the geek in me: take a peek at his custom-made Mario Kart-themed nursery! As shown in his photos and YouTube video (embedded below), Mcklure built all of the nursery's decorations...

Decks are great outdoor entertainment and relaxation areas, especially in the summertime, but they also need regular maintenance and checkups to stay in shape. Here are some tips to keep your deck looking its best: 1. Split or Decaying Wood Decaying wood can be a deck’s worst enemy. Thoroughly inspect the following for rot and decay: Ledger board Support posts Joists Deck...

Contributed by Rick Ryan   Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though it’s one of the most valuable home improvements you can make, it’s...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com Pallets and crates have long been used for packing and shipping, but lately they’ve become the face of a new generation of DIY. They can be repurposed in a number of different, surprising ways that not only are useful, but also quite stylish. Explore these crate and pallet uses for your home. Coffee Table Use a wooden...

Contributed by Kristin Belt If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake. Whether or not you’re planning to sell your home soon, here’s what you need to know: the right decorating choices not only make your home...

Contributed by Shahar Giladi All you have to do is count the number of driveways with a hybrid vehicle, and you can see at a glance that Americans are embracing the eco-friendly lifestyle. However, a Prius in front of the house is just the beginning. More and more homeowners are opting for sustainable features in the home as well. Eco-friendly amenities often add...