By Leanne Potts Don’t do built-in seating. Your butt (and budget) will thank you for it. Relaxing around a fire and under the stars is the place for a perfect night. But at what cost? A built-in fire pit can cost upward of $5,000 for an above-ground, propane-burning brick fire pit without installation. That’s a pricey upgrade. Don’t […]

Home Design Ideas

March 22, 2023

Fire pit or money pit? Nine ways to avoid overspending.

By John Riha Your home’s interior lights want to help you have fun, feel better, and save energy. Will you let them? It used to be we’d walk into a room and flip on the light switch, maybe slide the dimmer up or down a bit to change the brightness. But that’s so old school. Instead, […]

Home Design Ideas

February 21, 2023

How to enhance your life and home with lighting

By: Pat Curry Choosing the wrong type of paint finish could mean a do-over that costs twice as much. There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. Flat paint has no shine; […]

Home Design Ideas, Home Maintenance

January 25, 2023

Guide to Paint Finishes—So You Won’t Waste Your Money

By: HouseLogic A creative kitchen can feature your interests and taste — and blend with other rooms. Kitchens are showing more personality these days. As they’ve become a hub, they’re not just for cooking and eating. We’ve been using them for all kinds of activities. We want our kitchens to reveal our interests and taste but […]

Home Design Ideas

July 26, 2022

Four ways to give your kitchen personality