BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

3 Ways To Make Fences More Attractive

Fences don't have to be just functional. Try one of these three techniques (or all of them) to incorporate them ...

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7 Creative Small Bathroom Ideas to Optimize Space

When you've got a small bathroom, design and storage strategy is important. Here are 7 small bathroom ideas to nail ...

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Design Harmony: 7 To Balance An Open Family Living Room Space

With a little thought and a lot of compromise, you can create a balanced and beautiful open-concept living room that ...

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With so many fencing options, how can you choose the right one? Start by understanding the costs, maintenance requirements and the like of various fencing. *** “Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote. Good fences also make for...
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Old furniture and elements in a space are sources of home decor personality. Through colors and patterns, here are some ways to restore and preserve them. *** It’s a shame how much furniture gets tossed because people think it’s...
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The nature of home energy will change in upcoming decades as sustainability and efficient grids becomes a priority. What are some residential energy options? *** After decades of debate, a climate agreement was reached last month. There is now...
complementary colors blue oranges
Energetic and fresh, complementary color pairings create a sunny, vibrant look. Here are a few more rooms for inspiration. *** The most simple but dynamic color scheme, complementary color pairings are fresh, lively, and invigorating. By contrast, in understated...
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Opposite from each other on the color wheel, complementary colors create a bold but balanced look. Need inspiration? Here are a few ideas to try. *** It’s no secret that complementary color schemes are naturally pleasing. Orange looks even...
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Green building is in demand and gaining in importance for contractors and designers. Here’s selected list of green building trends for 2016. *** Energy efficiency, environmental impact, and occupant health have been main concerns of the construction industry for...
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Your lower floor isn’t just a storage hub for long-forgotten furniture and electronics. Breathe life into your basement with these remodeling ideas. *** Your basement has a lot to offer, and it’s about time this forgotten room got the...
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Choosing that perfect color combination can be a daunting decorating challenge. Take a cue from the pros: use the color wheel to choose winning color schemes. *** Whether you crave a calm, cool, collected look—or something more vibrant and...
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Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year is actually 2 colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. See how they can work in every room of the home, for a trendy décor. December is always a good time for color lovers. Every...
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The basement remodel; whether you’re set on creating a wine room, a secret library, or home spa, you’ll never look down on it again with these remodeling ideas. *** Ahhhh, basements. The first area of your home to amass...