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Staying on Budget

Help, this Renovation is Getting Out of Control!
Tips for Saving Time and Money on Your Remodel—Cost Busters

As projects go, it was about as big as they get: homeowner Maggie McGee had budgeted $400,000 for a major remodel of her New York house. She was expanding, yet trying to retain the home's architectural character. The project was projected to take four to six months to complete.

What's the Perfect Gift for Mom? You!

Give your time and her home an upgrade.

Moms are sentimental by nature: who else would save clay imprints of your hands, your messy Valentine's Day card, or the woven potholders you made her in seventh grade? Whether or not they're still on display, you can bet that any project you did for her holds a special place in her heart. These gifts last because they come from a special place—the heart of her child.

Here Comes Baby! A Guide to Childproofing your Home

You've read every book, taken the classes. The baby shower gifts are piled high, the nursery's all decked out. The excitement of the imminent arrival of a new little person couldn't be higher. But have you baby-proofed the house? Yes, newborns can't crawl to the top of the stairs, pull a bookcase over, or get underneath the sink. But within a few months, you'll wish you had taken care of anything that could cause you baby harm. Our advice: do it now, because the next few months (if not years) will go by in a blur.

Go to YOUR Room! 5 Ways to put that spare space to work for you

It's a luxury any of us would love to be burdened with: a spare room. If you've recently stumbled upon a little extra real estate in your home because your kids have moved out or your partner went back to a full time job, why not create the room of your dreams? Or, as Virginia Woolf once famously called it, a room of one's own.

What we are proposing is a space that truly reflects your interests; a place where you can get away, express yourself, or devote yourself to your hobby. Looking for inspiration? Check out these ideas:

Hide the Boob Tube!

Must NOT See TV!
Ways to Hide The Television When Not In Use

We love our TVs: more than 98% of U.S. households have at least one. With thousands of programming choices, larger and larger screens (a 103" screen debuted at last month's Consumer Electronic Show), enhanced picture quality, the ability to pause and rewind effortlessly, and falling set prices, we can declare that the television experience is just about the best it's ever been.

How to Start a Compost

Jumping On the Compost Heap Craze!

Saving the Planet, One Bag of Garbage at a Time

Ah, garbage. It seems as though as soon as we take it out, another bag is right behind it. Even with recycling and the garbage disposal, there is never a shortage of trash. What's a homeowner to do? Start a compost.