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Like the Look of Stucco? You Need EIFS

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Some materials have obvious natural insulating and temperature-regulating properties and excel at battling the weather, like brick or stone, but they are also very costly. A form of modern stucco – called Exterior Insulating and Finishing System (EIFS) – withstands the elements, is energy efficient, and not surprisingly, is growing in popularity.


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If exterior painting is on your summer to-do list, there’s plenty of incentive to do the job right: By following proper procedures, you’ll help ensure that your paint job will not only look more attractive but also last much longer, so you won’t have to re-paint anytime soon.

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Energy efficiency and eco-friendliness should be at the forefront of every homeowner's mind. But despite the shift to LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems, many homes are still lagging behind when it comes to their walls and insulation. Insulated Concrete Form construction may be the answer for your next home!

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If you haven't shopped for windows in a while, you've likely got choices that you may not have known existed. Windows are a pricey investment, so you want to make sure you're aware of all your options in order to maximize your return. Here’s a guide to modern window choices.

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Installing a new front door is one of the best investments a homeowner can make – it provides security, privacy, and an upgrade to your property's aesthetics and curb appeal. But are all doors created equal? We look at the three major types and give you the facts.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan and other housing programs help veterans, service members, and surviving spouses purchase, build, adapt, and renovate homes. Traditionally used for mortgages, some loans can also be used to build a new home – but it can be a tricky road to construction.

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There’s a lot of advice available from a number of sources about what to do and what to avoid when building your dream home. Many articles warn against skimping on budget or poor room layout, but the truth is, many mistakes can be made before you even reach this point.

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Many people use the laundry room every day—sometimes multiple times a day. Rather than leaving it a cluttered mess of detergent bottles and dirty clothes, transform it into a functional thing of beauty. Our tips for outfitting a laundry room help you turn the it around in no time.

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Nostalgia runs strong in farmhouse design. Once a functional dwelling for agricultural family life, the farmhouse home plan is now a distinct architectural style. Today, Farmhouse style house plans have experienced newfound popularity across North America, both in their original rural context and within the framework of urban neighborhoods.

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Designing the best walk-in closet for your master suite is the perfect way to clear away all of your clutter behind closed doors. Whether you're creating separate his and her closets or working with one large space, we have the top tips for decorating and organizing the ultimate walk-in closet.

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When your'e thinking about the decor for your new home plan, you want to think about longevity, but injecting elements of current interior trends will keep your rooms looking stylish and contemporary. Read on to discover five of the biggest interior trends of 2016.

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