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Tuesday 08/12/2014
One simple home improvement cuts noise pollution while boosting energy savings
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the neighbor’s lawnmower, low-flying aircraft, heavy traffic or loud music, noise pollution can hinder you from truly enjoying your home. Nowadays, a quiet place to relax and chill out can be increasingly difficult to find. Yet, a smart investment in the right materials can let you achieve both solace and silence in your home.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Add curb appeal to your home inspired by architecture
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When you drive through your neighborhood, you may notice a variety of architectural styles. There might be a traditional colonial with evenly spaced windows. Down the road may be an ornate Victorian. On the corner there may be a craftsman home with an inviting front porch. Others may include a mixture of different styles combined to create a unique home.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today.  At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.

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The tools you need to increase your home's curb appeal this year
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
Updated: June 21, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Remodeling a bathroom can increase the value of your home but short-sighted planning can wash projects down the drain.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Debunking the Myths about Homeownership
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth.

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Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning and organizing, your move can be more celebratory than stressful – just follow these tips.

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Friday 05/23/2014
Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Curb appeal relies not just on the color of a home’s siding or the beauty of its landscaping, but on often-overlooked, underplayed details. Whether it’s charming intricate gingerbread scrolls on the porch, or fluted door casing that imparts an elegant, upscale look, trim can have a strong impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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Bob Gilmore center announces activities
Posted: September 29, 2014

This month’s cook-off, anything with honey in it or honey on the side, starts at 11:15 a.m. today at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

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Bell County commissioners don’t renew burn ban
Posted: September 29, 2014

BELTON — Bell County commissioners took no action on reinstating the county burn ban at their meeting Monday.

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