South Dade News Leader: Home Improvement

Welcome!
|
Not you?||
Logout|My Account

Home Improvement

Top Story

New survey emphasizes need for weather preparedness [Infographic]

(BPT) - Cummins recently conducted a survey to understand the financial and emotional toll hurricanes and power outages can have on homeowners and their families.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Recent Headlines

Thursday 09/13/2018
"Alexa, Lower My Energy Bill!" Finding Your "Smart" Home Climate Control Voice
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(NAPSI)—“Alexa, lower my energy bill!” While it might not be quite that simple, did you know that now your home heating and cooling system can be controlled through a smart home device, such as Amazon Alexa? In fact, homeowners can combine “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to significantly increase energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels.

Comments (0)
5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

Comments (0)
Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

Comments (0)
Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen all year long, even when temperatures drop.   

Comments (0)
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

Comments (0)
4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

Comments (0)
Refresh Your Space
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

Comments (0)
A Guide to Outfit Your Home
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re just starting out and filling your first home or looking to round out the missing pieces of a household you’ve lived in for years, this handy list can help give you a rundown of some must-have items for every room.

Comments (0)
Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/12/2018
10 stylish ways to an eco-friendly home
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

Comments (0)
A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

Comments (0)
How to Find the Right Preschool
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

Things to consider when researching child care providers

Comments (0)
Smart Value
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

Comments (0)
Chasing Childhood Passions
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.  

Comments (0)
Monday 09/10/2018
Is Your Heating System Ready for Cool Weather?
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(StatePoint) Savvy homeowners know that with cool weather, comes a bit of preparation. A quick audit of your heating equipment can mean less wasted energy, a more comfortable home and lower energy bills.

Comments (0)
Is it Time to Replace Your Entry Door? What to Know
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(StatePoint) Is it time to replace your home’s entry door? If your foyer is drafty, the answer is yes. Particularly with winter around the corner. Not only will a new door boost exterior appeal, it will prepare interiors for a temperature dip, making your home more comfortable, while saving you money on utility bills.

Comments (0)
Thursday 09/06/2018
Your guide to choosing the right toilet
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/05/2018
3 Tips (Including Virtual Reality) For Avoiding Home Improvement Blunders
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Want proof of how carefully you need to weigh the alternatives before making upgrades to your home?

Comments (0)
Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

Comments (0)
Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:17 am

(Family Features) While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro.

Comments (0)
Monday 09/03/2018
Weatherization Myths – Debunked!
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(StatePoint) Weatherizing your home for each season can make it more comfortable – but how to do it can be confusing. Here are four common weatherizing myths – busted! – to help get your home ready for cooler weather to come.

Comments (0)
Thursday 08/30/2018
Living in Color
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 08/29/2018
Upgrades that Boost Your Home’s Value and Enjoyment
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) A home is often a family’s single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea. However, knowing when and where to make those improvements isn’t necessarily a simple decision. Budget and space most often dictate the direction, but keeping function and your lifestyle needs in mind can help create a space that makes for an all-around smart investment.

Comments (0)
Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

Comments (0)
3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends.

Comments (0)
5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 08/22/2018
Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

Comments (0)
Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Comments (0)
5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

Comments (0)
5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 08/21/2018
The Time Is Now To End Family Fire
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

by Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA

Comments (0)
Wednesday 08/15/2018
Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

Comments (0)
3 Ways to Throwback Style
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.

Comments (0)
4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective.

Comments (0)
5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

Comments (0)
5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:17 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Comments (0)
Set for Success
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

Comments (0)
Friday 08/10/2018
Let's Talk About Sympathy
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

by Jim McCann

Comments (0)
Thursday 08/09/2018
Fast Tape Hacks for the Handy (or Not-So-Handy) Man
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(StatePoint) It’s inevitable... accidents happen. Luckily, there is a secret weapon that can save the day with virtually any fix: duct tape. Why? Because it pairs versatility and intense strength with easy application.

Comments (0)
3 Unexpected Upgrades to Add Beauty and Comfort to Your Home
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(StatePoint) While a simple home upgrade once meant a new area rug or fresh coat of paint, these days, there are new and unexpected ways to update your space in order to add beauty and comfort to your home.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 08/08/2018
Home Upgrades that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

Comments (0)
Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Comments (0)
Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

Comments (0)
Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 08/07/2018
Tiling like a pro comes down to the right grout
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - Today, anyone who enjoys interior design can experience the pride of installing their own tile. Planning is the key to success, since each project has different needs based on the size and type of tile and where it will be installed. After that perfect tile has been selected, the next step is choosing the proper installation products, including the right grout.

Comments (0)
Monday 08/06/2018
Beware 'Blow-and-go' Scams
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:18 am

(NAPSI)—For their own peace of mind, home owners should get their heating an cooling systems cleaned by members of NADCA, who must comply with a strict Code of Ethics. Some homeowners have been taken by what's known as "blow-and-go" air duct cleaning—but you don't have to be. These companies charge what seems a nominal fee but do a very poor job. They may ask you to pay extra for unneeded services and even pretend to be members of NADCA.

Comments (0)
Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 08/01/2018
Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

Comments (0)
Thursday 07/26/2018
New Bedding Line Boasts Recycled Materials
Updated: September 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Global interest in socially conscious, eco-friendly products has exploded over the last two decades. Now it extends not only to paper and packaging, but to high-end sectors such as clothing and home goods.

Comments (0)