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BACKYARD DECKS THAT LAST

View The Garlinghouse DIY Deck Plans collection. This two-tiered, ground-level deck is made entirely out of ChoiceDek, a composite material created by mixing wood fibers (red cedar or some other type of softwood) with polyethylene, which comes from recycled consumer waste. Photo courtesy of ChoiceDek. Backyard decks are great because they offer level...

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Swimming Pools and Real Estate Value

The Coolest Thing in New Home Construction A pool surrounded by a sturdy deck of either concrete or wood and set in a nicely landscaped yard can provide hours of recreation and a beautiful backdrop to your home. Photo courtesy of Donna and Ron Kolb, Exposures Unlimited. We’ve all heard that a...

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Choosing A Neighborhood

By Cynthia Doggett You know you want to build. You have your dream house plan in mind. But where? Haven’t you heard? Location, is everything. In fact, location has the greatest effect on everything to do with your investment—in terms of property value and your family’s well-being. Choosing a neighborhood sounds easy...

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IS YOUR HOME MORE POLLUTED THAN NEW YORK CITY?

by Adrienne van Dooren According to the EPA, "the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities." Since most people spend 85-90 percent of their time indoors, the health risks (asthma, lung disease, cancer, etc.) are...

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