I Hate Having a Yard (and Guess What, You Might Too)

Kativ/iStock When my husband and I had three young kids and were shopping for a home in the fall of 2012, there was one feature we pined for above all else: a large, lush lawn. So we headed to the ‘burbs of New Jersey, and swooned over a house on a quarter acre of rolling grass lined by bushes that, […]

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The Property Brothers’ Best Deck Ideas to Get the Party Started

Paul Ladd/HGTV “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott would probably be the first to say that a great beach house has to have a great deck. So, the pressure’s on in the latest episode of their HGTV show “Brother vs. Brother,” as they both renovate the decks on their respective Galveston, TX, beach homes to see who does […]

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No Pool, No Problem: 6 Clever Ways to Beat the Heat on a Budget

Jay Reilly/Getty Images Do you gaze wistfully upon the neighbors as they frolic and splash in their backyard pool? Is your lawn too small (and your bank account too slim) to consider installing your own? Fret not, dear reader—you can still cool off this summer. Each one of these swimming pool alternatives costs less than […]

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5 Types of Coffee Makers: Which Makes the Best Brew for You?

wsfurlan/iStock Any java junkie knows that all coffee makers are not created equal. A lot is riding on the beans, it’s true, but much also depends on the device you’re using, otherwise your bold blend might taste more like a watered-down cup of joe. Some people enjoy the ritual of brewing their favorite beverage, while […]

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How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils Before Temperatures Spike

RonFullHD/iStock If you want to keep your cool this summer, give your AC a little TLC. Whether you have central air or a wall unit, the secret to keeping your appliance working as efficiently and inexpensively as possible is knowing how to clean air conditioner coils. Francis Dietz, vice president of public affairs for the Air […]

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‘Open House’: 3 Amazing Vacation Homes and How to Cop Their Look for Less

realtor.com Like the idea of ogling gorgeous homes without leaving the comfort of your couch? Then you’ll love “Open House,” a new NBC series showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping homes on the market. There’s none of the stress of real estate agents sweating to seal the deal or house flippers scrambling to make a buck. It’s just house porn at […]

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