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5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe and Yourself Sane During Home Renovations

5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe and Yourself Sane During Home Renovations

As you plan a renovation, you spend countless hours thinking about the end result. You picture cooking family dinner in a more kid-friendly kitchen, watching your children play from a sturdy backyard deck, and reading your kids books from your childhood in a brighter living room.

But if you're like many homeowners, you may not have yet taken into account the renovation process itself. While you lay kid-friendly flooring, construct a reliable deck, or knock down a wall to expand your living room, you have to know what to do with your kids.

While it's easy to set rules about roughhousing near power tools, your children still have to do homework, go to music practice, and fulfill daily routines during the renovation. To ensure that your remodel goes smoothly, use these five tips.

1. Block Off Work Areas

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4 Telltale Signs Your Home Has Wood Rot

4 Telltale Signs Your Home Has Wood Rot

You love the look, feel, and color of wood. The eye-catching shades of brown, tan, and gold complement your home's d├ęcor and give each room a feeling of warmth and relaxation.

But despite wood's natural strength and durability, your flooring, moldings, trim work, and framing do have one weakness: rot. And if left untreated, wood rot compromises your home's structural integrity and puts your health at risk.

Carefully inspect your home for the following signs of wood rot.

1. Fungal Growth and Spores

Dry and wet rot are common terms for fungi that feed on timber. Both fungi and spores thrive in moist, damp environments.

As fungus grows in your home, you'll often see a silky gray or mushroom colored skin develop along the affected areas.

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5 Deck Designs We Love

Your deck is the ideal space for you to relax after a long day at work. You don't want to sit on a rickety old set of wooden planks with the paint peeling off. You want to enjoy a nice, cool drink while you lounge on a sun-kissed, colorfully painted deck with comfortable chairs.

Below, we've listed five deck designs for you to explore. We've outlined each design's important elements and explained the ambiance each deck style creates.

1. Platform Deck

Do you want a deck, but you only have a one-story home? If so, platform decks are a great fit for your house. They generally feature a simple wood platform that extends from the backside of the house. A few steps lead you from the deck into the backyard. Typically people choose between curved or sharply angled platform decks.

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How to Plan for a Home Addition in St Louis

A home addition in St Louis can benefit you and your family tremendously. A house extension provides more space, opens up a room, and increases your home's value. The added space also decreases stress and makes you feel less claustrophobic about your living conditions.

However, in order to succeed, a home addition requires careful planning and professional approval. As you start the process, we recommend you take the following steps.

Step 1: Categorize the Addition

When you first decide on a home addition, you need to decide how and where you want to extend your home. You can move upwards or sideways. You can create a new room, a garage, a deck, or extend an existing room. Your options are nearly endless, so before you move forward, make sure you know exactly what you want.

Step 2: Make a Wish List

Next, make a list of all the features you want your extension to have. If you think you can afford it, add a few splurges in the mix. A fireplace or an entertainment room can make a difference in the enjoyment you get from your extension.

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Make the Most of Your Basement

When you enter someone's basement, you might find a large room with sparse furnishings, closets crammed with miscellaneous objects, and perhaps some extra bedrooms with unused furniture inside.

For most homes, the extra space comes in handy as you accumulate more possessions over the years. However, you may not realize the potential your basement space has for your family.

If you want to refresh your basement space, consider these fun ideas and tips.

1. Home Theater

The basement offers the perfect cozy environment for a movie night with family and friends. Have plenty of comfortable seating space with a large sectional and several comfortable chairs, cushions, or bean bag sacks.

Decorate your room with movie-themed posters, pictures, and wall decals. Frame favorite movie quotes and hang around the room.

And, if your budget allows, amplify your theater experience with a quality surround-sound speaker system.

2. Children's Play Room

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