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You've decided to build your home from scratch! Congrats! Designing and building your own home is a great way to get exactly what you want. But heed these common mistake people make when building their own home, so you can get into your dream house with little fuss and no muss.

6 Building Mistakes That Can Turn Your Custom Dream House Into a Dump

You've decided to build your home from scratch! Congrats! Designing and building your own home is a great way to get exactly what you want. But heed these common mistake people make when building their own home, so you can get into your dream house with little fuss and no muss.

Safe Home Security Tips - lots of good ideas here and most appear to be pretty simple to do

Safe Home Security Tips - lots of good ideas here and most appear to be pretty simple to do

Magnetic vent covers. Place over vents in unused rooms to send heat where its needed. More effective than closing vents! Reusable magnetic vinyl covers wont scratch and can be easily trimmed to fit.

Magnetic vent covers. Place over vents in unused rooms to send heat where its needed. More effective than closing vents! Reusable magnetic vinyl covers wont scratch and can be easily trimmed to fit.

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

47 skills to know when owning a home - wish I knew them a long time ago! This old house:)

You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

How Much Paint?

You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes  -  According to energy experts, electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets are major sources of heat loss. Foam gaskets ($3 for a pack of 12 at home centers) won’t completely seal the boxes, but they’ll help. They’re quick to install— just take off the cover plate, stick the gasket over the box, then put the plate back on.

Expert Energy Saving Tips

Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes - According to energy experts, electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets are major sources of heat loss. Foam gaskets ($3 for a pack of 12 at home centers) won’t completely seal the boxes, but they’ll help. They’re quick to install— just take off the cover plate, stick the gasket over the box, then put the plate back on.

A veteran painting contractor shares his secrets for painting walls fast, yet producing first-rate results. home improvement hacks

How to Paint a Room Fast

A veteran painting contractor shares his secrets for painting walls fast, yet producing first-rate results. home improvement hacks

Home Owner's Manual:  Annual Home Maintenance Calendar. Wow there is some really great information here that I did not know.

How To Set Up an Annual Home Maintenance Calendar

Home Owner's Manual: Annual Home Maintenance Calendar. Wow there is some really great information here that I did not know.

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