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Totally Awesome Tree Houses

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Tree houses are becoming more popular and extravagant these days!  They can be places for children and adults to hang out.   They are wonderful places for childhood adventures or relaxing and daydreaming.  Take a look at some beautiful tree houses:

Pros and Cons of a Fiberglass Swimming Pool

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The decision to put in a backyard pool is an exciting one, but figuring out what kind of pool to invest in can be confusing. Is vinyl, fiberglass or concrete right for you? According to Sonco Pools, fiberglass is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. swimming pool industry. Fiberglass does offer many desirable options, but it also has a few drawbacks. 

3 Steps to a Festive (and Safe) Fourth of July Celebration

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With its festive outdoor gatherings, delectable food displays, and impressive fireworks displays, it's no wonder that the Fourth of July is many people's favorite holiday. Not only does it celebrate the country's independence, it is also right in the middle of summer, so amazing weather is probably (hopefully!) a sure thing. So you better capitalize on the situation and throw a stellar party that will not soon be forgotten. Here's how:

Lawn Care Part 5 of 5 - Lawn Mowing

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Lawn Care Part 5 - Mowing - By Lowes

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Quality lawn mowerSharpener and balancer for sharpening blade or take to a professional

Lawn Care Part 4 of 5 - Watering

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Lawn Care Part 4:  Watering - by Lowes

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Caring for Your Lawn Part 3 of 5 - Seeding

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Lawn Care Part 3:  Seeding Your Lawn - by Lowes

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Caring for Your Lawn Part 2 of 5 - Fertilizing and Amending

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Lawn Part 2: Fertilize and Amend Soil - by Lowe's

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Caring for Your Lawn Part 1 of 5 - Evaluation and Preparation

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Green-Living Tips for Lawn Care

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Eco-friendly living and a lush, green lawn are often thought of as mutually exclusive ideas, and it's no wonder when more than 3 million tons of synthetic fertilizers and 70 million lbs. of other chemicals are dumped on U.S. lawns each year. And according to the EPA nearly 9 billion gallons of water are used for landscape irrigation in the U.S. each and every day. Our lawns may be green, but the way we maintain them certainly isn't. Fortunately the desire to live an eco-friendly life and the desire for a front lawn all your neighbors will envy are both attainable goals.

KLM Builders Help Spring Grove Homeowners with Expansive Basement Remodel

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When Brian and Lori Golwitzer built their dream home in Spring Grove, they couldn’t have been more pleased with the results thanks to experienced Northern Illinois homebuilders, KLM Builders. Six years later and the couple was ready to put the finishing touches on their home with a full basement remodel that would accommodate their large family gatherings and outdoor swimming pool.

The Benefits of Rain Barrels

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Collecting rainwater is nothing new, but modern rain barrels are introducing the old tradition to a new generation of gardeners and others who want to conserve resources. According to statistics by the city of Bloomington, MN, up to 40% of the water U.S. citizens use in the summer is for irrigation. Rain barrels not only offer a list of benefits to the environment and the user, they can be an attractive addition to your landscape or garden.

More Time for Sun and Fun with Maintenance-Free Living at Sea Pines

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Imagine living in a gorgeous villa near the beach and waking up every morning to the serene setting with sun-kissed views and the smell of saltwater in the air. Sea Pines at Bon Secour’s Ranch Villas can make this dream a reality thanks to their prime location in Foley, Alabama, just five miles from the beautiful coast of Gulf Shores. When buyers choose Sea Pines at Bon Secour, they are not only choosing an exciting town offering breath-taking views and fantastic shopping locations, but also maintenance-free living and an inclusive community that is sure to exceed their every need.

Why a Backyard Water Feature May Be Exactly What You Need

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Do you ever look out at your backyard and think that it needs something more? It's nice, but it doesn't quite have that wow factor. A water feature may be exactly what you need. They can be as simple as a couple of stacked boulders with some copper tubing to a large coy pond with a rock-wall waterfall descending upon it. Either way, a water feature can provide you with some amazing benefits:

Lovely Loft Designs

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Lofts have a spacious and airy feel.  Most lofts have interesting details like exposed rafters and brick walls.  They can be industrial with a modern feel or more rustic and warm.  Let's take a look at some wonderful loft spaces:  

Pros and Cons of Vinyl In-Ground Pools

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A swimming pool in the backyard is an investment in your family's health, and it's a place to make summer memories that will last a lifetime. But deciding which kind of pool you should invest in requires careful thought. Vinyl, fiberglass and concrete in-ground styles all offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Being realistic about your budget, how often your pool will actually be used and by whom, and how much time you want to spend on pool maintenance may help you decide if a vinyl pool is the best choice for your backyard.

Wilcox Communities: Final Building Phase at the Villas at Fox Run in Plainfield, IL

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The final building phase for the Villas at Fox Run in Plainfield, Illinois has begun!  A Wilcox Community, the Villas at Fox Run combines private luxury homes with an active lifestyle neighborhood.

Ranch Villas

The Canterbury and the Abbey are part of the Cathedral Series of Wilcox homes and feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car attached garage. The Canterbury Model also offers an additional space that can be used as a den or converted into a third bedroom. These stylish and spacious ranch townhomes include Palladian-style windows, walk-in closets and kitchens ideal for entertaining.

3 Ways to Make Your Father's Day Event Really Wow

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June is here, which means Father's Day is right around the corner. Whether you want to plan a casual shindig for the family, or a more formal affair for a large group, the entire point of the day is to make the dads in your life feel special. Luckily, most men of the family are pretty easy to please, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go out of the way to really impress them. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Design Inspiration for Ranch Style Homes

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Single story homes are very user friendly!  They are great for everyone from youngsters to the elderly.  They are energy efficient and are easier to add on to than multi-level homes. Whether it is a sprawling ranch or something more compact, ranches have a lot to offer.  Hope you enjoy these beautiful ranch home designs.