LESLIE MATHEWS' Blog

Posted on 09/19/2021
5 Tips for a Colorful Front Door
Photo by cassidy muir from Pexels Painting your front door is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a fresh look. New paint can refresh the entire facade and a vibrant color will further boost your curb appeal and add a personal touch to your home exterior. Colorful front doors have proven to be...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
3 Expert Tips for Excellent Bathroom Lighting
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, which makes bathroom lighting some of the most important. Unfortunately, standard lighting in bathrooms is often purely utilitarian and lacking in both style and comfort. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or just looking for ways to make it more comfortable, here are some lighting tips...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Accessibility: Pier and Beam May Be More Appropriate Than You Think
Photo by 1778011 from Pixabay Although concrete walls and slabs rank among the most popular types of foundations, the vast majority of new construction relied on pier and beam designs until the 1960s. Pier and beam, commonly called as “post and beam,” was viewed as the most effective and cost-efficient way to elevate a structure above grade. In...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Add a Windbreak to Your Terrace
Image by AlexandreZveiger from Shutterstock If you like the outdoors, spending time on the terrace or balcony at your home is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and spend time with family and friends. But sometimes windy weather or lack of privacy can create a challenge. Consider installing a windbreak to make your outdoor space more...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Chic Storage Ideas for Your Home
Photo by ErikaWittlieb via Pixabay Storage is one of the biggest challenges when deciding how to decorate or plan a new home. It's tempting to throw everything into bins and stack them someplace in your garage, their contents forgotten ever after! If you do, though, there is a good chance you will waste money by purchasing things you...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
How to DIY Your Home Automation
Smart home technology was designed to be user-friendly for homeowners, yet there's still a misconception that you need to have an engineering degree to set it up. Luckily, home automation technology gets easier and easier to use with every new improvement, empowering you to make the best decisions for your own home without hiring professionals for installation. If...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
3 Common Container Garden Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Creating a container garden is more than just beautiful design. In order for your container garden to thrive and look its absolute best you need to make sure the plants are happy and healthy. Here we’ll go over some of the most common mistakes and problems in container gardening and how to avoid them. Combining Plants With Incompatible...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
Simple Fixes for Your DIY Cabinet Repair Project
Photo by Nick Magwood via Pixabay There's nothing more annoying than a cabinet door in the kitchen or bathroom that won't close properly. It squeaks. It catches. Plus it makes the space look less "put together" no matter how clean it otherwise is. Ignoring a door that won't close correctly, can do damage to the hinge or door....
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Whirligigs and Wind Spinners: Naturally-Powered Garden Decor
Wind spinners, also called whirligigs, have been a popular outdoor decoration for a long time. They come in many colors, sizes and levels of detail and are also simple to make on your own. With all the choices available it’s difficult to know which will fit your yard. Here are some things to consider when looking for the...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Why Modern Homes Are More Affordable to Build
Photo by Stephan Bechert on Unsplash Modern design is still alive and well in new construction. There are specific philosophies and style elements of modern design that have made the style so enduringly popular both with homeowners and with builders. However, with so many famous modern homes being owned by celebrities and prominent architects, you might wonder if...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
How to Avoid Common New Home Construction Mistakes
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels New construction mistakes can be difficult for homeowners to avoid. After all, just what exactly do you know about fiberglass batts or blower tests? These are common industry terms, but not exactly everyday topics of conversation. Without overwhelming you with jargon or asking you to study up, we'll look at our top five...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Starter Homes: What to Look For
If you’re looking for a starter home, you probably know some of your criteria already. A starter home is a more affordable and practical stepping stone to eventually owning a larger and more expensive forever home. Even with this concept in mind, it’s hard to know what to look for. Here we’ll go over the biggest things to...
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