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13 Easy DIYs for Instant Autumn Curb Appeal
As the days grow shorter and the first chill of fall fills the air, you may feel inspired to update your home’s curb appeal. It's time to sweep away all memory of...
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3 Ways a New Garage Door Can Transform Your Curb Appeal
Most folks don’t think about replacing a garage door until they absolutely have to, waiting until it gets damaged or ...
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5 Curb Appeal Lessons from a Gorgeous Garage Makeover
Nothing sours a home’s first impression like a garage that’s seen better days. Fortunately, sprucing up that focal po...
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9 Ways to Crank Up Curb Appeal with Nothing But Paint
You don't need a professional landscaper or construction crew to make your house the envy of the block. Borrow inspiration from these colorful outdoor projects to...
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10 New Ways to Display Your House Numbers
Sure, house numbers make it easier for mail carriers to find the right address, or for guests to know they've reached their destination, but house numbers do so m...
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Welcome Home: 11 Fresh Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door
Whether your front door is drab, dated, or downright unwelcoming, you can change its look—and re-energize the soul of the space—with a few simple but artful chang...
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12 Easy Ways to Create Curb Appeal in Winter
The winter blues are real, but there’s hope, even for what feels like a cold, dead, and lifeless yard. Eject the doldrums from your winter landscape with one of t...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Key to Choosing a New Front Door
When shopping for a new front door, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First, your choice should complement th...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Choosing a New Garage Door
Americans love cars. For evidence, look no further than the design of the average postwar home. The garage often clai...
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10 Ways to Buy Better Curb Appeal for Under $50
It's a simple fact that curb appeal helps sell houses. But for those with no plans to move any time soon, a visually appealing exterior and landscaping is a point...
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14 Insanely Easy Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do in a Day
Sure, you’d love to amp up your public image and be the envy of the neighborhood. You just don’t want to work too hard at it! Lucky for you, the projects here are...
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The 3 Best Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Door
Every time you leave or return home, you can’t help but notice the garage door. But how often do you really look at i...
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10 Fast-Growing Plants for (Almost) Instant Curb Appeal
Bright flowers and colorful foliage are the easiest ways to amp up your curb appeal. If you're in a rush to get things growing, try one of these fast-blooming var...
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Exterior Motive: 3 Ways to Put a New Face on Your Home
As a well-known quip notes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression. " The saying applies first and...
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Celebrate Fall with 11 Thrifty DIY Projects for the Home
Autumn means cooler temps, crisper air, and, of course, pumpkins, leaves, and seasonal colors galore. Transform your front porch into a welcoming wonder with thes...
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Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects
When it comes to putting your house on the market, you spend much of your time considering how to stage your rooms to...
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Curb Appeal to Steal from 12 Hollywood Homes
Your home may not be as large or valuable as these celebrity pads, but don’t let that deter you from borrowing a few of these star-caliber ideas for enhancing you...
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Before and After: DIY Facelifts for 8 Home Exteriors
As warm weather arrives and you emerge into the light of spring, you may become suddenly aware of all the unsightly or dreary areas that mar your home's exterior....
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New Front Doors Change Everything in 4 Entryway Before-and-Afters
It's almost shocking that a home upgrade as minor as replacing the front door can boost your home's curb appeal in such a major way! Courtesy of Masonite, these b...
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Make One Minor Change to Get Major Curb Appeal
When Remodeling magazine last published its annual Cost vs. Value Report, many were surprised to learn that, of all t...
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9 Bright and Bold Colors for Your Front Door
Before guests even set foot inside your home, the front entrance establishes the tone for the rest of the space. The color you choose for your door might reflect ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Front Yard Landscaping
Every garden needs a focal point; for the front yard, that's usually the home’s entryway. When the front door is the ...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Front Yard Landscaping
Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home's overall curb appeal. Your landscaping...
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Planning Guide: Driveways
Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? That’s just one of life’s little mysteries, but there’s no m...
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Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups
"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offer...
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Christmas Decorations Gone Wild!
These houses are packed to the gills with thousands of lights, life-size Santas, and even a few robots—enough to attract huge crowds of visitors and get everyone ...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Redoing the Front Door
Your front door is the face your home presents to the world. It sets your house’s style and tone. So if your entry is...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Handrails
Unless your home is at exactly ground level, you probably have a step or two up to your door. High ranches and coloni...
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You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes
Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.
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Entryway Blues? 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door
Ostensibly, a home’s front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal
In summer, it's a given that homeowners are spending more time on lawn care and gardening, but DIY curb appeal projec...
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10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year!
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11 House Numbers to Count On for Curb Appeal
Giving your home's exterior an update with new house numbers is as easy as 1-2-3.
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10 Simple "Under $60" Curb Appeal Updates for Any Home
Sometimes little changes can make a big difference. Here are ten ways to liven up a drab entry without breaking the bank.
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Give Your Facade a Facelift: Simple, Affordable Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
Just like windows are the eyes to the soul, the outside of a home gives viewers a first impression of what’s inside. ...
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10 Easy Curb Appeal Updates
Add some style—and value—to your home with these do-it-yourself curb appeal updates.
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Installing New, Strong Shutters With an Old-Style Look
Carpenters install new prepainted shutters made from synthetic materials, with old-fashioned hinges and hardware.
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Touring the Calvin Coolidge House and the Burtch-Udall House
Bob meets University of Vermont professor Tom Visser in Plymouth Notch to visit the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. They then go to see the Burtch-Udall ...
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Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Finishing the Front Porch and Installing Custom Pine Shutters
Bob looks over the finishing touches, which have been put on the front porch. Also, Bob chats with the installers of the Pine shutters.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Building a Wooden Corner Bracket
Carpenter Bob Ryley lays out and constructs a corner bracket for the accessible home.
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Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
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Wiring the Colonial Lantern Fixture
After taking stock of progress that's been made, Bob begins wiring a hanging light fixture for a special colonial lantern in the front hall.
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Exterior Tour
Bob tours the finished coach house exterior.