DIY Tips

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By: John Riha for HouseLogic.com

Here’s how to get the bathroom of your dreams without making your budget a nightmare.

 You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. Wake up! You can have both.

A midrange bathroom remodel is a solid investment, according to the "2015 Remodeling Impact Report" from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. A bath remodel with a national median cost of $26,000 will recover about 58% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home.

Regardless of payback potential, you'll probably be glad you went ahead and updated your bathroom. Homeowners polled for the "Report" gave their bathroom renovation a Joy Score of 9.3 -- a

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By: Jan Soults Walker

Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.

Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is an often-overlooked, low-cost remodeler’s remedy for common complaints with interiors, offering the chameleon-like ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:

  • Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about

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By: Jan Soults Walker

Make an outdoor living area comfy long after the sun sets or the leaves turn with outdoor lighting, a patio heater, and a glowing firepit or portable fireplace.

Light the Deck or Patio

The sun sets sooner on your outdoor living space in the fall, but that shouldn’t limit the hours you use your deck or patio. Adding low-voltage or solar outdoor lighting fixtures lets you party or relax well after dark.

With both lighting types, you can:

  • Light deck railings and stairs
  • Define the patio perimeter
  • Illuminate the edges of paths and walkways
  • Draw attention to a planter or tree

Other fixtures light up dining tables, grill surfaces, and even underwater in swimming pools. 

Low-voltage fixtures clip onto a

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house numbers

House numbers are more than a convenience for pizza delivery. They are important to your family’s safety.

Emergency services need to see your house numbers to find you. That is why the City of Albuquerque passed an ordinance requiring all buildings, both residential and commercial, to have easy-to-find numbers on the property. 

If you don’t have house numbers on your property, one of the easiest DIY solution is to paint them on your curb.

For this beginner DIY project, you will need; 

  •              Painters tape
  •              Number stencils
  •              White spray paint
  •              Black spray paint
  •              Paint brush and paint remover (for touch ups/overspray)

 

Step 1: Sweep and clean the curb. Once dry,

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By Eva Medcroft, Editor for NewMexicoHomeSearch.com

If you're like me, you spend a "little time" looking at home design ideas on HGTV, DIY, Pinterest, Houzz and more. And, you may have noticed that all the latest designs nationwide seldom use textured walls.

Before we show you how to repair your textured walls, we need to introduce you to the most common textures so you can sound like a pro when you go to your favorite home improvement store for supplies – or when you hire a pro if DIY textured walls are not your thing.

To learn more about how you can replicate this technique, click on the image to go to DryWallSchool.com for in-depth DIY tutorials and videos.

1. Knock-Down

One of the most common textures is called knock-down. It may

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 Adobe girl from New Mexico True

You’ve heard the expression, ‘dumb as mud?’ Well, that’s not really how we think about our mud here in New Mexico.

Adobe is a defining feature of New Mexico’s unique architecture, and something visitors from around the world are drawn to discover and explore. Along with New Mexico's endless skies and stunning landscapes, adobe gives our state a look and feel that can’t be found anywhere else.

Find “Cured Earth” and the New Mexico True Adobe Trail at NewMexico.org.

Pick a trail and see where it leads – to classically New Mexican adobes or Victorian neighborhoods on the Architecture Trail; to green chile cheeseburgers and family-owned wineries on the True Cuisine Trail, to famous artists, Native craft and top museums on the Art, Culture

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 Southwestern plants

Source: ABCWUA

The rebate amount has increased to $1.50 per square foot. Plant coverage must still be 50%, but all of the plants must be from the low water use designation on the Rainwater Harvest Plant List below. These plants are native or xeric adapted to live on the 8 inches of natural rainfall that occurs in Albuquerque. A rainwater collection or direction system must also be a part of the plan, which must be approved by the Water Utility's Xeriscape Inspector. In order to allow for root establishment and development, supplemental irrigation is allowed for a two-year period for shrubs and grasses, and a three-year period for trees.

Plants Approved for the “Rainwater Harvest Garden” Rebate Program

All plants need regular watering when

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Habitat for Humanity and ReStore of Greater Albuquerque

As part of our mission to create adequate housing, develop functioning cities and preserving a healthful environment in Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval and Torrence Counties, the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® has joined forces with the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.

Our work with property owners, sellers and buyers in the region makes the partnership a perfect fit.

Not only can our Realtors help with Habitat for Humanity builds, they can also help fundraise by raising awareness with their associates and clients to donate to ReStore – a special thrift store where the public can both donate or shop to help.

Habitat for Humanity and ReStore are also our website content partnership, helping us with many of the DIY projects that

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Plumber fixing toilet

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Source: Houselogic

Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance from a leaky toilet to a sticky window.

1. Fix a leaky toilet.


Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper -- the usual suspect -- and solve other likely problems.

2. Repair drywall holes.

The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

3. Adjust cabinet doors.

Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

4. Open a stuck window.

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