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10 Balcony Railing Design Ideas

A well-designed balcony can elevate curb appeal. Whether your balcony is big enough to turn into an outdoor living space or it’s just a small spot to step outside and enjoy the breeze, every detail matters — down to the balcony railing design. Depending on your personal style and that of your home, there are ...

Craftsman House Colors: Palettes That Work

A Craftsman house is a timeless design style that first emerged at the turn of the 20th century. The architectural style was inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the mid-19th century. These homes are typically small-to-medium and have a slew of prominent features including: Low-pitched roofs and overhanging eaves, often with exposed rafters ...

White Trim & Exterior Color Palettes That Work

Dark trim is wildly popular, especially if a modern look is the goal. But what about white trim? Lighter trim can provide gorgeous contrast and make architectural details pop. We know how to give white its moment on the right exterior, whether the field color is dark or light. Take a look at some of ...

10 Metal Roof Colors We Love

Metal roofs aren’t just an attractive design element — there are a slew of benefits to opting for steel over shingles. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, they can increase the value of your home, and they’re extremely durable. If you go with a steel roof for your home, you will be more ...

12 Front Porch Addition Ideas with Before and After Photos

Porches not only serve as entryway amplifiers, they can also provide the optimal spot to relax outside. There are plenty of different approaches to these spaces, whether you want a wide open place to unwind or a screened-in porch is more your speed. Check out some of our favorite front porch addition ideas below. If ...

10 Screened-In Porch Ideas

Screened-in porches create spaces to hang out and relax while enjoying the breeze and sunshine — yet with protection from some of the elements of the outdoors we want to avoid. (Depending on your climate and the time of year: mosquitoes, biting flies, bees, wasps…) Open air porches and decks are great, too, and breeze ...