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Mountain Events – Stay at Home Edition DIY

We’ve done some of the work for you, and compiled some DIY home projects. Even if now isn’t the time to implement any of the projects, it’s always fun to browse and get ideas for the future! 

DIY Home Projects 


  • 15 Frugal DIY Projects to Add Value to Your Home
  • 10 DIY Home Projects You Can Do For Less Than $50 
  • The Fastest and Easiest Way to Grow a Herb Garden at Home
  • 22 DIY Curb Appeal Ideas 
  • 6 Simple DIY Projects to Update your Kitchen

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Alma, CO Property For Sale!


275 Mine Dump Rd.
Alma, CO 80420
(Placer Valley)

  •  0.99 acres
  • Seasonal Creek North Side of Property
  • Tree Coverage for privacy
  • Unimproved

This .99 acres lot located in beautiful Placer Valley in Alma, CO is the perfect blank canvas. With a seasonal creek on the north side of the property and no improvements this lot can be the start to your own mountain dreams. Not to mention the trees with help keep your piece of Alma private. There is abundant wildlife including moose seen on the property frequently. This lot is just a short drive to the town of Alma and only 18 miles from Main Street Breckenridge!

For more information about this listing please contact me:

Skinner Team and KW

Breckenridge, CO Property for Sale!


106 Lake View Cir. East
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(Farmers Korner)

  •  0.47 Acres
  • Unimproved
  • Easily buildable Lot
  • Located centrally to Frisco & Breckenridge
  • Close to Lake Dillon, Rec Path, and the Frisco Peninsula

This 0.47 acre lot located centrally in Summit County between Frisco and Breckenridge is the perfect blank canvas for your mountain home. Nestled in Farmers Korner under the Ten Mile Range, this lot is cleared and easily buildable. Located close to Lake Dillon, the recreation path, and the Frisco Peninsula there are endless adventure possibilities right outside your new front door! 

For more information about this listing please contact me:

Skinner Team and KW

Build Your Dream Mountain Escape – Breckenridge Lot for Sale!


106 Lake View Cir. East
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(Farmers Korner)

  •  0.47 Acres
  • Unimproved
  • Easily buildable Lot
  • Located centrally to Frisco & Breckenridge
  • Close to Lake Dillon, Rec Path, and the Frisco Peninsula

This 0.47 acre lot located centrally in Summit County between Frisco and Breckenridge is the perfect blank canvas for your mountain home. Nestled in Farmers Korner under the Ten Mile Range, this lot is cleared and easily buildable. Located close to Lake Dillon, the recreation path, and the Frisco Peninsula there are endless adventure possibilities right outside your new front door! 

For more information about this listing please contact me:

Skinner Team and KW

Realtor.com: Cheap Flooring Ideas

Cheap Flooring Ideas: 4 Attractive and Inexpensive Alternatives to Hardwood

 | Jul 27, 2018

New floors do a lot for a home. They can brighten up the darkest of interiors and are all but guaranteed to add value to your property. Most homeowners consider installing new floors a huge renovation project that comes with a correspondingly huge price tag. But laying down new flooring doesn’t have to force you to break into your 401(k).

You can make a big impact on the design and worth of your home for a relatively small amount of cash. How? You need to think beyond standard (and standardly expensive). Instead, opt for a flooring material that is just as attractive—just without all those extra zeros.

Here are the four most popular inexpensive flooring ideas, including their advantages and disadvantages. Go ahead, pick your material!

1. Cork

Cork flooring is so much more than the stuff you see on your office bulletin board. In fact, it’s a very popular choice among homeowners looking for a soft flooring alternative to carpet.

Price: $2 to $4 a square foot

Pros: “Cork floors provide warmth and comfort underfoot,” says Mina Fies, founder and CEO of Washington, DC–based Synergy Design & Construction. “They’re also sustainable, since cork is a rapidly renewable resource that doesn’t harm trees when harvested.”

Cork also emits few volatile organic compounds, which means it won’t harm indoor air quality. Also, the softness of cork is good for your legs, back, and ears.

“Not only is it considered resilient flooring, but it also has acoustical properties that can help mitigate unwanted sound,” says Claire E. Tamburro, interior designer at Tamburro Interiors in Arlington, VA.

Designwise, Tamburro explains, cork floors can be charred to make unique patterns, and colored and finished in several ways. For example, you can create wide plank-style cork boards in gray or brown tones to resemble hardwood flooring.

Cons: Since cork is porous, it will need to be regularly sealed to maintain its clean finish, Tamburro says. The amount of foot traffic will determine the frequency of sealing.

“Cork is a bit fragile and will show wear patterns in heavy traffic areas,” she says.

Also, some cork floors are hard to clean and prone to fading. They can also stain easily, Fies says. Alas, cork is not so ideal for red-wine drinkers or families with young kids.

2. Bamboo

Photo by Mark English Architects, AIA

Bamboo floors are prized as an eco-friendly choice because bamboo grows at a much faster rate than wood.

Price: Approximately $4 a square foot

Pros: Like hardwood flooring, bamboo is long-lasting and sturdy.

“It’s a sustainable, eco-friendly hardwood alternative that’s easy to clean,” according to Matt Michael with Lowe’s in the St. Louis area.

Cons: While bamboo flooring is more water-resistant than hardwood flooring, you should still avoid placing it in high-humidity areas since it can warp. Also, the bamboo is not one of the hardest wood flooring options, so it can be more susceptible to scratches than, say, maple hardwood.

3. Concrete

Photo by bg architecture

Concrete moves indoors! You’ve seen how durable it is for your driveway, so why not take it for a spin in your kitchen, living room, or any space that gets a ton of foot traffic?

Price: $2 to $6 a square foot

Pros: One of the biggest advantages of concrete floors is—you guessed it—durability. It’s tough and low-maintenance.

And concrete floors make a strong aesthetic statement.

They “provide a modern, clean, urban feel to a room,” Fies says.

Cons: Concrete lacks the warmth of, say, honey-colored hardwood floors. It’s a very hard surface, which might be tough for families living with kids or elderly folks. It can be porous and susceptible to moisture if it’s not sealed properly.

Also, due to weight restrictions, Fies says installation is usually limited to the ground level. So if you want to avoid defects, you’ll need to hire someone who can provide expert workmanship.

4. Vinyl

Photo by All About Flooring

Vinyl flooring may have gotten a bad rap during the ’70s, but like many design trends from that era, it’s now making a comeback.

Price: 50 cents to $5 a square foot

Pros: Vinyl may be one of the cheapest flooring options out there, but that doesn’t mean it lacks style. Luxury vinyl tile is particularly impressive.

“LVT is long-lasting, hard-wearing, easy to clean, and gives a modern look to any space,” Fies says. “It can mimic wood effectively, even including texture and plank style.”

Vinyl is highly resistant to water, which makes it a great alternative to wood in a basement level, where moisture may be a concern.

“As a longtime interior designer, I was recently sourcing material for a client and accidentally picked up EVP thinking it was hardwood,” says Kristin Davidson, an interior designer at Kristin Davidson Interiors in Palm Beach, FL.

Cons: Vinyl floors may require waxing every couple of years to maintain their luster.

Terri Williams is a journalist who has written for USA Today, Yahoo, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, and the Houston Chronicle.

How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Save time and water with a drip watering system in your vegetable garden — a little patience now will pay off later

Houzz Contributor. I’m a California-based writer and editor. While most of my projects are garden-based, you might also find me writing about home projects and classical music. Away from the computer, I’m found in the garden (naturally), on my bike, or ice-skating outdoors (yes, that is possible in California). I’m also willing to taste-test anything that’s chocolate.

Drip irrigation is often the first choice for an edible garden. It provides slow and consistent water to the roots of each plant, where they need it the most, and prevents fungal diseases and weeds. It saves you water, because you measure the amount you use in gallons per hour rather than gallons per minute, and it practically eliminates water loss from overspray and evaporation. It’s also easier to install and more flexible than an inground sprinkler system and, once it’s in place, it requires less hands-on time during watering — a plus for those with larger gardens.

Before you rush out to get the parts, realize that it takes some time and a bit patience to install drip irrigation, though not as much as an inground system. Plan on a day for installation — or two, if you have a lot of ground to cover. Drip systems also require more upkeep throughout the growing season — emitters and water lines are easily dislodged, damaged and clogged. Fortunately, they’re also relatively easy to troubleshoot and repair.

Is Colorful Grout the Next Big Trend in Title Design?

See how grout in 7 eye-catching colors is spicing up kitchens and bathrooms abroad

May 31, 2018
Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.
You may already know that grout comes in shades of white, gray and beige and that it can change the look of tile. For example, pairing white tiles with a similar white grout makes grout lines virtually disappear and tiles blend together. Conversely, pairing white tiles with dark gray grout reveals the shape of each tile more clearly. 
You may not know that grout also comes in a variety of other hues. Colorful grout is showing up in many European and Australian kitchens and bathrooms lately, and it soon may take off in North America too. Here are seven grout colors that are attracting attention.

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

When winter departs, it’s time to check for damage and prepare for hot weather ahead

March 17, 2018 Houzz Contributor. I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist. My favorite pieces to write center around the emotional aspects of home and savoring life’s simple pleasures. Blog + online workshops: https://www.lauragaskill.com/

Best Financial Investments for Your Home

Best Financial Investments for Your Home

Posted on Nov 22 2017 – 10:31am by Housecall576

financial investment

By Craig Middleton

Over the last couple of years, rehabbing TV shows have become increasingly popular. In these shows, people fix or introduce new features to their homes while adding substantial market value to the house in the process. If you own a home, you can make many of these types of fixes or additions to increase the value of your home, too. You can also enjoy these changes for as long as you live there. Some of the best financial investments you can make to your home include:

Major Problem Fixes

The first high-return investment you should make in your home is to correct all major problems. If your home has serious issues, such as a broken air conditioner or a pipe leak, fixing those issues should be priority No. 1. Repairing or replacing the roof and siding can be a great investment, and potential buyers will generally factor in both the time and cost of having to fix it. Problems like these are always easier to fix when they’re small than later after having put them off.

Exterior Improvements

Investing in the facade of a home can also bring great returns. Replacing garage doors is one of these investments. If your garage door looks new, your house will look new, as well. Painting the outside of your home is another good investment in the exterior. If you don’t want to take the time and money to fully repaint your home, pressure-washing can be a quick way to make the outside of your home look much more presentable.

Entryway Improvements

Another good investment is to invest in a new entryway door. Like the garage door, the front door is important in making a good first impression on a potential buyer. Replacing your front door with a steel door can also make your home safer; increasing the safety of your home can be another great selling point for a potential buyer. Replacing windows is another way to make the outside of your home look better, as well as improve the home’s energy efficiency.

Fixes and additions to the inside of your home can be a great financial investment. A fresh coat of paint to the interior can add value by making the home look cleaner and brighter.

Update Bathroom, Kitchen and Appliances

Improving your home’s bathroom, particularly visible elements such as vanities, lighting, toilets and tubs, can create a high return. For bathroom improvements, you may obtain a better return on investment by spending your money on items in the bathroom that a potential buyer would see, instead of completely gutting the bathroom.

Kitchen remodels can be another way to significantly improve the value of your home. For kitchen remodels, you’ll want to spend money on functional items such as cabinets, drawers, pantry doors and appliances. Appliances such as refrigerators don’t have to be completely new, but they should keep up with current trends. Kitchen remodels should also suit the home. A kitchen that looks like it belongs in a $300,000 home will feel out of place in a $150,000 home.

Adding high-efficiency appliances to a home can modernize it and also save you money on electricity. Some states and cities have tax programs that could reduce your taxes if you buy and use high-efficiency appliances that require less electricity.

Overall, you should research the investment potential of your home before making any purchase. If you are trying to increase the value of your home, you need to make sure your fix or addition will increase the value of the home not only for you, but also to potential buyers.

This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of RISMedia.

How to Get Your Range Hood Right

How to Get Your Range Hood Right

Get a handle on the technical specs, and then learn about fun design options for creating a beautiful kitchen feature
September 11, 2017
Houzz Editorial Staff. Writing about the cost of renovation and what it takes to remodel. Former Forbes real estate reporter. Fascinated by cool homes, watching the bottom line.

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