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Master Builder Summer Cookout Caution! Sponsored:Summer Cookout Caution!
There are few things we cherish more than being able to get outside and enjoy the summer season with a great barbecue. But combining explosive fuels with food, hot metals, and large groups of people can be a recipe for disaster if you ignore important safety rules.
Master Builder The Truth About Brick Homes Sponsored:The Truth About Brick Homes
Brick has been a popular building material for centuries and for good reason. It is energy efficient and relatively maintenance free, but many first-time brick home owners are unfamiliar with the signs that their brick home is in need of repair or maintenance. Here are a few things to watch for.
Master Builder 5 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer Sponsored:5 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer
Nothing says summer like a big “to-do” list. With longer days and warmer temperatures, summer is the perfect time to take stock of your home’s condition and make any (hopefully minor) repairs and upgrades. But there’s no need to spend your entire summer with a tool in hand.
Master Builder Keeping Your Older Home Cool Sponsored:Keeping Your Older Home Cool
In most cases, older homes are poorly insulated. Energy codes have gone through much iteration over the years, helping to make homes more energy efficient. A well-insulated home holds in warmth during cold weather and keeps out the heat on hot days.
Master Builder The Language of Color Sponsored:The Language of Color
Color should be rewarding both visually and emotionally. The right shades can make rooms appear larger or smaller and even subtle tones can add warmth or create a soothing feel. Instead of worrying about which colors are trending, utilize colors you love; colors that make you feel happy or relaxed.
Master Builder 3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs Sponsored:3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs
The Puget Sound area’s mild, maritime climate makes this an ideal spot for drastically lowering home power consumption. According to a recent study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average energy bill for a typical single-family American home is approximately $2,200 per year.
Master Builder How Safe Are Your Household Cleaners? Sponsored:How Safe Are Your Household Cleaners?
With greater awareness that chemicals in commercial home cleaning products can have negative effects on our personal health, not to mention our environment, more and more homeowners are turning back the clock when it comes to cleaning, and rediscovering old-time cleaning recipes – many of them used before the advent of the synthetic formulas widely available after World War II
Master Builder 8 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe at Home Sponsored:8 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe at Home
Pet owners love their animals and want them to be happy. But are there things you might not have thought about that could go a long way toward making your home a safe and pet-friendly haven? The following tips can help both you and your fur family find home life more enjoyable.

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Master Builder 7 Ways to Downsize Your Life Sponsored:7 Ways to Downsize Your Life
There are a lot of reasons to downsize. Perhaps you’re moving into the city, retiring or living in a newly-empty nest. These tips can help you truly realize the adage, “Less is more.
Master Builder Home Maintenance That Pays Sponsored:Home Maintenance That Pays
Professional contractors will tell you that many expensive repair issues could have easily been prevented with regular home maintenance. Some home maintenance is simple and inexpensive and not only helps you keep your family safe but can help you avoid costly repairs later on.