The Property Brothers Show Off Their Grandest Kitchen Upgrades

“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are at it again! On this season of “Brother vs. Brother,” they’re competing to see who can renovate the better home in Los Angeles. And in the latest episode, they’re facing off over (arguably) the most important part of the house: the kitchen.

In the episode “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” a lot is on the line. Drew hasn’t won a single kitchen challenge in all six seasons of “Brother vs. Brother,” so he’s determined to get lucky with No. 7.

However, his plans may be dashed since Jonathan has plans for some show-stopping features, including a custom barrel ceiling and double kitchen islands.

It’s up to judges Maureen McCormick and Dan Vickery from the HGTV show “Frozen in Time” to decide which brother’s kitchen and dining space is better—and they have a tough decision to make.

Read on to find out how

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— PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE HOME INSPECTION. “Leaking roofs, mold, electrical and plumbing issues are the mostly commonly noted concerns on an inspection report,” says Day Coker, owner of AC by Day C, an HVAC maintenance and repair company based in High Point, North Carolina. If the inspection turns up issues, negotiate with the seller to either repair them or lower the selling price.

— FIND OUT THE AGE OF MAJOR APPLIANCES. When you can estimate how many years an appliance has left, you can save up for its replacement.

— CREATE A REPAIR FUND. Aim to save around $5,000, says Chelsea Lipford Wolf, co-host of the “Today’s Homeowner” TV show and creator of “Checking In With Chelsea,” a home improvement blog and video series. “That would cover most home systems that you would need to repair to keep your house running.”

2. YOU’LL WANT TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE

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6 ways to avoid costly home renovation mistakes

Many of us are spending more time at home in 2020, which could mean having more time to take on home improvement projects. But home renovations aren’t just a way to fill time; you want the results to be worth the hard work. The key to any successful project lies in careful planning — including financial strategizing — long before the power tools come out.

Roughly 3 in 5 American homeowners (61 percent) have taken on home improvement projects since March 1, spending $6,438, on average, according to an Aug. 18-20 NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among 1,414 homeowners.

Whether you’re outfitting your home with a new office or classroom, or taking on long-intended improvements such as painting or installing new flooring, here are six tips to help you make sure you’re heading into the right project, the right way.

1. Consider return on investment

Any project

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Home design inspiration: Creating a chic yet cozy escape

The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.
The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.Sarah Winchester

After adding a family room to the 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley that she shares with her husband and their 10-year-old daughter, Jennifer Brady reassessed the function of her home’s formal living room. Knowing they would use the addition to entertain, the principal of KidderKokx Interior Architecture and Design decided to take advantage of the living room’s small size, cozy fireplace, and tucked-away location by turning it into a lounge. The intimate setting is conducive to reading, catching up over cocktails, and family time. “The concept is based on boutique hotel lounges, where you can retreat alone or meet with friends,” Brady says. “It’s a luxurious little getaway in our house.”

1. The wool carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets is grounding and plush. “I love the textural pattern,” Brady

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Pandemic drives kitchen remodeling projects

People are “forced to be home” and are “sick of their kitchens,” said Alicia Molenaar, a designer and co-owner of Kitchen Fair in Willmar.

During the pandemic, Kitchen Fair has been swamped with requests from customers looking for a new look and ways to improve functionality and efficiency in their kitchens. “We are really busy,” Molenaar said.

While updating paint or adding a colorful backsplash can be handled by a weekend do-it-yourselfer, a kitchen makeover can benefit from a professional designer.

The process begins with taking measurements of an existing kitchen space and an interview with the homeowner to find out how they use their kitchen, how many people typically cook there at one time and what they want in terms of style and functionality.

Giving a kitchen a new look can be as simple as installing new hardware – where the trend is for larger handles that can fit

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How To Create a Kitchen With a Soul, According to Home Design Experts


Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen may evoke the warmest emotions. After all, it’s here that people gather with family and friends, to share food and good company. It’s no wonder the kitchen is often called the heart of the home—and that it’s a key selling point, promising a great lifestyle.

But kitchens also run the risk of being cold and soulless. What’s the point in having top-notch appliances if no one actually wants to hang out and use them? Like food, a kitchen needs to have a certain depth—let’s call it soul.


“A kitchen with a soul is a unique space that provides comfort, warmth, and a sense of peace,” says Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House

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5 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas

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Renovating, redesigning, or even redecorating can be very expensive. The price of such a project rises even further when we are talking about a larger house or apartment. It is definitely not an affordable process for most people. But, from time to time, it is necessary. Whether the goal is for aesthetics, safety, or health, it needs to be done. But, you do not always have to end up spending tens of thousands of dollars for this type of project. There are some home renovation ideas that can be budget-friendly.

However, you will need to invest a little bit more time if you want to save on money. It will not be easy to find something that is budget-friendly while also providing you with the design that you are looking for.

But, you do not have to stress yourself too much. There are tons of websites out there

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Mold is an expensive, dangerous problem you need to get ahead of

When my husband and I bought our current home in Upstate New York, our plan had been to spend the bulk of our renovation budget on a new kitchen and the main living spaces, and to just paint and spruce up the bedrooms. But a persistent dank, musty smell in the would-be bedrooms forced us to change course and reallocate our funds.

That smell turned out to be mold, and the only way to get rid of it was to take the walls down to the studs and rebuild. Our new kitchen would have to wait.

Chris McLaughlin, sales manager for JES Foundation Repair, a company that works on foundations, crawl spaces and basements in the Washington, D.C., area, says that musty, dank smell is usually the first clue that you have a mold problem.

“The thing is, most people don’t even realize there is a problem. They grew up

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Understanding The Real Drivers Of Inflation

There is a widespread lack of understanding among economists and investors regarding what actually drives changes in inflation rates over the short and long term. The conflation between the price of individual prices and the general price level, as well as the focus on aggregate demand, has led to a high degree of misinformation regarding what really drives inflation rates. In this article, we hope to provide clarity on the subject, explaining a number of important concepts:

  • Why the supply of money relative to GDP determines long-term inflation trends.
  • Why the demand for money explains short-term inflation changes.
  • Why declining velocity of money reflects rising money demand and the potential for high future inflation.
  • Why short-term inflation trends tend to reflect financial market risk appetite.
  • Why recessions tend to be disinflationary in developed economies.
  • Why the focus on aggregate demand has led economists to mistakenly believe high inflation is positive
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DIY Home Repairs Everyone Should Know How To Do in the Age of COVID-19


You’re no Bob Vila, but part of being a homeowner or renter is knowing how to tackle common home repair projects on your own. We’re talking about tasks that fall somewhere between changing a lightbulb and hardwiring a light fixture. These projects aren’t exactly no-brainers, but they also won’t put you at risk of electrocution.

But in the age of COVID-19, perhaps the biggest reason to improve your DIY skills is to reduce the number of folks who enter your home—and that includes repairmen and maintenance workers. So if you can master basic home repair skills, you can be self-reliant and stay safe.


“There is never a bad time to improve DIY skills, but keep in mind that projects can range in difficulty,” says Hunter Macfarlane

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