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Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you're considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order to get the most out of your budget. Fortunately, many aspects of the job are within the abilities of the average do-it-yourselfer, and resources like rental stores mean you can easily obtain the tools you need to get the job done.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put pro in home improvement with the right painting tools

When planning to paint a room, most people spend countless hours selecting a color. Once that decision is made, they spend far less time selecting paint brushes and rollers. Many DIYers don't consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right paint color. Here are a few tips to help you identify the right tools for the job and make your next painting project your best yet.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


MEADOWLANDS JEWEL

Homes rarely come up for sale in Meadowlands, a semi-custom neighborhood in east Manteca.

May 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Make your home ‘smart’ with simple tech upgrades

Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple tips on how to give your home new life this spring

Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight, now that you can exercise outside, learn a new skill or get promoted. All of these are great ideas. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a goal to refresh your home in a way that will have your friends talking?

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


‘Vitamin garden’ with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies & herbs

It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a "vitamin garden?"

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate eases to 4.29%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined slightly this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


STARBUCKS HABIT

That $8 a day Starbucks habit could translate into a big chunk of a down payment to buy your own home.

April 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Expert advice for spring inspired kitchen redesigns

When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can't hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you're simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it's time to plan a spring redesign that you'll love now, and for years to come.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Technology giving outdoor power tools a new twist

The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today's line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home's outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of Millennial cool.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Perk up your home with bold & colorful patterns

Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage up to 4.33%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


UNION RANCH APPEAL

There are various yardsticks to judge a neighborhood before you buy - the overall cleanliness, low crime rates, and amenities such as plenty of walking paths.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By following a few simple steps, you can take pride in your backyard year after year.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Go green with eco-friendly backyard outdoor living spaces

Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you'll feel extra good about by going "green." With some expert advice, it's easier than you think.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

June 13, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Four real estate tips for buyers, sellers

The real estate market heats up when the weather does, and spring and summer are traditionally the most active seasons for home sales. This year, industry experts predict that home prices will continue to rise and, with mortgage rates remaining low, the spring and summer real estate season will be competitive for both buyers and sellers.

June 13, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Got extra pounds? Blame next door foreclosure

Gain a couple of pounds since 2006?

June 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


$100K+ HELOC LOANS

Despite record-low interest rates, monthly mortgage payments may double for more than 1 million American homeowners. That's because a decade ago they opted for "interest-only" loans or home equity lines of credit. But most of those loans were structured to reset after 10 years - at which time the loan would require payment of both principal and interest.

June 06, 2014 | bY TERRY SAVAGE | HOME SCENE


A sure-footed way to choose new flooring

When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Perk up your home with bright & bold patterns

Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Create inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining

From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Opening the door to space & privacy is easy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A GEM ON EMERALD

Homes priced under $304,000 that are ready-to-move-in and don't require major work such as new roofs, kitchen upgrades or bathroom repairs are moving relatively briskly in Manteca.

May 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


5 new ways to update your home with wood

Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they're finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Finding balance: creating functional family spaces

Let's face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Coast to coast: 2014’s top outdoor home living trends

From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular "special function room" in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What's more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise at slower rate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales rose 6.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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