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10 fanciest home upgrades
Charles and Hudson
“While these upgrades may be much higher budget than the average homeowner’s desire or ability, they still are pretty to look at and dream about.”

2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report just released
Kathy’s Remodeling Blog
“Will you get your money back on that bathroom remodel when you sell your house? How about that new deck? How much will that increase the value of your house? For hard numbers on how much you’ll get back from your remodel, you can’t do better than the Cost vs. Value Report put out each year by Remodeling Magazine. The 2010-2011 Report has just been released.”

Federal Energy Tax Credit: Use It before You Lose It
Old House Web
“Several weeks ago I wrote about the federal energy tax credit that expires December 31; but it wasn’t until this week that I realized what a really great deal it is, and it’s not likely to be extended. The tax credit will cover 30 percent up to a maximum of $1,500 …”

Homes that were once churches
Curbly
This round-up post from Curbly’s DIY Maven includes some gorgeous photos of places of worship converted in fancy homes.

The boldness of neon in the home
Houzz
“Neon colors have impact but can be harsh on the eyes. Still, it’s a popular option for home accessories and interior paint. So how do you make neon work in your space? First, select your shades of neon carefully. Second, choose the rooms where you want the lively feel of neon. Then make sure you balance the neon with black, white and neutral colors.”