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Welcome to the great American outdoor deck, the last bastion of the home where barbecues meet lounge chairs. For many homeowners, the deck is an extension of the home that becomes a wonderful multipurpose area for entertaining and relaxing. “Decks truly bring the living space outdoors,” says Jeff Walter, of PDX Deck…


If you have ever lived in an apartment complex, you know that your neighbor today might not be your neighbor tomorrow. Apartments, historically, are for the nomadic—people who are seeking short-term or temporary residence until they move on to more permanent pastures. Yet, more and more people, unable to qualify for a…


Built in 1896, Primrose Hall is a lot like other historic buildings you might find on an American college campus today. The North Carolina State University (NCSU) site is a tidy, simple, brick structure, roughly 40 feet square. Its window trim is neatly painted, and at times, the building can seem engulfed…


“They can have any color they want, so long as it’s black.” That famous quote, attributed to Henry Ford, reveals just how much times have changed when it comes to color. Today’s color choices, be it cars, iPhones or even hair, are much more subjective—but only to a point. In fact, there’s…


It makes a paint contractor look bad. A customer calls for a quote, but when the estimator goes out to assess the job, what the customer thought was a small touch-up is really so much more. The hard upsell looks bad in any line of work, but unfortunately, even the most honest…


Even before we humans had words, we had pictures. And it seems our attachment to them hasn’t diminished much over the many, many years. As it turns out, our brains are visually wired to receive and process information. In fact, 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing and 70% of…


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