How Americans Spend Their Money on Home Improvement

A home is a big asset for many Americans, so it is no surprise that most of our income is used for housing expenses. Mortgage, taxes, and home improvements are a costly endeavor. The latest data released by the American Housing Survey estimates that in years 2013 thru 2015 more than 123 million home improvement projects, not including routine maintenance, were carried out in the U.S. This accounts for a total of more than $431.1 billion dollars in expenses. Upgrading a house through decoration

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No, Energy-Efficient Homes Are Not Exclusive to High-Income Families

It is generally believed that having an energy-efficient home is an expensive luxury, but the reality is that more than ever it’s a necessity whether you’re a homeowner or renter. Cutting down your energy consumption is good for your economy but also contributes to a better planet by reducing your carbon footprint. The advances in green energy, as well as new tax policies on its use, are making it more affordable. Here’s a wide range of options to make your house more energy

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Childfree vs. Single Family Home: the Unexpected Expenses of Being a Parent

It’s not a surprise for anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, that having kids costs a lot of money, lots! To be exact the bill for raising a child up to the the age of 17 is $233,610 according to data by The United States Department of Agriculture. Therefore more Americans are delaying or postponing indefinitely the idea of becoming a parent, turning the DINK (Double Income No Kids) lifestyle into a popular trend. We don’t want to contribute to the debate of

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Top 100 Influencers in the Landscape Architecture and Design Industry 2017

Spring is coming and with it, the world looks to the outdoors. Beautiful landscapes are created by landscape architects, who are forward thinking in their design. Allow us to introduce you to the top 100 influencers of the landscape architecture and design industry. We chose these architects from nationwide industry experts based on their contributions to blogs and news websites, as well as through their social media presence — top industry list appearances, awards won, and landscape associations. Listed alphabetically, we’ve included their contact and website

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How Modern Kitchens Conspire Against Our Health and What can We Do About it?

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the household space which has undergone the most changes during the last century. Previously they were dull rooms used only by servants, but today they are a gathering place for everyone. Kitchen design has been influenced by the changing role of women, sanitation issues and improvements with industrialization and technology. We have more food in our kitchens than ever, as well as appliances which help us to prepare elaborate dishes quickly. Unfortunately our eating habits are going down the drain.

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Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry 2017

We’ve already brought you the top 200 influencers in the construction industry – now we’ve compiled a list of the top 200 influencers in the home design industry from around the U.S. We’ve based our selections on their presence online, their social media activity, and on the awards they’ve won, just like before. Listed alphabetically for easy perusing, we’ve also included their contact and website information as well, so you can learn more about them and their work. You can see

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Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry in 2017

The construction industry changes nearly daily, shaping and defining the way people live, work, and interact with their homes and buildings. This list of the top 200 influencers in the construction industry from around the U.S. shows some of the best professionals who are designing, building, manufacturing, and installing the various components of the buildings we work and live in as well as interacting with users through social media and the Internet with the aim to also reach different audiences. Listed alphabetically and chosen for

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The Hidden Cost of Virtual Reality II (Oculus Rift & PlayStation VR)

The day that you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, and virtual reality is finally available for your living room. Are you ready to get started on the gaming experience of a lifetime? With the launch of the PlayStation VR headset on October 13, more options are available to you than ever before, including the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, putting VR in the reach of nearly every serious gamer. This is good news for gamers who are ready for the next level. Before

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The Hidden Cost of Virtual Reality (HTC Vive)

Have you been anxiously awaiting the arrival of virtual reality for your very own living room? If so, you are not alone. Many people around the world have yearned to get a more immersive experience when playing their favorite games. Now, the long-standing barriers have finally been broken down. Some of the most popular devices including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony Playstation VR, are truly reinventing the world of gaming. Are you thinking you are ready to step into the realm of virtual reality?

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US States Economic Performance, in a Map

The US may be classified as a rich nation, but wealth varies widely across all 50 states. We used brand-new data just released on June 10th, 2015 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to investigate this disparity. The map below displays the Gross State Product (GSP) per capita for each US state. States colored in dark green have the highest GSP per capita and states in yellow have the lowest. The size of each State is proportional to Real Gross Domestic Product for 2014. The new

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