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Home Renovation Link Roundup: Good Reads for Spring

Do you think it's safe to put away the snow shovels? Let's hope so (and let's hope we didn't just jinx everything!). It's been a looong winter, but that only means the spring and summer will be that much sweeter, right?

We love this time of year for so many reasons, one of the biggest being that so many people embark on a home renovation. To that end, we've rounded up some interesting tidbits that will guide you as you prepare to spruce up your space.

Know your style. And make sure you can articulate what you mean when you meet with contractors, cabinet-makers, kitchen and bath dealers, and so forth. Not sure about the difference between terms like "modern" and "contemporary"? Here's a handy list that explains various aesthetics.

Get inspired. Does your muse need a dose of brilliance? We review five great resources that are sure to get your creative juices going.

Understand universal design. It doesn't simply add function for the long haul. It can serve your own personal style as well. Yes, really. Learn more.

Make a list and check it twice. If you're working with a homebuilder, make sure you do your research and you know what to look for. Our free checklist can help.

home builder checklist

Say hello to one of the hottest trends: Shedquarters. If you haven't heard this buzz phrase yet, you will. So what is a shedquarter? It's not your grandma's shed, that's for sure. Today's backyard sheds are serving as smaller living and work spaces. Think man caves, guest homes, work-from-home offices, and even mini-pubs for entertaining.  

Bonus: Hot Read! Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate. Looking to sell or buy a home right now? This book provides plenty of keen insights driven by powerful data.

Are you thinking of renovating this spring or summer? Or maybe you have friends or family who are thinking about it? We'd love the opportunity to chat with you or anyone you know about an upcoming project.

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