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Backyard Basics: Easy Tips for Transforming Your Outdoor Oasis

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Do you dream about creating a tranquil backyard retreat for your family, but don't know where to start? Want to take your backyard from boring to beautiful without spending a fortune? Here are a few easy and inexpensive tips for creating the perfect outdoor space that your family can live, play and relax in.
·Hide eyesores There are few things more relaxing than your own backyard. But if you’re like a lot of homeowners, it’s also a place where tools and junk can accumulate and distract from the beauty of the

How to Choose the Right Water Feature to Beautify Your Outdoor Living Space

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Don’t live near a lake, ocean or waterfall? Most of us don’t, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams for a tranquil, outdoor escape.
It’s possible—and even easy—to create your own outdoor oasis by adding a water feature to your lawn.  Water accents can create a relaxing, calming ambiance and are great for enhancing gardens and landscape designs.
Water features come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a small pond or stream to complement your garden or an elaborate waterfall, there’s a feature that can satisfy your tastes and budget.  

Solar Power on a Fast Track?

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The Government wants to fast-track large scale solar projects to speed up the ability to create thousands of megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The Interior Department has selected 17 sites consisting of 285,000 acres of public land across 6 Southwestern stats as prime land for the development of solar energy.
Additionally the agency has targeted another 19 million acres of public lands in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico as possible locations for solar projects. This movement could be key in building a solid foundation for sustainable energy. 
Read about this Green movement and more at the New York Times Green Blog.

4 Easy Tips to Revive Your Porch for Summer

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From cookouts with neighbors to simply enjoying a good book as you unwind for the evening, your front porch is an important part of your home—and one that deserves extra care and attention.
Your porch is also one of the first things people notice about your home. Is your porch inviting and attractive? Is it a comfortable, relaxing space where you can spend time with family and friends?  With a few simple updates and additions, you can have your front porch looking fresh and ready for the summer months in no time.  
Here are a few quick and inexpensive ways to transform the entryway to your home.  

Providence: A Master Planned Community in Elgin, IL by K Hovnanian Homes

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Nestled in the booming area of west Elgin, IL, Providence blends stylish home designs with charming streetscapes and fabulous community amenities to create a family neighborhood that is second to none. With so much to offer, Providence continues to be one of the most sought-after family friendly communities in the western suburbs. Residents enjoy miles of walking trails, tennis courts, numerous neighborhood parks and ball