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How to Decide to DIY or Hire a Contractor

December 3, 2019
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Before you start planning a home remodeling project, you have one major decision to make – do you tackle the job yourself or do you hire a contractor? Of course, turning your remodel into a DIY project will save you some money, but it isn’t all about the cost. Both options have their pros and cons.

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How to Tell If You Need New Windows

November 5, 2019
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There are plenty of tells when it comes to deciding whether you need new windows. While many homeowners enjoy the rustic look of older windows, they may be contributing to not only drafty, cooler rooms, but higher energy bills as well. Unfortunately, even the best windows won’t last forever. In fact, on average, windows last between 15-20 years, with some lasting upwards of 25 years. Ultimately, the lifespan comes down to the type of materials chosen, finishes used, and more.

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5 Awesome DIY Decorations for the Holidays

October 8, 2019
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The holidays are a time of year for spreading joy for all to hear, and what better way to do that than with some DIY decorations for both inside and outside of your home? When most think DIY decorations for the holidays, they think small scale, which is fine. However, why not take things up a step with these five awesome DIY decoration ideas?

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How to Create Fun and Easy DIY Halloween Decor

September 18, 2019

Now is the perfect time to work on some easy DIY Halloween decor. From outdoor signs to interior options, there are so many ways you can get creative. Here are some great DIY decor ideas for the spooky holiday.

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Awesome Fire Pit Inspiration in Time for Fall

September 5, 2019

It’s in the air, you can smell it now. There is nothing that quite smells like fall like wood burning. You can have your pumpkin spice, we want our fire pit. If you are looking to add one to your backyard or remodel the ones you have, we have something for you.  We have some awesome fire pit inspiration in time for fall.

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Absolutely Beautiful Backyards You Need to See

August 23, 2019
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There is something everyone can love about Maryland, and not just our awesome state flag. What we are talking about is the four seasons we experience throughout the state. It is also why we take our backyards pretty serious. Often times these are the center of where our family plays, our friends converse, and we enjoy our lives. That is why we commonly get asked for ideas when it comes to backyard layout, design, and materials. From small to large, modern to eclectic, here are some absolutely beautiful backyards to check out.

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Let the Sunshine in With VELUX Skylights

July 18, 2019
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There are countless benefits to adding skylights to your home. They serve as a source of natural light, provide warmth and bring in the fresh air. And, of course, they are simply beautiful in design. But for many, it can be difficult to navigate the options for skylight materials. Here’s a look at the VELUX skylights we offer at Friel Lumber.

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Outdoor Patio and Party Ideas for Summer

July 8, 2019
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As a homeowner, you look forward to the summer season to get the best use out of your outdoor space. With the right touches, you can turn the outside of your home into the place to be – whether you’re hosting a barbecue or enjoying fireflies at night. Here are some ways to spice up your outdoor patio or backyard for entertaining your friends and family this summer.

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When to Hire a Contractor

June 20, 2019
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Are you renovating a room in your home, considering a major remodel, or building a new house from the ground up? If so, there are many benefits to hiring a contractor. You may be pretty handy, but unless you work in the construction industry, the complexity of these projects could get the best of you. A contractor’s expertise can help your project go smoothly and help you avoid costly mistakes. Here are a few things to know before you hire a contractor.

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Build Your Own Picnic Table

June 6, 2019
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While there are many picnic tables available for purchase, building your own is affordable and will instill a strong sense of pride once the job is done. Plus, constructing a table is simpler and less time consuming than you think. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a long-lasting addition to your landscape.

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