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Have you grown used to your current lifestyle but can’t help thinking that something feels off?

It’s not always easy to recognize when you should start looking for a new house, but the reasons why you feel this way shouldn’t be ignored. If any of the following warning signs ring a bell, then it might be time to consider a move.

 

You Feel Stuck

Falling into a routine can be a good thing and can help reinforce a lot of good behavior, like going to the gym or sticking to the same diet, for example. However, if your current lifestyle feels like you’re just going through the motions, then it might be time for a change of pace. It could be that you’d find more fulfillment with a career change. But let’s face it, a job change might require you

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The generational divide has officially hit the real estate market

As baby boomers look forward to downsizing and simplifying their lives, millennials are gearing up to purchase their first starter homes. The only problem? Younger homeowners think baby-boomer houses are too big.

According to Business Insider, millennials aren’t interested in buying the large, five- or six-bedroom McMansion homes their predecessors built 15 or so years ago when ornate crown molding, damask prints, and sleigh beds were all the rage.

“Tastes—and access to credit—have shifted dramatically since the early 2000s,” reports Candace Taylor of the Wall Street Journal. “These days, buyers of all ages eschew the large, ornate houses built in those years in favor of

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The popularity of tiny homes has risen in recent years, and it seems they are more popular in Colorado than any other state.

“Colorado is the hub for the tiny house movement,” said Art Laubach, director of the Colorado Tiny House Association. Laubach founded the organization, which began in March, to advocate for the development of tiny homes.

Colorado is at or near the top for number of builders compared to other states, according to Laubach, and it is one of the leading states for tiny home living.

The state has over 20 builders who are constructing more than one tiny home unit at a time, and over 40 companies that have built at least one tiny home. On tiny home websites, other states with a growing number of manufacturers include Oregon,

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We all know how important bees are to our gardens. Here's how you can help them out, according to 9news.

You can build a pollinator-friendly water feature in just five minutes, for under $5.

Simply providing a traditional bird bath won’t work for bees and butterflies. Small pollinators can’t balance on the steep edges and reach the surface of the water to take a sip. They need a safe, non-slippery spot from which they can reach the water easily and then fly off. They don’t need a large pool of water—a small “watering hole” will do.

Making a bee waterer

To make your bee watering spot, start with a wide, shallow dish like a platter or pie plate. Don’t use a deep container; pollinators are tiny. An inch or so of water is plenty deep

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You live in and love your home, but there might come a time when you have to leave it.

And when that time comes, you’ll want to get as much money as you can for your property so you can move onward — and upward.

In order to increase your abode’s value, you might think you have to put in a ton of time, effort and money, but that’s not entirely true. Instead, you can take on weekend projects over time to spruce the place up so when it’s time to sell, you have a completely updated property that’ll end up selling itself.

Ready to get to work? Roll up your sleeves and start on one of the following five weekend projects.

1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to

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From McMansions to minimalism, home trends are constantly changing.

According to Google, here are the most sought-after home styles right now.

1. Ranch

It’s not that surprising the American ranch takes the top spot. It is the most popular home style in 34 U.S. states, after all.

Ranch-style homes are typically confined to one level, have spaces that blur the line between indoors and out (thanks, in large part, to abundant windows), and feature long lines reminiscent of the mid-century modern style. They’re unpretentious and their single-floor design accommodates residents of all ages. Typically built on large lots of land, the perfectly-sized ranch and its spacious backyard encourages laid-back

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PPG, a paint firm and color forecaster, released its early picks of inspiring hues for 2020.

If the predictions are right, you’ll be seeing much more blue in home decor next year. PPG announced on Monday that Chinese porcelain is its 2020 color of the year.

The shade is a blend of cobalt mixed with some muted navy tones intended to instill calmness and restful sleep, the paint firm says. Blues have been steadily gaining popularity overall in residential and hospitality design.

“Consumers are tiring of stark grays and are looking to infuse colors that delight the senses,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color manager at PPG. “Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of color.”

Blue can be used as a color

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Give Yourself a Break This Summer by Grasscycling!

Save yourself time and energy this growing season by grasscycling, or simply leaving your grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Grasscycling makes mowing quicker and easier, and is the natural way to return nutrients to your lawn.

More than a quarter of Denver’s household trash is composed of yard debris, and grass clippings account for a large portion of this material from April to September. By grasscycling, you can help stop this material from ending up in landfills and have a real impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If you’re not already a grasscycling pro, now is the time to start!

Tips for how to grasscycle successfully from Denver's Office of Sustainability: 

1. Use any

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Tree experts are tackling a long-existing problem- which trees actually thrive along Colorado's Front Range. 

Big investment. Big impact. Big attachment. And sometimes, big problems — partly because of a disconnect among the various industries and professions that produce, sell, design with and maintain trees.

A little over a year ago, Sharon Harris, executive director of the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, decided to tackle that disconnect.

“I’d been hearing one group say, ‘If they would just grow the right species to sell’ . . . ‘If they would just site them correctly’ . . . So instead of finger-pointing, I thought, ‘What if we just got in a room and talked?’ “

Harris brought together a carefully chosen cadre of Colorado State

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