Stacey Freed

Stacey Freed

Write, Edit, Manage Projects

For more than a decade I have been writing for magazines about remodeling and construction, small business, home design and lifestyle. I live and work from my home near Rochester, N.Y.

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Dog decor article
USA TODAY

Dog owners pull out all the stops to create canine spaces

“It all started with a pet door,” Sherry Gregor recalls.
She and her husband, Keith, wanted an easy way for Max, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and Gusto, a Cane Corso, to go outside their Cincinnati home. One thing led to another, and now the living room is the dogs’ bedroom, complete with raised beds, a deck and pool access, storage for toys and food and a treat dispenser.
The Gregors are not alone. According to a recent survey by Houzz.com — an online platform for design and remodeling — more than one-third of homeowners have done some pet-related remodeling in the last two years, including upgraded flooring and reconfigured room layouts....

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USA TODAY

USA Today HOME: Worthy Upgrades For Your Home

If you're going to stay in the house for at least 15 years, you don't need to worry about getting a return on investment or ROI. But if you know you'll move in the next two to five years, you should know that some projects pay off more than others