Home and Garden

US homes sales rise 2.4% in August

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Sales of existing homes rose 2.4% in August to its highest level since 2006 as the housing market recovers from a widespread shutdown in the spring brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

Guest room

Of course, you can always add the traditional guest room. You can work the concept into areas such as craft rooms as well, such as with a pullout sofa or Murphy bed to accommodate visitors.

Greenhouse

Plants and gardening can be a relaxing hobby, and an indoor greenhouse can be just the ticket for all-seasons gardening.

Relaxation room

Rather than stimulating activities or entertainment, you can use that room to create a relaxing, peaceful environment to decompress and find serenity.

Themed entertainment room

You can turn that spare room into something more than just a game room or TV-watching space with an extensive themed remodel. The options here are as broad as your imagination itself: a 1950s-inspired diner with jukebox, wood-paneled English pub with leather stools pushed up to a custom bar or a tribute to the movies or sports teams that drive your passions.

Walk-in closet

Convert the extra space into the walk-in closet of your dreams. Depending on the complexity of the closet you'd like to create, you can complete the task with a few supplies from the local home improvement store in a weekend. You can also hire a contractor to create a completely custom design with all the bells and whistles.

Home gym

The home gym is a classic in spare room usage for a reason. A home gym can be anything from free weights and yoga mats to a full-scale setup of treadmills, weight benches and other exercise equipment.

This home warranty won't break the bank

Even if you have a hearty savings account, a serious plumbing or electrical problem in your home can drain your bank account overnight. That’s where home warranties come in. These useful plans cover your home’s critical systems and appliances, so you won’t have to break the bank to keep your home in working order. With American Home Warranty, you can shop and compare plans in your area to get the most budget-friendly warranty around.