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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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'American Dream Builders' Episode 5: Designing for Small Spaces

See how each team found creative ways to decorate for very small spaces in the latest episode of “American Dream Builders.”

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'American Dream Builders' Episode 4: Before & After

Each team was tasked with renovating nearly 100-year-old cabins, both of which were showing their years.

Dann's Spanish-style living room is still modern.

'American Dream Builders' Episode 3: Before & After

This week, the designers made Spanish-style homes feel modern without losing any of their original charm.

The designers created a completely new function for the space.

'American Dream Builders' Episode 2: Before & After

The two teams tackled small, dark living spaces and unused yard space, and came up with mid-century modern designs that can be useful in any home.

Fun accents make this room suitable for kids.

'American Dream Builders' Episode 1: Before & After

On the first episode of NBC’s new home renovation reality show, American Dream Builders, the designers faced their first project, which were Tudor-style homes in desperate need of smarter space and rooms with more light. Here’s a look at how two designers tackled problem areas on the show and how you can incorporate the designs in your home.

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House of the Week: Alabama Lighthouse

Constructing a lighthouse was always a dream for this homeowner.

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House of the Week: Pyramid House in Connecticut

Set designers worked with an architect to create this dramatic Connecticut home.

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Lauren Conrad Buys New Laguna Beach Home

Some get chocolates or flowers on Valentine’s Day. Lauren Conrad got an oceanside home.


Pharrell Increases Price on Miami Condo

Williams no longer wants to hang his ubiquitous hat at this fancy Miami home.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Buys in Palm Springs

Leonardo DiCaprio’s new hangout is in Palm Springs.

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House of the Week: Italian Villa Favored by the Stars

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, among others, stayed at the home.

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House of the Week: Home Where Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'

Harriet Beecher Stowe rented this home to complete “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in the 1850s.


John Boehner Buys Florida Condo

Does a Florida home purchase mean retirement for the Speaker?

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Report: Oprah Buys Home for Long-Lost Sister

Oprah dropped $490,000 on a home in Wisconsin for her half-sister Patricia Lofton.

Justin Bieber's pool

Justin Bieber House Hunting in Atlanta

Bieber checked out a whopping 1-acre estate in Atlanta’s Tuxedo Park.

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