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Posted on 11/22/2021
Sustainable Home Building Basics
Image by 政徳 吉田 from Pixabay Green living is all the rage, and you can fully immerse yourself in a sustainable lifestyle if you decide to build your own home rather than purchase an existing property. During the planning and design phase, you can work with your builder to incorporate sustainable features into your new construction home. After...
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Posted on 11/15/2021
Thinking About Building an Addition Onto Your Home? Make Sure You Consider These Key Factors
Image by ClassicallyPrinted from Pixabay Whether your family has grown or your personal lifestyle has changed, you may have found yourself faced with the decision of building an addition on your existing home or purchasing a new one. There are both benefits and disadvantages to both options so it's important to take time to consider your own circumstances...
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Posted on 11/08/2021
DIY Front Door Updates on a Budget
Curb appeal may start at the curb, but your front door is one of the most important factors in a first impression. Changing the look of a front door can change the entire facade of the home and there are many style and decor choices to explore. To update your front door and enhance your curb appeal on...
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Posted on 11/01/2021
Should Your Buy a Condo for Your First Home?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Condominiums can be an excellent option for first-time homebuyers. With lower upfront costs and great perks, a condo can definitely outshine a traditional detached home in many respects. However, even for new buyers a condo might not be the best choice. Here we will go over the main pros & cons of purchasing...
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Posted on 10/25/2021
Create Relaxing Spaces in Your Home or Office
Image by Kari Shea from Pixabay Have you ever walked into someone's home or office space and instantly felt that it was positive, welcoming and peaceful? It means more harmonious work with customers and clients and a more peaceful attitude at home. Imagine walking through your front door and the stresses of the day melting away. A good...
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Posted on 10/18/2021
3 Ways to Make Your New Construction Home More Energy Efficient
Photo by Andreas Gücklhorn on Unsplash Many prospective homeowners choose new construction over an existing home because they're able to customize the design. While there's no argument that It's fun to choose countertop options and bonus rooms, this is a good time to consider adding green solutions as well. Homes with green, or eco-friendly features, have a higher...
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Posted on 10/11/2021
Renting vs Buying: Questions to Ask
How do you know if it’s better to buy or rent a home? With so much to consider, this big life decision may seem overwhelming. However, as long as you focus on some key questions, you can make the best choice. Here are the questions to ask yourself if you’re trying to decide between renting and buying: What’s...
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Posted on 10/04/2021
3 Theme Ideas for Virtual Game Nights
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next virtual game night, try picking a specific theme. With the right preparation and details, a virtual theme party can be just as fun as an in-person one. Here are some ideas for throwing a fun party all while staying at home: Casino Night A virtual casino night with friends or...
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Posted on 09/27/2021
Your First-Time Homebuyer Budget: Start Saving for These 3 Expenses
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels Buying a home for the first time is often a stressful yet rewarding time. It’s a complicated process involving many variables and many costs. One question that many first-time homebuyers have is about preparation: how much should you save before buying a house? Here we will go over the 3 most important...
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Posted on 09/20/2021
How to Overcome the Challenges of Building State-of-Art Accessible Homes
Image by Lorenzo Cafaro from Pixabay The need for accessible new construction homes may never be higher than it is right now. U.S. soldiers have returned home with disabilities, and the number of aging Americans with growing physical limitations is expected to increase dramatically. The first wave of Baby Boomers reached retirement age in 2011, and more than...
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Posted on 09/13/2021
How to Decorate With Climbing Plants
Houseplants can add some extra life to any interior space. Some are prized for their decorative foliage, especially those with long trailing or climbing vines. An excellent way to decorate is to encourage your plants to grow into a lush wall covering. However, not all plants will climb or trail on their own. Here we’ll go over the...
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Posted on 09/06/2021
Protect Your Veggies With a DIY Hoop House
Protecting your plants from extreme weather is crucial to a happy and productive garden. When growing vegetables this is especially important as many crops will die in a frost or even under excessive rain. Luckily there are some inexpensive DIY ways you can protect your garden. One of the most popular designs for a DIY greenhouse is a...
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