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Posted on 06/13/2021
Accessibility: Small & Tiny Homes
Image by Anna Armbrust from Pixabay The conventional thinking that accessible homes require significant square footage to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers runs contrary to small and tiny house floor plans. Many of these affordable new construction houses are ideally suited for people with physical limitations. Modestly-sized home plans reduce the amount of space people have to navigate. When...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Adding Vintage Style to A Modern Home
Photo by Alex Qian from Pexels Whether you’re remodeling your home or building one from scratch there are a few vintage features you may want to incorporate. No matter the style of your home—modern, traditional, country chic—these additions can fit seamlessly in your house. Work with your architect to see how you can add these details to your...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Should You Buy an Old House?
Photo by Wulfman65 via Shutterstock When you’re thinking about purchasing a home, an old house versus that new one is something to ponder. If you’ve thought about buying an older home, consider each of these areas before making an offer. Have your agent write contingencies into your contract, and by all means, don’t forego an inspection. Consider HazMat...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Essential for a Healthy Home
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Much like fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors are small pieces of equipment that could potentially save your life. These small detectors can easily be plugged into any outlet, and their excessively loud alarm is designed to alert you immediately to danger. Carbon monoxide detectors will sound the alarm if there are high levels...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
Accent Your Luxury Home with Landscape Lighting
Photo by Muffin from Pexels When you have a luxury home with impressive architectural features and landscaping, don’t let nighttime prevent you from showing it off. Landscape lighting provides a convenient way to draw attention to certain features of your home and yard when it’s dark out. This type of lighting can improve your home’s curb appeal while...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
Sustainable Living in Every Room
Photo by Rovelyn Camato from Pexels Every room inside your home provides you with an opportunity to adopt a fresh, green lifestyle. When you focus on each individual room within your home, you can quickly create a sustainable space to live and grow. These tips can help you improve every room in your house until you have a...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Smart Appliances: Ways These Wonders Make Your Life Easier
Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels When new home builders put in appliances before selling, they only use the best of the best, which is why they go with the latest smart appliances from LG, Samsung and other popular manufacturers. These high-tech appliances go well beyond simply "getting the job done" to making it more convenient and enjoyable....
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Designing for Flow - How Your Home's Design Will Impact Your Lifestyle
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Your home's design has a significant impact on your lifestyle and overall enjoyment of the space. One major element of design that directly affects your comfort and daily life is the home's flow. What is Flow? A home's flow refers to the paths within the home that guide someone to specific areas. For...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
Why Your New Home Should Be a Smart Home
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Smart home technologies can be as simple as a lock, light or appliance you can activate with a voice, token or smartphone. But this can be as in-depth as whole household management systems that can regulate the comfort, security, and more for those who live there. If you’re considering buying or building...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
How to Pay Off a Mortgage Quickly
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay One of the critical steps involved in looking for a home is the process of negotiating for a mortgage. Many people dread this process because they find out exactly how much money they are going to have to pay each month. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for people...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
DIY: Replace Old Caulking
Image by bidvine from Pixabay If you have a bath or shower that required caulking, chances are that caulk has seen better days. It's soft, so abrasive cleaners wear away at it. This may cause gaps or ragged holes that trap residue. And even if it's all in one piece, mildew and grime will likely stain it over...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
Design Tips: How to Add Elegance on a Budget
Photo by dillan teagle from Pexels When building and decorating a new home, there are many things you can do to make the space look more elegant and refined. If your home building and decorating budget is tighter, there are some things you can do to elevate the look of your home without spending a large amount of...
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