4 Tips for Protecting Your Home This Season and Beyond

Posted on: February 12, 2018 by in Blog
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Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves, and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. 1. Take a Continue Reading ...

Creating a Dream Home with Cypress

Posted on: February 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted on: January 31, 2018 by in Blog
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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...

That ’70s Home: 5 Trends Making A Comeback Today

Posted on: January 24, 2018 by in Blog
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That '70s Home: 5 Trends Making A Comeback Today

Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways. Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable ‘70s flair. More macramé, please: From dip dyed wall hangings to simple plant hangers, macramé is coming back in a big way. Whether you purchase these items already made or you enroll in a class to make them yourself, macramé offers an easy way to add Continue Reading ...

Infuse Life Into The Bath For A Spa-like Oasis

Posted on: January 10, 2018 by in Blog
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Infuse Life Into The Bath For A Spa-like Oasis

Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm. Neutral calm Light colors such as cool grays and muted blues evoke Continue Reading ...

5 Budget-Friendly Master Bathroom Upgrades You’ll Cherish For Years

Posted on: January 4, 2018 by in Blog
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5 Budget-Friendly Master Bathroom Upgrades You'll Cherish For Years

What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house? If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn’t doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there doesn’t have to break your bank or signal a months-long remodeling process. The truth is there are plenty of unique, invigorating ways for you to reinvent your bathroom space — some of which you can Continue Reading ...

Top Trends for the 2018 Housing Market Identified

Posted on: December 28, 2017 by in Blog
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2018 Housing Market Identified for homebuyers

In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and the low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different, identifying these trends early on can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers, and agents to navigate the upcoming market and secure the best long-term solution for themselves or their Continue Reading ...

The New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: A More Eco-Friendly Home

Posted on: December 21, 2017 by in Blog
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New Year's Resolution: A More Eco-Friendly Home

Nearly 42 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It’s easy to understand why — resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields long-term benefits? This year, resolve to make your home more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. “The upgrades needed to make a house eco-friendlier can be accomplished in a Continue Reading ...

New Ways Renters Are Becoming Homeowners

Posted on: December 13, 2017 by in Blog
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The world that millennials have grown up in is a lot different than the world the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers knew. The digital revolution, widespread use of smartphones and adoption of disruptive technologies such as ridesharing and vacation rental apps are just a few of the factors that have altered the social landscape. Unfortunately, rising student debt, rising home prices, and other economic factors have hit many millennials and left them to believe that they cannot afford a home. Many Continue Reading ...

6 Fast Fixes for a Fresh, Cozy Home

Posted on: December 4, 2017 by in Blog
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6 fast fixes to a fresh home As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust, and allergens. Plus, taking a few simple steps to prepare your home for winter weather will ensure your home is comfortable and efficient, too. Tackle these key areas now so your home will feel fresh and cozy Continue Reading ...