Category Archives: Lifestyle

Today’s lifestyle trends and tips for better living.

Design the Ultimate Home Office

A growing trend of professionals with full-time or part-time jobs based out of their homes has increased emphasis on creating the ultimate home office.  Whether you’re designing a new floor plan, or renovating an existing space there are a few tips we’d like to share to help increase productivity and functionality in your space.

While the dining room table or living room couch are frequently used as work spaces, they are typically not the most practical areas to settle in for a long work day. Ideally, your home should have a dedicated room that serves as a home office.  Designing a home office that you visually love and function in will provide a better work-life balance, increase productivity, and make working more enjoyable!

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What are some things to consider now that you’re ready to create your new work space?  Below are 10 tips for designing the home office of your dreams.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects to Do This Fall

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When leaves start changing colors it’s a good reminder to start thinking about how to prepare your home for the upcoming change of seasons.

It may seem too early to focus on home maintenance projects, but being proactive and preparing for cooler weather will enhance and protect one of your biggest investments: your home. The best part is that many of these projects can be done at little or no cost.  Plus, they can help you save money on your energy bills.

Here are five projects to tackle before the leaves start to fall:

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Lawn Maintenance to Enhance Your Home’s Value

Now that you’ve finished building your new home plan design, maintaining a healthy lawn can be a challenge during the summer months, but ignoring that challenge can diminish your home’s “curb appeal” and even its value.

Summer’s heat, drought, and high humidity can dehydrate grass and lead to desertification, while a host of fungal diseases, like brown patch, can lead to dead turf. Protecting against these maladies can save home owners money on landscaping and yard maintenance and will help enhance the home’s value over the long term.

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Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

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Just as you want your car inspected and running smoothly before heading out on a long road trip, you also want your home running efficiently before the days of summer set in. Your home may have endured some harsh elements this past winter, so you won’t want to delay getting your home ready for summer.

The good news is that you might be able to do much of the work yourself. Here are some key areas to keep an eye on:

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Fire Prevention: Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

As you prepare to build your dream home plan it is important to make a list of items your builder should install for fire prevention.

One of the most important keys to keeping your family safe is installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom within the home.  In addition, an alarm should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level.

Fire Prevention 101: The Basics

Check the date! Smoke alarms are designed to last 10 years from the manufacture date and should be tested regularly.

Fire Prevention Safety

Remember….

  • Test alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button
  • Replace all fire alarms every 10 years
  • When an alarm sounds get outside immediately and call 911.

To learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety visit usfa.fema.gov and www.nfpa.org.

Retirement Home: Building to Age-in-Place

Building a new home is an investment, and like any other investment its one we want to enjoy for years.  According to the NAHB, over the past five years there has been an increased desire to incorporate design elements that will serve owner’s lifestyles now and many years down the road.

Retirement Home Features

Curb-less Showers

There are many advantages to incorporating a curb-less shower into your new retirement  home plan — the main being functionality for everyone from grandchildren to grandparents.   Removing the curb it allows for easy wheelchair access and reduces the risk of tripping for someone with mobility limitations.   Another great benefit is the added ease of cleaning.  Owners reduce cleaning time in a curb-less shower in comparison to the elbow-brushing that is required in small corners or alcoves.

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