How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Home

custom windowsBuilding your new custom home is a process where your dream comes to life, and illuminating that vision can be a fun and creative step.

The lighting schemes and fixtures you choose set the mood and atmosphere for each individual room, but can be versatile enough to be functional all the while accenting the décor. Whether it’s decorative, ambient or task lighting on your agenda, you first need to know the different types of fixtures and their purpose.

Wondering how to choose the right lighting for your custom home? Here are seven examples to help you out.

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Money Saving Tips for Your Kitchen Redesign

Money Saving TipsIt may not have always been the case, but the kitchen has become the heart of the modern day household. No longer tucked away like a workspace, contemporary kitchens are being built with both functionality and beauty in mind. It is also the most popular room to remodel these days, and renovation projects can exhaust a budget if you’re not too careful. Here are four money saving tips to give your kitchen a new look. Continue reading Money Saving Tips for Your Kitchen Redesign

4 Surprising Summer Gardening Tips

summer gardening tipsThis summer has been a combination of rain and sunshine which is exactly what a garden needs to survive. But as the summer months continue we might see less rain and more heat.

If you have a new garden that you are tending with excitement to eventually see the fruits of your labor, it’s important to use preventative measures to keep your garden healthy as life picks up with summer vacations, school and school activities.

Here are four surprising  summer gardening tips to keep your garden happy and healthy this summer.

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Are You Thinking of Building an In-Law Suite?

in-law-suite According to the AARP, the advocacy group for people 50 and over, there was an increase in multigenerational households from 5 million, in 2000 to 6.2 million of all households, in 2008.

With the increase of life spans and less financial security, there has been a trend for aging parents to move in with their adult children. There is mostly a positive response to this possibility in most situations.

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Design Tips for the Non Designer

design tipsBuilding a custom home can be overwhelming with all of the choices that you have in front of you to make. You have to select fixtures, paint colors, appliances, cabinets, flooring, counter tops, design plans and more.

If you have a full time job, a family, and other projects you are committed to your time might be a little on the short side.

Here are some tips to help you feel like you are creating a space that will look put together and cohesive without a lot of stress and fuss on your part. Continue reading Design Tips for the Non Designer

Get a More Energy Efficient Home Now

energy efficient homeDid you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.

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Ultimate Laundry Room Design Tips

Laundry room designMost of us wouldn’t say that doing laundry is our favorite thing. But we can all say that having clean laundry is our favorite thing. When building your custom home take the time to design a laundry room that you can love spending time in. Make it a room that has everything that you need to efficiently take care of your families clothing.

Here are some essentials pieces other than your washer and dryer to consider to help you design your laundry room.

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How to Choose Windows for Your Custom Home

custom windowsAn old proverb says that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Windows can bring soul to the  home in that they can bring tons of light, style and help to create an ambiance that you can enjoy for years to come.

When building a custom home or remodeling your existing home don’t overlook the powerful impact the right windows can have on your home. Think about what your specific needs are to help you choose windows for your home.

Here are 4 types of windows that will create beautiful, practical and high impact on your home.

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How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Spring

Lawn and Garden Custom HomeNow that spring is here you might be noticing that your grass is coming up in patchy sections and your lawn and garden might be looking like it’s in major need of some TLC.

Many things could be the cause of a bedraggled landscape.
winter rain damaged edges due to de-icer chemicals
matted down twigs and leaves
plants damaged by animals.

So what do you do to get your lawn and garden looking good again?

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How to Help Your Kids Transition Easier Into Your New Home

Family in front of new custom home

Moving to a new  home can bring an onslaught of a emotions both positive and negative. While parents are focusing more on the logistics of moving, we can sometimes forget the subtle apprehensions that children can face during the move.

It’s not uncommon to be moved into a new home and have a young child ask to go home and break down into tears. Older kids might react with regression, anger and frustration. It’s important to create a plan of emotional transition while making plans to make the actual move.

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