Real Estate Blog - Blog Archive: September, 2014

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September 2014

There are 9 blog entries for September 2014.

PlayroomDo you have an extra room in your home you aren’t quite sure what to do with? Are you purchasing a home with a spare room? If you aren’t going to need a nursery and you are looking for some creative alternatives for the spare room, try one of these solutions.

Meditation Room

Have you ever considered creating a meditation room? This could be a place to relax and lower your stress levels. A peaceful atmosphere such as a meditation room may allow for a great escape from life’s stress and busy schedules. Add candles, a fountain and plants to give yourself a relaxing environment.

Playroom for Children

Do your kids tend to make a mess of their toys? Make a room designated for the mess. Creating a kid’s playroom allows them to go crazy with their

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Bathroom SinkA new trend in homes of all sizes is to update the bathroom sink designs. In fact, at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show last year, many new ideas were introduced for bathroom sinks and designs. Here are some of the top new designs for your bathroom sink.

New Materials

The old materials commonly used for bathroom sinks had many flaws. Now ,new options have been designed to improve upon and fix these flaws. The new materials include:

  • Vitreous china, a new and improved version
  • Metallic
  • Glass
  • Concrete

California-based Native Trails has improved concrete, but it has many shortcomings. A replacement for this is NativeStone, which blends the cement with a lighter weight material. This mixture helps it avoid cracking, maintenance issues

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New Home Construction PlanFor those ready to build their next home, there are many things to do in preparation. It’s an exciting venture as you get to design your dream home to fit your needs and allow you to make it your own. Here are a few tips to preparing for your new construction home needs.

Planning

The best part about designing your new home, you get to make it fit your specific needs today. Maybe you’re getting older and don’t think you’ll do well with stairs down the road. You could have wide doorways for wheelchairs or ramps throughout the home as needed. If you’re a parent of a toddler, maybe you want to plan the home to be kid-friendly.

Don’t forget the future

One mistake people tend to forget about is planning ahead for when the children are 10 years older

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Sheetrock PanelBuilders and buyers are benefitting from using the UltraLight SHEETROCK panels. These panels are made from 95% recycled materials and are 30% lighter than traditional panels. This is saving time and labor for homeowners and builders.

Benefits

There are many benefits to the UltraLight SHEETROCK Panels. As mentioned, they save time, labor and are lighter weight. These panels have a better strength-to-weight ratio than the traditional panels, as well. This benefit increases productivity with contractors trying to meet deadlines.

These types of panels are also allowing people to have a “green” home because of the recycled materials used. They are environmentally friendly and allowing the home to be made with better quality, although it’s often

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Windowless RoomDo you have rooms in your home that are windowless and a bit gloomy? When you’ve got a room where you need to spruce up your windowless walls, there are many options for how to improve it. From adding frames, furniture, and shelves, to just adding décor or backdrops, there are several ways to make your windowless walls beautiful.

Frames

Use these walls to hang your photos or artwork. If you go frameless, it will look more casual and clean, but if you use a frame you can add some variety. Try different frame styles and colors or try to display them in a double-layered artistic pattern.

Furniture

You can use this wall to put a tall bookcase or permanently place a dresser and design around it.  Now they even make desks that hang off of the wall

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Home OwnershipMany people are wondering if their next home should be a spec home or a custom home. A spec home is one that is built already by a home builder and it has been put up for sale. A custom home is one that you’ve designed yourself and it is one of a kind.

There are many factors to consider when making your decision and deciding which is best for you and your needs. There is a convenience in a house that is already built but there are benefits of getting exactly what you need in building. Here is a guide to decide what makes the most sense for your family’s needs.

Budget

To make your decision, you’ll first need to look at your budget. A custom home is typically going to run higher because everything is customized, has unique features and design

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6 Steps to Building a Home:


Have you ever dreamed of building your own home? They may make it look easy on TV but there is plenty of work to do in order to build your own home.  Here are 6 Steps to Building a Home.

1)  Meet with a lender to go over your financing options.  You’ll be able to see what you can afford and budget accordingly.

2)  Next,  you’ll need some property in which to build.  Use a realtor who can help locate the right spot to start building your home.

3)  Now the building experts come into play.  The experts will be able to design and begin constructing your new home.  For starters, you’ll need a builder, architect, excavator and surveyor.

4)  With plans in hand, you’ll have to get approval from the city and

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Laminate CountertopsKitchen remodeling really isn't that different from the fashion world when it comes to what is popular and what is not. Every few years it seems like the most popular choice for countertop materials and flooring is always changing. For a very long time quartz, granite, and marble have been hogging the spotlight when it comes to countertops.

The last few years, however, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel their kitchen with laminate countertops. The question is: why are these homeowners making that switch?

Perfect for a Multitude of Designs

Sometimes what kind of countertop a homeowner decides on when they are remodeling their kitchen is all about what kind of design they what. Whether you want something edgy, traditional,

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Kitchen CountertopOnce you move into a new home, it is easy to want to remodel and upgrade everything. Unfortunately, money doesn't grow on trees. You are going to have to pick and choose certain upgrades. While you are trying to decide what to change and improve, you need to think about how you go about your day. What needs do you have? These will be important later.

Here are some of the things you should consider upgrading when you decide to work on your kitchen.

Improving the Lighting

The lighting in a kitchen can always use some improvement. It might be something as simple as changing the type of fixture that is hanging from your ceiling. Maybe you think there is too much light in your kitchen, or maybe there isn't enough. You might want to consider adding a

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