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Our Top 4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Ranch Style Homes

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

One of the best ways to boost the curb appeal of a house is to update the outside of your home from the style and look of the outside of your house to the plants and landscaping. Ranch style homes come with a distinct look and feel but can be easily updated to look even more modern and appealing. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

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Our Top 4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Ranch Style Homes

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

One of the best ways to boost the curb appeal of a house is to update the outside of your home from the style and look of the outside of your house to the plants and landscaping. Ranch style homes come with a distinct look and feel but can be easily updated to look even more modern and appealing. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

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Recent Feature in The Washington Post

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10 Ways to Celebrate the 1st Day of Spring in Your Yard

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The first day of Spring is here!  Here are a few suggestions to spend your time wisely while we are all staying at home.  If you have children at home, get them to help.  They can have their first Horticulture 101 class! 

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10 Ways to Celebrate the 1st Day of Spring in Your Yard

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The first day of Spring is here!  Here are a few suggestions to spend your time wisely while we are all staying at home.  If you have children at home, get them to help.  They can have their first Horticulture 101 class! 

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Top 5 Plant Combos for Warm Weather Pots !!

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The weather is warmer and we all want to freshen up our outdoor spaces with colorful pots that will last the season. 

Here are 5 different combinations for WINNING warm weather pots! 

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Top 5 Plant Combos for Warm Weather Pots !!

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The weather is warmer and we all want to freshen up our outdoor spaces with colorful pots that will last the season. 

Here are 5 different combinations for WINNING warm weather pots! 

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Renovations & Decisions...do your homework!!

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

Making decisions before you start a home renovation is a key part to how smoothly your project will go, right? We all love picking out the pretty things like flooring, light fixtures and fabrics but your contractor has another list of things for you to deicide.

I call it “homework”. The list of questions is based on what project you are doing.

For example when you are remodeling a bathroom you need to have the layout for your shower decided. Are you having a bench? What size niche do you want? Are you using a linear drain? What’s the configuration of shower head, body jets and or hand held? Oh, what about the shower door layout?

As you see plumbing is important in the shower but the location of tub, toilet and sinks need to be decided.

Also, the electrical/lighting layout are decisions you need to consider.

Where do you want plugs? Wall sconces…location? Switches…location and what they control? Can lights…how many and where? LED? Dimmer switches ? Don’t forget ventilation.

The list continues with decisions you need to make. Start with the floor and work your way to the ceiling. Flooring selection ? If tile, what pattern and grout color? Finish on walls? Trim profile? Mirrors and art work location? Paint colors? I do love wallpaper !!

Last but not least. My favorite is custom cabinetry. This is brings up an entirely new set of questions which I will share later.

 

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Renovations & Decisions...do your homework!!

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

Making decisions before you start a home renovation is a key part to how smoothly your project will go, right? We all love picking out the pretty things like flooring, light fixtures and fabrics but your contractor has another list of things for you to deicide.

I call it “homework”. The list of questions is based on what project you are doing.

For example when you are remodeling a bathroom you need to have the layout for your shower decided. Are you having a bench? What size niche do you want? Are you using a linear drain? What’s the configuration of shower head, body jets and or hand held? Oh, what about the shower door layout?

As you see plumbing is important in the shower but the location of tub, toilet and sinks need to be decided.

Also, the electrical/lighting layout are decisions you need to consider.

Where do you want plugs? Wall sconces…location? Switches…location and what they control? Can lights…how many and where? LED? Dimmer switches ? Don’t forget ventilation.

The list continues with decisions you need to make. Start with the floor and work your way to the ceiling. Flooring selection ? If tile, what pattern and grout color? Finish on walls? Trim profile? Mirrors and art work location? Paint colors? I do love wallpaper !!

Last but not least. My favorite is custom cabinetry. This is brings up an entirely new set of questions which I will share later.

 

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