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Monthly Archives: June 2019

    Outfitting Your Home to Survive the Threat of Wildfires

    By John Taylor | June 28, 2019

    Much of the Western United States is grappling with the same issue this summer – the specter of smoke and fire from some of the largest forest fires in recent memory. For individuals, even the decreased air quality can be a threat, while the destruction that the fires themselves can wreak is devastating. Homeowners living... Read More

    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Home Addition Construction

    By John Taylor | June 26, 2019

    When dissatisfaction with your current home strikes, it can be exciting to launch into a plan for a new addition. A new living room, bedroom, or more can add value to your home while improving your quality of life. On the other hand, even a modest addition can turn into a major construction project, with... Read More

    The Most Ambitious Trends in Luxury Pool Design

    By John Taylor | June 25, 2019

    When it comes to luxury home design, if you can imagine it, it can be done. In-home spas, luxe bowling alleys, and glass wine rooms are just a few examples we’re seeing out there. The same idea extends outdoors to swimming pools, which are a must for most luxury homes. But we aren’t talking about... Read More

    Refreshing Your Home and Your Spirit With Seven Easy Steps

    By John Taylor | June 24, 2019

    The yearning to move lives in the spirit of many homeowners, but that desire for something new is often at odds with what feels feasible. That sense of newness needn’t come from a dramatic uprooting, however. The great part about having a home of your own is you can make improvements and give your home... Read More

    Generational Trends in Home-Buying

    By John Taylor | June 21, 2019

    When making an important decision like buying a new home, personal circumstances are often a driving force. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, need more space for your growing family, downsizing to fit an empty nest, or looking for a retirement property, finding the right information, the right real estate agent, and the right properties... Read More

    Luxury Design, Furnishings and Décor Trends

    By John Taylor | June 20, 2019

    There is an appreciation of luxury that is quiet, understated, and personal that is gaining momentum in 2017. People want their homes to feel luxurious but also welcoming, warm, and most importantly, authentic. This means creating spaces that feel highly personal with a piece of original art, beautiful accessory, unique lighting or custom furnishing. Finding... Read More

    9 Options to Remove, Hide or Play Down a Popcorn Ceiling

    By John Taylor | June 19, 2019

    Don’t love your popcorn ceiling? You’re not the only one stuck with some unwanted stucco overhead. There are many options for moving on from it, but not all of them are equally effective — or equally easy. To help you decide how to address your popcorn problem, here are some top ways to remove, cover... Read More

    Seven Steps to Yard Sale Success

    By John Taylor | June 18, 2019

    Yard sale season has arrived! Many people shy away from the idea of having a yard sale, but do you truly need that broken-down accordion or the 80’s-styled prom dress? A yard sale is a great way to get out with the old and make room for the new. Here are some tips to help... Read More

    13 Appliance Tips & Hacks for Household Chores

    By John Taylor | June 17, 2019

      Modern home appliances make our lives so much easier: They tackle dreaded household chores, saving us time and effort. There are lots of ways to use them, however, that you may not have thought of before. From cleaning your ceiling fixtures in the dishwasher to vacuuming your pet, here are 13 little-known tricks for... Read More

    Why So Many Americans Are Either Upsizing or Downsizing

    By John Taylor | June 12, 2019

      According to two recent surveys that took industry watchers by surprise, many family homeowners are putting frugality aside and upsizing to new houses that average as large as 2,480 square feet (an increase of as much as 13 percent from the year before), and sometimes exceed 3,500 square feet in size. Meanwhile, millions of... Read More