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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 6/16/2021

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You have been in the same home for several years, but you want to move. You'll need to decide whether to rent or buy and if you decide to buy, what type of home you want. Condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes all have benefits, depending on where you are in life. Many people don’t want to deal with lawn maintenance when they get older. Sometimes, younger people who are focused on their careers would rather not have any maintenance to deal with. However, the perks of owning a single-family home often outweigh the cons, especially if the only con is the maintenance. After all, you can always hire someone to take care of the maintenance.

More Privacy

Even if you are in the city with your neighbors close to you, you have more privacy with a single-family home than you would with a condo or a townhouse. Even though you have a yard with a townhouse, you'll likely share it with the others in the same building. And, when you share a wall with your neighbor, you must be mindful of loud noises, which means you can’t turn the television up as loud as you want. With a single-family home, you can also fence in your backyard for even more privacy.

Add-Ons

When you buy a single-family home, you can add to the value of the property without getting anyone’s permission. If you want to add a garden shed, a detached garage or even a pool, as long as zoning allows it, you can do that. However, if you are buying a house in a neighborhood with deed restrictions, you will probably have to get permission from the property association before initiating these projects.

Additionally, with a single-family home, you can build out additions on as long as you can get the permits. Maybe you have aging parents you want near you. If they don’t want to live in the same house, you can add on an in-law apartment, guest house on the property, or even add a bedroom suite to your house. If you start out small but decide to have more kids than you originally planned, you can add more bedrooms to a single-family house. 

If you plan on adding to your property, you probably want to avoid restricted deed neighborhoods.

Entertaining

Single-family homes are usually better for entertaining as they have more room inside and out. With a single-family house, you can add decks and porches to your specifications. You can even create an outdoor living area complete with a kitchen and screened in patio that you can enjoy yourself or for entertaining large groups. If you do enjoy entertaining, a home with an open floor plan makes gatherings more comfortable because you don’t have walls creating smaller spaces. People can mingle throughout the living room, dining room, kitchen and den areas. Adding French doors out to the deck or patio makes your entertaining space even larger.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 6/9/2021


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Fairy gardens are miniature gardens either planted in containers or in part of an actual garden. They typically feature small plants and decorative materials depicting a tiny scene or living space for “fairies” or other small imagined creatures. Some are purely decorative, while others are interactive and meant to be played with. Setting up a fairy garden can be a great activity for children and adults alike and can add great visual interest to a garden or outdoor living space.

Fairy gardens might seem like a daunting task to get into, even for those who already enjoy arts and crafts or gardening. After all, there are no rules — freedom of creativity can make starting any project seem difficult. Luckily, no matter the size or complexity, every fairy garden includes the same basic parts.

Containers

Unless you have a special corner of your yard or garden suitable for creating your fairy garden, you will need to start with a container. Popular choices of DIY containers include flower pots and wine-barrel planters. You can also start with an unused bird bath, tin buckets or small wash tubs. The most important things to think about in choosing a container are the size, shape and whether you’ll need drainage. Depending on what type of plants you include in your garden, you may want so use a container with holes in the bottom or sides to allow excess water to drain.

Potting Mix & “Ground” Cover

Once you have your container prepared, you can begin adding the foundation of your garden. It’s a good idea to begin with a layer of gravel or small stones at the bottom of the container to help with drainage. Then, add as much soil as necessary for your choice of plants — we recommend at least 6 inches. If you’re going for a fairy garden without living plants, you can even fill the container with sand for a beach or desert theme.

To add additional texture and visual interest, you can add stones, bark and peat moss to cover the soil. Other common materials include sea shells, twigs or colorful glass beads. Arrange them according to your preference and see what looks the best for your garden.

Plants

It wouldn’t be a garden without plants. Depending on the size of your container, you can have multiple plants or a single plant to serve as a focal point to build around. When choosing the type of plants for your fairy garden, make sure you think about sunlight and temperature in its location so that the plants can thrive. Low-growing plants that come in 2 to 3-inch pots work best and can be clumped together to create a lush environment. Flowers and fresh herbs are common choices, as are succulents and ornamental strawberries. Be creative, but leave some space for accessories and other features.

Accessories & Inhabitants

Addition of accessories and other decoration is how a tiny garden truly becomes a “fairy” garden. There are countless ideas and sources of inspiration for what items to include. You can even find tiny figurines and kits for building a fairy habitat at craft supply or garden stores. For additional options, you can even look at decorative items sold for home aquariums. Doll and toy accessories are an excellent source of inspiration as well. Building tiny houses, furniture or fences can be fun and affordable DIY projects using materials you already have around your home and garden.

It’s up to you whether you want your fairy garden to include an actual fairy figurine or not. Some fairy gardens are built with the idea that the fairies are hiding and you just stumbled across their living space. Others include all manner of garden denizens, often arranged in scenes as to tell a story. If you haven’t found your perfect fairy yet, try looking at hobby, toy and garden stores and many online stores dedicated to fairy gardens.

One of the best things about fairy gardens is their versatility. You have the freedom to make them out of virtually anything you want and can keep them indoors or outdoors. Building them can be a satisfying creative activity for people of all ages and a simple way to add a little magic to your home.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 6/4/2021


21 Whittemore Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$189,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Diamond in the rough! Looking for a House to put your personal stamp on and do some work? This is the house for you. This Gambrel home is located in a desirable area of Sturbridge with 1.8 acres of land. You will love the privacy this home has to offer. House sits back from the road and has a spacious deck overlooking the level backyard. 3 Bedrooms (upstairs bedroom is tandem) with 1 bedroom on the first floor. Living room is open to dining room which provides great space for entertaining. Spacious kitchen with exterior access. Front porch, and shed add additional storage. Young roof 2013; town water and sewer. "As is" sale; seller will make no repairs. Property line extends beyond stone wall.
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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/26/2021

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There are many people who are looking for new and inventive ways to decorate their home. In order to get the most out of this process, it is important to pay attention to detail. The doorknobs are a commonly overlooked source of decoration. One of the ways to add a little bit of personal style and flair is to replace the existing doorknobs with a classic, antique, ornamental doorknob. Those who are looking for ways to replace their existing doorknobs should take note of the step by step instructions.

Take Off the Old Doorknob

The first step in replacing a doorknob is to remove the old one. Take a screwdriver and remove the current knob from the inside portion of the door. Once the screws have been removed, the doorknob will release. This will allow the user to remove the knobs from front and back of the door at once. 

Remove the Latch Plate 

The next step in replacing a doorknob is to remove the latch plate. This is on the inside lip of the door. Most latch plates use small, Philips head screws. Once the screws are removed, the latch can be pulled out. This step is also needed for those who are replacing the deadbolt of their door.

Fasten the New Latch Plate to the Door

Once the old latch plate has been removed, the new one can be fastened in place. Make sure that the tapered edge of the turning lock is facing against the strike plate on the frame of the door. Use the screws that come with the latch plate to fasten it in place. The latch plate should fit snug to the door when this step is finished.

Install the New Spindle and Doorknob

With the latch plate in place, it is time to attach the antique doorknob. The exterior portion of the doorknob should have a long spindle that is connected to it. Insert the spindle into the latch plate that has just been installed. The spindle should stick out to the other side of the door. Use the plate and hardware that comes with the doorknob to fasten it in place. Once this has been completed, the interior handle should slide over the spindle with ease. Make sure the parts have been aligned and the doorknob is in place. Make sure to try out the new doorknob to ensure it works properly.

Decorating with Antique Doorknobs

Now that people know how to replace an existing doorknob, there are plenty of antique, ornamental styles to choose from. The floral designs of a classic antique doorknob will still fit well with almost any style or decorative scheme. While some people think that antique doorknobs might be past their prime, they still have plenty of use when it comes to decorating styles today. The details of an antique doorknob can bring an entire room together. 




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/19/2021

When choosing plants to grow in your garden, it’s crucial to know what will survive in your particular climate. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture developed a special map of numbered “zones” to help farmers and gardeners make the best choices. While you might have seen the term, it’s important to understand what they mean and how they can help you in your own gardening efforts.

What Are USDA Hardiness Zones?

The USDA hardiness zone system helps us to determine the optimal growing conditions for a type of plant. There are 11 different zones across the map of the contiguous United States and Southern Canada. The zones are based on average annual temperature (in Fahrenheit) and vary in size depending on the particular region. A higher zone number means a higher average temperature.

How Can This Info Help Me?

To use this information, the best place to begin is by identifying the zone you live in. Each zone is broken down by 10-degree differences with “A” and “B” sections to narrow the temperature down further.

To figure out your climate zone, you can consult the USDA map or use one of the search functions many online resources provide. Once you know your zone, you can look for plants and seeds that are recommended to grow in your area—and avoid those that are not. Your zone will tell you what will survive in your average annual temperature, so you know ahead of time that it’s worth the time and resources to plant.

It is possible to grow plants that are not labeled for your zone, but it’s difficult. Agricultural experts recommend beginners stick to their own zones unless they have a way of creating a “microclimate” at home, such as a greenhouse. For some plants, like edible crops, even if the plant can grow out of its recommended zone it might not produce the same quality or amount of fruit, vegetables or otherwise.

Other Things to Consider

While the USDA hardiness zones are standard practice in agriculture and gardening, it’s important to take other environmental factors into account. There is a competing system called the “sunset climate zone” system, which adds in more factors than temperature alone. Sunset zones include things like rainfall, wind, average humidity and extreme seasonal temperatures.

It is also worth noting that while accurate and trusted today, the last official version of the map is from 2012. Because of global shifts in average temperature and climate, the map might look a little different today. That said, there are occasional updates, but for everyday gardeners we can still consider the rough estimates accurate enough to help with planning a successful and healthy garden.

For more information, consulting local gardening or agriculture experts for additional advice is never a bad idea. After all, the USDA hardiness zone map is only a starting point and provides lots of room for experimentation. Research your plant choices carefully and you’ll be able to make the best informed decisions for your situation.




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