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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 4/28/2021

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What homeowner doesn’t want to maximize overall home value when the time comes to sell? In order to sell your house faster and for more money, it's important to have a firm understanding of the specific housing features that matter the most to prospective buyers.

Well-Established Property Value Boosters

If you’ve ever considered home renovations, you’ve probably heard that the biggest boons to overall resale value are updated bathrooms and kitchens. In order to set your house apart, however, you may want to go the extra distance in these rooms to make them truly special. A bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub or a walk-in closet, for example, may just make the final difference in the mind of a buyer who would otherwise remain on the fence bout a prospective purchase.

Other Buyer-Attracting Home Features

To borrow a word from HGTV.com, people are often looking for homes with an extra bit of “pizzazz” when it comes to making that final purchase agreement. This can mean the presence of existing architectural flourishes and unusual floor plans or more practical amenities such as ample garage storage space and a separate laundry room.

Here are just a few features that will make your home shine during your future open house:

The Backyard Patio

According to the independent financial authority Kiplinger, 87 percent of buyers are looking for a concrete patio surrounded by an attractive backyard.

The Playroom

Although this feature will be of value only to families with young children, the presence of a good playroom is often the deciding factor for prospective homebuyers.

Green Features

Whether you’re talking about solar panels, a highly efficient HVAC system, or double-paned Energy Star-qualified windows, homebuyers are increasingly looking for green building features to control their utility bills and help save the environment.

Ceiling Fans

Home improvements don’t have to be extensive or expensive to be effective. Kiplinger reports that 85 percent of prospective homebuyers are looking for one or more ceiling fans in their new home. Even with a full lighting kit and a remote control unit, a newly installed ceiling fan should set you back less than $500 in total.

Let Your Specific Goals and Restrictions Guide Your Way 

Before considering renovations to boost the value of your home, ask yourself exactly what you hope to gain from those renovations and exactly how much those renovations will cost. Depending on your budget and your level of ambition, you may opt for popular, value-boosting features that range from the installation/restoration of hardwood floors to the addition/improvement of exterior lighting fixtures.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 12/16/2020

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Giving your space a much-needed makeover doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. Whether you want to recreate the space for a party, prepare for a sale, or simply make an old room look new, here's a solution for you. Use these tips to completely transform your room in just a day.

Update the Paint

Real estate agents often say that nothing makes potential buyers drunk quicker than a fresh coat of paint. It's intoxicating the way new paint provides an instant makeover to any space. Not only does it scream newness, it also keeps your walls protected from moisture and can improve the air quality of your home. So, if you want to redo a room or an entire house, grab the paint brush and get busy.

Focus on Decorative Storage Spaces

There's no rule that storage shelves must be used for storage. Instead, use them as a decorative centerpiece by establishing a theme or motif and carrying that through with well-chosen colors, textures, and accent pieces. Have a lot of clutter that needs a home? Consider decorative woven baskets to keep magazines, accessories, toys, and more tucked away while looking naturally beautiful.

Purchase Rugs

In the time it takes to place a rug, you can have a completely new atmosphere in any indoor or outdoor space. Rugs allow you to bring texture, color, or patterns into a room without overwhelming it. They can also serve as a focal point when placed correctly, or as a backdrop when something more subtle is preferred.

Switch Out the Pillows

Similar to rugs, pillows can really make a room pop at a fairly inexpensive price point. Mix textures and patterns to create a depth and layering effect on beds, benches, and couches. To create a palette that stuns, consider adding splashes of texture with feathered pillows, tassels, or ribbing. You also may want to choose bold colors combined with neutrals to add dimension to an otherwise flat area.

Power Wash Outdoors

A complete update of a deck or driveway can be accomplished easily with a thorough power wash. Doing so can make a home feel brand new. If time allows, consider restaining any wood panels and adding furniture to a deck, or replacing worn down rockery along a driveway.

Replace the Lighting

How you physically feel in a space often comes down to the lighting. Update your space with a dramatic lighting fixture or simplify and unify a room by choosing a neutral fixture. Effective design is about pairing lighting levels with the tasks being completed in that space. Think of a brightly lit kitchen island instead of a lamp in your reading space.

If you'd like more home decorating tips or want help with an upcoming move, feel free to reach out!




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 10/14/2020


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Floating shelves offer your space a more streamlined look. Your walls seem less cluttered, which allows your focus pieces to take center stage.

Because floating shelves require less space than traditional shelves, you can put them anywhere all while maintaining your floor space below. They can be any length you choose -- within reason. You can even work around more permanent features like a fireplace, doorway, outlet or window.

You'll be surprised just how easy and affordable it is to install floating shelves and home much they'll delight guests and prospective homebuyers alike. You'd expect something this elegant to require specialized tools and a lot of engineering knowledge to avoid collapse. But follow these simple steps and you'll be enjoying your own in no time.

What you'll need

  • Floating shelf brackets
  • 20mm paddle drill bit 
  • Electric drill - *Pro Tip* Borrow. Don't buy unless you do projects like this frequently. 
  • Stain, poly & brushes
  • Palm sander
  • Your hardwood of choice - Poplar, oak, maple, walnut or cherry works great.

How to create floating shelves

Here's your step-by-step guide.

Measure your space

Determine how large to make your shelves. To achieve a floating effect, avoid stopping them right at the edge of other features. Give it some space. 

*Pro tip* - Mom & Pop hardware and lumber stores will often cut the wood for you, so you don't have to worry about getting a saw. 

Drill holes for brackets

Each bracket has two 6-inch steel rods. Measure the halfway point between them and mark the wood where it will be against the wall. Drill a 1" wide hole into each shelf edge, 7" deep.

Sand & stain

It's time to sand and stain. This process is very straight forward. But do this outside because sawdust will fly everywhere. Sanding not only smooths any rough spots. It also helps the shelves hold a more even stain for a flawless finish. 

*Pro tip* Test your stain on an extra piece of the same wood. Stains can be unpredictable depending on the hue of the wood, how it absorbs the dye, etc. You may need to mix two stains to achieve the desired darkness and color.

Find the studs & install brackets

Install brackets directly into the studs, spaced apart to align with the holes that you drilled into your shelves so that the brackets slid easily into those holes.

Arrange your shelves

Place your shelves over the wall brackets. Because of their design, floating shelves can hold significant weight. But that defeats the purpose. Less is more on a floating shelf. So plan and arrange pieces that accentuate each other.

That's how to build a floating shelf. Follow our blog for more helpful home maintenance and design tips.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/9/2020

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A porch swing lends wistful ambiance to your home.  Below are a few options on how to construct your own porch swing from 3 wood pallets, which local stores may be able to give you free of charge.  Upcycling materials keeps useful scraps out of landfills and saves money.  In addition, your weekend project will be all the more treasured because you can design it yourself and tailor it to the style of your home.  Take a look at these ideas:

4-Foot Bench Swing

You’ll need to harvest wood from around 3 pallets.  For the frame of the swing you’ll need pieces trimmed to sizes similar to the following:

3 4-ft lengths of 2x4

4 18-in lengths of 2x4

4 19 3/4-in lengths of 2x4

2 11 1/4-in lengths of 2x4

2 22 1/2-in lengths of 2x4  

1 45-in length of 2x2

Beyond these, harvest as many slats around 2 ft long and 4 ft long from the pallets as you can to fill in and support the frame.  

Using 2 of the 4-ft 2x4’s as the long sides of the swing’s seat, stand them up on their sides and connect them using 2 of the 1.5-ft 2x4’s, also on their sides, completing the rectangle.  Add the other 2 1.5-ft 2x4’s for support, laid flat and equidistant from the sides and each other.

Position the 45-in 2x2 down the center and attach it to the inside of the 2x4’s. 

Build the back rest with the third 4-ft 2x4 forming the top edge and the 4 19 3/4-in 2x4’s laid flat and attached to it at the same distances as the 1.5-ft seat supports.  Secure the open ends of the 19 3/4-in 2x4’s to the edge of the seat.

Attach each 11 1/4-in 2x4 to a 22 1/2-in 2x4 at a right angle to form the armrests, then attach ends to the seat corners and midpoints of the back rest edges.

Fill in the frame with evenly-spaced slats across the back rest and the seat.  Use 4 long screws with eyeholes at the end and attach in the vertical edge of the back rest near the top and on the seat edge near the corner on each side.  

Use primer before painting, then finish with a weather-resistant coating.  

Simple Half-Pallet Swing

For a simpler method, cut a pallet in half long-ways.  Set the back rest portion on top of the edge of the seat portion and attach.  Using harvested slats from a second pallet, you can lay down another layer of wood for a sturdier seat as well as a more finished look.  Use another 4 harvested slats to build armrests, connecting them at right angles and affixing them onto the sides of the seat and back rest.  

Daybed Porch Swing

If you’re looking for a cross between a porch swing and a hammock, use one entire pallet for the seat/base of your swing and a section of a second pallet or harvested slats from one to add a back rest.  This makes a luxurious daybed swing you can decorate with accent pillows.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 6/26/2019

Smart lighting comes in intriguing varieties, adding a touch of luxury and personality to homes where they are found. It is fascinating to note that smart lighting has a broad range of applications and so is open to your spark of creativity.

While the technology serves one major purpose, illuminating homes, it can other applications as well to change certain conventional ways of doing things. This article will look at a few of these creative applications. 

Give your home its own mind 

Have you ever wanted a nice welcome into your home immediately that you open the door? With smart lighting options, you can customize the light fixtures to turn on when you get home and literally 'welcome you.’

Flaunt your favorite art collection

If you are a lover of the aesthetics of paintings, drawings or sculpture, you can focus your bulbs on your favorite art pieces and present them clearly whenever you have visitors or just for your own viewing.

Give the children's room a different look

Smart lighting can do a lot of good in your kids' room. Combining the color-changing and relaxing features of smart light fixtures can never go wrong in a zone where the energy level is always high. 

Increase your home security with smart lighting

Most break-ins occur when homeowners are away. Smart lighting can serve as a deterrent to intruders. A good scheduling feature will convince an intruder that someone's home and deter them from seeing the house as an easy target.

Take your home parties to the top

Are you planning on throwing a party? Housewarming or, maybe, a small get-together?Smart lighting definitely has a role to play here. With a variety of colorful LED bulbs, you can set up a dance floor in no time. Also, some areas can take on other forms of illumination depending on how you want your needs met.

Smart lights can suit your mood

At some point, it becomes boring to have just one type and color of lighting looking down on you when you feel energetic and even when you're not. Smart lighting allows you to customize light fixtures and have them complement your mood at any time.

Whether to flaunt your art pieces or to bring life to a party, smart lighting is exciting and filled with plenty of potential. Let your creativity on some freedom and order some smart lights today.