Homeowner Tips

When you consider the advantages of living in a smart home, convenience and luxury probably spring to mind. But did you know that one of the top benefits of home automation is energy efficiency? By enabling you to easily monitor your energy usage and remotely control it, home automation can significantly lower your electricity bills while keeping your home comfortable when occupied and giving you peace of mind.  Home Automation Makes Energy Management Easy & Convenient In our busy daily lives, it’s easy to forget to turn off the lights, TVs and other electronics before leaving...


Aging in place home design features can be added to this beautiful one-story Spanish Courtyard home. Most Americans want to continue to live in their own homes and remain independent as they age, but without accessible or universal home design features for aging in place, their capability to successfully do so diminishes as years pass and their abilities change. While getting older is not something many people want to think about when building a home, aging in place home design today is about making smart enhancements for “thriving in place”. Anyone, regardless of their age, would want to...


 This stunning one-story home can be custom designed for aging in place.With thousands of baby boomers reaching retirement age daily, the demand for universal design features to accommodate aging in place continues to grow. If you are interested in building a retirement home, make sure the house plan you select can include important age-in-place features. Those features make it possible for you to live in the home throughout your golden years without the need for remodeling. If building a home for aging in place does not sound very exciting, you will be pleased to discover that...


Even the most well-designed rooms can use an update.  No matter how well put together your place is, a small change can make a big impact. Whether you’ve just moved in, or you’ve lived in the same space for years, a few small changes are all you need to make you feel like you’ve updated your home without the expense of a remodel.  If you’re unsure of what to do to get a fresh look this year, take a deep breath and dive into these easy do-it-yourself updates. Start with the small things for a big visual payoff.  Thinking about new ways of using color, texture and light can all...


  It’s hard to change. Innovations in technology often lead to resistance among shoppers, where long-formed habits are concerned. The notion of paying extra for a light bulb can also be a deterrent, but over the course of the lifespan of an LED bulb, mixed with the number of bulbs in your home, making the switch from incandescent to LED bulbs can be one of the best decisions you can make for your bottom line. Focus on Lumens, not Watts An often-told myth is how the amount of wattage of a bulb is a direct indicator of a bulb’s brightness. Many of us have made decisions about...


  If you own a home or just a couple of possessions in a small apartment, adopting an eco-friendly routine can help curb waste and pollutants from entering the environment around you and your neighbors, making the world a cleaner place to live with each passing day. But what if we told you that by taking an environmentally-sound approach, you could save considerable money in both the short and long-term? There are plenty of ways you can make every day Earth Day, especially if you look at the benefits of reducing the costs associated with the products and materials that many of us...


They may look green, but a lot of lawns are anything but. American homeowners use a lot of toxic chemicals on their lawns - up to 10 pounds of pesticides per acre. When it rains, pesticides are flushed into local streams, rivers, and lakes, harming fish and plants along the way. Here are some tips to make sure your grass looks great - and is safe for pets, children, and other living things. Choosing the Right Mower Using a gas-powered mower for just one hour produces the same amount of air pollution that a car emits from driving 100 miles! Luckily, there are many low-energy, high-quality...


  Have you noticed that the state of your kitchen can make a huge difference in how your entire home feels? When things aren’t running as they should, the smallest tasks (making breakfast, putting away groceries) can feel like a hassle. Here is a helpful plan of attack from the editors of Houzz: "Set goals that make sense for you. Setting a goal that relates to how you want your kitchen to function better is more helpful than blindly tackling a long list of cleaning and decluttering jobs, so consider what you personally want to get out of this week. Want help getting through hectic...


Keep Your Bathroom Organized & Clean The Easy Way First, close your eyes and visualize your personal bathroom for a few seconds. Think about how the cabinets, sinks, and other utility areas are positioned, and reflect on how you feel when you’re preparing for your day. Are your sanitary and hygiene needs nearby? Do you feel comfortable soaking in your bathtub or resting in the shower after a long day? If all of this sounds frightening or scary, this is where we come in to remind you that once upon a time, it wasn’t like this. And getting it back will be easier than you think. Organize...


 You've done it – you've decided to build your first home. Congratulations -- building your own home can be rewarding and exciting! But we've all heard the horror stories of first-time builders who neglected to consider key issues that later came back to haunt them. Don’t let that happen to you! You want to avoid these painful – and often costly – regrets. So what should you be paying attention to as you put together your plans? Here are a few important considerations that can sometimes get lost in the excitement of building design.