Say adios to plain old black. Get rid of that sad, boring straight-from-the-store wood. If you're eager to try something bold in 2017, try painting your front door.
Try one of those bold blues, or maybe a bright red. Or figure out what you want your door to say about you, and pick a color accordingly. If you hate it? Don't worry: You can always paint again.
A bold front door is a trend that never goes out of style.
The type of trim you pick for your home can make quite a statement.
Craftman style trim is a clean square look that is traditional, will never go out of style, and will always look great.
Kitchen islands are a great place for a main or even secondary sink. Putting the Sink in the Island Creates a Super-Efficient Work Area — and Keeps the Cook Centerstage. It helps with food prep and clean up (a good place for a second garbage disposal). And when not in use cover with a decorative cutting board for more serving space.
Tray ceilings add height to a room by drawing the eye up. This design feature turns a bland ceiling into a focal point. Consider a wood accent, and for some extra wow add uplighting in the crown molding!
The entry, like a powder room, is a compact place where you can have fun with design without blowing a budget. Homeowners will spend on average $2,500 to make over their entryway or mudroom that’s 150 square feet or more ($1,400 for a space that’s less than 150 square feet), according to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report.
Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms get the big remodeling dollars, but many homeowners are seeing value in making every space look great. And laundry rooms in particular are seeing more love. Design tricks to bring in more light, smarter storage and better function resonate with homeowners who realize that since they spend a lot of time doing laundry, why not do it in a space that makes them feel good?
Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your HomeWith the crazy amount of rain we have seen this summer so far and more to come in the forecast, I thought it would be helpful to pass along some suggestions that you can do to help prevent water damage from happening to your home. Also as an FYI, most homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit. But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place! Check out these suggestions for preventing water damage:
Be careful where you plantSome plants and trees have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines. Clean Out Roof Gutters You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof (or call a professional if you rain gutters are too high) and check out your gutters. You want to make sure they are not blocked. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! Gutter guards can go a long way to control debris and leaves from entering but they can still become blocked. Run your garden hose through them to make sure they drain properly. Set up a schedule at least two or three times a year to check your rain gutters, clean out any debris and repair any problems. Extend Downspouts Away From Your Home Extend your down spout pipes 10 to 20 feet past your foundation. Try to empty them on a part of your property that slopes away from your home. You can extend your down spouts underground as long as the end of the pipe comes out somewhere. You must be able to see the end of your gutter pipe for it to completely drain out. Run water from your garden hose through the underground extensions at least once a year to flush out leaves, rodent nests and other debris. Screens don't work well on the end of underground gutter lines because they can trap leaves inside and become blocked up. Identify Potential Surface Water Problems Walk around the outside of your home after a storm to see where the surface water runs or collects. Surface water should run around your home to a lower point where it will drain off and not cause problems. If water can't seep below the ground to drain away, you'll continue to have surface water problems. An experienced landscaper can usually do some minor surface contouring to control your surface water. Sometimes a contoured shallow trench or swale can direct your water away without a great expense. Set Your Dehumidifier To Run Automatically Your dehumidifier should be set at the desired humidity level and left alone. When humidity levels rise, your dehumidifier will automatically turn on and lower the humidity. If you have a collection pan that requires emptying periodically, you can get a drain hose attachment instead. Adding a drain hose is a minor investment, usually less than $10, and will ensure that your dehumidifier runs as often as necessary during more humid seasons. The water will simply run into a floor drain or sump pump. If you don't have a floor drain or sump pump, then set yourself reminders to empty the collection pan. Remember to Shut the Windows & Doors It is always nice to open the windows or doors to let some fresh air in. And it is common sense to close the windows and doors during a storm but a good practice is to always leave your basement windows closed. Because your basement is below ground level, it will stay naturally cooler than the upstairs or air outside. Warmer air shrinks as it enters the basement and causes a higher humidity level and condensation problems. The higher humidity and condensation are readily absorbed into everything porous, creating unpleasant and unhealthy odors. Keeping your doors and windows closed will also save you money on electricity because your dehumidifier will run less. So as we prepare for the next forecast of wet weather be sure to take the time to do these small tasks at your home so that you can feel secure in knowing you have done all you can to prevent water damage to your home...it will be time well spent!
- Any changes to the loan amount and it affects the PMI, you could possibly have a wait period before closing
- PMI monthly premiums can change if there is a change in circumstance; credit scores, LTV, term, loan amount, loan product etc.
√ Know Your BudgetIt is very easy to go outside your budget in a design center.
- Know where you are willing to compromise and where you are not.
- Make a list of items you absolutely must upgrade and stick to that list.
√ Get Organized
- Start a “dream-book” either in a notebook or create a digital version on your laptop.
- Start collecting pictures of rooms you like. Pull ideas from magazines, decorating books, catalogs and the internet (Pinterest, Houzz, etc.).
- Visit our website (www.db-homes.com) under the “Options” tab and the “Model Homes” tab to familiarize yourself with the products offered and options that are available at DB Homes. You can start your color selection process before you come to your Design Center appointment by “Pinning” any products under our option tab directly to your Pinterest page and either email the board or print it out to and bring it with you to your visit.
- Visit and walk through our Model Homes at our Corporate Office on Eisenhower Blvd., Johnstown, PA or explore your neighbor and friends homes and make notes about your favorite cabinets, flooring, lighting, fireplace mantels, countertops, bath fixtures and so on.
- Print your floor plan and think about how you plan to use each room including traffic patterns and activities. This will help to guide your decisions about cabinetry, flooring, and countertop etc. options.
√ Making the Most of Your Appointment
- Allow enough time for your appointment. Our staff will schedule a generous block of time-- up to 3 hours-- to thoroughly go through and help you select all of your products and color specifications for your new home.
- Make sure the “Decision-maker” is at this appointment. If you and your husband want to make decisions as a team, then you both need to be at the appointment.
- Minimize distractions. Officially block off your time. Arrange for daycare, doggie care etc. so you can be focused.
- Bring your dream-book with you. You can share your pictures and notes with our staff at this appointment. Remember to write down any questions you want to ask at your appointment (like which products are “green,” or if you can have more than one countertop in your kitchen, etc.).
- Take an inventory of your existing furniture and decide what you would like to incorporate into your new dream home. Bring a pillow from a sofa, sham from a comforter, plate from your dishes, take pictures of your furniture and area rugs etc. These will all be helpful tools when selecting colors.
- Don’t be shy about taking notes. You’ll be covering a lot of information, and it’s a lot to remember.
- At the conclusion of your appointment, bring home brochures and any other documentation of your samples.
√ Following up
- File your paperwork and documentation our received at your appointment in your DB Homes binder.
- Mark ongoing deadlines on your calendar and make sure you get your design decisions in on time.
- Expect some variations. Every home is different, and your finishes will take on their own distinctive look and feel in your home.
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