Life at Home

Designing a Bedroom to Grow With Your Child

May 5, 2015
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It’s difficult to picture it when your child is an infant, but he or she will grow fast and bedroom needs will change just as quickly. Making smart choices when it comes to kids’ room décor will save you money and make transitions easier as your child ages. Keep the walls neutral Perhaps the best way to set up a child’s room for transitioning through the years is to paint the walls a versatile, neutral color. Although it may be tempting to paint the walls…

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7 Design Refresh Ideas for Spring

April 28, 2015

As the days grow longer and flowers bloom again, you can just feel the excitement in the air. Spring is here! This year, why not make a special point to bring the freshness of the season into your home? Whether you’ve just moved in or have been in your place for years, consider these seven ways to give your home a lift for the warmer weather. Spring for colorful plants and flowers: Spider plants and ivy are great year round, but when you introduce color into…

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Buying a Home

What Can You Get From the $300s?

April 23, 2015

We’ve all heard the adage, “All real estate is local,” yet it’s hard not to wonder what you could get for your money if you were buying in a different part of the country. Here’s a glimpse at homes currently priced from the $300s in three of the areas we build. ARIZONA Floor plan: The Harlan Location: Queen Creek, Arizona Community: Crismon Heights Home type: Ranch Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage + storage With an open family room, nook and kitchen—plus adjacent dining…

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Striking Features That Could Be in Your Next Kitchen

April 16, 2015

Kitchens. We require they be as beautiful as they are useful—with appliances, countertops and, well, both the proverbial and literal kitchen sink functioning as tools for everyday living and stylish expressions of individuality. Art and utility combined in one central room. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some equally sleek and practical features to look for in your next kitchen. Butcher block countertops Cutting boards? No need for those when you’ve got a durable butcher block countertop made from expertly fashioned wood. Not only…

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Selling a Home

Strategies to Keep Your House Clean When Selling

April 6, 2015

Many potential homebuyers have a tough time seeing past dust and disarray. Can you blame them? But living in your home and keeping it buyer-ready at all times can be rather daunting. Before you schedule your first showing, it’s a good idea to: Declutter and depersonalize. It may be difficult for prospective buyers to envision themselves in a home filled with family photos and knickknacks. Plus, too much clutter can make your spaces seem smaller. Now is the perfect time to purge or donate items you…

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