DIY "Smart Features" That Can Make Your Home Spectacular

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Feb 22, 2018 7:37:51 AM

Topics: Live Smart, Design

With modern devices that allow you to use voice control or wirelessly connect to appliances, outlets, and more, it’s easier than ever to implement smart features in your home without a significant investment. Many people want the peace of mind that these modern conveniences enable—better security, energy efficiency, home comfort, key-free locks, etc.—but don’t want to install a costly system.

If you want to make your home smarter, consider the following DIY ideas:

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Accessory Dwelling Units: 5 Must Haves for Your "Granny Flat"

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Feb 16, 2018 7:06:04 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Floor Plans, Design

As Americans continue to live longer and more active lives, a new dynamic has emerged between many homeowners and their family members. Today, more than 10 million adults help take care of an aging parent, often for years or even decades at a time. But that begs the question: Where are the parents going to live?

In many cases, the best solution is to have the parent—or both parents—come live with the rest of the family. Multigenerational living is becoming increasingly common across the country, as it offers convenience and cost savings.

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Smart Home Features to Know in the New Year

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Live Smart, Design

Strong holiday sales of smart home devices such as Alexa, Echo, and Google Home are evidence that an increasing number of people are adopting these new technologies for both convenience and comfort. If you received one of these practical (and sometimes entertaining) devices or are planning to purchase one, it’s a good idea to learn all about the various smart home features available to you.

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Tips for Turning Your Backyard Into an Oasis

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 26, 2017 9:18:57 AM

Topics: Design

The backyard is an extension of your home, and when done right, it can be a space that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you want a safe space for the kids to play, a quiet retreat after a busy day, or a party patio for entertaining the neighbors, these tips will help you make it happen.

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7 Latest Custom Home Exterior Trends

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Design

The exterior of your home is an opportunity to make a strong first impression. Whether it’s fitting in with the aesthetic of the neighborhood or standing out as one of the more distinct homes on the block, the exterior design and materials you choose are important considerations.

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5 Uses for the Dual Master Suite You Haven't Thought Of

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 17, 2017 12:20:57 PM

Topics: Lifestyle, Floor Plans, Design

Having two master bedrooms in your home gives you flexibility in how your family lives today and into the future. Dual master suites provide large bedrooms, bathrooms, and closet spaces that offer both comfort and privacy, and can be used in a variety of ways, such as:

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Have a Basement? Here Are 10 Creative Ways to Use It

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 12, 2017 11:52:17 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Design

The basement is an easily forgotten and often underutilized space in your home. If you’re just using it for laundry or storage, chances are that you are missing out on a potentially great space that your family would enjoy.

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 25, 2017 7:51:06 AM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Lifestyle, Design

For homeowners who enjoy a bit of gardening, landscaping can be one of the most exciting parts of building a custom home.

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Design

One of the many advantages of deciding to build instead of buy is that you have the opportunity to live in an energy-efficient home. Older homes come in various levels of quality, and unless it was originally designed with efficiency in mind, upgrading an existing home can be quite costly. Building science has come a long way in recent decades and many “green” building techniques are now becoming standard practices. New homes that are built with the environment in mind don’t necessarily have to cost a lot more, and they always cost less to operate because they use less energy.  

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Top Pinterest Profiles to Follow for Home Decorating Ideas

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Design

There are countless creative home decorating ideas you can use when designing your new house. With so many options, it can be difficult to keep track of all your choices. Luckily, Pinterest makes it easy to browse and organize photos of the ideas that resonate most.

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