Camping In Puget Sound: 5 Locations Perfect for Families

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 20, 2018 6:21:11 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design

Whether you’re new to Washington state or you’ve lived here your entire life, you’re probably well aware that Puget Sound is a place like no other. Stretching a full 100 miles from Deception Pass south to Olympia, the sound is a beautiful, lively body of water that offers residents nearly limitless experiences, from hiking and boating to birding, whale watching, and whitewater rafting.

With countless state parks, beachfronts, islands, and intriguing coves, it should be no surprise that Puget Sound is also home to some incredible camping spots. So pack up the kids this summer or fall, and start exploring these perfect camping spots for families.

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Idaho Fishing Holes: The Best Place to Cast a Line in Boise

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 24, 2018 3:42:51 AM

Summer in Idaho is ideal for getting your fill of the outdoors. And there’s nothing quite like heading out at dawn or dusk for a bit of fishing, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of one of our beautiful lakes or streams and fall into the soothing rhythm of casting, reeling, and, hopefully, catching a fish or two.

Luckily, if you live in the Boise area, there are countless fishing holes inside the city limits and within a short drive. On the weekends, you can head a bit farther afield to really surround yourself with nature. It’s the best of both worlds.

Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to cast a line in and around Boise.

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Moving Soon? 6 Washington Communities For the Outdoorsy Family

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 29, 2018 8:55:46 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who is looking to relocate soon, Washington state may be your heaven on earth. It’s known as the Evergreen State for a reason: Washington has more state parks than any other state, diverse recreational options, towering, old-growth forests, and beautiful beaches and lakes. Plus, we have a unique climate and geography that runs the spectrum from a west coast marine climate to snow-capped mountains to high desert.

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8 Oregon Hiking Trails You Need to Explore This Spring

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 10, 2018 8:59:00 AM

Topics: Custom home Oregon

The snow in the mountains is finally melting, temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer. For many people, that means it’s time to get out the hiking boots! Oregon hiking trails are some of the most beautiful in the country, and spring is the perfect time to explore them. Whether you are a seasoned hiker who seeks out the most rugged trails, or a weekend warrior who wants to take in the scenery on a short trail, Oregon has a hike for you.

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Trends in the PNW: Custom Home Features for Your Oregon Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 2, 2018 6:54:36 AM

Topics: Custom home Oregon

The real estate market in Oregon is healthy and growing, according to research by Zillow. The top areas for buyers are Portland, Bend, Beaverton, and Hillsboro, however, due to the popularity of these cities, inventory of existing homes can be low. No wonder custom homes are becoming more popular than ever in Oregon.

If you’re in the market for a new home, this year may be the perfect time for you to build custom. Not only will you get to build where you want—without being constrained by availability of pre-built homes—but you’ll also have a chance to incorporate all of the custom home features you’ve always wanted.

Let’s take a look at some of the top trends throughout Oregon for custom home features:

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Finding a Custom Home Builder in Portland: 5 Key Things to Look For

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Feb 27, 2018 6:48:50 AM

Topics: Custom home Oregon

You have dozens, maybe even hundreds, of options when choosing a custom homebuilder in Portland, so how do you know which one will be the best fit for your project? It’s always a good idea to interview multiple builders before making such an important decision. As you talk to potential partners, make sure you cover all five of these key elements before you sign a contract:

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Washington Custom Homes Trends for 2018

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington

According to PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018report, Washington remains a hot region, with Seattle ranked as the overall number one market to watch in terms of investment and development. For homebuilding prospects, Spokane is third, Seattle sits high on the list at number ten, and Tacoma remains in the middle at 44. Combined with a consistent increase in homeownership rates and demand for new homes, this makes Washington one of the most popular places to build a custom home.

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How to Find the Best Homebuilders in Idaho

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 27, 2017 11:59:18 AM

Topics: Caldwell (Boise)

As we head into 2018, homeowners across the country are weighing their housing options for the coming year. Should you sell, buy, stay put?

Luckily, recent analysis indicates that while the U.S. economy is steadily expanding, we don’t seem to be headed for another housing bubble. That’s great news for homebuyers across the country—including those in Idaho, where the housing market is strong and growing.

If you’re considering building a new home, 2018 will be a great year to do it. Now is the time to start the process, before interest rates go up again and while many areas in the state still have open land from which to choose.

One of your first steps should be identifying the ideal builder. Here, we explore the top ways to find the best homebuilders in Idaho.

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Holidays in Spokane: Fun Family Activities to Check Out

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Nov 30, 2017 8:56:32 AM

Topics: Spokane (Inland Northwest)

The holidays are fast approaching, which for many people means spending quality time with family. Whether you have tried-and-true traditions or like to try something new every year, there is plenty to do in the Spokane area while everybody is together for a few days. These are just a few examples of the family-friendly fun you can have this holiday season:

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7 Inland Northwest Influencers in Home Design

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 18, 2017 8:57:30 AM

Topics: Spokane (Inland Northwest)

Whether you prefer the style of a cozy lodge, sunny contemporary, or crisp modern, there is an interior designer in the Inland Northwest area that can help you. Building a new home means making a lot of decisions.

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