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20 Front Porch Ideas for Small or Sprawling Spaces

Having a sprawling front porch is beautiful and definitely adds value to your home; however, most of us have small porches that sit happily, waiting for attention. Even a smaller porch can look stunning with the right accents and furniture.  Whether your porch is small or sprawling, we’ve found 20 front porch ideas that take ...

8 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Improve Your Curb Appeal

We’ve come up with 8 things you can do this weekend to improve your curb appeal. Some home exterior changes require a dumpster in the driveway and serious contractor bills… or several trips to the hardware store to really confirm you have no idea what’s coming! That said, other changes are simple enough that even ...

Window Labels: What You Need to Know

Energy Performance Labels: What You Need To Know I know you’ve seen those weird blue window labels that just get peeled off with no thought.  Those window labels give important information and things you need to know! If you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing one, sooner or later you’ll probably need to ...

2020 Buzz Word in Home Design: Sustainability

What’s the 2020 buzz word in home design? SUSTAINABILITY.  Everywhere our designers travel, talking to builders, homeowners, and designers, everyone is referring to sustainability. Tackling that word, we asked around to figure out exactly what that looks like for homeowners like you and me.    According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of sustainable is “harvesting or using ...

Home Exterior Design Tips for 2020

Your home’s exterior is a reflection of you. We’ve come up with a list of home exterior design tips for 2020…what to ditch and do. It is proving to be an exciting time for home exterior design. Basically, simple and low maintenance is a DO, and complicated, excess is time to DITCH. People are spending ...

6 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Garage Door

We use 6 tips for choosing the perfect garage door for your home’s style. There are considerations to think about when selecting a garage for your home. Many homeowners are faced with a garage dilemma.  You want curb appeal but also don’t want to spend the money on a custom garage. We are always searching ...

Best Outdoor Railing for Your Home’s Architecture

Outdoor railings are a great way to add curb appeal! Finding the best railing for your home’s architecture can be quite a challenge because there are so many wonderful options but also codes that need to be met. Out with the spindles and in with the horizontal, wrought iron, or even chippendale style.  Even with ...

Questions Answered About White Painted Brick

Questions answered about white painted brick…White painted brick is a brick&batten favorite.  Why? Because the look transforms any home in a huge way, without tearing into walls and putting a dumpster in the driveway! White painted brick looks fresh and bright. It’s a great backdrop for natural wood accents, clay pottery, and essentially goes with ...