Friday, April 2, 2021

Hilltop House Construction Progress April 2021

We purchased our hilltop wooded lot over a year ago and the project was delayed so much that we didn't think it was ever going to happen for us. 

We drove by the lot during our weekly errands in early March and still, nothing. 

On March 20, 2021, out of curiosity we again drove by the lot. To our great surprise, it looked like something was happening! We had ourselves a pit!!!

Five days later on March 25, the foundation was laid. The builder surely didn't waste anytime after they secured the building permit for us. Picture below, this is the side that's going to support our garage. We love that our basement will have high ceiling (9.5 - 10 feet) just like the floors above (ground and second floors 10 feet, third floor 9 feet). 

This is from the other side where we will have a bay window above. 

Looks like we will have a few steps leading up to our front portico, according to our grading. I am guessing at least 6 steps based on the slope. 

April 2, 2021: foundation is still curing. Waterproofing membrane was installed. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

5 Ways to Boost the Value of Your Home

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If you are considering selling your home, you will want to increase its value to its fullest potential. There are many different ways of doing this, from larger projects to smaller changes. Here are just five ways that you can help to boost the value of your home.

     1. Repairs
      If your home has suffered any damage, for example, from mold or water, it is essential that you get it properly repaired. Your home should be safe, hospitable, and high quality, and a damage repair service can help you achieve this. Getting any damage properly repaired can also help reduce the risk of further damage and problems for yourself or future owners.

2. Curb Appeal
This is how your home looks from the outside. The exterior is often the first thing that people see of your home, so it is vital not to neglect this. First impressions are important! There are plenty of things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal, such as making sure your front yard or porch is neat and tidy, adding plants and flowers, creating appropriate storage for waste and trash, and even just giving your front door a fresh coat of paint.

3. Redecorate
You may be so used to your home that you don’t notice dirty or damaged areas like walls or flooring. However, a potential buyer is more likely to recognize these things. Redecorating can help to improve the value of your home. Cleaning your floors and walls, revarnishing, painting, or rearranging furniture can help to make your home cleaner and more refreshed. There is a reason many people choose to paint their walls white when they are selling. The lighter colors can make rooms seem larger and airier.

4. Tidy Up Your Yard
If you have a backyard, make the most of it! Spending some time outside gardening and sprucing up your yard can make a huge difference. Do you need to replace or repaint your fence? Could your yard benefit from a water feature such as a pond or fountain? These small changes can help to increase your home’s value. You don’t have to be an expert in the garden either; just tidying up and making sure it looks neat can really help. If you have pets, make sure to clean up after them.

5. Go Green
Making your home as green and eco-friendly as possible is a big attraction for potential buyers. There are plenty of different ways you can do this. Installing double glazed windows helps keep heat in, reducing your energy bills and impact on the planet. Solar panels and other forms of renewable energy may also help to make your home more desirable. Making your home more energy efficient is a brilliant way to increase its value while reducing its impact on the environment. Energy efficiency can be very important criteria for some buyers, so it is worth looking into your options and ways to achieve this.

Creating a Beautiful Eco-friendly Garden This Summer

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As the days grow longer and warmer, leaving the chill of winter behind, looking forward to spending more time outdoors in the sunshine is something many look forward to. Early spring is a good time to start preparing your garden for the better weather, and there's always plenty to do. From clearing out debris from your flower beds, tackling the weeds, and repainting fences, the list of garden chores can stretch on forever. Perhaps this year, you want to try something different, particularly if life in lockdown has made you want to alter your domestic surroundings to make them feel brand new. If you are planning on a garden transformation this year, here are some tips on how you can not only make it beautiful but eco-friendly, too!

Wildlife Garden
If you want to help the eco-system in your garden, planting wildflowers and allowing your garden to thrive naturally is a great way to do this. While you will still need to do the occasional cull, leaving things untouched lets nature takes its course and can provide a safe environment for insects, birds, and other animals to thrive. For those who prefer more manicured looks, you could always dedicate a portion of your garden to this rather than the whole thing.

During the various lockdowns across the globe in the last 12 months, many people decided to try growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in their gardens. This is a great way to move towards a self-sufficient lifestyle, and you won't get produce as fresh as when you've picked it from your allotment. It will take some dedication to care for your vegetables, but this shouldn't be a problem if you're a keen gardener. It's even better if you love to cook and want to wow family and friends with a delicious meal made from ingredients from your kitchen garden!

Fencing and Other Structures
Another way to make your garden eco-friendlier is by carefully considering the materials you're using for your fences and other structures like greenhouses or summerhouses. Choose a supplier that can provide green materials to use for your projects and materials that will be durable in all sorts of weather. You can find out more about these types of fencing here.

Try to Reduce the Use of Chemicals
Weed killers and pesticides can be useful for gardeners trying to preserve their plants, but these chemicals can harm the overall eco-system in your garden. Where possible, try to use natural methods rather than chemical options to reduce damaging other plants and lifeforms in your garden. Things like using water to spray off greenflies, copper slug rings, and even planting certain things together to reduce chances of disease and pests are all things you ought to try first.

You can enjoy any style of garden and still make it eco-friendly with these suggestions. It's the perfect way for you to enjoy your outdoor space and have peace of mind that you are doing your bit for the environment.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Top Three Tips for Renovating Your Home

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Does your home’s decor look drab and outdated? Has its curb appeal lost its appeal? Do you experience ‘house envy’ every time you step foot in other properties? If your answer to all three of those questions was an unequivocal Yes!, then it sounds like your humble abode is in desperate need of a facelift!

If you want your home renovation venture to go off without a hitch, be sure to heed the three top tips listed below:

Take your time with the renovation

When you decide to spruce up your home, it’s imperative that take a careful, patient, and tactful approach to your renovation process. One wrong move in this instance could end up having an adverse effect on the aesthetic appeal of your property for years to come, which is why you must take your time with this venture.
Make use of temporary mobile self-storage

You’ll never truly have the capacity to renovate your home if it remains full to brim with all of your worldly belongings, simply because you won’t have the space that you require to unleash your full interior inspiration.
Don’t worry; you don’t necessarily have to start chucking out all of your precious items in order to make this space. There is a straightforward solution to this situation, that being for you to invest in a temporary mobile self-storage unit. This will entail you hiring a secure storage container, filling it with all of your belongings, and unpacking it again when you’re ready to add the finishing touches to your new home design.
If you want to ensure the safety of your items when you take this storage route, be sure to get in touch with a professional mobile storage company such as MI-BOX. This dedicated team of residential moving experts operate a no-tilt lifting system, which means that they will have the capacity to optimize your belongings' safety during the storage process. For more information about the quality level of service that they provide, be sure to visit
Avoid common renovation mistakes
There are a whole host of common home renovation mistakes that must avoid making. Here are three blunders that you should attempt to steer clear of at all costs:
1. Underestimating the cost of the venture — full-scale home renovations aren’t cheap, which is why you must get to grips with the financial obligations of this venture before you dive headfirst into it
2. Expecting everything to go according to plan — make no mistake about it, you will be sure to encounter a whole host of unforeseen hurdles and challenges during your renovation process
3. Not hiring a professional designer — if you want to bring your new home design to life stylishly and succinctly, you need to align yourself with a professional decor designer right from the off
Do you want to take your home’s design to the next level? If so, be sure to put the guidance and advice laid out above into practice.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Three Quick Tricks That Make A Real Difference To Your Home Style

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If you can say one thing about the last 12 months, it’s that we’ve had a lot more time to appreciate our homes. But, with more time than usual staring at the same four walls, the desire to make a few quick-fire changes is bound to be very strong.

If the spark of inspiration is still eluding you, here are a few easy ways to make your home look different without too much effort, too much expense, or without making too much of a mess.

#1 Give your walls a new look

Decorating can be very messy and inconvenient. There’s furniture to move, and a very good chance paint is going to end up getting splashed on the couch or your favorite rug. Not only that, cleanup can take ages, and washing the brushes and paint rollers out are one fo the many things that can make the kitchen sink clogged.

Also, if you are a renter, your landlord isn’t going to take too kindly to you repainting your rooms without their permission. There are other alternatives like wall art (bought cheaply on internet auction sites or from thrift stores) which can change the look of your walls and can be moved around again next time you want a change.

While you are there, you could pick up some mirrors that will also transform your living space and reflect light back into your rooms.

#2 Colorful crockery
You might not have the budget to redecorate your kitchen or be able to change too much if you are a tenant, but what you can do is fill the space with colorful crockery. Mismatched, bright pieces can give your meal preparation and dining areas plenty of retro character, and if you source them from thrift stores or end of lines sales online, you can achieve this look on a very small budget.

You could also extend this to your plant pots which you can make colorful as well and extend that bright kitchen vibe around the rest of the house.

#3 Light it up
We all know how different our rooms look in a different light. Another thrift store purchase could be some lighter, brighter curtains which let more light in and make the rest of the room seem brighter. If that’s not for you, spending every evening by candlelight can give your living space a warmer, cozier, calmer, and more romantic feel.

To add to the overall chilled-out feeling, some of those candles could be scented with fragrances that make the place seem fresher or create a mood for a time of year, like spices, pumpkin, and nutmeg in the holiday season.

If you are on a low budget, or if you are a tenant, then changing the look of your living space can be hard. However, with a few left-field ideas and studious use of the internet to spot bargains (and a few trips to the thrift store), that fresh look might not be as out of reach as you might have thought.
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