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Pantries

  |  October 17, 2019

“Peace begins in the kitchens and pantries, gardens and backyards, where our food is grown and prepared.” – Michio Kushi Today’s open kitchens are prime entertaining space. That makes a walk-in or walk-through pantry a highly desirable feature. Pantries are a great way to avoid kitchen clutter, house utilitarian and infrequently used appliances and cookware, […]

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Winterizing Your Home

  |  October 10, 2019

It may still feel like summer, but shorter days and dropping leaves prove that winter is just a cold snap away. Taking a few hours to winterize your home this Fall can help prevent costly damage this Winter. Yard and Outdoor Living Spaces Turn off any hose misters. Shut off the water then drain exterior […]

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Posh and Pragmatic Bedroom Closets

  |  September 17, 2019

Today’s closets are becoming bigger and more luxurious, with walk-ins growing larger or being replaced with well-appointed dressing rooms. There are thoughtful options and simple planning considerations that can help deliver well-organized and highly functional storage, whether your primary focus is luxury or function. The Posh Plenty of floor space to accommodate a storage island, […]

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Exterior Finishes

  |  September 12, 2019

When it comes to style and curb appeal, the materials on the exterior of your home play a leading role. Whether planning a custom home or a major renovation, it’s easy to focus on visual impact, but there are also many practical considerations, including durability, maintenance, and cost. There are also structural considerations for materials […]

Newport Shores Window

Shedding Light on Windows

  |  August 13, 2019

Windows come in a seemingly unlimited array of shapes, sizes, and finishes, and the vocabulary surrounding them can be confusing. The below is a list of the most common types of windows: Double hung and single hung windows have two sections or sashes. For double hung windows, both sections can slide up or down to […]

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Coffee Bar, Home Pub, Tasting Room

  |  August 06, 2019

Coffee Bars, home pubs, and tasting rooms… small, specialized home bars are trending. An expansive walk-behind bar, whether in the rec room or off the pool, remains a desirable amenity—but it’s not practical for every home or experience. Homeowners are increasingly adding smaller, specialized bars in dining rooms, family rooms, kitchens and even bedrooms. These […]

The Eclipse Example Home at Dusk.

Outdoor Lighting

  |  July 24, 2019

Much like interior lighting, the impact and importance of exterior lighting is often overlooked. There is obvious functional value for safety, security, and better use of outdoor living space… but also a wealth of design potential. Entry Lighting: Front entry lighting should fuse form and function. The area needs good illumination, but it’s a key […]

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Glass Walls

  |  July 15, 2019

A glass wall is a gorgeous design feature that infuses a home with light and can open it up to a great view or prized outdoor living areas. Except in rare high-end custom homes, a glass wall is not literally a wall of glass; it’s typically a wall set with large windows and/or oversized doors […]

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Landscaping that Pays Dividends

  |  June 24, 2019

Live Large on Your Deck or Patio Patios are having a resurgence. If you’re thinking about adding a patio or deck, consider a few factors that may make it more impressive and inviting: 1 Add a glass wall or a pocket slider that opens to the outdoors. “Window Walls” are popular features that unite indoor […]

Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring

  |  June 07, 2019

While hardwood flooring still reigns supreme in many areas, it is worth considering the pros and cons of other options as you compose the finish palette for your home. Moisture-Resistant Faux Wood Home areas prone to moisture or water exposure, particularly basements and mud rooms, require water-resistant flooring. Several products mimic the look of hardwoods, […]