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Interior Door Widths: A Decision You'll Never Regret

When building a new home, interior door widths are one instance where wider is better. Building codes address door width, but codes are typically adopted on a local basis and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Take for instance a family that was moving a portable crib from one room to another--it measured 31-inches wide, fully assembled. You can bet they were glad to have opted for 32-inch wide doors! 

Wider doors do require more attention in the design phase. But for ease of moving furniture, access with a walker/wheelchair, or just not having to turn sideways when entering the bathroom, don't settle for less!  http://ow.ly/Qef7s #homedesign
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Home Security, Part 1 - Before selecting and investing in a security system, first identify what you're looking to protect. Beyond making sure your doors and windows are secure, there are several other important areas of your home to consider. Click to read more. http://ow.ly/Q8vcF #homesecurity
Before selecting and investing in a security system, first identify what you're looking to protect. Beyond making sure your doors and windows are secure, here are the most common issues and solutions: Break-ins: Motion sensors, garage door monitor, lighting, panic button, etc.
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Summer Special - Triple Play!
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Storm Doors: Functionality and Style, Part 2

Many storm doors come with a screen option--in either full door or half door styles--but it can take away from the visual appeal of your home's entry and obstructs your view to the outside. A standard insect screen blocks 30%-40% of the daylight coming through your window; and, from the street, makes the windows look darker. An alternative is retractable screens such as Larson Doors' Screen Away® doors, which offer both visual appeal as well as unobstructed views. The screen is housed in a hidden cassette at the top of the door. When not in use, it rolls up to give a clear view and can be adjusted to the desired level for air flow. http://ow.ly/PxkPZ #stormdoors #homedesign
Many storm doors come with a screen option--in either full door or half door styles--but it can take away from the visual appeal of your home's entry and obstructs your view to the outside. A standard insect screen blocks 30%-40% of the daylight coming through your window; and, from the street, ...
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Too Open?

No doubt about it, homes with open floor plans sell. And for good reason--everyone feels connected, there's a feeling of spaciousness, and open floor plans entertain well. But can a floor plan be too open?

Many buyers prefer a plan with two entertaining areas or homes with an area on the main floor that can be shut off for privacy such as a den or sun room for sound control. The Dellwood (plan #24031) offers multiple spaces for entertaining with a family room and formal living room on the main level and a game room with a snack bar feature on the upper level. The upper level also features three bedrooms, making it the perfect spot for children/teens to gather. http://ow.ly/Penna
No doubt about it, homes with open floor plans sell. And for good reason--everyone feels connected, there's a feeling of spaciousness, and open floor plans entertain well. But can a floor plan be too open? Many buyers prefer a plan with two entertaining areas or homes with an area on the main ...
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You Have Options

When you look at house plans, do you ever get stuck on one aspect of the design that isn't quite the right fit for you? Perhaps the most debated over areas of the home are the kitchen/dining/family spaces. And, rightfully so as this is where the family spends most of their time together. Fear not--you always have options!

The Calverton, plan #8530, offers multiple layouts for kitchen, dining, and family room placement. You could opt for an expanded kitchen if you enjoy cooking. The dining area can become a breakfast nook for a more defined space. These aren't your only options for making your home your own--the possibilities are "endless." #homedesign
When you look at house plans, do you ever get stuck on one aspect of the design that isn't quite the right fit for you? Perhaps the most debated over areas of the home are the kitchen/dining/family spaces. And, rightfully so as this is where the family spends most of their time together.
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One Size Fits All?

When evaluating a home's livability, activity-oriented buyers look for amenities that accommodate their varied pursuits. Today's example plan (#50032) was inspired by just such a buyer, as evidenced by the kitchen island/table.

More than merely a food prep area, this home's island becomes the home's activity center--transitioning from baking prep to eating area to game or craft table. While buyers with traditional preferences probably want a separate eating area, casual homeowners may deem the functionality of such an amenity exactly what they were looking for! http://ow.ly/OJCgK #homedesign #kitchendesign
When evaluating a home's livability, activity-oriented buyers look for amenities that accommodate their varied pursuits. Today's example plan (#50032) was inspired by just such a buyer, as evidenced by the kitchen island/table. More than merely a food prep area, this home's island becomes the ...
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Home Security, Part 2

After you have identified the perils from which you seek to protect your home, you have a few more important decisions:
Professionally installed vs. D-I-Y. Who will install your security system typically depends on its level of sophistication and whether there will be remote monitoring. Know that "free" or deeply discounted professional installation costs are usually offset by higher monthly monitoring fees. http://ow.ly/Q8yPJ #homesecurity
Professionally installed vs. D-I-Y. Who will install your security system typically depends on its level of sophistication and whether there will be remote monitoring. Know that "free" or deeply discounted professional installation costs are usually offset by higher monthly monitoring fees.
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Closets--More than just Storage

Closet storage is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The surging popularity of closet storage systems, fueled in part by cable TV shows transforming uninspired closets into fanciful wardrobes, has ushered in a new home design priority-the "clothes room."

Planned as carefully as a kitchen or the owner's suite bathroom, such spaces are increasingly being designed in three dimensions: their length; width and height. Many times a home's rooflines allow for the owner's suite closet to have a tall or sloping ceiling. 

Particularly useful for infrequently used or seasonal apparel, items can then be stored on a third rod and high shelves. Utilize all of the space you're paying for! And for easier access, add pull down rods or add a library ladder to reach to the top.

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Carpeting Stairs

Quieter and safer, carpeted stairs are more common in today's new homes than bare wood. There are two methods of installing the carpeting on stairs, "waterfall" and "cap and band."

The waterfall method uses a single piece of carpet for the staircase, draped over the stair tread (horizontal part of the step) and secured where the tread and riser (vertical part of the step) meet. Cap and Band installation, mostly used by experts, uses individual pieces of carpet for each step and additionally tacks the carpet tightly to the underside of each tread. Many homeowners prefer the traditional "finished" look of cap and band installation. Additionally, carpeting on a single step can be replaced if needed (i.e. stained), without having to re-carpet the entire staircase. And, the waterfall installation can come loose or sag as compared with cap and band but know that most installers will charge more for cap and band installation of your stair carpeting. http://ow.ly/Pm3Bs #homedesign #carpeting
Quieter and safer, carpeted stairs are more common in today's new homes than bare wood. There are two methods of installing the carpeting on stairs, "waterfall" and "cap and band." The waterfall method uses a single piece of carpet for the staircase, draped over the stair tread (horizontal part ...
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Outdoor Summer Gatherings

Summer is in full swing! And, with Independence Day quickly approaching, it's a great time to think about outdoor gatherings. Whether it's a front courtyard, expanded deck, or backyard barbecue, plan for outdoor entertaining when you are designing your new home. #homedesign #outdoorliving
Summer is in full swing! And, with Independence Day quickly approaching, it's a great time to think about outdoor gatherings. Whether it's a front courtyard, expanded deck, or backyard barbecue, plan for outdoor entertaining when you are designing your new home.
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Adding a storm door to your front entry can serve several purposes: security, natural light, airflow, and a touch of style. Sturdy storm doors provide security with an "extra lock" on your front entry as well as some protection from the elements. And, of course storm doors offer natural light and airflow, if you opt for a screen, but have you ever thought about the visual appeal of adding a storm door? There are many options available that can help showcase your style and set the mood when entering your home. A storm door of contrasting color (as shown at right) presents a bit of visual intrigue, while the view of the main entry invites guests into your home. #homedesign #porch
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