Windows 101

September 14th, 2017

Every home has windows. The question is, are the windows in your home right for your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. From providing light, to enhancing energy efficiency, to adding personality and style, the right window choices can make a real difference in your enjoyment of your home, in the time you spend on maintenance, and in heating and cooling costs Read More...

When Grandma Comes to Stay.

August 22nd, 2017

More and more family homes are becoming intergenerational. That’s a fancy way of saying that grandma and/or grandpa are moving in and planning to stay. The traditional idea of a mother-in-law suite is expanding with some families building separate cottages, others converting garages, and some opting to build a new home, complete with a separate space designed to make life easier for an elderly resident Read More...

Smart Homes = Smart Savings

August 15th, 2017

Smart homes are a growing trend – and that’s good news for people who also like to be smart about their money. That’s because many smart home technologies can also help reduce home costs related to energy and water. Smart thermostats are programmable, so they can be set to adjust the temperature when they sense your presence Read More...

The Ultimate Home Theater

August 8th, 2017

Dinner and a movie is a fun night out. But, it might be even more fun having that big screen movie theater experience in your own home! World Wide Stereo, one of the most respected builders of home theaters, is right in our local area. In fact, they’re the experts the Sal Paone Builder team turns to when making our homeowner’s movie magic dreams come true Read More...

Don’t Leave Home Without It!

August 1st, 2017

Going on vacation? Lucky you! But, don’t leave without taking precautions to protect your home. Otherwise you may not feel quite so lucky when you return. To guard against burglars, it’s a good idea to make your home look lived in. Mail piling up, or multiple newspapers on the lawn, are sure signs that the owner is away Read More...

Beachy, Budget-Friendly, Summer Décor

July 20th, 2017

Most of us can’t afford to spend summers in our own beach house. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the beach to your own home. With a little creativity, and very little money, you can add a beachy vibe to your humble abode. Forbes.com offers 14 Affordable Summer Decorating Ideas for creating an easy, breezy, beach house feeling Read More...

Designer Tips: Picking Your Home’s Perfect Palette

July 13th, 2017

So, you’ve purchased a new home – and now you need to pick your color palette. That means wall colors, furniture, window treatments, accessories and more for each room. Don’t panic! HGTV.com writers H. Camille Smith and Kathy McCleary have pulled together 15 great designer tips to get you started Read More...

Garbage Disposal Don’ts!

June 6th, 2017

Despite its straightforward name, a garbage disposal is not necessarily the right place to put all garbage. Strange, but true. Some of the basic everyday items we toss in and grind up can actually clog pipes and damage the disposal. Coffee grounds, eggshells and vegetable peels are prime example Read More...

Keep Your Cool!

May 26th, 2017

You know it’s coming. That summer heat wave that makes you melt – either because you don’t have central AC, or you can’t handle the cost of turning it on. Chill out! There are other ways to keep your house cool. Try a buckwheat pillow, for example. The hulls create a cooling airspace that helps dissipate body heat Read More...

Mortgage Rates are Moving. Is Now the Time to Buy?

March 22nd, 2017

According to U.S. News and World Report, the answer is “yes!” Reporter Theresa Mears notes that analysts expect rates to rise this year, but probably not by more than one-half to three-quarters of a percent, which means rates are predicted to stay below 5 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate home loan Read More...