How to Reduce Cooling Costs

July 27th, 2021

As summer heats up, a few proactive measures can help you keep home cooling costs down.

The National Education Association (NEA) offers 5 tips that can slash your energy bill, and create a more comfortable inside environment. According to the NEA, a ceiling fan or circulating fan can make you feel six or seven degrees cooler, due to the wind-chill effect. A programmable thermostat can decrease your summer cooling bill by 10%, and a well-maintained AC system will decrease energy consumption by 5% to 15%.  Your home will stay cooler if you avoid cooking on a stovetop, running a clothes dryer, or using the dishwasher during the day.  And, you can achieve significant savings by preventing solar heat gain. Highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%.

Learn more about these easy, cost-saving tips here. For a home with all of the latest energy-saving features built in, consider one built by Sal Paone Builders.  Visit our website to learn more!

5 Easy Garden Upgrades

July 20th, 2021

Although it’s almost mid-summer, it’s not too  late to create a backyard garden space that’s as beautiful as it is relaxing. Check out this quick video from Beth Allen, owner of DIY Hip Chicks. She offers 5 ways to upgrade your backyard on a budget. Ideas include defining the spaces that are important to your family, like a grilling station, herb garden or seating, and creating a focal point or maybe a garden path Read More...

A Drive-By Says It All

July 13th, 2021

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a new home, a visit to Plymouth Valley Estates might convince you to jump into the market. This beautiful community by Sal Paone Builders is close to being sold out.  However, there’s a possibility that additional sites may open in the future. Drive by and see why so many buyers jumped at the chance to own a Paone Read More...

Build-It-Yourself Sears Homes

July 6th, 2021

Image copyright Sears Roebuck & Co If you were in the market for a new home between 1908 and 1940, you may have decided to build one yourself using a kit from Sears Roebuck & Co.  The company created well-made, stylish, affordable housing that became known as “the American dream in a box, or simply a “bungalow in a box Read More...

Messy Home? It’s Ok!

June 9th, 2021

To all those who feel “less-than” in the age of uber-organized spaces, and Marie Kondo-like purges, here’s some helpful news:  it’s not a moral failing to have a slightly cluttered home. In fact, as detailed in this article from houselogic, life can be better with slightly more stuff!  Before you panic-clean, or do a guilt-trip-motivated straightening or decluttering, consider these 7 reasons why you should just let it be Read More...

It’s Camp Season!

June 2nd, 2021

Summer in Plymouth Meeting means camps – lot of camps! The many options offered by Plymouth Township are the perfect solution for busy parents and restless kids. There’s something for every interest, and plenty of opportunities to try something  new. Strengthen sports skills. Experience superhero adventures Read More...

Create an Outdoor Oasis

May 26th, 2021

Going out, while staying home, is one of 2021’s biggest trends, as outside living spaces become more important to homeowners post-pandemic. Backyards, decks and patios are evolving into comfortable, well-equipped extensions of home. Better Homes & Gardens offers these 7 Outdoor Living Trends That Will Be Huge in 2021 Read More...

Not a Lot of Lots Left!

May 19th, 2021

Only a few lots remain at Plymouth Valley Estates, Sal Paone Builders’ highly popular, single-home community in Plymouth Meeting. Currently there are just nine homesites available. A new floorplan has also been released. The Grayson model features four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a family room with fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, an owner’s suite with an elegant owner’s bath, a second-floor laundry room, a two-car garage and so much more Read More...

Home Décor Trends Right Now

April 22nd, 2021

Ready for a home freshen up?  This year’s spring décor trends may be right up your ally if you’re ready to tolls out the old dark decorations and replace them with neutral colors, wood and natural accents, textures, and maybe a bit of pottery. Hitchswitch gives you the specifics. According to their design experts, whites, creams and light colors are in, with deep brown favored as a bit of contrast Read More...

Spring Gardening Tips

April 15th, 2021

Spring has sprung and that means gardeners are dreaming of summer blooms and fresh veggie harvests. Now’s the time to plan and prep for warm weather color, scents and tastes. Gardening experts Thompson and Morgan offer these Top 10 Tips to prepare your garden, including ordering seeds and bulbs, tidying up flower beds, removing garden pests, moving dormant shrubs and more Read More...