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...

Everyone’s Moving Home

November 2nd, 2020

With so many people becoming unemployed or underemployed during COVID-19, meeting rent or mortgage payments can be difficult. That’s driving a trend towards multigenerational homes, as family members of all ages and life stages decide to live together and share expenses. That could mean a younger family moving into their parent’s home, older parents deciding to live with their children, young adults moving back home or any other combination Read More...

Accessible Home Design

September 23rd, 2020

Home builders, architects and remodelers are making strides in designing accessible homes. That means individuals who are disabled, elderly or looking ahead with a desire to age in place can increasingly enjoy homes of all styles and designs that are user-friendly, safe – and beautiful. Even an 18th-century farmhouse can be transformed into a comfortable home that’s completely wheelchair accessible Read More...

Will COVID-19 Change Home Design?

June 11th, 2020

The short answer is “yes.”  In fact, many architects believe the pandemic will change our homes forever. In this article from dwell, 17 architects and designers explain how the experience of sheltering in place may have long-term effects on what we value in a home. After going through the COVID-19 pandemic in your current home, what are some of the features that you want the most in a new home? Location may become more important, especially remote locations that offer more outdoor space Read More...

What’s Cookin?

January 14th, 2020

Winter is the perfect time to cook up a storm.  Whether your talents tend towards soups, stews, roasts, five-course gourmet dinners, delicious cakes and pies – or all of the above – a fabulous kitchen makes it all so much easier. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis recently sold her $7 million dollar home, which included an amazing kitchen you may have seen on her cooking show “Giada at Home Read More...

Perfect Installations

November 7th, 2018

Sometimes, it’s the little things that count.  Take custom closets, shelving, shower doors or medicine cabinets.  These items are used over and over in a home, so they need to be perfect in the way they’re installed and the way they function.  Sal Paone makes sure that every detailed is covered by turning to experts in specific areas Read More...

Questions to Ask Your Home Builder

July 10th, 2018

If you’ve decided to go with new construction for your next home, selecting the right builder is just as important as deciding on your dream design.  In addition to having an excellent reputation, your builder should be one who is always willing to answer your questions – because you’re going to have a lot of them Read More...

BOLD Colors are In!

February 7th, 2018

Feel like the white, gray and beige color trend is getting a bit boring? Then you’ll love the predictions for the most popular paint colors of 2018.  The palette is bold, moody and introspective. Think rich and warm shades from greenish blues to deep, dark hues, in choices that work for any style from traditional to contemporary Read More...

What Lies Beneath…

January 31st, 2018

One of the most important considerations in designing a new or renovated kitchen is what lies beneath everything else.  That’s the flooring – and there are many choices and considerations in choosing what’s right for you.  Houzz.com takes a look at the pros and cons of five popular kitchen flooring materials, including hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate and vinyl Read More...

Winter Homework: Builder Shopping!

January 24th, 2018

While the winter season may not be the best time to visit a new home community, it’s a great time to shop for a builder. Many buyers interested in new construction search for a home style, location or community that fits their needs. All of that is important – but it’s also essential to identify a builder you can trust to deliver quality, craftsmanship and exceptional service before and after the sale Read More...