Would You Consider an Open Bathroom?

December 24th, 2019

Sal Paone Builders is always happy to work with our community home buyers to customize floor plans and amenities.  We also love the opportunity to build a completely custom home.  But, one thing we’ve never been asked to do is build an open bathroom -- meaning a loo without doors. One local real estate investor in West Philadelphia is marketing such a home, inspired by several luxury hotels around the world Read More...

Easy Holiday Decorating

December 17th, 2019

When it comes to the holidays, the best way to beat stress is by keeping it simple.  That’s especially true for decorating your home.  Simplicity can also help you keep costs down, especially when you rely on natural elements that you can pick or clip for free from your yard or a woodsy area in your neighborhood Read More...

What’s Best for Warmth?

November 26th, 2019

Sweater weather will soon turn to the season of snow and ice – and that means we’ll all be looking for extra warmth. A wood stove can make a real difference in keeping your home warm and cozy.  Which wood stove is best? There are many styles, but your first consideration should be what kind of fuel you will want to use Read More...

Two-Tone Before and After

September 25th, 2019

We love before and after remodeling photos – almost as much as we love the trending two-tone look for interiors. Many of our new home buyers opt for a two-tone color palette, similar to what’s highlighted in these photos from houzz.  They show how an older kitchen and dining area were given a clean, contemporary look with the simple choice of color in two slightly different shades, or in different, but compatible hues Read More...

The Dreaded SLFs!

September 19th, 2019

The Spotted Lantern Flies are back for another season of terrorizing our local area. Although beautiful in some ways, they are a destructive, invasive pest that threaten many crops and plants, especially fruit trees, grapevines, hops, hardwoods and ornamentals.  These pests can also cause a foul odor, which develops as the SLFs feed on trees and excrete a sugary substance, sometimes called honeydew Read More...

How to Save on Cooling Costs

August 14th, 2019

The scorching heat wave we all experienced in early July had home air conditioning costs soaring right along with the temperatures.  While you can’t control the weather conditions outside, there are steps you can take to reduce your AC bill and power usage inside.  Planting trees around your home, and dressing your windows with solar screens or films are just two of the 9 Ways to Cool Down Air Conditioning Costs offered by Bankrate Read More...

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

June 18th, 2019

Going green at home doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of green.  There are little things you can do everyday that can make a big difference.  We’re talking LED lightbulbs, using a toaster oven instead of the big oven, composting your food scraps, fixing leaky faucets, line-drying laundry, and reusing shopping bags for starters Read More...

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

April 24th, 2019

A lot has changed when it comes to taxes and the related benefits of owning a home.  New provisions in the federal tax laws can impact both current homeowners, as well as those considering taking the leap from renter to owner.  Realtor.com offers an excellent guide to the items that may, or may not, be deductible Read More...

Cool Features Every Kid’s Room Should Have

April 10th, 2019

Kids of all ages love having their own space.  When you design their rooms with today’s trendiest features, you can gain major points for being the coolest parent on the planet. What’s in?  Bunk beds, of course.  But today’s trend is to not have a desk underneath.  Better to have an extra sleeping space for when the BFF sleeps over Read More...

Snowed In?

March 13th, 2019

School-closing snow days are here.  Are you ready to keep your kids busy while keeping your sanity intact?  If the weather is too frightful for them to play outside, make it a fun, stress-free day inside with some boredom-busting ideas from Mommy Poppins and Accuweather.  With a little wax paper and a carpet, you can create an indoor ice-skating pond Read More...