The Perfect Home Gym

May 19th, 2020

If you’re the type who enjoys working out, today’s stay-at-home reality may have you missing your gym or yoga studio.  Now’s a great time to plan to transform a spare room or basement into your own private workout space. Houzz Contributor Laura Gaskill shows you how, with 10 ideas to give your space (and you) a jolt of inspiration Read More...

8 Winter Black-Thumb Mistakes

February 18th, 2020

It would seem that keeping plants flourishing indoors over the winter should be easy. After all, you don’t need to contend with rain, drought, deer pillaging and other outdoor challenges. So, why do so many people have trouble keeping their indoor plants healthy?  This article from Realtor Read More...

Paying Too Much for Homeowners Insurance?

February 7th, 2020

Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity, but understanding coverages and costs is not always easy.  That’s why it’s hard to really know if you’re paying too much. A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted Delaware Valley Consumers’ Checkbook, is a local nonprofit consumer group that can help you feel more confident in the price you pay Read More...

7 Ways to Prepare for a Fire

January 28th, 2020

It’s fireplace and woodstove season – and there’s no better time to be sure your family is prepared in the event of a home fire.  The American Red Cross offers 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire, starting with installing the right number of smoke alarms.  They suggest teaching children what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when they hear one Read More...

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...