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...

Hit the Bike Trails!

August 4th, 2020

In case you haven’t heard, bikes are back in a big way.  As COVID-19 has curtailed most social activities, adults and kids of all ages have rediscovered the joy of riding and exploring on two wheels. For those who live in the Philadelphia region, there are miles and miles of beautiful paved trails for road bikes and beach cruisers, as well as rugged trails for mountain biking Read More...

Mortgage Lenders Become More Demanding

June 23rd, 2020

If you planned on buying a new home prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good news is that builders, including Sal Paone Builders, are still moving forward with construction. The possibly not-so-good news is that mortgage lenders are demanding higher credit scores and larger down payments. They’re also triple-checking employment status and eliminating some kinds of loans altogether 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...

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...

Creating an Outdoor Oasis

June 11th, 2019

It’s outdoor living season – and that means it’s time to turn your patio, deck or yard into an oasis of both beauty and functionality.  With today’s many products designed specifically for open-air living, it’s easy to move beyond the grill, cooler and lawn chair mindset.  Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home, one without walls or limitations Read More...

Picture This!

May 14th, 2019

You have a blank wall and want to dress it up with family photos or art. But wait! You’re stumped by the age-old question: Should the picture frames match the décor, or the art and photos? Lucky for us, the Philadelphia Inquirer and design expert Jennifer Adams have the answer. Unfortunately, it’s not a definitive answer and will depend on your personal preferences, within some general design parameters Read More...

Ready, Set, Sell!

May 7th, 2019

If you’re hoping to make the move to a beautiful new home in the near future, you may need to sell your existing home first. Now’s the time to get moving, but it’s important to know what things to spruce up – and what you can leave alone. This article from the Philadelphia Inquirer can help Read More...

Fabulous Foliage Right at Home

October 28th, 2015

The beauty of fall and the brilliant reds, golds, and oranges of autumn foliage are so often viewed as the special treasures of New England. But, here is our own area, is an equal bounty of beauty. Anthony R. Wood, a Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, offers his musings on the wonders of turning leaves in our own Penn’s Woods (a Read More...

Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

June 2nd, 2015

Gentlemen (and ladies) start your engines. It’s that special time of year when the sound of engines and the smell of green fill the air. Grass is growing and you’re trimming and mowing, over and over again. Despite the seeming simplicity of the task, there are ways to make lawn and shrub care go more efficiently and safely, from wearing the right clothes to selecting the right equipment to understanding your terrain Read More...