How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Custom Home

Are you getting ready to buy a major appliance, like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or dryer for your new custom home? The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM.org) recommends the following tips: Get the specs. Ask your dealer for specifications from several manufacturers offering the type of appliance...

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Simple Steps to Be Your Own Mosquito Fighting Squad

Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes. That's the result of a new...

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, getting ready takes lots of pre-planning. From Real Simple magazine, a moving checklist: Two Months Before • Sort and Purge – Go through every room in your home and decide what you will take and what you will get...

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Metal Roofs Equal Tax Credits

Metal roofing has many advantages when it comes to energy efficiency—including a recently-added $500 credit for homeowners. Those who are planning to install a metal roof atop their primary residence in 2016, or installed one in 2015, can capitalize on the tax break. “Consumers are making...

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Improving Your Custom Home’s Energy Efficiency

Did you know that the energy used by homes in the U.S. accounts for almost one-quarter of the country’s overall energy consumption? Or that the average household spends upwards of $2,200 a month on utilities? Improving your custom home’s energy efficiency can be accomplished in several...

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Eight Paradise Worthy Elements for Your Custom Home Patio

Mother Nature is the ultimate exterior designer, and she shows off her chops every spring and summer when backyards come alive with colorful flowers, birdsong, warm breezes and the lush aroma of newly mown grass. Is your custom home deck, patio or other outdoor entertaining...

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Attic to Bonus Room Conversion Tips for Your New Custom Home

Open floor plans, mini-mansions, micro homes — some home design styles and elements shift with the currents of consumer tastes. However, others stand the test of time because they’re enduringly useful. Attics or lofts, for example, are a staple of American custom home design, remaining...

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Fresh, New, Design Ideas for Your Custom Home

There’s no season like springtime to design the interior of your new custom home—and one of the simplest ways to breathe life into it is with a fresh color palette. “Spring embodies the saying ‘Out with the old, in with the new,’ and provides the opportunity...

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