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Window Treatment Secrets That Sell Your Home

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shading-124-photoSelling your home can be a long and enduring process depending on the real estate market. From fixing tiles to applying a fresh coat of paint, preparing a house for the market is a tremendous effort. The condition of your home’s windows, window treatments, and fixtures can greatly impact whether your home sells quickly or not. Every home has its own style, however when reselling your home, it can be a challenge to present your home reflecting a neutral style; with minimal furniture and décor to complement each room. Our experts have gathered top selling criteria regarding maximizing your home’s windows to delight and sway potential buyers walking through your home at your next open house. Read more »

Top 5 Window Treatment Trends for Your Home

Posted: Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | Filed under: Home Design, Home Improvement, Remodeling, window treatments
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P1050337If you are moving into a new home, looking to change up the look and style of one, or replacing old shades, you would do well to keep these five window shade trends in mind.

Neutral colors are still “in.” Why are neutral colors like white and off-white still great options for window treatments? It is because they are timeless. You can absolutely change every other part of the room – the sofa, the center table, the rug, etc. – and a neutral colored shade will still be an attractive sight. One may argue that such colors are plain but you can vary the type of material and/or style of shade to give it that extra bit of pizzazz. Read more »

Homeowners Tips for a More Energy Efficient Winter

Posted: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: awnings, Home Improvement, Remodeling
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 Whether or not you live in a home or an apartment, there are a few simple steps that everyone can take to conserve a little more energy (and a little more cash).  We’ve collected a few of our favorites.  They are simple and easy, and can make a real, tangible difference to your heating bills in the winter months.

 

1.  Installing evergreen plants close to your house can help you save up to 30% in energy costs.  If you are going to plant trees as a windbreak, you should plant them on the north and northwest side of your home.  This way, they will block the winds, but not the sunshine (which travels lower on the southern horizon in the winter).  It is important to keep in mind that windbreaks work best when the evergreen trees you are planting are less than the length of two trees from your home. Read more »

Elements of Landscape Design

Posted: Friday, October 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Home Improvement, Landscape Design, Remodeling, Uncategorized
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Landscape design can be thought of as an art form where the outdoor area is the painter’s canvas which needs to be filled with aesthetic value. One of the distinctions of this type of art is that it is in a constant state of change. The professional who does backyard landscaping in Monmouth County has to consider the area from several perspectives. It should be visually pleasing of course, but it must also have an element of function and be ecologically responsible in design. The goal is to incorporate all of the basic elements so that they collectively create a unified landscape design. There are four basic elements that must be brought together to form a landscape that is aesthetically pleasing and matches the exterior design of the home. Read more »

How to Make Old Windows more Energy Efficient

Posted: Friday, September 27th, 2013 | Filed under: Blockout shades, drapery systems, Green shading, Remodeling
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Window replacement and maintenance are often the most overlooked project when considering home improvement. Purchasing Baltimore window replacements and installing more energy efficient windows is one way to ensure that the windows of a home are up to par and conserving the most energy. However, window replacements are not always necessary and in some historic districts there can be some very strict guidelines pertaining to what can and cannot be done to structures. There are several methods that homeowners can use to help older models become more energy efficient windows. A homeowner will most likely need to invest some money as well as some time in restoring the windows. Older windows can be repaired and updated whereas some of the newer window units are more difficult to repair or update. Here are a few things that homeowners can do to make their old windows more energy efficient. Read more »