Fall Home Maintenance

While fall is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, pumpkin-flavored drinks, and changing scenery, it’s also a great time to prepare for the changing of the seasons. Before you know it, chilly fall nights will turn to freezing temperatures, so this week, we’re giving you a home maintenance checklist to consult heading into the fall. 

Check the Roof

Cleaning your gutters is one of the keys to preventing debris buildup and water damage, as clear gutters help redirect water from the roof. According to experts, gutter cleaning should happen a minimum of twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall (after the leaves fall.) The gutters should also be inspected up to 4 times a year. It’s also important to search for any debris on the roof and trim overhanging branches. Cleaning your gutters helps to prevent extensive water damage, mold, roof rot, and accelerated leaks. 

Ensure Warmth

Staying warm during the colder seasons doesn’t have to equate to sky-high heating costs. With some preparation, you and your budget can stay comfortable all year long. A programmable thermostat makes heating a home more efficient by setting a schedule that keeps a home comfortable when it needs to be. Checking the furnace, sealing gaps and leaks, and ensuring you have good insulation will also guarantee that your home stays warm as temperatures drop. Schedule an HVAC checkup today to get ahead of any issues!

Fix the Cracks

Patching and sealing the driveway may seem like a tedious and even unnecessary step in a fall maintenance checklist. Still, when the ice gets into cracks in the driveway and other paved areas, it will freeze, expand, and make cracks even bigger. This can lead to concrete crumbling and costly damage repairs, so save yourself the headache and pick up some concrete sealant today!

Fertilize Your Yard

It’s a little-known fact that fertilizing your lawn and plants going into fall and winter is very important! Many plant roots store food during the winter, which will give your grass a growth spurt come spring!


Want more tips on preparing your home for fall? Contact us today!

Best Backyard Fire Pits

A backyard firepit is an attractive and valuable addition to a home. Firepits can range from simple, standalone portable pits to professionally installed large units. This week, we’re giving you a look at all of the unique options out there for outdoor firepits. 

The Classic Campfire Look

The classic, above-ground stone option is one of the most popular looks for an outdoor pit. These fire pits are among the easiest to DIY and can even be purchased in kits with all of the necessary materials for easy assembly. Build your dream fire pit over a weekend with our top pick, the RumbleStone Round Concrete Fire Pit Kit No. 1

Fire Tables

Fire tables are a unique and functional option for staying warm outdoors during the cooler months. Our top pick, the Wayfair Muskegon Outdoor Fire Pit Table, creates an instant gathering spot for your backyard, patio, or garden. This table is made of aluminum in a powder-coated bronze finish that’s resistant to rust. It has a 60” round shape and a square pedestal base. This table’s central burner comes with glass fire beads. It’s propane-fueled, accommodating a standard 20 lb/ tank (not included), and features an adjustable flame. This fire table emits 40000 BTU, so you can keep your outdoor space cozy. Plus, the burner comes with a protective cover when it’s not in use.

Fire Pit Bowls

Fire pit bowls are an elegant, convenient option for bringing a fire pit into your backyard. They are typically lightweight and easy to move around when not in use. The Aqua Blu Mosaics Moderno 2 Fire Bowl is our top pick for portability and style. Hand-crafted using a custom patina finishing process, these gorgeous gas fire pits are a one-of-a-kind feature sure to become the center of you and your loved one’s favorite memories! Each outdoor fire pit provides 65,000 BTUs of energy, providing the perfectly lit ambiance to keep your family and friends warm all night. Made of glass fiber reinforced concrete, it’s lighter and stronger than standard concrete, making it durable enough to withstand the elements.

Chiminea Style Fire Pits

A chiminea style is another classic in the world of fire pits. They are versatile and can be fueled by wood, propane, or natural gas. Chimineas maximize the heat produced, as most of it is directed out of the front opening. Chimineas also eliminate the hassle of dealing with smoke or safety concerns, as the cover directs all smoke upwards and away. Chimeneas are an excellent choice for homes with young children or pets. Our top pick is the Wayfair Ebner Clay Charcoal Outdoor Fire Pit. This simple yet striking and attractive design adds vintage appeal to your outdoor decor. Decorate your lawn and garden while adding a warm and cozy vintage charm!


Are you interested in creating an outdoor fire pit of your own? Contact us today!

Top Insulation Options

When you start a new construction project, one of your priorities should be making the right decisions about insulation. Insulation is key to keeping temperatures of a space comfortable year-round, saving on heating costs, and preventing air and sound from transmitting through the walls. This week, we’re outlining the pros and cons of the most popular types of insulation on the market.

Fiberglass Blanket Batts & Rolls 

This option is one of the most commonly used in new builds. The materials can consist of fiberglass, mineral wool, or natural fibers. It works well on unfinished walls, including foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. 

Batts and rolls are designed to fit the standard width between wall studs, attic rafters, and floor joists, making it a relatively easy installation process. This option has remained popular as it is relatively simple to DIY with little experience and is one of the most inexpensive options. However, it’s important to know that fiberglass is a lung and skin irritant, and protective clothing, gloves, and masks must be worn when handling the material.

Foam Insulation

There are several types of foam insulation that are popular among consumers. Open cell foam is sprayed in an open cavity while it’s still in a liquid state and gradually expands and fills the cavity. 

Closed cell foam is pumped into an existing cavity, like walls, which makes it great for insulating existing homes that are drafty or poorly insulated from previous construction.

These types of insulation are also great for irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions. This type of insulation tends to get pricey but is well worth the cost.  

Rigid Foam

Rigid Foam, which comes in boards and panels, is a versatile insulation option that can help save on energy costs from the foundation all the way up to the roof. Rigid insulation provides thermal resistance up to two times more than most other insulating materials of the same thickness and reduces heat conduction through structural elements. This type of insulation is best used in unfinished walls, including foundation walls, floors and ceilings, and unvented low-slope roofs.


Have questions about which insulation option is best for your project? Contact us today!

Inground vs. Above Ground Pools

As we continue to face summers that are hotter, dryer, and longer than years past, you may consider adding a pool to beat the heat from the comfort of your home. This week, we’re outlining the key differences between inground and above-ground pools. 

An inground pool is built directly into the ground as a permanent fixture, usually using concrete as the primary material for construction. An above-ground pool is a semi-permanent structure made of steel, aluminum, or resin. Here are the factors to consider when deciding which type of pool is right for you:


The most apparent difference between above-ground and inground pools is price. Almost 100% of the time, an inground pool will cost more than an above-ground pool because inground pools require excavation, professional installation, pricier materials, and permits that above-ground pools do not. 

Even above-ground pools with a deck attached cost tens of thousands of dollars less than inground pools. According to HomeAdvisor, Above-ground installation ranges from $3,500 to $15,000 on average, while in-ground varieties run $20,000 to $65,000 not including fencing, patios or other extras


When it comes to safety, above-ground pools are typically the better option, especially when it comes to pets and children. This is because above-ground pools are more challenging for pets and children to wander into mistakenly, however both types of pools can be made significantly safer with fencing and pool covers.


Above-ground pools have much less opportunity for customization than in-ground pools do. Inground pools can be designed with any depth, shape, layout, or features. Above-ground pools are not customizable outside of diameter and can only be about 4 feet deep. 


In-ground pools are viewed as a major perk to buyers, who are reported to pay 5 to 8 percent more for a home with an inground pool. Above-ground pools are less permanent, harder to maintain, and not as aesthetically pleasing, and as a result, will not add nearly as much value to a property. 


Trying to decide what kind of pool will work for your home? Contact us today!

Most Desired Home Features of 2022

Every year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducts a survey to determine what design features are deemed essential by homebuyers across generations. This year, there has been a significant increase in the desire for bigger homes, suburban locations, and more outdoor amenities. Here are a few key takeaways from this year’s survey. 

Buyers Want Bigger Homes 

Across generations, the ideal home is around 2500 square feet. In addition, there has also been a significant increase in the number of bedrooms homebuyers want. On average, buyers are most interested in homes with 4+ bedrooms and at least three full bathrooms. The National Association of homebuyers attributes these shifting priorities to the pandemic.

Outdoor Living is Back in Style

According to NAHB, the percentage of single-family homes with patios has risen to 63%. It’s clear that much more emphasis has been placed on outdoor living. Millennials, in particular, have expressed a significant interest in having a front porch. Home shoppers have also expressed an interest in exterior lighting features and patios. 

Updated Home Design is a Must

Millennials and Gen Xers have started prioritizing homes with contemporary or modern exteriors. It’s speculated that this trend comes from a desire to keep homes in the family for multiple generations, on top of the general increase in popularity of these styles.

Energy Efficiency Remains a Desirable Money Saving Tool

Homebuyers have continued to prioritize energy-efficient features during the home search process. Energy star appliances, whole home certification, and energy-efficient lighting are all features that incentivize the current buying pool. After so many months spent at home, it’s clear that people want to cut heating and cooling costs as much as possible. 

Most Essential Home Features

Overall, homebuyers consider these five features to be essential in their next home:

  1. Laundry rooms 
  2. Exterior lighting 
  3. Ceiling fans 
  4. Patios  
  5. Walk-in pantries


Have questions about starting a renovation project of your own? Contact us today!

3 Easy Things You Can Do To Save Water at Home

Throughout the country, water conservation has become a way of life. There is a growing recognition that the supply of water is not unlimited. The amount of fresh water available for drinking, irrigation, industry, and other uses must be used as efficiently as possible. Recently, some counties and towns have even implemented restrictions on water use. This week, we’re outlining a few ways to save water at home and reduce your carbon footprint!

Install Rain Sensors on Your Irrigation Systems

Prevent overwatering your plants and eliminate unnecessary water use with this easily installed sprinkler system addition. Our pick is this orbit 57069 sprinkler system from amazon that features a universal design compatible with most sprinkler systems. 

Fix Leaks

On top of causing damage, leaks account for much more water waste than you may realize. The average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted annually, and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more daily. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.

Be Mindful of Every Day Water Use

Everyday tasks, such as brushing your teeth or washing a load of laundry, can add up to a lot of water waste over time. Washing machines use around 15-20 gallons of water a load, so make sure that you’re only completing full loads of laundry. Similarly, leaving the water on when brushing your teeth can waste as much as 5 gallons of water. Being mindful and incorporating small changes in water use can add up to a lot of savings over time. 


Are you interested in home improvements to make your house more eco-friendly? Contact us today!

Building an Outdoor Shower

Outdoor showers are summer staples in many coastal towns and have proven to be helpful in keeping sand out of the house and providing an easy way to rinse off after a long day in the sun. Installing an outdoor shower is not as difficult as one may think, as it can be as complicated or simple as you wish. They can range from a bare shower head to a fully fenced-in outdoor oasis complete with all the amenities of a typical shower. This week we’re giving you all the necessary steps to get you started on creating an outdoor shower. 

Find a Water Source

This may be the most challenging aspect of designing an outdoor shower and will likely require input from a professional. You will need to choose a location with easy access to a hose or other water source as a starting point. From there, you can attach a shower head to the outside area of your choice and run water to it. There is also the option to connect your outdoor shower to indoor plumbing, which will require professional help but is well worth it for regulating temperature. 

Lay Down Flooring

Tile or pressure-treated wood are the best options for outdoor shower flooring. Tile will do best on a downward slope to allow for proper water drainage into a yard. Pressure-treated wood with a gravel drainage system underneath for a more uniform-looking shower will work well and is available at Home Depot and many other distributors.

Install Walls

The most popular option for outdoor shower fencing is the classic wooden layout. You can hire a fencing company, which shouldn’t cost much given the small amount of fencing actually necessary for the project. However, in attractive vinyl, steel, and bamboo designs, pre-assembled fencing options are also available at most home improvement stores. 


A great outdoor shower has a few key features

  • Towel hooks
  • Plenty of shelving for toiletries
  • a fogless shower mirror
  • greenery to emphasize the outdoor feel
  • A bench for any other items
  • safety factors, such as a bar in case of slipping


Interested in creating the outdoor shower of your dreams? Contact us today!

5 Functional Ways to Use Floating Shelves

Do you have a few blank walls around your home that could use some cheering up? Floating shelves are a versatile and attractive option for decorating your home without breaking the bank. This week, we’ve outlined a few creative ways to incorporate floating shelves into your home. 

House Greenery

Whether you’re a dedicated botanist looking for a stylish way to show off your plants or someone who prefers more low-maintenance fake florals, utilizing floating shelves to house greenery will transform your space. 

Increase Kitchen Space

Floating shelves are a fantastic way to store plates, mugs, glasses, dry goods, and more. Especially in kitchens with muted or minimalist designs, floating shelves are a great way to give a kitchen some character.

Expand on a Bedside Table

The perfect option for bookworms who find themselves running out of space on their bedside table. Floating shelves can be a great way to decorate a bedroom and provide more space for any essentials you find yourself reaching for during your night-time routine. 

Store Bathroom Essentials

Floating shelves are a great way to have every essential bathroom item accessible. Decorate your floating shelf with hand towels, vases, candles, favorite fragrances, and art. 

Show Off Your Art Collection

Have more pieces of art than you know what to do with? Style them all together in a floating shelf arrangement to save on space!


Are you interested in incorporating floating shelves into your space? Talk with one of our professionals today!

Revamp Your Patio

With summer in full swing, you may want to turn your patio into the ultimate relaxing oasis, or maybe you’ve recently constructed a deck and are moving into the decorating phase. A few updates can transform an outdoor space without breaking the bank. This week, we’ve compiled a few of the best outdoor patio furniture pieces to give your outdoor space the facelift it needs!

Outdoor Patio Wicker Bar

This patio wicker bar table is the one you are looking for! The sturdy steel frame will be lightweight but durable and made of high-quality all-weather UV-resistant and water-resistant PE brown rattan material. Tempered Glass Tabletop easy to clean. Add additional storage space for your outdoor party with two-layer steel shelves under the table. Three stemware racks for hanging wine glasses allow for easy access to drinks. Make your backyard the place to be for outdoor socials with the outdoor bar table.

Wayfair Elkins Park Solid Wood 2 – Person Seating Group with Cushions

This 3-piece seating group lets you enjoy casual conversations and happy hours with friends on your porch or patio. It includes two chairs and a table made from solid acacia wood with natural wood grain and a water-resistant design that stands up to the elements. The two chairs feature a square back and deep seating with a slatted design for a relaxed look that lets water run through when it rains. They’re also topped with square white cushions that support you while you sit. The slatted table gives you a great spot to place a bowl of snacks and a few cold drinks.

Urba Coffee Table

Get low. This solid-acacia coffee table features balanced detailing and refined, modern design. Great for backyard cocktail parties or even a solo mojito.

Boden White Bar Cart

The life of the party. No, seriously. The sleek industrial Boden bar cart makes the good times mobile, allowing you to bartend your get-togethers from the living room to the patio. Its lightweight aluminum frame and stylish teak handle turn hosting into an easy and aesthetically pleasing process. Party on.

Crate & Barrel Alfresco Grey Outdoor Chaise Lounge with Charcoal Sunbrella 

This casual and stylish Alfresco outdoor chaise lounge fools the eye with its natural wood appearance and fools the elements with water-, UV-, and fade-resistant properties. Slatted polystyrene faux wood in warm grey is treated with UV and anti-oxidant protection.

With a sturdy but lightweight aluminum frame in a black powder coat, the chaise lounge includes a push-button gas mechanism that raises and lowers the back to your ideal position. Real wheels help make it easy to follow the sun or shade. The sleek chaise cushion adds a deep layer of comfort and is covered in solution-dyed Sunbrella acrylic with fabric tab fasteners.

Aloe Green Bar Stool

The barstool version of the iconic Svelti Chair brings mid-century modern style to any spot you need a little lift. From your poolside barbecue bar to your kitchen island, the Svelte Bar Stool’s curved design unifies comfort and style inside and out.


Looking to create an outdoor oasis from scratch? Contact us today!

Childproofing Your Home

How to Childproof Your Home 

Anyone with young children living in or visiting their home should take the necessary precautions to keep them safe. Children are naturally curious, leading to dangerous situations if a home isn’t adequately secured. This week, we’re giving you a checklist for every section of your home to ensure it’s a safe and fun place for children of all ages.   

The Yard

A backyard is an excellent place for children to stay active and adventure in, but there are a few precautions to take before they do that;

  • Block off access to pools or hot tubs when children are unsupervised
  • Ensure any playground equipment is secure
  • Lock up access to propane under the grill
  • Have your fence vetted and secured by a professional 
  • Put cushions on sharp edges of patio furniture
  • Make sure to put sharp tools away

The Kitchen

Cleaning supplies and appliances are all hazardous items commonly found in kitchens. To keep the kitchen a kid-friendly space, make sure you do the following:

  • Install safety latches on cabinets, especially low ones
  • Use back burners on the stove
  • Opt for nonflammable curtains, towels, and oven mitts
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use
  • Avoid using a cloth on a dining table
  • Keep cleaning supplies behind a locked door or out of reach
  • Invest in a child-resistant garbage can
  • Secure alcohol in a childproof cabinet

The Living Room

Some problem areas in living rooms include fireplaces and electrical outlets, but there are several things you can do to make this space safer:

  • Cushion sharp edges and corners
  • Block fireplace access with screen or baby gate
  • Invest in outlet covers
  • Remove or anchor unstable furniture
  • Cover all heating and air vents
  • Always unplug cords that are not being used
  • Get a nonslip rug
  • Keep dangling wires out of reach 


Taking these precautions will put your mind at ease and ensure the safety of children. Have questions about making kid-friendly changes to your home? Contact us today!

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