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New Year’s Day Good Luck Foods

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While New Year's Eve is spent counting down until midnight waiting for the ball to drop (and perhaps celebrating with the popping of a champagne bottle!), New Year's Day is filled with people making specialty dishes believing certain foods will help usher in different successes in the new year. Read below to find out what certain foods are supposed to represent!

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Shower Door vs. Curtain for a Tub/Shower Combo

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A tub/shower combo is a great way to optimize your bathroom space. Some of our clients exclusively take showers, while some exclusively take baths. When done correctly, a tub/shower combo is a great way to meet the needs of every family member in the household. When installing a tub/shower combo, you have two options. You can either enclose it with a curtain or with a traditional shower door. Which option would you choose?

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Upside Down Christmas Tree

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The Christmas tree debate used to center on whether you had an authentic “real” tree or a “fake” pre-made tree. A new debate has been sparked with a trending fad: the upside down Christmas tree. While this trend is now exploding in popularity, the origin is actually traced back to the Middle Ages when Europeans would display their trees in this manner to represent the Holy Trinity.

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Move or Improve: Military Trusted Business

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Move or Improve in New Jersey prides itself on being able to pleasantly and professionally advise homeowners on whether it is in their best interest to MOVE or IMPROVE their homes based on a variety of factors including the present state of the real estate market, cost of desired improvements, as well as the homeowner’s family dynamic and future plans.

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Creating a Koi Fish Pond

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Outdoor living spaces are great! Typically, one might think of outdoor kitchens, decks, and fireplaces/fire pits. One outside the box idea that could be a great addition would be adding a koi fish pond! While the idea seems simple in nature, the design for a successful koi fish pond is critical to it being a thriving, exciting part of your backyard.

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Walkout Basement

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Basements can have a connotation of being dark and dreary. One primary focus when planning a basement remodel is to brighten the space. However, not all basements are fully underground. This type is known as a walkout basement. Some refer to this style as a "daylight basement" since there is the incorporation of a wall with doors and windows that allows for access to the backyard.

 

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Carving Pumpkins for Halloween

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A grand front entry portico or a vintage wrap around deck will never go out of style. Even unique entry doors can make a home stand out 365 days a year.  However, the playing field can be leveled when it comes to the holiday season! While various decorations are popular in December, Halloween brings out the best in scary ghouls and carved pumpkins. What better way to greet trick or treaters (aside from the candy they know they're about to get!

 

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Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

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Stainless steel appliances can be an extremely aesthetic part of any kitchen. Their shining appearance can really pull together an entire kitchen. But how do you keep them sparkling like new? While most people prefer the style to black or white appliance, stainless steel is commonly known for attracting fingerprints and other various streaks. Read below to find tips on how to keep your stainless steel appliances looking brand new!

 

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Glamping – Luxury Camping

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What immediately comes to your mind if you hear that someone is about to embark on a camping trip? Most people will conjure up images of small tents, lanterns, campfires with marshmallows, and limited amenities.

However, a new trend that is surging in popularity is "glamping". This term is used to describe a luxurious camping experience. It features the same escape from the modern hustle and bustle component, however with an eye towards a luxurious hotel esque experience.

 

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Sunday Family Dinner Tradition

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Before starting their design work for kitchen remodeling projects, the Design Build Planners team has their clients fill out "profile checklists". The lists give the DBP team insight into how a client plans on using the space as a family unit. One thing that has been decreasing in recent years in the desire for a family dining area.

Most families are operating on very different schedules and finding an agreeable time for a sit down meal is often a difficult task. However is it an endeavor that requires more effort?

 

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