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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Interview with DBP Owner and Realtor Jacki Venezio!

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1. What do find most rewarding about your career as a Realtor?

 

The most rewarding part of my job as a Realtor is showing my buyers beautiful properties and helping them find their dream home. Being with them thru this exciting but stressful process and being able to hand them the keys to their home, knowing they will be making lifetime memories there. For my sellers, having the privilege to guide them on their path they take in their lifestyle change and help them make their dreams come true!

 

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How to Use an Architect Scale Ruler

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One thing the Design Build Planners always leave their clients with at the design reveal appointment is an architect’s ruler. Design plans are created to scale and the architect’s ruler allows clients to determine the actual dimensions of the space in the project. Architect’s rulers are most frequently triangular so that you are able to use multiple scale ratios if need be. Read more below on using an architect’s ruler.

 

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Low or No VOC Paints

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Benjamin Moore and other paint brands offer paints that are known as "low or no VOC". VOC refers to "volatile organic compound". VOCs can negatively impact the health of your family. VOCs are carcinogenic and as a result, long-term exposure to VOCs can impact the health of your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.

 

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DBP Reviews Kitchen Design Plans

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Homeowner: Good Morning DBP. Hope all is well.  I was wondering if you can guide me.  We are doing our kitchen over and I’m just confused as to where to place the island.  Two kitchen people say one way one says the other.  If I sent you my floor plan and a picture of the two designs can you give me your honest opinion.  I’m so nervous to make the wrong decision as it’s a lot of money.  
 
DBP: Yes, send us floor plan and pix. We will be glad to offer suggestions and advice!
 
Homeowner: Hi DBP Team, I totally appreciate you taking a quick look for me.  Below is my floor plan as well as pictures of my current kitchen.  I am confused whether I should go with the Island facing the family room or facing the kitchen table area.  It's an odd layout.  I really wanted an updated look and most contractors or telling me to go with an rectangular island.  I currently have a U-shape very small.  So, I have three plans. Island facing living room, island facing kitchen table area or L shape.  Can you please give me your honest opinion.

 

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Doorbell System for Your Home

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Many are familiar with the popular doorbell system; Ring. These are wireless doorbell systems capable of reaching speakers located within the home. With strategically placed speakers, there is no way to have not have heard the doorbell ring.

Furthermore, many doorbell systems are now coming equipped with cameras. This allows you to see exactly who is at your door. They also store footage so you can be on the look out for any potential theft.

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