General Wintertime Home Maintenance


There is truth to the old adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – especially when it comes to taking care of your home. A regular schedule of preventative home maintenance can thwart a host of expensive problems down the road and keep your house in tip-top condition. Preventative maintenance is also far easier than waiting until something breaks and then having to scramble to get it fixed.
Winter weather can be harsh on your home. The below-freezing temperatures can cause a number of problems, including frozen pipes and roof damage. To prevent winter harm and avoid calling a professional in the middle of a blizzard, be sure to check these winter items off your home maintenance checklist:

  • Cover your air-conditioning unit.
  • Check basement for leaks during thaws.
  • Inspect the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage after storms.
  • Vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grill.
  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays.
  • Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers.


Bring out the snow blower. Make sure your snow blower is in good working order before it snows. You do not want to be caught in the first major storm with only an orange shovel to dig you out, Send the snow blower to a small-engine repair company for a tune-up. Some companies will pick up and drop off your equipment for you. Expect to spend $60 to $200, depending on the size of your blower, according to Angie’s List. Make sure you have gasoline and motor oil. 

Stock up on supplies.  Stock up on ice melt before the Weather Channel tells you a storm is coming. Pet owners and parents should shop carefully, as chemicals in ice melt can harm pets and people alike, if ingested.. Look for brands free of salt or chloride. But even products billed as “pet safe” can still harm your pet, so wipe their paws and don’t let them lick treated snow. Ice-melting products can also damage your foliage, so use sparingly. Make sure your shovel survived last winter because you will need to dig out of stairways and narrow pathways, even if you have a blower.

Ice dams. When ice accumulates along the eaves of your roof, it can cause a dam that can damage gutters, shingles and siding. As water leaks into your house, it can wreak havoc on your paint, your floors and your insulation. Throughout the winter, inspect the exterior of your home regularly for signs of ice dams. Look for icicles, because the same forces create dams. Consider buying a roof rake. This $30 tool will help keep ice off your roof in the first place by removing fresh snow from your roof after a storm. Do not hack away at the ice, as that could harm you or your roof


Heating systems. Check and change filters on your heating system, as filters need to be replaced anywhere from twice a year to once a month.. Keep an eye on the water levels in your boiler to make sure they do not fall too low.

Frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands, damaging or cracking the pipes. When the ice melts, and the pipe bursts, your home fills with water. Pipes near the outside of your home are at greatest risk, like outdoor faucets, pipes in an unheated garage or swimming pool supply lines. A few tips:

  • Shut off and drain outdoor faucets before the cold weather hits.
  • Insulate pipes where you can.
  • On cold days and nights, keep the cabinets below sinks open to let warm air in.
  • You can also run the faucet at a drip to keep water moving.
  • Keep the thermostat set at a steady temperature.
  • If you go away, set the thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees, according to the American Red Cross.
  • Generator. A portable generator can provide you with a lifeline in a blackout. Power it up every three months, and have it servicedd twice a year (even if you never use it). Keep fuel and motor oil on hand in the event of a storm. Do not let fuel sit in the tank for long periods of time, as that can damage it. Check it regularly for corrosion and wear.

Winter storm prep. A heavy winter storm can leave you housebound for days. Stock up on wood for the fireplace, gas for the snow blower and canned food and bottled water, in case you lose power. Check your emergency supply kit for batteries, a radio, a first-aid kit and any medicines you may need. Check in on neighbors who may need help shoveling out (a little camaraderie in a storm goes a long way).

Home Safety Tips

Home safety is an important part of preventative home maintenance.  You can avoid personal injury by following a few safety tips

  • Avoid overloading extension cords and electrical outlets.
  • Turn off appliances when you are not using them.
  • Do not store flammable liquids such as paint supplies near heating units.
  • Keep flammable objects such as dish towels, curtains, and aprons away from stoves, and don’t wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
  • If a pan catches fire, cover it with a lid and turn off the heat.
  • If a fire gets out of control, immediately leave the house and call the fire department using a neighbor’s phone or a cell  phone.
  • Develop an escape route out of your house and practice it once a month with your family.

Disaster Preparedness

  • Create a family disaster preparedness plan.
  • Establish a meeting place outside your home and the neighborhood in case of a community disaster such as flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, or radiological and hazardous materials accidents. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to contact each other if you get separated.
  • Establish an out-of-state contact (relative or friend) that you can call after the disaster to pass the word around that you and your family are okay.
  • Assemble a disaster survival kit and stock emergency supplies. You will need:
  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day.) 
  • A three-day supply of ready to eat canned meats, vegetables, and fruit for each person.
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each person.
  • A first-aid kit that includes prescription medicines.
  • One sleeping bag or blanket per person.
  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight and extra batteries. 
  • Special need items such as diapers, formula, baby bottles, denture and contact lenses supplies. 
  • A credit card, cash, or traveler’s checks.
  • Tools and supplies such as paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils; a battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, non-electric can opener, tube tent, plastic storage containers, compass, matches and  plastic sheeting. 
  • Sanitation needs will include toilet paper; soap and liquid detergent; personal hygiene items; plastic garbage bags, plastic bucket with a tight lid; and household chlorine bleach.


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Summertime Home Maintenance

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Image result for sunshineSummertime Home Maintenance Tips and Checklists

Keeping your home in shape year-round is always important, but don’t forget that each season requires more specific maintenance tips for your home. One of the best ways to care for your home is to spot and fix any issues before major repairs are needed. With these simple home maintenance tips, you can keep your home in top condition all summer long. Summer’s higher temperatures and longer days mean homes are subject to a lot more sunlight and heat than other times of the year. Depending on where you live, you may also have extra rainfall or an even drier climate, both of which can have a significant impact, especially on the exterior of your home.

Easy Maintenance

Tasks that take 30 minutes or less to complete

1) Window Treatment 
Investing in sun-blocking window covers and a new screen is energy efficient and hygienic, reducing costs while keeping out pesky bugs and dirt. Clean the exterior glass of debris and smudges while you’re out there.

2) Clean Sink Disposal 
An unattended kitchen disposal can become a smelly, clogged mess. If your disposal has a baffle, clean-up is easy. Simply take it out and wash out the food buildup. Otherwise, try freezing vinegar ice cubes and running them down the disposal to keep things smelling fresh.

3) Test House Alarms
This easy (but life-saving) home maintenance step takes less than five minutes to complete. Simply push the test button on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and listen for the alarm. Don’t hear anything? Put in new batteries and repeat the test again.

4) Vacuum the Vents
Do you have an irritable bathroom fan? You know, the kind that sounds like it’s wheezing and spitting every time you turn it on? It’s probably just full of dust and debris. Remove the coverings on your vents and vacuum out the dust. The result will be a quieter and more efficient vent.

Hour-Long Projects

Tasks that take a few hours to complete

1) Check for Leaky Pipes 
Leaky pipes are a bank breaker. They hike up your water bill, ruin your lawn, and cause mold and mildew in your house. Feel your walls for wetness, check your water pressure, and monitor your water bill. Any suspicious signs could mean a leak.

2) Inspect the Air Conditioners
There’s nothing worse than a 100-degree day without AC. If you have a window unit, be sure to remove and clean the filter every season. If you have central air, the rule of thumb is to have the AC unit inspected by a professional once a year to keep the frigid air blowing.

3) Check Your Roof 
Weather, wind, and everyday wear and tear can hurt your roof. Check for missing shingles or mold or anything that might hurt your home’s head. Better to make small repairs every summer than spend thousands of dollars to replace the whole roof.

The Tough Tasks

Tasks that take a day or longer to complete.

1) Restore the Deck and Patio
Decks and patios can take a beating with heavy snowfall in the winter and the thawing and refreezing of spring. Summer is the perfect time to restain the deck and check for loose floorboards or mold. Give the whole surface a good scrub, power wash, sealing, or even some sanding. A little elbow grease and you’ll be ready for that outdoor barbecue.

2) Landscaping
An overgrown lawn can lead to animal and bug infestations, choke out existing plants, and reduce curb appeal. Make the most of long summer hours by putting in time mowing, weeding, and caring for your yard.

3) Check Exterior Paint and Siding 
Peeling paint and chipped siding can let in bugs and the weather. Algae and mildew can also show up if you live in a humid climate. Do a lap around your house and check for any problem areas. By painting, cleaning, and repairing issues now, you can avoid the vacation-killing expense of having to replace your home’s siding.

4) Clean Your Gutters
Standing water and leaf buildup is the ultimate no-no. In the short term, unclean gutters can attract mosquitoes and other pests.

Quick Reference Checklist:

Inspect and Adjust your sprinkler system: Set your timers for the summer season to ensure enough, but not too much water per station.

Clean and repair gutters: Make sure gutters are free of material that could prevent the free flow of water.

Add mulch: Adding mulch to flower beds helps reduce weeds and helps your lawn retain moisture as the temperatures rise.

Fill in yard with additional soil: Filling in low areas around your yard with additional soil helps to prevent pooling water.

Check exterior drainage conditions: This helps to ensure that nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours, and that water from any source is not draining toward your foundation.

Inspecting your roof: Visually inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles, and wear and tear. Also remove any debris that could accumulate or collect water, leading to leak damage.

Check garage doors: Keep hinges, rollers, and electric change well lubricated to ensure no difficulty with closing and opening the door.

Regular check-up of the deck: Check for cracks and splints that may occur. You can extend the life of your deck by using a sealant to protect the wood.


Exterior home maintenance tips for the summer

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Hardwood vs. Luxury Vinyl Tile?

When Emulation Beats the Original

Hardwood flooring used to hold the distinction as the standard in flooring material. However, luxury vinyl tile/plank (LVT/LVP) has come a long way, and when you explore the dividing factors between today’s luxury vinyl tile vs. hardwood, it becomes clear that vinyl can rival hardwood flooring in many areas. Luxury wood design vinyl planks are now a modern, beautiful, effective and affordable flooring solution — even (and in some cases, especially) compared to hardwood.

5 quantifiable qualities of flooring:

1. Look/Style
2. Durability/Stability
3. Environmental Impact
4. Application
5. Cost

Side by side, you may be surprised to find that luxury vinyl tile is not only a suitable solution, but a preferable one — the best flooring solution.

Hardwood flooring is inarguably beautiful. It comes in many colors, qualities and styles. However, these styles are 2-3 times more expensive than luxury vinyl wood planks which already include the additional looks and styles that must be purchased for hardwood. There is a noticeable difference between hardwood and commodity wood design vinyl planks. However, modern technology has made those differences extremely difficult to recognize in a luxury vinyl tile flooring, which gives you a near-perfect hardwood look for a fraction of the cost.

Hardwood can be durable and stable, with constant upkeep. It is however, because of its porous nature and requirement for protective coating, limited in application to non-moisture-prone, low traffic areas.

Luxury vinyl tile is extremely durable and stable, with little to no upkeep. Its hard wear layer makes it long-lasting and applicable to nearly any situation. Most warranties grant use under commercial conditions.

Luxury vinyl tile is more resistant to moisture, and is made with a hard layer that makes is last longer with little to no upkeep however it can be more of a hassle to transition too as the only current option is to stain and unfinished wood pieces to match the Luxury Vinyl Tile.

When it comes to luxury vinyl vs. wood flooring, there is no side-by-side competition. Any suitable application for wood flooring is either equaled or surpassed by luxury vinyl at the very least in terms of cost. In the simplest terms: the cheapest hardwood is more expensive than top-of-the-line luxury vinyl tile, which has all of the aforementioned benefits included by the very nature of its material.


The debate of hardwood flooring or luxury vinyl tile will be going on for a long time. It all comes down to personal preference and whether or not you want to pay more for your floors. They both measure up well in the durability test and they’re both built to last for a long time. They’re both gorgeous options and elegant. It is also hard to truly tell them apart. They are both excellent options for your home








Luxury Vinyl Tile vs. Hardwood Flooring


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Why build a Fortified home?

There is certainly a lot to love about granite counter tops, custom cabinetry and other aesthetic investments, but what happens when Mother Nature challenges your home? Designer upgrades won’t protect your property and family during a natural disaster. Homeowners now are starting to make the prudent choice to upgrade their existing homes, or to purchase a new home that is stronger and safer. That truly is the first step in building a FORTIFIED home. There are several factors that go into making this choice.

IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety) created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help strengthen homes from hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms. Protect your home from natural disasters by using FORTIFIED Home construction standards and methods. IBHS applied years of research to develop a holistic set of resilient construction standards proven to make homes more resistant to high winds and wind-driven rain.

The following is the origin of a fortified house. It is a type of building which developed in Europe during the Middle Ages. Generally beginning as a traditional manor house or noble residence it would later be fortified to a more military styling with the addition of gate houses, stone walls, towers or other such features to create a fortified house.

The definition of fortified: 1. to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with defensive military works. 2. to furnish with a means of resisting force or standing strain or wear: to fortify.


Fortified homes can save homeowners money. Fortified for Safer Living is a program developed by the Institute for Business & Home Safety, or IBHS, a nonprofit funded by the insurance industry to advocate for stronger construction in both new and existing homes. It sets standards that, when met, will often qualify a home or business for discounts from property insurers. Most homes don’t have the kind of roof system that qualifies for discounts. What’s needed is a secondary water barrier, so that if the roof blows off in a storm, there is a back-up underneath to prevent water damage, according to IBHS. Consumers often think that if their home is built to code that it automatically qualifies as a Fortified house, and that is not the case, said Darius Grimes, president of Disaster Smart Inspection Consulting in Cantonment, Fla. Many consumers carry misconceptions about building codes. They mistake “built to code” to mean complete safety, not realizing that standard building codes are minimum standards that don’t provide the protection you need during a severe weather event. Building codes don’t reduce property damage. They are primarily meant to give you enough time to get you and your family safely out of the home—not to insure you have a home to come back to once the severe weather has passed.

A FORTIFIED home has a higher value on the market. A new independent research study sponsored by the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research (ACIIR) at the University of Alabama confirms the monetary value of a stronger home. The study found that switching from a conventional construction standard to a FORTIFIED designation increases the value of a home by nearly 7%, holding all other variables constant.


IBHS has developed programs for new (FORTIFIED for Safer Living) and existing (FORTIFIED for Existing Homes) homes which specify standards for building and retrofitting homes to better withstand these natural disasters:

  • FORTIFIED for Safer Living is a package of code-plus construction requirements that strengthen a home’s roof and wall systems, openings (e.g., windows and doors), and foundation.  Currently about 200 homes meet the Fortified for Safer Living requirements.
  • FORTIFIED for Existing Homes was launched in 2010, and provides standards for strengthening existing homes through retrofit techniques at the bronze, silver and gold levels:

Bronze level addresses improving the roof system and attic ventilation system.

Silver level addresses improving exterior opening protection, in addition to meeting bronze requirements.

Gold level addresses, in addition to meeting bronze and silver requirements, the design and installation of a continuous load path, which is a method of construction similar to a chain that ties the house together from the roof to the foundation.


FORTIFIED construction has been tested in real life.  Prior to Hurricane Ike, IBHS designated 17 FORTIFIED for Safer Living homes in Galveston, TX.  Of these 17 homes, 14 survived Hurricane Ike.  The three homes that did not survive were damaged by neighboring houses that did not meet FORTIFIED requirements.  These neighboring homes were washed off their foundations and slammed into the FORTIFIED homes.

Independent inspections add value and peace of mind. One of the strengths of the program is that independent, third-party, FORTIFIED Inspectors, evaluate every FORTIFIED home before, during and after construction to ensure compliance with program requirements. IBHS certifies only those evaluators who have completed a comprehensive training program, passed an exam, and who meet IBHS’ rigorous professional requirements. When you buy a FORTIFIED home, you can be assured it was built using the resilient construction standards that allow it to withstand severe weather.




The Impact of FORTIFIED Building Standards

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Hurricane Preparedness – What You Should Know

The Atlantic hurricane season is upon us, and if we’re learning anything from the recent events in Houston and the surrounding areas, we all need to be prepared!

Recent predictions anticipate a more active than usual 2017 season with an increase in the number of named storms and hurricanes. Even if North Carolina is not in the direct path of a storm, the rising waters and battering winds can cause devastating flooding and high wind damages.


Here are some helpful tips and links so you may reference local emergency contacts, resources and what steps you can take to ensure your property is prepped for an approaching storm.

The most important tip…

Make plans before the hurricane arrives! It is too late after a storm approaches the coast to attempt to secure your property.

Make an emergency supply kit including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.

If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

Property Prep Checklist

If you plan to evacuate, you should do so as early as possible to avoid traffic delays and severe weather-related travel conditions.



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Easy Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Design De-cluttered and Functional

Not everyone has the luxury of a large, expansive kitchen with endless storage!

Here are some great ideas on making that small kitchen look and feel bigger!

Floor to ceiling cabinets!

Cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling not only provide maximum storage, but also lengthens a room to the eye.

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Organize and Plan!

Utilize every bit of your cabinet space with inserts, pull out trays, and organization planning.

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Glass Doors!

Use glass cabinet doors to make the space feel open and transparent.

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Compact Appliances!

For extremely small kitchens, go for the compact appliances-still functional without sacrificing precious space.

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Match Colors!

Match your cabinet color to your walls to give a nice, fresh illusion of an open space!

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If your new build has a kitchen that you’re just not sure how to best utilize, use these tips and you’ll be surprised how quickly your small kitchen will turn in to a wonderful chef’s oasis.


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Already Own a Lot? Here are a Few Things to Think About Before You Build!

If you already own a piece of land and are in the process of looking at floor plans to build, these are some great tips that will lead you to choosing the perfect home!

1. If you have views- take full advantage of them!

Whether you have a gorgeous water view on the back of your lot, a charming pond on the front, or gorgeous hills and tree lines all around, it’s important when choosing a home to consider how the layout best showcases your property.

**Notice how this home brings wall to wall windows in the living, kitchen, and dining to showcase the beautiful water views! This home can be seen live at 707 Cannonsgate Dr. in Newport, NC**

Contrarily, if there is an area of your lot you’d like to hide from the interior of your home, think of plans that limit the windows in that particular area of the house. If you can’t eliminate windows altogether, use high square windows that still allow in natural light, while keeping out exterior eye sores and also maintaining interior privacy!

**See a home similar to this one at 711 Lanyard Dr. in Bogue Watch- Newport, NC!**

2. Map it All Out!

When you’re reviewing potential floor plans, it’s important to keep in mind your “build-able area”. Don’t forget to factor in garages, driveways, possible outdoor storage areas, as well as outdoor living areas. You may have to make compromises depending on what your property allows, but having a good idea of how much space you’ll need for each will go a long way in helping determine the right house for your lot!

**Here’s an example of using a plot plan to visualize how everything you need will fit on your lot.**

3. Make Sure you Budget, but Don’t Forget the Wish List!

For most people, coming up with a budget for their new build is high priority. That’s the way it should be. Being able to stick to that budget isn’t always easy, but having one to start with is extremely important. However, don’t strap yourself so tightly to a number that you never create your “wish list”. To make it easy, create 2 columns: Must Haves and Wants. Some “must haves” are others’ “wants”, but make the list specific to you and your home only.

Take a look at these features that could be your want, but someone else’s must haves!

What’s even better than photos? Take a tour of one of these amazing homes to see what WANTS you can turn in to MUST HAVES!

Click HERE for more information!

4. Pick a Great Builder

We’re a little partial on this one, but at Streamline Developers, we want every home we build to be a dream home for our clients. We truly enjoy every aspect of the building process with you, and love taking you through every step!

Check out our existing inventory homes, or let us build on your lot! We’re ready, when you are!

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Downsizing? 3 Floor Plans With Low Square Footage That Will Have You Living Large!

We’ve all heard of the “Tiny House Movement” that has become so popular over the past couple years, but many of us can’t, won’t, don’t want to live in a home the size of most people’s living room. But it does start the conversation- “Should we downsize?”. Whether you’re tired of constantly cleaning those under utilized spaces, would like to reallocate those large home expenses in other areas of your life, or just simply want to minimize your lifestyle- downsizing your home doesn’t also have to mean giving up the luxuries your larger home may offer.

Things to remember when thinking about downsizing:

*Don’t get stuck on a square footage number.*

Just because a home is less square footage than you think you need, always give the layout a good look. Don’t be fooled by a large square footage number when you may end up feeling entirely too closed in by chopped up rooms, under-developed storage, and poorly laid out living areas.

At just over 2500 heated square feet, with room to grow, the “Tradd” floor plan by Leachman Stoller, LLC (Copyright 2014) offers an amazing interior living flow, outstanding bedrooms sizes, unbeatable storage opportunities, and vast outdoor living spaces! Here’s one in the beautiful neighborhood of Cannonsgate!

*Storage is key!*

One of the hardest parts of downsizing is parting with the accumulation of family heirlooms, tubs full of holiday decorations, and countless other items that are kept over the years. Sometimes it’s just too hard to part with all of that at once.

Here’s a great example of a home that’s under 2300 Square Feet, but offers an open layout, great bedroom sizes, and amazing walk-in storage! Walk-in storage is extremely valuable when you think about needing an easily accessible place to store all those items you don’t want cluttering up your garage. Not to mention how much safer it is than climbing up pull down attic stairs with a heavy tote!

The Marsh Cottage- Copyright Leachman Stoller, LLC. 2014

This has been built in several communities around the area and will break ground again in the community of Bogue Watch next week!

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*You can still maintain that exterior “WOW” factor!*

Check out this bungalow home FULL of Southern charm with an amazing interior layout and outdoor living space!

Ace Bungalow- just over 1300 Heated Square Feet, Copyright Snyder Design Group, LLC

We’ve built and sold two of these Ace Bungalows in Beaufort Club already, and are ready to build more- with even more Bungalow plans to choose from!

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If you’re thinking of downsizing, what’s the most important thing YOU look for in your new home floor plan? Comment and let us know!!

We can’t wait to help you downsize or even upsize your next custom home!

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7 Ways to Bring Southern Charm to the Exterior and Interior of Your New Home

Take a look at how you can incorporate the unique looks of a classic Southern home with a modern twist in your new build!

1. Painted Porch Ceilings

According to folk-lore, painting your porch ceilings blue in the South warded off evil spirits. Whether you believe the old wives tale or not, we can all agree that adding this splash of color brings a whole new dimension and fun to your outdoor living space!

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Front Doors beach-style-exterior

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You can even bring the painted ceiling inside, giving you that outdoor feel! (Pair it with a coffered ceiling, and you’ve got a winning combination- but more on that below!)

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2. Ship-Lap Walls

It’s no secret that ship-lap walls are one of the hottest home trends in 2017. The key is finding the best places in your new home to bring this rustic and warm accent to life!

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A brand new way to do wainscoting!

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Add interest to your ceilings!

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3. Sliding Barn Doors

The barn door trend is most certainly one we’re excited for! Not only does the look of a barn door give you immediate Southern vibes, they’re extremely functional and are a great substitute for those outdated bi-fold doors!

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4. Bahama Shutters

If you’re looking for a way to bring interest to the exterior of your home while also maximizing your natural light and maintaining privacy insdie- Bahama shutters are the way to go! Take a look at these great Southern homes with this added touch!

Atlantic Premium Shutters tropical-exterior

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5. Coffered Ceilings

This trend has been around for a few years now, but you will regularly see it only in dining rooms. The modern way to incorporate this trend is to use it in other rooms of the house. When building your new home, keep these looks in mind!

Living Rooms!

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6. Inviting Outdoor Living Spaces

There’s almost nothing better than sitting outside on a warm, Summer night with family and friends. Here are some ways you can take your outdoor living space to the next level using staple Southern accents!

A fire pit is a must, but bring a twist to your seating by using old pieces of reclaimed wood!

Oregon Coast Home beach-style-patio

Did you ever catch fireflies in a Mason Jar?

Hanging Ladder Lantern Chandelier for the Patio traditional-patio

Pergolas add so much richness to any outdoor space!

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7. Add a Pop of Color to Your Front Door

For most, the front door is the first impression you make on your guests. The right color choice goes a long way in making sure that impression is a lasting one.

Not sure what color is right for your house? Check out this article on picking a front door color HERE!

Front Doors beach-style-porch

Richmond, 1930's refurbishment contemporary-entry

Contemporary Cottage Addition transitional-entry

These are just a few ways to bring Southern Charm to your new home! You probably noticed that many of these tips can be combined to make for a spectacular combination! Speak with our new home specialist to find out how we can help you incorporate some of these new trends in to your new dream home!

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5 Home Trends We Love and Can’t Wait to Build

Here are five new home trends that we absolutely love and can’t wait to incorporate in to our homes. Let us know what you think!

1. Kitchen Cabinet Color Combos

Gone are the days of monochromatic kitchens. Here to stay are multi-toned cabinets to give each kitchen that “WOW” factor. Take a look at some of these color combinations below!

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Modern Parisian Loft Conversion transitional-kitchen

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2. Flat Door Casings and Baseboards

This trend brings beautiful clean lines to your doorways and floors, while still offering a cozy richness!

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Farmhouse Reinterpreted farmhouse-hall

Farmhouse Reinterpreted farmhouse-hall

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3. Cove Crown Molding

To go along with your flat casings and baseboards, the cove crown molding is a must-have trim option in a new home.

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4. LVT Floors

Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring not only offers the lowest maintenance of any flooring option, but it now comes in countless numbers of colors and sizes! Take a look at these rooms with LVT flooring- it’s a trend that won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon.

Modern Kitchen modern-kitchen

Shaw Floors contemporary-bathroom

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5. Rustic Lighting

An easy way to jazz up a room is the right lighting. On trend already this year are rustic light fixtures that warm up a cool space!

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Maritime 1-Light Outdoor Wall Light, Hazelnut Bronze industrial-outdoor-wall-lights-and-sconces

Meadowview Model 2013 traditional-kitchen

We can’t wait to show you our own spin on these home trends. Stay tuned, and let us know what other home trends you’d like to see in our future homes! You may just see it sooner than you think!

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