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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.

Sources:

http://www.qbwc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/QBW_Homeowner_Maintenance_Tips.pdf

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/summer-maintenance-checklist-for-your-home/#ixzz5Fgph5ksB

https://www.newhomesource.com/guide/articles/summer-home-maintenance-guide

https://www.nationalhomewarranty.com/sites/default/files/maintenance_manual_sept2011.pdf

Exterior home maintenance tips for the summer

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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.

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

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. http://www.bounceenergy.com/blog/2012/06/prepare-hurricane-stay-home-2/

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.

LINKS/RESOURCES:

https://readync.org/EN/Informed_NatHaz_Hurricane.html

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

 

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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!

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*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!

Max Crosby Construction traditional-porch

Front Doors beach-style-exterior

Boca De Canon House traditional-balcony

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!

Palmetto Bluff: Pellegrini beach-style-living-room

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!

Mill Valley Bungalow farmhouse-bedroom

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East Bay Remodel beach-style-kitchen

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

Mariner's Point in Morehead City transitional-exterior

Eastover Cottage traditional-exterior

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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Bedrooms!

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Kitchens!

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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!

Traditional Patio traditional-patio

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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Rustic Dining Room rustic-dining-room

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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J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio traditional-home-office
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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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Streamline Developers ♦ Dedicated to Energy Efficiency

But What Does That Really Mean?

With every new home built, there is an environmental impact- it’s impossible to prevent. However, at Streamline Developers, we are dedicated to holding our homes to a higher standard in impact and energy efficiency.

As an Energy Star Partner, each home is tested by a third party to obtain Energy Star Certification.

“The blue ENERGY STAR label on a new home means it was designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. When ENERGY STAR’s rigorous requirements are applied to new home construction, the result is a home built better from the ground up, delivering better durability, better comfort, and reduced utility and maintenance costs.”  – Energy Star Website

How do you, the homeowner, benefit?

This Video Says it All!

  • Peace of Mind: Tried-and-true best building practices followed by independent inspections and testing from certified professionals mean that you can be confident that things were done right.
  • Enduring Quality: Value-adding energy efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment deliver better performance and an overall superior level of quality.
  • Wall-to-Wall Comfort: You’ll see, feel, and hear the difference of a heating and cooling system that has been engineered and installed to efficiently deliver comfort. Enjoy consistent temperatures across every room and a constant supply of fresh, filtered air reducing indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens.
  • Proven Value: Better energy efficiency and performance means lower utility and maintenance costs. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 15-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

Click here for more information on Energy Efficient New Homes!

 

At Streamline Developers, we’re building your luxury home today with the highest standards of energy efficiency in mind to enjoy tomorrow and for many, many years to come.

 

 

 

 

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ideal-LIVING’s Resort and Retirement Expo

Streamline Developers and Beaufort Club Rock the Expo

Several times a year, ideal-LIVING Magazine hosts expos geared towards bringing awareness of all the fantastic towns, communities, and resorts that this country has to offer. Participants are able to gather “arms full” of informational tools to help them decide on their next move.

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Streamline Developers partnered with Beaufort Club to bring hundreds of people information on our own slice of heaven that is eastern North Carolina. It was so much fun talking to all the participants and meeting future residents of our beautiful state!

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Streamline Developers had fantastic feedback on our Bungalow (and our soon to come, Cottage style) homes. They loved the low maintenance, well designed, and charm that each of them bring. “No way!”, they would say,  “A quiet bungalow, in a championship 18 hole golf course community, with resort style amenities and more to come at an unbeatable price? Sign me up!” It’s all about keeping our homeowners active, engaged, and comfortable in their new luxurious lifestyle! Take a look at our bungalow streetscape below that created many “Oooohs” and “Aaaaahs” this weekend!

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We’re hoping to see all the amazing folks we talked to this weekend take advantage of Beaufort Club’s unbeatable Discovery Package where they’re able to visit Beaufort and Morehead City, NC for a complimentary weekend getaway! What could be better than that?

Find out more about Beaufort Club’s discovery package HERE! or visit www.beaufortclub.com

We’re so thankful to ideal-LIVING, the Sheraton at Mahwah as well as our friends at the Beaufort Club and Dewitt Carolinas for your hospitality and endless fun!

Come see us at the next show and see where Streamline Developers can build your next dream home!

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Houzz your day?!

Ours is wonderful in eastern North Carolina! We are loving these unseasonably warm days this January is bringing us! The sunshine is putting us in the mood for some spring time decorating ideas!

One of the best websites we’ve found for inside and out home trends and ideas is Houzz! It’s amazing what you can find-whether your taste is traditional, coastal, modern, or anything in between.

We were honored to receive the “Best of Houzz 2017” Award for Client Satisfaction.

Check out Streamline on Houzz

Take a look at this stunning outdoor space with one of the top outdoor trends this year- A Living Wall.

Living Walls are a beautiful and sophisticated way to bring life to any outdoor area.

If you’re adventurous, bring the outdoors in!

Are you a DIY-er? Click here for step by step on how to create your own living wall or vertical garden! (We especially love the succulent gardens!)

What do YOU think about Living Walls?

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