Monthly Archives: June 2012

Captivating and Classic: Antiqued Wood Beams

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by

In terms of home design, you really can call antique furnishings and materials – vintage style. One antique look that many homeowners love is that of antique wood beams. Not only do they add wonderful history to your home interiors, they are classically beautiful. But to further praise these vintage materials, they are versatile by being flexible enough to fit with any other design style, from contemporary to traditional.

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One thing is certain about antique wood beams, they can take any ceiling from boring to captivating  instantly. They are also wonderful for adding a bit of vintage drama to home interiors as well.

Would you ever consider antique wood beams for your Kansas City area home?

 

 

 

 

 

Home Improvement is Back in Business

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by

home-remodelingDespite what some would say, the home improvement and remodeling business is doing well right now. On Sunday, jacksonville.com posted the article, “Home improvement business improves for contractors, customers”. The article features empty-nesters Steve and Myrna Persampieri, who were eager to sell their home and settle into their condiminum in Jacksonville Beach, however, not before a complete remodel.

The main reason for the couples desire to remodel: because they wanted to make the condo up-to-date and work for their wants and needs. It is for that reason that the remodeling industry is thriving in the U.S. Empty nesters and other couples are finding the value in improving existing properties.

One remodeler, when asked about why he thought the remodeling business has picked up, answered “I think people are tired of waiting. There’s been this tremendous pent-up demand that’s been on hold now for the past four or five years of all these projects that people have wanted to do.” 

Are you currently waiting to make improvements to your Kansas City area home? Why are you choosing to wait?

 

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Green Homes are Flourishing

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by

On Monday, it was announced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that over 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. This a wonderful new finding for the national sustainable living community. If you are not familiar with LEED for Homes, it is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be both energy and resource efficient as well as healthy for occupants.

 ”LEED for Homes is moving the residential market further and faster towards high-performing, healthy homes that save residents money.” said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development, USGBC. editoratlarge.com

The LEED-certified homes that were mentioned varied as the whole of the residential market – from multi- to single-family, from market rate to affordable housing. “Green homes are expected to grow to between 29% to 38% of the residential construction market by 2016, equating to $87-$114 billion, according to a 2012 McGraw Hill Construction study. ” -editoratlarge.com

Are you currently considering a green home remodel or a new custom built green home in the Kansas City area?

 

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