When selecting the perfect paint color for their dream home, many novices will paint sheets of paper or sample boards with various options. Their intention is to get a feel for how the hues look during different times of the day as sunlight changes so that they can choose the best shade. The challenge is that paint does not render itself correctly on anything except walls.
Instead, professionals recommend the following four tips to pick the best paint color.
1. Let there be light. If you haven’t selected your light fixtures for the room you plan to paint, do that first. Overhead lighting alters the way the paint color appears. For example, off-white paint will appear as a soft honey color with most overhead lighting options. Light bulbs also impact shades of paint, so nail down your lighting and light bulbs before you begin your search for preferred paint colors.
Today’s official arrival of summer brings a new list of tasks required to keep your newly built construction home in top shape. Here are four simple chores to make your home safe and comfortable all summer long.
1. Keep it cool. If you haven’t already dusted your ceiling fans as we recommended in the spring, now is the time. Most newly constructed homes have ceiling fans with a switch that allows you to reverse the rotational direction of the fan blades. During warm Michigan summers, blowing the air up into your home’s rooms will help you save a little on cooling costs since you will be using the air conditioning a little less. It’s also a good time to replace your HVAC filter, especially if you have pets due to dander and dust. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filters after two or three hundred hours of use which basically averages out to once a month, so it’s important to change them once per season at a minimum. Refer to your HVAC system’s instruction manual in case your filters can be replaced less frequently.
Last week, we focused on the best edibles to grow in your Southeast Michigan garden. Since you’ve already planned your garden and are armed with the right tools, it’s time to dig in! Here are six steps to successfully plant your garden.
1. On your mark. The best part about building your own garden is that you can design it any way you wish. For example, use curvy lines if you find them appealing or consider mimicking the outline of your home’s exterior walls. Use sand or flour to create a general guide before you dig into the dirt.
Last week, we shared five professional tips to design and plan your dream home’s garden. Today, one in three American households grow a portion of the food that they consume. A study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more popular now than ever before. If you are going to include edibles in your garden this year, be sure to follow these three steps.
1. Determine location. First decide where to plant the edible garden within your overall landscape. It’s good to use raised beds or planter boxes because they can be moved, however if you are planting a stationary edible garden, choose an area that will receive enough sunlight. South-facing yards typically get the most sunshine while north-facing gardens are usually shaded. As a result, west- and east-facing gardens will receive ample light. The location of your edible garden also is impacted by the varieties you want to plant. For example, spinach and lettuce thrive in partial shade because they may scorch in partial sun.
Designing and planting your new home’s garden may seem like an overwhelming job. By using the right tools and taking the steps we’ve outlined for you, you’ll be growing your dream garden in no time!
1. Create a garden map. Walk around your entire property so you can sketch a rough garden map of all planting areas. Note which areas are full- versus partial-sun, and which areas are primarily shaded. If there are any existing trees or plants you want to keep, be sure to include them in your map. Should you want to add a water feature, firepit or other dedicated areas in the near- or long-term, add those to your sketch as well although you may not be installing them immediately.
Last week, we shared four tactics and tips to help simplify the spring cleaning of your new home’s fixtures, windows, walls, floors and more. Remember, top-to-bottom interior cleaning may take a few days, so it’s best to tackle tasks in groups to pace yourself.
Here are five more tips to help you tackle spring cleaning more quickly and efficiently.
1. Focus on the fridge. Allowing dust to accumulate may ultimately cause your refrigerator to overheat and shut-down, so don’t skip this step. If it’s possible to pull your fridge out, use a vacuum cleaner attachment hose to remove lint and dust from its back side and condenser coil which is usually located behind the toe grille. Then wipe it down with a damp cloth. On the inside, toss any expired foods—especially if you have any jars with unidentifiable objects. Next, use an all-purpose cleaner or solution of baking soda and water to thoroughly clean all shelves and drawers. If you can remove, soak and wash the shelves with dish detergent before putting them back, even better.
Investing some time in spring cleaning will help your dream home withstand another year of wear and tear. While some experts recommend cleaning room by room, you’ll save time by tackling one task in all rooms and then moving on to the next task.
Here is part one of spring cleaning your new construction home.
1. Clean ceiling fixtures and mouldings first. This is the perfect opportunity to put all of those interesting attachments for your vacuum cleaner to work. Use the soft nozzle attachment to remove dust from ceiling fans, chandeliers, wall sconces, crown mouldings, baseboards and air-conditioner vents. Then use a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust, especially on the light bulbs. If your dream home has tall ceilings or skylights, consider purchasing a stepladder and tools that help extend your reach.
Ready to dive into your dream home’s landscape design? Here are four first steps worth taking.
1. Connect with a professional landscaper. You may think that you can tackle your dream home’s landscape design on your own, however it is best to consult with a professional. Now that spring has sprung, landscapers are already extremely busy. It may be challenging just to schedule an appointment, but do so as soon as you can. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when building a new home is waiting until it is completely finished to contact a landscape designer. If your home is still under construction, you should still meet with a professional landscaper to get the project going. This is especially true for large projects such as pergolas and outdoor fireplaces. In fact, the typical timeline on such large projects can be six to eight months from concept design through actual installation.
Last week, we shared part one of this two-part series on spring home maintenance in order to protect your dream home. Here are the last steps of exterior maintenance. Your New Echelon Home
1. Check irrigation and sprinkler systems. This step is necessary to save both your landscaping and water. First, run a system sprinkler check by turning on each zone manually. Next, inspect every sprinkler head to make sure that none of the heads are damaged or broken. While the sprinklers are on, determine if any are spraying the house or windows. If so, readjust the positioning of these heads to avoid causing any moisture issues. You may notice some heads spraying into the driveway, sidewalk, street or even your porch. Readjust those heads as well to avoid wasting water. If you are short on time, do not hesitate to contact a sprinkler system professional to perform these tasks on your behalf. The cost is worth the savings you’ll earn on your reduced water bill. Bonus—minimizing water waste helps to protect this very valuable natural resource.
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