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Starter Homes Spotlight: Part 1

Starter Homes Spotlight: Part 1

16Jul 2019

It wasn’t that long ago that my husband and I were house hunting. We purchased our home 4 years ago and we are now living in what many people term as a starter home. It was the first house that we bought, but it definitely wasn’t the first house that we looked at. Our poor real estate agent had the patience of a saint. (Thanks, Brent!) We must have looked at over 50 houses before we finally settled on the one that we are living in now.


Celebrating National Grilling Month: Choosing Your Grill

Celebrating National Grilling Month: Choosing Your Grill

12Jul 2019

It’s a grand debate that has been waged over decades. Families have been split apart. Tempers have flared. Civilization, as we know it, could be teetering on the brink of collapse if we do not take a stand in this issue. Yes, summer has brought the great grilling wars. Where do we stand in this battlefield of food? Do we take the side of the gas grill and its ease and practicality? Or do we feel at home with our charcoal and the traditional open flame? Oh, the humanity of it all!


Celebrating National Grilling Month: Top Ten Great Grilling Plans - Part 2

Celebrating National Grilling Month: Top Ten Great Grilling Plans - Part 2

10Jul 2019

So, the heat index yesterday was 108 degrees F, for our international friends that’s 42 degrees C. It was stifling. The afternoon ended with an epic thunderstorm that rattled windows and blew the tops of the trees around magnificently. I think I have digressed, though. The point I was making was that it was way too hot to cook inside. So, what’s a mom and wife supposed to do? Get out the grill! We’re eating al fresco! (Does a couple of lawn chairs and some paper plates count as al fresco?)


Celebrating National Grilling Month: Top Ten Grilling Plans

Celebrating National Grilling Month: Top Ten Grilling Plans

08Jul 2019

I think one the of the modern rights of passage is to have your own space to grill and cook out. It should be like in the top 5 things that make you an adult. Like the list should go something like paying taxes, having to deal with a billing mishap, dealing with in-laws, doing emergency repairs, and having your own space to entertain and/or grill out. Yeah, I didn’t like the rest of that list either. Let’s look at some house plans and feel better, ok?


Americana Week: Fireworks Safety

Americana Week: Fireworks Safety

05Jul 2019

It’s that time of year again! Cookouts, swimming pools, watermelon themed treats and celebrating our independence. Yes, folks, it’s the 4th of July. Everyone has their own tradition for this holiday. Some people travel and go see their family and friends. Some stay at home and cook out. Some like to go outside and watch the people playing with fireworks. And waiting to see if that bottle, they stuck in the ground is going to make it the entire time.


Maybe that’s just me.

Americana Week: American Style House Plans

Americana Week: American Style House Plans

03Jul 2019

The United States will celebrate 243 years of independence this year on July 4th. Our country is a unique and beautiful place that has been influenced by generations of innovators, immigrants and pioneers. There is no way to boil down the American identity into just one picture or sentence. We have always and will continue to be a melting pot of ideas, cultures, languages and beliefs. Our homes are no different. The house plans that we have in the U.S. have adapted from years of necessity and creativity.

corporate partner spotlight: bingham lumber

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Bingham Lumber

01Jul 2019

Just over 18 million acres of prime, old growth forest are destroyed each year. This level of destruction is incredible and can be prevented by changing simple things about our lives. One of the major contributors to deforestation is the need for lumber. This is a huge industry and it is slowly destroying the beautiful country that we live in. One of our favorite companies and corporate partners wants to help decrease this amount of deforestation with an innovative solution. Bingham Lumber is a leader in reclaimed wood and new lumber.


Building your dream home: choosing siding

Building Your Dream Home: Choosing Siding

28Jun 2019

You’re back at the worksite this week. The basic structure is there. The roof is on, the doors are in and the windows are installed. It still looks unfinished. It looks like a kid who has all of their clothes on, but the buttons aren’t done up quite right. Let’s get this home looking ship shape. Time to look into Siding.


Siding is the exterior covering of your home. There are a variety of different materials that it can be made out of and many different ways that it can be put on your home. You can even mix them up to create different looks!


Outdoor Buildins: Do It Yourself

Outdoor Buildings: Do It Yourself

26Jun 2019

It’s summertime and that means time to find the pool floaties, noodles, life vests and swim shoes. So, you go through your house hunting these like Elmer Fudd. After hours of searching and the kids asking every five minutes, “Can we go swimming, yet?”, you finally uncover them. They were under the Easter decorations and on top of the Halloween decorations. And you realize something. You just don’t have enough space. So, what do you do?


Outdoor Buildings: Garages and Pool houses

Outdoor Buildings: Garages and Pool Houses

25Jun 2019

We’ve all had that moment. You’re walking down the hallway to check the thermostat and you trip over 3 stuffed animals, 2 naked barbies and 4 hot wheels cars. Frustrated, you start opening closet doors desperate to find a place to store the overabundance of kid stuff that your home seems to grow like a strange crop. Each door you open is something to add to the nightmare. This closet is full of holiday decorations. This one is full of winter coats and boots. And this one is full of kitchen appliances for some weird reason. Alright, that’s enough!

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