Blog en-us Mon, 7 Jan 2019 00:00:00 MSTimages/header.jpg Making Your Custom Home Kid-Friendly Mon, 7 Jan 2019 00:00:00 MST

Unfortunately, many homes are not designed with children in mind. Here are some great kid-friendly ideas to add to your new home!

Storage, Storage, and More Storage!

One thing that all parents/home owners can agree with is that they need more storage. A mud room is a great way to organize items that often are left scattered at the entrance of your home, make sure to have a specific cubby or area for each child to place their backpacks and boots in so you aren't left tripping over them. With kids comes toys - and lots of them. To combat the overflow of these toys leaking into different areas of your home, look into adding furniture that double as a great storage unit and as something functional like a bench. 



Let's face it, kids are messy - no matter how quick you are with the wet wipes! When designing your new home or even renovating your current one, make sure to discuss with your builder or contractor that you need stain repellent fabrics and durable paints. Semi gloss paint is a great option for walls in kid areas because you can easily wash off even the most stubborn markers and crayons. Children and carpets are not always the best match but if you have your heart set on carpets, carpet tiles are always a good choice. If a spill happens (which it most likely will) you can easily lift up the tile with the mess and properly clean it, or even replace it if need be. 


Safety is Key

Sure your home is safe for adults, but is safe for children? Try switching your sharp-edged furniture with something that is rounded especially when it is eye level with your kids. Light switches, door knobs, stove knobs and many other things in  your home can easily become a hazard for your little ones, make sure that all outlets can easily be covered with furniture and invest in safety plugs for ones that aren't. Make sure to keep anything breakable or dangerous on high shelves and out of arms reach. You could even install permanent baby gates in certain areas of your home that slide in and out of walls so they are not seen and are out of the way when not in use, this idea beats dealing with the traditional clunky baby gates.


Kid Areas

When designing your home you're fortunate enough to have the option of adding in areas for your kids other than their own bedrooms, potentially saving other areas in your home from ware and tare. When kids get their own specific areas it makes them feel special, have them help pick out colors and furniture so they can make it their own. Whether it's inside or outside, or both, there are plenty of different options like a study room, play room, or even an entertainment room for them and their friends to hangout. 


Are you ready to build your dream home? Call 780-951-6810 today! 




Maintaining Your New Home Thu, 3 Jan 2019 00:00:00 MST


Receiving the keys to your new home is always an exciting occasion - everything is all shiny and new. Most homeowners often don't realize that to keep their space looking in excellent condition it requires lots of maintenance and time. Here are some tips to help keep your new home in great shape!


Maintain your Curb Appeal

Making sure the exterior of your home is looking the best it can means less work for you in the long run, especially when it comes time to eventually selling the property. Keeping your lawn mown in the summer and fertilizing it in the spring is a great way to make sure your home looks the best it can, especially since a lawn is one of the first things people notice when they look at a home. Make sure to check the exterior of your home before winter hits, this way if you find a small problem it is easily fixed. 




Change Your Air Filters 

Most people often forget that they should be changing their heat and air filters and also their refrigerator filters often. If you have any pets in your home, changing the air filter in your furnace prevents any dust, dirt, mold spores, allergens and bacteria that comes from dirt and animal dander from building up in the air you breathe. A great tip is to set a reminder on your phone that will send you an alert to let you know when each filter should be changed, this way you have no excuse to forget!




Kids and Pets  

Setting ground rules with your children such as "no food anywhere else but the table" and "coloring only on paper" could save you lots of money and quite a few headaches. If you have any non-housetrained pets, make sure to set up an area for them that is not carpeted to make sure any accidents are not permanent. Cats tend to cause damage when they're bored, it may be time to splurge on a new cat tree to take their attention off of your walls and furniture. 







Organize Your Supplies

The saying "a place for everything and everything in its place" applies to this tip. Dedicate certain places in your home for any cleaning and maintenance supplies and make sure to put everything back where you originally had it after you're done using it. By organizing your supplies you actually save time trying to find everything you need, plus you will save money because you won't go out and repurchase something you already own.



Protect Against Fires

A great rule to follow is whenever we change our clocks forward or backwards (because of day light savings time) that's when you should be replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It also doesn't hurt to check your fire extinguishers around this time as well. Cleaning out your dyers lint often is a great way to protect your family and new home from unwanted fire damage as well.




Get your Roof Inspected

Don't take your roof for granted! Make sure to have a professional inspect your roof every three years to prevent common issues that could be easily avoidable. By doing these routine inspections, you could expand your roofs lifespan from twenty years to thirty years!




Are you ready to build your dream home? Call 780-951-6810 today!