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Tips For Buying A Grill

Many think of summer as prime barbecue time, but in many ways, it is the least favorable time to grill. Why, you say? Well, when the temps are already too hot to bear, who wants to hang out over the grill? It can be the least desirable spot when the temps are sky-high and humidity already unbearable. With that being said, I think fall is the best time to grill. With the weather much more cooperative, a little warmth from the grill is welcomed as the cool fall air moves in. And, fall is the perfect time to shop for a grill, too. Read more

fence installation

Tips For Easy Fence Installation

We have one of those craftsman house plans, so we knew before we even broke ground on building our new house that we wanted a simple styled fence that will look like it’s meant for the Craftsman architecture of our home. And, when choosing our siding and trim colors with our builder, we definitely wanted to choose bright white trim that will coordinate nicely with a new white fence. Read more

new sod

How To Care For New Sod

It’s always a very good day when the sod is going to be put in! No longer will we be worrying about muddy paw prints on our wood floors when the dogs come in, and it just makes new home designs look complete and settled in. Something tells me this time of year is a busy one for sod companies since everyone builds through the summer months. Read more

installing stamped patio

What You Need To Know About Stamped Patios

We decided to add our own patio to the exterior of our home. We really like the look of the stamped patios and our builder would just be putting in a basic concrete slab patio, which was still pretty costly. The builder’s expertise is not worrying about the exterior of your home, and I think most builders would prefer to not offer patios at all, but some people still have their builder put their patio in before they close. The only downside to not having the builder do the patio is Read more

breakable and perishable items

10 Tips For A Smooth Moving Day

There are definitely some moving strategies I’ve learned through the years that make each time we move a little smoother. This move was no different. These 10 items below really made the process of moving and unpacking so much smoother and I think you will find them very helpful. Continue reading to learn how to move into a new house with as little stress as possible! Read more

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Home Projects You Should Complete Before Moving In

We closed on a Thursday late in the afternoon and we were set to have the movers move us the following morning, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Unfortunately, our moving day had to be postponed due to a tropical storm that was making its way over the Midwest after moving inland over Texas a couple of days before. Read more

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10 Things To Do Before Closing On Your New Home

Long before closing, our builder emailed us a pre-closing review that listed 10 items that needed to be completed prior to our closing day for things to go smoothly. I found this very helpful for staying organized and getting everything that completed well before it was required. The last thing anyone ever wants is an issue at the last minute that can hold-up or cause issues at their closing. Read more