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Positioning Your Home Aesthetically On Your Land

Positioning Your Home Aesthetically On Your Land

When positioning your home on your land there are a couple things that you should keep in mind.

1. You want to approach the home from the front of the house. This is mainly a discussion regarding the driveway. It is important to bring your guests to the front of the house so that they know where to park and enter. The sooner your driveway directs people to the front of your house, the better.

2. The house should be the main focus. If there are other buildings on the site, position the house so it sits proud, standing out from any others. Also, if there is a hill or higher elevation to position your home on, that is good for a variety reasons: It helps keep the house as the main focus, but it also provides the best views and helps keep water away from the home.

 

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How much more will it cost me to paint brick?

How much more will it cost me to paint brick?

Great question!

Painted brick is becoming popular. The good part about painting brick is that it doesn't matter what the brick underneath looks like, as long as it has some texture. A lot of brick factories will sell seconds—the brick did not meet the specs, and can't be sold as top quality. That doesn't mean the brick isn't strong enough. Most of the time, it is a color matching issue that relegates the brick to the "seconds" pile. You can buy these bricks for a discounted price—not enough to compensate for the paint, but it does help to offset a bit of the added cost.

 

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Where is the best spot to put an island in my kitchen?

Where is the best spot to put an island in my kitchen?

Here are a few things to think about when designing your kitchen:

1. Always remember the appliance triangle: Fridge, range, and sink—sink being the most important. You don’t want the island to get in the way of the kitchen triangle, and the kitchen triangle rule-of-thumb is sum of all legs should not be less the 10’ and no more than 25’ for best function.

2. Max out the island with extra storage on the back side.

3. Rule of thumb is if your kitchen is less than 8’x12’ then an island is probably not a good idea.

4. Island shouldn’t be smaller than 2’x4’. If you want to go big, just remember that most granite slabs are about 5’x11’—if you’d like to avoid having a seam in the counter top.

5. You really need a minimum of 4’ between island and other cabinets. More is better.

 

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Energy Efficient Roofing

Energy Efficient Roofing

Let’s talk about something really sexy today. The roof of your house. And, even more specifically, the roof of your house + energy efficiency.

Here’s a really inexpensive way to lower your utility costs: by using Solar Board for your roof decking.

Product technology advancements are always happening, and we like implementing them. Solar Board OSB is a product that we’ve been using for many years. It looks just like your typical roof plywood decking on the outside, but on the underside (in the attic space), it has a layer of reflective foil.

 

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Property for Sale

Property for Sale

This is a GB Group investment property, and we plan to be doing more in the future. This home in Wilson Park started as 1400 SF split level home with a single car garage. It is now a four bedroom, 2650 Sf home, with a two car garage. We went for a modern design and feel, both outside and inside the house. The large Anderson wood windows and doors throughout the home add a high level finish. The large master suite was part of the square footage we added onto the home, and features a walk in closet, patio access, and large master bath. All of it combines for a comfortable and unique master suite. Real hardwood floors run throughout most of all the home. Custom cabinets and quartz counter tops will carry throughout the home. If you are interested in purchasing, you can still help customize many finishes of this great home. Call us with questions and inquiries. 479.464.7336

 

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What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

I have had many people ask lately about the different options and cost of driveway materials. Here are the main three:

1.  The least expensive is gravel driveways.

You can spice this up by picking different stones. I would encourage you to use a black landscape fabric under the gravel and some sort of edge. This will keep the gravel in, and the weeds out. 

 

2. Next is typically concrete.

I say typically because after your driveway gets to be over 300’ long or so, asphalt starts to compete when it comes to pricing. A concrete drive should be no smaller that 9’ wide. If you are wanting your driveway to allow two cars to pass side by side without running off, the driveway needs to be a minimum of 20’ wide. Make sure you add expansion joints every 10-12 feet so that the concrete has release points. A wise man told me once: “I can promise you two things about concrete: It will get hard, and it will crack.” Expansion joints tell the concrete where to crack, if and when it does. Concrete will last longer than asphalt.

 

3. Third is asphalt.

Due to all the equipment that it takes to lay asphalt, like I said above, you have to make it worth the while to lay it. The drive needs to be longer. Once the crew is there, they can lay tons of asphalt in a day, and you can drive on the asphalt almost immediately. 

 

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