Posts Tagged "renovation"


Marsala


Posted By on Jan 30, 2015

The announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, is always an exciting time for designers of all stripes.  Pantone determines the shade that most represents the current cultural mood, and creative thinkers from graphic design to fashion have fun forecasting the choice, then analyzing it once it is made. This year’s color is Marsala, a brown-red.  Personally, I was quite surprised by the choice, as I had not noticed this...

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Easy ways to create a relaxing home


Posted By on Aug 14, 2012

By: Denise Smith Northern Virginians live at a hectic pace. Our lives are stressful and after a demanding day of work and gridlocked traffic, most of us want to come home to a relaxing environment where we can rest and decompress. Creating a space that welcomes relaxation doesn’t need to be difficult; just a few simple steps can make a big difference. The quickest and easiest way to create a more relaxing space is to clean up...

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By Mylene Thomas FHA’s 203(k) loan for your fixer upper that you’ve either just purchased or you already own falls into one of 2 categories: Streamline or Standard. “Standard/Rehab (minimum $5,000 up to 110% of the improved appraised value) & the Streamline (work is less than $35,000…up to 110% of the improved appraised value). Example: Purchase price is $100,000. Upgrades/Repairs/Improvements will cost $15,000. Borrowers loan...

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Mold. Ewwwww….


Posted By on Mar 9, 2012

By Mylene Thomas You’re approved for your 203(k) loan and you’ve picked a contractor and you’re ready for the inspection prior to signing all the paperwork and starting construction. Then there’s mold. The big national contractor of all people has said, “No way. No how. No mold abatement or remediation here.” Well, heck, now what? You’re supposed to go to closing in a week and this was the contractor and this was the inspection and...

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My counter is NOT a cutting board


Posted By on Feb 15, 2012

By Mylene Thomas If your teenager, or significant other for that fact, is anything like mine then they have a built in filter that blocks any noise coming from your mouth. I don’t have nice countertops for that exact reason. I have a dedicated space just for cutting boards. Small cutting boards, medium cutting boards, large cutting boards, cutting boards for meat with a draining system, cutting boards for vegetables with a built in...

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