Ideas For Your New Home

A Necessary Evil

Keeping our homes clean seems to be a never ending battle. It can be tedious, repetitive and downright bothersome - not something that most of us look forward to! We wish we could announce that PATCO has just designed the world's first self-cleaning home, but, alas, not today! Here are some basic mistakes that even the cleanest person makes — and how to avoid them.
 
1. Cleaning windows when it’s too hot. It may seem like a great idea to clean your windows on a sunny day when there’s extra light…

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Ugh. Laundry Day. You Can Make It Better!

In many homes these days, the laundry area is just that, an area. Even when there's a basement, more and more people are opting to create a space in the house proper, where it's more convenient. One of the best options is to locate it on the second floor, after all, this is where the majority of it's generated and is returned to once it's washed.

All PATCO homes include a designated laundry area, the location being dependent on the specific home plan and the homeowners preference. In our ranch…

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Don't Make It Easy To Rob You

With spring break vacations and summer travel right around the corner, it's easy to become a burglary victim. Here are things that we all do - or don't do - that make it easier for criminals to rob us:

1. Your house is empty during the day.
Most of us probably assume that robberies take place at night. In the movies, robberies always seem to happen when everyone is sound asleep in their beds. But burglars say that isn’t so. Robbing a house while someone is in it only increasing a robber’s…

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Take It Outside

It might seem hard to believe, but summer really is right around the corner! Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent, which is why your new home planning should include an enticing outdoor living space. One of the biggest regrets PATCO hears from homeowners is that they didn't budget for a deck or patio. Many people think that they'll just tackle it as a DYI project "someday", calling on friends and relatives to lend a hand. The problem is - that day may never come!

Adding a deck…

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The Smell Of Danger

PATCO wants you to be warm and safe this winter! Here are some propane safety tips to always remember.

What Does Propane Gas Smell Like?

  •  It smells like rotten eggs, skunk spray, or dead animal.
  • Some people may have difficulty smelling it due to age, medical conditions, medications, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Propane can lose its odor on rare occasions. This is due to:
  • Air, water, rust in a propane tank/cylinder
  • Passage of leaking propane through soil

    
If You Smell Gas:

  • Put out...
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Winter Is ... Here.

We can no longer be in denial - winter has come roaring into Maine. Whether you're a new transplant "from away" or a seasoned Mainer, being prepared for the frigid months ahead will keep you and your family safe from whatever mother natures sends our way!

A big snow storm, or worse - snow and ice - could have you stuck in your home for several days. Instead of becoming one of those night before panic shoppers standing in a long line for bread, make sure you have these items on hand:

For...

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Home Upgrades That Are Totally Worth It

There are upgrades you can easily forego, and there are those you should hold on to for dear life.

For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes. However, going with the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save — or spend — your dollars. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following upgrades for your new home:

Start in the...

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Your NEW Home Is A Winner

Some people hate hand-me-downs; others like things with a history. When it comes to housing, new construction has a never-been-touched attraction, while existing homes have stories to tell. Buying a “used” home, you inherit years of wear and tear, and even some unwelcome “extras” - like worn carpets, hard to get rid of odors, out dated fixtures - all sorts of things that you’ll want to change (and that’s an extra expense). Your NEW home will be all about you from the very start....

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Working With The Flow Of Open Concept Design

PATCO offers many home styles that feature an open concept floor plan. This means that your living, dining, and kitchen space are one continuous area. Combined with the height of a cathedral ceiling, this mixed use area can look really dramatic! Planning the furniture and decor for each "zone" can be tricky. Since they're all within the same sight line, creating a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing flow is important. 

Don't be afraid to get creative with your furniture layout and...

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Before All Else - Safety First

Household fires are a growing problem in the U.S. According to the Department of Homeland Security, each year thousands of people die in home fires, which cause an estimated $7.3 billion in direct property loss annually. Homeowner safety is paramount to PATCO. Included in every home we build are hardwired smoke/CO2 detectors. Some precautions for preventing home fires are pretty straight forward: don't leave candles burning; don't leave your stovetop on; keep anything that can catch fire...

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