Ideas For Your New Home

Taking The Chill Out Of Winter

There is a certain squirrel-like pleasure in stocking up for cold weather — and potential power outages — from the regular essentials, like flashlights and warm socks, to the fun essentials, like bottles of wine and new board games. Knowing you have all you could possibly want tucked tidily away is a wonderful way to kick off a season of coziness.
 
Firewood

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, stocking up on good, dry wood is essential before winter really kicks in. Although wood does look…

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Window Treatments Are A Big Deal

Once your beautiful new PATCO home is complete, it's time to think of all those interior design elements that will really make it the showplace of your dreams!

Window treatments top off a room beautifully. Plantation shutters conjure images of tropical villas, while cellular shades bring on the sleek and chic. Don’t forget Roman blinds, roller shades, sheers … and the list goes on. With so many eye-catching options, how do you choose? Start with these seven considerations to help you select…

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Lead Guests To Your Door In Style

A front walkway can add a lot to the appearance of your home. Not only does it create a safe path for foot traffic, but it gives you the opportunity to include a unique "decoration" to your property. A walkway can also connect gardens, patios, and outbuildings. They can be made from different types of materials such as stone, wood chips, brick pavers, concrete, stone screenings, wood, and gravel. Basically, a walkway can be made from any material that can provide a firm footing. Paver patterns…

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Add An Accent Wall For A Splash of Color and Drama

Accent walls are one of the quickest, most economical, and easy ways to inject your own personality into a space. Accent walls remain a smart way to add fresh color to a room.
 
1. Quick and easy.

A can of paint, a free afternoon and some reasonable DIY skills are all it takes to dramatically transform a space. Consider placing an accent wall in a bedroom on the headboard wall to help anchor the bed in the room. In a pinch, if space is too tight for a headboard, the paint can stand in as a…

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Take It Outdoors

One of the most popular - and easiest - structures that you can add to your exterior home design is a pergola. They are a great way to extend your entertaining and relaxing space beyond your homes four walls!

Pergolas are architectural garden adornments that were made popular during the Italian Renaissance. At it's heart, the pergola is simple: Made of sturdy boards and crossbeams, it's touched up with lattice and sometimes vines. 

A pergola may be thought of as a series of arches linked…

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Get It Together

The bathroom is so often a minefield of half-used tubes of toothpaste, unloved bath products and messy makeup. “Inspiring” is probably the last word that comes to mind to describe it. Periodically getting it orderly is one thing; keeping it that way on a daily basis is something else entirely. Here are a few simple strategies to keep the getting-ready chaos reined in.

Tack bathroom tidying to an existing habit (like brushing your teeth). Tidying up the bathroom daily is key to maintaining a…

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History and Beauty - Bringing The Past Into The Present

We've talked in previous blogs about some of the more traditional ways to customize your home, making it uniquely your own. But, there's one growing trend that adds a level of beauty not possible to find in a manufactures showroom - reclaimed wood. 

Reclaiming wood that speaks of our architectural and cultural heritage has seen a recent surge, as homeowners, architects, and contractors alike continue to gain new appreciation for its intrinsic value, usability, and beauty. Other reasons for…

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Add A Bit Of Pop And Glamour With Wallcoverings

If you're a fan of HGTV shows like Property Brothers or Fixer Upper, then you've no doubt noticed that wallpaper is making a comeback.

Wallcoverings can bring a room to life in a way that paint can’t easily match — whether they’re bold modern designs, elegant hand-painted papers or textured grass cloth. And with the range of products (at all price points) expanding in recent years, now is a great time to give wallpaper a try.

Things to consider:

  • Which room will you be wallpapering?
  • Whole…
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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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A Stylish Way To Illuminate Your Workspace

There are lots of "designer features" that homebuyers can incorporate into to their new home that not only increase function, but add beauty as well. PATCO offers a wide range of these customization options, many of which can be experienced right at our New Home Personalization Studio in Sanford. One of the most valuable additions you can add to your kitchen, office space or shelving unit is under cabinet lighting. It provides a source of evenly distributed light that can make work tasks easier…

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