Ideas For Your New Home

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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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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A Look Inside - Design Trends 2017

It would be awesome if new home builders - like PATCO - had a crystal ball  to look ahead at future trends in design. But alas, we don't, so, the next best thing is to ask our customers, both past and present, about what they'd like to see included in their new home, or, if they've recently built a new home, what features they wish that they'd included.

The editors or Forbes Magazine recently put their heads together with the design editors at Houzz to identify the top 10 home design trends to…

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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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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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