Ideas For Your New Home

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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Concrete Brings A Bold New Look To Todays Kitchens

If you're looking for another option in countertop material, concrete - yes concrete - is rapidly catching on in new home kitchens across the contry.

This humble material behind many a building foundation, makes for nearly indestructible kitchen counters and offers artisan-crafted customization in both color and layout. With these bragging rights, concrete rises above much of the countertop competition. Learn more below and see whether concrete counters are right for your kitchen.

The Basics:

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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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Think you know Formica? Think again!

Looking for an attractive, affordable, durable alternative to pricy granite? Have you thought about Formica?

Our PATCO design / build team got an eye-popping lesson in modern age Formica while at the International Builders Show last month. Things sure have changed since the repeat "boomerang" pattern that many of us are familiar with from childhood.

What is Formica, anyway?

In 1912, two young Cincinnati electrical engineers, Daniel O'Conor and Herbert Faber, discovered that high-pressure…

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Ambiance or Purely Functional - These Lights Are Genius!

LiteShelf is a company full of bright ideas, and their products carry the same name.  Built around the fascinating concept of integrating modern LED lighting directly into shelving boards, the LiteShelf products are a reflection of the company's innovative spirit and affinity for beautiful lighting solutions. You could call their team lightheaded!
After hearing from builders and retailers how traditional lighting left too much in the dark or created too much glare, their team set out to…

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A Bright New Product To Light Up Your Home

PATCO is always on the lookout for innovative products, and our design/build team found plenty at the International Builder's Show that recently wrapped up in Orlando, Florida. Keeping up with the latest new home technology is important to PATCO - because we know it is to you! Here's just one example of a company that works hard to make how your home "lives" more convenient: 

At SnapPower, their goal is to create simple and convenient solutions to power home electronics and automation devices…

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Lights! Camera! Action!

In order to get the full big-screen experience, it’s all about ultra high-definition, or 4K, technology. Though this tech emerged a few years ago, there have been many changes in terms of price, size and options. Here’s a look at what you should know — just in time for the holidays.

What is 4K?

Just like other technologies, the home theater experience is changing. Today, most flat-panel TVs larger than 32 inches are 4K. The 4K technology essentially means that ultra high-definition...

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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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Hmmmm ... Toasty

Unless you really enjoy snow-related activities - or even if you do - winter in Maine can get pretty frigid. One of the small consolations to this seemingly endless season is the feeling of curling up in front of a nice fire on a cold winter’s evening.

According to, fireplaces are actually a very popular selling point for new home buyers, regardless of whether they’ll be used. They’re very aesthetically pleasing and the mantle is a great place to display family photos and...

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