Ideas For Your New Home

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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We're Always Learning - To Serve You Better

The PATCO design / build team is in Orlando, Florida this week attending The NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS). IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 100 countries.

The show brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings— including wood, concrete, stone and brick. See more...

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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:


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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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