Ideas For Your New Home

How Much Home Do You Really Need?

According to U.S. Census data, the size of the average home in this country has nearly doubled since the 1950s? What's more, according a report released in June, 2012 by the Census Bureau, the size of our homes has jumped 62.6% just since 1973 -  topping out at 2,480 square feet in 2011. 

So, how are we using all that added square footage? The answer might surprise you. Even though the average family size is decreasing, we're designing and building our homes to include great rooms, four-car…

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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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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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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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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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