Ideas For Your New Home

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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Designing The "Heart" Of Your Home

Are you ready to sit down and plan your dream kitchen? Most people identify the kitchen as the heart of their home. Every little detail is important, not only when it comes to prepping, cooking and serving meals, but also in making the kitchen a comfortable and inviting space for your family to gather. Here are several trends that are quickly moving to the top in kitchen design:

Colorful Cabinets

Although white kitchens will always be popular, we're starting to see more color in cabinetry,…

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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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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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