Home Improvement

Tips and ideas to bring safety, value and pizaz to your home, at least we think so.

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Remember when the most advanced homes had intercom systems throughout the house? My mother certainly didn’t need one, but our neighbor’s had one and it was the closest thing to Star Trek I’d ever seen. I loved it.

Fast forward to 2015 and with the touch of a button or even just a single spoken word you can unlock your home, set the perfect lighting, temperature, music and even aroma for your mood.

Here is breakdown some currently available smart home technology.

Hub Command Controls

Hub Command Controls act as a Tower of Babel, translating all the different communication platforms like bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Lutron ClearConnect, allowing you to control everything with one master app.

Products to check out: SmartThings, Staples

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I ran across an article in Realtor.net magazine which I think may be helpful to you when you are thinking of selling your home and you are wondering if the money you spend on fix up is worth it. Of course there are may factors which go into making this kind of a decision.

How much did I pay for my home? What is my home worth as an average in the neighborhood--am I at the high or medium range when compared with the other homes which are for sale or have recently sold? I can help you determine that with a professional opinion called a competitive market analysis.

How much equity do I have in my home measured by the value above the financing or other obligations owed when you get that check at the closing table? Is my home an income property and will I

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With spring on the horizon it’s a great time to start cleaning out the corners, closets and cabinets. It’s been 10 years since we last moved. We’ve add three more people to our family and with all their stuff, I’m ready to move with two suitcases and leave it all behind. Before I take such drastic measures, I’m setting some rules.

Inspired by 40 Bags in 40 Days, join me for a three part series as I chronicle the declutter of my family, Team Jones. First, I’ve establish The Rules. I’ve broken them down into three sections: Reframing Clutter, Organizing, Hard Limits, Survival Tools.

Somehow I got myself into this place, so first I took a look on the inside to see where I could de-clutter my habits.

Reframing Clutter

1) The High Price of

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Smart homes and their innovations include some of the coolest trends to come out of the home construction, interior design and technology industries today. Smart homes today are offering everything from driveway and mailbox sensors to waterless washing machines. The homes of the future are here. What once was only seen on episodes of The Jetsons has now become a reality. The whole idea surrounding a smart home is to make life easier and more efficient for the owner and with modern technology the sky is the limit. Popular companies like Xfinity are hopping on the band wagon and are ready to offer you smart home features, see what they are up to, click here. We have gathered some of our favorite options available in smart homes today.

Ever wonder

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The seventh annual Boulder Home and Garden Fair will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 4pm on the Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder. The fair is presented by the Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine, and is a great reason to get yourself down to Boulder. This is one event that is worth marking your calendar for.

Twenty Ninth Street in Boulder

This fair is free to attend, and offers up not only great information, but a fun day in Boulder for the whole family. Start by learning more about sustainable living from the experts, then get some handy tips for your next home improvement project. Why not bring home something new? There will be plenty of unique items for sale to bring home the beauty of Boulder.

Find inspiration for your home and garden from over 60

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of one of Boulder’s most desirable home remodeling companies. Mark Lévesque is the creative mind behind KBC Remodeling Services and is truly one of the most genuine business men if have ever met. Built on a solid reputation for their skills, talent and in house approach, KBC has flourished in the Boulder County community due to their client’s referrals and impeccable word of mouth. Some of the most impressive things I took away from meeting with Mark was that he has a keen eye for design features. He also understands how to pair expectations with real budget concerns and how to make sustainable look chic.

When you hire KBC to remodel your home one thing you are guaranteed is that the project

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Sometimes you just need a change, and if this change is going to happen in your home you may want to call an interior designer. Might as well bring in the experts and let them transform your space. We all know how nice it is to support local business, so we have found some very talented interior designers right here in Boulder to help you.

Lola Gray Home and Design is one of our top picks. You may have known them as Boulder Interior Design Company. With a group of three very talented designers you are sure to get whatever look you are after. Want a taste of what they love to do? Head to their retail shop at 2516 Broadway where you can see first hand their talents of mixing old and new. Call them at 303-997-8230 to book your consultation today. You

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The first step in staging a home is to not do it yourself.  Why, you ask?  Because just like the person who lives next to a railroad track no longer hears the train that goes by at 2:00 AM in the morning, you no longer notice Gramma’s dresser you have so charmingly placed in the middle of your living room blocking the window.  The first step in staging is to find a friend, neighbor, or Realtor who are committed to telling you the truth about what they see.  Once you have done this, walk through the home with these tips in mind.

  • Clutter needs to go.  In most cases, go into the process expecting half of your belongings will need to be thinned from the home to truly let the size of the home and its features to shine through.  The more space we have,
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There are a few different ways to remove wallpaper, but the only real way to know for sure what you need to do, is to start getting into the project and figure out what you are dealing with!  Newer wallpaper that has a vinyl top layer tends to be the easiest to remove, so if that is what you determine you have, consider yourself lucky.  If you have got the old stuff, multiple layers, painted over wallpaper or an unfinished wall behind everything, you have quite the little project on your hands.  Ah but don’t fret, worst case scenario it’s really nothing that a sander, chemical remover-solution and a good scraper can’t get off.  Of course when things go down that path, you might also be looking at a few repairs to the wall as well. 
Here is our guide to

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Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, it is time to fully embrace the most wonderful holiday of all, Christmas!  In fact, this weekend was the most popular time for Santa’s elves to be busy at work decorating the houses in their neighborhoods and city buildings.  Thus creating the wonderful visual spectacular we all love and have learned to expect during this time of year. Whether you are into simple white lights and red ribbons, inflatable Mickey Mouse Christmas characters, or extravagant light shows with music and animatronics, one thing you can be sure of is an inflated energy bill.  So this December instead of increasing your carbon footprint even further, adorn your home with more eco-friendly holiday decoration options.   

Here are our

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