Barbara Lane's Blog

Posted on 10/17/2021
Can You Afford an Ultra-Efficient Home?
Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay An ultra-efficient home is one that's designed and constructed not only to save you energy but provide its own. This means it uses no more renewable energy that it generates. To the novice homeowner, this may sound impossible. However, to the architects and engineers who specialize in designing this type of abode,...
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Posted on 10/10/2021
3 Overlooked Features in Exterior Renovations
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, it might be hard to know where to start. Many small details combine to create a home’s first impression and affect potential resale value. With so many different features potentially needing an upgrade, there are some that might not seem obvious at...
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Posted on 10/03/2021
Z-Wave Automation and Security: Is It Safe?
Image by Kiều Trường from Pixabay Z-wave automation is a new method you can use to connect multiple devices. The next logical question might be whether this is a safe thing to do. After all, hacking into one device could potentially be enough to hack into every device, since they're all on the same network. The good news...
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Posted on 09/26/2021
The Top Home Decor Trends for 2021
Home decor trends are constantly changing and evolving and many people want to keep up with the times. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to add a few new pieces to any room and quickly get on trend. If you are looking to update your home decor in 2021, you may want to consider jumping on board with a few...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Is a Natural Ventilation System Right for You?
Image by Rvector from Shutterstock What is natural ventilation? It's utilizing wind with the "chimney effect" to draw warm air out of the home and replacing it with cooler air from outside. As the wind blows against your home, it forces air into open windows on one side of the house while a vacuum effect draws the air...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
New Construction Delays: What to Expect
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels A construction crew has to deal with a lot of issues when they're on the job. No matter how careful the preparation is, it's impossible to expect that everything will go exactly as planned. That being said, there are plenty of "professionals" in the market who may try to take advantage of...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
5 Key Elements of Modern Rustic Design
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Modern rustic interior design has taken over social media and captivated the attention of designers and homeowners alike. With such enduring popularity you might wonder: what exactly is modern rustic? Here we’ll go over the basic elements of the style for interior design in order to help you recognize it and use it...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Fix Cracked Grout to Breathe New Life Into Your Bathroom or Kitchen
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Allotments & Community Gardens: What You Should Know
Photo by Zen Chung from Pexels Despite the more recent interest in sustainable lifestyles, the practice and concept of urban agriculture has been around for centuries. Two of the most common forms of urban agriculture are allotments and community gardens. The term allotment is a term originating in Britain that refers to a piece of land cultivated by...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
What Do You Do with a Low Appraisal
Photo by Light And Dark Studio via Shutterstock In a seller’s market, comparable sales and competition can drive up a home’s price. This is especially true in a seller’s market where offers from multiple buyers try to outbid each other. And, while this sounds like a fantastic deal for the seller, a low appraisal can kill the deal....
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Posted on 08/08/2021
How to Decorate Terracotta Pots
If you’re a gardener or plant owner, it’s likely you have at least one terracotta pot in your collection. They’re inexpensive, easy to find and incredibly versatile. However, some find the look of them drab and boring and opt for more exciting colors and finishes. Luckily, terracotta pots are easy to paint and the upgrade will cost a...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
These 3 Shrubs Will Look Beautiful in Front of Your House
The right plants can make a vast difference in your home’s curb appeal. While there are countless landscaping possibilities, one major aspect of the front yard and first impression of the home is what’s right outside. What are the best plants to have right in front of your house? Here we’ll go over some of the top options...
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