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North Woods Realty, Inc
Phone: 707-218-8055

340 Highway 101 North
Crescent City, CA 95531
Email: northwoodsrealty@gmail.com
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Fall Farmhouse D├ęcor

Photo courtesy of Piper Classics.

(A big “thank you” to our friends at Piper Classics for sponsoring this blog post!)

Rustic home décor is increasingly popular in the world of interior design. From its organic roots to the old-world charm it brings, welcoming the rustic style into your home is especially fitting in the autumn. Discover what rustic farmhouse elements are trending this fall and the best ways to incorporate them into your home design!

Photo courtesy of Piper Classics.

Autumn Accents. Leaves, pumpkins, sunflowers and apples are all monikers that evoke a sense of fall. Welcome these decorative accents into your home this fall. Arrange pumpkins in your entryway or on your porch for a festive, welcoming vibe. Adorn your dining room table or mantle piece with garland featuring fall colored leaves. In the kitchen, a bowl of colorful apples or an arrangement of freshly cut sunflowers make for festive countertop décor.

Photo courtesy of Piper Classics.

Fall Florals. Welcome the fall season into your home with a beautiful floral arrangement of autumnal flowers. Eucalyptus leaves are trendy in the world of floral design, as are their succulent counterparts. Choose an arrangement that uses succulents instead of traditional greenery for a contemporary floral centerpiece. To really harvest the autumn season, berry wreaths and sprays make for a beautiful front door display. Anything that features berries, sunflowers, cotton, or astilbe in rich tones will evoke a warm and welcoming vibe.

Photo courtesy of Piper Classics.

Harvest Must-Haves. To harvest is to gather crops, so it’s only fitting to work autumnal crops into your home décor. From pumpkins to gourds and apples, find decorative elements that feature these fall motifs. Think decorative accent pieces for your shelves or entertainment center in your family room; tablecloths or window treatments with an apple print; pumpkins in varying shapes, sizes, and colors to adorn your dining room table or entryway. You can also work fall-themed farmhouse essentials, like scarecrows and turkeys, into your décor.  Find the elements of a fall harvest that speak to you and incorporate them into your home design!

For all of your farmhouse décor needs, shop Piper Classics.

      
 
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How to Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

(A big thank you to our friends at Super Squeegee for sponsoring this post!)

Are your windows covered in grime? Dirty windows mar the aesthetic appeal of your home. They’re ugly to look at and they interfere with the natural light that should be pouring through the glass. Luckily, there’s a good chance you can take care of the problem yourself.

You can hire a professional to clean your windows or you can see what some elbow grease can accomplish. You can also choose both options. Take care of occasional smudges on your own but call the big guys for a yearly deep clean.

Window cleaning is something of an art. Jeremiah Hickey, a window washer with USA record in SLO, CA, has been featured on multiple national media outlets because of his skill. Not only has he a won a Guinness record, he’s dominated in the world championships of window cleaning.

You don’t need to be as good as Hickey, however, to make your windows shine. Keep reading to find out how to do it yourself.

Pre-Cleaning

It’s prep time! If you want your windows to look like they’ve been treated by a professional cleaner, you need to pre-clean the glass before you do any real scrubbing. Get rid of stubborn stains first and your job will be a lot easier. Bird poop, hard water minerals, etc, require special care to be removed.

Tips

  • Soak the stains in vinegar for a few minutes. When the time is up, use a regular cloth to wipe it clean.
  • Use a specialized mineral deposit cleaner
  • If there’s debris clinging to the glass, use something sharp to pry it off
  • Remember to clean the screens.

When you switch to cleaning the interior part of your window, there’s a little more prep work to do. According to Stephanie Lewis, customer experience manager at The Maids: “One of the big things about cleaning windows is really protecting your floors and the inside of your walls… You want to make sure you lay down a sheet or drop cloth to protect your carpet or flooring from getting wet and causing damage.”

Grab Your Supplies

Now you’re ready to get to the real work. You need the right tools, however. You might have these items lying around your house already or you might need to run to the store. Here’s what you need:

  • A clean rag
  • An absorbent cloth
  • A squeegee
  • Window cleaner

If you’re wary about the chemicals in the window cleaners sold at the store, you can make your own by mixing warm water and dish soap. To clean particularly stubborn filth, add some vinegar to your solution.

Start Cleaning

Time to start scrubbing. It doesn’t matter if you start inside or out. If you are going to clean the outside of your windows, however, it’s recommended that you choose an overcast day. Too much sunlight can mess up your work.

The next steps are pretty self-explanatory. Just start cleaning your windows. For larger windows, use your squeegee. A ladder is helpful if the window if the window is located high above your head or is very tall, but you can also attach your squeegee to a broomstick or something similar to give yourself more reach.

Take your time with the actual cleaning. You don’t want to rush through your work because you might be left with streaks or leftover spots. Most people find cleaning their windows to be a hassle, which means that you don’t want to be stuck doing it over again when you thought you were done. Here some more handy tips to make your windows smile again by cleaning them.

Make sure to properly dry the glass. One side of your squeegee is for cleaning, the other side is for scraping away the excess water. You’re going to have to use both sides to be effective.

Consider Getting Help

Floor-to-ceiling windows are incredibly impressive to look at but they can be a pain to keep clean. The same is true for windows located high up on the walls. As we’ve shown, you can take care of the cleaning yourself but it’s possible that you don’t want to. If the process seems too difficult or time-consuming, offload the work onto a professional. If you happen to live in Slo County, CA you could put a world champion cleaner to work. Hickey operates his own business, On The Spot Window Cleaning.

      
 
 

Essential Tips to Prepare for Your Custom Home Building Project

Prepare for a Custom Home Build

(A big “thank you” to our friends at Triumph Building Group for sponsoring this post!)

Having a home built from the ground up is an exciting process. Yet it can also be equally frustrating. But doing your homework and preparing for a project of this size will help keep your sanity intact when your home build begins.

  • Create a Realistic Schedule

Make sure you leave enough time in your schedule for the home build. Also, try not to plan any trips or family vacations during this time, as you’ll want to be close to home if questions or issues come up. The time frame a contractor gives you is still only a rough estimate for the completion of a project, so it’s best to always allow for a window in your calendar twice as long as the estimated completion time so you’ll be prepared for any mishaps that might prolong the process.

  • Adjust Your Budget

Sometimes a new home build can cost more than the originally agreed upon price in the contract. This cost can be attributed to hidden problems or small issues caused by a variety of things, including zoning issues or the land the home is to be built on. Don’t be caught off guard by these problems that could become costly. Instead, have a safety cushion of money outside of the building costs to ensure you can afford the project. To be safe, budget for expenses to cost roughly ten to twenty percent more than the estimated cost of the home build.

  • Look Into Storage

If you will move out of your current home while your dream home is being built, you’re going to need a place to store the things you currently have. Renting outside storage is a great option. The unit size you’ll need depends on how much you need to store. When putting items in storage, be sure to clearly label everything. Lengthy home builds may mean you need to access items in storage and knowing what is in your boxes will lessen any confusion as to what is stored in them.  As mentioned above, storage rental is a prime example of the additional expenses people may not consider when budgeting for a home renovation. Remember to budget for storage, and you’ll be set for success!

  • Create A Safe Haven

If you’re customizing and adding on to your existing home, it’s important to find a space you and your family can stay. Ideally, it should be a friend or family members home or even a long-term rental.

Having a home custom built doesn’t have to be a headache. Make the best out of a stressful home build by preparing early with these tips. For more information, contact Triumph Building Group, custom home builders in Bucks County.

      
 
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