As you know, an alleged Godzilla-like El Nino is headed our way. An El Nino weather pattern occurs every 2-7 years and can create flooding and mudslides in regions like ours and near drought-like conditions in areas elsewhere. Regardless of how much rainfall we get, climate experts agree our drought will continue until there are considerably heavy snows and increased snow packs in our northern Sierras.
We’re not so pleased about these unattractive brown lawns; they’re not doing a thing for us or our neighborhood. Neither are cheap-looking do-overs with those unattractive succulents spotted here or there. We miss the natural beauty and feel sad the results of our love and hard work are going or gone. While many homeowners are watching and waiting, and solutions seem far from numerous, are you wondering about synthetic turf (artificial grass)? Here’s what you need to know.
Southern Californians love of the outdoors transforms our gardens into a haven for leisure and pleasure and, an increase in property value. Verdant green, flowers, shrubbery, privacy, a small herb garden.Increase your actual living space by enhancing its functionality, then sit back and watch the whole family and your friends, spend more and more time there.
It used to be ‘Smart Home’ would conjure up 007 Bond-like, custom-made gadgets and high-tech gizmos of the future. Now, it’s for all of us. Now we can outfit our home with high tech systems that are elegantly controlled with the push of a button, whether we’re there, or not. The choices provide endless options for comfort, security, convenience and energy efficiencies we never even imagined.
This year’s CES Trade Show showcased innovative, forward thinking kitchen products almost certain to grab our attention. While kitchen manufacturers are gearing up for the wireless integrated “Smart Kitchen” of tomorrow, many futuristic innovations have already arrived and are available to us today. Here’s a peek into what’s really hot.
HGTV can be addictive; viewership numbers are staggering. Are you a fan or a fanatic? Do you have your own favorite home renovation reality show? For 20 years, HGTV and their competitors A&E, Bravo and DIY have fueled an explosion in home remodeling spending and they have shaped how we view our own homes. People are more knowledgeable about home design trends, the process and what they can do to change an outdated or dysfunctional house into a chic, stylish and […]
Every quarter the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts a survey that covers topics such as home characteristics, neighborhood design trends, kitchen and bath features and more. The survey is conducted by a panel of 600 architectural firms that practice mainly in the residential sector. Recently, the findings of their Spring 2014 were released.
Enter a house and you know immediately. It’s bright and cheery…………or………..it isn’t. Open and airy brings in natural light, smooths the transition to indoors and offers a welcoming ‘Come On In!‘ feeling. Is this what you want for people coming through your front door?