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Must-have new home features, by generation

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 19, 2016

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Each person has a unique vision of the “dream home”. It could be spacious and luxurious or a country retreat. Maybe the house offers single-level living or has several stories.

Everyone seems to agree that spacious island kitchens, and updated bathrooms with separate tub and shower are essential. Still, different age groups are looking for different “must-have” features in their next home.

How does this list fit your new home wishes?

Baby Boomers

  • Single-level home. They don’t want stairs!
  • The coziness offers special comfort.
  • Low-maintenance surfaces. Granite and quartz are preferred.
  • Walkable, sociable communities. Boomers want walking trails and common areas to come together with friends, family, and neighbors.
  • This generation wants more detail, done with quality, like crown modling and built-ins.
  • Flexible space. Their lives are changing. Kids are moving out. They want the next home to be easily converted.
  • Storage. Even though they are often down-sizing their life, they want to be able to organize everything they keep, for easy access.

Gen X

  • Breakfast bar. Generation X (Echo Boomers) like to relax with their coffee and read the latest on their tablet while sitting at a counter.
  • Eco-friendly. New homes have energy-efficiency built in, but appliances aren’t enough. Home systems (HVAC), light fixtures, windows and doors—it all needs to respect the environment.
  • Upstairs laundry rooms. This generation of homeowner wants two (or more) floors, and they don’t want to haul laundry up and down those stairs.
  • Closet organizer. Gen X is particular about their clothes, and they will appreciate the value of a spacious, organized closet to store them.
  • Second-floor loft. Specifically, they are seeking a getaway to be alone with their laptop.
  • Outdoor fireplaces. They grew up with campfires but they want something more updated now.
  • Natural light. Their parents tolerated fluorescent lighting (to a point), but Gen Xers want ambient light streaming through windows.

Millennials

  • Open interior: The fewer the walls, the better. Open floor plans are ideal, so they can designate the purpose for themselves.
  • Low maintenance: No carpets or wood-burning fireplaces or stoves. Easy-care floors and surfaces, gas or ventless fireplaces are the way to go.
  • Spa bathrooms: While most homebuyers want a nice bathroom, Millennials will likely accept nothing less than the latest trends, from vanities to showers and tubs to plumbing fixtures.
  • Tech-ready. They want everything “smart” so the new home must be ready to handle the Millennial’s ever-expanding technology needs.
  • Energy-efficiency. Their new home must be eco-friendly, from construction materials to systems and appliances.
  • Less detail. Millennials aren’t impressed by crown molding and fine details.

New homes are always exciting. Finding the perfect one can be a chore, but remember, it’s out there!

Rent or own? Weigh the cost benefit.

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 6, 2016

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There continues to be an ongoing debate over the value of renting a home versus owning it. Renters know that they are spending money that they won’t recoup—it’s not easy writing that rent check every month and watching the funds fly away forever. Still, those who are financially capable of owning a home bide their time.

Many of these hesitant homebuyer-hopefuls are just afraid of the commitment and the housing market. They saw homeowners go underwater on their mortgages when the housing bubble burst in 2008. But that fear is costing them now. Housing prices are on the rise while mortgage rates remain low (but not forever). The issues that contributed to the fragile housing loans in 2006 and 2007 (no-doc and low-doc) have been rectified, with stricter underwriting processes than ever, to ensure safe lending.

Analysis paralysis on making the decision to purchase a home is costing renters too much right now.

Just weigh the cost benefit to buy a home right now, with today’s rates, mortgages, and tax laws.

  1. Investment. Real estate is a powerful investment because you can leverage the money you borrow to gain equity in your home. Home values are on the rise. How are your stocks doing??
  2. The cost vs. value of your monthly payment. Rent is an expense, which means it delivers no return. You pay a fee. A mortgage payment is a contribution toward your investment because your home will gain in value.
  3. Tax benefit. A homeowner can deduct mortgage interest, points on closing costs, and property tax. Energy-saving improvements are usually deductible. If you work from home, you can take a variety of home office deductions, which include a percentage of your utilities, mortgage, insurance, depreciation, and home repair for your dedicated home office space. Renters might be able to claim a small credit, depending on the state they live and work in.
  4. Cost control. With a fixed rate mortgage, your payment stays the same through the life of the loan. Conversely, a landlord will likely increase your rent every year, based on inflation, the cost of repairs, etc. Buying a home is your best protection against inflation!

Housing construction is on the rise, because the demand is growing. Home sales are moving faster than they have in almost ten years, which means the inventory is getting smaller. Mortgage rates are certain to increase. The longer you wait to make the move to buy a new home, the more you will pay. Talk to a mortgage specialist to get pre-approved so you know what you can purchase. You might be pleasantly surprised at your buying power!

Checklist to winterize your home

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: October 6, 2016

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Summer is over. The weather is going to get colder—much colder—before we see those pleasant temperatures again. Once you’ve stored your patio furniture and raked the fallen leaves, you will need to winterize your home, to protect it from all the hazards that a long, hard winter can bring.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a checklist to winterize your home.

Check your heating system.

Crank up the thermostat to 80 degrees, and listen for the furnace to turn on. Then, you should feel warm air. If that works, turn the temperature back down to the normal setting.

This is only a test. You should hire a professional to do a full inspection and cleaning of your heating system.

Put your air conditioner to bed.

You need to do more than turn off the A/C when the weather gets too cold to use it. Hose off the entire central air conditioner’s condensing unit to remove leaves and other debris. Be sure you use a heavy spray. Then, cover the condenser to prevent leaves, twigs, and other items from invading the unit. With freezing temperatures, those seemingly innocent things could lead to interior damage.

Inspect the chimney.

Creosote builds up in the chimney, leading to dangerous chimney fires. Hire a professional chimney sweep to ensure that the chimney and flue are ready for those crackling winter fires. While you’re at it, have a complete chimney inspection to find leaks that let in the cold air and ignite your heating costs.

Insulate yourself.

A burst pipe can be a disaster. Wrap insulation around any exposed piping to blanket them from the cold. If you have exterior faucets, turn off the water supply that feeds them.

Wrap an insulating blanket around your hot water tank to prevent heat from escaping.

Apply foam sealing gaskets around exterior outlets and switch plates.

Plug the leaks.

Windows and doors are notorious for housing leaks. Check your windows and doors—including the trim and the bottom of the doors—for drafts. Apply (or replace) weatherstripping. Recaulk areas where edges come together, at the corners of the house or where the roof meets the siding.

Proof the roof.

It’s no fun getting on the roof to make repairs in the dead of winter. Be proactive by checking your roof now, before the weather gets cold. Replace cracked, missing, or damaged roof shingles. Make sure the flashing is intact. And, if you didn’t already include the task in your autumn checklist, clean the gutters. All those leaves, sticks, and other unwanted stuff will add weight to your gutters when they freeze, and block the safe flow of water when the snow melts.

Shut down the sprinklers.

Water might still be inside your sprinkler lines. If it freezes, those lines could burst. After turning off the water supply, use an air compressor to blow air through the lines and push the resting water out.

Spend a little time winterizing your home now so you can enjoy a season without unnecessary home repairs.

The 6 Hottest Home Design Trends of 2017

Categories: Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes | Posted: September 26, 2016

From multi-functional designs and elements to mixing metal finishes, we had some of the top designers and professionals weigh in on the hottest trends you’ll be seeing in 2017.


Liz Toombs, C.I.D, Owner, Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors & Out of the Box Room Design

 

Home Design Trends wallpaper

Wallcoverings have matured since your grandmother had bold  floral prints adorning her walls. I personally love grass cloth. The key to choosing the right paper is to make sure the busyness of the pattern is appropriate for the space where it will hang.  I advise clients to avoid a busy print in a large, regularly used space like their living room, as they will likely tire of it quickly.  Contrary to that, a powder bath is a small space where not much time is spent, so it’s safe to be bold on those walls! If you’re afraid to commit to a wallpaper, try it out in a small area of your home such as the back of a bookcase or china cabinet. If you like how it turns out, consider adding some pattern and texture to other areas of your home.  Be careful not to paper everything, choosing strategic placement for wallpaper gives you maximum impact.

 

Home Design Trends Mixed Metals

Mixing finishes – Tastefully mixing metal finishes in your home is very chic. We are mixing our metals in jewelry, and the look is stunning. Why would home fashion be any different? Homeowners often feel they have to choose one metal finish and stick to it throughout their entire house – not true.  Don’t get pigeonholed into one finish. Mix things up and you’ll be surprised how naturally things work together. Antique brass and oil rubbed bronze are my personal favorite combination.

 

 


Sacha Ferrandi, Founder, Source Capital Funding, Inc.

 

Home Design Trends Smart HomeOne of the biggest trends in 2017 will be the rise of ‘Smart Everything’. As appliances and amenities that connect with the internet (such as Nest, smart fridges, heated driveways, etc.) become more affordable, we will see a rise in this type of ‘custom’ design in new homes and renovations.

These smart appliances are part of a general trend of customization in the home design world. This is especially true for Millennials that are entering the home industry, as they want to purchase homes that are built around their interest and desires.

 


Matthew Goodwin, Founder and President, Ver-Tex Construction Specialties, Inc.

 

Home Design Trends ShadesOne of the biggest trends we see continuing to increase is daylight  harvesting. Daylight harvesting maximizes natural light, helping to enhance efficiency and productivity, while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your space.

Motorized shades can be a tremendous aid to maximizing how you use (and conserve) daylight, especially when those shades or blinds are integrated into a smart home automation system. On a sunny day, the space uses less artificial light. On a cloudy day, the interior lights will brighten to create the ideal work environment.

These shading systems also protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and even wood surfaces, from the sun’s damaging UV rays. As more families move towards creating a smart home, motorized shade control with iPad apps and new
remote controls are increasing in popularity.


Doug Hopeman, CEO, Artificial Plants and Trees
Home Design Trends outdoorseating

 

The use of multi-purpose furniture will be a huge design trend we see next year. Many homeowners are looking for furniture that is versatile and weather-proof but still modern and luxurious.

 

 

 

 

 


Lilian H Weinreich, Owner, Lilian H Weinreich Architects

Project: Bleecker Street Renovation Architect: Lilian Weinreich Architects Location: New York NY

Elegant room dividers: full height sliding partitions are multi-functional and multi-user friendly.

No matter the ceiling height, full height partitions elongate a space. They can also be used as folding screens to provide privacy, in the image below, a folding screen shields the view from the front door. Partitions can also create flexibility by dividing spaces. Glazed screens allow daylighting while still providing privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


image of mixed metal kitchen by Houzz

 

How long does it take to close on a home?

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: September 22, 2016

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After touring through one home after another in search of the “just right” Goldilocks moment, you found it.

Then, your offer was accepted!

Now what? How long before you have the keys in your hand and a mortgage to go with it?

There are no hard and fast timelines, but there are some actions that need to happen along the route from accepted offer to homeownership.

How long does it take to close on a new home? Let’s take a look.

Mortgage Pre-approval

Let me start out by asking if you were pre-approved. I hope so. The worst feeling is to fall in love with a home, only to find out you can’t get the mortgage to buy it. Before you even browse listings, talk to a mortgage specialist and get pre-approved. Having the pre-approval letter when you shop will show that you’re a serious buyer with the purchasing power.

Home Inspection

Your purchase and sale contract iis probably contingent on having a home inspection completed. Your Realtor can help you find someone to handle the job. Once the inspection is done, you should receive a detailed report within 24 to 48 hours. That inspection report will identify any problems that need to be addressed by the seller, prior to proceeding with the closing. Depending on the repairs, the seller might either have them done or simply reduce the price of the home to credit you for the cost.

If the inspection brings up a major problem, you have the right to walk away from the deal.

Appraisal

The lender will require a property appraisal, and will assign an appraiser to handle this task, at your expense. The intent is to protect you from paying too much for a home. If the appraisal comes back lower than the purchase price, the lender is not going to approve financing. You will need to re-negotiate with the seller, based on the appraisal. Allow up to two weeks for the appraisal to be completed.

Underwriting

Even though you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage, you still need the lender to process the paperwork, which is known as underwriting the mortgage. In general, underwriting takes about one to two weeks.

During this step, you might receive any number of inquiries, such as recent bank statements, and letters of explanation for anything out of the ordinary the pops up on your credit report, like debt that went to collection. If you’ve been married or divorced, you might need to provide that documentation in order to verify a name change on your credit report.

Be advised: The lender will pull an up-to-date credit report on you when the mortgage underwriting begins, so if you’ve opened up a new credit card since your original pre-approval, you might not be eligible for the full mortgage amount. Do not tamper with your credit in any way once you’ve been pre-approved!

Homeowner’s Insurance

You will need to submit proof that you have secure homeowner’s insurance prior to closing. Do this as soon possible to avoid unnecessary delays. A simple call to your insurance agent can usually take care of it.

From start to finish, the timing for closing on your new home could require from four to seven weeks. An FHA or VA loan will tend toward the longer end of this range, because the government-insured loans require a bit more work on the lender’s part.

In the end, you will walk away with the pride and joy of being a homeowner!

 

Issaquah School District School Rankings

Categories: American Classic News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: September 8, 2016

Issaquah School District in Washington State

Issaquah, Washington is a great place to raise a family, located in the lush green North West there is no end to outdoor recreation, water and mountain sports, and close enough to Seattle to enjoy all of the benefits of a large, international city. The Issaquah School district is one of the best in the state, ranked # 7 of Washington State School Districts.

The Issaquah school district has recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars on it’s school facilities building beautiful state of the art schools with modern technology setting up students for success in life and University studies. Not only are these schools sought after by parents in the area for academics, sports, teaching staff and overall facilities, but the entire district was awarded a green leader school award. The schools strive to reduce their environmental footprints impact and cost, teaching students sustainability and environmental education.

Below are some facts and figures about some of the high quality schools in the Issaquah School District.

 

Elementary Schools

Discovery Elementary School Discovery Elementary School In The Issaquah School District

Discovery Elementary School is located just East of beautiful Pine Lake park, although the building has been rebuilt from the original one room schoolhouse to a modern 32 room building, there has been a school located on this site for 111 years.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: PK-5
  • 600 students currently registered
  • Student Teacher ratio roughly 24:1 depending on grade level
  • Ranked #14th of elementary schools in Washington State
  • Students received an overall average of 91% state standards test results in 2014-2015
  • Extracurricular activities include: choir, green team, K-kids programs that have community projects helping families in need, running club and global reading challenge, 4th and 5th grade math tutoring, safety patrol and garden club.
  • Before and after school classes including Spanish, Mandarin, drama, chess, martial arts are offered
  • Before and after school care is available for students with a variety of activities and programs.

 

Sunny Hills Elementary School sunny-hills-elementary-school

Sunny Hills Elementary was awarded over thirty-two million dollars for a brand new school building opening up this year in 2016. The new school has 32 classrooms and a new playing field.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • 630 students currently registered
  • State funded for full day kindergarten
  • Extracurriculars are currently on hold while staff and children move into new building.
  • Students received an overall average of 89.9% state standards test results in 2014-2015

 

Creekside Elementary School Creekside Elementary School

Creekside Elementary School is a beautiful, state of the art, green built elementary school with natural lighting and rain water systems used for student gardens and recycling. Creekside prides themselves on reducing energy and being a sustainable, green school. Creekside is a head and tail above most other elementary schools in their commitment to providing enrichment programs, clubs and extracurricular activities for almost any new interest the students may have.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 1-6
  • 710 students currently registered
  • Student teacher ratio 24:1 on average depending on grade level
  • Students received an overall average of 79.9% State standards test results in 2014-2015
  • Awarded: 2011 Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award
  • Green Leader School Pillar One status
  • Certificate of Excellence in 2012’s Zero Waste Challenge.
  • Grants: Enrichment grants from Issaquah schools foundation, Issaquah Arts Commission and grants for Leadership training and teaching materials were given to the teachers.
  • Creekside has a number of clubs and extracurricular activities available including; student concerts, art, chess, newspaper, homework, marimba and choir clubs, environmental education programs, guest speakers, student council, safety patrol, reading and math programs, cross country club, before and after school program

 

Middle Schools

Maywood Middle School maywood-middle-school

Maywood middle school has just completed over a twenty-five-million-dollar renovation project that is opening up for the 2016 school year.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 6-8
  • 957 students currently registered
  • Student-teacher ratio roughly 23:1 depending on class
  • Ranked 40 of 441 schools in student testing using test scores from SBA English Language Arts, SBA Math and MSP Science.
  • Students had an overall average score on these tests of 73%
  • Maywood Middle School offers advanced courses in Language Arts, Math, Science with high participation rates.
  • Student Organizations: Association of Washington student leaders and student council.
  • Maywood offers before and after school care including break and summer camp programs.
  • Extracurricular activities; builders club, drama, green team, library club, math club and lab, national junior honor society, robotics, Rubik’s cube club and science club
  • Four seasons of athletics are offered including girl’s varsity and JV soccer.

 

Pine Lake Middle School pine-lake-middle-school

Pine Lake Middle School is in the middle of a multi-phase, $71,000,000 reconstruction project with a projected completion date of September of 2018. This school is located in the Pine Lake area East of Lake Sammamish.

 

Pacific Cascade Middle School pacific-cascade-middle-school

Pacific Cascade was opened as a middle school in 2010 and serves students East of Lake Sammamish State park.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 6-8
  • 895 students currently registered
  • Overall Average state exam test rate of 83.8 for the 2014-15 school year
  • Ranked #18 of best overall quality middle schools in Washington State
  • Extracurricular activities: student body organization and the National Junior Honor Society
  • Clubs including; board game club, chess, cricket, green team, leadership, math, my little pony, peer tutoring, robotics, scrapbook and video game club. Where everybody belongs club where students work together helping other students to succeed, building a strong foundation for community and social relationships.
  • Pacific Cascade Middle offers four seasons of athletics including volleyball, softball, cross-country, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, soccer and track.
  • Overall academic average standard test scores of 75% in the 2014-15 school year.

 

High Schools

Issaquah High School Issaquah High School In The Issaquah School District

Issaquah High School is a beautiful, light and window filled school, one of Washington State’s best schools overall, it is continually rising above the other schools in terms of performance ratings, test scores, academics, teachers and every other area. This is a great place to have your children move and excel setting them up for success in college. Issaquah High School is located in an environmentally rich area of Washington between four large State and Wildlife parks just South of Lake Sammamish.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • Ranked #12 High School in Washington State
  • 2,032 students currently registered
  • Ranked #9 best food #6 Best Teachers #6 Best Academics
  • Ranked #976 in National H.S. Rankings earning a silver medal ranked by performance on state tests and college readiness
  • 124.5 Performance index on State Tests
  • 90% exam pass rate overall
  • Ranked best administration in Washington state schools
  • 17 AP Courses offered
  • 47% Participation rate on AP classes
  • Over 6 Honors Courses Offered
  • Students have an opportunity to take dual credits at local or technical colleges, they also have the choice to earn tech and high school credits at the same time through 14 tech prep courses offered at the H.S. 5 college courses are offered to students through the H.S. as an opportunity to earn credits in college and H.S. level at the same time.
  • Extracurricular activities; Band, choir orchestra, theater, cheer, student body, dance, DECA, eagle crew, journalism, video productions, National Honor Society and yearbook.
  • 54 Student clubs and organizations to choose from.
  • Athletics available to students on Varsity and JV levels in football, volleyball, cross country, swimming, soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, track and field and softball.

 

Liberty Sr High School liberty-high-school

Located South East of Lake Washington in the Renton area, Liberty Sr High School  is close to the beautiful Tiger Mountain State forest and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Liberty High School has recently completed a multi phase modernization, renovation project to its campus.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • Ranked #11 in WA H.S.
  • 94% graduation rate
  • 1219 students currently registered
  • Earned a silver medal in the National rankings as #904 school in the country
  • Overall student average test ranking of 96% in English
  • State performance index of 114.5
  • Exam pass rate 69%
  • 17 AP and dual enrollment courses available
  • Participation rate in AP classes is 59%
  • 3 Honors Courses Offered
  • Extracurricular activities include Band, choir, orchestra, theater, student body, cheer, DECA drill, National Honor Society, NJROTC, Patriot Crew, Patriot Press, Yearbook, Graduating class organizations.
  • 23 Student Clubs Available
  • 18 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level

 

Skyline High School skyline-high-school

Skyline High School is a quality school with great teachers, academics and overall quality in Washington State. From 2007-10 Skyline High School underwent significant renovations which added 24 new classrooms and science labs, a theater, and additional athletic facilities.

 

Home Staging 101

Categories: Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips, Interior Design | Posted: September 6, 2016

When you begin the process of selling your home, there is one part that cannot be overlooked and that is home staging. Did you know that over 95% of “Buyers Agents” say that home staging has some effect on the buyer’s opinion of the home?

Open Houses are the make-or-break moment for selling your house on time.With good staging, buyers will recognize how your home could be their new home. But, bad staging could keep your house languishing on the market for some time.

Staging your home doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money or time, but by focusing on a few key rooms and understanding a few factors that potential buyers look for can take your house from a dud to a stud. Home staging highlights your home’s strengths and down plays (to some extent) its weaknesses.

Here are a few home staging 101 tips and tricks that will help make your open house successful.

Home Staging 101 Infographic

How to pick the right toilet

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 5, 2016

How To Pick The Right Toilet For Your Bathroom Remodel

Admit it. The toilet isn’t high on your list when you’re thinking about your bathroom remodel. It’s not something you discuss excitedly with your friends as you talk about your bathroom makeover.

A toilet has a function. Period.

So does a faucet, but there are many different types of that plumbing fixture. Before you brush off the toilet as a purely utilitarian item, consider your options so you’ll know how to choose the right toilet.

Onesie or two-piece?

A toilet is comprised of two components: the tank and the seat base. The two-piece toilet has reigned as the throne of choice for a long time, but the one-piece toilet has gained in popularity in recent years.

A two-piece toilet is easier to move, but a one-piece commode has no seams where germs can hide. Both are available in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The one-piece toilet tends to be more expensive.

Preferred seating

Toilets bowls come in a choice of round or elongated. The round is less expensive, but the oval shape is generally deemed to provide a more comfortable seat. In bathrooms where a few inches make a big difference, a round toilet is smaller and can save space.

A higher hopper?

The standard height for a toilet is approximately 14 inches, and that’s fine for most people. If you’re taller than average, you might opt for the 17-inch or 19-inch “comfort height’. This taller toilet seat is also ideal for elderly or handicapped people who are maneuvering from a wheelchair.

Push or pull flushing?

A toilet with a handle for flushing is a common choice. A push-button on the top of the toilet tank gives a more stylish flush feature. It might cost a bit more than the lever-style toilets, but also gets less handling and is easier to clean.

Low-flow or high-powered?

Energy efficiency is important to today’s homeowners. Twenty years ago, toilets used 3.5 gallons of water for every flush. Newer low-flow toilets reduced that usage to just 1.6 gallons per flush, but many people complained this gravity-based technology was no-go on the low-flow. New toilets offer different types of flushing technology. A pressure-assisted flush uses the low-flow quantity but adds power, which leads to a cleaner toilet bowl.

Toilet, toilet, on the wall

You also have the option of a wall-mounted toilet. It’s more difficult to install, but enables easy cleaning underneath (a job no one enjoys).

An in-wall toilet shows only the toilet seat emerging from the wall. The tank is hidden inside the wall. Installation requires a pro, but the sleek profile and simplicity is a great choice for certain bathroom styles.

While it might not be the most exciting seat in the house, the toilet will always be sought-after, so make sure you know how to choose the right toilet.

Secure Your Lot at Penny Lane in Sammamish

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, New Homes, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Plateau | Posted: August 26, 2016

Rosario Home PlanAmerican Classic Homes, a premier family owned Washington homebuilder, has announced that its latest Sammamish community, Penny Lane, is aiming to debut in the fall of 2016. In response to the growing number of inquiries and the high demand for spacious home designs, the award winning home builder is allowing buyers to reserve their choice of lots in this new home community. American Classic Homes will start accepting lot reservations on September 6th, 2016, prior to the community’s final plat approval, which gives buyers the opportunity to secure their preferred lot without competing with the general public.

This exclusive community will feature eleven spacious homes that include professional grade kitchens, superior finishes, as well as included features that are upgrades at other builders. Each home also includes the personalized experience that homebuyers have come to expect from American Classic Homes.

Penny Lane offers large lots, daylight basements on specific lots, and a private community park that our residents will value in this cul-de-sac location. Penny Lane is also within walking distance to the beautiful 54-acre Beaver Lake Park.

Located less than 3 miles south east of the planned Sammamish town center, Penny Lane will offer convenient access to I-90 and WA-202, with employers such as Microsoft and Costco close by. The highly rated schools of the Issaquah School District will serve the community.

Homes will range in size from approximately 3,600 to 5,100 square feet, and include many luxurious features – expansive floor plans, spacious master suites and the beautiful architectural elements that characterize every American Classic Homes community.

Reserving a lot at Penny Lane is a welcomed opportunity for many buyers who are looking to buy in Sammamish. Making a simple lot reservation will give buyers the opportunity to select their preferred lot for the American Classic Home of their dreams before the general public. Due to this unique advanced opportunity, buyers who would like to reserve their lot can tour the Penny Lane model home at our nearby community, Discovery Grove, located at 2902 226th PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98075. Schedule your private model home tour by calling our new home advisor Summer Davis at (206) 557-6348.

For more information or to sign up for the American Classic Home VIP list to be the first to learn about new updates be sure to sign up on on the Penny Lane community page or call Summer Davis at (206) 557-6348.

Laundry room layout ideas

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: August 25, 2016

Improve Your Laundry Room Layout and Design

Your laundry room isn’t one of those spaces in your home where you think, “Oh, I’ll just go there and relax.” It’s purely functional.

But that doesn’t mean the room is prohibited from having style. Look at today’s bathroom designs. They’ve evolved from functional dullness to spa-like beauty. Every space in your home should reflect your personality. Don’t skip over the laundry room. There are so many ways you can re-create this utility area without spending a fortune. Here are some laundry room layout and design ideas to get you started.

Plan for the functions.

All great outcomes start with a great plan. Determine what you want to improve in your laundry room. More storage? Additional function? Nicer style? Create a wish list of things you’d like in your “dream” laundry room.

Additional functions could include a drop-down ironing board mounted on a wall (perhaps tucked inside an attractive cabinet). Maybe you’d like a folding area to sort through your laundry. Pet lovers could also consider converting the space occupied by a utility sink into a dog bath or shower. Some laundry rooms are situated in a place where they double as a mudroom, which means you need even more organization for this double duty!

Calculate your space.

Next, determine what you have to work with—such as space, plumbing, and electrical. Are you planning to knock down a wall to expand the space? Will you need to replumb, redo the dryer vent, or maybe switch from electric to gas (or vice versa)? Make sure you know the current condition of the room.

When you measure the space, take into account whether your appliances are top- or front-loading. Top-loading washers and dryers need extra clearance below the bottom of any cabinet or shelf mounted above it.

Now that you know what you want and what you have, you can build the plan for a room that might even get you excited about doing laundry.

Get creative with storage.

Where do you stash your cleaning products? Is there a shelf over the washer and dryer? Color that “gone”. Use the same storage logic for your laundry room organization as you apply to your kitchen, bathroom, and closet—easy access cabinets, drawers, cubbies, and shelving. Storage should be attractive, no matter what area it occupies.

If your laundry room is also the place where you keep your brooms, mops, and vacuum, how will you store them? A closet is a great addition, but if space is limited, think about adding a pegboard organization wall where you can hang them, along with other household cleaning items and tools.

Rethink the sink.

Perhaps one of the ugliest features in many laundry rooms is the utility sink—a big plastic basin with boring legs and an uninspiring faucet. That unsightly sink was designed for rinsing and washing really messy items, like muddy work clothes. Will a stainless steel sink handle the challenge as well? Absolutely! How about an oversized farmhouse sink in your laundry room for big jobs? Install the sink within a vanity, with a durable and attractive countertop. Add a kitchen faucet with a pull-down spray, and you easily, affordably improve the look of your laundry room—and add value to your home.

Your laundry room doesn’t have to be the dullest part of your home. Give it a real clean-up with these design ideas.

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