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Seattle Farmers Market List

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Renton, Seattle, Washington | Posted: June 5, 2018

Spring and summer are amazing in Seattle, the sun shines and the flowers are blooming, which means that it is farmer’s market season! Almost every neighborhood in Seattle has their own farmers market, each with their own flair. One of the best things about the Seattle neighborhood farmers markets are that they are often open on different days, so if you miss one you can just head to another neighborhood the next day! Not only do you always have the freshest produce available, but it’s a nice excuse to enjoy different neighborhoods, architecture, parks, gardens and restaurants close by.

Farmers markets aren’t just for zucchini anymore, they now have impressive lists of vendors, wine, beer, artisan foods, flowers, art, jewelry and a wide, evolving amount of international street food and food trucks. They often have live music and street performers for entertainment as well. We created a neighborhood Farmer’s Market day breakdown for people who want to know which farmers markets are closest to them and are open on what days.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Days and Hours of Operation:

Wednesdays

Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market

May 9th – October 10th  | Wednesdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at S. Edmunds St & 37th Ave S

 

Wallingford Farmers Market

May 16th – September 26th | Wednesdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located in Meridian Park on Meridian Ave N & N 50th St

 

Thursdays

Queen Anne Farmers Market

June 7th – October 11th | 3:00pm – 7:30pm

Located at Queen Anne Ave N & West Crockett St.

 

Lake City Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 7th – October 4th | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at 28th NE & 125th

 

Fridays

Phinney Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 1st – September 28th | Fridays 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Located at Phinney Ave N. & N. 67th St.

 

Madrona Farmers Market

May 18th – October 26th | Fridays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at Martin Luther King Jr. Way & E. Union St.

 

Saturdays

Magnolia Neighborhood Farmers Market

June 2nd – October 20th | Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm (Exception of Aug. 5)

Located at Magnolia Village @ West McGraw St. & 33rd Ave W.

 

South Lake Union

May 4th – Sept 8th |  It’s an all food market Saturdays 11:00am – 4:00pm

Located at 9th & Denny

 

Night Market in South Lake Union

once a month enjoy DJ’s in the park Saturdays from 4-10:00

June 16th, July 21st, August 25th and September 15th | Once a month enjoy DJ’s in the park Saturdays from 4:00pm – 10:00pm 

Located at 139 9th Ave N

 

Surrounding Seattle Areas and Cities Farmers Markets:

Tuesdays

Crossroads Bellevue

June 5th – September 25th | Tuesdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Located at 15600 NE 8th St Bellevue

 

Wednesdays

Sammamish Farmers Market

May 9th – September 26th | Wednesdays 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Located at 801 228th Ave SE City Hall, Sammamish

 

Kirkland Wednesday Market

June – September  | Wednesdays 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Located at Marina Park in Kirkland

 

Thursdays

Bellevue Farmers Market

May 17th – October 11th | Thursdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Located in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

 

Fridays

Juanita Friday Market

June 1st – September 28th  | Fridays 3-7:00

Located at Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Dr. Kirkland

 

Bothell Farmers Market

June 1st – September 28th | Fridays 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Located at 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell

 

Saturdays

Redmond Saturday Market

May – October | Saturdays 9:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 7730 Leary Way, Redmond

 

Issaquah Farmers Market

May 5th – September 29th | Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Located at the Pickering Barn 1730 10th Ave NW Issaquah

 

Woodinville Farmers Market

May 5th – September 29th | Saturdays 9:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville

 

Sundays

Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

May 13th – October 31st  | Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at Bothell Way & Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park

 

Mercer Island Farmers Market

June 3rd – October 7th | Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 7700 SE 32nd St. Mercer Island

 

Farmers Markets That Are Open Year-Round in Seattle:

There are luckily five large farmers markets that are open all year long. You don’t have to get sucked down by the winter doldrums of cabbage and brussels sprouts, there are fresh organic options available all year round in Seattle farmers markets.

 

Pike Place Market – Open Every Day 9:00am – 5:00pm

Pike Place Market

The most famous of course being Pike Place Market! Open every day from 9-6:00, Sundays from 9-5:00. The only thing this market doesn’t sell is cars. You could live above and never have to leave your building. Known especially for the colorful fresh cut flowers year-round. There can also be found market stalls from around the world, over 30 restaurants, cooking classes, a cabaret, artists, theaters, bars, dance clubs, a brewery, comedy and even a cheese factory! It’s a self-contained city in itself.

Located at 85 Pike Street

 

U-District – Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Step aside New York; the U-District has everything and more. This market is amazing! Check out over 200 yelp photos from other impressed shoppers.

Open year-round every Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Located at University Way NE between 50th & 52nd Streets

 

Capitol Hill Broadway – Sundays 11:00am – 3:00pm

Capitol Hill Broadway

Open year-round on Sundays 11:00am – 3:00pm

Located at Broadway Ave East & Pine St.

 

West Seattle – Sundays 10:00am – 2:00pm

West Seattle Farmers Market

Open year-round on Sundays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Located at SW Alaska & California Ave SW

 

Ballard Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Ballard

Open year-round on Sundays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Located at 22nd Avenue NW & NW Market St.

 

There are too many amazing things at each market to list but we recommend checking out each and every one of them. Washington state’s fertile, coastal environment is rich with fresh, organic and local produce that is able to provide produce year-round. In fact, NW Washington grows 95% of the raspberries in the entire country. Combine that with abundant blueberry fields, Washington apples, plums, blackberry bushes and mild enough winters to grow root vegetables and leafy greens all year long, so you will be able to find all of your produce at a Seattle Farmer’s Market. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags!

Where to Bike in Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Seattle | Posted: June 1, 2018

If you have never been on a bike in Seattle before or haven’t for a while, it’s time to jump aboard. Nothing creates happiness like bicycles and lucky for you, Seattle has lots of trails and bike rental options! Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is green in more ways than one. In order to keep it green, the city has a master plan to make bicycling a safe, easy option for its growing population of families and commuters.

Although the hills in Seattle can be a challenge in some areas, the trail system is well laid out taking advantage of flat land, river banks and no longer used railroads that have been converted to long stretches of relaxed and enjoyable trail systems. The trails tie areas together and save the natural environment in between. Unlike many large cities, Seattle has done a great job of preserving natural spaces, parks and waterfront, creating trails that are a liberating and beautiful way to see the city.

The best part about biking in Seattle is that you don’t even need your own bike. Just be sure to bring your own helmet, because it is required by law almost all over Washington State, and take advantage of Seattle’s bike share program. These programs provide bicycles to use cheaply and they are easily found all over the city and can be found all over the city, as they are outfitted with a tracking device. It’s as easy as turning on the app and a map will pop up showing you where the closest bikes are, find the one you desire, unlock it with the app, and off you go. The bicycles are owned by three different companies easily identifiable by their colors; Spin bikes ($2/hr) are bright orange, bright yellow are Ofo ($1/hr) or Lime bike ($2/hr $1/hr for students or University staff) which is bright green with yellow walled tires. All three can be left anywhere appropriate without blocking pedestrian paths. Often the companies will run promotions and the first ride is free!

The bike paths listed below are mostly focused in and around the Seattle metro area and its nearby neighboring cities. All of the listed bike paths are relatively flat and can easily be biked by the average rider. The absolute best map of city trails can be found right here zoom in and move around for more trails and locations. More Seattle area biking maps can be found here

 

  • Start off strong with one of Seattle’s most popular and longest rides, the Burke-Gilman Trail covers 18.8 miles. This is a well-loved trail utilized by commuters and wanderers meandering through some of the best areas in the city. Starting in Golden Gardens Park in Ballard, it skirts Shilshole Bay along the water for a mile then brings you to the Locks where the trail separates to roads for a mile. Pick it up again in Fremont and then through the University district. Keep riding to Mathews Beach Park with 100 beautiful feet of shoreline and take a quick dip to cool off from the ride. Back on the bike to Lake Forest park in Kenmore and continue all the way to Bothell. Here if you want to make an adventure out of it, you can continue onto the:
  • Sammish River Trail and head South East another 11 miles. Follow the Sammish river starting off in Bothell and travel all the way to Redmond. The trail connects with lots of other trails along the way.
  • Cheshiahud Lake Union loop, is 6-miles and connects with the Burke Gilman for part of the way in Fremont. Make a day of it and take a leisurely ride around the Lake with multiple stops along the way. Linked with 35 parks including the very interesting and pretty Gasworks park. Another fun place to check out along the way is the funky Fremont area known for its interesting art, statues and breweries including the Peddler Brewing Company where you can tune up your bike while you drink, with a bike pump and a bike parts vending machine. Or just park your bike inside while you play board games, check out the beer garden or old school movie nights.
  • SR 520 Trail-This beautiful bridge extension makes it possible to safely cross the 520 bridge by bicycle. It’s an incredible feeling to ride a bike over the afternoon parking lot enjoying glistening views of Lake Washington that you won’t appreciate from a car.
  • Alki Trail7-mile beautiful beach front trail with views of the Seattle Skyline from the West side. It follows the beach around West Seattle and wanders through piers and parks along the way. Whale sightings here are common if you’re lucky!
  • Duwamish River Trail to the Green River Trail together make up 30 miles of biking bliss running from South Seattle all the way to Kent. Connected in parts by some street riding. Both trails are connected and have occasional bridges. The Duwamish and Green Rivers are the same river, with the name change occurring when you get to Tukwila.
  • Elliot Bay Trail, 3.4 miles long, another beautiful waterside trail starting off in Magnolia Park it runs through the South of Queen Anne and ends at the Olympic Sculpture Park where you can stroll through and enjoy the views of sculptures and the Olympic Mountains. After that check out the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). From here walk your bike for safety less than a mile to Pike Place Market and enjoy local chowder on the waterfront.
  • Another great length trail is the Mountains to Sound I-90 trail, 10 miles of relatively flat trail, although the name implies otherwise. Also, a fabulous extension of the I-90 for you to fly over during rush hour enjoying the breeze that the stopped cars will not. Enjoy views of Mount Rainer and glistening Lake Washington along the way.
  • Green Lake, you can’t officially call yourself a Seattle resident until you’ve been to Green Lake. Thousands of people come every day to enjoy this beautiful park. 2.8-miles around makes a good, quick work out loop. Keep an eye out for dogs, bikes, strollers and roller skaters while enjoying this well-traveled trail. It’s easy to see why it’s so beloved with pretty views of the lake front, multiple varieties of huge old trees, BBQ’s, a wading pool for toddlers when it’s warm, diving boards, floating rafts, rowing teams, sports fields, a playground and general excitement shared by so many people. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a log covered with turtles in the lily pad area and some of the first blackberries of the season are usually found here in this sunny spot.

The many, wonderful benefits of biking can’t be over stated. Biking is good for the environment, the wallet, the waist line, your entire well-being, and your happiness. It’s difficult to get upset while riding happily past traffic or trying to find a parking spot for your pedal pusher. No parking fees or waiting for free parking days to enjoy your life. A coffee and a bicycle are all stress relief you’ll ever need.

 

Hot Tips for Outdoor Summer Living Made Easy

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: May 31, 2018

Is there anything better than a summer BBQ in the sun? When summer rolls around, it’s impossible not to get excited about pool parties, sun bathing, grilling, and playing in the backyard with your family. If you’re planning on spending some serious time outside this summer, here are some helpful tips for making your backyard THE place to be.

Grow Your Own Produce

You don’t know “fresh” until you’ve eaten a tomato straight from your own garden. Spice up salsa, freshen up pasta salad, and surprise your guests with a tasty salad of veggies you grew yourself! Plenty of plants thrive in the heat and make an excellent addition to your summer meals. Try growing some sweet potatoes, hot peppers, green beans, sunflowers, and zucchini.

Cool Down with Kiddie Pools, Sprinklers, and More!

If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, consider investing in a temporary water feature. They’re fun for all ages and a great way to cool down. You can buy kiddie pools in various sizes (some even large enough for adults to sit in), goofy sprinklers, and even hot tubs or saunas.

Add Ample Lighting for Late-Night Partying

On a 90-degree day, it’s hard to do anything but lay in the shade and drink lemonade. When it gets to be that hot, why not plan a party later in the night? Set up lighting on your deck, patio, and around the yard, and invite friends over. As the sun goes down, you and your guests will be much more comfortable.

Set Up in the Shade

Summer fun comes to a screeching halt when you and your family are burnt to a crisp. Avoid staying out in the sun for too long by setting up in the shade. If you don’t have a covered porch or trees in your backyard, invest in an umbrella or two to keep everybody nice and cool while they’re enjoying the sunshine.

Create an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have been all the rage lately – from traditional charcoal grills to tricked-out gas ranges and ovens. Whether your budget allows for an extravagant outdoor kitchen or just a few appliances, setting up an outdoor kitchen is a smart idea for hosts. Cooking outside is much cooler than crowding around a hot stove, and preparing food for guests is easy. Just make sure you’re keeping kids away from any open flames or heat sources.

Maximizing your backyard for the summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a few additions, you can set your family and friends up for a summer filled with BBQs, pool parties, and outdoor fun.

Activities And Hobbies To Try If You Are New To Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: May 21, 2018

Seattle is a stunning city. There is no other city in the world with views of the tremendous, white capped Olympic Mountains that jut out from behind the deep blue Puget Sound waters. There’s a reason why Seattle has so many transplants moving here from all across the world. But one thing we hear from recent transplants is “what should I learn or do to be more like a local” and “how best should I spend my time in this every changing city?” Well for one thing, there are so many opportunities and things to do in and around Seattle that we decided to create a list of recommended hobbies and activities to share for anyone wanting to learn how best to take advantage of all that Seattle and its surrounding areas offer.

We created a fun list of activities or hobbies that we recommend checking out for yourself and adopting if you truly want to become a more like a local.

 

  • Water sports: With 8 lakes in the immediate Seattle area, of which, Lake Union and Lake Washington are the largest, there’s a wide range of water sports and activities to choose from. Each body of water can offer something different, boating, water skiing, fishing, or sailing. Lake Washington and Green lake are easy accessible fresh water lakes to swim and paddle board, or on warm summer days you can lazily float on a unicorn or pizza raft instead.
  • Hiking: It would be impossible to count the hundreds if not thousands of hikes in and around the Seattle area. You can be sure that there are plenty and they are abundant for every level of hiker. Forest walks can be done year-round in the temperate climate, and you’ll almost never be far from a refreshing water source in the summer months. In the winter time prepare for rain with a poncho in your pack and always check the weather as well as the trail reports on the Washington Trail Association’s website before heading on any hike.
  • Biking: The biking trail system in Seattle and the surrounding areas is fantastic and it’s getting better and better with major plans in the works. One of the longest city trails is called the interurban trail it is made up of a North and South portion. The North runs 24 miles from Edmonds to Everett including several towns on the way. The South portion is 1 miles and runs from Tukwila to the town of Pacific. Under construction right now is a central corridor that will link all of the East side trails together, with 16.5 miles of old railroad being converted to bike trails there will soon be a way to ride from Woodinville in the North all the way to Renton in the safety of tree-lined pathways.
  • Running: If you love the outdoors then you’re in luck, there are more than enough trail options for whatever kind of environment you’re looking for. Not only are there ample urban or more rustic running trails to go to, there are also multitudes of races to choose from! There’s a race almost every single weekend, including in the mild Seattle winters. You can sometimes choose from up to 8 races in one day if you’re looking for a challenge. From 5k fun runs, trail runs and marathons there is something for every type of runner. With over 18 running clubs in the area you don’t need to train alone, join one and meet some like-minded Seattleites or new transplant
  • Get a dog: If you have yet to own a furry friend then you might be shocked to know that dogs actually outnumber children in Seattle proper. So if you are looking to grow your family with a dog then know that there are 14 recognized dog parks in Seattle that you can take advantage of. Magnuson and Westcrest parks both have over 8 acres for your dog to run. Most also offer doggie drinking fountains and special areas for small or shy dogs to feel safe and comfortable.
  • Camping: If you prefer to venture out, there are over 30 State parks to choose from all within 2 hours of the city of Seattle. Or if you’re fairly new to camping and you don’t want to leave the city to set up a tent or rent a rustic cabin then you don’t have to. Camp Long is right here in town, complete with a ropes course, fire pits and events spaces, it’s the perfect place to test your camping skills before heading out to more rustic environments.
  • Yoga: It might not surprise you that with all of the athletic adventure around Seattle there is also a thriving yoga culture. Whether you are looking for slow flow, pre-natal, vinyasa, Bikram, Yin or Kundalini there is a studio for you to shed your rush hour stress. If you’re shy to trying group yoga, you can also request private training if you choose to go that route.

 

If none of the activities listed above are your speed then you might enjoy our more relaxed approach recommendations to becoming “one of us”.  There are plenty of hobbies and activities to do in Seattle that don’t include having to plan out an entire weekend.

 

  • Beer Tasting: Seattle is one of the original cities known for its craft beer brew pubs and has more of them than you could visit in a week. No, that is not a challenge. But with fabulous outdoor seating and delicious menus, I doubt you’ll meet a beer that you don’t like. Fun fact: Eastern Washington is the Hops Capital of the World so you can be sure we know how to brew some tasty beer.
  • Wine Tasting: Washington state is known for wine, with almost 70 varietals, it is the second largest producer of wine in the United States. Over the mountains on the Eastern (dry) side of the state they know a thing or two about wine. With over a dozen tasting rooms in Seattle, the wines of Eastern Washington have come to you.
  • Board Games: You don’t have to sit in your home to play board games anymore, there are fun and interesting bars for that in Seattle. There are a handful of board game bars, with some being family or dog friendly as well. We recommend trying out Mox Boarding House or the The Raygun Lounge for the best board game bar experiences, as well as going online to check out their lively events calendars if you’re interested in tournaments.
  • Restaurants: We don’t know if eating mass quantities of food can be considered a hobby, but why not? We all eat several times a day and Seattle has such beautiful cuisines it would be a shame not to recommend attempting to try them all. Seattle’s specialties include anything with fresh fish, traditional NW chowder, Asian and other international influences. With the city growing at such a rate, chefs are coming and bringing creativity and flavors from all over the world with them.

 

Seattle is a bustling city with something for everyone to enjoy, even your furry friends.

 

 

 

Join Us at Tanglewood’s Information Center This Weekend

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Renton, Renton Homes | Posted: May 17, 2018

American Classic Homes is thrilled to invite you to join us this weekend at the on-site Information Center at Tanglewood in Renton. The Tanglewood onsite agents will go over floor plans and lots with you, review community specs and selections, and they can place you on a waiting list for upcoming lots. We invite you to see what amazing community living is all about and find your perfect home at the Information Center Event This Weekend at Tanglewood!

When: Saturday, May 19th & Sunday, May 20th
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: 17438 SE 192nd Dr, Renton, WA 98058

We look forward to seeing you at our Information Center Tanglewood Event this weekend, feel free to grab some family or friends and take a tour of this beautiful and spacious new home community. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private community tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 899.0702 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Click Here to view the Tanglewood Community page to see currently available homes, community floor plans, and images.

Driving Directions:

• From I-405 S

• Take exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA-169 S/Renton/Enumclaw

• Turn right onto 140th Way SE

• Turn left onto SE Petrovitsky Rd

• Turn left onto SE 192nd Dr

• Tanglewood will be on the left.

• The Information Center can be found on Homesite #41

The Cost to Hire Movers

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: May 14, 2018

Moving to a new place is exciting, whether you’re moving into your first home across town or a bigger home across the country. But moving can also be stressful, and it can seem like there are a million things to do before you pack. One of the most important things to plan is the cost of moving. More importantly, how much will it cost to hire movers? We put together a short guide to help you understand what goes into the high cost of moving, how much to budget for professional movers, and other considerations.

Overview of All Moving Costs

Deciding whether you’re going to DIY it or hire a professional mover is only one of the considerations that go into the high cost of moving. There are many other factors to moving costs, including:

  • Cost of living changes, if moving to another state or city (Use this handy tool to compare costs of utilities, groceries, transportation, and more)
  • Paying double rent or mortgage if move-in dates don’t line up
  • Renting a moving truck (fees generally run $20 a day, not including gas and mileage costs)
  • Storage units if you need to store furniture or belongings before moving

You can reduce some of these costs by moving into your new place quickly. Taking too long to move from one place to another can rack up costs surprisingly fast.

Cost of Hiring Professional Movers

According to Home Advisor, hiring a local professional mover costs between $80 and $100 an hour. You may be charged additional fees if movers need to take items down stairs or a considerable distance.

For long-distance moves, companies charge by weight and distance rather than time. With this type of move, you may be charged a flat rate as high as $10,000, not including gas and mileage costs. These costs do not factor in additional movers or truck fees.

Booking Professional Movers in Advance

For local moves (under 100 miles), book movers between 2 and 4 weeks ahead of time. When you book early, you’re more likely to get a time and date that best fits your moving schedule. For local moves during the busy season – between May and September – consider booking at least 4 weeks early.

For cross-country moves (over 100 miles), book as soon as possible! Try to book at least six to eight weeks ahead of time. Moving can be stressful, so book ahead of time and save yourself the worry.

How Many Movers Do You Need?

Depending on the size of your home, you may need to hire up to four movers. Moving Labor’s chart below shows roughly the amount of movers and time it will take to move for each home type:

Studio Apartment: 2 Movers / 3-4 Hours

1-2 Bedroom Apartment: 2 Movers / 4-5 hours

2-3 Bedroom Home: 3 Movers / 5-7 hours

3-4 Bedroom Home: 3 Movers / 7-9 hours

4+ Bedroom Home: 4 Movers / 7-10 hours

You will need to factor in the additional cost of movers ($25 to $25 per mover) and moving time into your schedule.

Make Preparations in Advance and Move ASAP

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, and with a little preparation, you can put your mind at ease. To limit moving costs, book movers as soon as possible. Check the company’s rates and reviews online before hiring and try to move quickly. Storing items, paying double rent or mortgage, and renting supplies is expensive. The sooner you get to your new house or apartment, the less outgoing costs you will have!

Decorating for Spring – On a Budget!

Categories: Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips, Interior Design | Posted: April 27, 2018

After the cold, dark months of winter, is there anything more exciting than Spring? These warmer months bring vibrant colors, cool breezes, and sunshine. What better way to usher out the snow and welcome the season with an indoor makeover? Celebrate Spring with these budget-friendly indoor decorating tips.

De-clutter your home. During the winter, homes tend to accumulate a lot of extra stuff. Holiday decorations, cold-weather gear like boots and hats, and extra blankets can make your home feel small and cluttered. Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time to de-clutter these spaces and simplify things. You can also try for a monochromatic feel with soft whites and light colors. Your home will feel bigger and brighter with that extra space.

Fresh flowers. Flowers add a pop of color and life to any room. But not everyone has a green thumb or the garden space to plant a variety of flowers. Visit your local supermarket for fresh and pre-arranged bouquets to liven up any room in your home. To keep flowers looking fresh longer, use room temperature water and cut the stems (about 1 to 2 inches) before putting them in a vase. Look for flowers at your local grocery store, co-op, or farmer’s market.

Create an edible centerpiece. Spring brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This produce is beautiful on its own, so why not use it as a centerpiece? Find your favorite serving bowl, or go shopping for one, and fill it with bright oranges and fresh apples. The best part about this decorating tip? You can eat it!

Swap out or put away throw blankets. In the fall and winter, there’s nothing better than curling up under a fuzzy blanket. But we’re saying goodbye to cold weather, so it’s time to put away or swap out those thick, dark-colored blankets. Look for thinner blankets in vibrant colors, like pastel blues or yellows, to give a spring-y look to your living room. For an even more budget-friendly option, repurpose leftover light-colored fabric and drape it over your couch. You’ll be surprised how much this simple action changes the entire feeling of a room.

Buy or make pillow covers. Pillows are an excellent way to decorate on a budget. You can instantly change a room by switching up a pillow cover, which is an easy cost to manage. This has to be one of the easiest ways to decorate a room – no fussy arrangement needed. Just throw a few pillows onto your couch, chair, or bed for a new look. These covers aren’t expensive to buy or make, and storing them takes almost no room at all.

Faux plants or flowers. Fresh flowers are relatively affordable, but maintaining the look can be a hassle. Faux plants or flowers have only an upfront cost and can add a nice natural look to your home. You can change the pot or vase for a fresh décor and never have to worry about cleaning up wilting or dead flowers left out too long. Craft stores often carry these plants and flowers at an affordable rate.

These easy options help your home look brighter and more vibrant without breaking the bank. Preparing your house for Spring will help you bring in the new season and transition from the darker months with ease. Brighten up your home with flowers and new fabrics, and enjoy the sunshine.

Tips for Choosing the Right Floor Plan

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 12, 2018

The process of choosing the design for building a new home is exciting but can also be overwhelming. There are lots of decisions to make that will have a lasting impact. As you browse the home designs, here are some tips for choosing the right floor plan.

Make sure it measures up. You might have a certain square footage figure in mind as you look at homes. However, some floor plans are smartly designed and can make better use of the space. You might be able to “live large” in a home that’s slightly smaller than you expected.

Follow the flow. When you’re looking at a floor plan, imagine yourself walking through the home. Go from the laundry room to putting the clothes away. Is it convenient? Does the flow of the kitchen to the dining area feel right? Will the bedrooms afford privacy for the occupants? When you’re coming in with an armload of groceries, will you have an easy path to the kitchen?

Level it out. How many levels will suit your lifestyle? Do you need a two-story home to accommodate everyone in your household, or is a single-level ranch more to your liking? A single-level home certainly fits the household that doesn’t want to deal with stairs. You can also integrate a first-floor owner’s suite if you need more space but want to do most of your living on the first floor.

Consider the wide, open spaces. Many floor plans feature the open concept. It’s a popular layout because the lack of walls between the kitchen, living room, and dining area allow for more socializing. The cook is no longer cut off from the activity outside the kitchen. As you look at the open floor plan in the home designs, think about how the rooms connect. It might be one big space—long, square, or rectangular—or an L-shape with the kitchen as the pivotal point. Do you prefer one style over the other? How will your furniture fit in the layout? With an open floor plan, you can create separate spaces, like a reading area or study space. Envision how you will use the main living area so you choose a floor plan that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Don’t underemphasize the functional places. Features like a mudroom and the design and placement of the laundry room might not seem as important in the big picture, but small details often spark a big change. The mudroom, for example, is a threshold that protects your home from the great outdoors and keeps the clutter under control, if you plan it that way. Cubbies or cabinets are a smart choice here. Establish a system for organizing shoes, backpacks, school stuff, leashes, and everything else that often gets lost when it’s allowed to meander into the main living area.

Some homeowners prefer to have the laundry room closer to the master suite, while others want it near the kitchen. Which location do you prefer?

Do you need more function for your laundry room, like storage or a utility sink? Maybe you’d like a space to bathe and groom the family pet. Or possibly you would like a laundry room with a countertop to fold laundry and cabinets to store more supplies.

Explore the undiscovered needs. As you browse the floor plans, think of alternative uses for rooms that might seem like a “bonus” right now. A formal dining room or living room could seem extraneous but you consider repurposing it for a playroom, hobby studio, game room, library, or other function. A bonus or flex room can work as a guest room or home office, too.

Ask a lot of questions—of yourself and your builder—when reviewing home designs to be sure you’re choosing the right floor plan!

Quick Tips to Help with Spring Cleaning

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: March 22, 2018

Winter is finally slipping away and we’re starting to feel refreshed, and ready for the change that spring brings. One of the most popular rites of spring is doing an overhaul of your home’s interior—cleaning, purging, reorganizing, and perhaps redecorating. But before you launch into a full-scale attack, here are some helpful spring cleaning tips for your home.

Make a plan. If you just dive into spring cleaning without a plan, you’ll waste time and probably miss certain areas that you’ll regret later—after your energy has been depleted. Decide where you need to purge—closets, attics, and basements are a great start. Determine how you’re going to approach each task. Set aside boxes or bags for “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Toss” in the area you’re purging so you don’t have to carry out piles.

Include the tiny places that seem to get ignored during normal housecleaning, like sliding door tracks, baseboards, door frames, behind the kitchen appliances, and cabinet doors.

Next, prioritize the spaces that need your attention. If you have a dreaded area, put it at the top of the list. Don’t procrastinate. Tackle it first. You’ll feel better about getting it out of the way.

Organize your supplies. Now that you have your spring cleaning plan all ready, gather up the supplies, like rags, paper towels, various solvents, sponges, brushes, squeegies, gloves, drawer liners, and replacement batteries and light bulbs. Sort them into categories. Make a bucket for window washing, use another container for dusting supplies, and so on. Then you can just grab the right bucket and head off to tackle the cleaning.

Make a checklist. Keep a clipboard with you and make notes of things you need to get, replace, clean, or fix as you move from room to room. Don’t stop during your cleaning frenzy to run to the home store because you’ve decided you need to change your cabinet hardware or bathroom accessories. The distraction will slow down your progress. Instead, at the end of the day, review your clipboard and make a shopping and errand list to tackle all at once.

Start at the top. In every area of your house, start your spring cleaning from the top. Sweep away cobwebs and dust the light fixtures. Then move to the windows and walls. All the dirt, dust, and debris will fall to the floor, to be cleaned away last.

Hand out the assignments. Spring cleaning should be a shared challenge for everyone in the household. Once you have your plan, share it with your “helpers” and decide who will do what and when (yes, make sure there are deadlines).

Plan to be tired. At the end of your spring cleaning day, reward your hard work by putting your feet up, letting someone else make or deliver dinner, and kicking back to enjoy your fully refreshed surroundings!

Tips for Your Selections Meetings After Purchasing an American Classic Home

Categories: Home Owner Tips, Interior Design | Posted: March 8, 2018

Your new home floor plans are finalized, and now it’s time to choose the details—colors, flooring, countertops, cabinetry hardware, lighting, and so much more. It can be a bit overwhelming if you’re unprepared, so follow these tips for working with your home builder’s design center to get the look you’re going to love for many years.

Set a budget for upgrades. You can select choices among the standard features that American Classic Homes offers—type of color of flooring,  cabinet colors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, to name just a few. These are included in the price of your home. However, you will also be presented with some choices for upgrades. Maybe you want granite over quartz countertops, or more hardwood in your home. Before you walk into your home selections meeting where you will should aim to determine how much you want to spend fpr adding upgrades to your new home. Be sure your selections professional understands you have a limit and then they should work with you to provide you with cost of each custom request.

Determine your priorities. Along with coming to the selections meeting with a budget, be clear about how you want to use those funds. Think in advance—before all those shiny choices are staring you in the face—what’s more important. For example, can you live with certain fixtures in your powder room in order to upgrade the light fixture in the foyer? Consider which details will deliver more satisfaction in the long run—and stick with that decision.

Bring pictures and swatches. You probably have ideas in mind for your interiors. Maybe you’ve pinned photos on Pinterest, torn pages out of magazines, and collected fabric and paint swatches. Bring everything you’ve gathered so you can share it with the designer. Snap photos of furniture you’ll have in your new home, with measurements, too. You’ll be able to better envision your new space when you have all these details together.

Describe your lifestyle. When you meet with your selections professional talk about the way you’re going to live in your new home. Offer details like how often you entertain, the age of your children (and whether your home is the “fun place”) if you have any, and where you like to eat your daily meals. Are there bottleneck places in your home, like the bathroom or kitchen? How often do you do laundry, and do you fold it in the laundry room? The more you share, the better this pro can guide you toward smart choices.

Take your time. The decisions you make at the selections meeting will have a lasting impact on your new home. Photograph swatches and samples you need, look at them at different times of the day (bearing in mind it might be different in your new home), and then return to finalize the design details on your new home.

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