Home Declutter 101: NEW Tips & Tricks

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Home Tips | 0 comments

Home Declutter 101: NEW Tips & Tricks The month of January is often dedicated to organization, but before you take any action, consider these tips to help you declutter your home. Sort First, Then Buy. Before you go out and purchase a carload of new, plastic totes from the Container Store, sort through all of your items first. Only by doing this step at the beginning will you 1) see what you need to hold your items and 2) determine where is best to store them (in a closet, under a bed, on a new shelf in the garage). Organize in Small...

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A Mid-Century Kitchen Renovation

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Renovations | 0 comments

[Project Spotlight: Miller’s Kitchen] The owners of this 1950s home in the Healy Heights neighborhood in the West Hills of Portland’s Southwest section wanted a kitchen update. The husband is a Realtor®, and they came to learn of Spectrum Homes because he sold a house where we’d previously completed a kitchen renovation project. He liked the quality of work and reached out to inquire about his own home. The existing kitchen was dated, inefficient and did not match the needs of how the homeowners wished to cook and entertain. Having...

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A Smart Home Task Checklist

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

The holidays will be upon us soon, and before we welcome guests (or become the traveling guest), here are a few smart home tasks that you can do to help keep your homes and family warm and safe this season. Change smoke detector batteries. Write the date on the battery with a permanent marker – that way you’ll remember when you changed it last. Also, place a piece of tape over the ends of 9V batteries before installation, as they have the potential of sparking and starting a fire. Have your furnace serviced. Your HVAC company will inspect...

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Smart Technology in the Kitchen

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Kitchens | 0 comments

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, one consideration you’ll have is whether to replace your old appliances with new ones. If it’s been a few years since you’ve gone appliance shopping, be prepared to be amazed at what’s available today. New kitchen technology comes in both high-tech and low-tech options, but the one thing they all have in common is that they make working in the kitchen much easier and more enjoyable. Ovens Ovens are getting quite sophisticated. Some are “two ovens in one,” where dishes can be...

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Protecting Your Home from Burglars

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

Home burglary: you never think it will happen to you – until it does – and then it leaves you feeling angry, lost and violated. Here are some hard facts: 60% of all burglaries are residential. Most residential burglaries occur during a weekday and most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Only 13.6% of burglaries in 2014 resulted in arrest. In 3 out of 10 burglary cases, someone is home. The average property dollar loss per burglary is over $2,300. 34% of burglars enter through the front door. 65% of all burglaries are...

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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Kitchens, Remodeling, Renovations | 0 comments

Most people dream of having an updated kitchen or bathroom in their home. Not only does a kitchen or bathroom remodel make your house look and feel more modern, but those updates can add value to your home when the time comes for you to sell – if you do your remodel right. Completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom isn’t cheap. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange minor kitchen remodel costs $21,640, while a midrange major kitchen remodel costs $64,404 and a midrange major bathroom remodel costs...

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Lighting

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Kitchens, Remodeling, Renovations | 0 comments

While probably not top priority when designing your kitchen, the type of lighting you choose is an important decision – one that will affect how much you enjoy your new kitchen space. Unfortunately, it is sometimes easy to overlook lighting until most of the budget has been eaten up by other expenses. The problem with doing this, though, is that you end up leaving one of the most important kitchen components to chance. Proper lighting is vital to the safety and functionality of any kitchen, as well as the joy of spending time there. Four...

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Grill Safety Tips

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Home Tips | 0 comments

July is one of the best months to enjoy summer. We are drawn to outside activities – swimming, biking, kayaking or playing tag – and at the end of the day, we are ready to enjoy something tasty cooked on the grill. July is also the peak month for grill fires, and according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Here are a few tips to keep you safe this grilling season: Grills should only be used outside. Place your grill away from the house and deck railings, and...

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Home Safety Reminders for the Summer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Home Safety | 0 comments

Summer is just around the corner, and unfortunately, this is the time of year when accidents around the home increase. Here are a few friendly safety reminders so you can have fun all summer long. Water Safety – It only takes an inch of water for a child to drown. While the natural areas to focus on water safety are pools and spas, other places in your yard need to also be considered: water features, wading pools and utility buckets can accumulate many inches of rainwater after storms. Keep a keen eye on young children playing around these...

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The Ultimate Checklist for Your Bathroom Renovation

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Bathrooms, Renovations | 0 comments

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your cramped, outdated or all-white tiled bathrooms (that were popular in the ‘90s), you’ve come to the right place. A complete overhaul of your bathroom requires a lot of consideration for each component. Here, we have gathered the “must-haves” to help you on your way to a new, luxurious and spa-like bathroom renovation in 2017. The Ultimate Checklist for Your Bathroom Remodel Follow this list to make sure you hit every important area for the bathroom of your dreams. Bathroom Design and Style Your...

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