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Archive for June 2016

Custom Design Touches

We absolutely love the reaction that we get from home buyers when they learn that the cabinet color they choose in their kitchen can be different from the cabinet color that they choose in their bathrooms.  They especially jump for joy when they learn that this is free of charge!  Many other home builders either will…

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Living With Pets

Earlier this month we blogged on How to Dog Proof Your Backyard (you can read it here.)  But what about inside your home.  Not all dangers in your home are obvious, and if you have a new puppy or kitten even the tiniest opening can be a hazard.  Toxic plants and food are some of…

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Summer Home Maintenance

Homeowners who do regular maintenance on and in their property will agree it’s much easier than waiting until something breaks, and often much less expensive.  For example, summer is a great time to inspect bathroom drains, shower heads, and vent fans.  If you’ve never inspected refrigerator coils or your clothes dryer vent pipe put those…

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Customizing the Niblock Way

Building a custom home is often thought of as a stressful and an overly expensive process.  Typically when people hear the phrase custom built home, the instantly think of a multi-million dollar home located on Lake Norman or some gated community.  For majority of us, building a home in that price range just isn’t realistic.…

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Customizing with Cedar

Cedar columns are becoming very popular on our homes. Both its beauty and natural resistance to rot and decay make cedar an optimal choice for outdoor projects. Cedar’s secret weapon is that the wood contains oils that act as natural preservatives that help the wood resist the fungi that rot wood, and the insects that…

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Renovation Versus Home Building

Renovations take time, money, and patience.  Sure the idea of buying an older home built in the 1920’s and flipping it sounds like a great idea (HGTV sure does make it look easy), but in reality it can be quite the daunting task.  Here are few things to keep in mind before you buy that…

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Featured Home of the Week: The Beckett

Our featured home of the week is our move-in ready Beckett plan located in one of our Concord communities, Bedford Farms. 12 foot ceilings welcome you into this open ranch plan.  With a gorgeous coffered ceiling in your family room, there is plenty of space to arrange your furniture exactly how you want. The kitchen…

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Benefits of a Basement

We can never quite figure out why basement home sites are usually the last lots to go.  With so many benefits and uses for a basement, we aren’t sure how you could live without one. Storage.  Having a basement, finished or unfinished, will create additional storage to your home. In the photo above, this basement…

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Fall Back in Love With Your Home

We know that not everyone can pick up and move into a custom built Niblock Home when they’re tired of their old place, and that’s why we want to help you fall back in love with your current home.  Even if your home is 10-20 years old, rearranging furniture and making small upgrades can help…

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8 Overlooked Kitchen Storage Spots

Ample storage is important in every home, especially in one’s kitchen.  We often overlook some of the best opportunities to add additional storage. Here is a great list of some of the most underutilized storage spots in your home.   Above your sink.  If your sink is located on an interior wall, place a rack above…

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How To Dog Proof Your Backyard

For many of us our dogs are part of the family.  Just  like you want to keep your children safe when they are in your backyard, you want to do the same for your 4 legged kids.  There are several precautions that you can take when dog proofing your yard. Choose dog safe flowers for…

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yourFirst Mortgage

One of our preferred lenders, Wells Fargo, has just announced a new home loan program that offers a down payment of as little as 3% for fixed rate mortgages, lower out-of-pocket costs, expanded credit criteria and incentives for home buyer education to help more 1st time home  buyers and low to moderate income families achieve…

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