“Home automation” is the place where home construction and technology intertwine. It can cover everything from simple everyday tasks to extraordinarily complex jobs. The jargon and devices can be incredibly overwhelming for someone with a casual interest. However, the easiest way to get into home automation is to simply focus on what you want to accomplish. Doing so will allow you to set a budget, choose a method of automation, and determine how much time you are willing to invest in setting things up. There are several approaches you can take. We are going to start at the beginning.
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From the first crisp mornings spent raking leaves, to the last exciting days preparing for trick-or-treaters, October is usually a busy month around the house. Mix in necessary home maintenance (clean rain gutters, roll hoses) with items you've been wanting to get to (finish a decorating project, pick up gourds for the front porch) and you'll find your to-do list vanishing before your eyes. Work your way through the 11 tasks on our checklist, and by the end of the month you'll have your home winter-ready — and a bit more beautiful, to boot.
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Let's face it: There are some chores that just slip to the wayside. Besides Martha Stewart, who has time to clean out the microwave and sweep underneath the refrigerator on a regular basis? As the weather warms up, try starting off your cleaning regimen with the heart of the home — your kitchen.
Your home electricity costs are probably higher than you’d like. The best you can do is find ways to be more efficient with your energy consumption and watch your monthly expenses fall. Taking charge of your energy bills will lower your consumption, and leave more money in your pocket.
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We all know that growing landfill mass and, sadly, even trash floating out at sea are real issues, but it can be hard to know where to start if you want to make a difference. Thankfully, it's actually quite easy to cut way down on your household trash by making tiny changes in your shopping habits and daily routines. If you would like to reduce the amount of trash your household creates but are not quite sure how to do it, these 23 tips can help. They are all easy to implement and can add up to a reduction in waste that makes a difference.
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Living simply at home doesn't have to mean giving up your Eames chairs, annual Ikea pilgrimage, or moving off-the-grid to a cabin in the woods. On the contrary, simple living means getting clear about what you really love so that your time, energy and money are spent on what matters to you. By clearing clutter, creating new habits and resetting your priorities, you can simplify your life no matter where you are. Read on for 10 ways to get started.
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It’s easy to decorate your home’s interior. Right?
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Many DIY project go off the rails because the person doing the project dives right into doing without any planning. We know it can be hard to restrain yourself in those first heady moments where you’ve decided you’re going to go for it. But for your sake do to keep your project from becoming an albatross – over budget, well past its estimated completion date, and a major source of stress and tension.
No matter what kind of DIY project you are taking on, whether it is a craft or a total bathroom redo, there are six essential steps to ensuring it stays on track. Take your DIY dream and make it a reality by following this blueprint.
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It's that time of year — now that the stockings have been taken down and the confetti has been swept away, any excuse to hold off on decluttering your home is long gone. Take advantage of the new year and give your home a fresh start. We've compiled some of the best cleaning and organizing guides from Houzz, room by room, to help you start off the year with a clean slate.
HOME PRICES GOING UP. In a report just released by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, prices in the Salt Lake valley rose last quarter by 11% compared to a year ago. On a $180,000 town home, that is the equivalent of $19,800 increase over one year! Housing prices are on the rise but...
Two Utah cities are in the top 6 cities in the nation for job growth! The Provo-Orem area is #4 with 2.8% job growth and Salt Lake City is #6 with 2.6% job growth. The job growth is a reflection of a strong state economy and a desirable place for business expansion. Job growth has created demand for new housing in these areas.
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Painting an interior wall might seem like an easy design fix, but like most home projects, it's more than a quick job. "Most people think that painting over a wall with a light color only needs one coat," says Philip Storey of Redhill Painting. "But that's rarely the case." Wall preparation, painting techniques, and the type of paint and finish all affect the result.
Here's the scoop from four professionals on what you need to know for your next painting project.
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Homes, even beautifully designed ones, receive their fair share of abuse over the years. Unsightly holes from repair projects gone wrong, rough and tumble children or those pesky doorknobs can detract from the lovely home you've created. While seemingly daunting, most small- to medium-size holes take little time to repair, and the fix can be done by the most novice handyman (or woman) — getting your home back to being the envy of the block.
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Whether you are hoping to implement a few feng shui techniques to improve the flow of your home, or are thinking of hiring a feng shui consultant to give your home a complete energy makeover, learning more about this ancient art is sure to enhance your life at home. Join us and discover some of the principles at work behind feng shui, along with solutions to common design problems that may be affecting your life.
As gasoline prices continue to rise this summer, you can save a bundle by paying careful attention to maintenance, driving habits and alternate ways to get around. Follow these tips to save.
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If you love tools or just need to stock a basic toolbox, here are the top 20 necessary items to get your small project done. How many do you have?
|Moving doesn't have to be difficult. Knowing when to get things done, and in what order to do them, will help put your mind at ease.|
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When I ask my clients how they'd like their homes to feel, they almost always say "welcoming." Who wouldn't? We all want family and friends to feel welcome and at home in our house from the moment they walk in the front door. From deciding on an entryway design to choosing comfortable furniture, creating that feeling in any space is possible with a few of my top tricks.
Here are a few great tips from SmartEnergyLiving.org to help you keep those energy bills low:
By Dr. David Eifrig
on Saturday, January 7, 2012
Every year, I provide one of the most valuable lists in the world. Before compiling the list, I spend time researching and thinking about the most important handful of things readers could do to improve the longevity and quality of their lives into retirement.
None of the stuff is hard to do. All of it is based on scientific evidence, as well as my personal experience. The list changes from year to year, but the "big themes" remain the same.
I encourage you to take your time with the 12 items on this year's list… These ideas will change your life for the better. Try one a month, or one a week. (I've heard some readers post the list on their refrigerators.) I hope you enjoy reading the list as much as I've enjoyed putting it together…
Nearly all the recent economic indicators point to significant improvements in the local and national economies in 2012. Consider the following:
According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.4 percent in November, the lowest it has been since March 2009.
Julie shares what she loves about her new Sego Home.
Make this year's holiday a safe one by following a few simple safety tips:
The housing market in the Salt Lake metropolitan area was named the third healthiest housing market in the country. The rating was given by Builder Magazine, the premier publication on home building in America.
Curious what the next 24 months will bring in the Utah housing market? Check out this podcast...
Want to get involved in your community? Or perhaps you're wondering what all the talk is about Daybreak. There are several community events this August for you and your family to attend. Here are just a few:
Daybreak’s SoDa Row is just minutes away from Sego Homes Parkway Series! In SoDa Row, you can find boutiques for clothing and furniture, savor some sushi, enjoy gelato, get your hair cut and styled, tutor your kids, and visit the bank all on the same block. But why stop there? Bring your blankets and lawn chairs on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the SoDa Row Live Music Series. Produced in collaboration with the merchants of SoDa Row, this year’s series will feature a broader, more eclectic mix of musical acts from string quartets, to jazz bands, with a healthy dose of rock classics.
My little dog and I moved into Daybreak about six months ago. I immediately went down to the Community Center and picked up my Daybreak resident membership card. But once I had this magical card, I didn’t know what to do with it. I had heard about all the amenities of Daybreak and had seen many of them, but which of the choices were for me? So I decided to dive right in.
With interest rates at an all time low and the variety of available homes in the market, the question remains: is it better to rent or buy?
Why not celebrate all the time and effort invested in your Community Garden in Daybreak with a Community Garden Potluck! Host your own potluck with friends, neighbors, and family and feature all of the food you’ve grown. Here are some fun ideas for seasonal dishes.
Now that winter is coming to a close, what better way to welcome spring than to get rid of the old drab and bring in the new fab! Here are a few items worth donating, recycling, or selling:
One common concern that many new townhome buyers have as they shop for a townhome is how sound proof are the shared walls between the townhomes? Is the peace and tranquility of my new home going to be disturbed by noise from my neighbor next door? The answer to these questions depends totally upon the design of the shared wall between the townhomes and upon the expertise of the builder.
Daybreak has just released their new TV commercials! The :30 second TV commercial will play during the 10 pm news on channels 2, 5, and 13 throughout the year beginning in March. If you can’t wait until 10 pm, just click on the links here to see them now. There is a :30 second version, and second :15 version that is slightly different.
Don't get the Daybreak Newsletter? Here are a few highlights of the new Spring-Summer 2011 publication.
While reading Spaces in the newspaper, we came across a fantastic article by Cindy Dampier, of the Chicago Tribune, about what you need to know before buying your new home. The article addresses the issue of couples designing their first home together. We thought some of our blog readers might like the help.
Phase I of the popular Parkway Series by Sego Homes at Daybreak has nearly sold out! Daybreak, the most popular master planned community in South Jordan, continues to build and sell homes at a fast pace and new construction is underway.
So you've studied the benefits of buying from a Certified Green Builder, but how do you continue to do your part for the environment after purchasing your home? Here are a few simple tips.
Ever hear the term "Certified Green Builder"? Have any idea what that means? Wayne Corbridge of Sego Homes is a Certified Green Builder and is here to tell you what it entails.
You have probably heard or read about “HERS Ratings” and “HERS Scores” with regards to the energy efficiency of a home. For example, all new homes in Daybreak, in South Jordan, Utah are required to meet Energy Star standards as part of their green building standards and therefore must be tested for energy efficiency using the HERS scoring system. But, not everyone understands what the ratings mean and how they are obtained. So, to clarify, here is a pretty good explanation provided by the Utah Energy Conservation Coalition, Inc:
Whether you're looking to move to Daybreak, Salt Lake, or even out of state, you want to be sure that your valuables are make safely to your new home. Most of us hire a professional moving company to help us transport our furniture, but how can you be sure that your valuables are in good hands? A few questions will help you to know.
The Daybreak Community received coveted industry honors yesterday as the National Association of Home Builders awarded them with the 2010 Community of the Year and a Platinum Award for a Suburban Smart Growth as part of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA). The awards recognize developers, builders and architects from around the country who create enduring communities that reduce environmental impacts.
Each year the National Home Builders Association recognizes outstanding new developments throughout the country. This year, Sego Homes was awarded multiple awards, including the Platinum Award for the Best Affordable Home in the Nation and was named the Best in the Mountain Region for their Parkway Series Townhomes located at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah. The Parkway Series also swept the awards in the 2010 Salt Lake Parade of Homes by winning Best Architecture, Best Interior Design, and Best in Category.
Daybreak is proud to own the title of the first fully master planned community to launch in Utah, but now it is also proud to hold a prestigious top ranking across the nation. A recent article by Multi-Family Professional Magazine titled Catching a Break announced that Daybreak has been ranked as the sixth best-selling master planned community in the nation. Daybreak earned this top ranking out of 400 master planned communities making this a significant reflection on the success of the community.
In early November 2010, the Federal Open Market Committee of the central bank announced a new stimulus strategy to help create more jobs and boost our economy. The Federal Reserve intends to buy $600 billion worth of government bonds through June 2011 in an effort to create more affordable loans and encourage consumer spending. The loans include both long-term rates on homes and corporate loans.
Daybreak, the most popular master planned community in South Jordan continues to sell homes at a fast pace and new construction is now underway. The first Sego Homes building at Daybreak sold out quickly with the last homeowners scheduled to move into their new home in December 2010.
Fall is well underway which means winter is soon to follow. Whether you have lived in your home for many years or you are a new homeowner, don’t overlook the importance of preparing your home for winter weather. Here is a checklist of some of the important chores to complete before the official start of winter.
Are you tired of hearing your neighbors? Do you wish you could simply block out noises outside your home to get a good nights rest or just a little peace and quiet? If you live in a townhome or condo, hearing your neighbors might have become quite a common occurrence. At Sego Homes, we want to help you have the peace and quiet you deserve by building Smarter homes utilizing sound reduction construction.
The idea of living in a home offering new, smart technology may seem out of your price range, but think again. In years past these luxuries were typically only available to people building million dollars homes, but that is no longer the case. Sego Homes is proud to incorporate smart home technologies combined with innovative home designs, all at an affordable price tag.
If you are searching for fun activities this fall season (and year round!), look no further than Daybreak and SoDa Row. This quaint and sought after area offers an abundance of activities, events, dining and shopping that are sure to please everyone in the family.
When deciding on your next home purchase, the debate between purchasing new or resale will more than likely be high on your list. But how will you decide which choice is the best for you? Will you base it on price alone? Will you search for what you consider the best deal? If so, here are several new home benefits to consider.
Over the years we have all become more aware of ways to help protect our environment, but with all of this knowledge how many people are living green? It is clear that living green is no longer a fad, it is here to stay! But what does this really mean to you? What are the advantages?
A great first step is to become familiar with ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This program was created to help save homeowners money while protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
The fifth annual Daybreak fun run/walk, in support of Operation Kids Autism Scholarship Fund, will take place around beautiful Oquirrh Lake this year. All levels of runners and walkers are invited to attend. Cost is $5 per person , $20 per family registration fee, additional fundraising efforts would be greatly appreciated. Race start will be promptly at 10:00 am with check-in beginning at 9:00 am.
Join Daybreak residents at SoDa Row after the race for live music, health fair, great food and fun!
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Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is often two to five times and occasionally as high as 100 times worse than outdoor air? They also report that six out of ten homes and buildings are “sick” and hazardous to occupants.
When purchasing your next home, don’t you want to feel confident that it will help promote your health instead of harm it? That’s why at Sego Homes as part of The Sego Advantage, all homes are designed and built from the ground up to promote their homeowners health by offering standard healthy features.
Sego Homes is proud to announce they won three awards at the 64th Annual Salt Lake Parade of HomesTM VIP Awards Ceremony. The event is presented by the Salt Lake Home Builders Association and is the longest consecutive running Parade of Homes in the United States.
In their home category of $150,000 to $220,000, Sego Homes walked away with three outstanding Judges Awards including Best Architecture, Best Interior Design and Best in Category.
Are you searching for a new home? Or do you love viewing beautiful new homes? Then you won’t want to miss the 64th Annual Salt Lake Parade of Homes™ presented by The Salt Lake Home Builders Association. The event is the longest consecutive running Parade of Homes in the United States.
During the Parade you are sure to view a variety of home designs to appeal to a wide range of home buyers. The event features over twenty traditional and builder model homes on display ranging in price from the mid $100s to over $4 million. An easy to view map is available online for a sneak peek of all of the locations.
Whether you are looking for a new home or considering updates to your current home, are you considering low maintenance features? If not, take a moment to consider the many benefits it can provide. In today’s world with limited time and money for most families, low maintenance homes have become an ideal choice for many homeowners. In our fast paced lives we don’t have the time or desire to devote precious hours each week on maintaining our homes.
If you haven’t considered low maintenance living to be a top priority for you, you may not realize the many benefits associated with low maintenance features.
If you and your family are looking for fun activities in and around South Jordan, Utah there is plenty to keep you busy! Whether you seek outdoor activities and sports or desire an air conditioned day of fun, here are several great options to consider.
For golf enthusiasts, Mulligan’s Golf and Games Family Fun Center offers a lighted driving range and two courses, the Ridge; a nine hole executive course offering par 3’s, par 4’s and a par 5; and the Meadow; which has nine par 3's. Both courses are fun yet challenging whether you are an accomplished golfer or a beginner. The courses are on a first come first serve policy for tee times so no reservations are required.
It is now July, do you know where your new year resolutions are? More than likely they have been forgotten for months, unless you are one of the few people who actually keep their resolutions each year! For many people their top resolutions were to become healthier through increased exercise, better eating habits, sleeping more, or a vague goal of taking care of themselves better than in years past.
If this sounds familiar or if you are struggling on where to start to become a healthier and happier person, here are some quick healthy lifestyle tips to get started. It will take some motivation but the results will be well worth the effort. Before long you will have replaced bad habits with your new and improved healthy lifestyle.
South Jordan-- Even amid a gloomy economy, Kennecott's Daybreak development saw sunshine last year in home sales. The eclectic South Jordan community sold 375 new homes last year -- 7 percent more than the previous year -- a statistic that defies the downturn. That also is a significant number locally and nationally for the Kennecott-created burb.
RCLCO Announces Top-Selling U.S. Master-Planned Communities for 2009
BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - Newland Communities' Cinco Ranch, with 887 net sales, was 2009's top-selling master-planned community (MPC) in the U.S. according to RCLCO.
RCLCO has been releasing its top-selling MPC rankings since 1994, when it first undertook this effort to gain greater insight into the master-planned community industry.