Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home When Expecting Company

With Christmas Day being only a few days away, I’m sure a lot of you are planning on having company over at some point. Emily A. Clark has put together a few easy ways to make your home cozy and your guests comfortable when holiday entertaining.

  1. Christmas Music - It’s easy enough and instantly makes your home feel festive. I like to stick a small bluetooth speaker in the corner of the kitchen and play Pandora. (A few of my favorite stations: Audrey Assad Holiday, The Christmas Song radio, Holiday Instrumentals, Jadon Lavik Holiday, and Michael Buble Holiday.)

  2. Votiv Candles - They’re inexpensive and add a warm glow all around. Buy the unscented so you don’t overwhelm your guests.

  3. If you have the time or inclination to shop for a few new things, my top five would be: a small lamp (so versatile–the mantel, a entryway table, or even a bathroom), fresh pillows with down inserts, a cozy throw blanket (HomeGoods is a great source), new hand towels, and a yummy candle for the powder room.

  4. An easy powder room update: add a patterned hand towel, soap in a pretty dispenser and a good candle.

  5. Fresh greenery with battery-powered fairy lights. Easy, fragrant and festive. I did this in our powder room since there was no place to plug in a lamp or Christmas lights.

  6. Make coffee. The easiest way to make your home smell warm and cozy when guests walk through the door.

  7. If you have the space, set up a separate beverage station in a room besides the kitchen. It’s nice when guests can help themselves to drinks, and it’s fun to spread the joy around the house!

7 Tips to Buying a Home During the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to shed some light on the many benefits of buying a home during this time. Moneytips.com has compiled a list of reasons for why it makes sense to buy a home at year’s end.

  1. Less Competition – The same issues that make holiday moving a hassle tend to keep people from shopping for homes at that time. While there may be fewer homes available, there are also fewer homebuyers – and that should equal less competition for any home that fits your needs.

  2. Motivated Sellers – Home sellers don't enjoy moving over the holidays any more than homebuyers do. It's likely that people who are selling their homes over the holidays are highly motivated to do so. Perhaps they must relocate for a new job, or their home has been on the market for a long time and they need the money from a sale before the year is out. Combine motivated sellers with decreased competition and you have great leverage to get a better deal.

  3. Lower Prices – Home prices have been rising rapidly, in part because of an overall shortage of homes. However, December historically has lower home prices than any other month, due in part to the reasons listed above. There's no guarantee that this year will continue the trend, but it's worth checking the prices within your local market.

  4. Faster Closings – As a general rule, everyone involved in a holiday real estate transaction wants to complete the transaction before the year ends. Buyers want to settle in their new homes (and if sellers are relocating, they want to settle in before the holidays as well). Lenders want to include the loan on the current year's books. Real estate agents and brokers want to include their commission on the current year's income. Motivated parties should make the closing process go as smoothly as possible – but do your part by having all the required paperwork in order.

  5. Better Interest Rates – Interest rates are still near historical lows. While the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has been rising throughout 2018, it is still under 5%. As of this writing, interest rates are slowly sinking as we enter the holiday season, after peaking at 4.86% in October. Online calculators are available to show you how much you can save over the life of a mortgage with even a slight decrease in interest rates. You may be surprised at the savings. Remember that your credit score will impact your mortgage rate, keep you from qualifying for one.

  6. Motivated Agents – Lower activity in the housing market means that real estate agents are dealing with fewer clients. They have more time to devote to your situation, and, with fewer sales commissions available, they may be just a bit more motivated to bring your purchase to completion.

  7. Related Seasonal Sales – Need new furniture or other items for your new home? Plenty of seasonal clearance sales will be available to help you apply a personal touch – but be careful not to spend yourself into unrecoverable debt.

Progress at the Lake!

We are so excited about our newest community, Lakestone Cottages. We have 7 lots available with plans starting in the mid 700s. The best part? All of these lots come with a private dock! If you’re already ready for summer, give us a call and let us tell you how we can make your dream of owning a lake home come to life. Here’s a peek at our guys pouring concrete today…

Maintaining Your New Home

As a new home owner, you are probably very excited about getting your home in order. Once you have decorated and have everything in its place, it’s important to establish a maintenance routine so that you and your family can live in your home for years and years to come. Usnews.com has put together a few tips for properly caring for and maintaining your new construction home.

  1. Listen to the builder’s recommendations. When you take ownership of your brand-new house from a builder – and possibly before – you’ll most likely get a walk-through of the property from the construction manager to show you where everything is located, how everything works and what recommended maintenance is needed.It’s important to pay attention at this walk-through and during any other informational meeting you have with the builder beforehand. This is how you’ll know where the circuit breakers are, where the water shutoff valve is for the house and how to access the air filter in your furnace, among other important things that you'll need to know in case there’s a power outage or plumbing problem or you simply need to perform maintenance on your home down the line.

  2. Read the owner’s manuals. Each appliance and system is going to have an owner’s manual from the manufacturer, and while it may not be the most thrilling literature, you should reach each one to know how to properly keep each part of your house in working order. In addition to the walk-through, the manuals tell you how everything works, how it should all be maintained and how often it should be looked after. Even with all brand-new systems, be ready to jump into regular maintenance.

  3. Be on top of air filters. There are some maintenance habits you should get into that go above and beyond even manufacturer recommendations. Homeowners should change air filters monthly, even if the filter is marketed as good for up to 90 days.

  4. Keep your impact on the house in mind. The way you use your home has an effect on how well systems, surfaces and appliances will fare. For example, if you prefer to keep the air conditioning off in summer, you can expect paint and wood floors to take a beating from the higher humidity levels.

  5. Know the details of your home warranty. Your new home will likely come with a warranty, either directly from the builder or by a third party, that covers certain issues that may arise within the first 12 months or so of owning the property.

    The warranty typically covers the workmanship and materials that were a part of construction, including windows, the HVAC, electrical and plumbing and some structural scenarios. Should any issues arise during the length of the warranty, you’ll be at least partially covered. However, if it’s clear an issue is caused by neglect or otherwise falls outside the stipulations of the warranty, you’ll be responsible for the fix yourself. To help homeowners know the ins and outs of home warranties for newly built homes, the Federal Trade Commission provides an information page with resources for homeowners. The FTC notes, for example, that homes purchased with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (referred to as FHA or VA loans) are legally required to have a third-party warranty to help guarantee the quality of workmanship on the property.

    Even with warranty protection, your home is at its peak working order as soon as construction is complete, and defects aside, it’s your job to properly maintain it and keep it that way for as long as possible. Your new house may not have the quirks of an older home, but only you can keep it from developing those quirks by the time you sell it to a new owner.

New Home, New Furniture

Moving into a new home is extremely exciting. If you are just starting out, consider these 8 pieces of furniture you can take with you to any new home.

1. Indoor-outdoor chairs. A dining chair doesn’t have to be upholstered to be comfortable, especially if you usually have a short meal and then retire to the living room to lounge. There are many classic models of dining chair that are comfortably shaped and durable and that can work just as well indoors as out, making them highly versatile. A set of two to four sturdy outdoor-appropriate chairs can be a dining set today and patio furniture tomorrow. They’ll also have many other possible uses, such as in the bathroom (at the vanity or next to the tub), as a desk chair in a guest room or even as a casual nightstand. Look for metal or polypropylene with openings in the seat or back so rainwater can drain instead of pooling.

2. A sturdy dining table. A simple but elegant dining table is a great long-term investment because it can always be used as a desk if you upgrade later to a larger dining area. This is especially true if you tend to use tablecloths. The table doesn’t need to be ornate; it just needs to be well-constructed to last for years and travel from home to home.

3. A compact leather sofa. You may think that because your first sofa won’t be very big, it should cost as little as possible. But a sofa is an important part of your home, and it’s worth investing what you can to get one that’s comfortable now and will stay comfortable for the next five, 10 or 15-plus years. A compact leather sofa can be a perfect lounging spot for one person now and a cozy part of a den or family room later on. Leather will age well as it develops a patina, and it will coordinate easily with other fabrics as it moves from the star of the show to a supporting role in a bigger seating arrangement.

4. A flexible sectional. Sectionals can be a great choice for many rooms, but they may carry a major drawback: In your next home, you might need a completely different layout, and your L-shaped or U-shaped sectional might no longer fit. If you plan ahead and choose a reversible or reconfigurable sectional, you can avoid this problem and greatly increase the chance of finding a perfect spot for the piece in your next home. Look for sectionals that include a movable ottoman base, freestanding slipper chair components that can be used on their own or loose seat cushions that can be flipped to change the orientation from left-facing to right-facing.

5. An extended headboard. A headboard is often overlooked in first homes or apartments, but an elegant one can really dress up a room without taking up much space. Plus, if you’re going to spend time lounging in bed, especially if you’re in a studio, it helps to have a padded place to rest your back. To make sure your headboard outlasts your next move, choose one that’s one or two sizes up from your current bed. For example, if you have a double bed now, you could purchase a wall-mounted or freestanding queen headboard. The extended panel will look luxurious now and will still be usable if you upgrade to a larger mattress later.

6. Multiuse stools and occasional tables. While people often think of a “living room set” as including a sofa, a side chair or two and a coffee table, replacing the table with several flexible stools or ottomans will give you great flexibility now and later. In a small space, it helps to have less-bulky furnishings to create a little room to breathe, and in the future you’ll have many places to tuck a small table. Look for ottomans with a firm enough top to set down a tray to hold beverages and snacks, and seek out occasional tables that can double as stools. These can be used as additional seating later — or moved to various rooms of the home in groups or separately.

7. A classic sideboard. A great sideboard may provide only so much storage, but it adds a lot of functionality to any home. A low unit with shelves or drawers (or, better yet, a mix of both) can act as server and storage in the dining room, a media unit for a TV lounge, a bedside table or foyer storage. It can suit virtually any room really. A warm wood unit will last through decades of style changes, and if you choose one like this model with vented or slatted doors, it can be used to store media devices that need to receive a signal from a remote control as well as air flow to keep them from overheating.

8. A pair of chairs. Lastly, a matching pair of side chairs will always have a use in your home. In the short term, they may complete your living room suite, but in the future they might travel to a dining room, den or home office, or be broken up into different rooms, which will bring a sense of consistency and connection to disparate spaces. For the best flexibility, choose chairs in a neutral or subdued color such as navy or gray in a size that can work at the end of the dining table (30 inches wide or under), with low arms or no arms so you can tuck them under a table or desk you may have down the road. You may not know it now, but your dream home is already shaping up, one piece at a time.


Source : https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/110022217/list/8-pieces-of-furniture-youll-keep-forever

10 Easy Ways To Go Greener At Home

Greenville, SC was featured on the Guide to America’s 10 Greenest Cities on the Hertz Travel Blog. Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure, a long stroll along the Swamp Rabbit Trail or a fresh juice at Southern Pressed Juicery, there really is something for everyone and quite a few of these things are considered eco-friendly. We have compiled a list of 10 easy ways you can go greener in your own home and help keep our state beautiful.

  • Buy and eat locally. With the amount of delicious farm-to-table eateries in Downtown Greenville, it should be no task to support our local restaurants and Farmer’s Markets. Some of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants include the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, Roost and Bacon Bros.

  • Plant an herb garden. Not only is this super easy, it is a great reminder of where our food comes from. Plants can be great decor additions and are wonderful air purifiers!

  • Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle and stop buying plastic water bottles.

  • Always turn off lights when leaving a room. (It helps keep your power bill down, too.)

  • Pay your bills online and say goodbye to that annoying stack of mail.

  • Make your own household cleaners.

  • Unplug unused chargers.

  • Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and storage.

  • Purchase a reusable grocery bag instead of getting plastic at the store.

  • Use paper less and recycle more.

Butler Parc Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We had such a great time at the Butler Parc Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! We want to send out a huge thanks to the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce for their incredible support and to Seasons Cafe & Catering for the delicious food. Rosewood Communities is passionate about every community we build and Butler Parc is no exception. Going off of location alone, Mauldin is quickly growing and gaining its own identity. With several historic sites, family parks and amusements its the perfect town to call home.

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Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

The National Association of Home Builders compiled a list of many reputable charities to assist those who have been affected by the category 4 storm that hit the Gulf Coast and Panhandle in northern Florida on October 10, 2018. We wanted to share that list in hopes of reaching as many people as possible.

CHARITIES :

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response

American Red Cross

Americares

Direct Relief

Feeding the Gulf Coast

Team Rubicon

United Way

No Place Like Home

We understand the overwhelming sense of making the decision to buy or build a new home. Most people think that building a brand new home is out of their price range so they settle for a house that requires a lot of work to get it to that certain level of coziness we all long for. Truth is, building a new home has quite the amount of benefits AND is within your price range! According to an article written by The National Association of Home Builders there are a few not-so-obvious benefits of buying a new home. Some of them include,

Building a Community Together

A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, they often form lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness right away. Nobody is the "new kid on the block," and many home builders host community parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect.

Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and tennis and basketball courts offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages. Often new communities are comprised of home owners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games.

Entertaining

Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space. Today, new home layouts feature more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily. While you are preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s new-home layouts often is enhanced with higher ceilings and additional windows that bring in more light than you would find in an older home.

A Clean Slate

For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style — creating your own home décor from the get-go!

The advantages of being the first owner extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want.

Outlets, Outlets Everywhere

Homes built in the 1960’s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today. Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-definition televisions, DVRs and computers that we enjoy today — and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.

Anyone who has ever lived in an older home can also attest to the fact that there are never enough outlets, inside or out! Today, home builders plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families, so you can safely operate a wine cooler, Christmas lights and your laptop — and more.

Building a new home can be one of the most exciting moments of your life and Rosewood is here to make that process as painless as possible. Let us welcome you to your new home!

Ridgestone Cottages

The construction of outstanding cottages already kicked off at Rosewood’s newly established Ridgestone Cottages in South Carolina. All the nitty-gritties aside, these cottages are just beautiful, having been delivered in modern designs with the aim of tossing great comfort and a refreshing aura to the to-be owners.

Nevertheless, beauty alone isn’t what we’re looking for in a home. Buying a home here, therefore, means you have to put a lot more into perspective, including demographics and culture among other personal preferences. Greenville is loaded with culture.

Speaking of Greenville, one would rightfully say, “How did we become that Greenville, you ask? People came, enjoyed and started to talk about us. They talked about our delicious food and drink, quaint Main Street, bustling art scene, bike-friendly attitude, girlfriend getaways and mancations, picturesque parks, fun-filled festivals and our sweet Southern hospitality.”

Truth be told, that’s just a glimpse.

As people keep talking about Greenville, potential home owners are trooping in ready to close deals. They just don’t want to hear about Ridgestone Cottages anymore, they want to live it. These are the people who say, “Let me be among the people who got a taste of it.”

Of course there are many locations in Greenville where you can buy a home. When listing the best locations, Ridgestone Cottages should be high on your list. The homes start at $284,900 and are sitting right between Pelham and Woodruff Rd on Dublin Road surrounded by mature, lush trees.

While the cottages have everything one would desire in a modern home set up, they also boast of great tranquil even as they offer the much needed proximity to Greenville’s beauty.

Owning one of these Ridgestone Cottages is a decision with no regrets.

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