How to Choose a Front Door Color

 

Don't let your home blend into the background — even if you're not in the market for changing your exterior color scheme, a new coat of paint on your front door could be just the makeover your home needs. Learn which color, from unexpected purple to bright yellow to elegant black, will work best on your exterior door.

 

Follow this slideshow for front door color inspiration...

 
 
 
 
 

House Plan of the Week: "European Elegance"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3418, The Raleigh
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3418, The Raleigh

Well balanced spaces, beautiful fenestration and brick façade - all lend to the European charm of this manor-style home.

Abundant natural light enters through a bay window in the family room, a significant arched window over the main entrance door,  patio doors in the dining room and enlarged windows for the rooms in the raised basement, each of which ensures daylight to the lower level.

Additional features include a kitchen with lunch counter, a well appointed bathroom, an entryway with a landing that serves as an entrance hall, and a spacious dining/family room which share a central fireplace, lending grand charm to this fine home.

Double your living space by developing the basement - perfect for a home office, additional bedrooms, media room or... you choose!

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Solid versus Engineered Wood Flooring

When choosing the look of wood flooring, you can achieve the look of natural wood with either solid wood or engineered wood flooring but which is better? The short answer is that it depends on where it will be used. It helps to understand the differences. 

Wide plank oak hardwood floor

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A solid wood floor is just that. Hardwood boards are milled into consistent widths with a tongue on one side  and a groove on the other for the next course of boards to fit into. The most common type of hardwood flooring has been finished in the factory and is ready to be installed and enjoyed.

Engineered hardwood floor

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Engineered wood flooring is actually quite similar to plywood. The layers or plys are layed in alternate directions and glued together. Some engineered floors use a stranded fiber core instead of a plywood core. The veneer layer is placed on top pf the assembly and finished. Engineered flooring has a tongue and groove like solid hardwood, or a snap-lock system. Engineered woods are usually 5/8" thick, but not always.

So, which is better? To answer that, we need to address some common myths:

Myth # 1

When you look at a piece of solid hardwood flooring you may think "I can sand this forever". Technically you could, but remember the tongue and groove and the fasteners? When you get close to that point, your sanding options are over.

Myth #2

"Engineered wood only has a veneer layer on top so it is thin and cheap." There are some budget varieties of engineered flooring where this is true but many of them have a thick veneer on top that can be sanded multiple times. Keep this in mind when comparing and look for one that behaves more like solid hardwood.

 

Myth #3

"I'll need to sand my floor to look good."

This is just not so! The factory finishes that are available will keep solid and engineered hardwood looking good for many years. Compare finish warranties to compare apples to apples and prepare to have you floor installed and enjoyed. If your floor is damaged, rather than sanding out the imperfection, a qualified repairman is often able to do a spot repair with filler or remove and replace the damaged piece. Keep leftovers for this very reason.

Engineered hardwood flooring advantages:

Because of the plywood-like construction, engineered flooring is more dimensionally stable. This makes it ideal for areas of greater relative humidity variations over the seasons . When the look of wide-plank flooring is desired, engineered flooring is substantially less likely to cup or buckle.  (Keep in mind that no wood flooring should be installed in an area with high humidity or moisture.)

When an exotic species of wood is desired, you will usually discover that engineered flooring will be less expensive (often a third to half the cost) than solid hardwood because only the veneer is the exotic wood and the remainder of the core would be a less expensive wood species.

Advantages of both solid and engineered hardwood flooring:

No matter which you choose, both solid and engineered hardwood floors come in a wide range of colors, species, widths, finishes and patterns. Both will provide you with a floor that is absolutely beautiful and will last for decades with appropriate care.

 

Is Homeownership Right For You?

So, you’ve finally decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and buy your own home… how exciting! You are ready to fulfill your dream of having a place to call your own.

Buying a home is one of the biggest emotional and financial decisions you'll ever make. Prepare by learning about the process of homebuying and the responsibilities of homeownership. The differences between renting and buying a home are vast, and there's a long list of pros and cons for both options. And, remember — there is no one best decision for everyone. Before moving forward, though, here are some questions to consider.

  • Do you have the necessary financial management skills?
  • How financially stable are you?
  • Are you ready to take on the responsibility of all the costs involved in homeownership, including mortgage payments, repairs, and maintenance?
  • Are you able to devote the time required for home maintenance?

There are pros and cons for both renting and buying. Everyone must make his or her own best decision. Buying a home is not for everyone. Take a moment to think through the advantages and disadvantages of both owning and renting. Use this CHMC worksheet to guide you and then visit the CHMC website for further information and the next steps to homeownership.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency. Established as a government-owned corporation in 1946 to address Canada’s post-war housing shortage, the agency has grown into a major national institution. CMHC is Canada’s premier provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research.

 


House Plan of the Week: "Improved Vistas"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com Model #2939B-V2, Vistas 5
www.DrummondHousePlans.com Model #2939B-V2, Vistas 5

Our popular panoramic view chalet has just gotten better with the addition of an attached garage. Whether you need a vacation getaway or fabulous design for full-time living on a sloping view lot, this one is full of desirable features.

Main-level living is easy and enjoyable with all amenities within reach. The kitchen with island, dining room, living room and master bedroom are all positioned to take advantage of the sweeping views. 9 ft. ceilings add to the light effects and a fireplace is sure to be a gathering place.

The walkout basement accommodates a generous games room, two additional bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and a mechanical/storage room. With so many versions of this versatile design, one of them is sure to please!

For more details on this plan, click here...

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Design Ideas: 11 Splendid Small Living Rooms

The thing to remember is that you really don't need much room in a living room. A living room is for socializing, for gazing at the fire or for watching TV. Mostly, it is for conversation. You do not need space to do yoga in the living room. In fact, as long as you can walk around the coffee table, you're fine.

You can pack a lot of style into 100 square feet. But whether you lean toward traditional or like to go boho eclectic, making a small living room work is all about choosing a focus and arranging the right furniture in the right configuration.

Follow the slide show for 11 well-done gems in as many different styles:

 

 

 


House Plan of the Week: "Sweet Victorian Sentiments"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3814, The Rowena
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3814, The Rowena

If you love Victorian architecture here is a beautiful example which will certainly be a pleasure for you to discover.

Outside, the two storey turret, is wrapped in a gallery adorned with turned posts, angled trim and serrated beam above, all of which combine to give this home its Victorian charm. Serrated mouldings, principally under the eaves, contribute to the cachet.

Upon entering the large entry hall there is a closed living room that could very well serve as an exceptional space for a home office to one side and access to an intimate dining room on the other. At the rear of the house is a large, abundantly fenestrated family room, reminiscent of a solarium, which flows into a beautiful and comfortable breakfast area. Nearby, an attractive kitchen is equipped with a uniquely styled and very practical pantry.

On the upper level, there are two beautiful secondary bedrooms with a bathroom attributed to them and a separate laundry area whose location on this floor is sure to be appreciated. The master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and a luxurious bathroom which is as private as it is original has a separate toilet enclosure and a large shower. Not to be overlooked is that vast bonus space (459 sq. ft.) located above the double garage just awaiting your inspiration.

For more details on this plan, click here

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Vintage Mantels Bring Warmth to a Room

The fireplace was long ago rendered obsolete as a primary home heating source, yet it remains a favorite gathering place. A flickering fire—wood or even gas—is a comfort, and an invitation to relax.

But the hearth has also endured because of the wooden mantel that typically frames it. A mantel serves not only as an architectural anchor in a room but as a functional shelf on which to display prized possessions. That's why so many of them still grace the parlors, dining rooms, and bedrooms of old houses even when the fireboxes have been walled over to eliminate drafts.

For every surviving example, of course, there are dozens that were torn from walls during reckless remodels. Luckily, many discarded mantels have ended up at architectural salvage yards, where renovators can now buy them to restore what may have been removed by a previous owner or to add period detail to a new house. 

Read the full article from This Old House on what to look for, where to find it, how to recondition your salvage find as well as some interesting mantel history. Full article here...


6 Ways to Rethink Your House and Get the Extra Space You Need

 

So, you've come to the realization that your home is no longer the perfect fit for you or your family. Something is missing, you need more space, or your house just doesn’t feel just right anymore.

It's easy to jump to the conclusion that a new home or a large addition is the best option. We are trained as consumers to discard something when it’s no longer useful or practical and buy the next big thing (iPhone 5, anyone?).

Why not simply evaluate your needs and your current space and make smaller adjustments to create the home you want today?

Getting Started:

Make a list of all the rooms in your home. If you have plans of it, even better. Look at each room, and write down what you use it for.

Now write down how often you use the space for its intended purpose. You might be surprised that you use that guest room only two or three times a year.

That formal dining room hosts a celebratory dinner four times a year, and that hall closet has boxes in it that you moved from your last house and haven't opened since. These are all wasted spaces. Why not make better use of them? Repurposing a room and redesigning within your existing home’s footprint is always cheaper than building an addition.

Next, make a list of the rooms you wish you had in your home. Compare the two lists, and see if anything can have a dual purpose. Can you live without any of these rooms?

Follow the slideshow below for six ways to repurpose, recycle and reuse the room you may already have.

 

 


House Plan of the Week: "Impressive Formal Country Cottage"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3849 - The Concordia
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3849 - The Concordia

Its elegant lines and timeless looks will remain classic throughout the years. The brick/stone on the main facade and at the base blended with rough-cast coating on other facades along with the gables and dormers come together in a striking combination. The garage includes stairs to the basement and an attractive room upstairs with includes a dormer and abundant storage space despite its three way sloping roof.

The main level has two entrance closets, the largest of which is in the entrance foyer. A separate laundry area and a powder room are sure to hit a positive note. The kitchen with its island lunch counter and the well fenestrated dining room are bathed in natural light. From behind the living room fireplace the stairs which access the second level allow abundant light to enter this part of the main floor area.

On the second level there is a very spacious master bedroom, with large walk-in closet and double glass doors that provide natural light to the hallway, and a well-appointed bathroom. The second and third bedroom, with its sloping ceiling and dormer, and their shared bathroom complete the upper level.

For more details on this plan, click here

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13 Ways to Be Happier in Your Home This Year

Make 2013 the year you increase your happiness at home with resolutions that will get you motivated to finish lagging projects, learn new skills and add more pizzazz to your space. Sure, you can resolve to clear clutter (see number four below for a fresh way to do that), but that's not the only way to make a fresh start around the house this year. Let these 13 design resolutions in the slide show below jump-start your inspiration...

 

 


House Plan of the Week: "Country Cottage With a European Flair"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3828, The Quarry 1
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3828, The Quarry 1

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, we are happy to feature one of our most romantic models.

Designed with European spirit with the use of brick/stone on the main façade and partially at the base of the right façade, this blended with rough-cast coating on other facades as well as the gables and dormers, come together for a look that comes together very well. The garage of interesting format includes stairs to the basement and, despite a three way sloping roof, offers a most attractive room above with a dormer and excellent storage.

On the main level, two entrance closets, the largest of which is in the entrance foyer, will be much appreciated as will be the independent laundry with shower facilities and a separate half-bath. The kitchen with its island lunch counter and the dining room both swim in natural light provided by the well fenestrated dining room projection to the right. The living room for its part is organized around a fireplace around which stairs to the second level wrap around and which also receives a good dose of natural light coming from the large front window and also from another on the right side.

On the second level, a very spacious master bedroom with large walk-in closet and double glass doors providing natural light to the hallway, a beautiful bathroom, a second bedroom and a third bedroom with sloping ceiling and dormer, complete very well the upper level.

For more details on this plan, click here

Have a safe and joyous holiday season everyone!

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Creative Office Corners

 
Corners can be tricky, but you can trick them into making them work hard for you. Today we'll tackle corners in the home office. Here's a peek at clever ways designers and homeowners have approached office corners, making them much more stylish and functional.
 
Follow the slideshow for some great ideas!


Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings!

Looking to wrap up your Christmas gifts with a bit of nostalgia? Using kraft paper tied up with strings may be just the ticket. Easily recycled and easy to personalize, it is a charming and eco-friendly option for wrapping your Christmas gifts.

We've been collecting some images on a Pinterest Board with examples... Just a few:

Top a package with a bit of greenery and pine cones

 

Source: hgtv.com via Drummond on Pinterest

 

Let out your inner artist with patterns created with liquid paper and a Sharpie! 

 

Dress up your kraft paper packages with stamps and gingham ribbon for country charm!

 

I like how these small bands of graphic paper pop against the brown. A little paper goes a long way!

 

For more ideas, check out our Pinterest board and just to get you totally in the mood, let Julie Andrews take you down memory lane!


 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things!

Happy wrapping and Merry Christmas!!!


House Plan of the Week: "Colonial Classic With Flexible Attic"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3866, The Chisholm
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3866, The Chisholm

A true classic built with symmetrical openings (doors and windows) on the facade. There is balance between its large, open spaces and the siding materials that is maintained throughout as this cottage stays true to form on the inside as well.

Upon entering, the first impression is created by the ceilings which are higher than 8’,  pleasing office space and an ample bathroom area. The straight stairway is bathed in light from the second floor, which also brightens the family room. The central openness of the design around which are grouped the foyer and the entrance closet containing integrated furnishings. At the back of the house is a large kitchen equipped with a “walk-in” type pantry adjoining a dining room that leads to a sheltered, screened-in terrace for more comfort.

On the second floor, three superb bedrooms, each with “walk-in” style closets as well as two bathrooms, one of which is dedicated to the master bedroom. Another surprise is the flight of stairs that leads to a superb attic which can be converted to any kind of room; space that is much appreciated by owners of this home.

For more details on this plan, click here…

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A Peak at Color Trends For 2013

Opposites attract us like never before, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum. Sherwin-Williams puts today’s color mood under the microscope to reveal dueling influences for every taste. Just take a look at the delicious palettes that 2013 offers!

 

 


House Plan of the Week: "Grand Manor Features"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3403 - Willingdon 2
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3403 - Willingdon 2

Inspired by the architectural elements of the grand manors including brickwork on the ledges, the turret on the main façade, a recessed main entrance and lateral panels and balusters on the front porch. This model generated a lot of interest from the moment it appeared on our Internet site and in our magazines.

Inspiring with 9-foot ceilings throughout the main level vaulting to a peak of 12 feet in the living room. This grand space is warmed by the glow of a beautiful hearth. 

An intimate home office nestles in the turret of the main level and all of the rooms are of good volumes with ample storage. 

The large master bedroom offers an additional reading/television corner in the turret as well as a large walk in closet. Two comfortable secondary bedrooms and spacious bathroom featuring corner tub, separate shower and dual sinks add to the comfort of this home. 

Drummond Designs proposes variations of this model offering among other things a most impressive garage. We invite you to visit models 3420 and 3422 to appreciate their particular features.

For more details on this plan, click here…

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House Plan of the Week: "Expansive Panoramic View"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #2912 - The Timberline 1
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #2912 - The Timberline 1

While many chalet-type homes have a panoramic view towards the rear, this one has a different orientation with a panoramic windowed façade. Ideal for a sloping lot, with a lot grading up towards the rear of the house, the main level becomes the basement and the second floor becomes the main level.

The basement level boasts a two-car garage, entry foyer, generous storage area, ample laundry/sewing room with drying area, a bathroom and two good-sized bedrooms. A family room enjoys abundant light by day and the glow of a fireplace by night.

The upstairs activity center is open and flowing with a kitchen with central lunch counter, an independent breakfast area, a dining room which can easily sit up to ten and family room with breathtaking cathedral ceiling. The master bedroom has a command view of the panorama, his and hers closets and private bathroom for pleasure and relaxation. Bedroom four could also be used as a den and the whole level enjoys direct access to an impressive wraparound deck at the front and above the garage.

For more details on this plan, click here...

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Christmas Lights: Keeping up with the Griswalds

In the past the house with the biggest brightest display was coveted as ‘best’. Just think of Sparky Griswald's quest in Christmas Vacation. Times have changed but your enjoyment of the season does not have to. You can enjoy all of the holiday cheer without increasing the load on your local power company or your wallet.

 

Do you know how effective LED lights are?

Indoor LED lights for tree and decoration

 

LED (Light Emitting Diode) Christmas lights use up to 95% less energy than their large traditional counterparts and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost a fraction of their incandescent alternatives plus if one of the LED bulbs burn out, the rest of the strand will stay lit.

Power Savings on outdoor lights

Similar to the lower energy use of indoor LED lights, you have all of the energy savings on outdoor lights or, even better yet, consider the new solar LED outdoor light options that are now available.

Finally, what to do with your old incandescent light strings?

 

Source: wjon.com via Drummond on Pinterest

 

Many retailers have special trade-in promotions to convert to LED lighting or your local recycle depot may help divert your defunct lights from the landfill.

That's all for me for now... Now I must string a few more lights to catch up with the Griswalds next door...


How To Light Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro!

Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights conjure feelings of dread? Have you stared longingly at a beautiful storefront tree and felt ashamed by your own tree's appearance? Follow these simple steps and your days of disgrace will be a thing of the past.

Eric Bain, a partner at Innovative Construction, spent three months a year in his youth hanging Christmas lights for the town of Vail, Colorado. Following his professional tree-lighting tips will make the wires and cords from your lights disappear from view. This simple installation process also will help you stay stress free, with safeguards to make sure your lights work before and after installation.

So exhale deeply — these tips may help you actually enjoy lighting your Christmas tree this year.