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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!

Did you know that April 22nd marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day?  As we adapt to the restrictions of social distancing, one thing we can celebrate is our shrinking carbon footprint. During this newfound journey, we are here to serve our clients today and tomorrow building energy-efficient homes designed to soak in natural light and ventilation. Modular construction maximizes the use of building materials and utilizes waste to energy practices which means far less waste in landfills.  A tighter building envelope combined with the insulation package we include in each home means greater energy efficiency and savings for the homeowner. Our homes are better for the families living in them and for our environment. What are some easy ways to reduce that carbon footprint even more?  Continue to reduce and consolidate trips to the store. Pick up needed items for neighbors and alternate trips to the store with friends. Wash and carry your own reusable shopping bags a

A Splash of Color

Sometimes a touch of new color can make all the difference in a space. This can be accomplished in several different ways. One of the most noticeable and refreshing upgrades can simply be a new coat - or two - of paint on a room's walls. To accomplish the most dramatic makeover, follow these few tips: 
  • Follow the 60-30-10 rule: This means that 60% of the room's color is the paint on the walls, 30% of color comes from textiles and furniture, while the last 10% of color is provided by an accent piece. 
  • Use a color the compliments the other colors of the room. This can easily be done by using a color wheel. The complimentary color pairs are as follows: 

    • Red and Green 
    • Blue and Orange
    • Purple and Yellow   

* You can also use neutral paint colors for the walls and apply complimentary color schemes to the 60-30-10 rule.

  • Accent the space with one black piece. This could be a piece of furniture, a picture frame or wall decoration or one of the room's textiles. Using one black element in a room enhances the other colors used and draws more attention to these colors. 
  • Adding color to your home should be based on the lightness to darkness color groups found in nature. In other words, floors should be the darkest color in a room - think of dirt. The walls should wear a medium color (trees and natural features such as mountains, canyons, etc.) and the ceilings should showcase the lightest color of the room; like a clear, sunny sky. 
  • Remember this phrase: Pull from a pattern. Take a look at your room as a whole. What is the largest pattern in the room? In a bedroom, it's usually your bedspread. Pull colors from these patterns when choosing paint color and accent pieces. This helps to pull a room together rather than take away from the masterpiece desired.    

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