How to Create the Perfect Bedroom

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Have you ever stayed at a friend’s home and the guest room is just divine? The thread count of the sheets are high, the linens are crisp.  The room is quiet and provides tranquility and well thought out amenities; fresh flowers, shutters for late morning sleepers and the pillows are just heavenly. These types of bedrooms are the perfect retreat for you or your guests.  You can create this same environment, just by using some simple design elements to create a bedroom right in your own home.

The bedroom should be located in an area of your home farthest from any shared living quarters . You are attempting to replicate a peaceful, calming environment, and that is nearly impossible with everyday distractions such as loud televisions.

Choose soothing colors for your bedroom such as buttery cream or pale shades to set the backdrop. Varying shades of blue, purple and green would make excellent choices for inspiring a sense of tranquility and increased well-being.  Use the bedding and pillows for pops of color so the room maintains the serene effect you are going for without being overwhelmed by a high contrast of color.

Nothing sets the mood like well-planned lighting. For overhead or ambient lighting, consider a simple flush-mounted fixture or recessed lighting. Capture a Victorian or shabby-chic look by installing a more ornate chandelier. Dimmers are definitely recommended to help create the appropriate atmosphere.

Using table lamps is another great way to add soft, indirect light when overhead lighting is not needed or desired. They can also serve as task lighting for reading a book.

Since a bedroom retreat revolves around comfort and relaxation and, this is one area not to pinch pennies. Select a mattress that suits your body’s needs and furnish it with layers of comfy pillows. Choose sheets of a very high thread count and top it all off with bedding to accommodate your theme and taste.

Keep your overall décor simple, classy and elegant. Consider oversized vases for fresh, aromatic seasonal flowers and some family photos displaying cherished memories. Keep your bedroom retreat free from clutter as this can counteract the peaceful retreat you’re attempting to create.

As you create your bedroom retreat incorporate whatever elements speak to your own sense of comfort. You’ll be unwinding in your at-home sanctuary in no time.

Source – realestate.com

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Spotlight Neighborhood of the Week – Mystic Vineyards

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Mystic Vineyards offers easy living, affordable luxury and a great location.  Mystic Vineyards in Anderson SC is centrally located just minutes to AMED, great shopping, restaurants galore and the best schools, plus about 8 minutes to I-85.

Enjoy included features such as;  Up to 3800 sq. feet,  4-6 Bedrooms, “Legend Series” Trim Package, Granite Countertops with Tile Backsplash, Appliance Package (Black) which includes; Gas Range,  Microwave, & Dishwasher, Trey Ceiling in Master Bedroom and Formal Dining Room,  2” Faux Wood Blinds, 9’ Smooth Ceilings,  Fully Sodded Lawns, Professionally Landscaped and Maintained Entrance, Street Lights and Protective Covenants.

This is one of Anderson’s newest communities in an incredible location!  Click here to see lots and homes available.

Call us at 864-356-4613 and we can help you pick out your lot and home plans.  You can build your dream home here with this quality builder.

The Millennial Buyers

Young Couple Moving HouseFirst of all what is a millennial buyer?  Well the Marketing gurus term their demographic segments.  There have been Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen XY and now there is the Millennial marketing segment.  Millennials’ are those born between 1980-2000, are the second-biggest segment of home buyers, behind Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1979).

Real estate professionals told ABC News recently of some “must have” features that tend to be in high demand among young buyers. Some of those “must haves” include:

Updated kitchen and bath– The primary reason young buyers seek updated kitchens and baths is because they have limited budgets.  They want move in ready.  Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings

An open floor plan with a big kitchen – An open space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room is high on the list of the perfect home for young buyers. In essence, the kitchen is the new living room and it has to be big.

Home office– Young buyers are tech savvy and with companies offering more options than ever to work from home, they want offices. A dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home.

Location– Now, this one has not changed no matter what demographic you are in.  Location, Location, Location…  Urban young buyers may want a particular neighborhood near public transportation, local restaurants and night clubs.  While suburb buyers may be attached to a certain part of town or an interstate if they commute to a larger city.

Technology – A home’s appeal can be increased if it has a strong mobile carrier’s signal and broadband internet.  These factors are “must haves” to this generation.  After all they have been tech savvy their whole life and aren’t about to give up this easily.

Source:  ABC News, Realtor Magazine

Duke Power Potentially Investing Millions in Anderson County

Anderson County leaders will consider financial incentives for Duke Energy tonight in their Counsel Meeting.  Duke Energy  is prepared to invest $600 million to build a natural-gas fire plant south of Pelzer.  Anderson County Council is gathering to discuss incentives about the Duke Energy’s optimism to build and run a natural gas-fired plant in Pelzer  at the W.S. Lee Steam Station.

This is an important decision for Anderson County.  Creating the plant could employ more than 500 construction jobs during the building period. An additional 25 people would be employed for full-time positions once the plant opens, according to local news source.  The new plant would more than double the amount of energy produced now when Lee’s existing generators are all running.

Lee Steam Station would be a great place to have a natural gas-fired plant because of the site’s existing infrastructure and because Duke Energy is already familiar with the environment surrounding that site.

Duke Energy, which is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., has not made a final decision about building the natural gas-fired plant in the Upstate. If the Public Service Commission approves Duke’s plans to make a decision by late spring.

The new plant could begin commercial operations by June 2017.

Source – Information compiled from Twitter &  local news stories.

Spotlight Subdivision of the Week – Tuscany

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Love where you live!  Tuscany offers one of the nicest clubhouse’s around with swimming pool, lazy river plus a grand waterfall entrance. The views are breathtaking and vary between mountain, nature and a pond views. This community has plenty to choose from re-sale homes, new construction or lots so you can pick your own home site.

Tuscany is located just minutes off of HWY81 on Thompson Road.  Part of the subdivision offers School District V schools – North Pointe Elementary, McCants Middle and TL Hanna High while another area of the subdivision offers District 1 award winning schools in the Wren zone.

For homes or lots for sale in Tuscany, click here.

Top Remodeling Projects to Add Value to Your Home

A new steel door may not sound like the sexiest addition to your house, but it’s one of the financially savviest. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014, homeowners who install a steel door can expect to recoup nearly 97 percent of the cost when the home sells.   Realtors will tell you first impressions are everything so a nicely painted steel door with hardware is key.  Buyers typically assume that if the exterior of the house hasn’t been maintained, then the interior hasn’t either.

Exterior work on a property, from new siding to replacing windows, dominate the list of projects that offer the biggest bang for your buck. They offer the largest return because a potential home sale can be made or broken on the exterior alone.

Only two years ago, wooden decks recouped about 70 percent of their value, having dropped during the recession. But with the economy improving and outdoor spaces becoming more popular, buyer interest is again piqued by a quality wood deck out back. The cost assumes a 16-by-20-foot deck with built-in bench and planter, stairs and railings. A composite deck will also pay off, but not quite as much.

Replacing your garage door is another way to improve the exterior of your home. But while it’s typically inexpensive, an upgrade isn’t necessary unless your garage door is old, beat-up or a particularly visible part of your home.

A minor kitchen remodel consists of replacing cabinet fronts with raised-panel wood doors and drawers, along with new hardware; replacing wall oven and cooktop with energy-efficient models; replacing laminate countertops; installing a mid-priced sink and faucet; and repainting and replacing flooring. The kitchen is always a good place to invest money, because it’s the heart of the home.  When buyers  look at a home, they realize they spend most of the time in the kitchen.  Kitchen remodels definitely adds value. Just be careful not to overdo it.

Remodeling Magazine includes a new first-floor family room and a second-floor bedroom with bathroom in this two-story addition, but any addition of square footage will add value. For instance, converting an attic to a bedroom, especially when you can also add a bathroom, adds value in the same way as a two-story addition.  The addition of another bedroom puts a home in another category, allowing sellers to charge more.

New windows look sharper, insulate a home better, save on energy and, for buyers, avoid the cost and hassle of doing upgrades. Wood is the preferred trim finish, but other replacement window projects also pay off.  Vinyl window replacements cost about $9,978 and have an ROI of 78.7 percent, while a more upscale version costs $13,385 and has a 76.6 percent ROI.

Buyers are definitely impressed by finished basements. Remodeling Magazine includes in its cost a 20-by-30-foot entertaining area with wet bar and a bathroom. However, finishing your basement may not necessarily add value in an appraiser’s eyes, some appraisers typically counts living space above grade only.  Your basement from another appraiser’s point of view is not worth the price per square foot as the first or second floors.  This is an important fact to remember.  It is also based on the part of the country in which you live.

Remodeling Magazine’s quoted cost includes updating an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom and replacing all fixtures, including installing a porcelain-on-steel tub with ceramic tile around it, new shower, standard toilet and new tile floor.

Source – CBS Money Watch, Remodeling Magazine

SNOWPOCALYPSE of 2014

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Snow began to fall in the Upstate and northeast Georgia early Wednesday, and the most powerful half of South Carolina’s winter storm is expected pound the Upstate throughout the night.

The storm could cause one of the heaviest snowfalls on record for the region.

Snow has spread across northeast Georgia and the western and southern parts of the Upstate, falling steadily from Clemson to Laurens and points west, according to a National Weather Service statement.

On Tuesday, meteorologists announced that residents in the region will get 8 to 11 inches of snow Tuesday alone. By the time the winter storm is over Thursday morning, some residents could have more than a foot of snow.

The same amount of water that yields just one inch of sleet will create four inches of snow. Meteorologists are also predicting little ice for the area, except in Abbeville and Greenwood counties which much ice has already accumulated.

Fewer power outages occur when two-tenths of an inch of ice falls than when you get a quarter-inch of ice, and there’s a better chance people can stay safe and warm.  The longer the temperature says above freezing, the fewer problems we’ll have. The biggest concern is power outages.  Temperatures have not risen at all today.  They remain around 27 degrees.

The National Weather Service forecasts that snowfall will increase across the region through Wednesday morning and then intensify through the afternoon and evening hours. Sleet may mix in with the snow at times through tonight.

Duke Energy moved crews from the Midwest and Florida into the Carolinas in anticipation of the winter storm. Duke customers who experience outages should call 1-800-POWERON. Anyone who sees a fallen Duke power line or safety hazard involving the company’s equipment should call that number and select Option 2 or contact local emergency services immediately.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reported that priority routes and bridges continued to be treated as needed with anti-icing materials and equipment in Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Abbeville counties.

Anderson city police had 20 patrol cars outfitted with studded tires to keep each shift of officers safe on the roads. Each of those cars gets two studded tires, which are only used a few times a year. Each tire costs about $150.

Gov. Nikki Haley has, for the second time in three weeks, declared a state of emergency in South Carolina. The National Guard is on active duty to support state agencies. The guard has wrecker teams and four-wheel drive vehicles that can be used in the storm response.

The emergency declaration also puts into effect laws against price gouging and allows the governor to take whatever other steps are needed to protect residents.