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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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What Your Green Home Certification Really Means

January 13, 2015 1:36 am

Homes dubbed ‘green’ actually mean ‘well-built’ – no recycled countertops or bamboo carpets needed. If you’re truly seeking an environmentally-friendly experience as a homeowner, it’s important to take a comprehensive look at the performance of the home, according to the Illinois Association of Energy Raters (IAER).

Homebuyers are willing to pay more for proof of those green benefits – an average of 10 percent more, says the IAER. Green certifications earned by homebuilders incorporate checklists and testing to ensure a home will be comfortable, healthy, durable and low-cost, but certifications obtained by homeowners may mean something else entirely.

To learn the facts, consider consulting with a BPI- or RESNET-certified professional, who will test the enclosure (insulation and seal) and the HVAC system (heating, cooling and ventilation) to determine a home’s energy efficiency and pinpoint the most beneficial home improvements. This test will generally include an ENERGY STAR certification that can only be done by a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rater.

Source: IAER

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4 Trends to Heighten Your Home's Style

January 13, 2015 1:36 am

Say goodbye to lackluster décor at home with help from renowned interior designer Taniya Nayak, who suggests heightening your design style with these tips.

Gallery Walls
“Hanging a variety of frames or objects in a well thought-out cluster on the wall perfectly showcases pieces that are important or meaningful,” Nayak says. “When people walk into your home, they’ll know exactly what you love.”

Create a room that’s uniquely yours by making a gallery wall with items of your choice. Display an array of mirrors, framed family photos, sketches or even postcards – the key is to be creative and make it personal.

‘60s Mod Inspiration
“[2015] is going retro mod – way back to the ‘60s, where design as about curvy forms, vibrant colors and eccentric patterns,” says Nayak. “Go full throttle with bright, loud elements typical to the mod movement.”

The retro panache of mid-century modern décor perks up rooms with soft, sculptural lines, woven upholstery and bright accessories in geometric shapes. Search for vintage furniture pieces like rounded chairs and button-cushion couches with short, tapered legs to add a sense of authenticity.

Copper Touches
“Each year, we see a particular metal rise to the top of every designer’s list, and this year, it’s all about copper,” Nayak says.

Copper is a metallic that adds modern edge to even the simplest design scheme. Small pieces make a big statement, so pepper in copper pieces through light fixtures, planters or table settings. Display copper cookware in your kitchen - it's a great way to add a touch of glamour without going over the top.

Organic Elements
“It’s easy to bring nature into your home,” Nayak assures. “Leave linear styles out of the equation. Instead, think of free-flowing shapes, colors found in nature and the peaceful serenity associated with the outdoors.”

Mount antlers above your mantel or create centerpieces with shells, metallic leaves or branches. Juxtapose earthy components against woodsy furniture and ivory tones for an outdoorsy aesthetic.

Source: ShurTech Brands

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