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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Warm up Your Home in Style This Winter

December 11, 2014 12:12 am

With winter temperatures set to fall to frosty levels, many families will be spending time at home this season. Despite the weather, homeowners can create a warm atmosphere by tapping into the unexpected beauty found during the winter months.

“Though it is often overlooked, winter is the perfect season to draw inspiration from with a palette of rich, on-trend colors, adding a sense of warmth within in the home,” says Julie Richard, Ace Hardware design expert.

Ace’s design experts recommend pairing winter color trends with smart design for cozy indoor get-togethers:
  • Casual elegance is trending this winter. Create an accent feature in the kitchen by painting a set of mismatched breakfast room chairs in the same color for a unified, unrefined look that is both pulled together and relaxed.
  • For a timeless, layered look, mix and match different elements in the same color. Go for a glamorous neutral palette with a classic fur throw, a thick and luxurious white flokati or shag rug, knit wool throw pillows and classic tweed upholstery fabrics. This touchable palette is classic and chic in tones of gray, taupe and ivory and is the perfect warm up to the cold weather.
  • Try this chic, unexpected update to the outside of your home to catch every neighbor's eye this season: window frames, mullions and muttons painted in very dark colors.
  • Bring in tile accents. Rather than a glass accent tile, look for a hand-painted, glazed and natural tile to achieve a classic look. Concrete tiles with color and pattern are a great update for a modern treatment.
  • Comfort and coziness are a must as the weather cools down. Utilize natural materials throughout your home, such as wood and antiqued leather. Add cut white birch logs to your fireplace for a warm update and try an upholstery piece covered in an antique-style woven rug to add rustic flair.
Source: Ace Hardware

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Survey: Financing Hard to Come by for Remodels

December 11, 2014 12:12 am

How difficult is it for homeowners to get financing for a remodeling project?

Recent research from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) concludes that the majority of professional contractors place obtaining financing in a ‘neutral’ to ‘difficult’ range. NARI’s Remodeling Business Pulse, which monitors the health of the remodeling industry, indicates that just 30 percent of contractors believe it is either ‘easy’ or ‘very easy’ for clientele to secure funds.

An overly cautious financing company creates the biggest barrier for homeowners, according to 38 percent of professional contractors surveyed. High-cost projects relative to the home’s value were also a factor, with 27 percent of professional contractors reporting that cost vs. value concerns also resulted in obstacles for homeowners.

Poor credit history followed, but only for a few – just 11 percent of professional contractors believe it to be an impediment to a remodel.

The research also reveals:
  • If cash or checks were not used, banks or credit unions were the dominant source of financing (72 percent). Credit card usage for renovations accounted for only 20 percent of responses.
  • Very few professional contractors arranged financing for their client (6 percent).
  • Ninety-six percent of professional contractors accepted checks as a form of payment; one-quarter accepted credit cards, home equity loans, bank home improvement loans or cash.
Source: NARI

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