Adding Curb Appeal To Your Home

Adding Curb Appeal to your home is something that can easily be done.  Here are some tips on how you can accomplish this.

  1. Manicured Lawn- this is very simple way to make your home stand out. 
  2. Paint the Front Door & Trim Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stand out!
  3. Install new house numbers- If your house doesn’t already come with the house number built into it.  Purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures. 

  4. Plant a Tree- Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house, make sure that you have enough space for it.
  5. When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights.  Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time. We hope you found some of these tips useful.

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Plants for the Homes

Air Filtering Plants

Florist Mum and the peace lily took the top spots when it comes to air cleaning.  They are both effective at removing amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.  Recommendation is having at least one plant per 100 square feet of space. 

The Snake plant is another really popular air-purifying house plant because they’re beautiful and basically impossible to kill — the perfect option if you’re a neglectful young adult.

The Bamboo Palm -This air-purifying palm thrives in shady indoor spaces so it’s a great addition your bedroom or bathroom, especially if you’re going for tropical ~island~ vibes.

Dumb canes come in a variety of beautiful multicolored leaf patterns and they’re super easy to grow and keep as house plants. But they’re actually called dumb canes because of their poisonous effect when eaten, which can slur or stop speech and even close the throat and be fatal in large quantities.  So please make sure to keep them away from young children and pets.

 

Prepping Your Yard For Spring

Happy first day of spring everyone, we thought we would share with you some tips on how to prep your yard for spring time. Hope you enjoy!

Initial Prep Work

  • Wait for Snow to complete thaw
  • Rake your yard to remove twigs, leaves and other debris

Seeding

  • Identify areas of your yard that look thin or patchy
  • Mix soil or compost with a bag of seed
  • Use a rake to break up the ground in patchy areas
  • Spread the soil and seed mixture across patchy areas

Watering

  • Water your lawn long enough for water to reach plant roots
  • Avoid watering for short periods of time on a frequent basis

Mowing

  • check your mowers oil and replace if necessary
  • Have your lawn mower blades sharpened
  • Lower the blades to remove old dead grass

Mulching

  • Buy high quality mulch
  • Add fertilizer to new plants and shrubs before mulching
  • Lay mulch around trees, bushes and gardens

We hope you have enjoyed.

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The Fairway Model Feature

The Fairway- Villages of Sally Creek 

The Fairway Model is featured in our Sally Creek Adult Living Neighborhood.  This two bedroom two bathroom bungalow style home starts at a low cost of $360,400.  With a stone and brick exterior combo that truly adds to its visual appeal.  Upon walking into the home a large tiled foyer greets you, with optimal space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first bedroom located right off the foyer with its own bathroom and closet.  This bathroom has a dual entry, foyer entry and bedroom entry making it convenient for guests.  As you make your way into the house, a mudroom with laundry is located to the right of you attached to the double garage.  An open concept L shaped kitchen to your left with a centered island and granite counter tops.  Engineered Hardwood in the living area is another feature that comes with this home.  You have the option of four color finishes. 

The master bedroom is located right off the living room with a large walk in closet and
en-suite bathroom.  In the en-suite you get a double sink vanity and tiled shower with optional glass enclosure.

Let us know how we can make this model your future home.

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Our Top 5 Designer Pet Peeves

Our Design Centre experts know how to size up a room at first sight.  Not only can they visualize what the bones of the home will look like in the end result.  They can also fully furnish spaces and envision exactly what the room will look like with furniture.  We thought we would share these common mistakes that happen every day when it comes to interior decorating/design.  These are the little things that we notice immediately!

Poorly positioned art– This has to be my number one pet peeve! I cant stand seeing art poisoned to high.  it should be eye level and not all the way up the wall. To be safe the best height to hang your art would be 57″ front the floor.  If it’s over a sofa or bed remember to hang it about an arms width above the back of the sofa.wrong art
Floating Rug- This is when your rug is too small for the space.  Make sure when rug shopping that you find one that extends to under each piece of furniture in the seating area. This brings the seating area into one and will give you that complete look.  You don’t want it floating on its own in the center.

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Matching Everything– Matching furniture sets whether it be for the bedroom, living or dining room.  Rooms that have been purchased from a single source always give the feeling that its missing something and lacking in character.  We encourage you to take your time when furniture shopping.  Pick pieces that compliment one another, similar to how you would choose your wardrobe pieces.

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Skimpy Curtains- What is worse than having no curtains?  Curtains that are too short for the window itself.  It is very important that you measure correctly and let curtains touch the floor.  Also another tip, hanging your curtain rod as high as possible under crown molding for example, will help you achieve the look of a taller ceiling.drapes shortVS high and long

Clutter or Bare Spaces-  Make sure you have enough in the space but not too much.  I prefer to use large pieces when it comes to styling accessories instead of having multiple smaller nick knacks everywhere.  You want to make sure that everything is balanced, it definitely will make the room look more put together.Before VSafter

We hope that our top 5 designer pet peeves will help you on your next home decorating adventure.  

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Benjamin Moore Color of the Year!

 

Color Of the Year- 2017

Benjamin Moore has released their color of the year and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30.  We are loving the undertones of deep purples in this tone.  Some color pairings that would look great with Shadow would be different shades of purple, greens and ivory’s.

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Usually when picking out paint colors there is some sort of inspiration behind it.  This can come from anything from the outdoors, floral’s and even the latest fashion trends.

Here are some examples of the color inspiration pulled from floral’s and how it can be used in a space and the end result.  
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We also area loving their entire 2017 color palette.  These are our Top four Benjamin Moore 2017 Colors 

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First on our top 4 would be Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20.  This color is extremely on trend right now.   The deep blackened blue is a very masculine tint reminding us of a well tailored suit.  This color would look fantastic with metallic accessories, lighter blue’s, silvers and golden tans.  This color is seen over and over in cabinetry and built in units.  Bye Bye White Hello Deep Navy’s!

Here are some inspiration photos using Gentleman’s Gray.

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Second on our list would be Knoxville Gray HC-160.  Another dark and moody color in blue family.  This color would look fantastic on an exterior all siding home it would instantly update the look.  Or why not paint interior doors?  Change your hardware to the popular bronze or matte gold, this would become a conversation starter for sure!  Another look i love is using this moody color in a powder room, accenting with bohemian reds, porcelains and golds.

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Third on the list Dinner Party AF-300.  Although i do think that this next color is extremely bold to be used as a main all over wall color. It is very sophisticated with deep red and black undertones.  I would absolutely use this color in small doses. Wether it be used on the front door of a home, or used in a DIY project re finishing an old piece of furniture.  Another dramatic touch would be to paint the backs of a bookshelf for that daring focal point in a room.

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Last but not the least Benjamin Moore’s Wet Concrete 2114-40.  A Classic and elegant choice! This color can be used anywhere in a home.  Looking especially elegant in and en-suite master bath. Or customized into a wall paper look with horizontal stripe panels.  A bold move would be to paint out an entire room including ceilings and baseboards.  You can easily bright up the space with light art work, furnishings and accessories.

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We hope you enjoyed our look at our top 4 Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color Palette.

Lilly Cordeiro, Sunlight Heritage Homes

 

 

Condensation

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With the colder months approaching some homes have problems with the windows sweating on the inside.  This can happen on any home brand new or older.  If this problem is happening to you then you have a humidity problem.  Your humidity level is a bit too high.  The ideal percentage that your homes should stay around should be 50 to 55 percent humidity.  If your humidity is higher than that your windows will become dehumidifiers and condense water that is in the air, until your humidity level inside drops to the 55 perfect range.

With newer homes they are usually built much more tightly than older.  This can be good for many reasons.  However one bad side effect is that the moisture cant escape as easily.  First thing we would recommend would be to buy an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor the humidity indoors.

condensation-on-windows-1147765It could also be that your new home is still drying out. New concrete, wood and other materials usually take about 12 to 18 months to dry.  This is something that you can’t control, but on cold evenings you can open your doors and let that warm humid air out for at least 10 minutes.

Lilly Cordeiro

Sunlight Heritage Homes

 

Last week at Sunlight Homes..

Last Friday we said ‘see you later’ to one of our team members who has been with us for just over three years.  Our Lead Designer Draftsman, Philip Coelho.  Philip was such a great asset to the company.

He co- designed our new Design Centre with owner Wilson Ribeiro where we are currently located.  His talent was truly something special,  bringing unique and out of the box ideas into our home designs.  His fresh outlook on spacial design created a different and one of a kind Design Center, that was placed Top 5 Nation Wide!

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We thank you for your years of loyalty and commitment to us.  Thank you for becoming part of the family and someone we will never forget.

We wish you all the best on your future endeavors and couldn’t be more happier for you.  We know that we will be asking for your autograph someday, on a super high profile architectural project!

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Good Luck & All the Best- Your Family at Sunlight Homes

 

What The Villages of Sally Creek has to Offer!

The Villages Of Sally Creek

The Villages of Sally Creek is a master planned community located on 230 acres of rolling hills, nestled in the northwest corner of Woodstock, Ontario. Located with 30 minutes of London, Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo. Residents can remain in the same community as their lifestyles evolve.

The Villages of Sally Creek provides something for everyone, including a fully-equipped community center with future indoor pool, sauna, exercise facilities, greenhouse solarium. The games room, library and computer lab, crafts room and workshops are available on site and exclusive to the residents here within the adult lifestyle neighborhood of the Villages. There is also the conjoining Sally Creek Golf Course, which opened in the fall of 2008 and provides an enjoyable and challenging golf opportunity for all golfers.

Walking trails throughout the Villages and nearby parks make a perfect playground for all families. Taking scenic strolls, jaunting out on a bike tour or engaging in an easy-going ski venture, these well maintained nature paths are part of the beauty evident at The Villages of Sally Creek and surrounding area.

Take a look at a few photos!

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Fall is here…

shutterstock_153297020Oh fall, one of my most favorite times of the year.  With fall comes the vibrant reds, oranges and yellow tones.  Cool temperatures and pumpkins galore. It also means that winter isn’t too far away so here are a few tips to prep your homes for the fall and upcoming colder season.

Lawn Care

Did you know that grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to 40 degrees.  So this means it is a great time to feed that grass of yours.  Apply a high phosphorus mix in the fall so that you will have bright green grass in the spring.

Exterior Faucets

You would be surprised as to how many people aren’t aware that water pipes can burst with the drop of temperature.  A pipe that bursts can be both expensive and time consuming to fix.  The pipe that is most likely for this to happen to would be your exterior hose bib. All you have to do is make sure that you turn off the valves. All Faucets that exit your home should have a shut off valve.  Once its turned off be sure to drain out any water that may be sitting in the faucet.

Weather Striping

Make sure to check and replace your weather striping.  Simply do a visual check around your windows and doors It usually needs to be changed every few years.

Furnace

Now that summer is over you will most likely be spending more time indoors.  Breathing that air that is being pushed around your home. Be sure to replace or clean your furnace filter. Not only will it help the quality of air but will keep the furnace running in tip top shape.

Some other important tips to keep up with…

  • Clean and inspect your dryer vent
  • Check that carbon monoxide detectors are working properly
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors