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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Decorate with Wallpaper

wallpaper1One of the biggest problem areas in a room is a large blank wall that stares back at you as you enter. These walls create a feeling of emptiness within a room, and sometimes act to disrupt the flow of color and design that’s already in place: or they do not fulfill their potential of creating visual impact in a room.

Wallpaper is an inexpensive and popular way to decorate walls and bring them to life. Depending on the size of the wall, its coverage, and what image it wants to portray, wallpapers lend versatility to a room and allow for your creativity.

 

Working with wallpaper is easy when you know how to do it, and here some tips.

Preparing a Room for Wallpapering

Wallpaper disasters occur because proper preparation of the wall is not taken seriously. Like when painting a wall or upholstering a couch, a significant amount of time must be dedicated to the preparation of a wall. This extra time spent will save you time and trouble in the long-run.

Measure your wall and purchase wallpaper that will cover the entire surface of the wall (allowing for error and pattern matching). Cut your wallpaper into manageable sized strips when you are ready to use them.

To prepare the wall for wallpapering, remove any switch plates, wall fixtures, and socket covers. Clean the wall thoroughly to remove any dirt and/or mildew, and let it dry completely. Search the wall surface for any holes, depressions, or bumps: these may be repaired using a drywall compound or spackling compound. Apply the compound, smooth it as much as possible, and let it dry thoroughly. Sanding is then required to smooth the surface to make it as easy as possible for the wallpaper to adhere to the wall. Then prime your wall with an acrylic adhesive which is recommended by a wallpaper expert. 

The Act of Wallpapering

Once you’ve primed your wall with the adhesive, decide how you want to hang the wallpaper. Go in the direction (right to left or vise versa) that is easiest for you. Cut your wallpaper strips allowing for pattern matching and a small amount of waste at the bottom. Starting from top, apply the wallpaper to the wall.  You may want to precut the holes for the switches, other openings, etc. (being very exact with the measurements to avoid error) or cut them as you proceed to hang the wallpaper (the easiest way).  Either way you must be precise!
Amateurs often end up with the problem of small air bubbles under the wallpaper, or uneven attachment to the wall. Resist the temptation to use a plastic smoother as it may tear the wallpaper or leave marks if used with improper pressure. Instead, use clean soft cloth and apply gentle pressure with the hand, or a light flexible rubber flap – much like the one used to clean windows.

Designing with that Wallpaper

Wallpaper provides an opportunity for colors and patterns to be incorporated into a design. The appearance of a large wall may benefit from wallpaper with patterns or stripes to break their overwhelming size. Use vertical stripes to add height to the room, and horizontal ones to create the illusion of a wider space. Another option is to incorporate a dual design – using a striped pattern on the upper half of the wall and a solid or floral print on the lower portion to create interest.

Use borders near the ceiling to create visual interest and give the illusion of height to the room, as it calls attention to the ceiling.

When using wallpaper in more than one room of the house, you have the option of creating fluidity between two rooms without having to use the same wallpaper. The fluidity may be achieved by staying different tones of the same colors, contrasting colors, or similar patterns.

Building the Room from the Wallpaper

When designing an entire room, wallpaper create a nice visual palette with which to work. Wallpapers, because they provide various color and pattern in their designs, may create a central mood in the room (formal, informal, etc.); the source of a color scheme (from the colors in the wallpaper); and even a pattern that will flow throughout the room (floral patterns, stripes, or dots).

Wallpaper provides a great opportunity for design ingenuity. Don’t be afraid to use the wall to its full potential – either to enhance the design of the room or build an entire room around it.

Chris Ribeiro- Site Supervisor

SunlightMaster PMSlo#9AE201Chris Ribeiro, the youngest of the Sunlight Heritage Homes sons runs a few of our construction sites as site supervisor.  Don’t let his young age fool you, Chris knows everything and anything you need to know when it comes to building a home.  On site, he ensures your home will be built exactly how it should be.team-chris

Managing multiple homes can be a tad stressful but Chris always manages to have everything under control.  Chris would be the one that takes our homeowners through their framing walk through making sure their homes are being built just as they should be.  He also is the last face our homeowners see before possession, as he completes the Pre-Delivery Inspections of the homes with them.

Chris leaves our homeowners feelings happy and excited for their move in date.

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Today we would like to thank Chris for all of his hard work and long hours to help make Sunlight Homes run as smoothly as possible.  His dedication to the company wont go unnoticed.  We see everything that you do and appreciate it all.

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Cleaning & Caring for Granite Counter tops

Some of peoples biggest fears when it comes to a natural stone countertop is the maintenance it may require.  By following a few suggestions your countertops will last you a lifetime while maintaining that just installed look!

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips!

  1. Avoid using cleaning products with any kind of acid, they may cause de-colorations or scratches on your surface.
  2. Kneeling or standing on your countertops should be avoided, as they could crack or break.
  3. Although placing hot pans on granite wont have the same effect and damage as to laminate counters.  This is still not recommended,  this could cause discoloration and/or cracking.  Always use a protective barrier between any hot object and granite such as trivet or mat.

Granite tends to attract soap scum.  Be sure to rinse them with hot clean water on a regular basis and use a paper towel to dry.  Do not use lime removal products or cleaning products that contain ammonia, as this will affect the seal on the stone.

How to Avoid Chips in your Counters

Chips in granite are not too common however they do happen, and when this happens this is usually caused by banging something into the edge of the countertop.  Take care when you handle heavy pots and pans around your granite edges as these are most prone to cause chipping. If a chip does occur and you find the piece that broke hold onto it most of the time this can be fixed.

Sealers

The use of sealers is a great way to protect your counters and the preservation of your granite countertops. Some granite can be very porous.  What a sealer typically does is fill in natural pores and repel spills on the surface, minimizing the absorption.  By Sealing counters, this gives you time to wipe spills away before they have a chance to sink into your stone. Usually after counters are installed they are sealed however we do recommend a re-application of this sealer every year or more often for some light granites.

 

**Sunlight Heritage Homes is a home builder in Ontario with current communities in London, Woodstock and St George. If you are interested in more information on them, please visit our website at http://www.sunlighthomes.ca/ or view our mls listings in Ontario for current homes for sale. Upcoming projects include new homes in Drayton, Kitchener and more houses for sale in London in the Cedar Hollow community.**

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

 

 

Jabbaribar Family Story!

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Mr. and Mrs. Jabbaribar moved here four years ago from Iran.  Mr. Jabbaribar works as a technician and Mrs. Jabbaribar as a hairstylist.  They have one young boy who is just starting school, they were both very excited to be buying their first home together.

When asked why they chose Sunlight Heritage Homes, Mrs. Jabbaribar responded that they searched online and Sunlight was one of the top builders that appeared.  When they went to visit the model home they fell in love and decided to purchase ‘The Preston’ model.  They also really loved the unique exterior and modern feel the home had.

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For finishes they kept everything neutral with dark woods with grey undertones.  This couple brought along with them photos for inspiration.  Being very visual, this helped them envision what their kitchen would look like with a two tone design.  Light Kitchen and Dark Island.   A cohesive color scheme beginning with the exterior of the home and brought throughout.  Lot 149 Kitchen Counter

Congratulations again on the purchase of your new Sunlight Family Home, from our family to yours.

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Whats happening for 2017 paint and Interior Decor?

Sunlight Heritage Homes likes to be updated with the latest and greatest.  We try to stay on top of all the new and upcoming products so that we can offer you the best! Looking into what we think will be the most popular in 2017 when it comes to paint, materials and surfaces.

We loved Pantone’s color of the year for 2016.  The soft of Rose Quartz & Serenity were seen all over when it comes to interior decor.  Right from Pantone’s website some color pairings, Wether it be a soft or a hard surface, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation.

This subtle combination works so well with other tones including greens and different shades of purples, browns, and all sorts of shades of pink and yellow.

 ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY COLOR PAIRINGS

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Color of the Year 2016 - Color Pairings and Pallettes
So Whats in store for 2017?
If Spring 2017 Fashion has anything to do with what will be seen in paint colors and design, we are thinking bright bold vibrant colors with some earthy tones.  We cant wait for Pantone’s 2017 color of the year to be announced.
Stay tuned for a future blog post incorporating the new color of the year!

Lilly Cordeiro

Sunlight Heritage Homes

The Bristol Model Quick Close!

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This Bristol floorplan is built and ready for you to move in!  An eye catching modern exterior with 1711sqft of living space.  Luxurious 12×24 ceramic tile welcome you into the home with black iron spindle railings throughout.  Laminate flooring through an open concept kitchen, dining room and spacious living room.  A Sunlight Heritage Homes community that we know you will love. Call us today for your private viewing!

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