Fences

Hello Sunlight Family,

With the warm weather approaching most of our new homeowner’s may be looking to get their yards fenced.  As long as final grading has been completed and you have received confirmation,  there is nothing stopping you.  This weeks blog post, we’ve decided to share a few different looks and ideas for inspiration. There are tons of different styles out there based on the amount of privacy wanted.  Here are some photos of our favorite looks.

We hope you’ve considered out inspirational photos helpful for your next fencing project.

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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.

 

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.

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

 

 

Showers

 Showers

When it comes to showers there are so many options that you can go with.  A beautiful option could be all white tiles throughout with a bold framed glass door.

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Or open concept with built in towel rack niches into the drywall. This is such a unique and functional idea.  Instant Storage and extremely appealing to the eye.

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Dual Shower Heads- another great feature for showers.

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Decorative tile can add that wow factor and allow you to really express your style.

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Ask us how to incorporate similar looks into your new home with Sunlight Heritage Homes.

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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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10 Ideas to Save for a down payment for your first home!

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Coming up with a down payment of thousands of dollars can be really tough.  Especially if you are already struggling with loans, rent and life overall.  With most home prices being over $200,000 these days banks are looking for 20% down.  That could mean coming up with $40,000 or more.  There are lots of things that you can cut out and temporary sacrifice to get you to that end goal of owning your brand new home!  Here are our top 10 to help make this dream come true.

  1. Make coffee at home versus those daily lattes.
  2. Stick to watching Netflix instead of going out for movies!
  3. Put away those credit cards
  4. Switch Phone plan to the lowest possible
  5. Cut out Cable TV
  6. Use coupons at the grocery store or price match
  7. Sell unused items online
  8. Do you smoke? No better time to quit, not only will your health improve.  Smokers can save thousands a year by kicking the habit.
  9. No more eating out at restaurants.
  10. Swap out that vacation for a staycation.

Remember this may be a tough time but the outcome will be completely worth it!  If your goal is to save 20% calculate it by dividing the price of the house by 100, than multiplying that by 20!

Need additional help saving for that new build.  Contact us at Sunlight Heritage Homes or visit our website www.sunlightheritagehomes.ca

Happy Saving 🙂

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What’s famous in Woodstock, Ontario

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Woodstock is a friendly community that gives the residents all the facilities that can enable them to live their lives to the fullest. It’s a friendly neighborhood, where everyone gets along well with each other.

But if this kind of peace and quiet is too much of a bore for you, then there are tons of places you haven’t been to. Woodstock is, in fact, home to famous places and monuments that you must not miss.

Unlike what you think, Woodstock is not just a place for residence. New residents will get all the facilities they need, especially the ones they could not get in their previous places of residence. It is a historic city, and, since its establishment as a town in 1951, is growing steadily.

If you are wishing for adventure, there’s tons of it here.

For those who want some fresh air and greenery, Southside Park is your jam. Plus, it has a food booth called ‘Local roots, where you can savor the yummiest delicacies, while enjoying the fresh atmosphere of the place.

Antiques have their own appeal that cannot be put into words, which is why there’s ‘One of a kind’ antique mall for those who wish to buy the goods that will give their homes the charm of the bygone eras.

You can also check out the Springbank Snow Countess, a monument that represents the area’s agricultural history. It’s dedicated to the Snow Countess, a cow known for producing the largest amount of butterfat in her entire lifetime. She is known for having held this record for the next 21 years.

For knowing more about the area’s history, you can try the Woodstock museum’ where you will find out about the most important chapter-Woodstock’s involvement in the World War! You will get to see the items of the era, including the clothes worn by the people back then, and try out food samples that were rations served to the people. You will experience Woodstock as it was at the time of the war!

Famous in its own way, Woodstock is the ‘Wonderland’ you never knew!