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Why you should choose a custom built home over a production home 

Custom vs production homes
There are big differences between a custom built home and a production home. For example, whereas custom built homes are truly unique in design, production homes involve the same – or very similarly – designed set of houses. You typically see them in subdivisions in suburban neighborhoods. Sometimes production homes bill themselves as “custom homes,” and while they usually have some custom features, they aren’t true custom homes.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with buying a production home, but if you want a house that’s designed from the foundation to the roof with your family’s needs and your unique sense of style in mind, what you’re looking for is a custom built home.  Of course, there are many reasons to choose a custom built home over a production home. We’ve shared the top ones below.  Biggest reasons to choose a custom built home  You can choose your team. With a...
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It’s time to get your home ready for fall 

Fall home preparation tips
Can you believe summer is winding down? The kids are back in school, pools are counting down until Labor Day, and soon we’ll be swapping shorts for jeans and sweaters.  Whether you’re a fan of autumn or live for hot summer nights, it’s time to get your home ready for the months ahead.  Below is a checklist of simple things that are best to take care of now before the leaves begin to fall. That way, when it’s time to relax and take in the cool, crisp air, you can do it worry free.  Get exterior painting done. Most exterior house painters call it a wrap when the temps start to dip. For many, they’re ready to take a break after summer’s busy season – house painting is tough work, after all. But there’s another simple reason exterior painting is done primarily in warmer months: the paint dries quicker.  If you need exterior painting done, now is the time to call to get es...
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Classic Living Innovation - Retractable screen systems 

Cincinnati retractabvle porch screens
Your outdoor living spaces are incredibly versatile and can be used for more than just soaking up the sun, dinner al fresco or relaxing in the fresh air after a long day at work. With a retractable screen system, patios and porches can be transformed into a part of your home you can enjoy in almost any weather, and they create endless possibilities when it comes to functionality.  “Retractable screens give you the best of both worlds,” says Greg Benker of The Screen Shoppe . “There are so many advantages to having one, and they are so convenient.”  Watch short video of operation Say, for example, you enjoy relaxing in the bright sun on your patio after a dip in the pool but other family members prefer a patio with shade. With a retractable screen, everyone’s happy. You can open the screen when you want more sun, and then put it back down when others want shade.  With retra...
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Six ways to keep your outdoor living space cool this summer 

Keep outdoor cool
From patios to porches, balconies to decks, no matter what your favorite outdoor living space is, it’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – even when the temps outside soar in the summer. Few things are more frustrating for a homeowner than waiting to spend time in your outdoor living space until the sun starts to set.  Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to make your outdoor areas relaxing havens during the summertime and fabulous places to entertain guests without worrying they won’t feel comfortable in the heat.  Take a look at our ideas below on how to create a very cool outdoor living space – literally.  Add ceiling fans -  If you spend time on a covered porch, deck, or patio, a ceiling fan is a great way to add airflow and cool things down. Design-wise they create an awesome aesthetic that’s reminiscent of lazy summer nights in southern coastal towns or Key...
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