How To Hire The Right Architect

Few things are more exciting than building a new home or watching your old one change before your eyes. And the person who will affect the outcome of your project the most is usually the architect. His or her plan will dictate the ultimate appearance and function of the home, as well as the financial costs and emotional toll involved in its construction.
The client-architect relationship is very personal, involving discussions of your habits, your hobbies, your tastes, and even your relationships. So you want the choice to be right. The suggestions that follow will help you analyze the personality, design strategy and communication skills of your candidates. Ultimately, you want to find the architect who’s right for your situation, for your budget and for you.
See the full article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/22038031/w/sid=1/list/How-to-Hire-the-Right-Architect

Homes With Appealing Front Views Sell Faster


It’s that time of year again, when the days start getting warmer and longer and people’s thoughts tend to stray toward selling their homes, in what looks like the best Spring market this area has seen in several years. Apropos to that, an interesting article was just published in houzz.com, one of my favorite blogs, detailing what a difference it makes in the sale of your home, to have a house that looks great from the street. Read the brief excerpt below and then click the link to the full article at the bottom.                                                                                                                                                                         As always, if you are looking for expert advice in the Rivertowns regarding the sale of your home, come help me celebrate over 25 years of listing and selling homes in the Rivertowns, at 914-960-3837 or scott.rosasco@randrealty.com.
“Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Read The Full Article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8193935/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u250&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0

Academy Awards For Movie Homes

From one of my favorite sites, houzz.com, very apropos to this evenings festivities. I share the opinion that the interior of the Hampton’s house in “Something’s Gotta Give” is at least one of the most remembered, idyllic homes. See the top 10.

Well Designed Houses Make Good Neighbors

 

http://www.houzz.com/pro/soorikian4/soorikian-architecture

A Traditional Front Porch By Soorikian-Architecture


From Houzz.comA house that is a good neighbor engages the world around it — even when it’s different. So what does that mean? How does a house engage the world, and why is it important that it do so? To engage the world, a home should have an in-between space that beckons to the passersby while providing shelter and a perch from which to watch the street. This is a space, such as a porch, from which you can see the street, and the street can see you. Creating such a space is more than good manners and neighborliness — it also helps keep a neighborhood safe, as crime typically takes place in the shadows. The in-between space is best when it’s large enough to be a room of its own. A place for comfortable chairs, a table or two, maybe even a hammock. Remember that it is a room that’s part of the home, so treat it with the same attention to detail as the other rooms. In fact, since this is the room that presents your face to the world, maybe treating it a little better than the other rooms is in order […..]. 
See the full article and slide show at:
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/813460/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u123&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery18

9 Ways to Create a Not-So-Standard Bathroom

From Houzz.com: Sometimes it’s hard to get inspiration for a potentially uninteresting 5′ x 8′ bathroom space, and there are good reasons for it. Once you install the sink basin, toilet and bathtub there is not much room for accessories, and most homeowners and builders tend to choose neutral tones and colors for finishes because they are thinking of the resale value. The results are bathrooms we don’t want to spend much time in besides doing our daily routines. Here are some designs to spark ideas for your next bathroom.
Read the full article at:
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/890524?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery13&w=518816

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