Archive for October, 2012

Does Your Exterior Decor Match Your Interior?

What people see on the outside is often what they expect to see on the inside.  If your home exterior displays a less than appealing façade, visitors or passersby may not have high expectations for your home.  This will influence a buyer’s decision, since the first impression of a potential home comes down to how the outside looks.

The thing is, your home exterior does not need to be entirely the same as your interior décor. All you need to do is maintain a level of consistency when it comes to appeal.  If you are presenting a modern home with sleek appliances and neutral colors, do the same with your home architecture, exterior paint, and trimmings.

To give you an idea on how to coordinate your home exterior from your home interior, here are a few tips:

  • Know what you want.

Creating an extra room outside your house will be tougher than you think if you don’t know what you want. Do you want a completely separate room from your home interior or will it serve as an extension of another room?  Asking some basic fundamental questions is important  for establishing a general direction for what you’re trying to accomplish.

  • When you decorate, think of how a room will look in relation to the one next to it.

For instance, if you plan to create an outdoor kitchen, think of how it will appear.  You can create an outdoor kitchen that will become an extension of your indoor kitchen by incorporating similar flooring materials and colors.

  • Colors and design need not be exactly the same.

You can work within a certain spectrum of brown, yellow, or green, for example, but it does not need to be precisely the same shade of color. The same applies to your wall and flooring design. Your exterior décor should be in balance with your interior design, not an exact  replica of it.

  • Stick to your theme.

Even if you do change the color of your wall or its design, if you stick to your interior theme, you can’t go wrong with your home exterior. For instance, if you want a Victorian interior design, keep it in harmony with your home exterior by presenting Victorian-inspired architectural designs and colors.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Edmond City Council Deliberates on New Bicycle Master Plan for City

 

Residents who frequently bicycle around the city will now have a safer and more comfortable way to do it, thanks to bicycle lanes that will be placed throughout the city as a part of the proposed bicycle Master Plan for Edmond.

A citywide bicycle network has been proposed and is currently being deliberated on by the Edmond City Council. The bicycle plan will be included in the city’s transportation plan and Plan IV zoning ordinance and will cover about 146.2 miles of lanes around the city.

According to the Master Plan, there will be low cost improvements required for the implementation of the new ordinance, which would cover the cost of signage and pavement markings along and within exiting roadways. There will also be a network of bicycle facilities that will include educating all roadway users and encouraging them to try bicycling. Other accommodations included are shared lane markings, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders, and side paths.

The Master Plan will be reconfiguring the four-lane and not-so-busy street into two lanes for traffic, a turn lane, and two bicycle lanes, one on each side of the roadway.  In order to introduce the new plan, there will be a pilot program for bicycle lanes on University Boulevard along the west side of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Choosing an Exhaust Fan for Your Bathroom

Good ventilation is important for any part of your house, but for bathrooms, where there is excessive moisture and humidity, proper ventilation is particularly important.  Bathroom fans are more than just aesthetic additions – they provide a function by circulating air inside a limited space. These ventilation devices are also key in preventing mold and mildew growth, which can be dangerous to your health, your furniture, and your bathroom essentials.

After you use the shower or bathtub, your bathroom incurs excess moisture, which you can often see on your mirrors, walls, and fixtures. Using a good exhaust fan will drain all of that excess humidity from the bathroom to prevent possible mold growth and simultaneously enhance the quality of air inside your home. An exhaust fan will also prevent air pollutants from lingering inside the house.

When choosing the right kind of exhaust fan for your bathroom, there are several factors to consider. One is the capacity of your exhaust fan. You need the size of fan that best fits the size of your bathroom. To measure the right capacity of your bathroom fan, determine the volume or size of your bathroom.  Divide that figure by the CFM (cubic feet per minute) air exchange required in the bathroom. Typically, 7.5 is the minimum CFM. The resulting number is the fan capacity you will need for your bathroom.

Another is the level of noise. Since bathrooms can be a place to relax, it is nice to find an exhaust fan that is relatively quiet. Choose a low SONE rating for your exhaust fan. A rate of 0.5 or less is ideal for an exhaust fan, and models with this rate normally consume less energy, running at around 20 watts. SONE rates of above 1 .0 are noisy and usually run on 50 to 80 watts.

The control of your exhaust fan is another good factor to consider. Select what type of control you want to use when turning your fan on and off. Will you be okay with manually turning the switch on and off or will a remote control be more convenient?

Cleaning for your exhaust fan is also a big consideration, as cleanup is required regularly due to its frequent usage and contact with dirt and moisture. Choose an exhaust fan that is easy to clean and remove.

Lastly, consider the aesthetic of your fan. Select a color and design that will match the overall theme of the room, so you can maintain elegance and beauty inside your bathroom.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Making Your Home Cozier and More Colorful with Modern Rugs

Modern rugs are great interior additions for sprucing up a living room, bedroom, or hallway. Instead of simply leaving your floor bare and prone to scratches, rugs can provide added protection, which can lengthen the life of your floors.

Using modern rugs is a great way to transform a dull and plain interior into something more colorful and lively. Many homes use modern rugs along their hallways to add beauty to their floors even if their walls are a bit bare. If you don’t have anything more decorative to enhance a long hallway, a rug runner will give you just the right patterns.

Bedrooms will look cozier if your bed has an area rug under it. Try to complement the color of your bed linens with that of your area rug and balance the color of your area rug with that of your floor. Area rugs include patterns in different colors that can make even a plain bed become grander. If you are more comfortable with plain bed linens but want to add more color to your room, make it so with area rugs.

Of course, where else would a modern rug look finer than in the living room? Many living rooms are enhanced not with just furniture or decorative pieces, but also with beautiful area rugs. The colors on your modern rug can easily transform a place into something more comfortable and snug, which encourages conversation and bonding.

Modern rugs are more than just added designs in your house. They are also functional.  Given the high traffic in your living room or hallway, rugs help you protect your floors. You can also place rugs underneath furniture so they will not scratch the floor when moved. In addition, spills will not easily penetrate your wooden floors when there are rugs above them.

If you are searching for a good modern rug, keep in mind three important things. First is the look of the rug on your house. How will your rug help enhance the room? Second is the functionality of your rug. Will it serve a purpose in the room?  Lastly is the cost. Will the price of the rug be reasonable? This will give you a better idea of what your money is worth.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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New Business Park Proposal Approved by Edmond Planning Commission

This week, the Edmond Planning Commission approved the preliminary plans for the proposed site development of Harris Business Park. The development will cover a 2.3-acree property on the south side of East Second Street and the east side of Wade Martin Drive, which is zoned for open display. Wade Martin Drive is currently in poor condition and changes are being granted with the agreement of six property owners within the area.

Though the new business park will be along the east side of Wade Martin Drive, there will be no access to the property from that street. According to the developers, there will be a fence placed along the road in order to separate it and reduce the chances of it affecting other surrounding areas.

Based on the preliminary plan, two buildings will be constructed in the business park with separate uses for an automotive repair shop and a karate studio. The development project will be under HAS Holdings.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Perfect for restoration over renovation.

We’ve added some of our favorite photos if you’re looking for Retro Kitchen design ideas.

Brooklyn Rowhouse, David Hecht Architecture, Photo copyright: Marc Lins Photography

From the blog, lucebellalife.com: If you haven’t been to New York Cupcakes, you have to go, if only to check out the pink big chill fridge, which has me scheming and plotting to figure out how I can redesign my entire house around it. It would give me every excuse to buy that pink KitchenAid mixer that I’ve been salivating over for years, wouldn’t it?

Here’s a great cottage kitchen with a new retro dishwasher. You can’t got wrong mixing shaker-style white cabinets with our appliances. Take a close look at the countertop, too. It’s a solid green formica with 50′s style chrome edging. We’d call this cottage style but it can also go well at your beach or lake house.

Martha Stewart shot this retro-inspired kitchen for her magazine. If we had to describe this color, we’d call it a true pink. Not too fleshy, not to pale.

Check out our new retro dishwashers in this corporate office. Yes, that’s a surfboard in the middle of the kitchen! The counter stools and booths (far back corner) are vintage-inspired with modern fabrics.

This designer put our vintage refrigerator in an eclectic, loft kitchen. He wanted a burst of color to go with his stainless steel stove and hood. Don’t be afraid to mix eras with your appliances.

Fun retro-modern kitchen. All the walls are white in this room except the splash of blue on the far wall. The mid-century hanging light and Eames chairs compliment the Orange refrigerator.

Here’s a cool modern kitchen with a vintage twist.

We love our vintage fridge in this Beach house. Check out the cool floor!

Make a statement!

Source: http://bigchill.com/site/fridges/kitchen-photos

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How to Arrange Your Furniture for Better Room Flow

Having an empty space and huge furniture to fill it in can cause a huge design dilemma. How do you want it to look? Will your sofa be facing the right direction? Should your bed be positioned in a straight line or diagonally?

Furniture layout may appear to be as easy as pushing furniture around, but in reality, there is more to it than simply getting it to fit inside the room. You also need to think of how to create to openness, functionality, and style.

When it comes to furniture layout, the first thing that you want to do is to think of how you would like the room to look. Picture or lay out the specific dimensions and compare it with the size of your furniture. Think of how you would want your sofa set and other items to be arranged from a visual perspective

In addition to simply achieving a beautiful and well-organized room, you also need to be sure that it works for you. You will be spending time there, so you need to be sure it fits your lifestyle and will be comfortable to use.  Then, you can work out the small changes like moving this item a few inches to the left and repositioning that item to make more room for walking.

A good place to start is the living room. If you have a fireplace, that should be the focal point. If you do not have one, try to establish a particular area or item to become the basis of your layout. After you have chosen a focal point, place your sofa in front of your focal point. Then position your large coffee table in between your focal point and your sofa, while you balance the rest of your chairs on both sides. Make sure that your coffee table is larger than your side tables.

The important thing to keep in mind when positioning furniture inside your living room is to be sure that there is a walking space around each seat. Also, create a seating arrangement that will encourage conversation.

For your dining room, the furniture arrangement is easier since all you have to do is place your dining table in the center of the room and the chairs around it. However, if your dining area is a part of a much larger open space that flows into the kitchen or living room, the main goal is to create a distinctive space that is clearly designated as your dining area.  In addition, there are also rooms that incorporate storage areas for dining room essentials, which removes the need for addition items such as cabinets and buffets.  When space is quite limited, the most important thing to remember is to leave walking space so it is easy to use the dining table. Make sure that the space between the wall and the seats is big enough to allow people to walk around and pull their seats back without having to crawl out of them.

Finally, when it comes to your bedroom, the focal point can be either a large piece of artwork above your bed, a fancy headboard, the dresser, or a TV set. Your bed should be positioned based on these focal points, flanked with side tables on each side.   Just like in any other room, be sure to include walking spaces around the bed.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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