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Xeriscape Doesn't Have To Be Zeroscape - 03/29/11 11:51 AM
Xeriscaping refers to a method of landscape design that minimizes water use. Some people took that to mean rocks and cactus. For some houses this actually works. For others it doesn’t, and for many people, we still like to see flowers and greenery. What’s interesting is there are hundreds of options to keep greenery in your landscape, but also reduce your outdoor watering bill and save on water useage. In Colorado we have a wonderful extension service:http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Xeris/xeris1.htm which talks in depth about xeriscaping for COLORADO! No more guessing if these plants will even grow here, they are pre-selected by the Extension Office for (3 comments)
What To Do With This Wind - 03/29/11 11:47 AM
Spring always seems to be extra-windy on the Front Range. There are ways to take this less-than desirable weather condition and use it to our advantage. Aside from the obvious wind-power, there is another way we can use the wind and save on our electric bill. Believe it or not, about 50 years ago people didn’t have clothes dryers. They hung the clothes outside to dry. Colorado is infamously dry, so it doesn’t take very long for clothes to dry at all. With this wind, it is about the same amount of drying time as your clothes dryer, without the electricity (3 comments)
Card Carrying Flat Stanley Member - 03/23/11 11:34 PM
Today I had the honor of receiving an email request from my Aunt. It appears her grandson, Jackson, has a special project at school involving Flat Stanley (any memory bells ringing yet)? My assignment, should I choose to accept it, is to take a photo of Flat Stanley somewhere in Colorado. I was up in Woodland Park showing horse properties yesterday and my customer and I made a stop to do a photo op of Flat Stanley with Pikes Peak in the background.
I don't know if it is too much time alone in the car or what (4 comments)
Colorado Fire Protection Plan for Your Property - 03/21/11 09:12 PM
As Spring comes in and the beauty its brings with flowers (often times poking their heads through the snow) we also are reminded about being responsible Colorado residents for wild fires. As we have learned the past few years here and in other states they are a fact of life. Having a plan and responding to that plan is helpful and can be the difference maker as to whether your house is saved or not from a wildfire. Here is a checklist of Fire Safety "things to do" on an annual basis and a link to more information if desired.
Colorado Springs Rooftop Deck Homes for Sale - 03/20/11 12:15 PM
With outdoor living becoming more and more popular, you would think that rooftop decks would be easier to find in Colorado Springs. That is not the case. I have found two townhome communities priced under $500,000 with rooftop decks. Both are located on the West side of Colorado Springs and have unique amenities.
Cielito Lindo are the first, that I am aware of, townhomes built with rooftop deck living. Current inventory here are resales with each townhome offering a unique floorplan. Located just off of Manitou Avenue they have a high walking score to local shops for coffee, restaurants, entertainment, parks and (3 comments)
What it Means to Be Neighborly - 03/18/11 09:14 AM
Are neighborly neighborhoods dead? I don’t think so, but they do seem to be scarce jewels. What makes a neighborly neighborhood and do you want to create your own? A neighborly neighborhood consists of 3 or more families (the more the merrier!) who go out of their way to help one another out without expecting the same in return. Although, it is very nice to return their favors. It starts when a new family moves into the neighborhood. You bring them fresh baked cookies, I won’t tell if they came pre-made as dough. Then it continues with you inviting them over (49 comments)
Renter's Insurance - Do you Need It - 03/17/11 08:01 PM
I think insurance in some circumstances is a personal choice and part of financial planning for some people and families. Right now in Colorado Springs the rental market is very active in part to the Spring season. A lot of leases will end in Spring or Summer months because historically it is easier to rent at these times vs winter months. We also are seeing a lot of rental customers because they are coming off of a bankruptcy or foreclosure due to a job loss or the real estate market being so depressed when they needed to sell a home. Regardless (1 comments)
View from the Curb - 03/17/11 01:35 PM
Do you ever come across unique mail boxes? Wonder who lives there or what their fascination with John Deere tractors are in the middle of the city? Mail boxes are often overlooked when planning out curb appeal improvements. Most of us when buying a home don’t even remember seeing the mailbox until we go out in search of it to send out our first mortgage payment. Sometimes that’s ok. We don’t necessarily need to scream out to the world, “HERE’S MY MAILBOX! Please steal my identity!” Many families in Colorado Springs have the mailbox attached to their house to the right (4 comments)
Staycation Homes - 03/16/11 01:39 PM
“Why would someone want to stay at home for their vacation,” asked one of my good friends. I replied, “If you live in a space that you have taken the meticulous time and effort to make as comfortable as possible, as pleasing to the eye as possible, and as enjoyable as possible, why would you want to leave it?” She thought about this for a moment and replied, “to get a tan.” A friend’s parent once told me to travel while I was young and write down what I liked about each place I visited. Then when I was ready to create (1 comments)
Gunnsion Colorado Pet & People Hotel - 03/14/11 11:13 PM
This weekend I made a quick trip to Gunnison to present an offer on a ranch to the seller. We decided to bring our dog on her first road trip and a new addition to traveling presented itself. Where to stay that would take a dog? Driving into town after dark we stopped at the first place we came to. Running in I asked, "do you accept dogs"? No, I'm sorry the clerk replied. But I recommend The Seasons Inn down the street. They are great people, good place to stay and accept dogs.
I could not have been (0 comments)
May You Always Remember - 03/14/11 09:53 PM
Yesterday I went to a funeral, it seems as thought there have been a lot of those in the past two years. This one touched me because of some special, from the heart, moments that I wanted to pass on. This particular friend, a woman, has two daughters and two granddaughters. Both granddaughters made gifts for everyone who attended the funeral. One made silk daffodil flower in honor of her Nana. Saying goodbye for the last time is never easy but what a special gift of love this is.
The other had taken a drawing she made for her (1 comments)
Lighting for Your Closet - 03/14/11 08:56 PM
Closet lighting can be an easy-to-do weekend DIY project. There are a few things you need to consider first though, and little did I think about it until I really started to research, was the amount of safety issues in choosing your lighting. Look at your closet and the layout. Take measurements from the ceiling to the top of your highest shelf, and the distance from the center of where you want the light fixture to hang to the shelf area. Keep in mind you do not want the light behind you, rather you want it between you and the clothing (4 comments)
Spring Break in Colorado Springs - 03/14/11 08:54 PM
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer the entire family and all for a really great price. March and April are wonderful months to visit Colorado Springs as we have 50-70+ degree weather, which just a risk of a winter blizzard. Most days are sunny and just cool enough to enjoy a rigorous hike, but warm enough to enjoy lunch or an early dinner on a patio. Cog Railway & America’s Mountain: Pikes Peak The Cog Railway is located in Manitou Springs just a short drive west of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24. Take this 3-hour train ride up to the (0 comments)
Great Colorado Weekend or Day Trip - 03/07/11 02:15 PM
March is a special time in Colorado. We start to have some warm days remembering that winter will not be here forever and our Spring flowers will soon be arriving. It does however bring out the Spring fever and desire to be outside when the weather permits. I say that because as nice as March can be sometimes, Colorado gets most of its heavy snows in March and April. These are the heavy, wet, huge snowflake snows that are incredibly important for our environment but also for the water that these bring.As I sit working today waiting for the snow predicted (0 comments)
Breakfast Nooks in the Kitchen - 03/06/11 05:16 PM
A breakfast nook by definition is a small space to eat small meals in. A breakfast nook, aka morning room, aka informal dining room, aka eat-in-kitchen surprisingly all mean different types of spaces you may be looking at. The breakfast nook is a small space in or near the kitchen typically with built-in seating such as benches with a long table, and windows facing east. A morning room is a small room off of the kitchen with eastern facing windows for the morning light. This space usually have comfortable chairs with a side table for holding cups of tea or coffee (2 comments)
Creating a Quiet Reading Space in Your Home - 03/06/11 05:13 PM
Do you crave a quiet, comfortable space in your home that doesn't require a lot of space, nor time and money to pull together? Do you want an inviting space to read, write, draw or just be in? Maybe you're like me and just picked up a new Nook e-reader. A Reading area can be created out of the smallest of spaces but have a monumental impact on your life and mood.
Reading areas also called "nooks" can be created out of extra square footage in a bedroom, under a window, from a small box area, under stairs, or (0 comments)
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