home improvement: 25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home - 09/10/10 06:37 AM
Looking for inspiration to incorporate both trendiness and the environment into your decor? These eco-chic ideas will help you do just that. From recycled glass to repurposed sweaters and beyond, this article has some creative – and fun ways to decorate while keeping the environment in mind.[Read this article]



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home improvement: Proper Ceiling Fan Settings Can Equal Lower Energy Costs - 08/09/10 06:47 AM
Are your ceiling fans set properly in your Lennar home? From season to season, ceiling fans need a bit of attention to ensure that the blades are rotating in the correct direction. The minimal amount of time it takes to make these adjustments can save you money on your energy costs.
Ceiling fans provide great air circulation and you can optimize these benefits by ensuring the rotation of the blades is correct for circulating warm air or a cooling breeze.
During the hot summer weather when you are running the air conditioner, blades should rotate in a ‘reverse’ counter-clockwise motion. The air movement has the … (6 comments)

home improvement: Garbage Disposal Jams - 06/08/10 03:15 AM
Garbage disposals can come in extremely handy, but have you ever had the experience of turning on the switch and hearing silence in place of whirring blades? Before you run out and buy a new garbage disposal, make sure that yours is not just jammed. Our Lennar team has put together a how-to on dealing with this situation, as well as some other tips on caring for this small appliance.
Garbage disposals can be very sensitive and sometimes, pieces of food or other items can cause them to jam. The garbage disposal is not meant to be used with large amounts of leftover … (3 comments)

home improvement: Gardening and Yard Care: Organizing Your Tools - 05/21/10 08:16 AM
Is gardening and yard care part of your routine maintenance program? With all of the tools and supplies available to help these days, it’s become much easier (and fun) to do these tasks. Once you’re done with these tasks, where do you put all of these helpful tools and products? It can sometimes be a bit too easy to stack them all in a corner in your garage or shed and forget about them until have to search for them the next time. It’s at this point that you might decide that a good organizational plan would be helpful.
We found … (2 comments)

home improvement: Caring For Your Countertops - 04/16/10 06:32 AM
Caring for your countertops is something you do practically every day - it's likely second nature to you. Whether the countertops in your Lennar home are made of natural or synthetic products, there are a few things to be aware of.
While synthetic products will generally have a very uniform appearance, part of the beauty of natural products, like granite, comes from the fact that each piece has its own special traits. Some pieces will have lines or scratches, others will have a greater color variation, and they will each have a slightly individual texture. These distinctions are natural and should … (0 comments)

home improvement: Carpet Maintenance Tips for Homeowners - 04/08/10 12:49 PM
Caring for the carpet and other flooring systems in your home is a matter of regular household cleaning. However, there are specific things to know about caring for the carpeting in your Lennar home. With the proper maintenance, you can help extend the life and look of your carpet, creating a beautiful warm atmosphere for your family and friends.
Before using any cleaning products on your carpet, you should familiarize yourself with the composition of the carpet, as well as any manufacturer's recommendations. Certain products can cause discoloration and other damage to carpeting, so once you have chosen a product, it's … (3 comments)

home improvement: Caring for Your Cabinets - 04/08/10 12:48 PM
Cabinets are not only functional and necessary for organization, but today's cabinets are very attractive, as well. With proper care, you can keep your cabinets looking great for years to come.
Many of the cabinets found in Lennar homes are made of wood and reflect the natural tendencies of wood, such as variations in wood grain or color. No two panels or doors will look exactly alike, but this should not be a cause for concern and is part of the beauty associated with these natural products.
Cabinets should be wiped clean regularly and should be cleaned with an appropriate furniture … (1 comments)

home improvement: Caring for Exterior Walls - 03/26/10 07:28 AM
Just like the interior walls, the exterior walls of your Lennar home may form hairline cracks on the surface or in the mortar joints. These cracks should be addressed quickly to help prevent any possible water intrusion. To ensure that cracks are handled quickly, you should inspect the exterior surface as part of your regular home maintenance plan. While inspecting the exterior of your home, be sure not to confuse cracks with weep holes, which are intentionally included as a means of ensuring proper ventilation and drainage.
This section of the Lennar Home Care Video focuses on your exterior walls, how … (1 comments)

home improvement: Maintenance Tips For Your Windows and Doors - 03/26/10 06:51 AM
Now that the seasons are changing, it’s a great time to do some important inspections on the exterior of your Lennar home. These helpful maintenance tips we have provided will assist you in determining where and how to best spend your time maintaining your home. Home maintenance is an important contributor to the longevity and continued top performance of your Lennar home.
Two items that are often overlooked are your doors and windows – very ironic, since they are some of the most frequently used parts of our homes. Important maintenance tips for doors and windows include keeping the tracks free of … (2 comments)

home improvement: Maintaining Your Dryer Vent - 03/26/10 05:59 AM
Regular home maintenance is an extremely important part of keeping your home in tip-top shape. Although we use them almost daily, appliances can sometimes be overlooked when planning our home maintenance routine. However, this neglect can lead to problems and sometimes even serious safety hazards.
One appliance that requires regular care is the clothes dryer. It is recommended to clean the lint trap each time you use the dryer, a fairly simple task to complete regularly. In addition to this, though, you should clean your dryer vent on a yearly basis, or even more often depending on use. Common signs that … (2 comments)

home improvement: Spring Maintenance Tips - 03/09/10 01:10 AM
With spring just around the corner, you may be starting to think about your annual spring home cleaning routine. For many, this is an annual ritual that consists of cleaning the interior of their home from top to bottom. Besides cleaning the interior of your Lennar home, this is a great time to focus on inspecting your home's exterior, as well.
We have focused on issues pertaining to your home's exterior in previous posts, including Caring for Exterior Walls, Caulk - A Valuable Tool for Home Maintenance, Caring for Your Landscaping, Caring for Your Home's Exterior, Mold and Efflorescence, Maintaining Proper … (0 comments)

home improvement: Caring for Interior Wall Surfaces - 03/02/10 05:13 AM
As you settle in to your new Lennar home, you will probably start paying even more attention to the details that surround you on a daily basis. As you settle in, so does your home and certain things may happen, such as minor settlement cracks and nail pops. These are normal and are due to the expansion and contraction of the materials in your home.
This section of the Lennar Home Care Video focuses on your interior walls, what to expect, and how to care for them. View the 6-1/2 minute video below to learn more about caring for the interior … (0 comments)

home improvement: Caring for Your Appliances - 02/26/10 12:47 AM
Something that is one of the luxuries of modern day living is the appliances that you will find in your Lennar home. Whether your home came with a stove, dishwasher and refrigerator, or various other appliances, many of us have come to rely on these "necessities" of life. Like the other components in your Lennar home, appliances need care and maintenance, as well.
This section of the Lennar Home Care Video describes the appliances you may find in your Lennar home, how to care for them, and what the warranty policy is when it comes to these items. Also included in … (0 comments)

home improvement: Attics, Crawlspaces, Basements, and Sump Pits - 02/06/10 01:22 AM
Your Lennar home has areas that are common to many homes such as the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and the living room or dining room. In addition to these areas, your home likely has an attic, and may have a crawlspace or a basement, as well. These areas come with their own particular features that require attention.
We have created the Lennar Home Care Video to help answer some of the questions that our Lennar homeowners have posed over the years. In this section of the Lennar Home Care Video, attics, crawlspaces, basements, and sump pits are described. Click here to view … (0 comments)

home improvement: How to Organize a Mudroom - 02/05/10 08:36 AM
One area of the home that is often overlooked is the mudroom - the area that greets your family and friends as they enter your home. Holding everything from jackets, shoes, boots, and hats to sports equipment, the mudroom has become the ultimate storage area. Considering that it's one of the smallest rooms in many homes, it can be difficult to control everything that gets packed into this catch-all space. However, it can be done - and done with style.
Our Lennar team set out to find some tips on gaining control of this special room and we came up with … (3 comments)

home improvement: Your Electrical System - 02/03/10 09:51 AM
Another of the main components in your new home is the electrical system. Electricity is such a huge part of our lives these days that it's hard to imagine life without it. However, there are precautions to be taken when dealing with electricity, as well as a great deal of other information we wanted to share with you.
We have created the Lennar Home Care Video as a resource to provide tips on how to maintain and care for your home. This section of the video covers electrical topics including: general safety information, circuit breakers, GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), switched … (1 comments)

home improvement: Organizing Paper Clutter in Your Home - 01/25/10 08:42 AM
What homeowner doesn't love looking around and seeing a nice, tidy space where they can easily find everything? With the enormous amount of paper we accumulate in our trying-to-be-paperless world, it can sometimes seem like quite a burden to keep from being overwhelmed by a pile of papers.
Our Lennar team found this useful article with tips on how to handle the papers in your life. Written by Cynthia Ewer, The ABCs of Household Paper Management is full of information on how to control and organize the papers coming in from various sources. We hope you will find this article helpful, … (1 comments)

home improvement: Maintaining Your Home’s Plumbing System - 01/19/10 07:12 AM
There are several major systems that contribute to the overall functionality of your new home. One of these is the plumbing system. Like most things in your home, the plumbing system requires regular maintenance to help keep it operating in top shape.
We have created the Lennar Home Care Video as a resource to provide tips on how to maintain and care for your home. This section of the video covers plumbing topics including: shutoff valves, sink traps and drains, garbage disposals, and handling clogged drains. View the 6 minute video below to learn more about these topics.

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home improvement: Organizing Your Child’s Room - 01/19/10 07:11 AM
Does it seem like your child is constantly bringing home new artwork, toys, books, and other goodies? When you start looking at the piles of special treasures that can accumulate, organization can seem like an almost insurmountable task. Have no fear, though - our Lennar team found some great ideas for storing, organizing, and displaying these unique and cherished items.
For organizing paperwork, awards, photos, and similar items, we found this great article by Sarah Aguirre entitled Tips on Displaying and Storing Kid's Papers, Photos, Projects, and More. And for general housekeeping ideas, check out Organizing Children's Rooms, a comprehensive article … (0 comments)

home improvement: Organizing Your Closet - 01/07/10 03:08 PM
One of the most popular New Year's resolutions people make is to get more organized, so we decided to focus on this topic over the next several weeks. During this time, we will be researching and sharing the tips we find for organizing the various areas of your Lennar home.
We decided to start in the closet, since many people donate, sell, or recycle unused clothing at the end of the year. Besides this, closets are fairly simple to organize, so it's a great place to begin building a feeling of accomplishment. We found this comprehensive article entitled Closet Organization Ideas … (4 comments)

 
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