How to Decorate Your Hallway

Dec 11, 2018 2:02:14 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Hallways are the perfect spot to display artwork or even throw a cabinet into the mix to maximize your storage space but if the hallway is narrow there are a few minor tweaks that can be made easily.

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Year End Home Buying Discounts and Incentives

Dec 7, 2018 12:30:37 PM / by Binyamin Mellish posted in Incentives

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It's a great time to buy a new construction home from Alturas! We've lowered the price of these five Meridian homes PLUS we're offering $5000 in incentives if they are under contract by December 31st, 2018!

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Mortgage Rates Still historically low

Dec 4, 2018 11:08:32 AM / by Rod Givens posted in News

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The average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage loan across the U.S. is 4.93%, with a range of 3.63%-7.61 percent. Here in Idaho the average is slightly lower at 4.91%, with a tighter range of 4.38%-5.38%. 

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Accent Your Home with a Barn Door

Nov 30, 2018 10:36:16 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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A barn door accent can have several different styles ranging from farmhouse, traditional or even very modern.

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Decorating Open Shelves

Nov 27, 2018 8:32:07 AM / by Lauren Smyth

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Combine texture, color, tall and short, and new and old items to open shelves.

Open shelving is an ideal place to sneak in some storage and to display meaningful items that otherwise wouldn't have a home.

Decorative boxes are great in a stack or on their own and can provide a spot to stash away small items that otherwise end up lost. Mix those with some great framed photos of the family, found sculptural items, some small potted plants (I opt for easy care, drought resistant or faux) and some books and you've got a great collection of texture, color, tall and short, new and old to add interest and personality to your home.

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Get This Look for your kitchen - From One of our Madison Models

Nov 16, 2018 2:18:24 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Love this kitchen? We sure do! It's from one of our Madison models, but the finishes, like all of our homes, are custom to this specific house. However, you can replicate this look in your home using the finishes listed below.

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Fall Yard Maintenance Tips for an Easier Spring

Nov 13, 2018 11:09:09 AM / by Becca Mortensen posted in Home Maintenance

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Sweater weather is upon us! Fall is officially here and the weather is changing. It’s a great time of year: the leaves change colors, pumpkin-flavored-everything is available, and it’s the time to get lost in a corn maze. Between carving pumpkins and sipping hot chocolate, get your home ready for Fall with these nine easy tips.

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Classic Tile Selections for Every Style

Nov 9, 2018 11:46:14 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Whether you are remodeling or building a new home (maybe even with us!) It can be tricky to navigate the murky waters of tile. With an overwhelming amount of options making a decision can feel next to impossible. Here are my top five picks of classic tile that can be paired with anything and look awesome no matter what style home you have.
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Decorating Around a Fireplace

Nov 8, 2018 1:21:10 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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When decorating around a fireplace use the rule of three.

The rule of three suggests that things arranged in odd numbers, specifically three, are more appealing to the human eye.

The rule of three works really well when filling space on shelves around your fireplace.

Creating asymmetrical arrangements of vases, books or candleholders in a high, medium, low clusters creates an extra layer of interest especially if the colors and textures are complimentary to other decor in the space. 

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Alturas Home Downloaded over 100,000 times!

Nov 7, 2018 10:59:35 AM / by Binyamin Mellish posted in Alturas Homes News

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Have you seen this house?

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10 Benefits of Buying a New Construction Home

Nov 6, 2018 9:57:27 AM / by Benji Mellish posted in Buying a Home

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Are you buying a home? Have you considered new construction? Many homebuyers skip right past the new homes, assuming that they’re too expensive. While new homes often do cost more, there are benefits to owning new that should be considered as well.

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2019 Home Interior Design Trends

Nov 2, 2018 10:16:09 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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2019 will be here in no time and as the year changes, so do the design trends. This year has been full of natural wood tones with heavy doses of white, black and a sprinkle of gold. I have to say, the design trends of this past year have been some of my favorites and I don't think we'll see that neutral palette changing much but I do think there are going to be some new takes on these staples and potentially the addition of something a bit more bold. 
 
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Should I use an Agent when Buying a New Construction Home

Oct 31, 2018 10:00:40 AM / by Benji Mellish posted in Buying a Home

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The shopping process for new construction homes can be quite different from that of buying a resale home. Most notably, you don’t need an agent to look - new homes are open for viewing regularly, and there’s usually an agent available onsite to show you around and answer your questions. This leads many buyers to decide that they don’t need their own real estate agent when purchasing a new home.

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5 Tips to make your house feel like home

Oct 26, 2018 12:30:45 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Lifestyle

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I read a really interesting study from IKEA that came out this past week about how most people don't feel at home in their own home. In fact, "1 in 3 people all over the world say there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in. For City people this feeling has has increased from 20% in 2016 to 35% in 2018".

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Average Lot Size for New Construction Homes

Oct 23, 2018 11:09:00 AM / by Rod Givens posted in Buying a Home

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Have you ever commented on how big home lots appear in some of the older neighborhoods you visit? Or how small they look in 21st century neighborhoods, particularly those built during the McMansion era of real estate development? In some cases it could be a case of perspective - tiny older homes compared to 3000-5000 sq. ft. homes on similarly sized lots, however recent data from the National Association of Home Builders (August 31st, 2018) shows that new home lot size started dropping in 1996 and have been mostly declining since then. 

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