5 New Home Cleaning Tips

Jun 12, 2019 2:01:06 PM / by Payton Gibbs posted in Home Maintenance, Lifestyle

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You’ve got a brand new Alturas home. It’s spotless, radiating that “new home smell.” Then, the kids come in. And the dog . . . or cat. And the relatives. Mud season hits and the holidays rage through. Life gets in the way and your “new home” isn’t feeling so new. We’ve got a few little tricks to keep your Alturas home magazine ready.

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Alturas Homes’ Kitchen Wins 1st place in 2019 Boise Spring Parade of Homes

May 24, 2019 10:37:33 AM / by Payton Gibbs posted in Design, Kitchen

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Handmade. Natural. Classic. These are the words that inspired Alturas designer, Lauren Smyth in bringing to life the Clearwater kitchen, which won 1st Place in Category 4 of the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes.

At Alturas Homes, we know the kitchen is where the family gathers, which is why we sweat the details. The Clearwater kitchen is no exception. From the contrasting quartz countertops and handmade tile to the freshly imagined Butler’s Pantry, this classic kitchen design is made for entertaining.

I did a little Q&A with Lauren Smyth to catch up on her design process.

 

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Interior Design Choices for The Bannock

Mar 21, 2019 11:33:04 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Our Bannock Model is one of my favorite floor plans and there are some features that make designing this house very fun.

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Accent Natural Lighting

Mar 8, 2019 10:27:12 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Never Underestimate Natural Light

If you have ever seen a photo of a home and wondered what it was that made everything just look a little better than normal, it was probably because the house had a ton of natural light.

Get the Most from Your Existing Natural Light

Large windows in common areas, like those in the Chelsea pictured above, can add a much needed touch to lift a space from dim to bright and airy. To get the most bang for your buck:

  • add mirrors on walls adjacent to your windows or in dark spots of your rooms to bounce natural light around. 
  • use light, cool colors on the walls to boost the natural light
  • move furniture so that it isn't blocking your natural light

Add More Natural Light

You may decide that you need better sources of natural light. You can of course add windows to a room, or make existing windows larger, but other ways of adding natural light include adding doors that have windows, or adding skylights.

Like Lauren's designs? She personally designs all Alturas homes.

See Available Homes Designed by Lauren

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Exterior Color Schemes that Work - Part 2

Feb 28, 2019 1:15:26 PM / by Lauren Smyth

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Did you miss Part 1? It covers Soft Whites, Black & Whites, and Dark exteriors.
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Exterior Color Schemes That Work - Part 1

Feb 21, 2019 1:41:30 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Exterior colors can be super tricky. Unlike interior colors that are getting exposed to mostly controlled lighting with the exception of some natural light, exterior colors are getting exposed to every different type of shade and light 24/7. Here are a couple color schemes I have found just flat out work when it comes to the outside. 
 
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Choosing Cabinet colors

Feb 14, 2019 4:48:50 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Picking a color for anything in your home can be a little nerve wracking for most of us, especially on something as long-lasting as kitchen cabinets.

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Trending in Design for 2019: Terrazzo

Feb 8, 2019 4:07:51 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Terrazzo! This playful, funky and often times colorful surface is having its moment and I am here for it!
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What Color Should I Stain My Kitchen Island?

Feb 1, 2019 10:26:00 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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When staining your kitchen island, pull a dominate color in your kitchen floor. 

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Favorite Kitchen Pendant Releases for 2019

Jan 24, 2019 11:42:05 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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There are so many amazing releases in lighting this year, I can't wait to start working these into our homes. Here are some kitchen island pendants I am excited to use:
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How to Negotiate with a Home Builder

Jan 18, 2019 8:27:19 AM / by Rod Givens

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Even for many realtors, negotiating with a home builder is an unknown. Can you make an offer below list price? Are they willing to negotiate? What concessions, if any, can you ask for?

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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - Living Coral

Jan 10, 2019 5:12:33 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Another year another Pantone pick!

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Can I Put a Rug on Carpet?

Dec 18, 2018 11:16:37 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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"When placing a rug on carpet, focus on color and pile height."

Rugs on carpet can be tricky.

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Holiday Gifts for Foster Children

Dec 14, 2018 12:02:20 PM / by Binji Mellish

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The Boise chapter of Soroptimist once again organized the annual holiday gift project for local foster children, partnering with the community and local businesses like Alturas Homes.

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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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