Whether you are preparing your home for sale, or getting your home ready for out of town relative, these tips from The Picket Fence will have your home looking beautiful, polished, and inviting for any occasion.

The Simple Staging Guide for Home Decor

 


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Olympus floor plan

The Olympus floor plan by Hallmark Homes of South Ogden, UT is a spectacular home worthy of its name. At over 2300 finished square feet this home has 4 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths on three floor of beautifully designed home.

The bedrooms are all located upstairs with a beautiful master bedroom suite. The walk in closet is spacious and there is an option for a grand master bath which includes two basins, a soaking tub and walk in shower. Three more bedrooms fill out the second floor along with a family room.

Olympus floor plan by Nilson Homes of Ogden Ut

The main floor is open making it perfect for entertaining. The kitchen is open to the dining room and living room allowing for the host or hostess to remain a part of the gathering even while preparing the meal. And gourmet meals are in order in this fabulous kitchen. With grand island and plenty of counter space and cabinets this kitchen is a place you can cook in.

2 car garage, patio and covered porch are just some of the other great amenities of this wonderful home by Nilson Homes of South Ogden. If you’d like to learn more about this 2 story floor plan please contact Jed from Nilson Homes of South Ogden, UT.


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Granite has become one of the most popular materials for household countertops, and it’s easy to see why: a wide variety of colors and patterns ensures granite can complement any décor, and meanwhile, it’s becoming more affordable than ever.

The granite experts at Fox Granite Countertops answer the top homeowner’s questions about buying granite countertops in the following infographic.

 

The Ultimate Granite Buyer

 


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One of the many great attractions located in Ogden is iFLY Utah Indoor Skydiving! This is a great special occasion attraction that people of all ages can enjoy. Have you ever wished you could fly? Well, iFLY offers you a chance to live the dream with their vertical wind tunnel

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With energy costs rising by an average of 6 percent every year, what’s a homeowner to do? Green-ovate! After paying for themselves, many green home improvements have a return on investment that far outperforms CDs, saving accounts, and the stock market.

The following infographic from COBA Europe lists some of the best home improvement options with the highest rate of return.

Green Home Upgrades That Pay You Back

 


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The U.S. economic recovery has been an uneven one and Forbes crunched the numbers on every metro area to figure who has the best and worst business climates. The result is Forbes’ 16th annual look at the Best Places for Business and Careers.

Provo, Utah, ranks third overall this year and leads a trio of Utah places near the top with Salt Lake City at No. 8 and Ogden ranked No. 11.

The report says “Ogden business costs are fourth lowest in the U.S. at 24% below the national average, and high school attainment is off the charts with 93% of adults possessing a degree.”

Forbes rates the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force. Forbes uses data from economic research firm Moody’s Analytics, the U.S. Census and demographer Bert Sperling, who runs Serling’s Best Places. The places are then ranked at the top and bottom gauging their business climates.


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With more people than ever looking for ways to ‘go green’ this infographic lists 50 simple ways that you and your home help the environment.

We’ve said it before; becoming ecofriendly doesn’t merely stop at purchasing a green home, you can do a lot around the house that can increase its energy efficiency. Take a look at this infographic from Anglian Home Improvements for some tips on becoming as ecofriendly as possible.

50 Ways Your Home Could Save The Planet

 


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NAHB, 2014 - Members of the Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will celebrate National Building Systems Week Aug. 3 – 9 by offering model home tours, demonstrations and much more. This week-long national event aims to educate consumers on the differences between system-built homes versus traditional stick built and provide them with the information they need when planning for a new home.

“We are inviting members of the community to visit our model homes and tour our factories to learn about the benefits of buying a systems-built home,” said BSC Chairman Jason Blenker, president of Blenker Building Systems Inc. and Envision Home in Amherst, Wis. “What many consumers don’t realize is that once systems-built homes are completed they are indistinguishable from their traditional site-built cousins. And that’s something we want to be able to show consumers.”

Prefabricated by skilled craftsmen in an efficient, controlled setting, systems-built homes, which include modular, panelized, concrete, log and timber homes, provide homeowners another alternative to home building that often saves the homeowner time and money due to the way the homes are built. Below are some facts about prefab housing that the BSC is sharing with consumers:

  • Building homes in a factory setting allows for more consistent quality due to uniform construction processes, training techniques and inspections. Homes are built in a controlled factory environment, making weather delays, are all but eliminated thing of the past and saves the owner both time and money. In fact, custom modular homes are often move-in ready in about two-thirds the time needed for a comparable custom site-built home.
  • Prefab houses are extremely strong. Because they have to withstand the rigors of transporting the home from the factory to the onsite location, they are often built with materials above and beyond what’s mandated for site construction. This added strength translates into a solid, energy-efficient structure once assembled and a home that’s more likely to withstand a natural disaster.
  • Systems-built homes are often more tightly built and thus more energy efficient, which can result in lower heating and cooling costs for the home owner.
  • Systems-built homes score high on the green-building scale because material waste is significantly reduced both in the factory and the job site. Assembly in an enclosed indoor environment allows them to fulfill some key components of green building certifications, including the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.
  • While most manufacturers have a portfolio of home plans to choose from, computer-assisted design (CAD) allows limitless design and customization possibilities when planning your new systems-built home.

To find a builder or manufacturer member of the BSC and to see photo and video galleries of building systems home types, visitnahb.org/buildingsystemsweek.


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Discover the differences of acting green vs. buying green. Is it more important to buy green appliances or act green? Take a look at this infographic from eLocal and decide for yourself.

Ac ting Green vs. Buying Green

 


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Silverleaf of South Weber UT

If you’re thinking about building a new home but aren’t sure where to build your dream consider Silverleaf Estates of South Weber, UT. This beautiful new community is located near some of the best skiing in Utah and the nation. The home designs can be customized to fit your lifestyle and needs and the lots are large and wooded.

This quiet, peaceful neighborhood has spectacular views of the mountains. Imagine waking up each morning and being greeted by these majestic views each day.

South Weber is a city located in Davis County of Utah with a population of just over 4000 in 2000.

South Weber is an upscale community with a median income of $72,063. Located near many shopping malls, recreation and restaurants this community has a small town feel but is close enough to the action.

Business Week Magazine named South Weber, UT the 6th best suburb in the country in 2009.

Fun Fact: South Weber is known for its Bigfoot sightings.

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