More and more people are converting their home into a ‘smart home’. With a smart home you have the ability to control many of your homes most important settings right from your phone. Whether it’s for security or comfort purposes, converting your home into a smart home can be simple with Iris by Lowes.

The Iris home security system has 3 standard kits for you to choose from, or you can buy a hub and build your security system yourself. Whichever route you decide to go, you have the ability to add more products to your system as your needs change.

Unlike other home security systems, Iris doesn’t only secure your home, it also has the ability to add other smart features to you home. Your iris system could include video cameras, door locks, motion sensors, door/window/cabinet sensors, a smart thermostat, and a smart plug.

With Iris you can choose to simply buy the product and manage your home security through your smart phone or tablet, or you can purchase the premium membership plan and have the Iris team monitor your home for you. The basic plan includes basic control of your devices as well as email, text, or voice call alerts to the account holder if the alarm is triggered.

The three starter kits that Iris features are the Safe and Secure Kit, Comfort and Control Kit, and the Smart Kit. The Safe and Secure kit is $179 and includes the Iris hub, 2 contact sensors, motion sensors, a keypad, and a “Monitored by Iris” window decal. The Comfort and Control Kit includes the Iris hub, a smart plug, and the smart thermostat and window decal. The Iris Smart Kit is only $200 and it comes with everything; the Iris hub, 3 contact sensors, motion sensors, keypad, smart plug, smart thermostat, range extender and window decal.

Iris’ premium membership is $9.99 a month (first two months free), and gives you advanced control of your devices, email text or voice call alerts to up to 20 contacts if the alarm is triggered, extended video camera live streaming, recording and storage, voice control through the mobile app, home modes setting across all of your devices, and Iris Magic for configuring rules across multiple Iris devices.

With Iris you have the ability to control the temperature of your home through your mobile device. You’ll have the ability to lower the temperature when you’re leaving the house and turn it back up before you get back home.

With the smart plug you’ll have the ability to remotely power any electrical-based appliances on and off. If you’ve ever used a space heater you know just how helpful this feature can be. Now if you’re worried that you left something on before leaving the home you can simply access the device on your smart phone to double check.

With Iris, you’ll also have the ability to see, right on Iris’ app, how much energy you’re using! Now you can get an idea of what your bill is going to be before the end of the month rolls around.

Iris’ infrared motion sensors will alert you to any unexpected movement. The window, cabinet, and door sensors will send alerts to your phone if they are opened. If your child will be getting home before you, now you can rest assured that they arrived safely without them even needing to call you.

The smart lock allows you to remotely lock and unlock your doors for any visitors. You no longer need to give the babysitter or dog walker a key to your home. You can simply schedule a time for the babysitter or dog walker to have access to your home by giving them special PIN codes that will only work on specific dates at specific times.

One of the best features of this product, is that you don’t need to hire someone to come into your home to install it, you just do it yourself! For the most part, it’s as easy as putting in the batteries and placing the Iris product where you need it. The requirements for a smart home are that you have a broadband internet connection, an open port on your router, and an open electrical outlet near your router.

To learn more about the Iris home security system, or purchase your own, visit the Lowes website.

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Muirfield Villas at Harmony Place #308

MLS #1241301


Soon to be under construction is our model floor plan Muirfield. This home will be located at 2295 W. 525 S. – Layton, UT 84041 in the fabulous Villas at Harmony Place community.

This home will be priced to sell at a mere $274,900, and at 2,833 square feet this home is sure to help organize your life. The Muirfield has a finished basement, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a laundry room and two car garage. This project is currently in the process of being built, so if you act sooner rather than later, you may still have a chance to request certain features in your new home.


The main floor of this home has a entry way so that you can greet guests and have a place to take your shoes off when you get home. The entry way is accessed through the front door as well as the garage. Straight through the entry way you enter the homes Great room. This room is quite large and is open to the kitchen and dining area to allow for an open feeling throughout the home. The open floor plan also allows for plenty of natural lighting to shine through the large windows throughout the day, saving you money on your energy bills!

The kitchen of this home has plenty of cupboard space, beautiful granite counter space, and is designed with a modern look. This home also has a large walk-in pantry and a serving nook, both of which help to make entertaining in this home a breeze. The pantry is a perfect place to store extra foods and appliances, and the dining nook is great for serving trays. The dining is connected to the large backyard patio, that simple feature makes this home a great place to host outdoor parties and activities.

On the opposite side of the home is the master suite, two additional bedrooms, the laundry room, and a bathroom. The master suite of this home has a large bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and, arguably the best feature, a large master bathroom. The master bathroom for this home has a shower, soaking tub, private toilet and double vanity.


The basement of this home is furnished and has an additional two bedrooms, a large rec room, and an additional bathroom. The furnished option of this home is perfect for large or growing families or for families that work from home. The basement bedrooms can easily be converted into offices, exercise rooms, hobby rooms, or whatever room your family needs. The large rec room is perfect for use as an additional living room, a gaming room, and a home theater! The options are limitless.

If you have any questions about this home, feel free to contact Kelly Billings at or call her at 801-698-2735

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So you’ve decided to build a new home – now what? Building a new home can be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. A great first step when designing a new home, is to download our free resource guide. Our guide has all kinds of great tips to help guide you in the right direction. Click here to download this handy planning guide.

The following list gives you six essential tips for designing a bathroom that is perfect for you and your family;

Tip 1: Vanities – Make your bathroom perfect by ensuring the height of your vanity is adjusted for the people using it. Mom and dad may need a higher vanity in their bathroom, generally between 34 and 42 inches, but if the kids don’t have their own bathroom, you may want to consider having multiple vanities set at different heights.

Tip 2: Vertical Storage – If the space below the sink just doesn’t cut it, consider going up. The space above the mirror is often a great place to install cabinetry or shelving for additional storage space. Storage space above the vanity isn’t only practical, it can also break up the lines and add visual interest to the room.

Tip 3: Self-Standing Additions – Self standing additions can help to add some much needed space at a low cost. Visit second hand stores or thrift shops to find unique pieces to use as added storage. Use an old magazine rack to hold towels or convert an old crib for use as a corner piece for display and storage. Click here to see examples.

Tip 4: Storage – Use hooks and bars for towels and robes and other not so obvious items like hair dryers and curling irons. Attach hooks to the side of the vanity or along the walls to increase your storage and make items easily accessible.

Tip 5: Display Areas – Display areas in a bathroom can help add splashes of color, tie the theme together, or add space to put some of those knickknacks you can’t otherwise find space for. Create lovely display areas by installing recessed shelves or shadowboxes. Display your favorite bath salts, lotions and other potions as well as framed artwork or inspirational messages.

Tip 6: Maximize the Space – Use doors and walls to maximize the space in a small area. Hooks on the back of the door make it easy to hang a travel case for guests or even a wet towel. Consider adding little luxuries like a heated towel rack. Don’t forget to put a wall mirror on the wall opposite the vanity to increase the illusion of size in the room.

For more ideas on how to maximize the space in any room or for other great building ideas download our free planning guide. It’s a great resource to help you through the ups and downs of home building. Avoid costly mistakes and learn when it’s good to splurge and when to hold back. Other tips include how to choose the right lot and how to choose the right plan for that lot.

Click here to download the free planning guide now!

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Things to do in Utah this March, 2015

We’re heading into spring, even if winter is taking its own sweet time leaving us. Don’t forget to spring forward this Sunday and set your clocks ahead by one hour.  Even if it doesn’t feel quite like spring there are plenty of fun and family friendly events taking place this month in Utah.

Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival

When: March 6th – 8th, 2015
Where: South Towne Expo Center
9575 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah

Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping and much more. Shop, compare and save for 3 days only!

Taste the Local Love – Food Sampling Event

When: March 2nd
Where: HUB-108 at Riverdale Road

South Ogden City would like to invite the community to join us for a free tasting event on Monday, March 2 from 6-8pm at HUB-801 events center on 36th Street and Riverdale Road. Local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, delis, grocers, vendors and more will be at the event sampling out their best dishes! Even better, the first 250 through the door received a free bag of goodies from local businesses!

Signs of Spring at the Ogden Nature Center

When: March 4th, 2015
Where: Ogden Nature Center
966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, UT

Spring has finally arrived at the Ogden Nature Center! Welcome in the new season as you learn how animals and plants adapt to warmer temperatures and longer days. Hit the trails looking for signs of spring.

Utah Youth Rodeo

When: March 10th, 2015 | 5pm
Where: Golden Spike Event Center
1000 N. 1200 W.
Ogden Utah, 84404

Utah Youth Rodeo Association members, ages 2-14 compete in rodeo events. Great Family oriented organization!  Show your support for the kids and let them impress you with their skills! Free Admission.

Peter and the Wolf

Utah Symphony Family Series
When: March 21st | 11am and 12:30pm
Where: Val A Browning Center
1902 University Circle, Ogden, Ut, 84408

The Utah Symphony playing Prokofiev’s original score live while the Oscar-winning animated film Peter & the Wolf plays on the big screen! Prior to the big show take part in an instrument petting zoo where kids, and adults, can try out different instruments.

Wasatch Powder Keg

When: March 6th, 2015
Where: Brighton Ski Resort
8302 South Brighton Loop Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84121

This Friday, March 6th, the 13th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held at the Brighton Ski Resort in Salt Lake City, UT. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier.

There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday and Sunday races at the Milly Chalet. For 2015, the Powder Keg will also be part of Vertfest.

Happy Valley Derby Darlins 2015 Season Opener

When: March 6th, 2015
Where: UCCU Center
800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058

This Friday March 6th The Rollin’ Rebellion, Daughters of Anarchy, and Sirens of Steel will play in three action-packed games. The season opener will also feature the first official scrimmage of the Bridal Veil Dolls, HVDD’s intermediate team.




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Building a new custom home can quickly become a pricey endeavor. When you start the project you know that the money spent will all be worth it when you can walk into your new kitchen, bathroom, home theater, etc. Unfortunately during the process it can be hard not to try to lower the cost wherever you can. The end result is that you may start to cut corners.

Many homeowners have discovered that purchasing products like light fixtures and since from a retail store can cut down on some of the costs. Builders and contractors don’t buy in bulk like the retail store, and because of that, are unable to match the prices of stores like Lowes or Home Depot.

In addition, builders often do not have as large of a selection of the chain store and are usually unable to show the homeowners samples of the finishes. Because of this, many homeowners go to retail stores to shop around for some of these fixtures. The problem is however, that when shopping in a retail store you’re more likely to pick a product based mostly on its looks. On the other hand, when you buy a product from a contractor, you’re buying a product that the builder has had past experience with, a product they know works. Builders are able to help you choose a product that will not only look nice, but it will last longer and perform better in the long run.

You may be able to save money by buying from a chain store and delivering it yourself, but doing so can interfere with the job schedule. Late delivery of a fixture, for example, can stall other processes and prolong the renovation, thereby increasing the time you are out of your home.

The lower costs at retail stores may be a very appealing idea, but it will only be cheaper initially, not in the long run. If you let the contractor buy the product for you, it will often turn out to be more cost effective in the future.

Most builder-contractors have been in the business for a while, and know which products work, and which products don’t. Often the products bought by the contractor will last longer because they will make their purchases based on quality and durability rather than appearance.

Buying from the builder can also save you time and potential headaches during your renovation. The more variable you add to a renovation, the more likely something will go awry. Order a product your self can result in late shipments and delay the entire process. The contractor, on the other hand, is able to order the fixture and schedule the delivery.

If you have a strong preference for buying a particular brand or model that your contractors supplier does not have, be sure to talk with the contractor. Usually something can be worked out, and if there is anything wrong with the brand or model you want that the contractor knows of they will be able to let you know before you sink your money into the product.

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Entrada – Fox Meadows Model


Currently available is this Nilson Homes rambler based on our Entrada floor plan. This six bedroom home has three bathrooms and an oversized four car garage. The home has a total of 3,940 square feet of living space. With this much space, you’re sure to find a way to organize your life and family. The four car garage is perfect for larger families or for families that need a little extra storage space or would like to create a workshop in their garage.

This home is located at 717 West 2775 North, Pleasant View, UT 84414. This is a beautiful home located in a gorgeous community and is less than $400,000! Act now before it’s gone!

Walking in through the front door of this home, you walk right into an entry way. This area is a great place for coat, shoe and bag storage and is a great way to greet your guests.

Through the entry way and past the stairway you’ll walk into the great room. This room has a nice plush carpet, tall ceilings, a fireplace and large windows that allow for natural lighting to shine into the home.

The great room is open to a nook/dining area that is also openly connected to the kitchen. The nook and kitchen also have large windows to allow for natural lighting through the open floor plan. The large kitchen has gorgeous wooden cabinetry that allows for easy storage throughout the kitchen. In addition to ample cabinet space, this kitchen also includes a walk-in pantry that leaves you with enough room to store additional food and appliances.

There is plenty of granite counter space in the kitchen that will make preparing meals a breeze. There’s even a center island that will make serving easily allow you to entertain guests.

On the opposite site of the home from the kitchen are the bedrooms. The master suite takes up a large portion of this home with a large bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and private bathroom with double vanity, shower, private toilet, and soaking tub. Across from the master suite are two bedrooms as well as a bathroom. The bedrooms can easily be converted into a home office, hobby room, or yoga room.

The basement has a large space that can be used a home theater, additional family room, game room, wet bar, exercise room, or for whatever use your family most needs out of it. There are also three additional bedrooms and a bathroom.

The home described is based on the Entrada floor plan. This home may not look exactly as described, but, as it is based on the same floor plan, it will look very similar. If you’d like more information about this home, contact Kim Morgan at 801-710-3226 or

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Throughout the last thirty years, floor plans and the way we build homes have gone through many changes, mostly for the better! When designing your floor plan, you no longer need to worry as much about the load bearings. This is due to multiple factors, namely improvements in construction materials, design, and engineered products. This innovation in design allows for a beautiful open floor plan that allows for natural lighting and great spaces for entertaining.

Having a home with an open floor plan is great, it feels more spacious, allows for natural lighting, and is great for entertaining. Unfortunately an open floor plan also has a trade-off. What do you do if you want an intimate dinner or simply want a little privacy? Or what if, after living in your home for a while, you realize you don’t like open spaces?

When you purchase a new home that has been built with an open floor plan, there needs to be a little creativity when it comes to adding intimate spaces. Tall ceilings and expansive walls can make your home feel cold, and a poorly designed open floor plan can also cause you trouble when it comes to heading and cooling your home. As a homebuyer you want a large, open plan, while retaining some of the coziness that smaller rooms give.

There are many ways you can create this warmth and intimacy in a home without having to put up walls!

Here are some of the ways to make a home appear a little more intimate;

Color Choice – Proper choice of  color is a great way to create warmth and provide that cozy feeling that you want to retain without giving up the benefits of an open floor plan. Implementing a warm color scheme that also mixes colder and darker shades can completely transform the look and feel of a room. Choose paint, fabrics, and decorative elements with the entirety of the color scheme in mind. Colors that add warmth to a room are yellow, orange, and red.

Furnishings – Clever placement of furniture is a great way to carve our smaller areas in the room. Area rugs are a great way to define an area of the room, and combined with different light fixtures, can create a room within a room. The placement of your couch or cedar chests and benches can also help to separate the living area from the dining area.

Flooring Choices – Using different flooring materials can break up a large room. You may want the kitchen and dining areas to be wood or tile, while you choose to carpet the living area to carpeted. You can even change the color of the flooring for a similar effect.

Plants  – Adding plants to your home can not only add a great splash of color to your home, but they also help add warmth and life. Filling your home with plants and flowers is a very inexpensive way to make your open floor plan look lively and intimate at the same time. When choosing your plants, be sure to pick plants that need little light and care. Before buying your plants, be sure to find out if they can be toxic to kids or pets.

A little creativity can go a long way when transforming your home into a warm and intimate place to live regardless of the type of floor plan.

For more ideas and tips for building a custom home please download our resource guide.

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Living in Utah you’ll find no lack for activities. This month, February 2015, there are many events in and around Ogden as well as Salt Lake City. You’re sure to find an event for everybody.


The Jordan World Circus 2015


  • When: February 5th, 2015
  • Where: Wasatch County Special Event Center
    415 South Southfield Road
    Heber City, UT 84032
  • Cost: $14 Children, $18 Adults 
  • Contact: 702-456-2642
    The Jordan World Circus Website

The Jordan World Circus will have fun for all ages! There will be awe inspiring aerial acts, animal attractions featuring tigers and elephants, and much more! Not only will there be a grand performance, kids will also have the opportunity to ride or pet a variety of animals.

Once online sales are over, you will only be able to purchase tickets at the event. Doors open an hour before the event so if you miss out on the online sale be sure to get there early!

Early Bird Discounts are Available.



Subaru Freeride Series


  • When: February 4th, 2015 – February 8th, 2015
  • Where: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
    Highway 210
    Snowbird, UT 84092
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: (801) 349-4600
    The Subaru Freeride Series Website

Visit the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort from today until Sunday to witness the Subaru Freeride Series featuring a big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding competition. There will only be four stops on this tour and Snowbird, UT is one of them! Be sure not to miss it.

Some of the best athletes in the world will be competing on the most respected mountains. If you can’t make it to the actual event, the competition will be showcased via an HD Live Webcast.

Women’s Ski Camp for Advanced-Expert Skiers


  • When: February 08, 2015 to February 12, 2015
    Arrival: February 8th
    Departure: February 12
  • Where: Alta Lodge
    10230 East Little Cottonwood Canyon Road
    Alta, UT 84092
  • Cost:$2,282 per person, double occupancy, standard room $2,870 single occupancy, standard room Tax and service charge are included. Slope-facing and economy rooms are also available.
  • Contact: 800-707-2582
    Visit the Alta Lodge Website for more Info

If you’re ready to take your skiing to the next level, come join the Women’s Ski Camp at the Alta Lodge. This camp is for women who;

  • are already comfortable on all black runs, in most snow conditions
  • enjoy venturing off-piste and into more advanced steeps and moguls
  • have the fitness level that allows for a full day of skiing
  • enjoy the camaraderie of other dedicated female skiers

Our top women guides will coach you for three days of challenge and fun in this smaller group setting.

The cost of the camp includes;

  • four nights lodging, full breakfast and four-course dinners
  • three days of coaching
  • three days of lift tickets, 2 days Alta, 1 day Alta/Snowbird
  • high-end demo skis and boots if needed
  • an optional yoga class


Valentine’s Dinner at the Leo


 The Leonardo at Library Square will be offering a romantic four course meal for 2 on Friday the 13th. No need to wait for Valentines Day to celebrate your admiration, this dinner is too good to miss! Each course will be prepared by their executive chef, Zanetta Jones.


2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • When: February 14, 2015 to February 15, 2015
  • Where: Peery’s Egyptian Theater
    2415 Washington Boulevard
    Ogden, UT 84401
  • Cost: $18/General Admission

Whether you come with your loved one to celebrate Valentines Day, or are coming with your friends to boycott it, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is a great way to spend Valentines Day. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the best films from the 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival at Peery’s Egyptian Theater Valentines weekend.

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Muirfield Villas at Harmony Place #308

MLS #1241301


Soon to be under construction is our model floor plan Muirfield. This home will be located at 2295 W. 525 S. – Layton, UT 84041 in the fabulous Villas at Harmony Place community.

This home will be priced to sell at a mere $274,900. At 2,833 square feet this home is sure to help organize your life. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry room and two car garage.

One of the bedrooms is the master suite which features a large bedroom as well as a huge walk-in closet and a grand master bath. The grand master bath features a double vanity, shower, and soaking tub whereas the regular master bath features a single vanity and soaking tub.

The first floor of the home includes the great room, kitchen, and dining room as well as the laundry room, two bedrooms, and the master suite. The basement of the home has two additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large rec room.

The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space, as plenty of counter space on the gorgeous granite counter tops. The kitchen is open to the dining room and the great room which creates and open feeling. The large windows add to this effect as well as allow for natural lighting to shine through during the day.

If you have any questions about this home, feel free to contact Kelly Billings at or call her at 801-698-2735

Lancaster Bridgeway Island #436

MLS #1198495


Currently under construction is our model floor plan Lancaster located at 1364 S. 4350 W. – Syracuse, UT 84075 in the lovely Bridgeway Island community.

With 3,359 square feet of finished living space, six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a finished basement, upgraded cabinets, and granite counter tops this home is a steal at only $330,990.

The outside of this home features a hardiboard exterior, a covered porch in the front, and a large patio in the back. Walking into the home through the covered porch you will come into an entryway which is large enough to store coats, shoes, backpacks, etc after a long day. From the entry way you can either go downstairs or remain on the top level.

The main floor of this home includes a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry. The kitchen has upgraded cabinets, granite counter tops, and a center island. This home is perfect for any family that likes to entertain guests. The kitchen is open to the dining room as well as the great room to allow for an open feeling throughout the home.

Also on the main floor is the laundry room, two bedrooms and the master suite. The master suite of this home includes a large bedroom, walk-in closet, and master bath.

The basement level of this home has a large rec room, three additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and multiple spaces for storage. With all of the storage space, you’re sure to be able to organize your life in this home.

If you have any questions about this home, feel free to contact Holly Williams at or call her at 801-628-1226


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In an attempt to make the home building process a little bit easier, we’ve started our Tips and Tricks for Building and Designing a Quality Home series. In this series of blog posts you’ll learn about important design qualities, tricks, tips, and more about building a new home. Today’s post is about creating a home that not only works for your family now, but also works for your family in the future. That office may seem like a great idea now, but if you have another family member move in and need to convert that office into another bedroom, it’s best if that office already had a closet and window.

Tips and Tricks for Building and Designing a Quality Home Important Design Element – Flexible Living

Flexible living areas allow your home to adjust as your life evolves or changes. Children moving out of your home, temporary visitors, crafts or hobbies and a home based business necessitate rooms to serve dual purpose for temporary periods of time.

Here are some areas of the home that are commonly build without flexibility that you may want to reconsider;

Main Floor

  • Flex room: A ‘flex room’ is a room with no set purpose and is often used as an office. If you design this room with a closet and egress window it can be used as a spare bedroom, toy room, office, bedroom, music room, crafts room, or even a formal dining room during the holidays! By adding the closet and window you’ve nearly doubled the possibilities. You can also consider adding a reading nook the the spare room or even a exercise/yoga area.
  • Pantry: With the right amount of space, shelving, and electrical a storage pantry can become so much more! With these simple additions, your pantry can turn into a work-in pantry which allows for room for a counter top height shelf, and enables you to store appliances and prepare food. If you have enough room you can even add a vegetable sink, this means that the mess you make preparing a meal can be hidden away behind a closed door when you’re entertaining.

Upper/lower level

  • Lofts: Lofts have amazing flexibility in the home. It can be an area for quiet reading, a tv room, an office, or even a spare bedroom! A loft generally is set by the furniture that you place into it.
  • Basement rooms with no windows: The basement is an extremely cost efficient space and has a multitude of options! The additional space can be used as a storage room, exercise room, toy room, theater room, craft area, and more. The great part about these rooms is that you can simply shut the door and the mess will have magically disappeared.

If you’d like to learn about more ‘Tips and Tricks for Building and Designing a Quality Home’, check back at our blog every now and then, or if you’d like more info now, sign up for our FREE planning guide where you can find this information and more! Secrets to Building a Quality Home.

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