Although building your own home can be a time consuming process, in the end it’s definitely worth while. When you choose to build a home that is customized to you and your family, you’re giving yourself the power to make decisions regarding the finishes in your home, something you certainly can’t do when buying used. It can be exciting to browse through counter top samples, carpet sample and paint chips. In fact, if you’re currently building a custom home it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that you’ve spent many hours looking at minuscule differences in finishes. Some decisions are easier to make than others and might simply rely solely on personal preference.  Some choices however, take a little more thought. Choosing between enameled cabinets and stained cabinets is one such decision.

When selecting the cabinetry for your kitchen you’ll want to make sure that you have chosen wisely. Your kitchen cabinets are fixtures that will be in your home for a long time so be sure not to simply purchase them based on current trends. Today’s trendy cabinets might look  dated a few years down the road. If you want your kitchen to look ageless, you’ll want to ensure your cabinets can also withstand the test of time.

So, what’s the difference between enameled cabinets and stained cabinets?

Enameled Cabinets

Enameled kitchen cabinets are elegant, can help to create a light an airy feeling in your kitchen with proper color choices, and are currently a hot trend in home design. Enameled cabinets allow for a beautiful painted finish that will allow you to more easily incorporate any feeling you like into your kitchen. Light and airy, sleek and modern, rustic and homey, and other options are all open to you and depending on your cabinets finish can be updated as your tastes change. Any dents or scratches left on your cabinets can be difficult to repair. Due to the application process and smooth finish, simply using a paint brush to cover up any blemishes isn’t always an option.

Stained Cabinets

Stained cabinets are a little easier to  maintain and are often cheaper than enameled cabinets though no less stunning. A stained finish can help to provide a traditional look to your home by adding warmth and character. If you’re considering stained cabinets you don’t have the limitless color options of enameled cabinets, but you do have the type of wood and finish to consider. Some woods  are harder than others and take different stain colors more readily. The color of stain that you would like will affect the type of wood you’ll need.

Alder – is a soft wood and dents easier than other woods. The plus to this type of wood is that it can be stained in a variety of colors and is the most cost efficient.

Poplar – is a little harder than Alder, it is cost efficient, but can only be stained a darker color as its shows a lot of green wood grain if its stained to light.

Maple – is the next harder product, it’s a step up in price from the last 2, sometimes shows a blotchy look to it if its stained too light, otherwise dark is no problem.

Cherry – is next harder product, it’s a step up in price from Maple and will actually get darker as time goes on.

When choosing between stained cabinets and enameled cabinets simply keep this in mind; don’t let trends dictate the selections you choose, choose the selections that make you feel at home. Also, if you’re worried about small children potentially causing damage to your cabinets you may want to consider cherry cabinets for  their harder wood.


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5943 North Rollins Ranch – Mountain Green, UT

Available now in the wonderful Rollins Ranch – Mountain Green community is our fantastic two-story home based on the Denali floor plan. This home has plenty of space to allow for both large and small families. The home has five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an impressive total of 4626 square feet of finished living space, and a price tag you simply can’t beat. At only $450,000 this home is sure to go fast.

The lowest level of this home has two bedrooms, a cold storage room, a mech. storage room, a bathroom, and a rec room that has plenty of space. The basement rec room is great when used as a home theater, game room, home gym, craft or hobby area, etc. It can be used for whatever purpose suits your family.

The two bedrooms on this floor both have decent sized closets and egress windows in case of emergency.

Guests entering your home will first be greeted by the lovely covered porch before entering into your foyer. Directly off of the foyer is a den that can also be used as a sitting room, dining room, or even hobby room. Through the foyer, those walking into your home will walk straight into the large great room of the home. The great room is a corner room which allows for plenty of natural lighting. The fact that this home has an open floor plan, with the great room being directly linked to the kitchen and dinette, also allows for great natural lighting throughout the day. The great room of this home has a fireplace that will allow for easy de-stressing and relaxation after a long day.

The dinette is large enough for a formal dining table and chair set and is close to the windows to allow for pleasant meals. The kitchen is one any chef would be proud of, it has a large center island that makes prep work and entertaining a breeze, a large walk in pantry to store extra food and kitchen appliances, and plenty of cupboard and counter space. The kitchen has wonderful amenities such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Also on the first floor is a large mudroom, as well as a half bathroom. The mudroom is directly off of the garage and leads into the homes entryway.

The upper level of this home is all about your families personal space. The top level has a large lofted area that is perfect as additional rec space, a laundry room which makes getting clothes to the proper rooms a breeze, two bedrooms, a bathroom, and the master suite.

The two bedrooms on the upper level are quite spacious and each have their own walk-in closets. The laundry room is quite spacious and has plenty of counter space to make folding clothes easier and to allow for plenty of storage space. The master suite of this home has a large bedroom with an additional room attached. The additional room can be used as a retreat, nursery, office, hobby room, etc. The master bathroom has a double vanity, private toilet, walk in shower, large soaking tub, and plenty of storage space for towels and other toiletries.

The master suites walk in closet is something to be proud of. It has built in shelving and has plenty of space for his and her clothes and accessories.

 

For more information about this home, be sure to contact Kim Morgan at kim@nilsonhomes.com or 801-710-3226.


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The bathroom is possibly one of the rooms that will take the most forethought when designing. The bathroom requires careful consideration of space, materials, lighting, and additional luxuries to really shine. The following is a list of things to consider when designing your dream bathroom.

Function First and Foremost – The bathroom is one of the most used rooms of the home and if it’s not functional your entire family is likely to suffer. Be sure to consider space, storage, power outlets, etc. Consider the other tips below to learn how to plan out a more functional bathroom.

Consider the Space and Map out Luxuries Accordingly – Make sure there is enough space in your bathroom for every feature you’d like to incorporate into it. Think about where things will be stored in the bathroom, do you have enough storage space? Is there enough counter space? Where will you need power outlets? Can doors and drawer open without bumping into things? Make sure you have enough room to maneuver around the bathroom. These are all important things to consider when planning your bathroom.

Plan for the Future – This is important not only when considering the aesthetic design of your bathroom, but when thinking about possible mobility issues in the future. We all grow old, and if you’ve gone through the trouble of remodeling or painstakingly designing your home, you’ll likely not want to move out in your later years. Make sure there is enough space in the room to move around freely, that doorways are wide enough, and plan areas for future grab bars or other wall mounted accessories.

Additionally, consider the future when it comes to the aesthetic design of the bathroom as well. Try not to follow outrageous trends that are popular now but will seem silly in 10 years when it comes to more permanent things like the fixtures and surfaces of your bathroom. Have fun with the colors and furnishings as these can easily be replaced.

Decide on the Colors and Motif – As mentioned above, try not to go too crazy when designing your bathroom, as you may not like it further down the road. However, colors are something you can have fun with, and the best way to turn a regular bathroom into a de-stressing zone is by creating an overall motif for the room.

Ask yourself these questions;

What do I like about my current bathroom?
What don’t I like about my current bathroom?
Why?

These questions can help you determine what it is you’re looking for in your new bathroom. Determine how you want your bathroom to make you feel. Maybe you’re looking for a spa-like retreat, or it’s possible you live in an old Victorian home and would like a more antiquated look to your bathroom. No matter the case, you should determine ahead of time what kind of motif you’d like to follow.

Do Your Research – Consider the materials you’d like to use in your bathroom and do your research! There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing tile over marble and visa versa. Additionally you should consider the materials of all other fixtures used in the bathroom. Different materials require varying degrees of maintenance. Due to the varying temperatures and humidities of the bathroom throughout the day, some materials just won’t hold up.

Carefully Consider the Fixtures – The fixtures of your bathroom should be chosen carefully. While they are a great way jazz up the bathroom, they are also more difficult to change if you decide you don’t like them at a later date.

Consider Lighting – Keep in mind the difference between fluorescent lighting an incandescent bulbs. It’s always good to consider adding a little natural lighting to any room, especially a room you’ll be getting ready for the day in.


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2015 Weber County Fair “Snake, Rattle & Roll”

Where: Golden Spike Event Center
1000 North 1200 West
Ogden, Utah
When: Thursday, August 6th, 2015
11am – 11pm

The 2015 Weber County Fair ” Snake, Rattle & Roll” features: Reptile Adventure, Petting Zoo, Animals, Exhibits, Concerts, Demo Derby, & Elite Fight Night, Great Fair Food, & Vendors, as well as a variety of activities for the entire family. Visit us atwww.webercountyfair.org, grab a premium book at various sites around the county, or at the Downtown Ogden Farmers Market in July for all the details.

Summer Sizzle Concert Series: Native American Flute and Dancer

Where:Pleasant Valley Branch
Weber County Library
5568 S. Adams Ave.
Washington Terrace, Utah 84405
When: Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Nino Reyos is a Northern Traditional Dancer and a cultural presenter, educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a talented dancer and flute player, he has used his cultural background as a foundation for his teaching of indigenous craft, dance, and traditional stories. He carries on the tradition of the warrior, wearing the eagle bustles of past days as he performs around the United States.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Free Summer Concerts

Where: Snowbasin Resort
When: Every Sunday from June 14th through late September

Come and visit the Snowbasin Resort as the lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge converts into a vibrant festival like atmosphere with free music, incredible BBQ food, and ice cold beverages. Chill out on the lawn with a shade chair or a blanket, have a beverage, and listen to some incredible FREE music from any of the nationally touring artists that host the event every week. The party and celebration starts every week at 12pm and goes until 5:30pm. Each concert features three musical artists: each day starting with local musical talent and continuing with a nationally touring artist finishing out the afternoon’s festivities. There are also activities and games for the Kids including a Spider Jump and a playground. Blues, Brews, and BBQ is the must-do event on your Sunday-Funday list. Always free.

Jazz at the Station

Where: 2501 Wall Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
When: Wednesday August 12
7 – 8 pm

Rocky Mountain Gun & Ammo Show & Sale

Where: Exhibit Hall
1000 North 1200 West
Ogden, Utah 84404
When: August 15, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intermountain west largest Gun & Ammo Sale

RAMP Saturday – Mod Podge Garden Rock Art at Ogden Nature Center
Where:Ogden Nature Center
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, UT 84404
When: Saturday, August 22, 2015
2-3 pm

Free admission all day. Open 9 am to 4 pm. Today’s activities at 10 am and 2 pm “Mod Podge Garden Rock Art”. Transform your flower bed or garden into a vibrant display of beautiful art and creativity.

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West

Where: Amphitheater
When: Sunday, August 30, 2015
5-6:30pm

The US Air Force Band of the Golden West, presents a FREE concert in Ogden by the Travis Brass. This family-friendly event will take place at the Ogden Amphitheater, located at 342 25th Street, at 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 30th. This concert is FREE and open to the public.

Free tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com with a search for “Travis Brass in Ogden.” You can find out more about this event at www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil/events.

Travis Brass is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for brass quintet. Travis Brass offers unique musical variety, with selections that promise “something for everyone” – covering “classical,” jazz, Americana, and patriotic genres – as well bringing a message of thanks to our veterans and the American public for their year round support of your United States Air Force and the entire US military.

The members of Travis Brass are professional, active duty Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives. The only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is comprised of 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians under the command of Captain Dustin M. Doyle. In addition to performing for civilian communities throughout the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, the band supports 13 Air Force Bases, 8 Air Force Reserve Wings, and 6 recruiting squadrons in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners.

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire our Air Force members and the great nation we serve, producing innovative musical programs and products, and communicating Air Force excellence.

All USAF Band of the Golden West concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Appearances page of the USAF Band of the Golden West website: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil… or our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/bandofthegoldenwest.


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Over the years Nilson Homes has had request for a patio home with a tall garage access and significant more storage than a usual patio home floor plan.  The problem has always been the footprint and how to best optimize the space that we have to work with.

We have a new concept plan that we would like your opinion on.   We call it the ASPEN!

Feel free to give us your thoughts of the layout and visit our FACEBOOK

Aspen Render

Aspen Concept Rendering

 

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Aspen Concept Rendering

 

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Aspen Concept – Main Floor

 

A2.2

Aspen Concept – Upstairs Bonus Room

 

 


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Building a new home or remodeling your current one, can be a pricey endeavor, and it can be tempting to cut costs wherever possible, which makes competitive bidding look like a great idea. However, when it comes to finding the right contractor, there are far more things to consider than just the price tag. Buying quality home building services isn’t like shopping for a new car, it’s about building a relationship.

So, What Is Competitive Bidding

Competitive bidding in the construction industry is  when two or more companies are all trying to obtain the same project and are forced into a price competition. The competing companies will analyze and estimate the work needed to complete the project and then attempt to arrive at a competitive price for the project.

Often you won’t usually have complete plans for each of the contractors to look at, and in this situation a good contractor will factor in the cost of anything missing from the plans. Things like moldings, light sockets, and so on are often overlooked, and this leaves room for an dishonest contractor to lower the apparent cost. Eventually, you will be made aware of those extras and end up paying for them anyways.

Why’s It So Bad? 

Assuming all of the contractors in the bidding war aren’t trying to ‘trick’ you, a bidding war still puts a distasteful element to  the owner/builder relationship.

This simple reason alone should be enough to make you avoid a bidding war at all costs. The competitive bidding war is the start  of your owner/builder relationship and it can put you and the builder on opposite teams. It’s not surprising that many owner/builder relationships that are born of competitive bidding turn adversarial. Now both you and the builder will be in financial competition with one another.

Because no attempt was made at establishing a genuine relationship, both parties will start to look at each other as cold, heartless, business entities.

What Can You Do to Avoid it?

Meet your prospective contractors face  to face. Talk with the staff, their references, visit completed job sites, and search the internet for awards and certifications. Once you’ve done that with a few different companies you should be able to determine which contractor will be best for your project.

Finding the right contractor is the one thing  you’ll want to invest a little more money into. In the end there needs to be a mutual trust between both you as the owner, and the builder. Unfortunately trust is hard to build when you start a relationship with competitive bidding.


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The featured home plan this week is the 3 bed 2.5 bath Town Home in Aspen Meadows.

 

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The Aspen Model Townhome has a generous 1493 sq ft of living space and with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that space is being used to it’s utmost capabilities.

This gorgeous town home has a two car garage, which gives you easy access to the inside of your home. Walking in through the garage or the front door you end up in the same place, the entry way. The entry way is a long hall with a closet for storing coats and shoes. Walking into the home you’ll notice right away the large great room with optional fireplace. The great room, kitchen and dining room are connected to allow for an open floor plan. This open floor plan allows for a large amount of natural lighting and open feeling throughout. If you’re spending most of your time downstairs there is no need to walk up and down the stairway when you need to use the restroom. There is a convenient half bath on the first floor.

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The second floor has a huge master suite. The master bedroom is a corner room to allow for natural lighting and gorgeous views. The master bath has a double vanity, private toilet, shower and large soaking tub. Through the master bath is the walk in closet which is huge, has built in shelving, and also has a window. If you don’t need the closet space, you could easily turn the closet into a decently sized home office.

There are two additional bedrooms on the opposite side of the second floor each of which have their own nicely sized closets. There is an additional, shared, bathroom on this floor which has a single vanity, and private toilet and soaking tub. This allows family members to take showers in private while allowing others to use the mirror. Across from the bathroom is the laundry room. An upstairs laundry room is the most convenient place for this town home, as all of the bedrooms are on this floor. There will be no need to walk up and down stairs carrying heavy laundry baskets.

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For more information be sure to give us a call at 801-337-3902.

 


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If you’ve decided that you and your family need a change of scenery and have chosen to purchase or build a new home, you’re going to have to sell your current home. The real estate market has been rebounding significantly in the last few years, so now is a great time to sell! Unfortunately many other families are getting the exact same idea. Some homes stay on the market for months while others are gone in a flash. How do the quick selling homes stand out from the competition? Home Staging. When done properly, staging your home can be the difference between sitting on your home for a few months, and selling.

What is home staging?

In its simplest form, staging your home is when you furnish your home so that when families come to tour your home they are not simply looking at empty rooms. However, on a deeper level, staging your home is “preparing a home for sale so that the buyer can mentally move in.” – Barb Schwarz

When a family tours a home that has been staged they are able to imagine what the home will feel like when they move in. If you hire a professional to help stage your home, they will help make sure your home’s staged interior design will make it looks its best and appeal to a broad range of tastes.

Is staging your home worth the cost?

A well staged home can cause buyers to overlook things that are otherwise wrong with the home. In fact, often a buyer will pay more for a staged home than they would otherwise pay! Take a look at this report conducted by The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents.  (http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/should-you-hire-home-stager-32337.html)

Here are a couple of noteworthy statistics from this report;

“Barb Schwarz of Staged Homes (www.stagedhomes.com) reports that staging a home typically allows the home to sell for about 6% more money than an unstaged home.”

“Calie Waterhouse (www.decoratedtosell.com) reported that spending $2,000 on staging a home netted the seller a $31,000 increase in sales price.”

So, while the initial cost of staging your home may seem high, in the end if you can sell your home faster and for more than if you hadn’t staged your home, there really is no question.

Should you hire professional home staging services or DIY?

Like most tasks when buying a new home, as well as selling your old one, the main question to ask yourself is; is it worth my time? If your home is well furnished already, you have an eye for decorating, and you don’t mind purchasing a few more items to round the design out, then you may want to consider the task yourself and save the professional fee (typically in the thousands).

Even in a well furnished home, staging a home may involve choosing new paint colors, finding the perfect display dining set, and purchasing a new area rug. Hiring a professional allows you to sit back and let them do the work while you focus on moving into your new home.

Here is what a home stager will likely do once hired;

Examine – They will go through your home from top to bottom and explain what should be done to get the home ready. With this report you and the professional stager can determine the best course of action and establish a budget.

Find the Emotional Highlights – The designer will determine the best to garner an emotional response from families touring your home. This might include removing curtains from windows that have great views, or adding flowers or candles to a room.

Recommend Furniture – The designer will recommend which items of your furniture and household items should stay in the house, and which should be removed before showing. The more furniture they use the less they will charge for bringing in their own. Be prepared to take out most of your belongings, you’ll either need to rent out a storage unit, or hopefully already have a start on moving into your new home.

Recommend any Last Minute Repairs – They will help you determine what should be fixed in your home in order to achieve a higher selling point. They will help to line up contractors, carpenters, painters, cleaners, landscapers, etc.

Bring in Additional Furniture – Once your home has received a thorough cleaning and any last minute repairs, the designer will bring in furniture, art work, curtains, carpets, pillows, and other household goods. They will decorate your home to make it feel like a place where a family can settle down and create their dream home.

If you do decide to DIY here are a few keys to learning how to stage like a pro;

Color – Be sure to repaint the interior of your home. Try to paint in soothing / light colors, they are more attractive to the eye and helps a buyer to imagine their own items in your home.

Clean – Be sure to complete a thorough cleaning of your home. Areas to focus on are the bathroom and the kitchen. You can considering hiring a professional home cleaner to do the job for you, they are often fairly inexpensive for a one time cleaning.

Depersonalization and Decluttering – While you may love the taxidermy deer head on your wall, other families may not enjoy it quite as much. Be sure to remove family photos and other personal items. This will allow buyers to picture themselves in your home, instead of being distracted by your things.

Furniture Placement – Try to highlight the architectural features of your home and use furniture minimally to showcase the scale of the home.

Emotional Cues – This is what the professionals are best at. Intentionally decorate the space to help buyers picture how their new life would look in your home. Artful details can help buyers connect with the house.

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide if you want to hire a professional home stager or not. If you do decide to go the professional route, be sure to interview several before you make your decision. You don’t want to miss out on the benefits of staging your home simply because the person you hired wasn’t fit for the task.


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Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll

Where: Downtown Ogden
When: Friday, July 3rd, 2015
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll is held the first Friday of the month from 6-9 PM, Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll is abuzz year ‘round with exciting exhibit openings, artist receptions and live music of all genres in venues and in the streets. As the art stroll becomes the virtual front porch of Ogden, those that venture here are treated to great art, an atmosphere of camaraderie and inclusion and amazing night life; small town feel, big city offerings.

Enjoy your journey. We hope you are inspired, delighted and challenged along the way.

Hot Rock’n 4th

Where: Ogden Pioneer Stadium
700 Canyon Road
Ogden, Utah 84401
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015
1:00pm – 11:00pm

Northern Utah’s Biggest 4th of July Celebration!

TICKET PRICES
– Kids age 3 to 12: $7 in advance or $10 day of show
– Adults: $13 in advance or $16 day of show
– Kids under age three are FREE

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT
– All Smithstix locations and www.smithstix.com
– Participating Burger King locations: 2110 Wall Ave, 361 E 2nd St, 4027 Riverdale Rd, and 3490 W 4800 S in Roy
– Daily Rise locations: 2865 Washington Blvd or 1985 W Antelope Dr in Layton

Gates Open at 1PM
• Family Plaza, Carnival Games, Kid Rides, Bungee Trampoline, Dunk Tank, Rock Wall, and more
• Live Entertainment: Magic Shows, Jugglers, Face Painters, Balloon Tiers, and more
• Invitational Car Show
• Remembering the Fab Four live entertainment 3 to 5PM
• Demolition Derby starts at 6PM
• Local Entertainment at 9:30PM (if time permits before fireworks)
• Fireworks at 10PM

Thanks to our local sponsors: Rocky Mountain Rides, Wasatch Kia, Bud Light, Coors Light, Richards Sheet Metal, Ogden City, Arrow Disposal, The Standard Examiner, Imagination Co., Kapp Companies, City Waste, River Printing Company, Lynn Woodward Electric, Zions Bank, Leavitts Mortuary, McKay Dee Hospital, The Truth

Songs, Skits, Stars and S’mores – Family Camp

Where: Ogden Nature Center
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404
When: Friday, July 10, 6 p.m. –
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9 a.m.
Cost: $50/family of 4
$5 each additional family member over 1 year

Camp under the starts with your family at the Ogden Nature Center’s Dumke Picnic Grove (directions will be given out after registration). Take a guided hike through the center and learn about the nocturnal creatures that inhabit the preserve at night. Songs, skits and s’mores will cap off the evening before you slumber under the stars. We will provide the entertainment, s’mores and breakfast. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, mess kits and a picnic dinner for your family. Space is limited to 8 families and pre-registration is required. No drop-ins.

Garden Tour in Ogden Valley / Liberty, UT

Where: Ogden Nature Center
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $15 if purchased before July 9; $20 the day of the tour

The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design is pleased to host a Summer Garden Tour on Saturday, July 11th from 9am until 3pm. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Ogden Nature Center.

Gardens in Liberty, Utah will be featured. Tickets can be purchased at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 West 12th Street, online, and at each of the gardens on the day of the event.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Free Summer Concerts

Where: Snowbasin Resort
When: Sunday, July 12, 2015
12:30pm – 5:30pm
Cost: Free!

Every Sunday from June 14th through late September, the lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge converts into a vibrant festival like atmosphere with free music, incredible BBQ food, and ice cold beverages. Chill out on the lawn with a shade chair or a blanket, have a beverage, and listen to some incredible FREE music from any of the nationally touring artists that host the event every week.

The party and celebration starts every week at 12pm and goes until 5:30pm. Each concert features three musical artists: each day starting with local musical talent and continuing with a nationally touring artist finishing out the afternoon’s festivities. There are also activities and games for the Kids including a Spider Jump and a playground. Blues, Brews, and BBQ is the must-do event on your Sunday-Funday list.

Always free.


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NAHB June 22, 2015

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) today announced the addition of The International Surface Event (TISE) as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week (DCW), Jan. 19-22, 2016 in Las Vegas. TISE joins the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) as a partner event.

“TISE is the leading floor covering, stone and tile industry event in the country, so they are a natural fit to take part in Design & Construction Week, the largest annual residential construction event in the nation,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. “We are pleased to be able to welcome them back as an official show partner, and look forward to another great show in 2016.”

“As owners of KBIS, the National Kitchen & Bath Association is thrilled to have TISE back as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week,” remarked NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “As a founding partner in DCW it is incredibly rewarding for us to see the continued growth of this must-attend event. By joining forces to forge the DCW partnership, NKBA and NAHB have demonstrated that there is enormous strength in collaboration. Bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved.”

“This strategic agreement adds value for buyers and exhibitors at both venues,” explained Dana Teague, Vice President, Design Group, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate. “Attendees and exhibitors reaped the benefits of this mega design and construction event.  Last year was the first year The International Surface Event joined forces with Design & Construction Week and we look forward to making it an even better experience in 2016.  Truly industry collaboration at its best.”

In 2014, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) launched Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas as IBS and KBIS co-located for the first time, along with IWCE. Building upon that success, other organizations have been invited to join on as partners, with TISE becoming an official partner in 2015 and again in 2016. The International Surface Event is made up of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo.

All the shows except TISE take place Jan. 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the TISE exhibits are open Jan. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

In January, more than 3,700 exhibitors and 125,000 attendees participated in the five shows that made up the second Design & Construction Week. IBS and KBIS have agreed to co-locate this annual event through at least 2020.

Registered attendees will have access to all tradeshows held during Design & Construction Week. Registration for Design & Construction Week shows open on Sept. 1, 2015.

For more information on any of the Design & Construction Week shows, please visit:


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