4 things you might not know about DIY home security

A growing number of homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself smart home security systems to address their security concerns. Installing your own home security system can be well worth the investment; while the average system may cost hundreds of dollars to get started, monthly fees are low, and when a home security system is present, 60 percent of attempted burglaries fail, according to StatisticBrain. Burglars know many families travel take vacations throughout the year. Plus, homes filled with electronics and computers can be a treasure trove for thieves. Here are ways DIY home security systems make it easy to keep your smart …

Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified

In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different, identifying these trends early on can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers and agents to navigate the upcoming market and secure the best long-term solution for themselves or their clients. With that in mind, here are a few top real estate trends to watch for in …

Window Trends 2018

                    While perhaps the driving force in today’s window trends continues to be energy efficiency and ease of care, homeowners also want high-quality windows that can do it all—function efficiently, provide energy savings, and add style to both the façade and interior of the home with lots of light and unobstructed views. When shopping for windows, homeowners should pay attention to more than looks, according to industry experts. According to Don Stewart of Window and Door Concepts, “Not only are there countless design options, but there are also many operational styles …

3 Reasons Why Pella Architect Series® Windows Are Worth the Investment

                    Investing in new windows can be a big decision, but Architect Series® windows by Pella will spruce up a home and make the replacement worth it. Window replacement is the perfect opportunity to enhance the look of your home. Traditional window styles offer a great look, but Architect Series® windows provide stunning craftsmanship and the authentic aesthetic of wood to any room. Window replacement—or replacement of any major home amenity or appliance—can be scary at first, but investing in Architect Series® Contemporary windows from Pella can provide a beautiful customization …

Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door

If you’re buying a garage door, you’ll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face. The design decision Remember the adage that the front door is the most important design element in the home? Not anymore. In most homes today, the visual impact of the garage door is many times greater than that of the front door. Studies have shown that your garage door design can affect the appraisal value of your home. Today, manufacturers offer …

Parade of Homes at Witherspoon

Witherspoon development in Brentwood was the site of the  2017 Pinnacle Financial Partners Parade of Homes™.           Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT), the event featured an impressive cast of local construction professionals and interior designers.         The houses ranged from Castle Homes’ 6,748 square foot contemporary English Country house to Ford Custom Classic Homes’ 9,000 square foot home, which the builder describes as Rustic Elegance.         The six builders included Barlow Builders, Castle Homes, Ford Custom Classic Homes, Legend Homes, and Schumacher Homes, and Stonegate …

O’More Designer Show House

Offering more than 4,000 square feet of inspiration, the 2017 O’More Designer Show House at Voce in Brentwood was built on land that belonged to country music icon Eddy Arnold on south Granny White Pike. The ShowHouse showcased the designs of four decades of O’More alums, all leaders in their field. Designed to be exceptionally welcoming, from the exterior paint colors to the interior finishes, the home was harmonized with progressive design and technology. Designers involved with this year’s home include Susan Besser of Franklin Preservation Associates; Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interiors; Lila Pryon Frank of Lila Pryor Frank …

Builder Trends in 5 New Neighborhoods

From energy efficiency to open concept floor plans, built-in home offices, luxury mudrooms, outdoor living spaces, and spa-like bathrooms, the top builder trends for 2017 are reflected in The Jones Company’s newest communities. Homeowners touring any of Jones model homes throughout Nashville will find the trends recently identified at the 2017 National Association of Home Builders show are being incorporated to satisfy the needs of today’s families and tempt new home buyers. From cottage homes to executive homes, The Jones Company’s solid construction and thoughtful design cater to everyone—first-time homebuyers, busy families, high net worth, C-suite bons vivants and the …

Home Builders

  Don Lofstrom — Franklin Company Name: Cedarwright Custom Homes Describe your enthusiasm for building: I’ve been building Lindal Cedar Homes for 10 years with homes now in three states—Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Building background:  I started in construction building geodisic domes and custom adobe homes while in graduate school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, back in the 1970s. What was your favorite aspect of this project? My favorite part of this project was bringing the outside in with walls of glass, large acccordian doors opening up to large decks. What makes a home more “livable”? A liveable home has …