Brilliant Living brings smart sophistication to tiny homes

Brilliant Living recently launched its line of smart, sophisticated tiny homes that offer small living on a big scale. Built on permanent foundations (no wheels), these homes integrate stunning amenities and a smart design that give the feel of a much larger space. Complete with the latest in smart technology, a luxury finish and furniture package, sustainable systems, a loft that doubles as a second bedroom, and additional living space. Everything is included in one price. Co-founded by Denise Simons TV host of Lifestyle with Denise Simons and an award-winning ASID Interior Designer and Alison Poland, a LEED Certified Architect, …

Modern Farmhouse with Warmth and Comfort in Berry Farms

This Modern Farmhouse constructed by Celebration Homes evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. It is a blend of an American Italianate and a Victorian Farmhouse without being fussy, a bit classic without being stark and sharp like a museum. It combines the sleek clean lines of contemporary design with cozy farmhouse aesthetic, a large wrap around front porch, creating the quintessential country living inspired home. The style is based on something that was never meant to be a style. We have created our own take and demonstrated that inspirations can come from anywhere. The house is nestled amidst the rolling …

Choosing Your Architect

Over the past 5 years, our housing market has seen vast improvements in design, affordability, and structure. We are now seeing reconstructed office buildings transformed into lofts, 60’s style homes being renovated into modern-day masterpieces, and, my favorite, reinventing the wheel of architecture and finding more earth-friendly materials to construct a home. This expansion in our industry introduces even more questions from a potential homebuyer/creator when it comes to hiring an architect. I have become a huge fan of renowned Nashville architect, Mitchell Barnett, discovering that he has 30+ years of experience and created a name for himself in each …

Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

(BPT) – There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname “silent destroyers.” Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites Spring is prime time for termite populations as they emerge in search of new structures to invade. Termite explorers, referred to as swarmers, …

Credit tips for buying an investment property

(BPT) – If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you. Property values have enjoyed a steady increase over the decades. That’s why real estate has earned its reputation as a sound investment that builds wealth and credit. Most people, however, don’t have the quantity of cash on hand to purchase a house or apartment building outright. Still, if becoming a landlord means taking out a 30-year mortgage, the monthly payments from the tenants should be enough to service the …

St. Jude Dream Home Returns to Jackson Hills

Tickets are now available for the 2018 Nashville St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway® campaign. The house was built by Signature Homes in the Jackson Hills neighborhood in Mt. Juliet, and the house is ready to tour. The home will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays May 19 through June 16. Hours will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Local volunteers will assist in staffing the open house hours. Those who visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway® house can register to win a $10,000 furniture shopping spree at Ashley HomeStore. Jackson Hills is …

A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation

(BPT) – When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house. It’s pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you’re on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are plenty of hair-raising tales out there of people discovering a bad situation awaits them at home, from burst water pipes to a break-in. “If you have this nagging thought following you around that maybe you forgot to lock the back door before you left, that can really …

Marrying households: 7 savvy moving tips for newlyweds

Launching your pad: 7 savvy tips for newlyweds planning a move (BPT) – If you’re planning a wedding or you’ve just tied the knot, congratulations! Getting ready to start the next chapter of your life with the one you love can be an exciting time, filled with anticipation about your future together. That said, combining two households can take considerable planning and preparation, especially if both parties own troves of treasured possessions. As you are getting ready to make the transition into a single house or apartment, consider how the following suggestions may make your move easier. * Pare down possessions. After unwrapping …

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage

(BPT) – Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers, in particular, should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a lender that will help you make an informed mortgage decision: * How much can I afford? A home affordability calculator can help you get an idea of what you may be able to afford and keep your monthly payments within your budget. In addition to …

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

Thank you also to all trade partners and supporters who attended the Floor Signing event! Volunteer Coordinator Needed Interested in getting more involved with the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway? We need someone to help recruit and coordinate volunteers for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Open House weekends from May 20—June 23. With fifteen days of Open Houses and forty-five shifts, we need lots of helping hands, and someone special to help coordinate them! Please contact Courtney Hunter at Courtney.Hunter@stjude.org if you are interested. Don’t forget: you can get 2018 Nashville St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway tickets can be …