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Easy DIY Bar Cart with Nicole

Some say they never left (me), but for some, bar carts are back!

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Should it Stay or Should it Go?

It seems to be a bi-annual event to downsize or purge your belongings, there is the spring cleaning bug, and another one in the fall, as the holidays are creeping up you have to make space for all the family and friends that will be dropping by expectedly or not so expectedly. It's easy to get carried away and end up getting rid of things that later you'll go looking for until you remember you tossed it in your frenzy of de-cluttering. Here are some things to keep in mind, and keep in the house before you start chucking the old furniture out the windows.

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Quick and Easy Fall Porch Update with Nicole

We got the keys to our home in October, and the first thing I did when we walked in was hang a new fall wreath on our door. I was just itchy to get decorating, and fall is one of my favourite times to start!

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Quick and Gourd-geous Pumpkin Centrepieces

Fall décor is out in full force, and this week I’m going to show you how to prepare your own pumpkin centre piece in minutes to bring some fall décor into your home and add that extra piece as you welcome guests to your table for Thanksgiving.

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Building Peace of Mind: Our Site Manager!

One of the great things about Stone’s Prestige Homes is that we offer complete turn-key packages, and because we are able to offer this, we are able to provide our home owners with peace of mind.  By peace of mind, we mean that we will minimize the stress and worry for our clients as much as possible.  There are many key things that play a part in giving peace of mind, one of which is our site manager.
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Home Is Where The Wifi Is

One of my favourite little touches I have in my guest rooms is ensuring that the Wi-fi password and connection is clear for guests to use. 

Yes, you can easily tell someone your password, but if you’re like me and you haven’t changed it from the standard-issued one, it’s a ridiculous series of letters and numbers that you never remember anyway. I'm lucky I remember anyone's telephone number these days!

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Cleaning Your Heat Pump

I recently bought my first home and property, a minihome on 3 acres in rural Nova Scotia. One of the things I loved about the minihome when house-hunting was the ease and efficiency of a heat pump, which was only three years old. Now that we've been in the minihome for a few months, including one of the hottest Nova Scotian summers in history, we truly know the heat pump's worth! 

But my son and I have both been feeling a bit 'stuffed up' since moving in, and I noticed our sinus issues were worse on mornings when we had the heat pump running all night to stay cool. I started looking into how often heat pumps should be cleaned and found that if you aren't cleaning your unit once a year, you may be giving black mold and bacteria the perfect place to grow!

I reached out to an expert: Tommy Campbell Gallant owns and runs Breathe Easy, a mini-split heat pump cleaning and disinfection company located in Pictou County but servicing all of Nova Scotia. 

Tommy runs a one-man business. Back in January, he noticed there weren't any professional services fully dedicated to disinfecting heat pumps, and with a BSc in Toxicology and over 5 years experience in the HVAC industry, he was uniquely qualified.

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Mixing Modern With Heirlooms: Climb up to your own blanket ladder project!

Home Alone is one of my favourite movies, and I know that everyone loves the house from the movie, though as adults, many of us are focused on how much their mortgage could possibly be, and what the power bill is. Sometimes adulting is hard, eh?

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DIY Fails with Nicole

When we moved into our Stone’s Home, it was a blank slate. I couldn’t wait to get my craft on. One project in particular I got my craft on a little too hard, and the result was messy.

When I do my craft projects, I typically prefer something I can make quickly - patience is truly a virtue when it comes to letting things dry, or respecting the process to properly create something. With one exception.

I once decided to make a beautiful wreath for the upcoming holiday season. It was a simple craft: I purchased an MDF cutout of the letter ‘R’ with a circle around it, and several bags of teeny-tiny Styrofoam balls. The vision was to glue the teeny-tiny balls to the cutout and then spray paint it a beautiful cherry red. I sat at my kitchen table, burning my fingers on the glue gun, hunched over this cut out for hours. If you’ve worked with Styrofoam before, you may notice that it conducts static, so keeping the teeny-tiny balls in the work space, then placing them to glue them on was tedious, to say the least. Knowing how pretty it would look in the end kept me going. Finally, after many Christmas movies later it was done, and ready for the coat of paint.

I quickly began sweeping the paint across the wreath for what was intended to be an even coat, of beautiful, cherry red, just as I had pictured hanging on my front door. Then, a sound. A hissing sound.

Stopping, I look down and see that the spray paint was in fact melting each and every single one of the teeny tiny styrofoam balls that I had painstakingly glued onto the wreath. I can tell you that for approximately 1 second it was the beautiful cherry red, just as I had envisioned. But shortly after, it was a hot mess, literally.

You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that if you simply Google “Can you spray paint styrofoam”  the top answer is essentially no, and that it will in fact melt your styrofoam. Who knew? (Other than Google).

So that one was a learning moment, and one of many in the DIY realm. Not all DIYs work, or turn out how you want them to, or maybe aren’t what you envisioned, but it’s all part of the process. It’s important to do a little research to ensure you’re using the proper tools, process, adhesives, techniques or learning from others mistakes (and triumphs!) as you embark on your next project.

If after an endeavour such as this you need a laugh (time has passed and I can now laugh at this) I encourage you to Google ‘Pinterest Fails’, and you’ll know that there are others out there, just like you. Happy Crafting!


About Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

To Paint Or Not To Paint The Kitchen Cupboards?

Gutting and renovating a kitchen can cost a pretty penny.  Sometimes you’re ready for a change but maybe your budget isn’t ready yet. So, what do you do?  Suck it up or buy yourself some time?  I vote buy yourself some time by painting your cabinets.
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TV Gallery Wall with Nicole

When we were looking for a home, we fell in love with the layout of the Millbrook at Stone’s. Our family spends a lot of time in our TV room, which opens to our eating area, and our kitchen. Since we spend so much time there, it was important for us to create a space that had flow, and that the TV area was comfortable, inviting and had some personal touches.

Gallery walls are a really cool trend that brings in a mix of elements to any space. For us, We started with our TV on the wall, and on the left, we have a large frame from Michaels that I change out with seasonal prints. Purchasing or downloading free printables is one of my favourite ways to freshen up my decor. I search blogs, Pinterest, or Etsy and purchase or download free files and print them at Staples or Walmart.

Above the TV I have a sign that I made myself. I always strive to have our decor represent both mine and John’s taste, and here I have a wooden sign (purchased at Michaels, ready to hang!) with the phrase ‘Come as you are’, which is a Nirvana song, and a phrase I thought suited the message for our home. For my personalized signs that I make, I use a Silhouette machine which essentially allows you to cut custom pieces of paper or vinyl to make decals. I purchased a letter ‘R’ at Winners, added a basket for blankets, a plant and an old box to prop up a cozy pillow and blanket.

My favourite piece is a copper wreath that my dad helped me make. Using scrap copper he had, we fused the pieces together in the shape and size that I wanted. I love using metals in my decor, and for this I chose a non-traditional shape for a wreath. To finish, using a glue gun, I added a faux flower and some greenery, which can be removed for a more simple look.

For a final little touch, I changed out the knobs  on the fireplace doors, just to personalize it a bit with our decor. Adding new knobs or handles is a quick and easy way to change any pieces you may already have in your home.


About Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

From the Ground Up: Foundations

So you've decided to build a new house from Stone's Prestige Homes, congratulations!!  You may have already started thinking about the perfect floor plan, paint colours, cabinets and light fixtures... but one of the first big decisions you will be faced with is perhaps a little less glamorous.
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DIY Faux Wallpaper with Nicole

Wallpaper has made a big come back, and there are even removable versions, and decals that you can use to make a big statement and add personality to your space.
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Cabinetry Hardware

Whether you're designing a new home or you're looking to spruce up the look of your kitchen, cabinetry hardware is a small detail that can pack a big design punch. With all of the options available on the market, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. We've put together some helpful tips when selecting your new hardware. 

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Maintaining Your Home: HRV

As with any big purchase, you know that maintenance is essential if you want that item to last for an extended period of time.  Just like your car, you want to ensure all aspects of your new home are maintained and cared for properly and in a timely manner.  By doing so you are securing a quality home that will last you a lifetime.
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Welcome to the Maritime

Never has so much fun been had while selecting the finishes inside and out for a Display Home.  And do you know why?  It’s because we let you, the followers of Stone’s Prestige Homes, weigh in and make the selections for us!  This truly is YOUR home!  And The Maritime couldn’t be a better name for it, right?

Over the course of a couple months, you were given choices for the new display home and now it’s time for you to see the finished product!  Are you ready for the tour?

Let’s start with this great colour combination on the exterior.  The upgraded deep blue siding paired with the splashy yellow door is a great way to make the right first impression.  And the style of the front door is just so fabulous!

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Share the Rewards Contest


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Join Us For An Open House


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The Coxheath Development - House 1/4

We had a client approach us looking to build four executive style homes in Coxheath, NS. He came to our office with a few plans picked out, the issue being that these plans were roughly 1200sqft too small for his needs.

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Questions For Your Builder, Part One

Building a home can be a stressful experience, but not if you choose the right builder. On the first of a series of videos, we're going to arm you with the right questions to ask when determining who you want to build your home. These questions are applicable whether you choose to build a modular home or a stick-built home.
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Spring Cleaning and Declutter

Despite the weather and temperature, it seems that Spring is here, and though you may not feel like it, spring-cleaning time is here as well! As a new homeowner, my partner and I are no strangers to top-bottom cleaning and painting, so I know how much work it entails. But I also know how worthwhile it is to stand back and look at an old room become like new again!

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Holiday Wishes from Stones Superior Homes


Holiday Wishes from Stones Superior Homes

Helpful Hints with Hugh: FAQs

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In our previous blog, we explored the wonderful world of mortgages and the importance of the pre-approval. As like most of us, obtaining a mortgage is either a brand new experience, or one that you haven’t had to re-visit in quite some time. There are a lot of questions that are associated with the whole process that I’m sure you have, but are not sure what to ask, or maybe don’t have the time to ask them. So let’s take a few minutes now, as part 2 of our “Helpful Hints with Hugh” and explore some of the frequently asked questions of a mortgage specialist.
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Help Prevent Flooding and Reduce Damage with these Simple Steps

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Happy September everyone! With school starting this week and the wet weather & hurricane warnings that are taking place, it’s really put a wrench in the end of summer. Guess that means fall (and gross....winter) is just around the corner. With it all comes, (on occasion) lying levels of water that are not always easy to control.
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A Nod to the Contrasting Island

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Do you ever wonder what we’re doing that will date our homes and the people of the future will groan as they walk in and think, “Oh, that is so 2017!” Me, too. But part of me doesn’t care. We are here and we need to create a home that suits us now.
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First Time Homeowner: The Millbrook

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Share the Rewards Contest

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We're excited to announce the beginning of the Stone's Prestige Homes Share the Rewards Travel Contest.
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A Night To Remember


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Choosing Upgrades on a Budget


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First Time Homeowner: The Millbrook

 

In my role in marketing, I've had the privilege of touring, videoing and photographing so many beautiful Prestige Homes. I get to meet a lot of our new homeowners and I often ask them the same question.

"What advice would you give to a young person or couple who are beginning to look at the real estate market for the first time?"

Though the wording may vary, the response is always the same.

“Contact Stone’s."

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A Look Back On 2017


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Versatility in Design


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Understanding Your Home Warranty


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Design Trends


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We Build All Year Round!

 
We were lucky to avoid it this long but it's official: the cold weather is here.
 
Cold, snowy weather doesn't have to mean delaying your new home though. Most of our customers are shocked when they learn that we (unlike many builders) are able to build year-round! That's just one of the benefits of building with Stones Prestige Homes - when your home is factory-built, the elements don’t effect materials, labour or timelines.

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5 Upgrades Under $500

 

It can be hard to know where to invest your money during the design process with so many options to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of 5 upgraded features that come in under $500 as a helpful guide to getting the most ‘bang for your buck’! 

 

1) Boston Headers

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Packing It Up

Last post we talked about how to stage your home for selling and assuming those tricks worked, now it’s time to pack!  Where do you even start? How do you figure out what to take and what to sell?

I was helping someone unpack recently and I asked for her tips on moving.  And her reply was, “Start 3 years in advance!”  It’s easy to see the reasoning behind that when you are staring at 5, 10, 30 years worth of living that needs to be sorted out and packed up.  It can be so overwhelming.  If you’re planning on purging while you pack, then you need the time to go through everything well in advance of the moving trucks showing up.  And no one else can really do the purging for you.

So, here are a few tips to get you started!

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Beginning 'The Process'

We get a lot of calls and messages from people who are interested in the homes we post and interested in the idea of building, but are really just not sure where to start.

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The Upside to Downsizing

It's A Downsize, Not A Downside:

 

It's hard to know when the time to downsize your home has come. Even the term 'downsize' sounds like a step backward, and homeowners usually don't fantasize about buying a smaller home. But it doesn't have to feel like a negative thing. Smaller homes can come with big perks, like minimal maintenance, one level living (helloooo no lugging laundry baskets up and down the stairs!) - and in the case of building with Prestige Homes, getting to spend your money on design features you've always adored rather than extra bedrooms.


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Staging To Sell

If you’re trying to sell your home, sometimes it can be an overwhelming project to prepare your home.  And it can be hard to see the forest for the trees when it comes to your own house.  How your home appears to potential buyers can really make a big difference in whether or not it sells.  Today we’re going to talk about a few things you can do to make your home more appealing to the buyers out there.


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I'll Know It When I See It

How often do you say those words when you are looking for something for your home?  Something needs to grab your attention and ‘speak’ to you and that’s when you know it’s the right choice.  We can be talking about anything from tile to sofas to a throw for the foot of the bed.  When it comes to dressing your home, it is so personal and almost instinctual.  Yes, good design plays a part in it but there’s so much more to it.

I’m sure if we looked into it, there would be visual clues that people give without knowing it that would indicate to watchers that they are drawn to something in a store.  Maybe they reach out to touch it, maybe they linger longer in front of it and maybe, and I’ve seen it, they jump up and down in excitement that they found it.   

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What Makes For A Comfy Bed?

Our bedrooms need to be comfortable and relaxing.  Do you know why? Because we spend a third of our life in bed.  So, let me ask you – do you want to spend that time in a place that you dislike and that doesn’t draw you in or do you want to spend that time in a place that is inviting and helps you shed the worries of the day to day life?
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