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The cure for boring doors

Curb appeal is the housing version of a handshake or a good outfit in many ways, it can tell others a lot about you, your tastes and how tidy or untidy you may be.
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Civic number updating and DIY


A civic number is so much more than a way to identify a home, in a way you could say it’s a first impression or a handshake. Along with the decor and aesthetic of the outside of your home, it can also share a little bit of personality as well.
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Easy DIY countertop

As styles and tastes change over the decades it can be pretty easy for the decor in your home to go out of style or for homeowners to seek something different. As you start to change up your home it can be important to keep in mind how the renovation or decoration will age over the years, unless you’re into remodeling every couple of years.
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Holiday inspiration

A quick introduction,
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Top 10 Thrift Store Items to Snag (Before I Do!)

A good thrift store shop is a cure for so many things.
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What Is A Turnkey Package?

Building a home is full of decisions. When it comes down to your dream quartz countertops or your partner's dream butcher block island, though we'll do our best to help, we aren't always able to make the decision easier...That's why we try to simplify the process where we can, like in our pricing.
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DIY Napkins using Fabric Medium and Acrylic Paint

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DIY For Hosting Your Own Galentine's Day

You're probably wondering if Galentine's Day is something I made up - I wish! And yes, it's a real thing. Well, not officially, but it does exist.

Galentine's Day is a relatively new concept, featured on an episode ofParks and Recreation  in 2010. Galentine's Day takes place on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day to celebrate in your closest girlfriends (usually females friends, but hey, it's not official so you can do whatever you like!).

The layout in our home has the eating area and the kitchen co-located, so the preparation and cooking happens while socializing and catching up - so I'm halfway there for a fun meal with my gals.

Think you don't have time? Surprise the ladies in your life with an invite to your very own Galentine's event - here's a few tips to simply introduce a fun Galentine's themed event into the next month!
 

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A-door-able DIY Christmas Tree

 
Knock knock? Who's there? Oh, just this adorable tree made from an old door!
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Affordable window Christmas decor using fresh pine

 

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DIY Iron-on patches: The easiest craft you'll ever do!

 

When I say iron-on patches, your mind might time travel to a few decades ago where embroidered patches on jeans or jean jackets were all the rage. Guess what? Patches are back (or maybe never left!).


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It’s never too early to talk about Christmas cross stitching

 

          

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To Paint Or Not To Paint

Sometimes we’re fortunate to find a great piece of furniture or even inherit a special piece, and if we’re lucky, we love it as is. Other times, the piece may need some work, or may not fit the design of your space.

For us, we love the modern aesthetic of our home, and I work hard to ensure that the pieces we bring in complements our modern layout and elements.

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Rainy day activity: Introducing quilling

Though we love that sunshine in the summer time, it's good to prepare some activities to beat the boredom on those rainy, wet summer days. A great cure for boredom? A new craft!

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Top 7 Questions About Modular Homes Answered

When it comes to modular homes you’re probably picturing your great aunt’s mobile home from the 1970s. Well not anymore! Modular homes have come a long way and more and more homeowners are choosing to build modular as opposed to traditional “site-built” homes. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to modular homes. People tend to think they aren’t as nice as site-built homes but in reality, that’s not the case. Additionally, they’re generally more economical, ecologically friendly, and a more responsible way to build. So when you’re considering a new home, it’s important to know all the facts before making a final decision.  


As a modular home builder, we get asked a ton of questions - which is a good thing. The more questions we get asked the more informed people will be. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of the top 7 questions people have when it comes to modular homes.

1. Can I customize it?
That depends. Almost everything about a Prestige modular home is customizable, but not all modular builders are quite as flexible so if you're considering other builders, it's important to ask how much or little you can change (and be sure to ask how much it costs to make changes). With Prestige Homes, there is not customization charges on our designs (except on Q-Value). Our customers can choose from a wide range of current floor plans to change or start from zero and design your own. You get to choose all of the interior finishes, such as flooring, cabinets, countertops, sinks, tubs, faucets, light fixtures, windows, doors, etc., giving it your own personal touch. The exterior is also completely customizable, move windows and doors, change the roof lines, add dormers… the list is endless. Once the project is complete, it will not only reflect your personality and sense of style, it will feel like HOME!

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2. How long does it take to build?
This can vary by manufacturer and time of year. Once it’s on-site there will be some work required to repair drywall, hook up the plumbing and electrical, close in the roof, install siding on the gable ends, finish the basement (if needed), and do some final touch-ups. The timeline depends on the size of the project and the amount of work needed until completely finished and you can move in. The great thing about modular homes is they’re built indoors so everything is protected from the weather and can be built all year-round, without delays. 

3. Can I do some of the work?
Many homeowners want to get their hands dirty during the construction process. One of the biggest benefits of building modular is that your home arrives on site 90% to 95% complete. That does leave some work left for you to do if you choose.  It’s important to discuss your wishes early in the planning process with your sales consultant and project manager and let them know what work you want to do. Of course, any work that you do on your own will be your responsibility should something go wrong in the future. That being said, we absolutely recommend plumbing and electrical connections and any structural components should always be done by qualified professionals. When possible, discuss timelines, access, and outline the factory prep required for the completion of any on-site finishes you want to do yourself. Also, check with your bank to make sure the work you want to do won’t affect your financing/mortgage.



4. Does it come with warranty? 
Most modular homes come with a 1-year whole home warranty and in Atlantic Canada most also offer a 7 or 10-year structural warranty through Atlantic New Home Warranty and/or LUX New Home Warranty. However, every company is different and it’s important for you to ask them upfront. Prestige modular homes come with a 7-year new home structural warranty but can be upgraded to 10 years for an additional fee. We also provide a full 1-year warranty for the first year when a new homeowner takes possession, so we can address any and all issues that may arise during that time. Individual product warranties, like siding, fixtures, roofing, etc., will be transferred to the homeowner and some products come with 10, 15, 25-year, or lifetime warranties. Prestige Homes provides each homeowner with a binder that has all the products that were used in the finishing of the home with each manufacture’s contact number should there be any issues down the road. 

5. What are the insulation R-Values? 
Prestige modular homes come with R52 blown in insulation in the attic, and the walls have R20 batt insulation plus R5 rigid foam around the entire perimeter, creating a total of R25 on all walls as well as an important thermal break that batt insulation alone can't provide. Prestige mini homes have an R50 blown in insulation in the attic, R31 batt insulation in the floor, and the walls have the same R20 batt insulation with R5 rigid around the entire perimeter, again creating a thermal break. It’s always a good idea to check with your home builder to see what they use for insulation as it could be different. 



6. How are pests kept from getting underneath mini homes?
Mini homes are typically fully insulated in the floor and have a heavy, tear-resistant material applied underneath. Additionally, all openings are spray foam sealed to prevent heat loss and critters from getting in. 

7. Can I put it on a slab? 
Not directly. Since modular homes are built in a controlled environment inside a factory, a flooring structure is required for transporting each module. Since plumbing has to be hooked up once the home is on site, there needs to be enough space for tradesmen to access. This is why it can’t sit directly on a slab. If you don’t want a full basement you can choose to go with a frost wall, or piers and blocking for mini homes. Keep in mind though that the price difference between a full basement and frost wall won’t be much, and resale value/ease of selling is increased with a full basement. 

Hopefully, this gives you a bit more insight on what modular homes are and whether or not one would be right for you. Just be sure to do your research and find the right builder to suit your needs. Every modular builder is different so make sure you are getting what you expect. Ask lots of questions and when you're comparing your options, consider everything you're getting - not just the bottom line.

Are there any other questions you have about modular or mini homes?
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Stone's 2018 Customer Appreciation Event

Well, folks, Stones’ big year-end party has come and gone; and what a time we had!  Just to keep you informed if you are not already aware; at the start of each new year, we at Stones host a big event to celebrate and say thank you to all our customers from the previous year! 

2018 seems to have just flown by!  Over the course of the year, our Stones Prestige family has continued to grow!  It’s been wonderful sharing the new home process with each and every person from the initial excitement of bank approval, to designing that perfect layout, picking those specific colors, and finalizing the home on site before the big thrill of move-in day! 

As mentioned, each year we celebrate and thank the previous year’s home buyers with our Customer Appreciation Event.  The event is jam-packed full of food, drinks, fun, and prizes for everyone!

We lucked out this year and although it was cold, we had a snowfall free day for our event!  On the evening of Tuesday, February 26th, we set up in a conference room upstairs in the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  It was a cold night for travel, but we didn’t let that stop our fun!  We had approximately 70 people on hand to celebrate with us consisting of 2018’s home buyers, their guests, and Stone’s Prestige Home staff.  We were also thrilled that Doug Hanson from the Prestige Homes factory in Sussex, NB was able to be in attendance as well.   

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3rd Annual Pictou County Home Show

Join us this year at the 3rd Annual Pictou County Home Show! We will be set up again this year to answer any and all questions about building with Stone's Prestige Homes.
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The Drummond - Detailed Design


The Drummond display home is a split entry with a lot of style and loads of space.  It was planned with a young family in mind, as this would be a great starter home.  With the three bedrooms on the main level and a full basement, there is ample room for all the needs of a growing family.  This layout is a popular one but can be switched up to meet the needs of each family.
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A Look Back at 2018

Click the link to watch Danielle's Holiday Wishes https://youtu.be/I2YRM-_6cFc 

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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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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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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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A Look Back On 2017


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