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Maine Becomes First US State to Make Corporations Pay for Recycling if They Don’t Use Sustainable Packaging

Maine holds companies responsible by taxing the packaging they import into the state and reimbursing municipal recycling for its disposal.
— Read on www.goodnewsnetwork.org/maine-law-makes-companies-responsible-for-paying-the-recycling-costs-of-their-packaging/



5 Desired Home Features That Help Sell Homes FAST

When a potential buyer enters your house and sees many of features they want in their next home, you are on your way to making a sale.  Not only that, but buyers usually have some idea of what it would cost them to add these features to the home. So if your home already has these features, their offer will usually be made quickly and also be close to, or even over, the listed sales price.

Feature #1: Gourmet Kitchen

Today, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And you don’t have to be a master chef to appreciate a well-appointed kitchen, with top of the line appliances, open shelving, a large island with additional seating, and multiple sinks. Food preparation is no longer considered to be a kitchen’s only function. The kitchen has also become an entertaining space where friends can gather and converse while the meal is being prepared.  If a buyer doesn’t like the kitchen, he or she will probably pass on the house.

Feature #2: Home Theater/Media Room

Today’s tech-savvy buyers are interested in their next new home having a home theater/media room. This is a feature that becoming more and more common and more sough after. A home that includes a media room or home theater has a distinct edge on their competition and has a higher perceived value to potential buyers. A well-built media room should include an A/V receiver, a projector and theater screen, a speaker system, and a streaming media player.

Feature #3: Home Office

Because more and more people are working either full or part time from home these days, a dedicated home office has become increasingly sought after. This room should have natural lighting and doors that can be closed to stop interruptions caused by every day family life happening in the rest of the home. Besides a comfy office chair and desk, a home office should have additional seating that is comfortable and a high quality lamp or two to facilitate reading documents or looking at computer screens.

Feature #4: Smart Home Technology

Convenience is the name of the game. As the world becomes busier and busier, convenience grows in importance, especially to the tech-savvy homebuyer. These buyers are looking for everything from smart thermostats, to video doorbells, to smart kitchen appliances, to smart door locks, to even having window shades that can be controlled from their smartphones. It’s no longer “home sweet home”, it’s now “home smart home”.

Feature #5: Outdoor Living Space

Few things disappoint a homebuyer more than a lack of outdoor living space, some place where they can entertain family and friends. Whether this space is a deck (decks constructed with composite materials are preferred) or a patio doesn’t really matter. It’s just important that the space is there.

The whole idea here is to get your home listed for sale, get it sold and off the market quickly, while putting as much extra money as possible into your pocket. It’s important to understand what today’s homebuyers are seeking in their next new home.



Sebastian Eilert Architecture (S.E.A.) named among best Architects in Pinecrest, Florida

It is an honor to be among such a select group of colleagues and named as a best ARCHITECTS in Pinecrest, Florida by Home Builder Digest.

https://www.homebuilderdigest.com/the-15-best-residential-architects-in-pinecrest-florida/

Ready to start your new home? Contact Sebastian Eilert, AIA For Interior Design considerations, E2 (Square) will happily consider your project.



Choosing The Right Next Home For Your Senior: Considering The Options Available

Seniors often have big decisions to make during their older years regarding housing. Many have been living in the same house for quite a while, but the loss of a spouse, financial challenges, or health issues make it necessary to make a change. There are a number of different types of living options available to older adults and they each come with different benefits. Miami Green Homes breaks them down for you.

Aging adults have many housing options to choose from

Once the decision is made to move into a new place, it is time to start the search. Some older adults will be able to continue living independently. However, Helpguide explains that it is essential that they consider not only their current needs, but how things may change over the next few years. Moving at this age is difficult, both physically and emotionally, so most do not want to have to do it again anytime soon.

Single-level living is often a good fit for aging adults so that they do not have to navigate stairs. While there are single-family homes that can work well for seniors, many people at this stage of life will focus more on downsizing to a townhouse or condominium so the exterior maintenance issues are taken care of by the association.

Retirement communities have plenty of perks

Many seniors focus on 55+ independent communities instead. These age-restricted communities typically organize a number of social activities for their residents and this makes it easy to connect with other seniors. Depending on the community, residents may have access to a golf course, swimming pool, gardening, clubs, tennis, art or woodworking shops, and regular social gatherings.

55+ retirement communities often have more security than a traditional residential neighborhood, which brings peace of mind. In addition, they are usually close to medical facilities and the homes are designed for accessibility. While family members, including grandchildren, can certainly visit, the overall feel of the neighborhood is typically peaceful and quiet, without loud parties or rambunctious kids.

A combination facility may be the best fit

Some families look for a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). These offer different levels of assistance in one place, explains AARP. They provide a tiered approach to senior living, typically including options for independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care all within one community. This means that as a senior’s needs increase, they can access additional assistance without a major relocation.

A CCRC will usually include access to health services, meals, housekeeping, transportation, and personal care assistance. This living situation provides comfort to families and their older loved ones since help is always nearby, and moves as one’s needs increase will be relatively simple. These senior living options can be expensive, but many have different levels of service available.

Evaluate the financial ramifications before selling the old home

Families should always consider the financial implications of a senior’s move. Some older adults will sell their home and put the equity toward their new place. In that case, you’ll want to research the area’s housing market to get an idea of the average sale price — which, in Miami, is $370K. In some situations, seniors simply want to transfer the ownership of their property to another family member.

In this type of scenario, a quitclaim deed may be the best approach. Realtor details that quitclaim deeds are used in transactions that do not involve any money, a title search, or title insurance. They often work well for seniors who want to transfer ownership of their home to their adult children as it is a fairly simple and inexpensive approach.

There are many types of living options available to seniors these days, including traditional neighborhoods, 55+ communities, and tiered assistance communities. During the decision process, families also need to decide whether to sell an existing property or perhaps use a quitclaim deed to transfer it to family. Once plans are made, seniors can feel confident that they are in a new home that suits their needs throughout the rest of their years.

Looking for tips on making your home greener? Check out Miami Green Homes.

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4 Ways You Can Upgrade Your Living Room, guest post by Karl Kennedy

Your living room gets a lot of use. It’s the place where everyone gathers and goes to relax. You want to have a space where family and friends are comfortable. You love spending time in your living room. The only downside, the room is in desperate need of an upgrade.

When the furniture is comfortably worn, and the artwork is noticeably sun-faded, it’s time to start thinking about an upgrade.

Furnishings

How a room is furnished says a lot about your tastes and personality. Do the furnishings in your living room reflect yours?

It might be a table that doesn’t fit your style or a couch that looks outdated. When you’re redoing the furnishings in the room, it doesn’t mean everything must go. Instead, there will be pieces you want to keep and others you don’t want to see again.

Replace an old couch or chair with a new piece. Don’t be afraid to go for bold colors or patterns. One statement piece will completely change the room. It can even be a coffee table. Consider a mix of antique and contemporary.

Lighting

It’s amazing what the right lighting can do for a room. It sets the mood, adds ambiance, and it’s practical. As necessary as lighting is, it can also be used as a form of art.

Art deco lamps are elegant, unique, and fun. They’re also functional. Put a floor lamp by a favorite reading chair or set one on a side table to complete a design. Lamps with carnival glass shades set off rainbows every time the sun hits it. There are also interesting industrial lamps with Edison light bulbs.

Track lighting is another option, and it’s dramatically improved. The tracks are hidden so all you get is a brightly lit room. Sometimes, all you need is to update the lights to give your living room a fresh, new look.

Window Treatments

Plastic blinds are in the past, and you have other options than the dated window treatments. Indoor plantation shutters are elegant and classic, along with wood or vinyl blinds. You can even have roll-up blinds installed.

It’s amazing what getting rid of heavy drapes and plastic blinds will do for a room. It brightens up the room, making it look new. It also makes it easier to control ambient lighting when you’re settling in to watch a movie on your laser projector.

Incorporate Art and Textiles

Changing a floor rug adds color, and it’s an easy way to start upgrading an old space. Bright, bold colors are in style. Consider blues and yellows, along with other brilliant hues.

Art is often the focal point of a room or a decorative arraignment. Unique crystal and glass globes, along with colored and patterned vases easily make the statement you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to go for a piece outside your comfort zone. It may be the one piece that pulls the whole room together.

Conclusion

You spend a lot of time in your living room, so shouldn’t you love the way it looks? It may only take replacing a lamp or adding a piece of art to update your space. Others may find that the furnishings need replacing or the window treatments. Whatever changes you make, it’s worth it when you have a space you’re comfortable in and proud to show off.

Karl Kennedy
Author of ProjectorTop.com



Hurricane Names For the 2021 Season – Frozen anyone?

What does Disney’s Frozen have to with the Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2021? We shall find out… below is the name list.

Learn how hurricanes are named, and see the names for the 2021 season. Did your name make the list?
— Read on www.farmersalmanac.com/hurricane-names-31223

  1. Ana
  2. Bill 
  3. Claudette 
  4. Danny
  5. Elsa
  6. Fred
  7. Grace
  8. Henri
  9. Ida
  10. Julian
  11. Kate
  12. Larry
  13. Mindy
  14. Nicholas
  15. Odette
  16. Peter
  17. Rose
  18. Sam
  19. Teresa
  20. Victor
  21. Wanda


Green Art Store – digital downloads & prints

Green Art Store’s photography store – purchase framed prints and canvasses, or license stock images for editorial, commercial or advertising use.
— Read on greenartstore.picfair.com/



Happy New Year of the OX – Chinese New Year

February 12… its a new year marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox. While you may have heard of the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar, represented by 12 different animals, it’s actually far more complicated. A year isn’t just categorized by its zodiac animal.

Read more here:

https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-horoscope-2021-year-of-the-metal-ox/



Time to Renovate or Time to Move On? Getting Your Home Ready for Your Small Business, guest post by Tina Martin of Ideaspired

Time to Renovate or Time to Move On? Getting Your Home Ready for Your Small Business

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Running a small business is often a very difficult job. As such, it’s very important that your space gives you the flexibility to get your work done and relax at the end of your day. If you aren’t getting the most out of your space, don’t despair; there are a few ways to make your home work for you and give your business room to continue to grow.

Renovate a less useful space

Most of us don’t have extra rooms that we can turn into a functional workspace. If you’re tight on space, consider renovating a space that wouldn’t be useful before, like an attic, basement, or garage. Instead of scrabbling for space, your business can flourish in a space that you designed just by making better use of the space at your disposal. Local contractors can help clarify your vision and make it a reality, like insulated and finished walls, new flooring for your office chair, and additional power outlets for your devices. And don’t forget eco-friendly features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability. For example, during renovation you could replace old windows and fixtures, or even install solar panels. Building up your dream office from scratch lets you orchestrate the flow of the space, as it is designed to serve you and your particular needs.

Design home office

Once you have space all to your own, it’s important to design that space in a way that is conducive to your work. Consider what would make your work easier to accomplish: wider tables, more computer monitors, shelves to get things off the floor, more efficient lighting. Painting the walls can change the feel of a room, a small and affordable change that makes a big effect. All of these details can add up to better headspace and workflows, an investment that well pays for itself. Spend time looking into the right furniture and tools for your space, and suddenly you won’t be able to wait to get to work. 

Time to move on

Sometimes, no matter what you do, there is no way to make your space work for you. If there is nothing to be done, it may be time to consider moving to a bigger or more conducive space. You deserve a place to work on your business in peace, and your business will only benefit from being given the extra space and attention. Buying a new home may sound stressful, but it is much, much better in the long run than trying to live in an untenable situation. There are plenty of resources to let you look at which homes are on the market. 

Now that you’ve made it official

Once you’re dedicated to changing your home and building up your workspace, it’s a good time to make sure your business is ready to go too. Consider starting an LLC, which comes with tax advantages and less paperwork along with liability for you. Even more, you can skip the lawyer fees entirely by filing yourself or using a formation service. Each state has different rules, so be sure to check your state before getting started.

No matter what kind of changes your space needs, there is a local professional ready to help make your office a reality. And, if you’re looking to make your space more sustainable, reach out to the experts at Sebastian Eilert Architecture.



Cultivate These Keystone Plants in Your Yard to Help Bees and Butterflies Thrive and Pollinate

Keystone plant species in North America are important for helping pollinators and insects like bees, butterflies, and caterpillars.

Source: Cultivate These Keystone Plants in Your Yard to Help Bees and Butterflies Thrive and Pollinate