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An Energy Efficient Home

One of the many important factors of a good home is how energy-efficient it is. The way we like to measure this is by using something called the HERS (or Home Energy Rating System) Index. This system, created by RESNET, helps builders and homeowners understand how the home performs energy-wise. HERS is like a MPG (miles-per-gallon)…
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GE Appliance Premium Finish Care Tips

It is recommended that the interior and exterior finish surfaces be treated similar to high-end coatings on automobiles.  In order to avoid scratching or damaging the interior and exterior finish surfaces, they should be cleaned with warm water and a mild soap or detergent solution. The appliance finish surface should then be wiped dry with a…
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AHBA Home + Garden Show 2018

It’s that time of year again! The Ames Home Builders Association Home + Garden Show is just a week and a half away and we’re gearing up to see all your bright, shining faces! Winter has felt long and cold, so we are ready for all things SPRING! Especially home improvement. So if you're considering giving your home…
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Best of Houzz 2018

We are so honored to announce that we have received the "Best of Houzz 2018: Customer Service" award! Houzz is a leading platform for home remodeling and design inspiration, providing ideas for everything needed for home design from start to finish. The Customer Service Award is based on several factors, including the number and quality…
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Cold Condensation

If you are experiencing condensation on the inside of your windows with these frigid temperatures, you are not alone! When the thermometer sinks low on these extremely cold days, you will likely have condensation no matter what. But here are a few helpful tips from our friends at Pella Windows and Doors to help minimize…
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Pantone Color of the Year – 2018

Pantone just announced their annual "Color of the Year" for 2018 to be a surprising hue of purple. More specifically, the shade Ultra Violet. If this is something you like to follow, you may be asking yourself, "how do I incorporate this into my home?". Here are a few ideas from the designers at Integrity…
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AHBA Home & Garden Show

The Home & Garden Show is back! The Ames Home Builders Association Home & Garden Show is back this year, and we would love to see you there!  Whether you are thinking about giving your home a facelift, building new, remodeling, or just looking for some inspiration – the Home & Garden Show is the place to be!…
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Multi-Generational Housing

When it comes to fashion, everything old eventually becomes new again. Believe it or not, the same can now be said for housing. A growing trend is emerging across the country that is ushering back in the era of multi-generational housing. Multi-generational living is exactly what it sounds like: Multiple generations of one family living…
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Building Your Dream Home: Top 10 Questions

Q: I know we want to build, but we don’t have any idea where to start. So how do we begin the process? A: The first thing to do is research builders in the area. An internet search will likely turn up dozens of residential builders. But simply picking based on an internet search is…
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