Ideas For Your New Home

Making All The Right Moves

Real estate agents were asked to shed light on some of the reasons people can't buy a home. The good news? These flubs are easily avoidable. Here are their Top 8 responses:

No. 1: Waiting to line up financing

Your first step in the home-buying process should be to meet with a mortgage lender to discuss your financing options. You don’t truly know what you can afford until you meet with a lender, just because you think you can buy a $1 million house doesn’t mean you can actually get a loan to…

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Getting The Most From Your Lakefront Home

Building a lakefront home is something that most people can only dream about. If you're fortunate enough to be actively pursuing that dream, or have already set up your Adirondack chairs, PATCO Construction can help! PATCO is fully versed in DEP permit requirements, as well as all set back regulations. We're ready with the skill and experience to get you through the special challenges that waterfront construction / renovation presents. PATCO has been building on Southern Maine and New Hampshire…

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The Modern Ranch: Timeless, Convenient, Affordable

Pictured In The Banner: The Shenandoah, PATCO's most downloaded floor plan

Although all classic home styles are enjoying high popularity this year, 2017 could certainly be viewed as "The Year of The Ranch". Ranch-style homes first made their appearance in America in the early part of the 20th century. They feature a long, low, ground-hugging profile and are mostly single-story in character. Ranch homes offer attached garages, open and uncluttered floor plans and uncomplicated exteriors. Those…

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With A New Home, A Little Attention Goes A Long Way

When buying a home, the thing most people think of first is the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about the time and labor that home ownership also requires. Just like regular oil changes for your car keep your engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money.

It can be intimidating to think about these various tasks, especially if you’re a new homeowner. It’s a long list - there’s no…

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Lead Guests To Your Door In Style

A front walkway can add a lot to the appearance of your home. Not only does it create a safe path for foot traffic, but it gives you the opportunity to include a unique "decoration" to your property. A walkway can also connect gardens, patios, and outbuildings. They can be made from different types of materials such as stone, wood chips, brick pavers, concrete, stone screenings, wood, and gravel. Basically, a walkway can be made from any material that can provide a firm footing. Paver patterns…

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Add An Accent Wall For A Splash of Color and Drama

Accent walls are one of the quickest, most economical, and easy ways to inject your own personality into a space. Accent walls remain a smart way to add fresh color to a room.
 
1. Quick and easy.

A can of paint, a free afternoon and some reasonable DIY skills are all it takes to dramatically transform a space. Consider placing an accent wall in a bedroom on the headboard wall to help anchor the bed in the room. In a pinch, if space is too tight for a headboard, the paint can stand in as a…

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Designing The "Heart" Of Your Home

Are you ready to sit down and plan your dream kitchen? Most people identify the kitchen as the heart of their home. Every little detail is important, not only when it comes to prepping, cooking and serving meals, but also in making the kitchen a comfortable and inviting space for your family to gather. Here are several trends that are quickly moving to the top in kitchen design:

Colorful Cabinets

Although white kitchens will always be popular, we're starting to see more color in cabinetry,…

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Take It Outdoors

One of the most popular - and easiest - structures that you can add to your exterior home design is a pergola. They are a great way to extend your entertaining and relaxing space beyond your homes four walls!

Pergolas are architectural garden adornments that were made popular during the Italian Renaissance. At it's heart, the pergola is simple: Made of sturdy boards and crossbeams, it's touched up with lattice and sometimes vines. 

A pergola may be thought of as a series of arches linked…

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Get It Together

The bathroom is so often a minefield of half-used tubes of toothpaste, unloved bath products and messy makeup. “Inspiring” is probably the last word that comes to mind to describe it. Periodically getting it orderly is one thing; keeping it that way on a daily basis is something else entirely. Here are a few simple strategies to keep the getting-ready chaos reined in.

Tack bathroom tidying to an existing habit (like brushing your teeth). Tidying up the bathroom daily is key to maintaining a…

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How Much Home Do You Really Need?

According to U.S. Census data, the size of the average home in this country has nearly doubled since the 1950s? What's more, according a report released in June, 2012 by the Census Bureau, the size of our homes has jumped 62.6% just since 1973 -  topping out at 2,480 square feet in 2011. 

So, how are we using all that added square footage? The answer might surprise you. Even though the average family size is decreasing, we're designing and building our homes to include great rooms, four-car…

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