Are you addicted to watching Fixer Upper and other home remodeling shows? If so, you are not alone. Last year, HGTV was the third most-watched cable network and its ratings for renovation programs were up double digits. Homeowners also spent a record $361 billion on home improvements and that number is expected to rise again in 2017. If you expect to be among those who will shell out an anticipated $6,148 per project, do your homework. Not all renovation projects are equal when it comes to adding value to your home.
For those living in the Jacksonville, Florida area, I have put together a quick list of the top remodeling projects worth the investment, as compiled in the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalua.com). Read more ›
Atlantic Beach is rumored to have been one of the first permanent, year-round Native American settlements in North America. If you’ve visited the area, you’ll understand why. With the average winter temperature hovering around 72 degrees, and summer highs near 90 degrees, it’s pretty much perfect here. Home to nearly 14,000 residents, this seaside community is teeming with things to do and see; from delicious delicacies to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Atlantic Beach is also home to numerous special events and includes 65 acres of parks. Some of the best golfing in the U.S. is just a short drive down the coastline in Ponte Vedra Beach. When it comes to breathtaking sunrises, it doesn’t get any better than those viewed from Atlantic Beach.
If you’re interested in making this coastal town your new home, check out some of the hidden gems available for purchase right now. Read more ›
Ponte Vedra Beach has long been considered one of the most luxurious communities in Florida. From its emerald green golf courses to its coquina beaches, and the acres of natural preserves in between, it not only draws scores of visitors each year, but also attracts home owners who are searching for the perfect place to raise a family or enjoy their retirement.
Residents have access to some of the best schools and medical facilities in North Florida, including the world renown Mayo Clinic. Dining options range from a taste of the Caribbean (Pusser’s) to local seafood culinary delights (Palm Valley Fish Camp), and those in search of retail therapy will find exactly what they need. Read more ›
There’s no shortage of renovation and home design shows on television these days. From HGTV’s Fixer Upper to the DIY Network’s lineup of shows, you can find inspiration pretty much any hour of any day. A new bathroom or kitchen, if it’s done right, can not only make your home look more appealing, but also increase its value. Although some remodeling projects may be simple, such as updating wall color or putting up a few shelves, most take more time and more talent. That’s when it’s time to call a professional. But, before you do, consider these five renovation mistakes to avoid. Read more ›
Whether you’re single, a new couple or a growing family, Jacksonville Beach has plenty to offer; from the eclectic shops to the white sandy beaches, there’s always something to see or do. If you’re craving something to eat, you’ll have an abundance of dining choices, as well. From the more refined, Roy’s and Ocean 60, which feature dishes prepared with locally caught seafood, to the more casual dining experience, such as local favorites Taco Lu and the Metro Diner, you’ll never have a problem finding something to satisfy your appetite. The area also plays host to several annual events and festivals, giving you plenty to keep you busy on the weekends. Read more ›
Everywhere you look, nature’s color palette is springing to life. Vibrant greens, yellows and purples decorate our neighbors’ yards; it’s no wonder that Spring is associated with renewal, both inside and out. Now, is the perfect time to consider giving your home (and yard) a fresh new look, but where do you begin? Pinterest is great, but you’re likely to get overwhelmed by the plethora of ideas. That’s why I’ve put together a quick list of the 2017 home design trends that will help you bring nature indoors or take your interior design to the next level. Read more ›