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Before you start that home project, consider safety, time and hidden costs

We’ve enjoyed the Michigan summer and soon we will be spending more time indoors.  You’ve looked around and now have a long list of projects.  Home improvement projects can be tiring, messy and expensive.   You’ve carved out the time and…

Tips to Stay on Budget When Building a New Home

When you’ve made the decision to build a new home, selecting the right builder is an important part of the process. You want to find a builder who business approach aligns well with your personal preferences. And staying within your…

Simple Fall Home Maintenance Projects that Pay Off

As children head back to school, it’s time for home owners to head outside and do a little “homework” themselves. Focusing on a few maintenance projects now will help prepare your home when the cold temperatures hit. It may seem…

Hang Wall Art the Right Way Every Time

Figuring out how to hang wall art correctly is one of the age-old conundrums of interior design. Everyone knows that an improperly hung work of art sticks out like a sore thumb, but it’s tricky to get right, until you…

Mid-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

After the dust settles on your Independence Day celebration, you may notice that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out.  Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks…

Hidden in Plain Sight

Intelligent universal design fades into the background and makes everyone happier Today’s biggest demographic trend poses a challenge and also presents an opportunity. That’s because more and more working-age people are asking for a home with space to accommodate senior…

5 Houseplants That Thrive Indoors

Move over, succulents. Today’s houseplants are going lush. That’s right: Indoor potted plants are finally getting their day in the sun. Succulents and cacti eased us back into the idea of tending to some pots on our windowsills. Today, some…

Fireworks Beautiful but Potentially Dangerous

Tips to keep it safe With Independence Day right around the corner, you might be thinking picnics, parades, and fireworks shows. As fun as fireworks are, they are dangerous. Think about it: fireworks are little exploding devices. According to the…

Ultimate Lighting Guide

Pick the Right – Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home For so many of us, lighting is an afterthought in our interiors. This happens when you think of it as a utilitarian detail of the room, rather than something…

Have Questions? Ask the Builder

Rich Kogelschatz, CAPS, CGB, Heartland Builders LLC It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their…