How to Create an Impressive-Looking Focal Wall For Your Living Room

The living room is perhaps the most important room in your home as this is where you get to relax and spend quality time with your family. Many people spend a lot of time and money to make sure that their living room looks great, and designers often recommend investing in the living room if their client is on a tight decorating budget. One of the best things that you can do to refresh your living room is to create a focal wall, and depending on your preferences, your accent wall can be functional or decorative, or even both. Here are 5 ways that you can create an impressive-looking focal wall for your living room.

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Barn walls or reclaimed wood, both real and faux, is immensely popular in home décor. Not only does reclaimed wood give your focal wall a warm and weathered look, but using this material will not harm the environment as it is a sustainable material for construction or remodeling. Have your builder cover your accent wall with reclaimed wood for a rustic look.

Embed a fireplace

Nothing is as luxurious and comforting as a fireplace in a living room. If you don’t care for a wood burning fireplace, consider embedding an ethanol fireplace insert in your living room focal wall. This type of fireplace will bathe your living room in warmth without smoke, bad odors, or particles that can be harmful to your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the smoke from wood burning contains particles that can cause health problems such as a runny nose and bronchitis. As an ethanol fireplace only need bio-ethanol fuel to feed the fire, it’s safer for your health than a regular fireplace.GG Gas Fireplace

Built-in shelving

If you want to display your books and collectibles, consider having built-in shelving room as a living room accent wall. You can either paint the accent wall and all the shelving attached to it the same color, or paint the shelving in white and the accent wall a bright color, like yellow, turquoise, or red.

Mirrors

To make a stylish statement, paint your accent wall in a dark color, such as navy blue, then hang a few decorative wall mirrors once the paint dries. Try to find mirrors with golden accents to give your living room a touch of opulence.

These are just a few ways to create an impressive-looking focal wall for your living room. Any of these tips will give your living room that wow factor that your family and friends will surely love.

Wye River Pool House

Pool houses are the ultimate summer retreat for a backyard. They offer shade from the sun and can extend evening fun by bringing it indoors.

This pool house was designed and built by our team with the concept of mirroring the main homes “staycation” vibe. The homeowners wanted the ability to use the space year round for entertaining, and wanted to incorporate the views of the Wye River.  All of the main amenities are positioned for easy access to the pool and terrace and show extensive views of the river. 

Features include a cathedral ceiling, a 7 foot folding glass wall, a fire pit, a fireplace, compact kitchen and exterior cushioned seating.

The folding glass wall allows for the space to be opened, allowing those who wish to be indoor the ability to still be present to those outdoors. As a pool house should be, this space is an extension of the main home and definitely  has all that is needed for entertaining year round,

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Lundberg Builders, Inc wins What’s Up Magazines Best Of Contest for 7th Consecutive Year

 

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LUNDBERG BUILDERS WINS WHAT’S UP? MAGAZINE’S BEST OF EASTERN SHORE 2017 READER’S POLL FOR ‘Custom HOME DESIGN/BUILDER & REMODELING’ FOR THE 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

June 2, 2017 – Lundberg Builders, Inc., a leading full service design and build firm serving Anne Arundel County, Queen Anne’s County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland has won What’s Up? Magazine’s Best of Eastern Shore 2017 Reader’s Poll for ‘Home Design/Builder & Remodeling/Custom Building Services’. This is the company’s seventh consecutive year as the winner for this category. Lundberg Builders projects have been featured in numerous leading home building and design magazines including, Home and Design, Annapolis Home, Home, Builder/Architect, as well as The Washington Post. They have also recently won Best of Houzz in Design, a recognition from Annapolis Home Magazine and The Capital Readers Choice awards. The company has grown significantly each year—even through a recession when other companies were going out of business.

“We can not thank the community enough for their support and votes. We are both honored and humbled to receive this recognition for the 7th year. Our reputation is largely built on the confidence you place in our company. We strive to not meet your expectations, but to exceed them and being recognized by our local community shows us that we are doing just that.” – Brad

Every year What’s Up magazine asks their readers to cast their votes for the best businesses, law firms, spa services and medical professions by submitting an online ballot on whatsupmag.com or by mail. The winners will be honored at the annual Best Of Party held on June 15 at the Annapolis Lowes Hotel.

About Lundberg Builders
For more than 35 years Lundberg Builders has specialized in the finest quality custom residential work. From large mansions to renovations and home maintenance projects, our name and reputation is synonymous with award-winning designs, exceptional value, quality craftsmanship, and extraordinary customer care.

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What to look for in a home if you want to age in place

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Read on to learn of some ways that can allow you to stay safer in your home as you grow older.

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Lever door handles are easier to turn than knobs. These are among one of the more inexpensive changes that can be added to your home.

Think flooring. Wood, linoleum, cork or even rubber flooring are good options because they are easier on joints and safer if a fall were to occur.

Being able to pull out shelves to reach exactly what you need is necessary especially when things become less accessible as you age. Wide, easy-to-grab cabinet and drawer pulls are essential if you want to age in place. Cabinet knobs and drawer pulls are also a fairly inexpensive change.

Wider hallways and passages to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. In the kitchen, the Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines require at least 60 inches of clearance between opposing cabinets, walls or appliances for U-shaped kitchens; galley or “pass through” kitchens require at least 40 inches of clearance between opposing surfaces.

No-threshold shower. Although these are growing in popularity due to the sleek look they offer, curbless showers are essential in an aging in place home as they are easier and safer to use. Grab bars can also be added for more safety.

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Atleast one no step entry in to the home that is covered and well lit. This is essential to allow access for wheelchairs and walkers.

Elevator. If the home is more then one level be sure the staircase has secure banisters as well as an elevator. If you are not prepared to install an elevator currently, you can frame in stacked closets on top of each other to use for storage until you are ready to add in the elevator.

Wider doors to allow for walkers and wheelchairs. It is suggested that doorways be atleast 32-inches wide.

Install comfort-height toilets. These are two to three inches higher than traditional toilets, and require less bending to sit on.

In conclusion, addressing flooring issues, installing additional lighting and adding in a curbless showers are all things that may be beneficial to all ages and can be more aesthetically appealing. Are you considering adding any of these features to your home?

Sources houzz.com and The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Veneer and Stone Bi Level Home

Were nearing completion on this bi level home on the South River. The combination of wood and stone veneer siding truly makes this home stand out. Click on each image to see it enlarged.

Have You Heard: Pantones 2017 Color of the year is here

PANTONE-Color-of-the-Year-2017-Greenery-15-0343-leaves-2732x2048-1200x900Have you heard? Pantone recently released it’s choice for Color of the Year for 2017. This symbolic selection is a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. This years choice is a vibrant and refreshing color named Greenery. Although inspired by nature, the staff is very specific about the shade describing it as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose” Leatrice Eiseman

You can easily incorporate this color in your home and life to elevate your mood and to encourage new beginnings. As Pantone states, Greenery is natures neutral color and can be incorporated with many different shades including yellow, melon, purples and blues. Try these tips below to keep you up to date on trends:

  • Painting all four walls may be a bit overwhelming. Try to use it on an accent wall or kitchen back splash to give your room a refreshing look.
  • Often overlooked when trying to incorporate a new hue: add something alive! Bring plants and herbs in this bright color into your home to liven up any room.
  • Rugs, throws, tablecloths and pillows are always an easy way to stay on top of trends. They are also inexpensive and easily changed. This color will stand out even more in a neutral room.

Pantone’s staff around the world spends the year studying trends in fashion, consumer products, social media, art and technology. It looks for influences that best describe the current culture and mood in our society.

“There’s a growing desire to reconnect with Nature and what is real, and find ways to disconnect from technology. We need a break. We need to stop and breathe. “(Greenery) is about unity and community—connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, Nature.” Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institutes Vice President

Credit: www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017 and CNN.com

Ways to save on heating costs this Winter

Although the days have been warmer here in Maryland, they are slowly becoming chillier as we near Christmas. If you are concerned about cranking up the heat because of the increase in your electric bill, check out our easy tips for reducing your energy costs.

Adjust your thermostat at night or during the day when you are away from you home. You can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, according to the US Department of Energy.

Keep your furnace clean and unblocked. Check your furnace filter regularly and replace it cff5f4c3a91f45e51e8fc13924e3c00bwhen it gets dirty. A dirty filter makes your furnace or heat pump work harder, and leads to higher energy bills.

Plastic wrap your windows. Drafty windows can be major culprits of heat loss, but can easily be fixed by covering them with plastic. DIY window insulation kits start as low as $12 and can even be found at local stores like Target.

Hang thermal curtains. Invest in curtains with thermal lining that will block heat and UV in the summer and keep cold air out in the Winter.

ceiling fan - stock photoReverse the ceiling fan. Most ceiling fans have a switch you can flip that will change the direction the fan blades are rotating. This will push hot air that has risen to the ceiling back down into the room.

 

Decorate for warmth. Put flannel sheets on your bed, warm rugs on your floors and extra throw blankets on the sofas.

Take advantage of free solar heating. Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your home; close curtains at night to trap in the heat.

Close the damper. Sometimes overlooked this can be a major culprit in heat loss. Keep the damper closed when your fireplace isn’t in use to prevent warm air escaping.

H.O.M.E: Home Operations and Maintenance Evaluation

Are you aware of all that our Home Operations and Maintenance Evaluation (H.O.M.E) offers? For the majority of homeowners today their homes are one of their most valuable investments. H.O.M.E. provides homeowners a comprehensive evaluation of the operations and maintenance of your entire home inside and out.

WSP1Why should you choose the H.O.M.E. program?

  • Save money by eliminating avoidable repairs and failures.
  • Extend the life of home components, equipment, and systems.
  • Reduce safety and health risks in your home.
  • Shorten your ‘to-do’ list.
  • Maximize your home’s value and resale potential.
  • Improve and maintain your home’s appearance and appeal.
  • Take pleasure in your beautiful home where everything works as designed.
  • Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is professionally maintained.
  • Extra Time to do the things that are most important to you.

How does H.O.M.E work and when should it be done?

  • A Lundberg technician will conduct up to a 4 hour evaluation using a 300+ point check list.
  • The H.O.M.E. checklist inspects all operations and maintenance needs of your home inside and out.
  • During the evaluation minor repairs will be addressed (Included in evaluation).
  • Larger repairs, if needed, will be noted and an estimate for repairs will be provided if desired.
  • It is suggested that homeowners check the maintenance needs of their home 2-4 times a year.
  • Routine maintenance as needed.

Subscription rates
H.O.M.E is offered as a yearly subscription, providing 3 levels of comfort for home maintenance

  • 1 Yearly inspection visit: $250.00 total investment
  • 2 Yearly inspection visits: $400.00 total investment ($150.00 annual savings)
  • 4 Yearly inspection visits: $600.00 total investment ($400.00 annual savings)

***If repairs are needed and work is commenced a $250.00 credit will be applied to your final invoice after repairs are completed. Credit may only be used one time in a calendar year.

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We understand that your time is valuable and when issues arise with your home, whether it be your weekend retreat or your main abode. H.O.M.E. extended services are available to address those issues when you cannot. Let H.O.M.E. extended services be your hassle free solution.

H.O.M.E extended services include:

  • Seasonal preparation
  • Pool closing/opening
  • Landscape clean-up
  • Deck and ext. furniture cleaning
  • Outside furniture prep or store
  • Dock and lift maintenance
  • Ext. hoses/water line maintenance

Don’t let your unfinished projects and to-to lists continue to grow. Let us provide you with high quality workmanship for your home and check off all of those to-dos!
Contact us today at 410-643-3334 for more information.

Your Fall Home Checklist

Boost your homes energy efficiency and prevent winter damage by checking  off these to-dos before cold weather hits.

concrete-walkwayCheck outside walkways, stairs and the driveway for cracks or imperfections. When covered in ice and snow these can be hard to maneuver and can become hazardous

Take a walk around your house and look for signs of damage. This includes the roof, siding and foundation. Schedule these repairs before winter comes.

Seal gaps where critters could enter. With colder weather animals are always looking for a warm place and some only need a small gap to sneak in.

Stock up and check the condition of winter supplies. This includes snow scrapers, shovels, emergency kits and snow blowers (if you use them).

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Rake leaves. Letting leaves sit over winter can inhibit spring growth.

Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Drain the hoses and protect your pipes from the dropping temperatures.

Add weatherstripping. This is often overlooked, but this small step can help you save money on your energy costs. Apply it around the frames of windows and doors.

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Clean gutters and downspouts once most of the leaves have fallen. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.

 

 

Check safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon download (1)monoxide detectors and replace batteries as needed. In addition to this check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher.

Clean dryer vents. Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire.

Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Make sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order.