Uncategorized – Connestee Falls Realty http://www.connesteefallshomes.com Brevard, NC - Live Where You Play! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 10 KEY PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR & FIX IN YOUR HOME http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-key-problems-look-fix-home/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-key-problems-look-fix-home/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:34:48 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=6219 Excerpted from an article by Mitchell Parker/Houzz for realtytimes.com “IGNORE SOME OF THESE SIGNS AND YOU MAY END UP WITH MAJOR ISSUES! Your home is trying to tell you all sorts of things:  the way it sounds…the way it smells.  And there are plenty of visual cues to tip you off to problems.  Everything is…

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Excerpted from an article by Mitchell Parker/Houzz for realtytimes.com

“IGNORE SOME OF THESE SIGNS AND YOU MAY END UP WITH MAJOR ISSUES!

Your home is trying to tell you all sorts of things:  the way it sounds…the way it smells.  And there are plenty of visual cues to tip you off to problems.  Everything is moving all the time, expanding and contracting…reacting to heat, rain and wind.  In other words, a house is something you’ve got to take care of.

Tapley Dawson at The Home Doctors recommends that you do a good walk around every fall before the raining season begins, checking for cracks, clogged gutters or anything that just doesn’t look right.  That way you can catch problems early.  If you own an older home, you should do a thorough check in the springtime as well, since those homes are prone to more damage.

THE BIGGEST ENEMY IN A HOUSE IS MOISTURE.  You want to keep it out, and nature is constantly trying to force it in.  It’s the cause of things like rotting wood, termites, cupping floorboards and mold and mildew.  “If you think about the materials in a home – wood, carpet, tile – they are meant to be inside the building envelope.  So most problems have to do with moisture or something getting into that envelope,” Dawson says.  Here are some problems to look for:

  • DARK SPOTS ON WALLS, CEILING OR EDGE OF CARPET.  Any dark spots on carpet that won’t vacuum up, or dark spots on drywall mean moisture is getting in and mold or mildew is forming.  You could have a leak somewhere, from the roof or from a window…If you have a north-facing wall without insulation, when warm, moist air from the inside hits that cool wall, moisture will form.  That’s why you should always run your fans when you cook and when you shower.
  • BUBBLING, FLAKING OR CRACKING PAINT.   Means moisture is somewhere in the wall, and should be addressed as soon as possible.  Some latex-based paint will actually balloon out, which is a big red flag…Trapped moisture can occur on ceilings, walls, around windows and on trim and molding…which means there’s a leak and water is getting into the spot, and can cause mold and wood rot.
  • DRIPPING FROM A SMALL PIPE OUTSIDE A MAIN LIVING WINDOW.  Dripping means there’s already a clog and the AC system is using its backup.  Then the pan will overflow, causing major problems.  If you see a lot of moisture anywhere around a furnace or A/C unit, there’s potential for water damage.
  • A LIGHT OR POPPED-OUT BUTTON ON YOUR SOCKET, AND AN APPLIANCE HAS STOPPED WORKING.  Often this is due to a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) which helps prevent electric shock from compromised wiring in electrical appliances.  Basically, when electricity is going where it’s not supposed to go, the fault circuit pops, shutting off electricity through the socket.  All you need to do is push the reset button.  If it doesn’t reset, then there’s something wrong with the outlet.  Keep in mind that many GFCI’s can control multiple outlets.  So if an outlet stops working, look for one with a GFCI nearby and hit the reset button.
  • FLICKERING LIGHTS.  This is not the same as when a light dims while you’re vacuuming or using a hair dryer, which is normal.  If you see pronounced dimming and brightening, make sure the bulb is screwed in all the way.  If that doesn’t work, it could also be a bad socket, which can be a potential fire hazard,
  • A BLACK LINE OPENING UP ON THE BOTTOM OF AN EXTERIOR WOOD DOOR.  This often occurs on an exterior French-style door where two portions of wood meet near the bottom.  Wind and rain can drive moisture under and into the door if it’s not properly sealed and installed.  The paint should be even on the door, with no spacing anywhere between the pieces.  If you see a space opening up, the door is on the road to failure.  Dawson says:  “Moisture goes in there, and it’s a domino effect.  Once moisture starts expanding and contracting, it breaks the joint, and the process starts.  Wood doors and wood windows are hell.  They require a lot of maintenance.”
  • WRINKLED WOOD. This could be an indicator of dry rot.  Wood should look smooth.  If you see wrinkled or wavy wood, or if your trim or siding looks different than other parts, it’s cause for concern.  This mostly affects the exterior.
  • INSECT WINGS ON WINDOWSILLS OR IN SPIDER WEBS.   Don’t panic, but this could be a sign of nearby termite swarms.  If you’ve already got moisture problems, you might want to call a termite specialist, because moisture attracts termites.  If you see any mud tubes coming out of the walls or on any pieces of wood, you’ve got termites.
  • BLACK STREAKS OR BLACK CIRCLES AROUND NAILS ON HARDWOOD FLOORS.  This most often occurs near doors.  If you have an older home with exposed nail flooring and you see blackness around those nails, chances are that you’ve got moisture getting underneath the door sill, and it’s corroding the nails.  If the wood is cupping up, the problems is bad.
  • A FOGGY WINDOW.  This happens on older dual-pane windows that have argon gas in the middle.  If the seal becomes broken, moisture buildings up and fogs.  You’ll likely need new windows…”

Ask your Connestee Falls REALTOR for recommendations of home repair specialists, electricians, etc. in our area.

SOURCE:  Mitchell Parker, Houzz/for realtytimes.com   IMAGE:  Pinterest

 

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FALL COLORS FOR HOME YOU’LL BE SEEING EVERYWHERE… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/fall-colors-home-youll-seeing-everywhere/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/fall-colors-home-youll-seeing-everywhere/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:35:58 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=6167 SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Already thinking of how to jazz up your home with the latest fall trends and newest colors?  Even in the dead of summer, it’s hard to keep from thinking ahead, especially because autumn decor can be so dreamy.  This year, get a head start on the new season with the…

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SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

“Already thinking of how to jazz up your home with the latest fall trends and newest colors?  Even in the dead of summer, it’s hard to keep from thinking ahead, especially because autumn decor can be so dreamy.  This year, get a head start on the new season with the fall colors you’ll be seeing a lot of soon.

BLUSH!!  Millennial pink isn’t gone, and in fact, it’s still going strong with demographics far beyond millennials.  But a hot new shade of pink is gaining on it. (Example:  Benjamin Moore’s “Tissue Pink”).  Also, pink contrasts well with another color that is really popular right now:  gray, or metallic hues.

BRASS!!  Speaking of metallic, it’s not going anywhere, according to color experts….they are known classics, but they’ve moved on into neutrals.  No sign of shiny metals waning – and same goes for the iridescent trend.  The human eye can’t NOT look at anything iridescent, pearlized or translucent, since being intrigued by shimmering, shiny objects is “intrinsic to human development.” If you’re looking to bring metallics into your home for fall, today’s finish du jour is brass.

DARK GREEN.  Tired of your all-white kitchen?  Show off that marble with a dark contrast color by splashing deep, rich green – a top color trend for fall  – on the walls and cabinets.

DARK PAINTS.  Forget farmhouse white and gray – this season it’s all about drama (House Beautiful).  Also announced by various paint manufacturers are cozy shades of black – as their Color Of The Year.

MATTE BLACK.  Moody black is included under the dark paint umbrella, but when it comes to black, it’s not a glossy finish that’s being courted.  Get ready to go matte.

CHOCOLATE BROWN….is also on the rise, providing a rich alternative to all that grey that’s been everywhere over the last several years, and the “all-white, minimalistic homes that have taken over (Country Living).  Their article titled “Brown is the new black” notes that “trends are cyclical, and now we’re seeing homeowners embracing earthier shades and a more maximalist style – both of which can either cozy up more modern interiors or enhance historic woodwork of older homes.  Basically, brown is a win-win and anything but basic.” ”

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

 

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A GUIDE TO HOME INSULATION MATERIALS http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/a-guide-to-home-insulation-materials/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/a-guide-to-home-insulation-materials/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:24:54 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5908 Excerpted from an article by Fran J. Donegan for realtytimes.com “Insulation is one of those building products that you never see because it’s usually covered up by something else…but if you don’t have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you’re wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary. There are…

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insulationmaterialsExcerpted from an article by Fran J. Donegan for realtytimes.com

“Insulation is one of those building products that you never see because it’s usually covered up by something else…but if you don’t have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you’re wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary.

There are a number of insulation products you can use to prevent energy loss – but realize that insulation is only one part of a two-step approach to energy efficiency.  The other part of the plan involves sealing all of the holes, cracks or openings caused by pipes, wires, chimneys or anything that creates an opening in a wall, ceiling or attic floor.

These openings allow interior air to escape to the unconditioned (not heated or cooled) space that surrounds your home.  The sealing process is called “air sealing”, and requires silicone caulk and expanding foam that comes in a can.  While easy, it requires attention to detail because many insulation products do not stop moving air.  If you plan on insulating, be sure to attend to air sealing as well.

WHERE TO INSULATE:  Place insulation in any area that separates your heated and cooled living spaces from areas that are not heated and cooled, including

  • Attics
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Sidewalls, walls between the living area and an attached garage
  • Floors over unheated basements
  • Floors over crawl spaces
  • Foundation walls

INSULATION MATERIALS:  Effectiveness is measured by R-Value – The “R” stands for resistance to heat flow.  The higher the R Value, the better.  It is important to match the insulation to the application as well.  Fiberglass insulation has an R Value of about 2.8 to 4 per inch.  Some foam panels have R Values of 7 or 8.  But you can easily find fiberglass batts or blankets that are 12 inches thick and designed for use as attic insulation, providing over an R-40.  Standard foam panels only come in one-half to two inch thicknesses.

Some products area easier to install than others. Fiberglass batts simply roll into place.  They are manufactured to fit snugly between ceiling joists and wall studs.  When installing any insulation, it is important that the product be places flat against the surface you are insulating.  Any air space under the insulation or gaps around the edges will limit the effectiveness of the product

Below is a brief look at the R-Values of common insulation products.

Fiberglass, Mineral Wool –  2.8 to 4

Cellulose –    3 to 3.7

Foam Boards –    Polystyrene: 4 to 5, Polyisocyanurate:  6 to 8

Spray-On Polyurethane –  Open Cell:  3.6 to 4.3   Closed-cell:  5.6 to 6.8

For charts with more detail, visit the websites of any hardware or home materials store.

SOURCE:  Fran Donegan for realtytimes.com

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CASTING CAROLINAS HOSTS “TIE ONE ON” TOURNAMENT http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/casting-carolinas-hosts-tie-one-on-tournament/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/casting-carolinas-hosts-tie-one-on-tournament/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:28:08 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5854 Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen/Times – “Some of the best fly fishers in the country will compete November 6 in the “Tie One On for Casting Carolinas” Davidson River Team Challenge, presented by Mission Health to benefit the 501(c)3 Casting Carolinas. The non-profit was founded in 2015 to combine fly…

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davidsonriverchallengeExcerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen/Times –

“Some of the best fly fishers in the country will compete November 6 in the “Tie One On for Casting Carolinas” Davidson River Team Challenge, presented by Mission Health to benefit the 501(c)3 Casting Carolinas.

The non-profit was founded in 2015 to combine fly fishing instruction with medical education and support for women surviving cancer.  The program is committed to working with local communities across North and South Carolina to make free retreats possible for all survivors.  Understanding that some women are not able to attend a three-day retreat, there is also a program that includes one-day retreats and activities.

Among those competing in the professional division are:  Wanda Taylor, who was recently inducted into the Southeast Fly fishing Hall of Fame, and Mac Brown, author of “Casting Angles,” Michael Yelton, who has placed in national fly fishing competition along with Tony Brooks, both members of the NC Fly Fishing Team; Starr Nolan, Brookside Guides and Jeff Curtis, Curtis Wright Outfitters, Asheville guide services and outfitters; and many others.

The tournament begins at 8:30 am with a special Alumnae Mini-Tournament designed just for the women who have attended Casting Carolinas retreats.  Pro and amateur divisions compete at 11 am and 2 pm.

This will be a  lively event, hosted by Davidson River Outfitters.  There will be live music, barbecue, and lots of friendly fly fishing competition, all to benefit Casting Carolinas.

For more information, visit www.castingcarolinas.com or contact executive director Starr Nolan at starr@castingcarolinas.com or 828-215-4234.”

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times

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HIKE NC! ROLLS OUT FALL HIKES IN WNC http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/hike-nc-rolls-out-fall-hikes-in-wnc/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/hike-nc-rolls-out-fall-hikes-in-wnc/#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:31:25 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5832 Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a…

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hikingncExcerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times

“Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a new community initiative that will remove some of the barriers to hiking and encourage North Carolinians to get moving.

…Hike NC! is a series of more than 60 guided hikes in North Carolina’s state parks and nature preserves, led by the state’s top hiking and nature experts.  The program is for all ages, from kids to teens to adults and seniors, regardless of fitness level or hiking experience.  Each hike will be led by a park ranger or trained guide.  These are free, family-friendly and pet-friendly….See the full list of hikes at www.gohikenc.com for details about these guided hikes.

The guided hikes are aimed at making it easier for people to try hiking for the first time, enjoy time in nature with friendls, family and pets, experience natural areas and the scenery and colors of fall, and learn about the plants and animals in the state parks and nature preserves….In addition to helping people get active outdoors, Hike NC! is also part of Blue Cross’ efforts to promote health and well-being across the satee.  People who are physically active are at lower risk for chronic conditions and diseases, cinuding heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”

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TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A COUCH http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/ten-things-to-consider-before-buying-a-couch/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/ten-things-to-consider-before-buying-a-couch/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:35:03 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5761 Excerpts from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A couch isn’t just a place to sit.  For many of us, it’s the biggest piece of furniture in a room, and also the most expensive.  Get it right and you can set the tone for the rest of the space.  But if it’s the wrong…

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newcouchExcerpts from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

“A couch isn’t just a place to sit.  For many of us, it’s the biggest piece of furniture in a room, and also the most expensive.  Get it right and you can set the tone for the rest of the space.  But if it’s the wrong size or color, if you choose the wrong fabric for your lifestyle, or if it’s just plain uncomfortable, you  may have regrets.

‘Sofas are a big commitment – both literally and figuratively,’ according to Houzz.  ‘On the figurative side, they’re expensive, and they need to last for a long time.  And literally, they’re big.  The take up a lot of space in a room and often anchor a decorating scheme,  so choosing the right sofa for your home and your lifestyle is a serious matter.’

These tips will help you make a great choice.

  1.  The Right Style:  Decorating the room from scratch or fitting a new couch into existing decor?  It’s important to narrow down the style that will look best in your home…living rooms with an eclectic  style are easiest to work with because almost any style of couch will work.  If your space is modern, stick to clean lines and a simple feel.  If you prefer the vintage look, a Winchester sofa is a fun choice.  Mid-century modern sofas work well in any number of spaces, and come in a wide range of fabrics to fit your style.  You’ll also want to consider whether you like the tufted look or not…it can look more traditional than non-tufted…
  2. Size:  One of the most important considerations…go too small, and you limit the use and make the space feel off.  Too big and you can overpower the room – although you should have plenty of space for friends and family to sit.  Be sure you know what size couch your space can  hold before making a purchase.   To zero in on the right size, consider the use of the couch. Is it going to used seldom in a room that’s barely visited every day?  Do you plan to sit and watch TV?  Or do you have alternate plans?  Most people want their couch to be “long enough for a nap” – so the couch should be 90″ long or even longer if the room allows to make sure you can lie down comfortably.
  3. Visual Height:  Think about where the couch is going.  If it’s going to be pulled away from the wall, you’ll want to consider the height of the back, because you’ll want to avoid blocking the view into another space.  Having furniture blocking essential views can make a space feel smaller.
  4. Shape:  Sectionals are a popular choice for those with families who like to sit together or for those who often have large gatherings and need ample seating.  But not every space can handle one.  For an airy, spacious feel, think about a sectional that has a chaise on one end….that way, you still get the function without all the heft.
  5. Depth:  A great couch is one you can take a comfortable nap on…or at least sit comfortably for hours on end binge watching Netflix or working on your laptop.  The key to achieving that kind of comfort is choosing the right depth.  Sofas generally come in depths from 34′-43″.  The latter is like a stretch limo…and you’ll need a BIG room for one of those.
  6. Color:  It’s tempting to go neutral, so the piece works in a variety of different spaces – and that makes sense.  But  if you love color, don’t be afraid of it- a sofa can be a statement piece and color makes it exciting.  And in fact, going bold with your color is a growing trend.  If you’re really bold, go with a pattern – while solid colors are easy to decorate around, patterned sofas don’t show wear as quickly.
  7. Fabric:  One of the most important considerations.  Certain fabrics look great but won’t hold up well.  Be realistic about material.  Couches that are used multiple times on a daily basis will need to be able to stand up to a lot of wear.  Cotton blends are a great sturdy option, and more resistant to soiling and wrinkling that pure cotton.  Linen won’t withstand heavy wear and needs to be professionally cleaned, but it won’t fade.  Wood and leather are super durable but can be pricier.  Stay away from natural and synthetic blend fibers and silk, which wear quickly.
  8. Cushions:  Two things to think about:  construction and configuration.  The cushions are what make a sofa comfortable.  The least expensive is high-resiliency foam, which compresses during use and comes back to its natural shape.  For real luxury, goose-down filling is the most expensive option, but it doesn’t offer much support and needs to be fluffed up often.  A good compromise between comfort and budget is an inner core of foam topped with cotton batting surrounded by a cover filled with goose down.  The foam center provides support for the soft feathers.  And…the number of cushions can determine how many people sit there.  Even if a couch is large, limiting it to two cushions might mean only two people will take a seat.
  9. Pillows:  Some couches have pillows that are attached, while others with loose pillows allow you to rearrange as you see fit – but require a little more maintenance to fix saggy or unkempt pillows.  Attached pillows give off a more formal vibe, while loose pillows keep it more casual.
  10. The Arms:  Arms can define the style or add style to something that is otherwise nondescript.  Stuffed, rounded arms work in laid-back casual interiors, such as cottages or country homes.  Structured, rectangular arms work well in transitional or modern spacers.  Curved arms lean traditional.  Clean-lined wooden arms look mid-century.

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

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LONG-TERM MORTGAGE RATES LOWEST IN A YEAR~ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/long-term-mortgage-rates-lowest-in-a-year/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/long-term-mortgage-rates-lowest-in-a-year/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:55:01 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5677 Source:  Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times/Real Estate “WASHINGTON – Average long-term US mortgage rates slid this week to their lowest level since February 2015, luring prospective purchasers during the spring home-buying season.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year,fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.59% from 3.71% last week. The benchmark rate was far…

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fixed_mortgage_rateSource:  Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times/Real Estate

“WASHINGTON – Average long-term US mortgage rates slid this week to their lowest level since February 2015, luring prospective purchasers during the spring home-buying season.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year,fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.59% from 3.71% last week. The benchmark rate was far below the 3.66% level it marked a year ago.

The average rate on 15-year fixed rate mortgages declined to 2.88% from 2.98% last week.

A recent speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reaffirmed the Fed’s plans to move slowly in raising the interest rates it controls.  That prospect has tamped down mortgage rates.  The signals on Fed interest-rate policy touched off a steep increase in prices of US government bonds.  The bond’s yields, moving in the opposite direction from the prices and influencing mortgage rates, fell sharply.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week.   The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.  One point equals 1% of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-yr mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point.  The fee for a 15-yr loan also held steady, at 0.4 point.”

SOURCE:  Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times

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BOLD, BLACK KITCHENS ARE BACK IN STYLE http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/bold-black-kitchens-are-back-in-style/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/bold-black-kitchens-are-back-in-style/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:46:42 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5634 Excerpted from an article by Kim Cook for the Associated Press. “The kitchen is often a room for experimentation – with decor as well as food and drink.  Over the years we’ve seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, harvest gold, “greige” and white take turns as favored hues.  But right now, black is back. ‘It makes…

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blackkitchenExcerpted from an article by Kim Cook for the Associated Press.

“The kitchen is often a room for experimentation – with decor as well as food and drink.  Over the years we’ve seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, harvest gold, “greige” and white take turns as favored hues.  But right now, black is back.

‘It makes perfect sense, style-wise’, says New York City designer Elaine Griffin. ‘We began seeing the rise of black appliances as sleek and stylish non-white alternatives to pricier stainless options at the new millennium, and black as the “new neutral” wall color has been gaining popularity over the past decade.’

You can go untra-modern or traditional when bring black into the kitchen.  High-end, Euro-style lacquered cabinetry is sleek and sexy. Marble counter tops and geometric fixtures can create a glamorous, jewel-box kitchen that is great for entertaining.  Put the hue on Shaker cabinets, add rustic French tile, smooth quartz counters and hand-rubbed brass fittings, and you’ve got a sophisticated space.  Or add a walnut or maple slab island and saddle leather stools for an industrial look.

Here are a few design tips that’ll help you get your black kitchen right:

  • Make sure floors and counter tops are very light to balance and contrast the super-dark cabinets.  Simple white tile with black grout is a great way to get some light in the space and give a nod to classic kitchens.
  • Include wood elements like a butcher-block island counter top.  Wood lower cabinets would work with black counters and upper shelving, for example.  Keep the wood finishes as natural as possible, and relatively pale.
  • You can repaint existing cabinets if you’re budget-conscious.  ‘Shades of black pick up other hues in an interesting way – midnight blues, chocolates and sooty grays, for example.’
  • Save the glossy paint for trim.
  • Choose your hardware.  Polished to antiqued brass and black is a hot finish option right now, for both contemporary and traditional looks.
  • Add a cool stool.  Recent offerings include stools with chic, slim hairpin legs, as well as comfy upholstered ones, and stools in snazzy hues like red, orange and blue.
  • Embossed or painted concrete, sculpted limestone, pressed tin or wallpaper would be striking complements to black cabinetry and fittings.
  • The right lighting is important in a black kitchen – designers favor skylights and large windows to take advantage of natural light.  Install lights at multiple height levels:  ceiling, pendant, under-cabinet and even counter top lamps.
  • Instead of paint, consider black appliances.

SOURCE:  Kim Cook/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times

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OSKAR BLUES CANS WATER TO HELP VICTIMS OF FLOOD… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/oskar-blues-cans-water-to-help-victims-of-flood/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/oskar-blues-cans-water-to-help-victims-of-flood/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:28:42 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5602 Excerpted from an article by Beth Walton for Asheville Citizen-Times Brevard, NC – “In an effort to help those in need, Oskar Blues Brewery canned up water, not beer, for a city in Michigan. In response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the popular brewery partnered with the Ball Corporation and the CAN’d Aid…

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OskarBluesWaterForFlintExcerpted from an article by Beth Walton for Asheville Citizen-Times

Brevard, NC – “In an effort to help those in need, Oskar Blues Brewery canned up water, not beer, for a city in Michigan.

In response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the popular brewery partnered with the Ball Corporation and the CAN’d Aid Foundation to quickly can and ship clean drinking water to the Genesee County Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

A shipment of 50,000 cans was expected to arrive Tuesday.  Employees at Oskar Blues’ Brevard location spent Monday preparing the water in cans donated by the Ball Corporation.

Oskar Blues launched craft-beer-in-a can with its flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado.  Today, the brewery has operations in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina.

The CAN’d Aid Foundation is Oskar Blues’ nonprofit charitable entity.  With its assistance, the brewery and its partners also were able to send drinking water relief to flood victims in South Carolina in October.”

THE CONNESTEE FALLS TEAM SAYS…WE’RE PROUD OF YOU, OSKAR BLUES!

SOURCE:  Beth Walton/Asheville Citizen-Times

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WEATHER CHALLENGES LOCAL NC APPLE GROWERS http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/weather-challenges-local-nc-apple-growers/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/weather-challenges-local-nc-apple-growers/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:41:47 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5109 Excerpted from an article by Leah Buletti for the Asheville Citizen-Times HENDERSONVILLE…”It’s been a year marked by extremes for Henderson County apple growers, starting with an early freeze in the spring and ending in prolonged rain earlier this month. It seems that all of the extremes that (can) happen, we’ve had in one year,” said…

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Excerpted from an article by Leah Buletti for the Asheville Citizen-Times

HENDERSONVILLE…”It’s been a year marked by extremes for Henderson County apple growers, starting with an early freeze in the spring and ending in prolonged rain earlier this month.

It seems that all of the extremes that (can) happen, we’ve had in one year,” said Adam Pryor, who is the fourth generation at Hilltop Farm, which grows apples and other crops for wholesale.  The season started out with back-to-back weekends in April with frost and freeze that reduced the crop, as well as rain during full bloom, which affected the pollination and fertilization of fruit, said Marvin Owings, Henderson County Extension director.

Later in the season, there was scatted hail, followed by an extremely dry summer that resulted in a severe drought in Henderson and most other mountain counties.  Then, the end of September and early October were marked by almost two weeks of heavy rain.  Growers were trying to harvest reds, goldens and Romes, but some orchards and growers weren’t able to harvest because of the rain, missing the harvest window for certain varieties – and so fruit dropped in the high winds, or over-mature fruit had to go for juice.

This week’s sunny skies may have put one positive cap on the season.  Growers were able to start winding down their harvests and pick the latest maturing varieties…Pink Ladies.  Direct marketing is flourishing as leaf-peekers flood into the area.

Henderson County has about 250 apple growers, and about 85% of the apples grown in NC come from the counties’ trees…”

SOURCE:  Leah Buletti/Asheville Citizen-Times

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