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Why Boomers Choose Wilcox to “Rightsize” Their Lives

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Since the ‘60s, Baby Boomers have been identified with pushing the limits of convention, and now a new survey is bearing out that even in their later years, they’re still setting precedents. Conducted by real estate company Coldwell Banker, the survey found that as many as 80 percent of Boomers are on the prowl for smaller, more comfortable homes to suit the lifestyle shifts occurring during the second halves of their lives.

Custom Home Walk-Thru of Wheaton Home Built by Keim Corp

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This wonderful home is filled with quality and details from custom trim, hardwood floors and a custom built staircase. It features 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. The upper level includes a Jack and Jill bath, bedroom with private bath, laundry room and spacious master suite with large walk-in closet and large shower with seat. This unique and welcoming home also has a 3-car garage and covered porches.

Treat Your Loved One to a Vacation in Your Own Backyard!

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Tips for Creating a Dreamy Outdoor Escape
While a backyard is great for hosting summer parties or grilling out with friends, it can also provide a lush outdoor escape for you and your loved one. This summer, we’re sharing our secrets to making your backyard a romantic paradise.

Porcelain vs. Ceramic Floor Tiles

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Porcelain tile is becoming one of the more popular tile choices. It is harder and denser than ceramic.   It’s great for cold-weather climates where freeze/thaw issues exist.  Porcelain is less likely to crack because of its low moisture absorption rate and it is more resistant to stains than ceramic. . The color of the porcelain continues all the way through the material giving a consistent color even in the event a chip may occur, unlike ceramic tiles.  Lastly, with today's technology with high-definition graphics, porcelain offers design flexibility when it comes to finishes, patterns, textures and variations of color.

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Charming Cottages

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There is something so cozy and inviting about cottages!  They are such unique homes with an abundance of character.  They usually are one story homes with an irregular footprint and an asymmetrical style, but not always.  Let's take a look at some of these charming homes:  

Forget the Fish Bowl: Finally Get the Privacy You Want in Your Outdoor Living Space

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Now that summer is officially in session, you are probably spending a lot of your time outdoors. After all, you need to take advantage of the fresh air and warm sunshine while you have it. There's just one problem: You have no privacy. From the neighbor on the right with a top-floor master bedroom deck to the other one who decided to suddenly remove his wall of trees, you sometimes feel like you are living in a fish bowl. It's time for that to stop now: Your property should be just yours to enjoy. Not sure where to begin? Keep these things in mind and you will be golden:

How to Install Exterior Lighting Video

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting for Gardens, Patios and Paths by Lowes

Outdoor lights make your yard beautiful and safe from dusk to dawn.  They are relatively easy to install and economical to operate.  There are many types of lights to choose from: lights for pathways or garden beds, spotlights to highlight a specific item like a tree or statue, and flood lights to illuminate a wide area.  Watch the video for a complete guide on installation.

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Creative Ways to Landscape a Sunny Backyard

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A full sun exposure can be a blessing or a curse: There are many attractive plants that enjoy soaking in the sun, but the constant heat can pose challenges for an outdoor patio or deck. When landscaping a sunny yard, choose to emphasize your exposure or find ways to address the challenges posed by excess heat. 

Bathroom Remodel Trends

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From soaking tubs and flat screen TVs to heated floors and dual vanities, homeowners are taking extra steps to outfit their bathrooms for optimal comfort. In the past, many bathrooms were built simply for function. But today, homeowners are recreating these rooms to be an oasis from their busy lives. Need help designing your bathroom remodel? Here are a few popular trends to consider. 

Tips for Landscaping a Shady Backyard

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While it can be more challenging to landscape a shade yard than a sunny yard, you can create a lovely shade nook with a little planning and attention to detail. Combine plants, flowers, and patio furniture to create a scenic shade landscape that takes advantage of your surroundings. 

Wood Flooring Overview ~ Video

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Wood flooring is a beautiful choice for your home.  It has a lot to offer: durability, natural beauty and versatility. It looks great in both traditional and contemporary interior designs, can be stained a variety of ways, is easy to clean and even offers health benefits to allergy sufferers.

Costs, styles and finishes of hardwood flooring vary considerably and this can make choosing hardwood for different rooms in your home a challenging process. Which type of flooring will work best for you? Consider the type of flooring, hardness, width and color.

Landscape Tips for Curb Appeal

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Landscape Tips for Curb Appeal - by HGTV

For low maintenance landscaping use native plants:
They thrive in their natural environmentThey have developed natural defenses against drought and freezingThere is no need for chemical pesticides or fertilizersYour local nursery can help you select native plants

Countertop Surface Video

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Four Main Countertop Choices:

Laminate
Not as popular as it once was.  The biggest advantage of laminate coutertops is that they are low in cost.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Gunite Pool

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The three best-known materials for a swimming pool are vinyl, fiberglass and concrete. But wait--where's gunite? Actually, gunite is a type of concrete, a mixture of sand and cement that's sprayed onto a framework of rebar to build the shell of the pool. After the gunite is sprayed, workers trowel the material to a smooth finish. Gunite is used to construct spas and swimming pools, zoo habitats and to repair concrete. Gunite's many advantages make it a popular choice, but it also has a few disadvantages to consider.

New Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring - Perfect for Basements

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Vinyl flooring has been making a comeback as a popular flooring option. Here's why:
It offers endless color and pattern choices It is one of the least expensive flooring materialsIt is one of the easiest flooring materials to installIt imitates the look of  high-end flooring at a more affordable priceIt is nearly impervious to moisture - great for basements and other moisture prone areasIt is relatively easy to care for
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