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Valentine Pizzas from Pillsbury

Valentine Pizzas from Pillsbury…

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The heart shaped pizza is too cute!

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Pillsbury, Recipes | , , , , , | 1 Comment

10 Must-Have Features in New Homes

I just finished reading another wonderful article from RIS Media and sharing with you – 10 Must Have Features in New Homes… 

Top 10 Must-Have Features in Today’s New Homes

By Steve Kerch

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2010—(MCT)—Americans want smaller houses and they are willing to strip some of yesterday’s most popular rooms—such as home theaters—from them in order to accommodate changing lifestyles, consumer experts told audiences at the International Builders Show.

“This is a traumatic time in this country and the future isn’t something we’re 100% sure about now either. What’s left? The answer for most home buyers is authenticity,” said Heather McCune, director of marketing for Bassenian Lagoni Architects in Park Ridge, Ill. Buyers today want cost-effective architecture, plans that focus on spaces and not rooms and homes that are designed ‘green’ from the outset,” she said. The key for home builders is “finding the balance between what buyers want and the price point.”

For many buyers, their next house will be smaller than their current one, said Carol Lavender, president of the Lavender Design Group in San Antonio, Texas. Large kitchens that are open to the main family living area, old-fashioned bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and small spaces such as wine grottos are design features that will resonate today, she said. “What we’re hearing is ‘harvest’ as a home theme—the feeling of Thanksgiving. It’s all about family togetherness—casual living, entertaining and flexible spaces,” Lavender said.

Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co., which conducts an annual survey of home buyer preferences, said there are 10 “must” features in new homes:

1. Large kitchens, with an island. “If you’re going to spend design dollars, spend them where people want them—spend them in the kitchen,” McCune said. 2. Granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes, but for others “they are on the bubble,” Cardis said.

3. Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency. Among the “green” features touted in homes, these are the ones buyers value most, said Cardis. While large windows had been a major draw, energy concerns are giving customers pause on those. The use of recycled or synthetic materials is only borderline desirable.

4. Home office/study. People would much rather have this space rather than, say, a formal dining room. “People are feeling like they can dine out again and so the dining room has become tradable,” Cardis said. And the home theater may also be headed for the scrap heap, a casualty of the “shift from boom to correction.”

5. Main-floor master suite. This is a must feature for empty-nesters and certain other buyers, and appears to be getting more popular in general. That could help explain why demand for upstairs laundries is declining after several years of popularity gains.

6. Outdoor living room. The popularity of outdoor spaces continues to grow, even in Canada. The idea of an outdoor room is even more popular than an outdoor cooking area, meaning people are willing to spend more time outside.

7. Master suite soaker tubs. Whirlpools are still desirable for many home buyers, but they clearly went down a notch in the latest survey. Oversize showers with seating areas are also moving up in popularity.

8. Stone and brick exteriors. Stucco and vinyl don’t make the cut.

9. Community landscaping, with walking paths and playgrounds. Forget about golf courses, swimming pools and clubhouses. Buyers in large planned developments prefer hiking among lush greenery.

10. Two-car garages. A given at all levels; three-car garages, in which the third bay is more often than not used for additional storage and not automobiles, is desirable in the move-up and custom categories.

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Home, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Ice Skating on Ball Pond

A previous pic of kids ice skating on Ball Pond in New Fairfield, CT. 


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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Ball Pond, Connecticut, My Photo Blog, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Food for Love with Food Network

Food for Love with Food Network…

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Watch these great videos with tips for a great Valentine’s Day – or any day!

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Happy LOVE Day!

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Food Network

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Food Network…

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                                                                     Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 206

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 206:

It’s Friday!  Kids are on winter break, so this was an easy week.  No worries about bedtime, lunches, homework – I love when they’re home!  Remi also loves having them home.  He played around with Jonathan for a while until he was all pooped out…

In the afternoon, Jonathan and I went to Shaws and to get pellets to keep our pellet stove going.  It is the best investment we’ve ever purchased.  Our heating bills are less and our home warmer! 

February 13, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Lovers Lasagna from GMA

Lovers Lasagna from GMA…

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A great recipe from Good Morning America!

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2A Hudson Dr – New Fairfield, CT

For Sale with water views – 2A Hudson Dr – New Fairfield, CT – current
asking price $299,999 

CLICK Here to view listing sheet – http://tinyurl.com/yzk3lwf 


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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Connecticut, My Listing, My Photo Blog, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 205

The day after the Big snow storm – well, it really was bad compared to areas in New York and New Jersey.  Here is a photo of our driveway in the morning when I let Remi and Tisha out to do their business…

I enjoyed the entire day working from home – cleaning and watching movies.

February 13, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment