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Posted by TLC Real Estate on 11/5/2021

No matter what your local climate is like, you don’t have to stay cooped up in your home throughout the year. If you spend little time in your yard, adding an outdoor living space is a great way to encourage you to get outside more. Outdoor living spaces provide a way for you to enjoy fresh air while getting more use out of your yard. Consider the following ideas for outdoor living spaces to get you started on planning your own.

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens allow you to prepare entire meals on your patio or deck. These kitchens aren’t just for grilling. While you can have an elaborate grill setup as part of your outdoor kitchen, you can also have a cooktop or oven installed for preparing other kinds of foods. Your outdoor kitchen can also have a fridge to make it much easier for you to get ingredients you need for cooking, as well as beverages and ice. These kitchens can also have cabinets installed for storing utensils, plates, pots and pans, measuring cups and other items you normally use when making meals.

Outdoor Living Room

Outdoor living rooms provide a great place to relax in the open air. These living rooms can be covered or uncovered, depending on how much heat and sunlight you want in them during the day. You can fill your outdoor living room with a sofa, love seat and armchairs that are made for outdoor use. You can also add side tables or even a coffee table to hold drinks and other items. To make your outdoor living room even cozier, consider adding an outdoor fireplace. This allows you and your household to sit comfortably while gathered near a fire for warmth on chillier evenings and nights.

Outdoor Dining Room

Outdoor dining rooms offer a place for you and yours to enjoy meals and fresh air. These dining rooms can be designed to hold as many people as needed. For example, you can have a larger outdoor dining room that seats eight people if you have a big family or if you have guests over often. If you only need a dining room for a couple of people, you can set up a smaller table and chairs. Your outdoor dining room can have built-in or portable storage to hold plates, utensils and anything else you might need during your meal, so you won’t have to go in and out of the house. You can also add a fire pit nearby to create a cozy atmosphere while also staying warm in cooler weather.

Outdoor Theater

An outdoor theater provides a convenient place to watch movies with your family. Depending on how much space you have available, you can set up a projector screen to make it feel as though you’re at an actual theater. For more limited space, you can mount a large, flat-screen TV. Your outdoor theater can have comfortable seating and a concession stand, so you can easily grab drinks and snacks before watching a movie. If your outdoor theater is covered, you can add curtains around it, so you can watch movies without glare during the day or have more privacy overall.




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Posted by TLC Real Estate on 1/31/2020


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The word is out! Tile is back, and we couldn't be happier. No other medium finishes the look of a kitchen like a tile backsplash. And regardless of your skill level, with a little patience, almost anyone can create a stunning tile backsplash. Here's how it's done!

What you'll need

  • Tile of choice
  • Grout
  • Trowel
  • Thin-set mortar
  • Level 
  • Rubber float
  • Sponge
  • 1X4" ledger board
  • Spacers 

Choose your tile

Tiles come in all sizes, mediums and configurations. When choosing a tile, consider how well it fits within your overall kitchen style, any maintenance requirements and installation difficulty level.

Some materials include:

  • Natural stone
  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass

If you're looking for less of a challenge or are short on time, you can take shortcuts and still create a durable and beautiful backsplash you'll love. Look for tiles that are peel & stick such as subway tiles or groupings of small tiles bound together in a grid. 

Prep the area

Look under cabinets and across the wall to see if dust, grease or cobwebs linger. You'll want those out of your way before you begin. Let the wall dry entirely if you need to use a damp cloth.

If the backsplash isn't resting against the back of a countertop, use your level to align and nail a temporary 1X4" board to the wall to support the lowest layer of tiles while they cure. 

*Pro tip* Read instructions provided by the tile manufacturer. They may have additional prep and installation advice specific to their product. Don't ignore it!

Plan your layout

Before you lay a single drop of mortar, plan and measure. Make sure you have the right number of tiles, including cut half tiles, if necessary.

Mix & apply the mortar

Always start at the bottom and work your way up, leaving 1/8 inch gap at the bottom to allow for expansion. Apply the thin-set with the trowel in a wavy motion, covering only a small section at a time.

Then begin placing your tiles with a slight twist to engrain the adhesive. Use your rubber float to press down on tiles evenly and then add a spacer between each to both hold them in place and ensure they're equally set apart. Repeat until your entire tile backsplash is in place.

Set & grout

Let the backsplash cure for at least 24 hours from the moment you set the last tile. Then remove your spacers and mix up your grout. Completely cover the tiles, ensuring it works its way between them. After 10 minutes, clean the surfaces of your tiles with a moist sponge, leaving the grout behind.

And you've just created a tile backsplash. For more fun and affordable ways to enhance your home, follow our blog.




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Posted by TLC Real Estate on 8/23/2019

One of the ways to make your kitchen look great is to furnish it with high-quality and luxury features. Apart from giving your kitchen a classy look, it also reflects your personality as someone who is trendy and organized. Add a classic touch to your kitchen with these top tips that are meant to bring elegance: 

Crown Molding 

Crown molding can bridge the gap between the ceiling and your wall cabinet. It makes the transition easy. In traditional kitchens, one single touch of detail can complete the design. 

Matching Ends 

You can decide to go with matching panels for your cabinet instead of a flush skin. They have a furniture-like look just like decorative legs. This type of design is perfect for the Mediterranean and traditional spaces. A matching end can come in two ways – it can come integrated into the cabinet, or it comes separately. When installing your matching ends, make sure there is enough room. Depending on the manufacturers, the thickness of the panel can be up to 3/4 inch.

Decorative Legs 

There are several styles of table legs; some of these include mission style, chunky style, and others. Regardless of the form, they always catch the attention of guests and visitors to your home. Therefore, incorporate them into your cabinet or place them at on the island for a real furniture feel. Generally, legs with detailing are perfect for rustic as well as traditional designs. For a modern and contemporary design, simple and straightforward legs are perfect. 

A splash of Color 

For kitchen cabinets, neutrals remain the ideal hues to use. Therefore, a stroke of blue or green is an excellent choice. The result is a bright and bold design with a perfect spice. In contemporary designs, neutrals are also excellent. 

Mixed door styles 

If you like two cabinet door styles, you can go for them both. Complementary looks can improve the overall look of your kitchen while a single look gives an appealing traditional design. An excellent way to enhance your kitchen appearance is by introducing a mix of shaker-style cabinet and modern slab door fronts.

Creative storage spaces 

You have options that are better than the cookie-cutter storage. One of the ways to give your cabinet a classic touch is by going for a custom wine rack drawer. There are several options you can choose; these options are tray dividers for baking sheets, spice rack drawers, and peg pull out for utensils. 

Corbels 

There are plain, ornate and oversized corbels. No matter the type, corbels add traditional elegance to both kitchen and island cabinets. Want to know the best kitchen makeover for a new sale? Talk to your real estate agent about the upgrades that will increase the property value.




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Posted by TLC Real Estate on 5/3/2019

The kitchen is the center of the home. It’s where families ultimately end up gathering throughout the day. Whether for breakfast, dinner, to chat over tea or wine it’s a place for connection with those we care about.

And as a room that we spend so much of our time in why shouldn’t it be the best room in the house? Here are five kitchen features to look for while house hunting for your dream home.

Custom cabinetry promises quality, natural wood that has been hand designed by a craftsman. No out of the box carbon copies here. Since time and resources were allocated towards adding custom cabinetry you can also be sure careful planning was as well. The cabinetry should enhance and fit artfully within the kitchen and around architecture capitalizing on space.

A large kitchen island is quickly becoming a necessity for homeowners upgrading their spaces. Providing more than just extra prep space it allows for the family to gather while cooking, working on homework or socializing over cocktails. Look for options that can comfortably seat six to eight people especially if you love hosting others often.

Depending on your preferences you may find your countertops more important than counter space. Quartz and marble countertops are quickly replacing granite. And rightly so, they make for a stunning centerpiece of the room. They are slightly more high maintenance but well worth the effort. If you are so lucky to have these countertops in your new home be sure to pick up some trivets with padded feet and Bar Keepers Friend to preserve their natural beauty.

Natural stone tiling is forever a classic. If you’re seeking a home that is timelessly elegant natural stone is a must-have. Marble is the most coveted. And if radiant heat flooring is on your wishlist for those early Sunday mornings cooking pancakes natural stone makes for a perfect duo.

A walk-in pantry for the home chef is akin to a shoe closet for the fashion forward. Allowing plenty of storage space, a walk-in pantry begs to be filled with cookbooks, specialty ingredients and you’re most prized appliances to be put neatly on display. Consider the proximity of each pantry to your cooking space. You’ll want one that feels like a natural extension to the kitchen and not like you’re going out of your way each time you need to gather necessary ingredients and supplies.

If you have your heart set on any of these features but find an almost perfect home without them leave room in your budget to upgrade after the sale. This way you will not only have upscale features but ones that are completely customized to your exact preferences. You’ll have plenty of time to make these decisions without the rush of balancing out the pros and cons before placing a bid.




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Posted by TLC Real Estate on 10/27/2017

What is it about cabinets that make them so difficult to keep organized? Despite our best efforts storage containers always seem to take over while baking ware get lost in the far back depths of corner cabinets. I’m here with X tips to keep your kitchen cabinets neat and tidy once and for all.

  1. Start with a major clear out to eliminate any unnecessary clutter. The kitchen is the easiest room in the house to build up excess stuff as it all seems so useful. However, in truth all those specialized gadgets and extra plates simply collect dust and make organizing more difficult.

  2. Give everything a place. By assigning each and every item in your kitchen cabinets a “home” you will be less likely to shove things away into drawers or into the back of cabinets. You will also be able to more effectively put the following tips to use as you will know exactly which solutions will work best for your belongings.

  3. Adding stacking shelves for plates and bowls adds extra storage to tall cabinets. Stacking shelves make the most of empty space without stacking plates a mile high and prevents having to pull from the bottom of a pile to grab a dinner plate.

  4. Add slide out organization to cabinets to create easy to reach access to the depths of cabinets without requiring a step ladder. They are easy to find at your local hardware or home goods store and easy to install on your own.

  5. Keep similar pantry items together in easy to grab bins. Think baking items together in one bin and spices in another. Matching bins placed on open shelves add a stylish touch to your home while clear containers allow you to see what is in each bin at a glance.

  6. Drawer dividers avoid the classic jumbled drawer of kitchen gadgets. Just as with pantry bins keeping like items in each section allows to easily find utensils at a glance. When shopping for dividers be sure to keep your utensils sizes and shapes in mind to find appropriately proportioned containers that will make the most of drawer space.

  7. Lazy susans in cabinets make it easy to find spices, canned goods and cooking oils with a quick spin of the fingertips. Keeping a lazy susan in the cabinet nearest your stove makes cooking an easier process.

  8. Alternatively, a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet adds storage space while putting cooking spices within arm's reach and puts the whole array at an eye’s glance. Again, this makes the most of vertical space to free up shelf space for other items.

  9. Hang mugs up on a spinning mug tree, mug rack or hooks under upper cabinets to make the most of vertical kitchen space, again, to free up precious shelf space. So often homeowners stuff their cabinets with mugs, unnecessarily monopolizing cabinet space.

  10. Invest in a matching food storage set that can nest easily. Better yet, look for the type where the lids snap together for an even easier storage solution. This also allows your food storage containers to be tucked away into one of the organizational bins from tip number four.

By making the most of vertical space and thinking outside the box when it comes to adding storage space to cabinets you can finally have organized cabinets that stay organized. To get the most out of these tips be sure to follow through on tip number one. Happy organizing!




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