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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 15

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 15

In just two weeks… I’ll be CLOSING on my brand new, Energy Smart Jagoe Home! I can’t believe it! It has really crept up on me! I’ve got around 15 boxes packed up in my apartment at the moment. I’m already planning to take my area rugs to the cleaners for a deep clean, and I even ordered a new one for my owner’s suite from Overstock! That’s the ONLY piece of furniture that I’ve ordered for my new home. I’m very careful not to spend too much before my closing day.

I’ve also been calling around to get quotes for fencing from a few companies. We decided to go with a trusted landscaper who has done a lot of work in Jagoe Homes’ communities over the years, Yellowbanks Lawn & Landscape. In my deeds and restrictions for Bluegrass Commons in Owensboro, it states that my particular home site (one of several, but not all by any means) is required to have a 4′ black iron fence, as opposed to a tall, wooden or vinyl privacy fence.

My loan officer and underwriter from FBC Mortgage have been in more contact with me these past two weeks. This is because they need to do a soft pull from my credit before my closing date to make sure I’ve been in line with my spending habits and that I’ve been keeping up with my other payments and bills. They are also checking to make sure that I’ve applied for home owner’s insurance, which you need just like you do car insurance!

On the construction side… I am getting all of the “bells & whistles” and finishing touches put into my home!
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My granite countertops [Precision Stoneworks] finally were installed as well as my sinks! The large, ceramic sink in my kitchen is by Blanco. These types of larger, single-bowl sinks are becoming increasingly popular among Jagoe Home buyers. I ALMOST didn’t go with granite in my owner’s bath. Marble countertops in the bathrooms come standard with the Summit Craftsman plan, but I still used them in my secondary bath to cut back on costs, and I like the white, matte marble with the Umber cabinets [Arisokraft].

As you can see, all of my recessed lighting is also finished! I decided to cap off where my kitchen pendent lighting would normally go. I will purchase those at a later date. My coach lights [Kichler] are also installed on the exterior of my home. My plumbing fixtures were installed the following week. All of my plumbing fixtures are by Delta Faucets – Kitchen: Essa Single Handle Pull Down, #9113 DST in Chrome; Bathrooms: Ashlyn faucets #2564, and Ashlyn tub/shower faucets, #T17764 in Chrome.

All of my doors, trim and walls have been painted [Sherwin Williams in Extra White].

The concrete driveway and the extended patio off of my covered patio was also installed! That’s a true sign that closing day is quickly approaching!

Since the driveway was installed, we finally let our dog, Hank, come check out his new back yard. We have always lived in apartments, so this is the first time he will have his own yard!

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A drywall quality inspection was done during Week 15. The final quality inspection and Blower Door Test to insure Energy Efficiency will come right before my Home Orientation!

After those inspections are complete, and all parties are satisfied… it’s time to CLOSE!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 13

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 13

Our Loan and Closing Administrator, Kim, set my OFFICIAL Closing Date on my Brand New Energy Smart Jagoe Home for April 30th!

It’s been just over two months since Week 1 of my home building process.  Last week, drywall was completed, and the first coat of paint was applied. This week, crews are installing my exterior vinyl, interior floor laminate and interior wood trim and doors. After that, it gets really fun, for me at least, when tile work begins, and my granite countertops are installed in the kitchen and owner’s bath!

So, this is what the interior of the kitchen and living area looked like after the first coat of paint:
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Then things got serious. Just a few days later, the floor was installed, the cabinets were finished, AND they even started on my tile shower…
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There were some Personalized Options that I really wanted in my home in Owensboro.

I’m obsessed with interior design. It’s so much more than colors and furniture. Amelia Laster, AKBD, Jagoe Homes’ Design & Merchandising Manager, does a fantastic job on our Model Homes! You can view all of our Model Homes on our Pinterest Page and pin ideas to your own board. You can also follow our Design Owensboro Facebook Page for fun polls, ideas and shared content from other design pages. If you’re a more visual person, or enjoy an interactive experience, you can even take Video Tours and Virtual Tours of Jagoe Home plans!

Before I started building this home in Bluegrass Commons, I was set on a gray pallet on the exterior. As you can see, my exterior selections reflect a brown pallet.

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I completely changed my mind because I love the brick that I selected [Brampton Brick in Monroe], and when I decided to go with the brown colored mortar, that sealed the deal for me. I love it and think it looks great! As for the interior, I’ve been a fan of stark, white walls since I saw our 2018 Homearama Home. I own a lot of colorful artwork, so the white walls [Sherwin Williams in Extra White] will be a nice background for my paintings. I also decided that I did not want any carpet in my home, so I just went with the wood-look vinyl throughout. The vinyl [ArmorCore in Steel Wool] looks really nice, is easy to replace if damaged and is scratch resistant from my large dog. This is also an area that I chose to SAVE money on options.

Where I chose to spend more money on options was in my kitchen and owner’s bath! I splurged on granite countertops [Precision Stoneworks, 3 cm granite in Uba Tuba], black slate appliances [GE Appliances], subway tile backsplash [Emser Tile in 3″ X 16″ in white with black grout], Blanco kitchen sink, floating shelves and an extended kitchen island where I wanted to add an extra drawer for a trash can. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a trash can in my island, since my home plan [Summit Craftsman] doesn’t have a large pantry to keep another one in. I also installed quiet-close drawers in the kitchen and owner’s bath and went with a tile shower instead of a tub/shower stall in the owner’s bath, as well as granite countertops and a double bowl vanity. My kitchen is DEFINITELY my favorite room in my home!

Other aspects of my home that I decided to add options such as; double-hung windows [Sun Windows], widened doors in a few areas, extended concrete patio off of the covered patio and extra storage space in the garage with pull-down stairs. Double-hung windows differ from single-hung in that they offer the homeowner the ability to open each sash, rather than just the bottom sash. This allows for better airflow and ventilation. The ability to open and tilt each sash makes cleaning easier, too. The widened, 3′ doors [Masonite, 5 panel] make the seemingly “tight” spaces in the home feel more open, specifically the garage-to-home door, laundry room door, and owner’s suite door.  This will especially be handy when moving in!  The 10′ extra concrete addition will allow more space for outdoor lounging and grilling, and the extra storage space in the garage will be useful for storing Holiday decorations and boxes of old t-shirts that I just didn’t have the heart to give away.

You can Personalize & Price a Jagoe Home TODAY on Our Website!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10

Whoa… things are really starting to speed up around here… it’s getting more and more real every day!

We had our framing visit with Bernie, one of our Owensboro Superintendents. Bernie has been with Jagoe Homes for 33 years, since September of 1986,  so I guess you could say he knows a thing or two! At a framing visit, Jagoe Homes invites the homeowners out to the home site with a Superintendent to take a look at the home after it is framed. There, the home owners also take a look at how the HVAC, electrical and plumbing is installed. During the visit, the Superintendent will walk through the entire home with the homeowner to provide a brief overview of what is installed and answer any questions.

Here are some photos from our Framing Visit:
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After our Framing Visit, crews installed our roof and insulation.

Effective installation of insulation is very important for every Jagoe Homes’ high Energy Smart standard. In addition to the low-E insulated windows and doors, we also install highly efficient heating and cooling systems with programmable thermostats. All of the duct work must be properly insulated and sealed as well. When a home is at this stage in the building process, an inspector will come out and perform a Thermal Bypass to ensure that air sealing and insulation has been installed to this standard.

According to Energy Star, the checklist requires visual inspection of framing areas where air barriers are commonly missed and inspection of insulation to ensure proper alignment with air barriers, thus serving as an extra check that the air and thermal barriers are continuous and complete. So basically, it is an inspection of the wall and cavity insulation of a home. This must be done while the insulation is still exposed, and does not encompass the attic insulation, which is inspected later when a Blower Door Test is conducted.

A Thermal Bypass is important because it makes sure the insulation is installed properly so that heat transfers out of your home more slowly in the winter, and heat transfers into your home more slowly in the summer, thus saving the homeowner money on monthly energy bills. It also makes sure the home is sealed properly to prevent air exchange with the outside, which can also contribute to heat exchange.

 

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In short, a Thermal Bypass is the second step in determining a home’s HERS Rating. Around the time a home is permitted, the HERS rater will “project” the HERS rating in a software that accurately builds the home and environment’s heat dynamics. That’s step one. Step two is the thermal bypass. Step three is the blower door and duct blaster air testing, which measures the leakiness of the duct work and the home overall. The HERS rating for a home is similar to the miles per gallon rating for an automobile.

Once my home passed it’s Thermal Bypass, it was time for Drywall!
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And… they started installing my brick yesterday!!

This is by Brampton Brick, in their “Monroe” color, with brown mortar.

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Contact a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant to get your brand new, Jagoe Home started today!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 8

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 8

And just like that… my new, Jagoe Home is framed!

There is an actual HOME on that giant slab of concrete!!

After my slab foundation was complete, framing my home was the very next step. It could have been framed the next day if our framing crews weren’t already busy with other Jagoe Homes that were in the construction pipeline before mine! Sometimes it can take up to two weeks for the framing crew to get to your job site, depending on how busy they are. Framers will also not complete a job if it is raining or we are experiencing other types of inclement weather. Of course, it rained the day that my framers were originally scheduled to come, but luckily there was no rain the next day, and VOILA!

It’s hard for some people to fully visualize what the home will look like when it is completed.

However, this is normally where our customers get pretty excited in their building process!

Most Jagoe Homes are Framed by the Amish.

Amish framers are some of the best in the business because this particular trade has been passed down through the men in their families for generations. Their attention to detail is incomparable and they take immense pride in their work. The Amish travel to our Jagoe Homes communities from Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky. On the way to the job site, the 2-12 man crew reviews and studies the home plans so that when they arrive on the site, they can easily hit the ground running. One crew can frame a home the size of mine (about 1500 square feet) in only one day. We estimate that the Amish have framed over 5,000 Jagoe Homes.

Jagoe Homes also utilizes engineered roof trusses, meaning they are already put together, which increases quality of workmanship and timeliness when framing a home. We also use certain grades of lumber of better quality in all Jagoe Homes. As we learn and grow as a home builder, we look separately at structural issues and insulation issues due to framing. This reduces thermal bridging, which is a fancy way of saying that the wood that your home is framed with, believe it or not, contributes to your homes’ energy efficiency.

There’s more to the framing stage than wood!

You can also see that all of my Sun Windows have been installed! In fact, we proudly install Sun Windows in every Jagoe Home! Sun products are designed to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. The insulated glass systems use the latest advances in energy performance technology. This includes new generation Low-E glass, Argon gas filled air spaces, and Duralite™, the most advanced warm-edge insulated glass spacer system available.

At this point in my process with FBC Mortgage, my loan has reached the underwriting stage. I’ve received a couple emails from my loan officer regarding where my loan is in the process. I also needed to present him with some recent bank statements, a copy of my driver’s license and a few other documents to help the underwriters. I’m also watching interest rates fall, which is great news for me!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 7

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 7

My foundation is complete! After the footer for my new home was installed, the next step was my foundation block.  After the installation of the foundation block, insulation was then installed around the interior of the foundation, which helps to reduce monthly energy costs. Next, plumbing was installed, the foundation was filled with rock and the concrete floor was finally poured. That completes the foundation for my home!

Owensboro had a high of 8 degrees on Wednesday of Week 4, so some progress was delayed due to the polar vortex and freezing conditions. Then, it decided to rain for several days in Week 5 and in the beginning of Week 6. Hard rain can damage concrete as it is curing, and make it not smooth and uneven with each rain drop. This is why you never want to poor concrete in the rain. January’s weather is so wildly unpredictable. This is frustrating for me as a home owner, but I would much rather my home be structurally sound and wait a couple more days for it to be perfect.

Here’s what my home looked like during the block, insulation and plumbing phases:

Block:

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There are many benefits to building your new home on a concrete slab:
  • Slab foundations minimize the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gasses such as radon from a basement or crawl space into the house. However, all Jagoe Homes communities are built above flood plains.
  • A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects, as they have no open spaces underneath the house that would give them access to wooden joists or supports they could chew.
  • In certain conditions, slab foundation is a very cost effective way to build your home.
  • Slab homes are often built closer to the ground than homes with basements or crawl spaces, thus reducing the number of steps it takes to enter. This can be advantageous for anyone who has a hard time getting up and down steps. A slab may be built on a higher level if the home owner prefers.
My concrete slab was installed on February 18th!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 3

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 3

I’m starting to see activity on my home site! The footer was dug in the morning and the concrete for the footer was poured in the afternoon on Thursday, January 24th. The snow delayed progress on my home for a couple of days.

From now on, I am very careful around the construction site! As a homeowner, I try to plan my visits after our trade partners have finished for the day.  For everyone’s safety, It’s best not to bring small children or pets to the construction site.

Last week (Week 2), I received a letter from Kim, our Loan and Closing Administrator.

The letter states that Jagoe Homes had a calculated “Estimated Closing Date,” and that this date is “to be in the approximate time frame between: May 15, 2019 and June 15, 2019.”

This letter also includes that, “an Estimated Closing Date time frame is subject to significant changing due to weather, municipalities, material shortages, etc. When your home is at the drywall stage, I (Kim), will contact you with a date and time for your Homeowner Orientation and Closing. This is usually 30 to 45 days before closing.”

The letter goes on to state that, “another big task you accomplished is your loan approval from FBC Mortgage. With that loan approval we are moving forward with the construction of your home. Your lender has approved your loan based on the current status of your financial, employment and credit ability. Keep in mind a few important things to remember during the construction process: Do not open any new credit accounts; Do not incur additional debt; No change in your current employment status that would affect income; Please be sure to provide your lender with any and all documentation as requested.”

From a home owner’s perspective…

Now, it is January, so I was definitely expecting some weather delays on pouring the concrete footer for my home. We’ve had some not-so-awesome rainy, snowy, icy, cold days here in Owensboro, Kentucky in the past couple of weeks. Pouring concrete in winter months is a tough job due to weather and shortened daylight hours. Concrete can successfully be poured in cold weather! However, concrete should never be poured on frozen ground, snow or ice.

Here is what my home site looked like after the footer was installed:

 

Our preferred lender, FBC Mortgage, also sent me loan documents to electronically sign the same day that I received Kim’s letter last week. This was a very quick and easy process! Make sure that you read over your loan documents carefully.

After your brand new, Jagoe Home is Production Released, be very careful not to do something that could have a negative affect on your credit score.

This could include the purchase of high-priced items or vacations. Other examples could be purchasing furniture or even a vehicle. Be sure to make all of your current payments on time, especially credit cards. This is one of the biggest investments you can make in your life! It’s very important to keep your credit score in excellent condition throughout the entire construction process as your closing loan officer will administer another soft pull of your credit prior to the closing date.

If you are unsure of a decision that you are making and whether it will affect your credit or not, you can always consult your loan officer!

My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 1

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 1

I think a lot of my peers in my own Millennial generation are afraid of building a new home, so I wanted to openly share my personal home building journey. As the Social Media/PR Coordinator for Jagoe Homes, I feel like this is an appropriate story for me to share with our audience.

There’s a lot of talk about transparency in government and business. I can’t really think of a better way to be more transparent with our building process than to share this with you. I am a second-time Jagoe Home owner now! While I am very familiar with our building process, I know that many people are not.

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What started out as an idea has now come to this point. My home was Production Released on Friday, January 11th, 2019!

In November, I finally decided that I was tired of renting and this is where the seed of this story was planted.  My apartment has been my home for three years, and I will miss it dearly. I truly love living downtown and would recommend it to anyone. But, all good things must come to an end, and who is to say that I won’t own a condo in downtown in the future? Plus, poor Hank, my 85-pound Labrador, really deserves a yard for once in his life.

So, I started creating a home estimate for myself. I already had the size and price point of the home in mind, and I knew that I wanted a ranch-style, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage home. Simple enough, and plenty of room for all of us. I already knew that I wanted to live in Bluegrass Commons, since I visit all of our communities frequently. This is the closest community to our office and is more centrally located in town like I wanted. You can create your own home estimate on our website.

Now that I knew how much I wanted to invest in my new home, I reached out to our preferred lender, FBC Mortgage.  They pulled my credit, which was luckily very good, and pre-approved me for a conventional loan. Before getting started on your new home, I would suggest getting pre-approved FIRST to properly establish your budget and expectations.

After the Holidays, I met with my Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant to review my home site, home plan, selections, and finalize all of my documentation. POOF – I’m ready to start building!

Well, that was easy! From about the second week of December, to the second week of January is the time frame that all of that occurred. For others, it may be quicker, or it might take a little longer.  Fortunately, I did not to have a lease on a home or have home to sell, which can really delay progress. The good news is that Jagoe Homes has programs in place to help assist you in those situations. If your current home is standing in your way, ask a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant about our SureTrade program or about Down Payment Assistance.  If you’re a First-Time Home Buyer, and you’re not sure how to get started, they can assist you with that as well. You can even chat with our Online Sales Counselors right now if you have any questions or would like them to set an appointment for you to come tour one of our Model Homes!

If you’d like to be my neighbor at Bluegrass Commons in Owensboro, Kentucky, please contact Mary and Shawna.

Up Next: Excavation & Footer.

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Christmas Tour of Homes at Parkside 100

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Join Us for the Owensboro Symphony Christmas Tour of Homes at Parkside 100 in Downtown Owensboro

The Owensboro Symphony’s Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on December 9th from 10 AM – 2 PM. This year, Parkside 100 will be one of the homes featured in this intimate tour, aimed to highlight exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. Come take a look “behind closed doors” at Parkside 100!

We are a proud sponsor of the Christmas Tour of Homes this year! In addition to Parkside 100, homes located at 905 Griffith Avenue, 1921 Mayfair Avenue, 109 E. Second Street,  and 922 Walnut Street will also be a part of the tour. Those who participate in the self-guided tour are sure to get loads of holiday decorating ideas. Each home has been spruced up with uniquely adorned Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and an array of twinkling lights, garlands, bells and bows along with several unexpected surprises.

Our Design and Merchandising Manager, Amelia Laster, eloquently furnished and decorated Parkside 100. You can Read More on Her Taste in Holiday Decor, as well as where she likes to shop and what her favorite trends are. At Parkside 100, Jagoe Homes brings our reputation for award-winning design, experience, and quality homes to the historic elegant Downtown Owensboro setting.  The condominium suites at Parkside 100 offer beautiful architectural features like large wood-clad windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a spacious open-concept layout.  Modern features include a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, travertine backsplash, abundant custom cabinetry and premier luxury appliances. If you cannot make the Christmas Tour of Homes, please take a Virtual Tour!

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $25 per person in advance or $30 the day of the tour. Tour tickets can be purchased from any of these local vendors: Kuntry Kutter, 122 East 18th Street; Preservation Station, 9661 State Route 56; Studio Slant, 624 Emory Drive; Trisons, 507 Frederica Street; and Welborn Floral, 920 East 4th Street.  Tickets are also available at the Symphony Office. Please call (270) 684-0661, or purchase your tickets online at the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Website. Day-of ticket sales will be available at the Owensboro Symphony Academy, 211 East Second Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided at the Academy throughout the day.

If you would like a private tour of Parkside 100, please Contact a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant.

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Bring Extra Cheer to Your Home this Holiday Season

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Bring Extra Cheer to Your Home this Holiday Season with Amelia’s Help

There are so many different ways to spread cheer and happiness during the holidays! Many people have already decked their halls for the season, so what are you waiting for? Amelia Laster, our Design and Merchandising Manager, has some great, simple, inexpensive tips to spruce up your Jagoe Home.

Start with your dinner table.

Even if you’re not throwing the dinner party of the year, you can really bring some life to your table with a few accents. Lush garland, wood chargers and silver candle holders make a simple and sophisticated touch. You can go a step further by adding a festival table runner or glass figurine embellishments, like these acrylic trees from Hobby Lobby.

Make white your base.

There’s no need to muck-up the clean, sleek look of your home, or slop on some green and red with your color scheme. A little fake snow makes for a perfect winter wonderland without ruining your home’s interior design. Bold pops of red can make a white canvas extra cheery! Buffalo check is one of Amelia’s favorite patterns to incorporate, which comes in red & black, as well as black & tan, if red is too bold for your taste. This also makes the perfect gift wrap!

Decorate every nook and cranny.

If you really are in the spirit… don’t reserve your best holiday decor for only the main living areas. Amelia loves to decorate her kid’s rooms with their own “special” trees. Walmart carries a wide array of affordable, artificial trees that come in all sorts of colors! Also, entry ways can make a huge welcome statement. Put your family and guests in the giving mood as soon as they walk through the door with evergreen clippings, pine cones and a cozy blanket.

Opt in for modern ornaments.

We know your favorites are always going to be your mother’s old-fashioned, paper ornaments. Give your tree a fun, minimalist twist with geometric gold ornaments, like these at Target. Amelia also loves to incorporate something that sparkles in the middle of the tree. It really pops off the lights from within and makes the tree sparkle more!

Go natural.

Take inspiration from nature for your decorating scheme. Fresh evergreen boughs, garlands and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines and oranges can give your home a beautiful, natural look. Or, go look around in your backyard to see what pine cones or tree clippings you can find. Decorating pine cones can be a fun activity for your family – all that you need is glitter and spray paint!

Stage a holiday “shelfie.”

Shelves constantly beg for an update and a change. They are the perfect holiday vignette that you can easily organize with seasonal cheer. Mix in bowls of ornaments, tabletop trees (like the aforementioned acrylic trees) and other holiday accents like holly sprigs.

Add sparkle to unexpected places.

Deviate from the normal, traditional outdoor lighting, but only if Mr. Griswold will let you! Try draping them around trellis, birdbaths and other unique landscaping fixtures to illuminate your yard during the holidays. Added bonus – if you really, really like them, you can keep them around during the warmer months for more intimate outdoor lighting.

For more tips from Amelia, join our Design Owensboro Group and follow our Pinterest Page!

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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit – Get Ready for Fall!

Your backyard is probably one of your favorite places to spend the summer. Whether your time is spent in your pool, grilling out with neighbors or enjoying a glass of wine, watching the sunset from your patio, the days of summer will certainly be missed.

However, the coming of the Fall season doesn’t mean you have to abandon the comfort of your backyard! As the temperatures cool, this is the perfect time for you to do some yard maintenance, and if you’re feeling particularly crafty, a backyard fire pit is the perfect project for you!

What you’ll need:
  • A backyardbackyard fire pit
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Tamper (masher)
  • Steel Rake
  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Cast Concrete Wall Stones
  • Cap Stones

Disclaimer: Before  you begin building your backyard fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a location that is at least 10 feet away from your home, and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Also take precautions when digging holes so that you do not hit any utility lines.

Steps to building your fire pit:
  1. Clear away any grass that may be growing in the location of your fire pit.
  2. Lay out your Cap Stones in a circle in the spot that you selected.
  3. After you have your pit roughed out, dig approximately 12 inches or 1 foot into the ground to create a pit, equal to the diameter of the interior circle that is made by your Cap Stones (approximately 36 – 44 inches, depending on how many stones you use).
  4. Pour sand into the bottom of the hole and tamp (mash) the sand so that it is level.
  5. Make sure that the sand is level.
  6. Begin to lay your Wall Stones around the perimeter of the pit. Continue stacking the stones so that they are 12 inches or 1 foot above the surrounding ground.
  7. Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones so that it covers the first layer, approximately 4 inches deep. Tamp the sand until it is level.
If you are not the crafty type, you can easily purchase a fire pit! Many fire pits can cost up to $1,000, but there are also plenty of budget friendly options:

Hammered Copper Fire Pit backyard fire pit

Traditional Stone Look

Sleek Iron Disk

Sphere Pit

Tabletop Fireplace

Make an Appointment to Start Building your Brand New, Jagoe Home, or Personalize and Price Your Home Online!

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