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Remodeling DSM Monthly – December 2015 – Holiday Edition

by Todd Razor - December 23rd, 2015
Posted in: Community, Design, Home Improvement, Interior Features, Kitchens, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly

Holiday Bonus
Builder magazine considers the holiday wishes of homebuyers who are in the mood for cheerful entrances, open-layout kitchens, “party-ready pantries” and ample room for entertaining guests. One Chicago-area builder points to first-floor master suites and special-function “bonus” rooms as especially hot-ticket items this season.
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Living Room with Christmas tree

Little Decorum
CBS News contributor Ilyce Glink suggests a less-is-more-approach to holiday decorations for homeowners with thoughts selling around this time of year. Given too many decorations can make a home seem cluttered, with the threat of putting off would-be buyers, it may be best to present property in the most neutral way possible. To illustrate, she points to 10 real estate listings “that belong on a holiday card.”
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Buckle Up
The Washington Post reports that nearly 100 million people were expected to commute 50 miles or more from home – with a record number traveling by train, plane, bus, boat or car – this holiday season. That’s a lot of miles, airports, terminals, taxis and tolls. It also opens doors for more headaches, especially for those caring for children on the way to grandmother’s house and through the woods. Thankfully, Harvard came out with a checklist to help keep the kids safe and healthy for the duration of your trip.
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It’s On the Shelf
Houzz contributor Becky Harris writes in Forbes about the pros and cons of open shelves in a kitchen. The article features 12 headlines and images, alongside Harris’ commentary on creating decorative and functional spaces with a cohesive look. From freeing up wall space to mixing in favorite objects or keeping household wares in reach, generate some fresh ideas to discuss with a remodeler you can trust.
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Pay it Forward
The Metro Waste Authority, serving 24 Central Iowa communities, offers advice on preparing live Christmas trees for proper disposal via its Compost It! curbside pickup program, running Dec. 28 through Jan. 8, 2016. Trees affixed with green Compost It! stickers, and placed on the curb three feet from trash and recycling bins, are set to be collected on your regular garbage day. The Winter Collection period is also the last opportunity before spring to recycle remaining yard debris.
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Local Appeal
The Des Moines Register reports on local retailers with niche offerings that shoppers may find appealing as an alternative option, or in addition to more traditional holiday shopping fare. Three venues – including the Des Moines Art Center Museum Shop, Greater Habitat for Humanity Restore and HCI Giving Tree – were each highlighted as potential places to find a perfect or unusual gift. Take in some new sights, as well as opportunities to support local businesses and not-for-profit groups focused on making Greater Des Moines a place to feel at home.
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Survival Guide
Consumer Reports comes through with a post about surviving the holidays with less stress and in greater style. The guide includes 14 tips on everything from handling unexpected guests to making the perfect pie crust, cleaning up common messes, keeping the kids safe in the kitchen, and avoiding fall-related injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that – during November and December of 2014 – nearly 13,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday lights, Christmas trees and other decorations.
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The Remodeling DSM Monthly features a collection of articles, images and blog posts geared toward the maintenance and beautification of homes and commercial businesses. Each publication is intended to instill confidence in local homeowners while reflecting the best practices and highest standards in our industry. We set out to inspire, build trust and provide credible sources of information to those who are in need of a home improvement or beginning their search for a professional remodeling contractor.

Todd Razor

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