Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Huntsville on a new list & light real estate news

Its getting to late December and the holidays have quickly arrived after Thanksgiving seemed to have jetted past us. We've included several fun celebrity home articles to read and click on the links to see more pictures.

Huntsville has made the top of a list again. This time Best Cities for Grandparents to Retire (10 years away on their clock).

Dick Clark's Flintstone home sells for a little under $2M.

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series bought a LA home.

Jay-Z and Beyonce lose bidding war on $70M dollar house to Minecraft video game founder "Notch".

Everyone have a safe and wonderful Christmas holiday and fantastic New Year.  2015 Here We Come!!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

12/4/14 - Its December Already

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Everyone has been out helping clients leaving little time to post.  Came across two articles today which were fantastic reads to point out with our short post.

Congratulations to our local schools for winning Blue Ribbons of Excellence. This sort of positive feed back is always great for the students, schools, and community in showcasing the great nature of our area.

Also another great article from AL.com's Kelly Kazek about our local Christmas celebrations in Alabama. Great read of amusement, heart warming, and smiles about our local celebrations. One local month long celebration is the display of trees along the Tinsel Trail. A magnificent downtown attraction with each sponsor putting up a tree and decorating it.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Our Current Homes on the Huntsville Real Estate Market as of 11/13/14

Here are our current homes on the Huntsville Real Estate Market as of 11/13/14. If you have any questions or would like to see any of these homes,  call Carol at 256-651-7444 or email carol@caroljacobs.com

EXECUTIVE LIVING. W'FUL FOOTBALL SIZED BACKYARD W/GORGEOUS POOL & INGROUND TORNADO SHELTER!! Elegant 2 story fam rm 14'plus ceiling/wall of windows w/b'ful FP. Split Master-trey ceiling/glam bath/huge closet. Crown mold & plantation shutters main level, form LR & DR-wainscotting, Oversized Kit/b'fast area, lots of cabinets & built-ins w/great tile floor, granite c'tr rtops & tile backsplash. Fresh int'r paint thruout. Pool 2011, large tornado shelter ample space for approx 8+dog.Lots of Storage. Updated Kit & MBA

Cedarhurst at its Finest!! Impressive Entry w/elegant foyer leading to formal living & formal dining rooms/magnificent huge gourmet kitchen, made for entertaining! Family Rm & Kitchen both lead to large balcony/extends to rear of house. This home has 2 huge luxury master suites w/stunning oversized master baths fit for celebrity, one has gas fireplace & 500sqft of luxury custom built-ins. Work from home w/exquisite study. Possible 4th bedroom w/sep full bath & FP. Walk to clubhouse/pool/tennis.

STUNNING!! This unique very open California floor plan has gorgeous wood floors & is ready for entertaining. Gourmet kitchen includes built in wine cooler, w/abundance of beautiful cabinets & lots of counter pace w/designer backsplash. Large Split Master/Glamour Bath. Spacious covered back patio designed for entertaining & beautifully landscaped private fenced backyard. Oversized laundry room w/partial office space. New roof replaced March 2014.

QUAINT COTTAGE IN JONES VALLEY W/CIRCLE DRIVE & BACKYARD READY FOR ENTERTAINING. 3 Bedrooms, 2 totally remodeled baths, refinished b'ful hardwood floor thru-out w/LVT flooring in Kitchen, house int'r & ext'r has been repainted, plenty of natural light, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! Perfect size & location for young doctor, nurse, teacher, attorney, etc. Approximate 5 min to Huntsville or Crestwood Hosp. 7 min to the courthouse and downtown area. 3 min to Randolph, Jones Valley Elementary, & close to Target Shopping Center

COUNTRY LIVING IN THE CITY. Plush landscaping! Wonderful large isolated master suite w/glamour bath. Foyer, dining, family room have wood flooring. Huge family room w/high ceilings. Fourth bedroom could be study. Fresh interior paint & Kitchen granite Sept'14. Sunroom overlooks beautiful, large, fenced backyard. Stone throw to "Providence". Convenient access to Arsenal & Research Park.

Huge cul-de-sac parklike setting, beautifully landscaped w/inground pool & cabana/workshop w/power!! Kitchen overlooks large vaulted family room which overlooks large covered back terrace leading to the entire parklike backyard entertaining area. Large master & formal areas add additional warmth to this home. SE HSV at its finest in a very sought after neighborhood.

“A VERY STUNNING LISTING” BEAUTIFUL LAMINATE FLOORS THRU-OUT. Totally updated, paint, flooring Sept 2014, etc. Wonderful much demanded, most desirable open floor plan on the market today!! Huge gourmet kitchen overlooking family room & breakfast area. From the time you enter the front door the floor plan of this house is breathtaking and will knock your socks off! Master has tray ceiling & glamour bath. Approx 4yr old in-ground salt water pool & privacy fence backyard. This house is a must see!

Super first time buyers home/great Cul-de-sac lot!! Large Foyer. Great spacious family room w/beautiful fireplace and an abundance of wall space. Large Kitchen w/spacious breakfast/dining large bay area. Large Split Master w/oversized closet. Carpet updated, updated dishwasher, fresh interior paint updated.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steps for a Safe Halloween around the Home

With lots of people roaming the streets for Halloween, if you are staying in and are handing out candy make sure the area around your home is safe.

Everyone have a Safe and Happy Halloween

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

An Amazing Week of Events - 10/10/14

This weekend will be one of the more full weekends of events that include Huntsville Real Estate, historical stories, and wonderful jewelry. There hasn't been a weekend like this in quite a while.  There are three major events going on this weekend:

Parade of Homes
The Parade of Homes covers this weekend and next weekend. This is when all the new construction have their models and pre-built homes ready for the public to walk through. It is also a time when most real estate agents have their homes have open houses as well for the public to come through. It is Fridays and Saturdays, October 11/12 & 18/19.

The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll
A timeless Huntsville tradition to celebrate its history. The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll takes place at historical Maple Hill Cemetery in downtown Huntsville. Local celebrities and members of the local populace will be dressed up in period clothing representing their characters. Each character having a strong impact on not only Huntsville, but sometimes the nation. Donations go exclusively to restore Maple Hill Cemetery.

Jewelry, Gem, & Mineral Show
This years (the 46th) show has been moved from its usual location at the VBC to the Jaycees building on Airport Road.  There is free parking, and the organizers ask for a $3 donation. This is always a great time every year. It runs Friday through Sunday.

There is a great amount to do this weekend and plenty to see. Everyone have fun.

Huntsville Metro Area Homes

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's Talk About Windows

Picture taken by The Carol Jacobs Team

We here at Huntsville Metro Area Homes often have to look into window replacements.  Windows are a base object of any home. They can be found on walls, in ceilings as skylights, on doors as decoration, or even make up their own room for a sun room. Often one of the first things you'll see in a home remodel job in the remarks is that "windows have been updated" or "windows put in at this date - ". Much like anything else, windows have a limited shelf life. Depending on how well they have been maintained by the owner.

But once we move on from, "Let's get new windows" to "Which windows do we want" the choices can start to go in different directions. Now in terms of construction material, windows can be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, or a composite of several of these. Getting the right material will depend on where you live as in some places wood windows in a wet, humid area can lead to quick cases of wood rot. Or having aluminum windows in a very cold climate can sting you with large amount of heat loss.  Vinyl & composite windows are not the be all and end all of windows, but research must be done to find out what windows are the best for your location.

Now the types of windows...most homes of older age are single hung windows. That is they are pulled up from the bottom. This is what everyone remembers seeing at one point in their life. But there are so many more to consider.

Double hung windows have the ability to not only pull up the bottom part of the window, but also pull down the top part of the windows all depending on the wishes of the owner.

Picture windows we often see in magazines looking out over mountain ranges or at the beach front. The uninterrupted view that they provide can give a home an elegant focal point which moving through different rooms of a home. These windows are non-operating, meaning they do not open. They are used to let in the maximum amount of light possible and can be fitted to go from ceiling to floor. A perfect example of these are skyscrapers in which office windows that cover ceiling to floor.

Transom windows lie on the tops of doors and windows and more often than not are used as a design piece. They let in more light where there would usually be wall and in most if not almost all cases these are non-operational.

Now combining the previous window types and you have a Bay window. Bay windows can have picture, single, double, and transom windows. Many homes have this type of architectural feature which does make it stand out. It provides an increase in light and physically makes the room larger.

This picture is a beautiful visualization of a Bay window, Transom, Picture, and Double Hung windows from Factory Direct Remodeling of Atlanta.

Awning windows are windows that are hinged at the top and opened outwards. This type of window strongly appears in both European homes and basement windows alongside sliding windows.

Sliding windows as stated earlier are found easily in basement windows. More similar to the single and double hung windows, these windows operate horizontally allowing the window to slide on a track to open and close. It is easier to relate to a sliding glass door.

Casement windows. Casement windows are not often seen in this area, but more likely in mountainous or beach settings. They are windows that are hinged either on the left or right and open outwards.

An example of Transom windows and closed Casement windows from Loewen

Miscellaneous windows are those that can technically fit any of the categories above but are not identifiable on every house. These can be specialty windows such as circular, lead beveled (colored stained glass or colorless glass), circular inlay transom, or large irregular picture windows. Most of the time pieces that fall into the miscellaneous category are those which are custom made.

Today's Tidbit: Always make sure the window looks like it will go with the house. Windows that don't go with the house will make the house be known as the odd one on the block. For more information on windows, please seek out your local window professional. They'll have all the answers you'll need.

Huntsville Metro Area Homes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UAH Ranking on US News and World Report

The University of Alabama in Huntsville made the US News and World Report rankings of best universities in the nation. UAH came in at #181. UAH has many areas to be pleased about concerning this report.

7th Best Online Bachelor's Programs
21st Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
53rd Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
6th Best Online Graduate Nursing Program

63rd Best College for Veterans
99th Best University for Nursing
111th Best University for Physics

To read more information and statistics please click the link above to go to the US News and World Report rankings.  Other major Alabama universities: Alabama, Auburn, University of Alabama in Birmingham. Other statewide universities such as University of North Alabama, Troy, Tuskegee, and Samford were put into the Regional Universities category.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Huntsville's $383 Million in updating roads

We have not seen this on local news yet and thought we would pass it along. This was just released by the City of Huntsville today 9/3/14: Updates, upgrades, and expansions of Huntsville area roads. Please click the links below from the City of Huntsville to read both the article and the PDF document of projects.

Press Release from City of Huntsville

For a list of current roadway projects in PDF format.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pool Information To Help You In Your Selection

Recently we have seen more and more salt water pools being installed by owners. So the question has to be asked which would be a better choice for you if you are looking into purchasing one. Many choices concerning pools tend to be personal preferences whether they be financial, convenience, or taste.

Regular pools need to maintain a certain level of chlorine which is added based on a pH value. The chlorine has to be purchased every month, and the chlorine can be an irritant to the eyes, skin, and hair to those that are sensitive. The initial set up for these pools are less expensive than their salt water counterparts, but still do need monthly pool cleanings and filter inspections. An ionic purifier can help with the pool sanitation by releasing small amounts of copper and silver to stop the growth of algae and bacteria.

Salt water pools use less chlorine by way of a chlorine generator that takes salt and through electrolysis forms chlorine.  By this process there is no harsh chlorine smell, is better for people with sensitive skin or chlorine allergies. As always there is maintenance. The chlorine generator must be maintained at the right levels specifically inside the control box, and salt is usually purchased once or twice a year. Salt water pools can cause corrosion of materials such as stone and other pool surfaces, pool lighting and other equipment. It can also leave calcium deposits. A maintenance and cleaning around the pool can cut down on this type of corrosion. Also pool cleaning for salt water pools is usually every three months. Now as with regular pools, there can be an irritant. In the case of salt water pools it is irritant to the eyes for those sensitive.  Just for quick information, usually salt water pools have between 3,000 to 5,000 parts per million while ocean salinity has 40,000 parts per million. The costs of salt water pools other than the initial set up can depend on your area of the country, utility costs, etc.  But there is an increase in the electric bill and it all depends on the filter motor & generator, pool size, generator size and local utility rates.

Remember as with location and company, costs and rates from anything from initial set up, chlorine/salt purchases, to equipment purchases, utility rates will all vary.  So do some shopping around and ask others who have pools. See how they like it and who they used. Reviews and personal interactions will always help you to make an informed decision.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Huntsville Restaurant Week & News

Just a heads up to everyone that Huntsville Restaurant Week starts this Friday 8/15/14 and runs through 8/24/14. Amanda Conger at Our Valley Events and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau have both done a wonderful job of putting out information on the what's, who's, where's and how much. Our team looks forward to experience all the dishes that these restaurants will be showcasing to the city.

A few of the Huntsville Restaurant Week Participants
A few of the Huntsville Restaurant Week Participants

Also coming across the news, specifically WHNT. It looks like there are plans in the works for Stone Middle School to be converted. Part Straight to Ale brewery, part Yellowhammer brewery, part ampitheater, and even Bandito Burrito seems to be interested in taking part. Currently Bandito Burrito has a small location across the road and this certainly would allow them an upgrade in space inside but also parking.
Stone Middle Site Plan by Matheny Goldmon Architecture & Interiors
Site Plan by Matheny Goldmon Architecture & Interiors

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Homes on the Market

Here are a few great homes on the market. For more information or additional pictures, please click the link above the picture.

Amazing two story with in ground pool and storm shelter. Close to Legacy Elementary and will be near the new Monrovia High School!

Home in Windsor Parke subdivision off of Balch. Minutes to Madison Hospital.

Great Cedarhurst subdivision home! Lowest dollar/sqft in this gated subdivion. 

Open floor plan home in Hampton Manor subdivision off of Taylor Road. Kitchen comes with wine chiller. Low maintenance yard.

A Casual Look Around The House

Today a short post. In these quick and few cool days of Summer we have currently, why not take a casual look around the house.  This would fall into the maintenance category. Does anything look out of place? High grass starting to surround your HVAC? High bushes creeping over the window to prevent you from looking out into your yard? Yard obstructions which prevent you from seeing out into the street when backing up? Or perhaps a few holes in the ground which when walking along can get you a sprained ankle or worse? Check along the exterior window sills and decking for deterioration. Home maintenance does not have to be an intense study all of the time, sometimes it just takes a casual look when doing other activities.  Keeping your home in good working and kept condition can not only keep your home in great shape, but also save you money in the long run either for yourself or if you decide to sell your home and the home inspector comes around.

Home maintenance isn't something that can be put off. Its taking care of problems today so we don't have disasters tomorrow.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Trampoline Park Update, Disclosing Information, Town Madison Co-op District

First an update on something we had several calls about. Shakalaka Trampoline Park off of University Drive. Originally we had expected the park to open in the spring. We received several calls from our wonderful readers that asked if we had heard any updates. Until now we had none and everything was silent about the opening date.  The park is now open and looks to offer a variety of activities including Free Jumping, obstacle course, and a fitness class. For more information call the number above or click the link above.

Now a word about disclosing information by and for home sellers. If you have information about your house that your agent may or may not be aware about. Be sure to bring it up. This lack of disclosure can bring problems down the road. Don't assume everything will be taken care of when these issues or problems can possibly pop up during home inspections, title searches, or termite inspections. If an agent does not have all the vital information, they cannot give you the proper guidance and are only seeing with one eye open. Sellers expect the real estate agent to give them all the possible options, in turn agents want to be given all the information so that no options are overlooked. Remember communication and disclosure of information are keys to having a good business relationship.

In other news, Madison city council has green lighted the Town Madison Co-op District. This will create a new area of development over 700 acres covering everything from Zierdt Road along I-565 up to Wall Triana Highway. The first phase of development will be at the corner of Zierdt and I-565. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about this massive development project.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

News and Events 7/11/14

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. It seems like everyone around the office had amazing stories of great food, fun times, and big celebration parties.

The Madison County Board of Education has moved forward with their plans to build a new $46 million dollar high school. Monrovia High School. Its location was also settled as the site chosen was right across from Legacy on Pettus Road. The Board also gave their approval for the County Superintendent David Copeland to go ahead and negotiate for purchasing of the land.  *Also to note we have a fantastic home (w/pool & tornado shelter) nearby at 313 Sunnyslope Trail, it will be short walking distance to the new high school.

This Friday, 7/11/14, free movies in the park will be showing Disney's Frozen. It will begin near 8.15 when it gets dark so people may want to go early to get a good spot on the grassy area behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. If this is anything like the movie theater, it will be packed.

This weekend is also the 4th Tennessee Valley Hunting & Fishing Expo at the VBC South Hall. It takes place today, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission is $10. As with the Frozen showing, expect to be a large turnout for the Expo with the celebrity guests: Jep & Jessica Robertson, Bass Masters' Chris Lane, and Rick & Bubba. As well as last years special guest Twiggy, the waterskiing squirrel.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Huntsville Metro Area Homes

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Few Photos from The Shops of Merchants Walk Groundbreaking

Here are just a few photos from the groundbreaking that took place yesterday off of Bob Wallace which is to be The Shops at Merchants Walk. Speakers at the event included Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and South Region president of Whole Foods, Omar Gaye. Both gave wonderful speeches. Omar Gaye spoke about this being the third Whole Foods in Alabama and one that was demanded by the local population. Mayor Battle spoke of this being only a continuation of the vision of the Memorial Parkway revitalization.

Beginning of the Event in which everyone is just beginning to take their seats.

Shovels ready to be passed out.

Groundbreaking with Mayor Battle (center), and Omar Gaye (center left of Mayor in white shirt)

The Wrap Up 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Construction, Renovation, and More

Seems like everywhere you look around Huntsville there's construction and renovation. Over the weekend we took several shots of such activity at Twickenham Square.

Here you can see the new Publix. Beautiful on the inside, with parking across the street in a parking garage. Smaller than regular Publix, but still has a wide variety of products.

Just a few feet down the street you see The Artisan Apartments.

Huntsville made ConventionSouth's magazine's top 16 cities for their 2014 best Southern Hospitalitiy Cities.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Get in the Groove or Go with the Grain, a Quick Brief on Different Flooring

In a past post, it was colors. Today its about flooring. Everyone at one point or another has thought about updating, changing, or redoing their flooring. And...everyone has their niche of what they have fallen in love with. Today we're going to fly through several of them and hopefully give you something to think about when you choose your next flooring option.  With advances in technology some of these flooring types have actually blurred. Remember with your flooring, make it something you'll like, something that will match your home, and something you can take care of.

First up on the list, the omnipresent Hardwoods
Natural and durable, hardwoods come in a multitude of colors and types and blend into almost any home. Maple, Pine, Cherry, Ash, Hickory, and Oak just to name a few varieties. More reclaimed woods have been coming onto the market in recent years. They can be refinished many times over giving that sharp quality look.

Manufactured/Engineered woods
For all intents and purposes, these are still considered wood flooring. The top layers are wood backed by other mixed construction layers. These are usually glued or snapped into place. Some have made the snapping process so easy that you can do it yourself.  Do it yourself wood floors, who would have thought of that years ago.  Still though better to let the professional do it in case any mishaps occur. This flooring can be finished once or twice at most, but not recommended if you don't know the surface wood layer's depth.

This has been increasing in popularity and even be seen here in the Tennessee Valley already. Not a hardwood, but it is more accurately in the same classification as grass. These planks are glued together are are durable. Also the setting of the grain will each result in a different look.

Low maintenance, the plastic coated photograph of wood layered on plywood or fiber backing can be a low cost alternative to hardwoods that can still show off a nice clean look with a great sheen.

Usually coming as sheets for easy glue down with materials that include linseed oil and cork, linoleum is often seen in wet areas. Can have a protective coating for stain resistance. Due to the lowering costs of other types of flooring, we have seen a decline in linoleum areas in homes we have shown.

Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile, the do it all substance which can blend in easily from wet areas to outdoor mosaics to terracotta rooftops. Made from shale and clay baked in a kiln for a certain time period. Although since it can come in style from simple blank tiles to complicated mosaic forms the cost of this varies greatly. A few varieties include glazed, quarried, porcelain, terracotta, and glossy.

That natural, earthen, and literally rock hard substance which can really give you that fantastic first impression when entering a home. Most popular include granite, limestone, marble, slate, travertine, and sandstone. Also makes an excellent finishing touch for wet areas.

Resilient. Durable. Low maintenance. Less expensive than other flooring, vinyl has come a long way from being the plain sheet glue down. Now it can be textured to mimic wood or stone. Most vinyl seen today will reside in wet areas.

Just quick info on each. For more information on costs, installation, and any other questions please feel free to contact your local flooring companies.

A few local companies include: James Carpets, Kemps Flooring, Carpet One, Flooring America, Haley's Flooring, One on One, and Rock Bottom Carpets. If you know of any more companies that people can contact be sure to leave a comment below for people to see.

Today's Tidbit: Always contact a professional for any type of floor work, repairs or upgrades. Also sometimes, your flooring may be just fine and just need a good cleaning or finishing with appropriate products. Talk to the professional floor experts and get their opinion, it never hurts to ask.

Huntsville Metro Area Homes

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Huntsville planning and its vision?

More often than not we see stagnation in the local media where not much is discussed on future planning and a vision of what needs to be done to make sure the city and local surrounding areas are on the right course.

For a while now, we have been dissecting and processing information from two valuable sites from the city. One is an overall broad vision and one is user input thoughts on what to do or improve.  Each one is worth reading through and filtering out the information you have the most interest. Be careful as you can go on information overload in some places due to the large documents the city has put out. The sites are Big Picture Huntsville and Imagine Huntsville.

Information in Big Picture Huntsville is segmented and is pretty easy to keep reading along as it flows very well. As always though, these are visions and plans, always subject to change as we have seen in the past so don't take anything as concrete. Just suggestions on what could possibly be done and making the road map as the city moves along.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Home Tips

Just a few tips for a homeowner to think about or remember.

If going away for a while remember to have someone keep an eye on your house for security, but also the lawn. Don't let the house look derelict.

After a rain and showers, take a look if there is standing water in the crawlspace afterwards. Is it well ventilated so there won't be a constant water presence. Contact a home inspector, contractor, etc for additional help in what to do if the water becomes a mainstay.

Make sure the surrounding area of a HVAC unit is clear and any near shrubs are pruned to give the unit ample space.

Remember to change your air filters routinely, no good letting pollen particles freely floating around the house.

Power wash the driveway and sidewalk, after months on end of collecting dust, dirt, and anything else its nice to see the brightness underneath after a good cleaning.

Let your sinks run and check if there's any leaks underneath in the cabinets. Sometimes we don't see what's right in front of us or below us.

Set an important date for the replacement of batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Jan 1 or July 4, or even Oct 31. Pick a day you'll remember and it'll be come routine.

Clean your windows, yes exterior as well as interior. Its nearly Summer and time to get all the natural light in.

Remember to keep the blades on the lawnmower not too low, we've seen many a commercial lawn cutting service burn grass by cutting way too deep.

Everyone have a great Memorial Day!

Today's Tip: Remember the 2014 Cotton Row Run is Monday, so everyone go on and cheer the runners.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

What's going on with the apartment renovations along South Parkway?

Much like when The Springs apartments were taken over and changed into Huntsville Parc, The Renaissance at Memorial (next to Martin Road) was purchased in 2013 by Panther Properties and changed to Fern Parc apartments.  The entire complex is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation which can be easily viewed when driving Southbound on Memorial Parkway.

Panther Properties has made a large push in the past few years into the Apartment Real Estate Market according to its press releases.

Hopefully, Panther Properties with Huntsville Parc and Fern Parc and the new renovations there, will become a good partner in providing great apartments for people to live as well as to the community.  Everyone looks forward to seeing what the finished product will look like.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Little Early but...Happy Mother's Day

After a wonderful Panoply two weeks ago, oh and a special shout out to the wonderful vendors of Moe's Grill. They had wonderful service and fantastic food that was filled to the brim of the take out boxes.  That with wonderful entertainment including something for the children in the form of Dr. Osborne.  Just a great time all around.

This Sunday we have Mother's Day coming up.  Right now the team is running full speed ahead and wanted to send out a Happy Mother's Day to everyone if there wasn't time later.

(photo taken by Carol Jacobs team)

Everyone have a safe and wonderful Mother's Day and enjoy time with the family.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This weekend 4/25-4/27 is Panoply 2014!

That's right, Panoply is back once again. And for how great 2013 was for this event (several team members took home some great artwork), we can't wait to see what's available this year.

Dates and Times:

  • April 25 Friday: from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • April 26 Saturday: from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • April 27 Sunday: from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m

An updating schedule of the stage activity can be found at al.com.
Also per al.com: "Advance tickets ($7.50 per day) for Panoply 2014 are available online via artshuntsville.org until April 25. At the gate, daily admission is $10. Kids 12 and under admitted for free."
Information on the Beer & Wine Tent.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Painting Dark Colors on Your Walls, Does it Matter?

Easy answer...of course it matters. Depending on what colors you use and in what location, you could have an entirely different feel and sight than you started with, for better or worse.

Now we've seen interior decorators pump up the volume on using more bold colors in different rooms. More Red, More Blue, More Forest Green.  Some of them don't go into detail of how or the whys, just that it goes with particular woods, or furniture looks.  But we'll leave their whys and hows to the decorators themselves. Let's talk about color and location.

There's nothing wrong with bold sweeping colors. Want your Reds, Blues, Purples? That's great, but the deep colors can't stand alone. They need help.  In some larger rooms, these colors may be able to pull it off.  Remember though these dark colors can make a room smaller if there is not enough light to accompany them.  When there is lots of light, these dark colors can glow beautifully. However, in unlit rooms, these dark walls can shrink a room even more so with lots of furniture. There are many times where you have a 10 X 10 bedroom that has been cut down to feeling  4 X 4 with a dark complexion, one window, and a small reading lamp.  If this is a preference then that's great, enjoy what you feel works best for you.  If you choose to use dark colors, let make them come to life and really grab family, friends, and guests and make them go WOW!

A Great Example of deep colors with great lighting making the colors pop out.

A Grand Example of those deep purples enhanced by more light.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Top Rankings, Health, & New Firehouse

Several news stories came in the past few days...

University of Alabama-Huntsville topped the rankings for best university in Alabama for Return on Investment for both In State and Out of State students.  Followed then by Auburn and Alabama. Full Report can be found here.

In the latest Census estimate Huntsville Metro Area added the most people in the state, while the Auburn-Opelika and Daphne-Fairhope-Foley Metro were two of the fastest growing Metros in the nation by percentage. Expanded Article from AL.com.

County Health Rankings recently released the healthiest counties in Alabama with Madison County coming in on the Top 5 in both areas of Health Outcomes and Health Factors. Limestone County also came in the Top 5 in the Health Outcomes Ranking. Click on the county in the report to get more detailed findings and then click on the graphs for yearly reporting graphs.

Last night, the Huntsville City Council voted to build a new Fire Station in Hampton Cove on Old Big Cove Road. For more information on the Fire Station, here is the expanded article from AL.com. Matheny Goldmon Architects did a wonderful job with the look of the new station. It should make a fine addition to the city.

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