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Behind the Walls Episode 5 - Energy Sealing a Home

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Behind the Walls Episode 5 - Today we are learning about what is involved with Energy Sealing a Home.  Proper energy sealing stops air leakage, stops air movement in the walls and helps control indoor air quality. Check out the video below: 




Follow the full series here: Behind the Walls
Learn about Airhart Construction here: Airhart Construction

Prepare Your Fireplace for Winter Use

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It's so heartwarming and cozy to gather around the fireplace with your family during the cold dark winter season. It's important to tend to fireplace maintenance or you run the risk of your fireplace not working in the time of year when you need it most. Here are some general guidelines to follow regarding fireplace maintenance -

Top 20 States to Consider for Retirement

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So you're ready to dive into retirement and perhaps take that long-planned trip of a lifetime. But where are you going to move in order to make the most of those precious retirement years?  Is it a change of climate tugging at you, or perhaps it's cost of living or even health care that becomes the priority for your decision about location. There is definitely a lot to think about. Well your in luck. Bankrate has compiled a list of states to consider for retirement based on several factors that collectively play into the ranking.

Below is are the top 20 from the Bankrate list:

Fabulous Fall Decor

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Fall is such a beautiful and fantastic time of year!  When the weather is cool it is fun to warm up your home with fall decor.  Think cozy blankets and pillows, candles, leaves, pumpkins, gourds and more!  Or simply create a small vignette to add a touch of festivity.  Go bold with fall colors or keep it neutral - anything goes!  Great places to focus on are front porches, fireplace mantels and the main living space.  We have found some great pictures to inspire you!  Enjoy!

Open House Tour 68 - New Model Home at Springfield Pointe by North Mark Homes

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Today we are touring 2 homes by North Mark Homes in Bloomingdale, Illinois.  The model home is the Cambria plan.  It features over 2,700 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms .  The main floor has an open plan with gourmet kitchen, office, powder room and  and optional sunroom.  Upstairs you will find the laundry room and a spacious loft area.  The second home we tour is the Ashton plan.  It features over 2,300 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, home office, loft and 2nd floor laundry.  Enjoy the video tour below!


Foodie Friday: Panini Recipes

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According to Wikipedia a panini is a word with Italian origin.  Originally it was a sandwich made with Italian bread that was served warmed by grilling or toasting.  In many English-speaking countries a panini can be made from many types of bread.  The sandwich is filled with assorted deli meats, cheeses and veggies. It is then pressed by a warming grill and served.  The possibilities are endless and it's perfect for fall!  We have found some delicious recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Behind the Walls Episode 4 - Pella Windows

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Behind the Walls: Episode 4 - Today we are learning about what makes Pella a great choice for windows. Airhart Construction chooses Pella for all their homes because of the design, innovation and quality that goes into every window. Watch as we learn some of the key features in a Pella Window. Behind the Walls is Home Channel TV 's first new home construction web series where we follow a home being built from start to finish.





Click here to learn about Pella Windows and Doors.

Follow the full series here: Behind the Walls


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Houseplants 101

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Indoor plants make attractive and inexpensive accessories, but you may not realize they also help create a healthier environment inside your home. Plants absorb gases such as carbon dioxide and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene and formaldehyde. Pollutants like these are linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Fall Mantle Ideas

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Fall is finally here!  It's so enjoyable to warm-up your home with fall decor.  One of the best places to decorate for the season is the fireplace mantel.  The fireplace is usually the focal point of the room and so it makes sense to pay particular attention to this space. Besides it has had the summer off and is ready to shine!  We've found some beautifully decorated mantels to inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!

Halloween Cocktails

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Halloween is a great time to get festive with food and drinks!  Fun cocktails abound, whether you are hosting a get together or just want to unwind in the spirit of the season.  So, what's your poison? We've found some great recipe ideas for Halloween cocktails.  Try them out and let us know what you think!

Behind the Walls Episode 3 - Protecting the Home with Tyvek House Wrap

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Behind the Walls is Home Channel TV 's first new home construction web series where we follow a home being built from start to finish. Watch as we follow Airhart Construction build this Custom Home at Stafford Place in Warrenville IL.
Behind the Walls: Episode 3 - Protecting the home starts with the exterior. Airhart uses products like fiber cement siding and Tyvek House Wrap to create a strong outer shell of the building envelope and therefore helping maintain the integrity home. Watch to learn about the benefits involved with Tyvek House Wrap systems. 




Click here to learn about Tyvek House Wrap from Parksite.
Follow the full series here: Behind the Walls
Learn about Airhart Construction here: Airhart Construction

Halloween Safety Tips

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There is no question that Halloween is a very exciting holiday for children. However, certain precautions should be made to make sure everyone stays safe. Costumes, candy, and holiday hooligans can add an element of danger to this night. Use the following tips as guidelines for a fun and safe Halloween experience. 

Outdoor Halloween Decor

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How far do you go in your Halloween decorating?  Even if you don't extend the decorations into your home, it's fun to decorate the outside for all the Trick-or-Treaters that stop by on this spooky holiday.  We've found some festive outdoor designs that will get you in the spirit and get your creative juices flowing for your own outdoor decor.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday - Halloween Recipes

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Halloween is a great time to get creative with food and recipes!  Whether you are bringing a dish to a party or just want some festive food for the family it's easy to get into the spirit of things!  We have found some great recipes for you to try out. Have some fun and let us know what you think!

Open House Tour (67) - The Augusta Ranch Plan at Lakes of Boulder Ridge

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Today we are touring the Augusta Ranch at the Lakes of Boulder Ridge community by Plote Homes.  We are fortunate enough to have the builder take us through and discuss details of the community and home. This home features more than 2,200 square feet of living space with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, den, formal dining room, open plan, full basement and a 2-car garage.  Enjoy the video tour below:






Behind the Walls Episode 2 - Framing the House

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Watch as we follow Airhart Construction build this Custom Home at Stafford Place in Warrenville IL.  In Episode 2 we see some of the products and techniques that go into the framing of the house.





Follow the full series here: Behind the Walls

To learn about Airhart Construction visit their website.

Creative Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

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Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a time-honored tradition, but sometimes it’s fun to make a new tradition. If you’re looking for creative ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve sharp knives or scooping out slimy squash guts, there are more options than you might realize. Painting a pumpkin with inexpensive craft paints is one great alternative that allows even the youngest jack-o’-lantern makers to get involved. However, paint isn’t the only way to think outside the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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How do you like to decorate your pumpkins for Halloween?  There are so may ways - carving, painting, stenciling... the list goes on!  For style you can go spooky, whimsical, festive or chic.  The possibilities are endless.  Run wild with your imagination!  We have found some terrific pumpkins that are all dressed up for the occasion to help inspire your creativity.  Have fun!

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Recipes

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Fall is the time for all things pumpkin!  Pumpkin spice beverages, pumpkin sweet breads and pumpkin snacks!  The beginning of a new season is always so exciting and nostalgic.  We've found some terrific pumpkin recipes for you to try out.  Hope you find a new favorite!  Enjoy!

Outdated Kitchen Gets a Refresh

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An outdated 70's kitchen gets an update from KLM Kitchens, Baths & Floors. The new kitchen features oak cabinets with under cabinet lighting, granite countertops and a stylish backsplash.  See the transformation below:


Building a Home - The Foundation | Behind the Walls - Episode 1

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Watch as we follow Airhart Construction build this custom home from start to finish!  Today is Episode 1 in our new construction series. We are learning what goes into creating a foundation for your new home.





Follow the full series here: Behind the Walls
To learn more about Airhart Construction visit their website.

Fall Decor Ideas for Your Home

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If there was ever a time to get spicy with your home décor, fall is definitely it. No big budget is needed to create a welcoming autumnal retreat because fall décor ideas for your home are literally all around you. Before taking a trip to the local craft store, take a trip around your yard and outdoor buildings to find the unique items that will make your fall decorating special.

Festive Halloween Vignettes

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Do you feel that change in the air?  October is here and it's time to channel your inner ghoul! Halloween brings out the kid in all of us.  So, it's time to get busy and pull out your Halloween decor and get festive!  We've found some great Halloween vignettes to inspire you.  Enjoy!