Building Your Home’s Amenities Into Experiences

The value of a home is more than what it can be bought and sold for – it also lies in how it makes you feel. Security and comfort are vital components, as well as convenience; however, what many buyers are looking for in a home in 2018 are amenities that deliver a luxury experience. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at a few ways a home can add an “experience” that sets itself apart.

Indoor-Outdoor Pools

  • In much of the country, an outdoor swimming pool isn’t that uncommon. The simple luxury of a private space for recreation can be the centerpiece of a home’s charm.
  • Expanding that possibility is the indoor-outdoor pool, which segments a pool into a covered, indoor region, as well as an outdoor area.
  • Anyone who loves spending time in the water but lives in too cool a climate to use a pool year-round can enjoy an indoor oasis in the winter that flows seamlessly into an outdoor space in the warmer months.

Creative Wine Cellars

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  • Who among us wouldn’t love a wine cellar? It’s an opportunity for self-expression that echoes back upon centuries of vintage creativity.
  • Not every home has the space to build a traditional wine cellar, but a bit of creativity can open the door to other possibilities.
  • The underground, spiral cellar, as pictured above, is one way to add a stylish centerpiece to your home that will undoubtedly create a unique experience for your guests.

Outdoor Home Theater

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  • The indoor home theater is far from passé but building upon that experience with an outdoor theater can take your movie nights to the next level.
  • The key to this design is versatility. If you live in a sun-kissed state you can construct a lightly covered space for viewings. An artful canopy or raised trellis can be the enclosure.
  • Wetter or dustier climates pose a greater challenge, but a retractable awning is a multi-functional feature that can transform your yard into a private cinema no matter the weather.
Posted on July 7, 2018 at 6:00 am
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NEW LISTING – 48532 County Road 39, Nunn, CO 80648

Check out this Windermere Certified Listing (ask Agent for more details). This 67 acres horse property has room to roam, bring your horses and toys. Open floor plan 4 bedrooms, open living area and kitchen. This home is being sold “as is”. Has an 800 ft water well. Property does need to be updated, and a few siding panels on exterior.

Contact Stephanie Woodard for more information on the property details, including price.

Posted on July 6, 2018 at 6:00 am
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NEW LISTING – 852 Kaitlyn Circle, Loveland, CO 80537

Welcome to your new gorgeous home! You will enjoy this bright beauty, located in the desirable Thompson Valley subdivision near the foothills of Loveland. Nestled into this cute, quiet neighborhood, this home features eat in-kitchen, open floor plan, back patio, built-in surround sound in living room, and master suite. The downstairs bedroom is great for guests with en suite bathroom. Conveniently located close to shopping and dining. Close to Loch Lon Park, Walt Clark MS and Thompson Valley HS!
Contact John Taylor for more information on the property details, including price.


Posted on July 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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Happy Independence Day!



Posted on July 4, 2018 at 6:00 am
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1954 Buena Vista Place, Loveland, CO 80538

Sweet home in a desirable, quiet Loveland location! Gorgeous engineered wood floors, fresh paint, fresh baseboards and nice kitchen updates make this a fantastic move in ready home. Relax in the cool lower level which includes a large rec room, an updated bathroom with a bedroom and an additional room, could be a 4th bedroom. Includes a large yard with two outdoor entertaining decks in back, not to mention mature trees, some even bearing fruit!

Contact Casey Brown for more information or click below to view the photos and details, including price.

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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Beyond Alexa – Other Smart Appliances You Can Use In Your Home

A month ago the nation’s largest home-building company, Lennar, announced they would begin including Amazon’s “Alexa” smart speaker system as an integrated function in new homes they construct. In the United States alone there are reportedly at least 39 million privately owned smart speakers, and the growth seems likely to only continue. With an eye to the future, we decided to shine a light on a few other “smart” products that can help enhance your home.

Smart Doorbells

  • While the iconic heavy door-knocker of 19thcentury Victorian may hold its appeal, high-tech doorbells are an increasingly popular option.
  • The Amazon-owned Ring Doorbell is the pace-setter for this rapidly growing industry, allowing for remote monitoring of your home via video, two-way talking functionality, and WiFi-connectivity to allow homeowners to keep tabs on their property no matter how far they roam.
  • If you’d like to go elsewhere, the market is flush with alternate options. SkyBell’s ringer allows for free cloud storage of video, while the Zmodo Greet Smart model allows for easy installation using your previous doorbell’s hardware, and comes at a price over $100 under most of the notable options.

Smart Refrigerators

  • Much has been said of the lamentations regarding the loss in popularity of the family dinner around the table. If your family is drawn to their phones when it’s time to get meals going, a smart refrigerator may be the trick to centering things around the kitchen and dining room again.
  • The brands may be familiar but the appliances are all-new. GE, Kenmore, Samsung, and Whirlpool are just a few household names involved in the exciting world of smart appliances.
  • The options are wide-ranging in functionality – from Alexa-connected Kenmore smart fridges to Samsung’s full home command center, you can control temperatures in the fridge and in your home, play music and videos, and even pull up recipes on-screen to help your tech-savvy family follow along step-by-step.

Smart Energy Monitors

  • Most people like doing things that are energy-efficient, but when it’s financially challenging it’s tough to make that choice. The best products, then, are those that check both boxes.
  • Energy monitors like those from Sense, CURB, and Neurio offer the ability to connect into your appliances and circuit board, monitoring energy usage from your smartphone.
  • How often are you likely to check your appliances unless they suddenly break down? With these monitors, not only can you maintain appropriate energy usage, you can identify issues before they become disasters.
Posted on June 27, 2018 at 6:00 am
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1359 S Paris Court, Aurora, CO 80012

Welcome home to enjoy the great deck and awesome yard in a quiet cul-de-sac, located in the Cherry Creek School District and close to Utah Park. This one is ready to go with an updated kitchen with quartz counter tops, freshly painted interior, new carpet, hardwood floors, and Champion double pain storm windows. Enjoy the grand room with a stone fireplace, custom built in bookshelves and cabinets. Also included are two Tough Sheds in the back and a heated garage.

Contact John Taylor for more information or click below to view the photos and details, including price.


Posted on June 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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3914 Partridge Ave, Evans, CO 80620

Fantastic opportunity and phenomenal value with this great home!

This 4 bed home is conveniently located close to HWY 34 and HWY 85. Freshly painted, this home is sure to delight with its open floor plan layout and finished basement. There are even beginnings of remodel in the 2nd bathroom which leaves very little to finish into a 3/4 bath. Relax on the large deck out back for fun summer barbecues! Backyard storage shed included!

Contact Casey Brown for more information, including price. 

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm
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Happy Father’s Day!


Posted on June 17, 2018 at 6:00 am
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Five Reasons You Need Renters Insurance

It might be tempting as a renter to think that you don’t need an insurance policy if you’re renting an apartment or home, but not having one could cost you more than you think. A 2016 poll by the Insurance Information Institute found that only 41 percent of renters have their own renters insurance policy. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to have your own insurance policy as a renter.

  1. To cover your belongings.

In the event that a fire, break-in or other incident occurs that results in the damage or loss of your personal belongings, your landlord’s insurance policy will not pay for their replacement. Consider how much it could cost to replace your clothes, furniture, electronics and other household items. In order to make sure you have the coverage to replace your lost items, it’s critical to have your own renters insurance policy.

  1. To cover people who come to your residence.

If someone were to visit your home and become injured, you could be held liable for their injury and any related medical bills and costs. Having renters insurance helps protect you against this liability, and can help pay for legal expenses in addition to medical bills.

  1. To cover things that might be stolen outside of your home.

Your renters insurance may actually help cover you in incidents that happen away from your home. For example, if some of your personal belongings are stolen from your vehicle, it is unlikely that your auto insurance will cover the theft. However, it’s much more likely that your renters insurance will cover it.

  1. Your landlord might require it.

Agreeing to purchase a rental policy might be a requirement of your landlord. But even if it isn’t, having renter insurance may help your rental application get accepted and it helps show your landlord that you’re a responsible renter.

  1. It won’t break the bank.

Rental policies are usually pretty inexpensive. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average rental insurance policy costs $190 per year. That amounts to less than $16 per month.

If you’re wondering whether or not you need a rental insurance policy, talk to your insurance representative or reach out to the professionals at Long & Foster Insurance. They can help guide you to the right policy for your needs so you get the right amount of coverage at the right price for your budget.

This blog was reposted with the permission of Long & Foster.

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 7:00 am
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