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Tips for creating a welcoming living room

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The living room represents the space where people relax, entertain, watch television, and basically “live” in their home. It can also become cluttered, disorganized, or just not conducive to the purpose of this space. Riverside Homebuilders has built many homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our design team helps people figure out what makes sense in every room. They’ve offered these tips for creating a welcoming living room. READ MORE

Innisbrook Place finishing Phase 2, opening Phase 3 with a new model home

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Launching a new community is an exhilarating time for a homebuilder. Closing out a community is exciting, too. Riverside Homebuilders is experiencing both situations, in one community. In Fort Worth, Innisbrook Place is finishing Phase 2 of the development and we’re opening Phase 3 with a new model home. READ MORE

Why choose a preferred lender?

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You’re browsing a builder’s website and come across a list of mortgage professionals categorized as “Preferred Lenders”. Is this something you should consider? Who prefers them and why? When it comes to financing a new construction home, there are very good answers to the question, “Why choose a preferred lender?” Here’s why ​Riverside Homebuilders​ offers you this option. READ MORE

5 Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Everyday Items in Your Home

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Growing up in a small town, I had big interests in finding ways to repurpose or reuse discarded items to transform them into something interesting and outside of their traditional purpose. I recall being really inspired by one of my siblings who reused draperies as the fabric to reupholster furniture in our home. One of my favorite transformations was when she used the shell of floor model television and repurposed it by making a curio display cabinet.
As an interior designer, I believe that design is about transformation. Design transformation does not only mean changing the form, shape or appearance of something, but it also means to change the feeling, purpose, and use of something. We now live in an era where being economically responsible is important. Making the decision to become more eco-friendly is now a driving factor for designers, developers, and architects. Designing your home does not have to break your bank in order to create an exciting and impressive look. You just may have everything that you need right in your home.
The concept of reuse and repurpose is a benefit in design in many ways. As a designer, my motivation for reuse and repurpose is to ultimately create a fresh new look for your space. Designers often use the concepts of reuse and repurpose for design not only to save costs on projects but also to reintroduce design elements that maintain the integrity and familiarity of the space. The purpose of reusing items is to develop a totally new use for the item outside of its intended or expected use. The same goes for repurposing items where items are reintroduced outside of their intended purpose. During the design planning stage, it is important that I consider elements which my clients have previously chosen. This helps to show off the owner’s authentic style in a new way. The best way to determine which elements to reintroduce to your space is to choose items which have great structure, interest, and/or texture. Let’s begin with some ideas on how to reuse items in your design projects. Items such as books, draperies, and glassware are examples of simple items that can be reused as a base to transform for more decorative uses. Here are a few tips to help you discover new uses for traditional design items. READ MORE

Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment on a Home

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One of the biggest obstacles deterring hopeful home shoppers from buying a new home is the down payment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Once you’ve figured out how much of a down payment you really need, the only step left is to find out how you’re going to start saving.
For those who don’t have an overflowing piggy bank, below are a few creative ways to save for a down payment. READ MORE

Common Furniture Arranging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Designers recommend creating conversational areas or groupings, like this sitting area in an owner’s bedroom, to create a natural balance and flow in your space READ MORE

Stay Warm, Save Money: How to Cut Heating Costs

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Want to learn how to cut heating costs and stay warm at the same time? Check out these five tips. READ MORE

Eight Must-Have Apps for New Homeowners

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When purchasing a new home, there’s tons of paperwork to keep track of. The last thing on your mind at closing is finding a lawn care professional or figuring out how to use your fancy new appliances.

Luckily for you, there’s an app for that. From moving to meeting neighbors to home security, we’ve narrowed down the list of great apps for new homeowners to our eight favorites. READ MORE