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How to Read a Floor Plan

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When shopping for a new home, you’ve likely collected a number of project brochures, each with four or more available floor plans.

Making sense of this collection of floor plans to find those that best fit your needs and desires can be a daunting task.

To make it easier to envision your new home from the perspective of a floor plan, we asked for advice from Steve Moore, senior partner in BSB Design, Inc., in West Des Moines, Iowa. With eight offices nationwide, BSB has been a pioneer in residential home space design since 1965. Moore suggests re-visiting each model home on paper with the following in mind to make the process easier: READ MORE

Home Upgrades that Pay Off

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A surprisingly large amount of the money you spend on your new home will be determined by the options and choices you make — and those options are forever changing.

For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes. However, going with the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save — or spend — your dollars. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following upgrades for your new home: READ MORE

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

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Show Mom how much you care with a Mother's Day gift from the heart. Take a look at these fun craft ideas that will make your Mom's day special! READ MORE

Home Building Process Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you wondering how the construction process works while building a new home?

Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. To help you prepare for and understand your new home’s construction, this article outlines the typical steps your builder will take in the construction of a home and will help keep you abreast of what happens at key stages. READ MORE

IRISH STEW RECIPE FOR ST. PATRICKS DAY

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An Irish blessing from all of us at Riverside Homebuilders. May you always have walls that keep you out of the winds, laughter that keeps you happy, loved ones that stay by your side, and dreams that all come true. Enjoy this delicious Irish Stew compliments of Riverside Homebuilders! READ MORE

Yearly Maintenance Tips for Your New Home

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When purchasing a New Home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about the time and labor that home ownership also requires. Just like regular oil changes for your car keep your engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money.
It can be intimidating to think about these various tasks, especially if you’re a new homeowner. It’s a long list — there’s no denying that. The good news is that you can do the majority of it on your own without much experience. Google is your best friend, and if you really get stuck, call up your local handyman to help you out.
In order to maximize your efficiency and actually get all of these tasks done, you might want to create a home maintenance calendar for yourself. Whether online or on paper, you can jot down small, regular tasks for each weekend and not be too overwhelmed. We’ve listed tasks that need to be done monthly, quarterly, and biannually. Do what works for you and your schedule, and as long as all these things get accomplished, your home will be happy for years and years to come! READ MORE

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder for YOU!

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Selecting the right home building company for your needs and for the type of new home you seek is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your home buying process. Fortunately, there are some proven ways to speed up the research and selection process and to help ensure that you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home. READ MORE

Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for your Valentine

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No one actually wants a stuffed puppy holding an "I Love You" pillow heart for Valentine's Day, so why not create a sweet DIY gift that your Valentine really will love? You can't go wrong with these DIY gifts and they are Pinterest-approved and super cute. Guaranteed V-Day victory! READ MORE