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Great Home for Sale in Westminster, Baton Rouge

Updated home in Westminster. Slab granite counter tops in kitchen with stainless appliances, new cabinets including glass fronts. Rich wood laminate throughout…no carpet! Both bathrooms have new vanities, rebath remodel, new mirrors and lighting. Kitchen opens onto large keeping/dining area with new french sliding doors that open onto the covered patio. Yard is large with new fencing overlooking creek and grove of trees for privacy. New roof and windows too! Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info.
8698 Norfolk
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Tips to navigate the real estate landscape and find the perfect home


Annette Lawrence, academic director of design programs, at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, and Marissa Alexander, interior design program coordinator at The Art Institutes International Minnesota, offer these tips to navigate the real estate landscape.

Before you ever step out of your current home, make a list says Alexander. Your list should include one column for “must haves” and another for “wants.” “The wants you can compromise on,” advises Alexander. If you know what you are looking for and what you can’t live without, it’s a lot easier to find it.

Many people get caught up on the basic aesthetics of a home. “The paint is not a big deal,” says Lawrence. “Countertops are not a reason to choose a home or cross it off your list.” The shag carpeting can be ripped out and replaced. These are all easy fixes.

You should beware of the fixes that can break the bank. Will the roof need to be replaced? What about other big-ticket items like the heating and cooling system? Does the perimeter of the house slope toward it? That could mean flooding during a heavy rain. And what about the structural integrity of the foundation? A good inspector will spot the red flags and could keep you from making a costly mistake. That inspector will also check the chimney, the insulation in the attic and the gutters and spouts.

And there are things you can check on before you call in an inspector. “If you want to know whether a floor is warping, just take a ball and roll it across the room,” says Alexander. If it doesn’t roll straight across, it could signal issues with the foundation.

Figure out what kind of layout you want for your house. “Ask yourself what kind of floor plan you like,” says Lawrence. “Those are the kinds of things that are costly to change.” If the floor plan is right for you, the cosmetics will be a fairly easy and inexpensive fix.

While you may think that this home purchase will be one of many, you should consider the possibility that this could be your home for decades to come. That’s why Lawrence is a big proponent of finding a home that allows you to “age in place.” She suggests you find a home with a first floor master bedroom and laundry room. Also consider how many steps there are from the driveway into the home. Are the hallways and doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or a walker?

Even if you do not think you’ll need these accommodations, consider your home’s “visitability.” If you have elderly relatives or friends with disabilities, are they going to be able to come to your new home? “My grandmother was one of my most frequent guests,” explains Lawrence. “I had low lighting and had painted the walls dark colors. Consequently, she couldn’t see too well when visiting.”

Immaculate Townhouse for Sale in Baton Rouge, LA

This one owner townhome is immaculate! Laminate wood flooring, fresh paint, new carpet — move-in ready! Enjoy the spacious floorplan with corner fireplace, galley kitchen that includes a unique alcove that includes casual dining bar, and upstairs are two bedrooms and baths, and laundry room for your convenience. If you are looking for a home at a great price with no maintenance this is the one for you! Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info or Click Here!
10135 Ballina Apt. A
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Two Bedroom Townhouse for Sale in Baton Rouge

Two bedroom, two and half bath condo just off Coursey Blvd. Living room is light and bright with large picture window and flows into large dining area covered in laminate wood flooring. The kitchen is galley style with an abundance of cabinets and pass through bar area. Laundry is downstairs off the kitchen. Fenced in courtyard style patio provides space for herb gardening and relaxation. Upstairs are two bedrooms with private baths, one with it’s private balcony and double closets. Just off Coursey Boulevard, this is a premium location. Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info.

4624 Parkoaks #12
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

 

Four Bedroom Home in Prairieville, LA

Extremely popular floorplan in this popular neighborhood - Lakes at Oak Grove. High ceilings, tray ceilings, vaulted ceilings — so many architectural details! Spacious sunken living room, open kitchen, keeping and dining area with large island and bar area. Enjoy the elegance of the master bedroom suite with a large bedroom and spacious master bath — separate tub, shower, vaulted ceiling, double vanities and walk-in closet. A favorite feature — laundry room is upstairs with the bedrooms! Convenience is paramount. Take a look! Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info. 
37048 Agnes Webb
Prairieville, LA 70769

'Summer-ize' your home to look and smell wonderful in warmer weather

(BPT) - The three R’s aren’t just reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic. In the summer, they refer to “reorganizing,” “restyling” and “reviving” your home. It’s the perfect time to bring a summery, comfortable feeling to your home’s interior. Luckily, you don’t need to redo every room or throw out all your furniture to get a wonderful seasonal change. Spend a weekend giving your living spaces a lighter, fresher feel. At the end, you might even think you’re on a summer vacation.

Home and lifestyle expert Evette Rios has some simple suggestions that can make powerful impressions throughout your house.

Reorganize

Boost the excitement and va-va-voom in your rooms by moving just a few things around. You’ll be amazed at the new looks you can create. Something as simple as changing the angle of your couch and voila - new room! Try this scuff-proof method for moving heavy pieces: Fold two clean towels (dirty ones can scratch floors), place one under each end of the furniture piece, and then slide it across the floor. This might also be the time to incorporate a few white wicker pieces, which will add a summery touch.

Take some time to sort through your linen closet and remove unwanted items. Put old or unused linens into a “giveaway” bag. Store bed linen sets inside one of the pillowcases, and you’ll never have to hunt through piles looking for a match. All you’ll have to do is grab and go. Want a closet full of freshness? Place a few Gain dryer sheets in with your folded sheets to keep them smelling great.

Restyle

Fresh new accessories can help to brighten up each room in your home. Turn plain lampshades into fabulous ones by adding bright or printed linings that come to life when you flip the switch. You might even want to swap out the art on your walls, adding more colorful pieces that are floral or botanical. If you’re feeling really ambitious, consider painting a few walls to add a clean, fresh look to your rooms. Try bold colors you’ve never had before to really change up the look.

Want to get the kids involved? Turn some drab kitchen aprons into fun “cleaning armor.” Give each child his or her own apron to decorate with markers or stickers to wear, and send the kids on their mission to dust, clean windows, organize, etc. They’ll love wearing something they decorated themselves. Don’t forget to ask their opinions on the changes you’re making - you might be surprised at their great suggestions.

Revive

If you’re packing away heavy clothes or quilts for the season, ensure they maintain a fresh scent by using new Gain Original Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster in the wash before you store them. It’s safe for use on all colors and fabrics and the freshness lasts up to 12 weeks in storage (just in time to take them out for the fall).

Make your laundry room a place you’re not afraid to enter. De-clutter the room by installing a tension rod to hang spray bottles, cleaning supplies and more. You can also decorate the room with your kids’ artwork to make it a fun space.

Your summer home makeover doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Ambitious projects might take a little longer, but you’ll be pleased at how simple it is to transform some of your rooms from drab to wonderfully fresh. Just don’t wait too long - summer doesn’t last forever! For more inspiration, visit ILoveGain.com or facebook.com/gain.

1BR/1BA Condo For Sale in Baton Rouge

The perfect location for the medical professional or nursing student, tucked away in between OLOL and BR General Bluebonnet. Enjoy the peace and quiet offered in this one bedroom, ground floor unit. Freshly painted with tile flooring, ceiling fans, track lighting, and private courtyard patio. Park just outside your door for added convenience. Also good for investors as it has a great rental history. Grab it! Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info or CLICK HERE!

5223 Buttercreek K1
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability


The popularity of this trend has grown from the demand for the unexpected rustic touches, warmth and story that reclaimed wood adds to your home. “It’s easy to change up a room to create a dramatic new style with these unique floors,” says Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles-based interior designer, style expert and design partner for Quick-Step, a laminate flooring leader. “You can add an element of sophistication to a special room with one-of-a-kind visuals and textures.”

Tells a unique story

Reclaimed wood flooring constructed from old barns, factories, warehouses or even coal mines and boxcars has a distinct distressed and time-worn appearance. Each knick, scratch and ding adds a unique story to the living space that is highly desirable among homeowners. However, even though reclaimed wood floors are environmentally friendly, beautiful and eclectic, the roadblock for most consumers is the high price of reclaimed wood. Because there is a limited amount of vintage wood in existence to repurpose, the cost of adding a reclaimed hardwood floor to a home can be quite pricey.

Reclaimed look for less

For the look of distressed and time-worn wood without the high cost, Quick-Step offers the Reclaime Collection of laminate planks that look like real, vintage hardwood floors. There are nine reclaimed wood designs from which to choose, including the newest White Wash, Calico, Sunkissed and Cellar Oak Planks that mirror the wood grain pattern, color and texture of weathered wood boards.

“The time-worn visual of this floor won’t limit your style. In fact, it’s versatile enough to work for most any type of decor,” says Valencich. Whether you’re going for a modern, rustic or eclectic look, reclaimed wood-styled flooring suits almost any design style. Consider these flooring trends from Valencich when choosing your next floor:

Whitewash

Whitewashed floors have a light, weathered appearance. If you have a dark or smaller room, using wide plank whitewash flooring will lighten up the space, giving it a fresh, soft and clean look.

Mainstream vs. high-fashion colors

The floor is the foundation of the room and can help drive the design direction of the space. Whether you select a more neutral, mainstream color or an extremely high-fashion one, choosing the right color floor creates a versatile canvas on which to build your room’s overall design.

Distressing

The distressed, textured look of reclaimed wood gives your flooring a personality all its own. Quick-Step’s Reclaime Collection provides the same design and textured look of genuine reclaimed wood, giving it a natural, worn appearance.

If you are considering purchasing a new floor, quickstepstyle.com offers the “Imagine It” room designer tool that allows you to choose both wall color and floor styles to see how they work together. On the site you can also view free design videos by Valencich on a myriad of topics.

4BR in Oak Hill, Baton Rouge

Looking for a true Mother-in-law suite (or man cave option)? This is it: Immaculate Oak Hills home on large corner lot offers 4 bedrooms and 2 baths PLUS attached Mother-in-law apartment that includes living area, kitchen, bedroom, bath with shower, and private covered porch! The options are endless. Freshly painted with an updated kitchen with new tile countertops, stainless appliances (fridge remains!), updated baths, master with stone job built shower, new lighting, mirrors, and vanities. Den is anchored by the brick fireplace and hearth, opening onto the covered patio that overlooks the large fully fenced backyard. French pocket doors lead from den to large kitchen/keeping/dining area. Off the foyer is formal living, dining or study with a classic antique door. For the handyman, there is a Cajun cottage style storage shed in the backyard, plus two additional storage rooms under roof, one which is an excellent workshop with window unit. Surround sound adds to your enjoyment in the living area and outdoor living spaces. Great location in the heart of the Perkins and Highland area. Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info.
926 Oak Hills Pkwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

 

New siding can increase the value of your home

Tired of that old run down looking house you’ve been living in? Why not upgrade your home to a new look and increase the value of your home in the process. You can have the home of your dreams and it’s not as hard as you think. Your old home may be run down and the paint may be thirty years old and peeling off, but you can have the best looking house in your neighborhood.

How? Just give it a new face lift with colorful and easy to maintain vinyl siding. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors and you can choose the one that’s right for you. Your 100 year old house can look new again and the cost won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Vinyl siding can be applied over brick structures and it can also be applied over wood and concrete structures. Vinyl siding looks great and its insulation qualities wrap the entire home in warmth and comfort. The entire project will be completed in a short amount of time if done by a reputable contractor of your choosing.

You can have your old home looking brand new and bright and shiny with new siding. Your entire home will match with the same bold colors you select and your window and door trim will match also. The value of your old home will sky rocket and if you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll receive higher offers for it.

You may be wondering why you’ll want to put up new vinyl siding as compared to aluminum siding. There are a lot of good reasons to choose vinyl, but the final decision is yours. There are a lot of differences between aluminum siding and vinyl. Vinyl siding is manufactured from a continuous formed plastic material and usually has a thickness between .040 to.046 inches. Aluminum siding is a continuous formed material that is usually around .019 inches thick.

Vinyl siding is manufactured with a solid color, while aluminum siding is manufactured with a baked on enamel paint finish. Since vinyl siding has a manufactured solid color, the color will remain solid even when scratched.

Not so however with aluminum siding. The paint is baked on so if aluminum siding is scratched; the paint peels off and leaves a shiny bare metal finish exposed. The choice is yours; however, your home will look newer and have a higher value when it is finished. You’ll love the added warmth and comfort that your new siding will bring you.

Your neighbors won’t believe the big difference they’ll see in your home and you’ll have a hard time believing that is the same house yourself. Energy efficient, stylish and modern, your new siding will give your home that personal touch and feel it had when you first purchased it. You have everything to gain with new siding and the new look it gives your home and property is amazing.

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