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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/1/2019

That feeling of rest and happiness you feel when you pull up at the front of your house after a long stressful day is indescribable. Now you can rest, shower, unwind or do nothing. If you live in a detached single family home, chances are you would have your driveway and would solely be responsible for its upkeep. 

When building or remodeling a house, one of the overlooked features is the driveway. Your driveway is a part of your home and should reflect that warm, welcoming feeling of your home. Because your drive is the first thing people notice when coming into your home, itís advisable you select the right type of driveway material for your home.

Suggested driveway materials best suitable for your house are... 

Asphalt

Asphalt is a common and highly practical driveway material thatís inexpensive compared to stone and concrete, its two primary solid-surface opponents. 

Asphalt is very high-maintenance, especially in harsh climates. Professionals recommend sealing asphalt driveways within a year of fitting and resealing every three to five years. Resealing can be quite expensive: The cost to reseal on the average is about $400, the price is lesser for shorter driveways and more costly for longer ones. You may also need seasonal maintenance depending on driveway usage, quality, and stability. Asphalt driveways are stable, of excellent quality, easy to plow during the winter season and with a higher traction quotient.

Gravel

Gravel is the cheapest and most sturdy of the other common driveway materials. It cost less than $300 to install and doesnít require much time; Gravel driveways will last for a long time if given proper care.

The gravel driveway is very affordable and can cost about $0.50 per square foot, itís durable, and with the right maintenance, it will last a lifetime.

Pavers

Pavers are the most expensive of the other driveway materials. Itís also considered the most attractive. Pavers blend well with different exterior and design elements, such as fountain fall, driveway islands, and stone walkways. 

Pavers improve your home appeal and give your home entrance a great look. It is durable, clean, stable and affordable to maintain.

Concrete

At first glance, concrete and asphalt have similar characteristics, but concrete is relatively durable and require less maintenance cost. A concrete driveway can last 100% more than the asphalt driveway depending on the climate and use. 

The concrete driveway is stable with surfaces not prone to mud, it doesnít require much to maintain especially during the winter season, and it has a long life span. 

Having a beautiful and adequately maintained driveway will not only provide your home with that alluring curb appeal, but it will also boost the resale value of your property in the market if you decide to sell.




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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 4/24/2019

Everyone had something ugly in their yard that they want to hide. For many, itís the oversized trash bins that donít really fit in the garage but are big and distracting when left out. Others may have utility boxes that mar your lovely landscaping. In some cases, itís lawn equipment or gardening tools that donít have a place you can tuck them away.

Here are some ideas of ways to hide your ugly stuff and beautify your home.

Trash Bins

If your oversized cans must be outdoors, create a trellis enclosure to surround them. Place pots with climbing plants such as ivy and trumpet vine along the sides so that they grow up and over the trash cans. However, remember to leave enough space for you to open the lids conveniently.

Another option for trash bins is to make a raised planter box that rises above the cans. Plant bright annuals, vegetables, or succulents in the box.

Utility boxes

To cover a utility box, vent pipe, or other smaller eyesore, purchase a faux stone or cluster of rocks to set on the street-side of it. Surround it with flowering plants or small bushes to give it a more pleasing look.

Disguise utility boxes with raised beds and fill them with taller perennials such as Iris or Agapanthus. The beautiful blooms distract from the ugly utility boxes and hide them in plain sight.

Tools

When a full toolshed is not an option, hide your tools in a patio chest. These chests double as extra seating for entertaining and can even hold a small lawnmower if necessary.Or, create a hideaway cabinet under the deck landing. Just wrap the area with siding to match the deck, add access doors and voila, your tools are hidden in an area that looks like it was meant to be there.

Fireplace Logs

When you have a wood-burning fireplace but donít know where to store the logs, build a bench seat similar to a crate and stack the wood under it. Use the bench for extra seating or as a display shelf for your favorite potted plants.

Use two pillars of your patio cover to stack the logs between, but place lattice on the patio side to hide the wood. Hang planters from the trellis to create a walled garden to bring cheery greenery to your patio area while hiding the logs.

Hoses

Hide your hose in a lovely pot situated near to the faucet. Most garden centers and DIY hardware stores offer choices specially designed to keep unruly hoses in check.

Whatever the problem area, you can find a way to keep it hidden from view with a little ingenuity and effort. Doing so improves your homeís curb appeal and increases your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.




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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 4/5/2017

Trappings of fame have caused several celebrities to build a fortress around them. Itís reached the point where it has become a status symbol to live in a massive house and to go nowhere without armed guards.

This phenomenon dates back decades, if not longer. Queens and kings, monarchs and princes sequestered themselves in massive castles. Todayís presidents keep a constant entourage of security around them, some presidents not daring to venture outside, not even on their house porch, absent a guard.

Signs your house has become mentally toxic

From the outside, these happenings can appear as hallmark events that signal you made it, that youíre a big success. Yet, humans need to connect with one another to remain emotionally and mentally healthy. In fact, studies have shown that when people connect in-person and communicate more, play together and share concerns, it can lead to improved health.

But, how do you know that your house has become mentally toxic? Check out these signs:

  • You only go outside to commute to work
  • Your friends have started to tell you that the only time they see you is when they visit you at your house
  • Your dog or cat is starting to nudge you, pushing you toward the front or back door and not just because they have torelieve themselves
  • When new dust forms on your living room tables, you spot exactly where the dust is almost immediately
  • An eerie or uncomfortable feeling comes over you when you do venture outside on non-work days
  • Sleeping in all day sounds like a perfect thing to do to you. In fact, youíre starting to sleep in all day at least two to three times a month
  • In the last year, youíve packed on 15 to 30pounds, and all because youíve taken to spending most of your days and nights inside your house
  • Excuses are what you give your family and friends whenever they invite you to go with them to a fun place away from home
  • Most of your spare money goes to add on another room or to buy a new gadget for Ė you got it, your house

Love your house without turning it into your prison

A house should provide protection from natural elements. It should offer a sense of security from weather storms, intruders and strangers passing in the night. Your sweetest memories could well be created in your house, family and friends circling your kitchen or dining room table as you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or the ringing in of a new year.

But, a house should not become such a fortress that it isolates you and prevents you from meeting new people and enjoying rewarding experiences. As tempting as it might be, you also probably donít want your house to become so comfortable that you view it as a hideout. Yes. You want a home that meets your dwelling needs. You want a place thatís beautifully designed, a perfect match for your personality.What you donít want is for your house to entice you into a rut and cause you to become bored with life.





Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 1/11/2017

Let's face it: you probably have picture frames or decorations hiding some small holes in your drywall. Most people hold off on filling small holes until it's time to repaint the wall. Even then, some people assume you can just paint right over the holes to cover them up. There's a much better way to ensure you have smooth and uniform walls, however. Read on to learn how.

Repairing small holes

If the areas you are attempting to repair are mainly small holes from picture frames made by hooks and nails, there's a relatively easy way to make your wall look like new again.
  1. First, you're going to want to pull out any debris from the whole, including loose or chipped pieces of drywall. This is an important step that many people omit. If you put your spackle or paste†in a hole that has loose drywall in it, it could just fall out when it drys.
  2. Next, fill up the whole with spackle†and smooth it with a putty knife or any flat surface available to you. Read the directions on the paste to determine how long it will take to dry.
  3. Once dry, sand down the area using a fine-grit sandpaper (at least 120 grit). Rub your hand over the area to see if there are any bumps. Be careful not to sand too hard if your wall is textured at all. Once the spackle is smooth and flush with the wall, you can move onto the next step: repainting.

Repainting your wall

It's good practice to save leftover paint and color samples for the walls of your house. If you've done this, your work here will be a lot easier. When you repaint the area you've sealed and sanded you'll want to paint over the edges slightly to blend it with the paint already on your wall. This will, hopefully, make it so the repaired area doesn't stand out. Remember not to panic when the paint appears darker and more vibrant where the repair is. Once it dries it will more closely resemble the paint on the wall. It may be necessary to put a second coat onto the area, so don't put your paint away just yet. In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to check the walls in the room for any other areas that need to be touched up.

It doesn't look quite the same

If you find yourself staring at the one-inch area of your wall that looks slightly different than the rest, you have two options.
  1. Back away, go do something else for a while and then come back later. Was it obvious to you where the spot was after taking a break? Sometimes artists get too close to their work and focused on details that are only apparent to them. Remember that no one is likely to notice but you.
  2. If it's driving you nuts, you could always use this opportunity to repaint the entire wall. Many rooms now have an "accent" wall, meaning one wall painted differently than the other three. This is a great way to add a hint of color to a room. Find a color that will nicely accent the walls and head to the paint store.