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Danielle McKelley

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How to Design a Dog-Friendly Landscape

Posted by Danielle McKelley on September 27, 2018

When moving into a new home or picking a lot for your custom build, we usually fantasize about our big front porch or visualize where we are going to put the swing set for the kids in the backyard. But what about our four-legged family members? 

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

Common Misconceptions About Custom Home Building

Posted by Danielle McKelley on September 11, 2018

For many people, building a custom home has been a lifetime dream that feels like an unattainable goal. Finding the right builder, the perfect floor plan and finding a suitable lot in the right location seems too daunting.

We are uncovering the common myths and misconceptions about building a custom home so, that you can start digging with peace of mind!

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Tags: Building Info

One-Story vs. Two-Story Homes — Which One Suits Your Family?

Posted by Danielle McKelley on August 31, 2018

When you are searching for a new home, there are many questions that you need to ask yourself. What neighborhood do you want to live in? Do you want to build a custom home or buy a move-in ready home? Do you want a single story or two-story home?

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Tags: Floor Plans

Where To Fish: The Best Place to Cast a Line Near Hendersonville, NC

Posted by Danielle McKelley on August 14, 2018

North Carolina has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking for activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping and trout fishing.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Half-Bath Ideas: Make the Most of Your Small Space

Posted by Danielle McKelley on July 31, 2018

Do you have a small half-bath or powder room and you’re just not sure what to do with the space? Just because it’s a small area doesn’t mean you can’t make it one of the coolest rooms in the house! Here are some great ideas to make your half-bath pop and get the most out of that small space.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

Preparing For An Empty Nest? Consider These Options for Downsizing

Posted by Danielle McKelley on July 11, 2018

Significant life changes tend to be one of the most common reasons for a family to begin searching for a new home. For many, buying a new home means that the kids have flocked from the nest and started lives of their own -- either at college, in their careers or with their new spouse and children.

The empty nest years are a time for parents to look at their future and reconsider the house they call home. Think about it... There you are in this big empty house with a yard to maintain and more space than you need as you head into your golden years.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

4 Hiking Trails Near Asheville You Need To Explore This Summer

Posted by Danielle McKelley on June 29, 2018

The temperatures are rising and the days are longer, which means now is the best time to spend the day outside exploring the beauty of Asheville, North Carolina.

With blooming flowers, beautiful wildlife, open meadows, hiking trails and waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with just about everything that makes up a perfect outdoor experience.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Bring Beauty to your Home with a Sustainable Garden

Posted by Danielle McKelley on May 30, 2018

When you’re living in a custom home surrounded by the grandeur of Western North Carolina, it’s natural to want to re-create a piece of that paradise in your own yard.

But you also want to have time to get out and enjoy WNC without having to spend every spare moment maintaining your garden.

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

3 Things To Consider When Building Your Forever Home

Posted by Danielle McKelley on April 25, 2018

We have all dreamed of our "forever home" including luxury features like beautiful granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, or outstanding curb appeal with a spacious front porch.

Will all those luxury features truly serve to create a lasting perfect home for you? 

Let's face it, we are all going to get older, and when building a custom home we tend to get lost in that exact moment and forget about the accessibility we will need later on. Here are 3 things that you want to consider when preparing to build your custom "forever" home without compromising your must-have features. 

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

Posted by Danielle McKelley on March 29, 2018

When it comes to buying a home, most people are very familiar with applying for a mortgage, purchasing, and moving into a home that is already built. However, construction loans designed to help you build a brand new house from scratch can be a little more difficult to understand than your typical mortgage.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Advice on Buying