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It’s time to get your home ready for fall 

Fall home preparation tips
Can you believe summer is winding down? The kids are back in school, pools are counting down until Labor Day, and soon we’ll be swapping shorts for jeans and sweaters.  Whether you’re a fan of autumn or live for hot summer nights, it’s time to get your home ready for the months ahead.  Below is a checklist of simple things that are best to take care of now before the leaves begin to fall. That way, when it’s time to relax and take in the cool, crisp air, you can do it worry free.  Get exterior painting done. Most exterior house painters call it a wrap when the temps start to dip. For many, they’re ready to take a break after summer’s busy season – house painting is tough work, after all. But there’s another simple reason exterior painting is done primarily in warmer months: the paint dries quicker.  If you need exterior painting done, now is the time to call to get es...
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Classic Living Innovation - Retractable screen systems 

Cincinnati retractabvle porch screens
Your outdoor living spaces are incredibly versatile and can be used for more than just soaking up the sun, dinner al fresco or relaxing in the fresh air after a long day at work. With a retractable screen system, patios and porches can be transformed into a part of your home you can enjoy in almost any weather, and they create endless possibilities when it comes to functionality.  “Retractable screens give you the best of both worlds,” says Greg Benker of The Screen Shoppe. “There are so many advantages to having one, and they are so convenient.”  Watch short video of operation Say, for example, you enjoy relaxing in the bright sun on your patio after a dip in the pool but other family members prefer a patio with shade. With a retractable screen, everyone’s happy. You can open the screen when you want more sun, and then put it back down when others want shade.  With retrac...
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Six ways to keep your outdoor living space cool this summer 

Keep outdoor cool
From patios to porches, balconies to decks, no matter what your favorite outdoor living space is, it’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – even when the temps outside soar in the summer. Few things are more frustrating for a homeowner than waiting to spend time in your outdoor living space until the sun starts to set.  Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to make your outdoor areas relaxing havens during the summertime and fabulous places to entertain guests without worrying they won’t feel comfortable in the heat.  Take a look at our ideas below on how to create a very cool outdoor living space – literally.  Add ceiling fans -  If you spend time on a covered porch, deck, or patio, a ceiling fan is a great way to add airflow and cool things down. Design-wise they create an awesome aesthetic that’s reminiscent of lazy summer nights in southern coastal towns or Key...
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Flex Space - Letting your home evolve with you

Flex Space floorplan
One of the best things about having a custom built home is that it’s designed to fit your lifestyle as you and your family’s needs and interests change. Flex rooms change their purpose and function to fit your lifestyle, so your home truly grows and evolves with you. For example, a flex room could become a workout or a yoga room once you retire and no longer need an office space. Or, maybe it’s a nursery that gets transformed into a bedroom, and later, a home library once the kids are all grown and out of the house.  Smaller areas can also be designed as flex spaces. A foyer, for example, can become a dining area or a bar for special occasions when groups gather. Smaller rooms also make great walk in closets or dressing rooms.   And outdoor areas can be flex spaces, too. For example, you could turn an outdoor space that once served as a place to entertain during summer into an ...
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