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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 retra...
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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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What to look for when choosing a custom home builder

Looking for a custom homer builder
The decision to build a custom home is one of the most important ones you’ll ever make. Your new home is where you’ll make memories and welcome family and friends for years – even decades – to come.  Before you choose a custom home builder, it’s essential to do your research to find a builder that’s reputable, established, and above all, puts you first.  So what’s the difference between a good home builder and the very best home builder? We’ve come up with the answers below. Remember: don’t settle when it comes to building your custom home. The very best home builders will not only customize your new house, but they’ll deliver unparalleled customer service as well.  Top traits of a great custom home builder  You come first. Always. Your custom home builder should be an excellent listener who considers your needs and starts from there. After all, building a house is as...
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