4 Tips on Defining and Dividing Space in an Open Floor Plan


Open floor plans are filled with infinite opportunities and ideas, and sometimes it can get very overwhelming. The multifunctionality and feeling of extra space with open rooms are impactful, but there are downsides. They can potentially look unstructured and unflattering if not done well; but worry not, there are many opportunities to turn your open floor plan beautiful! There are many ways to create a sense of division between the different zones in your home to give the appearance of having different spaces without having to put up any walls.


Arrange your Furnitures

The arrangement of your furniture can be an important too when trying to definite space in an open floor plan. Placing furniture closely causes the brain to process those pieces as a group. Another simple way to make two areas of a home feel divided is by placing the furniture in each area away from the other. People often think large pieces of furnitures should sit against a wall facing towards the center of the room but facing the large pieces out towards the wall can help act as a division of space. Perhaps you can use a sofa, table, etc. can be used as a room divider when being placed in the center of the room.



Color Coding your Spaces

You can also definite spaces from the use of color, which can be added through paint, wall décor and hangings, furniture, accent pieces or walls, or wallpaper. Make sure you keep a color palette that harmonizes well with all other spaces. Include different shades of the same color or overlapping colors. An accent wall can add an impactful feature. We tend to pay more attention to vertical surfaces (like walls) rather than floors.



Utilize Screens, Half Walls, and Dividers

A standing divider, screen, or half wall can divide up space without blocking slight lines to make the room appear much smaller than it is. Another idea is using a flowy, hanging curtain to enclose the bed at night. Even with a simple material, it can look modern. However, if you want total enclosure and separation, try closing up just the area with a opaquer screen. Closing off rooms or furniture like this, especially the bedroom, the space can become a cozy, comfy little space.



Use of Rugs

Rugs are wonderful for defining specific areas and making them separated from their surroundings. For example, placing a rug under a seating area can help you tie the furniture together into a group. Creating divisions on the ground can create a drawing line between different spaces.



Lawn Care for Fall


Summer has finally ended, but that doesn’t mean the end of lawn care. Fall is finally upon us, and it’s the prime time to prepare for the growing season. With a couple of tips, you can make sure your lawn will be flourishing and healthy by next spring. By autumn, witch cold weather and occasional rainfalls, it’s the ideal time to take EXTRA care of your yard. Give it some attention now, and you’ll be rewarded with a healthy spring lawn; just follow these tricks and tips!


Rake your leaves. Raking leaves is not a fun idea, but it’s extremely important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as you can. Don’t wait until the last minute, where all the leaves have fallen from trees to start raking. The leaves can become wet or damped from morning dew, and stick together, which can potentially create a layer that suffocates the grass when left untreated.


Control the weeds. If weeds have taken over your lawn, it’s time to get rid of them now. Weeds are very lively and prominent during the fall. Applying a herbicide now can ensure that the weeds won’t return in the spring.


Fertilizing the lawn. Just as grass needs water to last the winder, they also can benefit off plant sugars that protect the roots from freezing, which can help ensure that the grass will bounce back in spring. The autumn application of fertilizer provides essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots and keep it healthy over the season. It’s recommended you wait until mid to late fall, then apply dry lawn fertilizer in grassy areas. A drop spreader can provide the best way to apply consistent and even layer of fertilizer, which is something to keep in mind.



Home Buying Trends of 2018: What Does the Future Hold for Homebuyers?


Trends come and go, and some trends even stick around so long that they can barely be called trends anymore. Many must haves are similar, and others such as home automation technologies are just now emerging. It could be a challenging year for buyers; future homeowners, many of which are millennial renters waiting for the right moment to buy are struggling with the lack of affordable homes.



Millennials are much more flexible in how they view their property, and by delaying the traditional life that precedes homeownership (such as delay in marriage, kids, or dealing with student debt), millennials are renting longer. They’re more than happy to rent into their thirties or live comfortably and stress free with their relatives. This is not a bad thing! However, there is an option for those who are struggling to be able to afford homeownership – modular and manufactured homes! Not only are they affordable, but they’re an investment opportunity that can help you save more money in the long run.


Modern manufactured or modular homes are well built and inexpensive housing alternatives. Even if these homes are factory-built, they come with various amounts of customization options that are tailored to suit a wide demographic. These types of homes are now designed to look like traditional homes; and guaranteed to be safe for you and your family. Codes and structural regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have ensured that modular and manufactured homes meet higher quality standards than most traditional homes.



Here are a handful of customization options available for your modular or manufactured home:



We are here to help you find your perfect dream home; even if you don’t see the option you want on the site, we can still try to make it happen for you!


Features that Newer Homebuyers are Looking For:


Millennials are changing the game when it comes to the housing market. Tech savvy and mobile, millennials know exactly what they are looking for. Here are the top features millennials look for in their homes:


  1. Energy Efficiency – The younger generation are concerned with their impact on the environment. They want to make sure that when they buy a home, it will have minimal carbon footprint. Energy efficient items or features can include UV protected windows, home automation thermostats, upgraded insulation, and so on.



  1. Modern – Traditional styles are coming on strong, which offers homeowners and buyers alike an opportunity to look towards more modern designs. In NKBA’s 2017 Design Trends Report, contemporary has passed traditional in terms of preference.



  1. Rethinking Storage – Buying the biggest house you can afford is out of the question. New homebuyers are forgoing the extra bedrooms, enormous living spaces, and so on. These homebuyers prefer to utilize their space wisely for their family’s needs, keeping an intimate and inventing atmosphere within their home. Homes that provide ample amount of storage ensure there’s more than plenty of space to stash things out of sight.



Protecting your Manufactured Homes: Wind Safety and Wind Zones


Every manufactured home is built to the standards of HUD Code wind zone classifications. The HUD code specifies that homes shall be designed and constructed to conform to one of the three wind zones. The chosen Wind Zone is dependent on where the home will be installed. Homes that are designed and constructed for the higher Wind Zone can also be constructed in a lower Wind Zone. However, a home designed for a lower Wind Zone cannot be constructed in a higher Wind Zone area. Unfortunately, it is hard to upgrade your home to a higher zone once it is built, so be sure to know which Wind Zone you live in!


Image from MHI (Manufactured Housing Institute)


There are 3 wind zones currently; Zone I, Zone II, and Zone III. Most of the United States are where hurricanes are not expected and are usually designed for Wind Zone I. Wind Zone II is designed for areas that are prone to hurricanes and can experience up to 100 miles per hour of wind speeds. Homes that are in the Wind Zone III must be built to withstand 110 miles per hours winds, and hurricanes are very frequent in this zone. Keep in mind that the HUD Code Wind Zones are not based on where your home is built, but rather where your manufactured home will be placed.


If you are looking to buy a new manufactured home, the best way to determine which wind zone your home will be in (once you choose which lot you’d like your home on), is to ask us! If you would like to check which zone your manufactured home was built to stand, there is a “Data Plate” within the inside of your home with information on it.


If you’re worried about high winds, you can communicate with us about having your home constructed and installed for Wind Zone II standards or higher as a means of caution.

Saving and Budgeting to Construct the House of your Dreams


Building a home has its highs and lows, even with modular or manufactured homes. No matter how excited you get, or how frustrated you get about finalizing your home, you can never forget that the house is your home and you’re the boss (for the most part). If you really want to save money, know what’s important to you and where you can save during the process. There are a lot of choices that can potentially determine how much you will end up paying. Here at Showcase Homes, we do our best to accommodate to you and your family’s needs when building your home. We can and will help you every step of the way to help you find your dream home all the while staying in your budget.


Figure out what you want early.


Sit down and figure out what’s important for you and your family when it comes to purchasing and building a new home. Figuring out what you and your significant other wants in a home and compromising would relieve some frustration from picking customization options in the future. Planning out clear expectations for what you are looking for and what you need is important to making sure the costs stay within your budget.


Do your research and communicate.


Come check out our on-lot models at our property to figure out what you would like in your new house. Setting up how to save during the process can help you better purchase your home without regret in the future. Make sure to communicate with us, Showcase Homes, when purchasing your new home from us. We can help you choose what your priorities are when it comes to your home. Let us know what’s important and seek our input when you’re trying to save; we can always clue you in on ways to save on the construction of your new home.


Look into building a smaller footprint home.


The bigger the home is, the higher the cost. If you have an abundantly large family, small homes many not make the cut. The point of a small home though, is to focus on the things you only need. Try to use small spaces in your home efficiently; it can help to open rooms within the home. The result will be incredibly affordable and simplistic, and you can potentially save a lot of money in the long run.


Make sure you know the cost of living for the location you want your home.


When trying to find which lot to place your new modular or manufactured home, a way to save in the long run is to buy a land in an area with a lower cost of living. Keep in my the cost of the home itself, costs of everyday necesseties, property tax, and so on.

Haunting Décor Ideas for Halloween (With DIY Ideas!)


Get ready to spook up your home with these Halloween décor ideas! Whether doing any DIYs’ from creating Halloween costumes for your kids or getting crafty with jack-o-lanterns; Halloween decorations make it easy to trick out your house in costly effective manner. Let your imagination run wild this Halloween night when you dress up your front door, path, hallway, and more!


The haunted front porch. Even if guests do not enter your home, trick-or-treaters will see the front porch; so, make sure you give it that festive feel that includes lanterns, pumpkins, and other various spooky decorations.


DIY idea: Draw spooky faces inside of an empty, clean milk bottle. Once that’s done, fill it up with holiday lights to decorate your porch with a ghostly Halloween glow!



A spooktacular centerpiece. Give your table that wow factor with a Halloween décor topped with some ghoulish decorations. That would make an exciting table centerpiece, especially around hanging decorations as well.


DIY Idea: You can make a ghastly terrarium as a table centerpiece by picking up some backyard twigs, moss, or rocks. You might also need some classic Halloween themed decorations such as skulls or brows to add to your terrarium. When you are building your seen, use the lid of a mason jar upside down. When you feel like your landscape is complete, screw on the jar and place it right on your table!


Dress up your windows. Give your front windows a haunting makeover with curtains stenciled with Halloween designs. Transform your windows into a ghastly scene with these few tricks!


DIY Idea: Mummify your front window (or front door, if you’d like) by using tape paper streamers to your surfaces, overlapping the strips to give a wrapped look! When you are done, cut sheets of black and white paper into circles to make the eyes, in which you can tape and secure on top of the window.



Make a statement with your pumpkins. Rather than just carving yet pumpkins, why not take it to the next level. Show off your DIY skills by covering a pumpkin in other decorative pieces, colors, and patterns! Perhaps dazzle up your pumpkins with fabrics and embellishments for a more sophisticated and tamed look.


DIY Idea: Make a witch inspired pumpkin for your front porch using a faux pumpkin and some basic art supplies from your local craft store. Create a friendly witch, black cat, or a cauldron pumpkin to welcome Halloween guests!



Understanding Home Building Terminology


Before you embark in a home-buying journey, it’s best you know the home-building lingo before purchasing a home. When you first start looking into home construction for your modular or manufactured homes, there will be tons of new terms that you’ll need to know to make sure you’re making responsible decisions to avoid costly mistakes. Here are some common constructions terms you should know before purchasing a home:


IRC – Also called the International Residential Code, which have been adopted by most states. The IRC is updated every three years. However, a state may adopt one version of the IRC and can choose to wait several years to adopt the next version.


Traditional, or Site-Built Homes – These are homes that are built on the onsite construction. Onsite construction is how homes are traditionally built. Each part and fixed, constructed, and delivered upon the home-site. Ba


Factory-built, or Offsite Homes – Homes constructed within a factory are built in a controlled environment, transported to the site the home-buyer desires, and installed. Manufactured homes are built under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD Code also sets performance standards for heating, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical systems and so on. Modular homes are factory-built homes built in modules to local or state codes, which is determined by where the home will be located.


Dormer – A dormer is added on top of roofs. It comes in various styles to reflect the roof style. They provide a way for the light to get under the roofed area, as well as create more space under the roof area.


Sub Floor – Boards that are nailed to the joists over where the finished floor will lay.


Rafters – A-shaped figures that support the roof. They are more time consuming and expensive to make than trusses.


Trusses – Triangular shaped structures used as an alternative for rafters. Trusses tend to be stronger than dimensional lumber and are used mainly on the floor and roof.


Grading – Before starting to build on your lot, there must be initial preparation to the ground surfaced around the home, including the driveway. The final grading takes place after the installation on site.

Manufactured Homes: An Investment Opportunity Millennials Should Jump On!


In America’s most booming cities, homebuyers have found a more affordable alternative to owning a home called manufactured housing! Manufactured homes are thought to be box-like, copy and paste homes on wheels; but that’s false! Manufactured home designs have evolved through the years and can be a great option for an affordable dream home, perfect for you and your family!


According to the Boston Consulting Group, Millennials make up the largest generational block in the U.S.! They also hold about $1.3 trillion in annual buying power. By 2020, they’ll compromise 53% of the U.S. workforce. Ignoring the sales opportunities millennials afford is a very bad idea.


Manufactured home construction can help create affordable housing for the millennial workforce. These homes arrive on your desired site nearly complete, with the kitchen, carpet, and bathrooms built-in already.


Rent costs are rising, with no real return of investment that goes into a rental. So just how much are you spending for your apartment? There’s nothing to show for it at the end of the lease. With purchasing a manufactured home, it’s an actual investment, and it’s far more affordable than site-built homes.


For more information, check this article: “To the Millennials Leaving Their Parent’s Homes, Modular Homes Should Be in Your Radar!




Safety Tips on Decorating for Halloween


It’s almost time to whip out the Halloween decorations, since the holiday is just around the corner! Time to turn your home into a haunted mansion! However, without the right precautions, Halloween decorations in your home and yard can pose a risk to you, your family, or your home. Here are some safety tips to follow when decorating for Halloween this year!



Create a well-lit path. The dark and scary Halloween night can be made less with the proper lighting lined up in your front yard! Make sure you check the lighting for your entryway and replace any bulbs that aren’t working. It’s important to be sure to use outdoor extension cords when decorating your entryway and front yard. The outdoor cords have been tested for severe weather conditions and have the electrical capacity for Halloween decorating. To get the cords out of the way, be sure to buy plastic hooks as nails or staples could potentially damage the cords and cause a shock or fire hazard.



Ditch the candles. If you’re going to have young trick-or-treaters around, never leave candles around where children can potentially knock over. Jack-o’-lanterns with burning candles require a lot of supervision and can pose a risk to your property due to flammable costumes. It’s easy to opt out to using glowsticks or a flashlight instead. Consider using battery operated candles or LED lights to ensure safety. It will be a lot safer, and once they’re inside a paper bag or jack-o’-lanterns, no one can tell the difference!



Keep your fur-friends safe! When decorating, make sure nothing hazardous is around your pets; such as open flames or dry ice. It’s easy for a jumpy, excited pet to knock something over. Be sure that if you do use potentially dangerous Halloween décor, it is out of reach and on a sturdy surface (this could be beneficial to keep your children safe, too!). Additionally, pets consuming any sweets can be dangerous, so keep those sweets out of their reach as well!

Have a Monster Mash. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Halloween with either your friends or family? Before you get the part started, make sure you have a safe space to party. Check and ensure all the exits ae clear, not blocked by any Halloween décor. If you use any lit candles, make sure they’re out of reach, at least enough to make sure they’re not easily knocked over or brushed up against. Check if all the props that are hanging, dangling, draped, etc. are set and steadily secured. It would be dangerous if anyone had tripped!



Last Minute Prepping for Severe Weather


The signs of a storm often involve dark clouds and drizzle; there are other indications that you can look out for sometimes hours before the storm hits. Knowing these indications can help you take the proper precautions way before any severe storm hits your neighborhood. Here are some tips on what you can do in a short time to keep you and your family safe when you’re caught unprepared during a threatening storm.


Secure the outdoor furnitures. This includes umbrellas or decors such as hanging plants, as they can become projectiles during high winds. Move any unsecured items in your backyard (or perhaps your front yard). This includes patio furniture, lawn chairs, and so forth. If you can’t move any furnitures inside, make sure you securely tie them down.


Moving cars. Cars can often be damaged or destroyed by falling trees or debris during a threatening storm. Try to position cars closer to your home, and away from trees and powerlines. If you have a garage on the lot, park your cars inside and close the garage door.


Resources. Make a safety kit that has essential first-aid resources as well as flashlights, battery powered radio, and extra batteries. Be sure to also have enough bottled waters and non-perishable food items.


Find utility cutoffs. Identify the cutoff switches or valves for water, power, and gas, and learn how to turn them off just in case of an emergency. A storm can cause damage to your home and can cause a short or power surge, and that my result in a ruptured gas or water line.