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Posted by Marty Green Properties on 2/11/2020

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You don’t have to worry about getting good seats at your local cinema when you have your very own theater at home. With some planning, you can design a luxurious theater that lets you enjoy movies on the big screen in the comfort of your home. When you’re designing a home theater, keep the following ideas and considerations in mind. 

Screen and Sound System

Your home theater should have a projector that offers high-definition video quality and a state-of-the-art sound system for high-quality audio. The size of your screen will depend on how much space you have and what your personal preferences are. You can also have soundproofing done to keep the noise from the movies you watch from bothering the rest of your household if needed. 

Lighting

The kind of lighting you choose for your home theater can make a big difference in the way it looks and the atmosphere it creates. You can have elegant wall sconces installed along the sides of your home theater for an upscale look or have recessed lighting along the ceiling to mimic the lighting used in movie theaters. For a more luxurious appearance, consider having chandeliers or another types of hanging light fixtures installed in your home theater. 

Seating

The seating in your home theater should offer a comfortable place to spend a few hours at a time watching a movie or two. For a more authentic theater appearance and feel, you can arrange leather chairs or recliners in rows. For a cozier atmosphere, skip the seats and arrange high-end sofas and loveseats in your home theater. This type of furniture lets you lounge while watching movies. Add high-quality blankets and some accent pillows to sofas and loveseats for extra comfort. 

Decor

A home theater is more than just seats, a screen and a sound system. The right decor can create a cinematic ambience, such as red velvet curtains that open and close in front of the screen. Whether you’re a fan of vintage, glamorous movie theaters or more modern ones, the decor items you choose can add to your movie watching experience. For a more contemporary look, consider framing posters from your favorite films along the walls. You can also add other framed memorabilia from movies.

Extras

Depending on the space you have, consider adding a bar or even a concession stand area with a popcorn machine to your home theater. This makes it easy to get snacks and beverages for your movies without having to leave the room.




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Posted by Marty Green Properties on 5/9/2017

Window treatments do more than offer your home curb appeal, inviting light in or casting shade across your floors. Window treatments narrow or broaden your vision of your neighborhood. You have dozens of window treatment types to choose from. Yet, not every type will highlight the best features in your home. Drapes and curtains are traditional window treatments and are available in a rainbow of colors and designs. Solid colors, particularly solid neutral colors like brown, beige, sky blue and white, are good because they complement many furniture styles and accessories like floral arrangements, candle centerpieces, tall greenery and weaved baskets. Blinds Ė Wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl and metal are materials that blinds are made with. Additionally, blinds come in horizontal and vertical designs. Mini blinds are more lightweight than traditional blinds. They work well with small windows. Because these blinds are thinner, they are easier to bend or damage. Therefore, itís recommended that they be installed in rooms that young children and pets donít frequent. Shutters Ė Heavier than blinds and shades, shutters, are available in horizontal and vertical designs. Itís possible to install shutters in windows that cover a room corner. You may need to install three horizontal shutters to cover all of the windows. Hang a decorative ceiling light above the center window for an elegant look and feel. Shades Ė Shades come in Roman, bamboo and roller styles. Different lift or raise options are available with shades. Unlike blinds, shades can expose your entire window when they are lifted, allowing more light inside your home. For example, you can install shades that leave the top foot of your windows exposed. Solar shades can help protect your furniture from over exposure to sun rays, keeping fabric colors vibrant. Cord or cordless Ė Blinds, shades and shutters come with cords. Should you choose the cord route, make sure that you lock or tie up cords, so that children do not play with them and so that people donít trip on the cords. You can also select cordless window treatments. Cordless window treatments may be a perfect option for childrenís rooms, especially over windows that are near baby cribs. Custom styles Ė Organic window treatments are environmentally safe. Other custom styles include window treatments that are cut, sewn and designed specifically for one or more rooms of your home. Insulated window treatments Ė Window treatments with added insulation help to lower utility bills. Examples of these window treatments are double or triple layered shutters. Liners can also be added to drapes and curtains for added insulation. Black window treatments help to keep light out. They can also help to reduce the amount of outside noise that penetrates a room at your house. This option works well if youíre a photographer or an artist who needs to focus and work in a quieter space. Additionally, darker colored drapes and curtains help to keep a house warmer during winter, while lighter drapes can help a house stay cooler when itís hot outside. Measure your windows before purchasing any window treatments. Use a tape measure or slide ruler to measure the width and height of your windows. Get measurements for the top, base and middle of each of your windows. Measurements will determine the size rods, drapes, curtains or other window treatment types that you need.




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Posted by Marty Green Properties on 8/2/2016

There's a lot to love about a builder grade home, for example, the fact that it is newly built and doesn't come with the host of issues of an older home. However, these homes can lack in the personality department since the focus†when being built was on the†budget and not magazine worthy style. Keep reading to discover how you can add stylistic flair to your home without draining your bank account. Light fixtures. Changing light fixtures by either replacing them completely or painting them can make a huge difference in a room. Picking up a few cans of rubbed bronze or satin nickel spray paint will give a modern touch without breaking the bank. Doors. Replace or reface generic hollow core doors. You can reface flat doors by adding molding or get creative with a can of paint and a roll of painterís tape and make the illusion that you have a raised panel door. Beadboard paired with molding is another great combination that adds personality to your doors without the major price tag. Stairs. Strip carpeting to expose treads and risers. Hereís where you can let your imagination go wild. Pick up some cans of paint and add a unique touch to your staircase by painting railings and †risers to add a pop of color. Avoid painting your stairs all one color to avoid a bland look. You can even paint a faux runner to really add a unique touch. Cabinets. †Replacing cabinets is always an option albeit a pricey one. If youíre happy with your cabinet layout you have a few diy options available. Variation can be the spice of life. Try removing some cabinet doors to keep things open or installing some glass paneled doors. Paint is always an option whether professionally sprayed or done by yourself. Another easy way to add some personality to builder grade cabinets is by updating hardware. Look for knobs and handles at antique shops to add a unique touch on a budget. Millwork. Molding, wainscoting, and beadboard. Oh, my. With this trio on your side, the possibilities for customization are endless. Frame a plain bathroom mirror, add chair rails or extend baseboards. With a little creativity, you can even recreate the look of coffered ceiling or paneled doors. If you are unsure of where to start, try looking through some home magazines for inspiration. Wallpaper. Wallpaper gives you endless options for adding flair to the walls of your home. Add a pop of color with bright, bold patterns or texture with paintable varieties. If you donít want to make a commitment to wallpaper or the idea of scrapping it if you change your mind fills you with dread there are now a plethora of temporary wallpaper options. Tile. Hexagon and subway tiles are both guaranteed to add a modern feel to your home. However, your options today are endless no matter your budget. Explore the selections at your local home improvement store and donít rule out materials fabricated to recreate a stone or wood finish. After all, thereís no need to empty your wall out just to get the look you want. Just because youíve fallen in love with a builder grade home doesnít mean it needs to stay quite so basic. If you want to add a touch of modern style to your home a little creativity and paint can go a long way. Donít forget to sit back and enjoy all your hard work when youíre finished!




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