Reuse, recycle and fix to turn trash into treasure

(BPT) – We break things every day, and all too often we throw those items away before trying to fix them. This contributes to Americans generating more than 250 million tons of trash each year. Reusing, recycling and fixing items not only helps the environment, it can also save you money. Christopher Burton Homes wants to encourage you to participate in reusing and recycling when you can in order to reduce your carbon foot print.

From now through December, you can visit krazybigfix.com and enter your fixes to be eligible for monthly prizes and a grand cash prize of $40,000.

Choosing Paint Colors

Trying to choose interior paint colors that best reflect the mood of your home and mesh with your family’s personality can be a real challenge. There are as many colors of paint as there are stars in the sky it seems and the choices can be overwhelming.

The Melbourne Fl home building process can be made simpler by following a few simple tips. They won’t guarantee the perfect color will be on the next paint strip you pick up but they can help you narrow your focus and discover what you are truly looking for.

Look For Inspiration

Sometimes you don’t know what you are looking for until you see it someplace else. Keep your eyes open and save images or take photos of objects or places that inspire you. After a while you may notice a theme developing.

Perhaps you are continually drawn towards the various shades of green found in nature. Maybe the color variations of the ocean are what inspire you most. You may even find yourself surprised by some of your choices. Whatever inspires you, keep a record, and reflect back when considering paint colors.

Set The Mood

When considering paint choices for a given space or room it is extremely helpful to determine what you’d like the mood of the room to be once it is finished. Do you want a serene bedroom? Consider a very light coat of blue-gray. Would you like a regal in-home office space?

Try an earthy brown or rich maroon. What about your living room? Think about how you want to live in the space. Does boisterous and fun describe your family or do you all prefer quiet moments with minimal intrusion. There are colors that can help you achieve the atmosphere you desire so think about mood when making your choices.

Experiment

The great thing about paint is that it can always be changed. If you’ve been thinking about choosing a funky color or perhaps adding daring stripes or some sort of bold design but have been reluctant…go for it! Once you get the paint on the wall you may love it. If you don’t, you can always make a change.

Test Color Before Committing

On the flip-side, if you would rather be absolutely sure about your color choice you can always test it before committing. Many brands offer sample sizes at a very low cost. Choosing this option allows you to try a sample on the wall without paying for an entire gallon. Benjamin Moore offers an online tool called “Personal Color Viewer.” This lets you try out different colors virtually. No commitment necessary!

Use Varying Finishes

The same color mixed with a different base can create subtle differences that make for a striking look. Experiment with satin or flat paint. HGTV.com suggests using this technique in rooms with lots or windows or doors and minimal wall space.

Consider Lighting

The light in a given room will directly affect the color you choose. Think about the natural and artificial light sources in the room when choosing your color palate.

Nothing makes as much an impact as paint on the walls of your home. Your décor speaks to who you are and what your family values. Choosing colors for the rooms of your home doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Ultimately, choose colors and tones that speak to you.

For more information, go to:  http://spacecoastliving.com/choosing-paint-colors/

Must-have technology is making bathrooms healthier, safer, more enjoyable

(BPT) – Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again – whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.

From toilets that flush without being touched to waterproof TVs for the shower, the latest bathroom technology can make the room safer, cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable for everyone. When Building with Burton Homes, you are able to customize your home in all ways.  We specialize in creating Melbourne Fl custom homes that enhance your quality of life. 

Here is a handful of high-tech home improvements for one of the most-used rooms in any house:

Safer, healthier toilets

You don’t have to be a scientist to know the toilet is one of the most germ-filled locations in any house – even if you’re meticulous about keeping it clean. Touching spreads those germs from surface to surface. Just as touch-free faucets have improved hygiene in the kitchen, a touchless flush toilet can help make the bathroom a healthier and more hygienic place.

“The toilet trip lever is an obvious area of hygienic concern,” says Brian Hedlund, marketing manager of Kohler toilets and bidets. “Touchless takes that concern out of the equation, using new technology to provide a touchless way to control the flush.”

Kohler’s touchless sensor creates a precise electromagnetic field that accurately and reliably detects when users hold their hands above the toilet to trigger the flush. The company’s Cimarron toilet comes with touchless technology already installed, and virtually any single-flush toilet with a canister or flapper-type flush can be retrofitted to work with the Kohler Touchless Flush Kit. The sensor runs on four AA alkaline batteries, which power the sensor for six to 12 months, depending on the volume of use.

Also from Kohler, the Nightlight Toilet Seat illuminates the seat with two gentle, blue LED lights, one to help you see the toilet area and the other to light the bowl once the lid is opened. The seat provides enough light to enhance nighttime safety and eliminates the need to turn on brighter, overhead lights that could disrupt your ability to go back to sleep. Available on Kohler’s Cachet Q3 and Reveal Q3 toilet seats, the nightlight operates on a timer and powered by replaceable batteries.

The extras

Americans do much more in bathrooms than simply “take care of business.” The bath is also a hub for personal health, where we weigh ourselves and care for our mental health with relaxation. Extras like towel warmers, TVs and high-tech scales add a touch of luxury to the bathroom.

Towel warmers have been around for centuries; wealthy 19th century and early 20th century homes were often outfitted with warmers that used a home’s steam heat system. Today, towel warmers feature several improvements such as high-tech warming bars, detailed temperature controls with multiple settings, timers and energy-efficient features.

Most people weigh themselves in the bathroom, and technology has also touched the traditional bathroom scale. It’s easy to find visually appealing scales that serve multiple functions besides simply displaying your weight. From scales that also measure body mass index (BMI) to wireless-enabled models that allow you to track your weight loss, BMI and other health indicators with a smartphone app, bathroom scales are more user-friendly than ever.

Finally, technology has made it possible to shave, shower or relax in the tub while never missing your favorite TV show. You can opt for a waterproof television that you can watch while showering, or choose a medicine cabinet that features an LCD TV screen in a mirrored door.

A Home: More Than A House

Home. The place where you hang your hat and leave your heart open. Home. Where you belong. Where everything comes together. Where you feel connected to those most important to you. A home speaks to your heart while a house meets your needs.

Here at Burton Homes our Melbourne FL home builders create a living space that not only protects you from the elements but also becomes the dwelling place of your soul. We want to work alongside you, every step of the way, to make sure that your dreams become reality and we have the staff and team assembled to make this all possible.

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Easy Tips and Menu for Outdoor Entertaining

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Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Christopher Burton Homes, Melbourne’s premier custom home builder, would like to suggest a few tips to help you simplify, so you can make the most of your good weather soiree.

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Your house is your most valuable asset. You work hard to make it your own leaving your signature touch on every part of it. It is the place where lifetime memories are made. Where laughter and tears are shared. Simply put, your house is more than just a dwelling space. It is your home, your sanctuary.

Burton Homes in Melbourne, FL knows this well. We specialize in creating Melbourne Fl custom homes that enhance your quality of life and provide you with the opportunity to create those lasting memories.

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Creative Ways to Get Outdoors this Summer

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The Brevard County school year has ended and Christopher Burton Homes hopes your family is enjoying the Summer with your families.  Now that Summer is here, kids are more excited than ever to get outside and play. However, as the days grow longer and summer boredom sets in, it’s easy to become uninspired during playtime and it’s tempting for families to turn to DVDs and video games as entertainment.

Here are a few creative ways to inspire families to put down the devices and get outdoors in this summer:

Make your own water park

Keep your family cool and refreshed while staying active by creating a do-it-yourself water park in your own yard. Simply setting up a sprinkler and putting on a swimsuit turns every game into a water game – water freeze tag, water volleyball or even water jump rope.

Compete in a play challenge

Bring a little friendly competition into your family by starting a play challenge this summer. Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to help get kids and families get active and make play a daily priority, offers a Let’s Play pledge at LetsPlay.com. Take the pledge to play a certain number of minutes each week and then compete to see who plays the most to help the family reach its goal. Create a chart to track each family member’s progress, and the person who wins gets to choose a fun activity for the whole family to participate in. Let’s Play also offers a catalogue of play ideas organized by age, group size and season to keep your family inspired.

Host a donate-to-play field day

Gather your neighbors or kids’ play group and organize a summer field day. Set up stations with classic games like a potato sack relay race, water balloon toss and three-legged race. Parents can man the stations or compete alongside their kids. Instead of an entrance fee, ask participants to contribute a monetary donation to a non-profit that promotes play. For example, Good Sports is an organization that helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. There’s nothing better than getting active and giving back while doing so.

Christopher Burton Homes, premier Brevard County Builder, in Melbourne, FL encourages family time together.  Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, in Melbourne, FL or outside the area, always take the time to be with your family and stay active!

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Getting Your Home Sold

Selling your existing home can add a lot of stress to your life. Deciding on a real estate agent, fielding potential buyers, keeping things neat and tidy, and getting ready to close the door on your old home can be exhausting. Home building in Melbourne, Florida always poses a challenge.

But, did you know there are several simple fixes you can do on your own to help get your home sold faster? In May alone the sale of existing homes was up 4.9 % from the previous month making this the largest gain since August of 2011.

These transactions include single-family homes, co-ops, and condos according to the National Association of Realtors. If you have been considering putting your existing home on the market now may be a great time. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to get your home sold.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Many prospective home buyers go straight to the closets to see how much storage a home has. If you have lots of belongings scattered about this can give the appearance that your home does not have enough space. Try boxing up a large portion of you clothing and shoes. This can give the appearance of adequate space and alleviate storage concerns.

Create a Neutral Space

When someone comes to view your home they want to envision their belongings in your space. So take down family photos, remove your personal items, and make a space buyers can see themselves in.

Don’t Over Spend on Upgrades

When home sellers are in a rush to put their homes on the market sometimes they mistakenly believe that everything has to be brand spanking new. However, costly upgrades may not be the best return on your investments.

Rather than going crazy trying to get the best and brightest focus your attention on fresh paint, new knobs, hinges, and door handles. Make sure your grout is clean. Rather than a new toilet perhaps a new seat and cover are all you really need. Simple, relatively small, changes can add so much to your home and you don’t have to break the bank doing them.

Do Spend on the Kitchen

It could be said that the kitchen is the most important room in your home when it comes to selling. If you need to upgrade it would be wise to spend the money there but don’t go too crazy. Access the kitchens within your neighborhood or those of recently sold comparable homes. If you spend too much you may price yourself out of your target market and lose the money you invested on upgrades.

Let the Sunshine In

Open your curtains and let the light in. Light can make any room appear larger and more open so keep that in mind when staging your home for buyers.

Keep Your Home Ready to Show

This one can be a pain. Because you never know when you may receive a call from an agent it is best to keep your home ready for viewings at all times. You’ve already done all the hard work of de-cluttering your closets and putting away personal items so just be sure to stay on top of it.

Every person that walks through your door could be the one that eventually becomes its new owner. Sometimes a quick glance is all a buyer needs to decide whether or not they want to see more.

Hurricane Season Checklist

The sweltering days of summer are upon us here in sunny Florida. Life on the Space Coast is usually a striking mix of bright blue skies and coastal breezes. Long days of sunshine coupled with afternoon showers are the new regular. But the start of summer also kicks off hurricane season.

The time of year when paradise is threatened by severe weather. Hurricane season officially began on June 1 and runs until November 30. These 6 months of the year bring with them the threat of calamitous winds and destructive rains. While you cannot control Mother Nature you can be as prepared as possible for what she may bring.

Your Melbourne, Florida home builder is committed to helping you build the home of your dreams. We are also devoted to providing you with all the information you need to keep it that way no matter what storms may come.

First and foremost have a plan.  Know what you and your family are going to do in the event of a hurricane. Awareness of evacuation routes and shelters, having the proper provisions, and storage for important documents before disaster strikes will hopefully take some of the guesswork and planning out of the event. Hurricanes are stressful enough without having to rush and put something together last minute.

Be sure that you are aware of your county’s evacuation routes. Should the need to evacuate arise you should know the best exit route for you and your family. You may not have the time (or power) to check last minute.

Brevard County Florida is divided into 8 predetermined zones and each has a specific evacuation route. To find out what your zone’s preferred route is refer to the Brevard County website.

 

It also helps to know beforehand where you will be headed after evacuating. Detailed maps will point you in the right direction. Keeping an open line of communication with out of town family members or friends will assist you in this.

Should you find that you absolutely cannot leave there are 14 designated primary shelters. This information can be accessed through the county’s official website as well.

Now that you know how to get out or where to find appropriate shelter let’s discuss packing your hurricane preparedness kit.  Experts recommend having at least 1 gallon of water for every member of your family for approximately 7 to 10 days.

You also need a supply of non-perishable food items (enough to last you at least 3 days), non-electric cooking tools, and any fuel you may need to run them, batteries, flashlights, extra blankets, toiletries, cash, medical kit, and a supply of any medications you or any family members take.

Don’t forget provisions you may need for pets during this time. Of course there are many more things you can have to assist you in case of severe weather but having these essentials is a great start.

Homes can be destroyed during hurricanes and if you keep important documents there you will need to take them with you should you choose to leave. If you are sentimental about photographs it may be a good idea to get duplicates made and keep them in a water safe container.

You may want to pack family heirlooms, jewelry, special mementos, and other items important to your family. Plastic storage bins are a good idea for transporting items that cannot tolerate water but remember; if you are leaving home space is key.

No one wants to face the possibility of losing everything because of hurricanes. However, being prepared helps ease the fear. Stay informed and know where to turn in case of dangerous weather.  Links to helpful sites are listed below. Check them out and get prepared.

Green Cleaning

Keeping your home clean and beautiful is a priority. It feels like most days we are all trying to find ways to maximize our time and budgets and with all the cleaning products on the market that can be tough.

Not to mention, most over the counter cleaning products are full of harsh chemicals that can be toxic and are definitely not earth friendly.  Did you know that you probably already have some of nature’s best germ fighting ingredients in your pantry? Your Melbourne Fl home builder wants you to share tips on green cleaning.

That’s right, all you need to keep your home fresh and immaculate is already waiting for you in the cupboard.  Good ole white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons can be your best friends when it comes disinfecting your home.   With these simple ingredients and a few extra minutes you can make your own cleaning agents for pennies on the dollar.

Most of us have white vinegar around the house and if you don’t a gallon of this miracle agent only costs about 18 dollars.  That’s way more than you will probably need.  According to the Heinz Vinegar website the shelf life of white vinegar, if stored properly, is almost indefinite.

White vinegar is proven to kill most germs, bacteria, and molds and, because of its acidity, can be used to clean countertops, floors, windows, and mirrors, disinfect drains and garbage disposals.

Pesky lime and mineral deposits or smelly toilets are not match for white vinegar either. This wonder product can really keep your house clean and save you money in the long run.

Baking soda does so much more than make your bread rise and deodorize the fridge.   Sodium bicarbonate has multiple uses throughout your home. The abrasive nature of this home remedy makes it a great cleaning agent. It is non-toxic and won’t stink up your house either. Baking soda can be used to remove odors from carpets by sprinkling it on and then simply vacuuming it up.

You can remove pesky burnt on food stains from pots and pans by pouring some on the affected areas and letting it soak over night. The next morning simply scrub away the baking soda taking the grime and gunk with it. If you have glass shower doors in your bathroom you know how frustrating water build up on them can be. By mixing a little baking soda with water on a sponge you can get your glass doors looking brand new.  Baking soda won’t leave scratches like other harsher cleaners and it is totally safe.

Lemons truly are the miracle fruit. They make sweet tea and water delightful and nothing cools you off on a hot summer day like lemonade. But lemons are also wonder cleaning agents. This citrus fruit is an ideal disinfectant because of its acidic nature. Lemons can be used to clean cutting boards, laminate counter tops, and even get rust stains out of clothing.

Christopher Burton Homes in Melbourne, FL is committed to helping you create the perfect home and dedicated to giving you tips on how to keep it that way. By utilizing products you already have in your home, you can clean, disinfect, and protect your family from harsh toxic chemicals.