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April 16, 2015

There are lots of ways to make your home feel new, more open, and inviting. Spring is the perfect time to throw open the windows, air out your home, and make some changes to keep things fresh. A properly balanced home invites peace and calmness to the work-life balance and serves as a way to reduce stress. How can you live a more conscious, fulfilled lifestyle? By changing it! And here we offer some ideas to do just that.

Since the eco-friendly attitude has taken the US by storm, it is no surprise that home decor would follow suit. Earth tones create a lasting design and pair extremely well with hardwood and antique furniture. If you ever needed a push to go green, your home can get you in the right frame of mind.

Light fixtures and cabinets really command the space within each room. Updating these features can make a statement in your home. Brushed metal fixtures are trending and provide that warm feel that the sleek, futuristic chrome of yesterday does not. You do not even need to shop at antique stores. Home improvement stores, thrift shops, and consignment retailers offer all sorts of budget-friendly options to get brushed metal fixtures, handsome cabinets, bathroom vanities, and antique decor. 

Single objects can change the feng shui of the entire room. For instance, installing long-paneled mirrors and placing them on adjacent walls make bathrooms much larger than they really are. Small shelving gives extra storage options for kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms without making the room look cluttered. Those extra remotes and snack bowls can be placed behind the couch to avoid filling up the coffee table. If you want to use perspective as an optical illusion, the floor space can be transcended with horizontal patterns. Long hardwood floorboards or horizontal brick work draws the eye around the room. This creates movement and keeps the space looking open. 

Textured items and objects that  tie in with the wall and floor colors add to the flair of the room. This is a contribution that can be made without breaking the bank. Wicker baskets are perfect on wide bathroom counters to hold washcloths, toothbrushes, and ointments. Hanging tapestries accentuate the room more than a curtain ever could. The aesthetic of your room can be increased with brushed copper furniture. Floral patterns and extra throws are trending upward as excellent additions to couches, love seats, bed spreads, and rocking chairs. Using an engaging, bright-colored runner in the entryway can bring a bland entryway to life.

Even simpler options are available to you. Replace all the bulbs in your house! Dull lighting dulls the spirits in the evening. Consider eco-friendly bulbs of a higher wattage, or replace old fixtures. Open-bulb fixtures are becoming popular, as the old shield covers get dusty, collect bugs, and mute the light without reducing electricity use. Rearranging the furniture in your house can revitalize your entire abode. Start small, then gradually make bigger changes as time allows. And don't be afraid to get creative! You never know what will lift your spirits. 

If you're in the market for redecorating your home this Spring, look no further than Rite Rug. We are the professionals that you can count on! 

 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

There are lots of ways to make your home feel new, more open, and inviting. Spring is the perfect time to throw open the windows, air out your home, and make some changes to keep things fresh. A properly balanced home invites peace and calmness to the work-life balance and serves as a way to reduce stress. How can you live a more conscious, fulfilled lifestyle? By changing it! And here we offer some ideas to do just that.

Since the eco-friendly attitude has taken the US by storm, it is no surprise that home decor would follow suit. Earth tones create a lasting design and pair extremely well with hardwood and antique furniture. If you ever needed a push to go green, your home can get you in the right frame of mind.

Light fixtures and cabinets really command the space within each room. Updating these features can make a statement in your home. Brushed metal fixtures are trending and provide that warm feel that the sleek, futuristic chrome of yesterday does not. You do not even need to shop at antique stores. Home improvement stores, thrift shops, and consignment retailers offer all sorts of budget-friendly options to get brushed metal fixtures, handsome cabinets, bathroom vanities, and antique decor. 

Single objects can change the feng shui of the entire room. For instance, installing long-paneled mirrors and placing them on adjacent walls make bathrooms much larger than they really are. Small shelving gives extra storage options for kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms without making the room look cluttered. Those extra remotes and snack bowls can be placed behind the couch to avoid filling up the coffee table. If you want to use perspective as an optical illusion, the floor space can be transcended with horizontal patterns. Long hardwood floorboards or horizontal brick work draws the eye around the room. This creates movement and keeps the space looking open. 

Textured items and objects that  tie in with the wall and floor colors add to the flair of the room. This is a contribution that can be made without breaking the bank. Wicker baskets are perfect on wide bathroom counters to hold washcloths, toothbrushes, and ointments. Hanging tapestries accentuate the room more than a curtain ever could. The aesthetic of your room can be increased with brushed copper furniture. Floral patterns and extra throws are trending upward as excellent additions to couches, love seats, bed spreads, and rocking chairs. Using an engaging, bright-colored runner in the entryway can bring a bland entryway to life.

Even simpler options are available to you. Replace all the bulbs in your house! Dull lighting dulls the spirits in the evening. Consider eco-friendly bulbs of a higher wattage, or replace old fixtures. Open-bulb fixtures are becoming popular, as the old shield covers get dusty, collect bugs, and mute the light without reducing electricity use. Rearranging the furniture in your house can revitalize your entire abode. Start small, then gradually make bigger changes as time allows. And don't be afraid to get creative! You never know what will lift your spirits. 

If you're in the market for redecorating your home this Spring, look no further than Rite Rug. We are the professionals that you can count on! 

 

 

April 13, 2015

Owning a home is a huge responsibility. Maintenance, mortgage payments and unexpected costs can really eat into your income over the course of a year. Luckily, if you've made some green improvements to your home in the last year, you may be eligible for tax credits. The following upgrades to your home can make tax season a little brighter, as well as your home.

1. Energy Efficient Windows & Doors 
Old windows, doors and skylights lack in energy efficiency because they allow heat and cold air to escape. This creates the need for more energy, which leads to higher utility bills. By upgrading the windows and doors in your home, you could receive up to 10% of the product cost, $200 for windows and skylights, and $500 for doors. 

2. Energy Efficient Appliances
New energy efficient appliances in your home can go a long way. Many appliances rated for energy efficiency, such as Energy Star appliances, can be tax deductible due to residential renewable energy tax credit. These may include HVAC equipment like Air Source Heat Pumps or Central Air Conditioning (CAC) with 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50-$300. It's important to note that all appliances may qualify, so if you are interested in upgrading your appliances in the next year, do some homework first. 

3. Proper Insulation
Insulation upgrades to your home can be considered for tax credit if they meet the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Standards. The upgrades must have taken place before December 31, 2014 and may include insulation materials and other products that help to reduce air leaks. By improving the comfort level of your home with new insulation or air sealing, you could receive tax credit of 10% of the cost up to $500. 

4. New Roofs 
A new roof improves the energy-efficiency of your home and helps to prevent serious problems like wet rot and mold. If you upgrade to a heat efficient metal or asphalt roof specified by Energy Star, this may be another tax credit in which you may be able to claim 10% of expenditures, up to a lifetime $500. 

5. Geothermal Systems
Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly and an overall cost savings because it uses free, renewable energy from the earth. Installing geothermal systems or solar upgrades like solar panels, solar water heaters and other green solutions can provide a rebate of 30% off the installation when it comes tax time.

Making any type of improvement to your home is rewarding, and energy-efficient upgrades can really pay off in big ways. If you haven't made any of these upgrades last year but think you might want to this year, be sure to keep all home-expense related information filed away and always save receipts. When it's time to replace appliances or renovate this year, remember that what you install may help you next tax season. When you're ready to renovate and upgrade your home, come to Rite Rug. We are the professionals that can best renovate your home to the way you want it to be!

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Owning a home is a huge responsibility. Maintenance, mortgage payments and unexpected costs can really eat into your income over the course of a year. Luckily, if you've made some green improvements to your home in the last year, you may be eligible for tax credits. The following upgrades to your home can make tax season a little brighter, as well as your home.

1. Energy Efficient Windows & Doors 
Old windows, doors and skylights lack in energy efficiency because they allow heat and cold air to escape. This creates the need for more energy, which leads to higher utility bills. By upgrading the windows and doors in your home, you could receive up to 10% of the product cost, $200 for windows and skylights, and $500 for doors. 

2. Energy Efficient Appliances
New energy efficient appliances in your home can go a long way. Many appliances rated for energy efficiency, such as Energy Star appliances, can be tax deductible due to residential renewable energy tax credit. These may include HVAC equipment like Air Source Heat Pumps or Central Air Conditioning (CAC) with 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50-$300. It's important to note that all appliances may qualify, so if you are interested in upgrading your appliances in the next year, do some homework first. 

3. Proper Insulation
Insulation upgrades to your home can be considered for tax credit if they meet the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Standards. The upgrades must have taken place before December 31, 2014 and may include insulation materials and other products that help to reduce air leaks. By improving the comfort level of your home with new insulation or air sealing, you could receive tax credit of 10% of the cost up to $500. 

4. New Roofs 
A new roof improves the energy-efficiency of your home and helps to prevent serious problems like wet rot and mold. If you upgrade to a heat efficient metal or asphalt roof specified by Energy Star, this may be another tax credit in which you may be able to claim 10% of expenditures, up to a lifetime $500. 

5. Geothermal Systems
Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly and an overall cost savings because it uses free, renewable energy from the earth. Installing geothermal systems or solar upgrades like solar panels, solar water heaters and other green solutions can provide a rebate of 30% off the installation when it comes tax time.

Making any type of improvement to your home is rewarding, and energy-efficient upgrades can really pay off in big ways. If you haven't made any of these upgrades last year but think you might want to this year, be sure to keep all home-expense related information filed away and always save receipts. When it's time to replace appliances or renovate this year, remember that what you install may help you next tax season. When you're ready to renovate and upgrade your home, come to Rite Rug. We are the professionals that can best renovate your home to the way you want it to be!

 

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