The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association, formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) welcomed Martin R. (Marty) Hedlund, P.E., DBIA as a newly elected board member.
The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well, just as it was before the housing crisis hit. Despite the extreme fallout from the Great Recession, people still want a place to call their own. A place where they can raise a family, make memories and live comfortably. And, while purchasing a new home provides tremendous opportunity for families looking to improve their lives, the implications are even greater to the economy as a whole.
Dear Claudia: My husband and I decided to replace the flooring in the second level of our two-story house. We are having a hard time choosing from hardwood, engineered wood floors, laminates, bamboo, ceramic tile (wood like) and vinyl (wood like). Which flooring do you recommend?
Finding your interior design style can be challenging with so many choices to love and gravitate toward. I’ve often thought I need at least three or more houses to get my styles fully expressed with all the interior design choices we have today. I’d have an elegant traditional home with luxury fabrics in colorful patterns, florals and lots of big spectacular furniture rich in architectural details and finishes. The next home would reflect my love of the cowboy West using big plush sofas, leather and nail-head trims, Western artwork and lots of whimsical details on fireplace screens, door handles, towel racks, lamps and wood-carved furniture. And my next home would be a sophisticated soft contemporary place with clean-lined seating, geometric patterns, glass and metal tables, colorful big abstract art and a few traditional pieces to keep it from having a cold, hard-edge appearance. Alas, if I could only win the Mega Millions jackpot!
Master Gardener Linda Rominger noticed keyhole gardens at a website online. She ordered a video about how to build and use keyhole gardens. They are 6-foot circles, with a keyhole-shaped indentation on one side that allows gardeners to place composting materials in the center wire basket. Keyhole gardens are higher than most raised garden beds, making it easy on a gardener’s back and accessible for people in wheelchairs. They also conserve water.
Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.
With the average age of our properties here in Ahwatukee at around 20 years there seems to be a shift in what is most important to buyers out here looking to purchase. Ten years ago interior upgrades like granite counter tops, newer fixtures and flooring were on top of most buyers list when searching for a home. Top of the radar these days are big-tickets items that have reached their life span like roofs and air condition units. Another non-cosmetic item high on the list is energy efficiency such as newer windows and solar equipment.
In an effort to combat the misinformation campaign by the Save the Lakes group, we will be running regular op-eds to set the record straight on our proposed solution for the former Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course. This first op-ed will address open space.
Morgan Nelson of Ahwatukee has earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Nelson was among approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 247th commencement exercises.
O’Connor House, whose mission is to continue the lifetime work of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to help solve important social, economic and political problems through civil dialogue and action, has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors, each appointed to a three-year term:
Though the calendar won’t announce the official arrival of summer for a few more weeks, the Arizona heat already is settling in. Blasting the A/C may sound like a great plan, but it’s not so great for your energy use — or your wallet. From the air conditioner to the washing machine, a few adjustments can make a huge difference on your home and the environment. The grass will always be greener on your side of the fence with a little inspiration from these energy-saving tips.
"Green” interiors are not a new style, a preferred color choice or even a new trend. “Green” interiors means using energy-efficient, non- or low-polluting products, built with sustainable resources and can be maintained without the use of toxic cleaning products, to create interiors that are both for people and good for the environment. Why should it make a difference in our interiors and our lives? Because most people want their home to be a place where they feel comfortable, secure and at ease knowing they are living in a safe and healthy environment that is also beautiful.
On July 2, director Scott Derrickson adds “Deliver Us From Evil” to his cache of creepy horror films including “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Based on the real-life experiences of former-NYPD-officer-now-demonologist Ralph Sarchie, the film stars, along with plenty of demonic possessions, a rich cast including Eric Bana as the pessimistic, skeptic cop Sarchie, Joel McHale as his joke-cracking partner and Edgar Ramirez as Mendoza, an undercover priest. GetOut had the chance to talk with Eric Bana and Joel McHale about the upcoming film.
TripAdvisor honored the Orpheum Theatre with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, recognizes hospitality excellence in establishments that consistently receive outstanding TripAdvisor traveler reviews.
Dear Claudia: I have been living in my house in Ahwatukee for the last seven years. I fixed it up back then, but now it’s looking outdated. I have a minimum budget of $1,000 to spruce up my living dining room. Without seeing my space what do you recommend I should do within my budget?
Pam Brooks said when she told her husband six years ago he could get rid of their backyard pool and install a koi pond, she never imagined he’d end up transforming the entire pool into a pond, or that the transformation would actually reduce their water usage.
Interior design trends are always altering, varying and changing as new ideas and merchandise enter the world of home design. It’s exciting to see what new trends are making a difference and what forecasts will fill the future of design.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?