Category Archives: Home Tips

Granite or Quartz? Pros and Cons of Each Material

Granite and quartz continue to be two extremely popular choices for countertops in both the kitchen and bath. Both offer plenty of color variations, which means you can probably find something that works with the other finishes you’ve chosen and your overall design aesthetic.

But once you’ve decided that you want a certain look and color, what are the differences between granite and quartz? Here’s a short breakdown. Continue reading

Choose Flooring to Fit Your Lifestyle


Keep More Than Looks in Mind

If you are shopping for flooring for a new or existing home, you might be overwhelmed by all of the options. The room itself will help dictate the best type of flooring for that space — moisture resistant materials in a kitchen or laundry room, for example.

But you should also keep your family’s lifestyle in mind when it comes to what’s underfoot in your main living areas. Especially if those feet sometimes run through the house in soccer cleats. Continue reading

Tips to Keep Your Wood Floors Looking Like New

So you finally have the elegant hardwood floor of your dreams in your new Paragon home. Or you’ve saved up, shopped around, and had a new wood floor installed. And it’s lovely!

So lovely, in fact, that you might cringe when the kids walk over it with their shoes on, or when the dog comes indoors all muddy. And don’t even think about house guests in high heels – they’ll mark the floor, right? Your beautiful, elegant floor.

Don’t worry. We have some tips to keep your wood floor looking beautiful. Your source of pride in your home shouldn’t be a source of stress. We’ve got you covered. Continue reading

Safe Heating in Your Home

Extra Warmth Can Pose Risks

One major benefit of living in a newer home is energy efficiency. Your family is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, with no outrageous utility bills.

When it comes to home heating during frigid winter months, though, there are potential safety issues to keep in mind if you regularly use a wood burning fireplace, gas fireplace or a space heater in a corner of the attic, basement or garage that might not feel warm enough. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Continue reading

Get Fit in the New Year: Build a Gym in Your New Home

Convenience is Key to a Fitness Routine

We all know the benefits of working out — reduced stress, better health and hopefully a longer, more active life. But we also know how hard it can be to fit in a trip to the gym. Building a home gym can get your whole family on a path to better health in the New Year. Here are some tips and things to consider before you start shopping for a treadmill or weight bench. Continue reading

Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Holiday House Selling TipsGet it Sold and Still Enjoy the Season

As if the stress of shopping, baking and traveling weren’t enough, you might be in the position of trying to sell your house heading into the winter holidays. The good news about selling your home during the holiday season is that there is typically less competition, and buyers are often in a hurry to make a decision and get settled. Here are some ideas to help you both sell your home and maintain your holiday spirit. Continue reading

Emergency Preparedness at Home

home emergency planHave a Plan to Keep Your Family Safe

Having working smoke detectors in your home is a good start when it comes to protecting your family in an emergency. But in the event of a bad winter storm, accidental fire or flood, or other emergency situation, there are many other things you can do to be well prepared. With families reconnecting and welcoming house guests over the holidays, it’s the perfect time to talk about how different emergency situations could affect everyone in your home. Continue reading

Winterize Your Home

Home Winterizing TipsSimple Ways to Prepare

If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good time to run through a quick winter checklist for your house. If you live in a newer home, you may not need to replace caulking or weather stripping around windows and doors, but it’s worth checking if you feel that a room is colder than it should be. Here are some other simple ways to be ready for bad weather. Continue reading