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-[-" >> JUNE 3, 2016 >> THE GRIDLEY HERALD Question or comments? Contact Editor Lisa Van De Hey at Ivandehey@gridleyherald.cOm GARDEN GUIDE Water plants with chamomile tea to fight infections Bacterial and fungal infections can ravage your garden and make all your hard work for naught, but by watering your plants with a chamomile tea mixture you can keep those infections to a minimum. Spraying your plants with the mixture a few times a week will help stop seedlings from damping off. - More Content Now TIP OF THE WEEK HOME-SELLING TIP DECORATING TiP + BRANDPOINT Get the look of historic windows For homebuyers who want an authentic older home look, the exte- rior must be designed in a specific manner, especially the window architecture. Here are some examples of how history influenced window architecture in home design: French Country." This is a very elegant style, focusing on vertical proportions. A 3-foot by 6-foot window with a two-over-two window grille pattern is a classic combination. Modern Tuscan: Consider combinations of single hung and fixed glass windows. The windows should be relatively free of grilles - perhaps a simple single vertical or cross pattern - to keep the style fresh. Craftsman Bungalow:, The exterior trim tradition- ally contrasts with the window frame color, and the windows include grille patterns that create verti- cal proportions. Prairie: Windows are typically tall casements in warm tones, providing the perfect complement and contrast to the horizontal lines of the style. - Brandpoint BRANDPOINT Why you need an agent by your side While technology empowers consumers to shop and sell smarter, it can't replace the service and expertise of an expe- rienced agent. According to recent data from the National Association of Realtors, sellers using an agent earn $40,100 more per transaction. The median sale price for the 88 percent of sellers who worked with an agent was $215,000, versus a median sale price of $174,900 for the 9 percent of sellers who didn't use an agent, according to the association. - Bran@oint Make the fireplace a focal point Your fireplace kept you warm throughout the winter months, but now with the temperatures rising, that same fireplace is just a hole in the wall. Although you might not be building a fire any time soon, your fireplace can still be of use as a focal point of the room. After cleaning out the leftover ashes you can use the space within our fireplace as a place to showcase a collection. By simply using vases or jars of different heights and colors, you can brighten up that dark hole in the wall. - More Content Now ml ml i im:i !lira!' l |iiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i] m |iiiiiiiiiii !iiii!iiiiii!iit Architects predict changes in home and urban design tastes over next 10 years By Jim Weiker More Content Now V hen he thinks about homes of the future, architect Gary Bruck turns to parking spots suited to drones, food-tracking pantries and houses built by 3-D printers. But, adds the partner in Sullivan Bruek Architects: "Who knows?" The world of home design and tech- nology is changing so rapidly that any prediction of trends is indeed risky. lust a decade ago, generating electricity from roof shingles, locking a door from overseas or building homes from shipping containers would have seemed straight out of "The letsons." So, to get a sense of where things are headed, I asked a few home designers the question that the American Institute of Architects asked in a recent survey: What do you think will be the most significant home design trend in the next lO years? Five specific themes emerged from the responses, with many of them also men- tioned in the national survey: modern designs Some clients, according to severe] architects, are gravitating from conser- vative tastes to the sleek and simple Lines of fimdernity. "I am seeing an increased demand for modern design," said Kent Thompson, owner of Archignition Studio. "One of the biggest benefits of modern design is the added sunlight due to larger windows and floor-to- ceiling windows." lim Wright, a designer, agreed, although he noted that modern designs run into obstacles from some municipalities. "I expect more and more contempo- rary exterior treatments of homes," said Wright, owner of Resident!ai Designed Solutions. "The design review boards, archi- tectural review committees and municipality appearance codes are going to have to find a way to accommodate and integrate this changing style trend." Architects anticipate that homeowners will shift from traditions in other ways as well. Casual spaces Home layouts will continue to reflect informal lifestyles, architects predict. "This is typically provided through great shared living spaces, social areas for gathering, and also in establishing smaller, intimate areas for conversations and dialogue," said Chris Meyers, owner of Meyers + Associates Architecture. Informality will also be mirrored in a growing connection to the outdoors. "I've seen more attention paid to quality outdoor living spaces than ever before," said Rich Taylor, owner of RTA Studio. "People want to spend more time out- side cooking, socializing, etc., and they want top-o.f-the-line finishes - more patios and fewer decks, more outdoor fireplaces, more fire pits." 8effe materials Although most homes are still built fundamentally the way they were 5o years ago, the pieces are expected to con- tinue to improve. Architect Craig Murdick sees a growing focus on windows. "How many things can affect your daily well-being the way natural light can?" he said. Wright thinks environmental concerns will start to move people away from wood, stone and other such elements. "I fully expect a 'natural products' backlash for some age sectors of the market to begin in the next few years," he said. Architects also sense an expanding emphasis on sustainable practices. "Building systems, heating and cool- ing, lighting, appliances, technologies are all being enhanced to support better sustainable approaches," Meyers said. High- efficiency appliances, foam insu- lation, solar panels, gray-water systems and locally sourced products are likely to become far more common, according to architects. Urban p eferences The popularity of mature, waikable neighborhoods is viewed as having an ongoing effect. "My clients prefer the older neighbor- hoods character," Taylor said, "and are remodeling or adding to those homes to make them fit their lifestyles better." The result: smaller homes with higher- end choices. "The majority of my clients aren't adding much space, but they're upgrading finishes everywhere in the house," he said. The examples include steam and multi- head showers, custom shelving in walk-in closets, heated bathroom floors, outdoor kitchens, tall finished basements and walk- in pantries. EiderJy options The biggest influence on home design might come from baby boomers as they age, some respondents said. "The big story over the next lO years," Wright said, "will be the accommodation of extended families in a single-family home." As senior citizens remain independent longer, more universal features are also expected. "I believe home design will begin to focus more on aging in place," architect Dean Wenz said. "Features such as first-floor master suites, first-floor laundry rooms and larger door openings that allow for use of mobility devices are examples." DEAR MONTY Common neighborhood characteristics eader 0ue on: We are looking for a home. We are seeking information about the term "neighborhood" as we have heard several different descriptions. What is a neighborhood? Monty's Answen The word neighborhood is a word that means different things to different people. To some degree, opinions about what constitutes a neighborhood are related to a person's experiences growing up in a neighbor- hood. For example, in my family, we four kids had certain tasks, after which we were free'to go outside. RICHARD MONTGOMERY The rule was to be back for "supper at six." There were plenty of things to do with other kids in the neighborhood from skat- ing in winter to baseball and fishing in summer. The neighborhood was where we learned to get along with others. Dictionary.corn has several definitions, which may explain why you received multiple answers: The area or region around or near some place or thing; vicinity: the kids of the neighborhood; located in the neighbor- hood of lackson and Vine streets. A district or locality, often with reference to its character or inhabitants: a fashionable neighbor- hood; to move to a nicer neighborhood. A number of persons living near one another or in a particular locality: The whole neighborhood was there. Neighborly feeling or conduct. Nearness; proximity: to sense the neighborhood of trouble. Common neighborhood chaeacteristics Housing in neighbor- hoods tends to have a primary core that devel- oped as towns and cities grew and continued to grow. Over time, as lots develop and the neighbor- hood flourishes, it can jump over barriers and continue to gain in mass. Someneighborhoods are created on their own while others grow according to a plan. Check them out befoPe you buy Neighborhoods can have reputations. Handles such as party hardy, laid-back, andsports reliant are common. I/the type of neighborhood is important to you and your family, there are a variety of ways to check it out before you write a check. - Richard Montgomery gives no nonsense real estate advice to readers most pressing questions. He is a real estate industry veteran v ho has championed indus - try reform for over a quarter century. Send him questions at DearMonty.com. r J