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Sleuth out stress-free living in your closet, because today’s designs are a far cry from yesteryear. “The benefit of having a walk-in closet system, large or small, is in seeing clothes and accessories at a glance,” says Anne Marie Durley, marketing and sales assistant and social media manager for California Closets (californiaclosets.com). “Walk out ready for the day and return to your designed and organized retreat. Regardless of where you install a custom closet system in your home, proper closet organization ensures that your system makes your everyday routine simpler and more efficient.” Plus, it’s designed to adjust and evolve over the years. Expect suggestions such as lighting that adds dramatic focal points, creates visual interest and adds a sense of spaciousness. “The up lighting is used to add a dramatic accent, increase ambient light and a soft glow around the perimeter of the system.”


SECRET SAFE

Unseen security of private gates

A driveway gate is a visible security statement—but new gates also include unseen measures, such as transmitters, programmable timed access codes, communication systems and auto entry. Grand Entrance Gates (grandentrance.com) says an entry system can let you control the gate from your home phone or via remote operation. “Gates can automatically open when you drive up,” says Don Gore, president, “then later in the day require a code upon entry. High-tech gates have built-in surveillance systems like cameras, microphones and a vehicle annunciator that chimes in the house when a car enters the driveway.”


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NEED ROOM
PRIORITIZING YOUR HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS, ONE BY ONE

KITCHEN
BATHROOMS
BASEMENT FINISHING
HOME OFFICE
WINE CELLAR
ENTERTAINMENT SPACES

“These rooms tend to hold their value the most,” says Nick Geragi, general manager of KLAFFS Kitchens. “Averaging a return of 60 percent to 70 percent in their first year—the more time that passes from the project completion date, the higher percent in value return.” This should help you prioritize your home projects.

He adds, “All project investments need to offer quality to help hold their value. The execution of a well-planned project utilizing a first-rate design must exude it. Quality is recognizable; you can tell when you see it. You notice it in the spatial design, in the products used and in the craftsmanship of the execution. When a quality standard is upheld, these projects maximize their value and, in turn, the value of the home.” klaffs.com

 

 

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