Hardwood Flooring: Pre-finished Engineered v. Pre-finished Solid

February 5, 2016 | By

with Mike Dickinson (Dickinson Hardwood Flooring, Inc.) Hardwood flooring is timelessly classy. Today, however, we have more hardwood flooring options than ever before, making it difficult to know what is best for our circumstances. In an earlier post, Mike Dickinson of Dickinson Hardwood Flooring, Inc. helped us understand the strengths and weaknesses of pre-finished v. … Read more

Use a Deck to Enhance Indoor/Outdoor Flow

February 4, 2016 | By

by, Richard McPherson, Landscape Architect Our local climate is perfect for a long season of garden use and outdoor entertaining. We are fortunate that garden spaces can be created to accommodate different uses that invite us to spend more time outside in warm weather. Throwing open the doors and moving indoors and out, however, can … Read more

Home On The Range: Gas Ranges v. Electric Ranges

January 27, 2016 | By

Deciding between a gas range and an electric range for your new kitchen should be made with wisdom and great care. Do you cook often? What types of food do you make? Do you have young children around? Do you have the appropriate wall hookups?  These are important questions to consider, since the kitchen — … Read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

January 22, 2016 | By

by Jeff Culbertson, Culbertson Durst Interiors (Danville, CA) What does an interior designer do? Are they worth the investment? Can’t I just do it myself? These are common questions received by all interior designers. As a result of this mystique surrounding the interior design industry, many people don’t know the value and real benefit they … Read more

Man Caves That Match Their Men

January 8, 2016 | By

Despite the stereotype fed to us by the pop world, man caves come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. That’s because there are no two men alike. Sam Martin, author of Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory, documents in his TED Talk a wide variety of man caves — from suped-up garages, to … Read more

5 Benefits of Concrete Pavers

January 7, 2016 | By

In the midst of our record-setting drought, necessity has dictated that we conserve water. Since watering our lawns is one of the chief culprits for wasting water, many have turned to low-maintenance landscaping solutions. One solution we recommend is the use of pavers — durable blocks that come in a variety of shapes and are used … Read more

5 Artisan Smore Recipes for your New Outdoor Fire Pit

January 6, 2016 | By

At Morgenroth Development our aim with every client is to help you live life to the fullest, whether it be with a new construction, a remodel, or an outdoor living installation. Since we know your goals and lifestyle are unique to you, we generally leave it up to you on how to make use of … Read more

6 Ways to Make Your Home Staycation Ready

December 30, 2015 | By

Are you approaching retirement? Have your children grown and have families of their own? Then it might be time to fun-ify your home and make it staycation ready. This Old House has posted “22 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Staycation Resort.” Of these, we’ve selected our favorite outdoor ideas and made our own … Read more

Preparing Your Home for Resale to Millennials

December 22, 2015 | By

Millennials, the youth generation born after 1981, were hit hard by the Great Recession as employment opportunities fizzled, forcing many to move back home with their parents after college graduation. While their dismal prospects have given them a somewhat jaded outlook, a 2013 study by the Demand Institute suggests their outlook is more traditional in … Read more

3 Rules of Green Building Projects

December 21, 2015 | By

The City of Pleasanton is focused on maintaining the quality of life of its residents and preserving the natural resources of the area. To this end they encourage the adoption of green building practices, such as being mindful about using limited resources, building and remodeling with energy efficiency in mind, and choosing healthy materials and … Read more