Hardwood Flooring How-To: Choosing the Right Wood for Your Home

The temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing – this can only mean one thing. It’s renovation season! Spring is a great time to clear out the clutter in your home and, while you’re at it, begin some renovations.

Today, we want to talk about one of the most common household renovations – hardwood floors. Not all wood floors are created alike, and we want to break down some of the advantages and features of the most common hardwood floor options. Continue reading

Interior Design “Rules” Meant to be Broken

As far as we’re concerned at Norman Graham, there’s only one interior design rule: you can break almost all the other rules. The beauty of home design lies in its freeform nature – you can do anything you want in your home, as long as you enjoy it.

We want to highlight some of the most commonly admonished styles and explain why you should not only embrace them, but utilize them in your home with no reservations. Your style is uniquely yours, so let it shine! Continue reading

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What is the “Modern Farmhouse” Style?

We’ve all seen those hyper-unrealistic and slightly hypnotic home improvement shows that govern HGTV, such as “Fixer Upper”, “Property Brothers”, and “Flip or Flop”. These shows make renovations and remodels look quick an easy, when often that isn’t the case. Remodels and additions take lots of time and patience, and unexpected problems can easily occur.

However, every once in a while, those shows will stumble upon a new home trend that blows up in the home design industry. One such trend is the “modern farmhouse” style popularized by Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines. This style mixes traditional farmhouse aspects such as shiplap walls and rustic design elements with a polished, whitewashed finish and minimalist touches. Continue reading

Next, Please! 5 Design Trends That Are Over in 2019

The past decade was one of unique design choices – and boy, did you work hard to make them happen! You spent hours picking apart your Pinterest boards, roamed through the aisles of your favorite home improvement stores, and spent hours slaving over the perfect wall color with matching accent pillows.

Now, it’s a new year. The decade is drawing to a close, and we’re beckoning in a new era of interior design trends. In the coming months and years, we seem to be working our way back to the basics. Simple statement pieces and clean lines are making a comeback, and this time they might be here to stay. Continue reading

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Home Designs That Will Always Be in Style

Whether you’re designing a brand-new home or simply updating your current space, the design you choose is an essential component of potential resale value. It’s important to choose flooring, countertops, and other more permanent design aspects based on what potential homebuyers are looking for.

Many home design trends come and go over the years, but there are some that will always be sought-after. Today, we wanted to highlight some of the best home design trends that are designed to last for years to come; these designs are sure to boost your home’s resale value and will be enjoyed by any potential buyer. Continue reading

Upcoming Home Trends: What’s In, and What’s Out

Home décor and design varies from year to year. Styles, colors, and trends come and go constantly; if you’re looking to redesign or upgrade your home in the next year, you should know what styles are here to stay. At Norman Graham, we like to stay up-to-date on what’s trending in the design world so that you get the home you’ve always dreamed of. Continue reading

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Open-Concept Floor Plans: Not Just Trendy, But Efficient!

The hottest trend right now in home design is the open-concept floor plan. Floor plans with a smooth flow from room to room are extremely popular; some homes have such an open floor plan that there are no walls or doors at all separating the living room, dining room, and kitchen spaces. The use of different color schemes and furniture pieces designate the function of each space instead of separating the spaces with walls. Continue reading

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Clever Ideas for Unused Attic Space You’ll Never See Coming

The attic is considered a home’s final frontier. If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious unfinished attic, there are endless possibilities and ideas to turn your unfinished space into your dream room. No matter what you envision, the builders at Norman Graham can design it and bring it to life. Here are just a few ideas of ways you can transform a dull, unfinished attic into the living space you’ve always wanted. Continue reading

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Expensive Home Repairs & How to Avoid Them (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, we covered three expensive home repairs and ways to prevent them: fire damage, foundation damage, and plumbing issues. Today we finish with three more home repairs that are a headache to experience: roof damage, termite damage, and water damage. These are all crippling home repairs for a budget, so here are some tips to keep your home (and finances) on track. Continue reading

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How Room Color Can Affect Your Mood

Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why your mood changed? Maybe you walked in feeling anxious or stressed, only to feel relaxed when you sit down on the couch. A likely cause could be the color of the walls. Here’s a helpful guide to learn what colors to use when painting your home, and what colors to avoid. Continue reading