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Guest Room or no Guest Room?

Posted by Earl Raatz on Nov 14, 2019

Should you add an extra bedroom to your home to have as a guest room? When friends and family from out of town come to visit, we want them to truly feel at home. But the question is, is it worth having this extra bedroom for the guests that come to visit?


Making this decision is easy if you have a lot of guests who visit from out of town or are using the bedroom as a multifunctional room. If you are using this room solely as a guest bedroom you will have to figure if it will get enough use during the year. If this room is only going to be used one week out of the year there are other options to consider. You could purchase a hide-away couch, futon or even an air mattress for your guests to sleep on if you do not have a guest room. Maybe finishing the basement and having an oasis for guests on the lower level is the way to go. Another viable option is having your guests stay at a hotel if there is one close by. Without a guest room, your visitors may be inclined to stay at a hotel, which may bring you delight depending on your family situation! Having them at an alternate location will cut into the time you have with guests.

5 pathways of least resistance

Posted by Earl Raatz on Jul 25, 2019

Thinking of doing a little back yard DIY? Dividing your yard into useful areas is a great place to start. Maybe you need a play area structure but still need an entertaining or relaxing area and maybe a little garden too? Segmenting your space is where you need to start and then a pathway system to connect them together efficiently and aesthetically. There are so many choices but here are 5 top picks! Remember 36” is the typical width but you can modify that to suit your space.


Why don't we take this outside!

Posted by Earl Raatz on Jul 11, 2019

With the warm weather and summer in full swing, the season for outdoor entertaining is upon us. Whether it is having a full on backyard BBQ, kid’s birthday party, or maybe just sitting around the fire pit on a nice evening, we have a few tips and ideas to make your time outdoors more enjoyable. 

How to buy your first home as a millennial

Posted by Earl Raatz on Jun 13, 2019

First of all, you may be wondering who millennials are. Millennials are the generation born between the years of 1981 - 1995 and are currently the largest generation in history with approximately 90 million members. Some refer to millennials as Generation Y and their home buying habits have been unpredictable at the best of times.  This can be attributed to rising home prices as well as crippling student-loan debts. Your typical millennial is waiting longer to buy a home because rent and commodities have increased in price, while wages have levelled or are lower due to a lack of workplace experience. If you fall into this category, you might have a grim outlook on purchasing a home. Don’t sweat it, there is still hope.

Tips for Securing Your Down Payment

Posted by Earl Raatz on May 30, 2019

The cost of a home may seem overwhelming, and saving for a down payment can be daunting if you are just starting out. But, with the proper planning, budgeting and saving you can be well on your way to owning your own home. 

Below are some tips that will help you generate the down payment you'll need to purchase a home.

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