Simple Fall Decorating Tips

A family raking fall leaves outdoors together, working as a team in their home back yard. Children, a boy and girl, provide assistance, helping parents rake and bag. A residential building, their house, is in the background.  The happy group conveys teamwork and togetherness as they complete autumn yard work chores.

Fall weekends are filled with seasonal fun like going to the pumpkin patch, apple picking or tailgating with your friends. There is not much time left to spend decorating, so we have crafted a list of quick decorating fixes that will not take a large amount of your weekend time.

Dining Room

Livening up your dining room table with some fall flair is an obvious starting point, since you’ll likely be using it to serve up a game day buffet or family feast. You do not have to overdo it or do anything crazy but a little bit can go a long way. A few pumpkins, candles and flowers can make a beautiful table and add a fall feel without much effort.

Head to your local grocery store to grab a fall flower arrangement or some greenery. Choose a vase with a narrow opening to help corral the flowers and make them easier to arrange. As for table linens and place settings, keep the colors neutral so your centerpiece can be the focal point.

The Living Room

A common fixture is most living rooms is a fireplace. This gives you the perfect opportunity to dress up the mantel for the season. Adding some fall-colored blooms, pinecones and candles are great and easy options that will liven up the space. Drape some natural and seasonal garlands, like cotton branches to make the space feel festive.

The Kitchen

If you are hosting any events this fall, the kitchen will be one of the main gathering places for cooking and eating. Do not miss this opportunity to make this room stand out. Find a few spots to place accent items and make sure they are visible but not in the way. Natural elements like a large pumpkin and pinecones piled in a bowl are all you need. Another helpful thing for guests would be to set up a drink station on the counter or on a bar cart. This can keep drinks hot or cool depending on what is being served.

Focusing on key areas where your family and friends tend to gather will make your home feel welcoming and warm in the cooler days ahead! Enjoy the season!

Greenprint for Success

From AEP Ohio | Efficiency Today2017-EfficiencyTodayMagazine_FNL_RE-SIZE_singles_no-crops_170825-14

Mac Roberts remembers a time in the not-so-distant past when green construction practices were asked about once in a blue moon.

Today, he reports that customer requests for energy-efficient homes are the norm versus the exception. “We build about 25 homes per year–all of them ENERGY STAR® Certified,” said Roberts, an owner/principal at Central Ohio’s P & D Builders. “In fact, we’re in the process of building net-zero houses for two customers.”

For readers green in the ways of efficient home-building lingo, “net-zero” refers to a home that at least creates as much energy as it uses.

About 75 percent of the homes built by P & D in 2016 were in AEP Ohio’s service footprint. For those homes, they were able to take advantage of the AEP Ohio EfficiencyCraftedTM Program, which supports a homebuilder’s green building efforts and provides third-party efficiency verification.

“AEP Ohio’s program definitely factored into our efficiency approach,” said Roberts. “Our company is always looking for ways to perfect our craft of homebuilding, and the support we received helped position us for the uptick in demand for efficient homes.”

Led by Roberts, who spearheads the company’s emphasis on efficiency, P & D won a coveted AEP Leadership Award in 2016 for their sustained excellence. And they’re regular winners at the annual EfficiencyCraftedTM Recognition Lunch for builders and raters. “They win so many awards, they’ve practically worn a place in the winners circle,” said Jim Miller, energy efficiency program manager at AEP Ohio. “They deserve every piece of hardware on what must be a very crowded shelf.”

A glance at the history of P & D Builders lets you know that this is a company that is used to peer and customer recognition. Founded in 1962 by Richard E. Dillon, P & D has built relationships as rocksolid as their homes. “It’s all about trust, respect, communication and the mutual exchange of ideas,” explains Roberts. Roberts is one of a four-person dream team at P & D, along with owner/principals, Dan Dillon, Darin Hilt and Ed Snodgrass, each a specialist with a different homebuilding expertise.

With hundreds of happy clients living in homes built to uniquely high efficiency standards, an overcrowded award shelf, and a habit of never resting on their laurels, the future at P & D looks to be a very bright green.

 

Settling into Your New Custom Home

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Your custom home is finished and it’s time to get settled in! This can mean more than sitting down on the couch in an empty living room or ordering pizza for the first couple nights in. The following tasks will help you get to know your new home and community in an organized manner. Moving into a new custom home is an awesome and exhausting experience. So first things first, take a deep breath and catch up on some much needed sleep, then take on these tasks.

Change of Address

You might have thought of this before you moved, but if slipped your mind then now is the time to take on the task! You will want to transfer all existing utility services to your new address. Next, fill out a change-of-address form for the United States Post Office. Then start updating all other items such as magazine subscriptions and banking information, that way you are not going months without receiving important documents. And finally, don’t forget to transfer items such as school and medical records. If you can update this information online, that will be easiest!

Getting to know your Home

There might be a new security system that you are unfamiliar with or you might not know where the circuit-breaker panel is located. Take time to set up any systems, appliances or connect your smart devices. Also check the batteries to ensure the smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors work.

Introduce your Family  

Neighbors can play a huge role in your new neighborhood. Not only is it fun to meet new people, this will help establish a community trust. The more effort you put into getting to know your neighbors, the better it will be in the long run. You can begin to look out for one another and help each other out when it is needed.

Take a long Walk or Drive

Grab the family and take a walk or drive around your new parts! This is a great way to meet people, get to know the area and learn about what is a possible walk or short drive away from your new home. Start to learn where the closest bank, grocery store, gas station locations are and that will make your life easier when you do not have to GPS everywhere.

Enjoy your new custom home and thank you for choosing P&D Builders!

Easy Essentials Fall Outdoor Decorating

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Just like that another summer has come and is almost (unfortunately) gone. Good things fall has tons of positives to offer! Football season, pumpkin flavored everything, changing leaves, sweater weather and more! Before you know it will be time to start decorating for fall, here are a few easy suggestions on how to make your exterior look festive for the new season.

  1.   Line your steps with different colored and sizes of gourds and pumpkins. This will liven up the colors of your outside area.
  2.  Mums come in a variety of colors and sizes. Choose one or two colors from a uniform look or go wild and get as many colors you can find. Display your mums in different ways like a wagon, bushel basket, wheelbarrow or an old caldron.
  3.  Once fall comes around you will begin to see dried corn used a decoration of choice for many. Indian corn adds color and texture to any setting. Tie a few cobs together for a simple arrangement to hang out your door or porch railing.
  4. Haybales are a fall staple. They look good by themselves and offer up extra seating or they are good for adding different levels of height to your exterior display.
  5.  Mix up the colors, and by mixing up we are inferring it does not all have to be orange. Make a statement by adding white, green, yellow or red.
  6.  And finally, add a festive fall wreath to your door! If you don’t end up doing any other decorating, at least do this to put your family and guests in the fall mood every time they walk in the door.

From everyone here at P&D Builders, LTD., have a wonderful fall season!

Improve your Kitchen’s look with These Quick tips

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Your kitchen is used every single day; it is the heart of your home and also a major selling point. Completely remodeling your kitchen is a great way to keep it up to date but also expensive. If you do not have the budget right now, here are a few cheap changes that can transform the look of your kitchen.

  1. Remove, recycle and refresh. If the doors on your cabinets are old and ugly, take them off and create an open shelving option for your kitchen. This is a great opportunity to update the hardware on your drawers and cabinets. What is worn down in the kitchen can usually be painted or refinished to give it a modern look.
  2. Add more storage. Either declutter your space or add more storage. These options include adding hanging racks, open shelves and cabinet organizers to store the essentials.
  3. Change out lighting. Depending on the age of your kitchen, you will most likely have pendant lighting or fluorescent overhead fixtures. To bring your kitchen into the modern age, consider replacing some of those fixtures with recessed alternatives or LED lighting. Even just replacing the bulbs is cheaper, easy to install and saves energy.
  4. Upgrade your faucet. Do you have an old-fashioned faucet? Is it time for a change? Instead of replacing the entire sink, just changing the faucet can give the kitchen a whole new look. Think about energy-efficient alternatives like low-flow faucets to save you money on your water bill, or adjustable, restaurant-style varieties for the chef in the family.
  5. Hide your counters. Old countertops can suffer through the years. If you have worn countertops but don’t have the budget to replace them. Find creature ways to hide their blemishes. Add decorative cutting boards, hide them under appliances or apply a fresh coat of paint.
  6. Paint your cabinets. Painting or refinishing your cabinets is another inexpensive way to change the look of your space. It is less expensive than buying new ones and at the same time it refreshes the appearance of your entire kitchen. Don’t paint them any weird colors though, and avoid bright hues.
  7. Add a backsplash. Backsplashes can be customized based on the color scheme of your kitchen. It is as easy as buying tiles at a local home improvement store and using caulk and grout to install them in the design or style you want.

All of these are simple, inexpensive changes you can make to your space to give it a much needed makeover.

(The photo is a kitchen in one of P&D’s custom built homes!)

Greenprint for Success: How P&D Builders Positioned Their Business for Today’s Homebuyer

Originally published by AEP Ohio in the 2017 Efficiency Today magazine. Click here to read the full article

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Mac Roberts remembers a time in the not-so-distant past when green construction practices were asked about once in a blue moon.

Today, he reports that customer requests for energy-efficient homes are the norm versus the exception. “We build about 25 homes per year–all of them ENERGY STAR® Certified,” said Roberts, an owner/principal at Central Ohio’s P & D Builders. “In fact, we’re in the process of building net-zero houses for two customers.”

For readers green in the ways of efficient home building lingo, “net-zero” refers to a home that at least creates as much energy as it uses.

About 75 percent of the homes built by P & D in 2016 were in AEP Ohio’s service footprint. For those homes, they were able to take advantage of the AEP Ohio EfficiencyCraftedTM Program, which supports a homebuilder’s green building efforts and provides third-party efficiency verification.

“AEP Ohio’s program definitely factored into our efficiency approach,” said Roberts. “Our company is always looking for ways to perfect our craft of homebuilding, and the support we received helped position us for the uptick in demand for efficient homes.”

Led by Roberts, who spearheads the company’s emphasis on efficiency, P & D won a coveted AEP Leadership Award in 2016 for their sustained excellence. And, they’re regular winners at the annual EfficiencyCraftedTM Recognition Lunch for builders and raters. “They win so many awards, they’ve practically worn a place in the winners circle,” said Jim Miller, energy efficiency program manager at AEP Ohio. “They deserve every piece of hardware on what must be a very crowded shelf.”

“AEP Ohio’s program definitely factored into our efficiency approach…Our company is always looking for ways to perfect our craft of homebuilding, and the support we received helped position us for the uptick in demand for efficient homes.” Mac Roberts, Owner/Principal, P & D Builders

A glance at the history of P & D Builders lets you know that this is a company that is used to peer and customer recognition. Founded in 1962 by Richard E. Dillon, P & D has built relationships as rock-solid as their homes. “It’s all about trust, respect, communication and the mutual exchange of ideas,” explains Roberts. Roberts is one of a four-person dream team at P & D, along with owner/principals, Dan Dillon, Darin Hilt and Ed Snodgrass, each a specialist with a different homebuilding expertise.

With hundreds of happy clients living in homes built to uniquely high efficiency standards, an overcrowded award shelf, and a habit of never resting on their laurels, the future at P & D looks to be a very bright green.

Lower your Utility Bills with these Energy-Efficiency Tips

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The summer heat can start to get to you and your bills. In the dog days of summer, we are used to turning down the air and staying cool inside, this can quickly add up when it comes to utility costs. P&D Builders is here to offer you some tips on how to make changes to help you save on your bills so you can spend that money out enjoying the summer with your friends and family.

Energy-Efficient Homes
Here at P&D Builders we take pride in ensuring that your home is built for energy efficiency. We are proud to announce that we are now a 3.0 ENERGY STAR home builder, making your new home more comfortable and reducing utility bills by making your home more energy efficient. Our Exclusive “SEAL-TIGHT” energy system is a complete program that produces the MOST Energy Efficient homes in the industry and is STANDARD in every home we build!

Quick, energy-efficient fixes
There are major changes you can make to reduce your energy bills, but small ones as well. These easy tasks include:
• Replacing weather stripping on a drafty door
• Washing laundry in cold water
• Changing your ceiling fan’s direction
• Using energy-efficient light bulbs
These simple changes will make a difference on your next round of bills!

Save more than just on bills
Energy-efficient upgrades provide you and your family savings, there is no question about that. In addition to lowering your monthly utility bill or making your home more comfortable in extreme weather, you might be eligible for tax credits, rebates and additional savings. You can make major renovations such as replacing your furnace or updating your windows and be eligible for tax credits. If you have any questions about the tax programs in your state and which ones you are eligible, refer to this website: https://energy.gov/savings.

2017 Home Design: Trends that are here to stay!

As custom home builders in the Columbus, Ohio area, it is our job to stay on the forefront of interior design trends. We pay attention to the trends that will come and go, then most importantly, the ones that are here to stay. Let’s take a look at some of the trends we can expect to see into 2018.

Entertainment Aspects

You have probably seen bar carts in either your home or the home of your friends. At first bar carts started out as DYI projects, creating make shift bar carts out of items already around the house. Then, the popular design stores got a hold of the concept and they have turned into elegant, functional furniture pieces for the home. Many homeowners want to bring the cocktail experience to their own homes as a way to entertain their guests and create specialty cocktails at home. Bar carts provide a great place to stage cocktails, complete with glasses, mixers, liquor, bar tools and ultimately allows homeowners to put their own spin on it with decorations. A beautifully appointed bar cart can take stage in a room when a mirror or piece of art is hung about it, or when the wall behind it is painted a dramatic color or covered in a grass cloth wallpaper.

Open Storage

The open-concept storage does not seem to be going anywhere. Stylish kitchen accessories, attractively bound cookbooks, even fresh herbs, can all make for a chic look. This opens up the kitchen and allows for a bright and airy look and also offers amazing capability.

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Sustainable Design

Trends that include going green with recycled materials, designing with refurbished vintage furniture and maximizing the use of LED light are definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. The importance of helping the environment is a concept that hopefully will be around for many generations to come. Shopping local is a great way to cut back on shipping materials and a way to support local businesses. Vintage pieces promote re-use of objects and inspires others to use what they already have to create beautiful home furnishings. Whenever you can incorporate LED lighting into your home, take the chance to do so. Not only will it save energy, but it can save you money on your monthly utility bills, a win win!

P&D Awarded Best Home Builder

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P&D Builders, LTD. was recently awarded Best Home Builder by the Delaware Gazette newspaper. For years, the Delaware Gazette has been asking their readers to submit their top choice in Delaware County for various categories ranging from Best Insurance Agency to Best Restaurant and many more. We want to thank all of our amazing customers for submitting their votes for Best Home Builder on our behalf. We thank you for taking the time to show your appreciation for us. We are proud members of the Delaware County community and look forward to many great years ahead!