Preparing Your Home for Fall

Pumpkins near the door during Halloween season

Fall is here! The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to change and everyone seems to be loving it. The time has come to finish up any last-minute summer maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready for follow. We have some quick and easy tips to get your home clean, warm and ready for fall (and the dreaded early winter days).


  • Clean out the gutters. Everyone’s least favorite job but now is one of the most important times to be doing it. A few hours of work can prevent big problems later one. While you are up there, give the roof a good look to look for any damaged shingles, flashing or vents. You should also inspect the chimney.
  • Turn off outdoor plumbing. When the time is right and those hopes of random warm days are over, drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, and cover them to protect them from freezing during the winter.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and gardening tools. It may not be quite time to put them away yet but go ahead and make sure your outdoor furniture and gardening tools are cleaned up and ready for storage.
  • Plant bulbs for spring-blooming flowers. Spring will be here before we know it, hopefully. So be prepared by planting bulbs this month, as soon as the soil has cooled down, you will reap big rewards next spring. If you’ve ever planted bulbs before, select a spot in your yard that gets full sun during the day.


  • Prepare your furnace. Visually inspect your furnace and replace the furnace filter before turning it on for the first time. If you want, you can go the extra step to get it professionally looked at before it gets too cold.
  • Clean the fireplace and chimney. Clean out the fireplace, make sure the flue is operating properly, and that doors and shields are sound. Then, stock up on firewood!
  • Keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside. Inspect your windows and doors. If you are feeling cold air come in through the cracks, the weather stripping isn’t doing its job. Now would be the time to re-caulk around the windows and door casings if needed before you spend too much on your heating bill.
  • Light the way. Bring as much light into your home as you can for the colder, darker months. To accentuate natural light, clean your windows and blinds, especially in rooms that get a lot of sunlight. Add lighting to darker spaces easily with new lamps and consider replacing tradition incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
  • Create a mudroom or drop zone. As the weather gets colder, it is going to require more layers. If you do not have a designated mudroom, it is time to think about creating an area where those coming and going from the home can drop their things or extra layers. Also put down an indoor/outdoor run to protect the floor.

These are a few quick and easy projects to begin preparing your space for all. Once you have checked a couple of these off the list then it is time to sit back and enjoy the season in your warm home.

2016 Parade of Homes Entry


Verona developed by Vince Romaneilli

Find directions to the event!

Verona is located just east of the Columbus Zoo on Powell Road (SR 750). From I-270, take the Sawmill Road exit and travel North approx. 4 miles on Sawmill Road (which will turn into Sawmill Parkway). Turn left (West) on to Powell Road (SR 750) and travel approx. 0.7 miles. The entrance to Verona will be on your right (watch for signs).

September 3 – 18, 2016 (rain or shine)
12pm – 8pm Monday – Saturday
12pm – 6pm Sunday

no entry one hour to close

At 5,294 sq. ft., the home has 5 bedrooms, 6 full & 1 half baths and a 3-car garage. Features include:

  • Strong corporate commitment to our award-winning “Certified” Energy Star Program
  • Home design resulting from a partnership between the build team and the client’s vision
  • Open-air, two-story, totally enclosed garden courtyard entry
  • Extraordinary custom wine cellar with glass ceiling above
  • Sensation upper foyer with Juliet balconies overlooking garden courtyard entry

You can purchase your tickets for the event online, and save $2, or purchase them at the door! This is a year you definitely do not want to miss! 

Easy Tips To Make Your Home More Eco-friendly

Hands protecting green energy house concept


Incorporating green practices into your home can be easier and cheaper than you think! We aren’t talking higher priced changes such as solar panels or buying a new ecofriendly car. We want to help people start out with the small, easier changes first then tackle the other ones when they feel they are ready!

You can have an eco-conscious home without building one from the group up. From switching the LED light bulbs to installing a toilet that uses less water, there are a number of ways to make your home a little greener.

First things first, changing the light bulbs you buy is such an easy solution that will save you money in the long run. LED light bulbs have a longer life and use less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so they are perfect for any space.

Repurposed materials is another way to make your space not only more ecofriendly but can also be a great addition to your interior design. Countertops, tables, headboards, flooring can all be repurposed and give your space a sense of originality. Some examples of materials that could replace your countertops would be recycled steel or reclaimed wood. Environmentally friendly flooring options are not so hard to find. Flooring made from cork, linoleum and bamboo are not only renewable materials but also assist in home insulation efforts. Linoleum, in particular, is known for a long lifespan, which is always great to hear!

Water conversation is something every household could get better at. Even if you don’t want to make any large purchases right now, changing your habits of long showers and leaving the water running when you brush your teeth are two ways to not use as much water that you can do for FREE. It can even save you money on your water bill! But if you want to take water conservation to the next step, Stealth System toilets ( uses less than one gallon of water per flush. An average toilet uses three gallons per flush.  Another great fix would be purchasing tankless water heaters which skip the inefficient and wasteful process of reheating hot water in a tank. They heat on demand so no energy is wasted keeping water hot. You will see savings in energy costs and you will save on water usage because you will no longer be running water while waiting for it to heat up.

These are a couple simple changes you can make starting as early as today to make your home more ecofriendly and energy efficient. Help the environment, one change at a time!

Why you Should Choose P&D to Build Your Custom Home

custom home

Here at P & D Builders we have always been in the business of creating custom homes that are unparalleled in quality, character, and value that fulfill the vision and dreams of our clients while keeping within their financial parameters. Our goal is to provide you with the utmost service before, during, and after we build your home and we pride ourselves on that. Below you will find all of the great features and guarantees that we offer as part of the custom home building process with P&D Builders.

Direct Contact with Our Clients

No matter how busy we get or how big the company grows we will always maintain a personal and direct relationship with you during the process. We believe that this facilitates a certain level of expertise, accountability, and consistency. Also in today’s technology age we still believe the best forms of communication are face-to-face.

In-House Design Staff

Unique to the industry, we have our own in-house design staff that allows us to quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively design unique, exciting plans tailored to each client. If you need a custom room designed to fit your lifestyle or family size, our design team can create that for you too! We have done everything from in-law suites, home spas, home theaters, bridal staircases and boat/RV storage bays. With our design team the possibilities are endless.

Interior Decorating Service

We provide interior design and decorating services at no charge to you! This service assures that our clients will be afforded professional decorating consultation, as well as a much broader array of product offerings and options to choose from.

Banking and Loan Services

We know the process of building your custom home can be overwhelming at times so we have taken some of the stress off of you by connecting you with the very best lenders in the industry and even oversee the transaction from start to finish.

Full Warranties on Our Homes

We want our clients to know that we have their backs and will be there for them long after we have closed on the new home. With our full warranty on the home, we also have a full time warranty manager that is here to help you, should any problems arise.

Energy Efficient Homes

Each and every P&D home we build is certified through an independent inspection service to assure that your home meets, and most often exceeds, Energy Star certification standards.

Our White Glove Guarantee

When we give your home a completion date we want to make sure that it is not only completed on time but that it is completed to your 100% satisfaction. This simply means that we assign a member of our “detailing team” to comb through every inch of your home with you ensuring that attention is given to every detail of your new home. They will not give the okay to close on the home until your satisfaction is guaranteed.

By building custom homes in this manner we are able to leave every customer satisfied for many years to come. If you are looking to build a custom home of your dreams, we would love to talk to you and see what ideas you have in mind for your new home. Contact us here for more details.