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Winterize Your Home (the inexpensive and easy way)

A guest post for Samantha Grose (Optima Homes, JP&CO) by Seth Murphy Seth Murphy started PapaDIY to share tips and advice on DIY and help others. His mission is to make DIY something that anybody can feel comfortable with.   Winterizing your home may sound like a process that can only cost money, and probably… Read more »

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10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

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5 Elements of a Healthy Home

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO EPA studies have shown that levels of air pollution inside the home are often 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor levels!  This motivates us to ensure the spaces we create are NOT like typical homes.  Optima Homes has a clear focus on HEALTHY SPACES throughout our building projects. … Read more »

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Energy Facts: #103

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Energy Facts: #103 TIP: The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. SOURCE: Energy.gov For more information about our energy-efficient homes, please contact:   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Don’t forget to subscribe to the Perfect… Read more »

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Our Glass Roof Was Featured on Houzz!

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Photo by JP&CO and Optima Homes – Discover traditional sunroom design inspiration Recently, the sunroom of one of our homes was featured by Houzz, a highly popular website that showcases the work of housing design professionals. Houzz wrote an article on glass roofs and the different things you should think… Read more »

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5 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The wind is blowing, the temperature is steadily dropping, and the last of the flowers are looking dull and weary. It’s undeniable—winter is right around the corner. You’re probably already packing away your sandals and shorts and exchanging them for boots and winter coats, but have you thought much… Read more »

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What Is a HERS Score, Anyway?

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO If you’re in the market for a new home, or thinking about updating your existing home, you might have seen the term “HERS Score” floating around. Many of you are probably wondering: What on earth is a HERS score and why does it matter? Here are the basics… HERS stands for Home… Read more »

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Your September Checklist

Here is an EXCELLENT list for you to follow this September, brought to you by Houzz.   To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Subscribe to the Perfect Place Blog! Get social!

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20 Amazing Energy Facts

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO ENERGY: It makes the world go round, yet we usually pay little attention to it. Our electricity and gas (among other energy sources) power our laptops, keep our food fresh, provide warmth and cooling, charge our cell phones, and cook our meals…yet we hardly notice these systems unless they… Read more »

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Cooking in a “Green” Kitchen

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There are many ways to promote a more eco-friendly kitchen. Yes, eating green is probably top-of-mind, but many other factors beyond cuisine come into play when going green in the kitchen. A huge part of an eco-conscious kitchen has to do with the appliances you choose to buy and… Read more »