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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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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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Planting a Tiered Herb Garden

Thank you to Sarah of Recreational Gardner for writing this guest blog post! Sarah is a recreational gardener from the Twin Cities. She enjoys growing a variety of flowers and plants, finding kid-friendly garden projects, and growing her own foods. There are so many different types of gardens to choose from. This summer I plan to… Read more »

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Prepare Your Garden for Spring in 4 Steps

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Natalie Miller, a writer for Practical Home Improvement and several other home improvement websites. The long-awaited end of winter has finally come, so you probably can’t help getting out and starting to take care of your garden again. With the beginning of the gardening season you may be… 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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10 Small Dining Rooms with Style to Spare (via Houzz)

10 Small Dining Rooms With Style to Spare Contact us for information on redoing your own dining room or kitchen. We’re here to help! Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Get social!

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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 »