Featured Image

5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO As a designer, I know how crucial it is to get the basics just right. The design should be functional, attractive, and fit with your family’s lifestyle. The materials used should be high-quality, long-lasting, and timeless. But what if we go beyond the basics? There are TONS of great add-ons… Read more »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

12 Ways to Stretch Your Space (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Feeling cramped in your home? Unsure of how to free up space? Here are 12 creative ways to stretch the space you have, brought to you by Houzz.   12 Ways to Stretch Your Space Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place… Read more »

Featured Image

5 Saavy Ways to Outsmart Burglars

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Rose Cabrera of Top Security Review.       A large number of burglaries happen between 10 am and 3 pm. Most of the time, burglars target homes that are clearly unoccupied. If you frequently leave your house either to work or go on vacation, then burglar… Read more »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 2

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This post continues our look at the various pros and cons of homes throughout the decades. In the last post, we talked about homes from the 1900s-1970s and in this post, we’ll focus on homes from the 1980s through the modern day. 1980s Things got a little weird in… Read more »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

5 Home Gadgets That ACTUALLY Make Sense

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Talking refrigerators, LCD screens on washers, ovens with more buttons than your laptop. Sure, there are lots of technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos out there, but how many of them are really useful? And which ones actually save you time or money? It’s easy to be wowed by “the… Read more »

Featured Image

MADE IN AMERICA!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. Creating something beautiful and functional is always a source of pride at JP&CO. However, we had a special sense of accomplishment during this year’s Parade of Homes Showcase. This is because the refined South Minneapolis rambler we revealed was not only stunning and functional, but also… Read more »