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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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Small Kitchen Islands, BIG Function (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Small kitchen? Try a compact kitchen island! This collection of images from Houzz demonstrates how a small kitchen island can make a huge difference in a tight space. Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CODon’t forget to… 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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Bold Accent Pieces for Your Living Room

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Living room feeling blah? There are plenty of great ways to jazz it up without going out and buying a whole new furniture set. When you’re thinking about making a bold statement in your living room, there’s a line between tastefully daring and…something from the circus. If you’re working… Read more »

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DIY Tasteful Thanksgiving Decor

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s easy to find tacky Thanksgiving decorations on Pinterest (oh the things we’ve seen!). There are plenty of paper leaves and turkeys, spray-painted acorns, and pilgrims made out of T.P. tubes. But what about the tasteful decor? What if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving work party or classy turkey-time get… 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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Pets and a Clean House: They CAN Go Together!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   For many people, pets are family. Plain and simple. Our furry friends offer unconditional love and companionship, cheer us up after a tough day, and keep us company during our round-the-house activities. Pets can be great, but they can also offer some tough challenges, especially when it comes… Read more »