Made-To-Order Donuts Have ‘Ducked’ Into Lancaster

9 June 2016
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Duck DonutsThat’s right, the up-and-coming donut chain, Duck Donuts, opened their first Pennsylvania location last month in Lancaster County, thanks to franchisees Todd and Mimi Bidelman.

Duck Donuts’ signature product is made-to-order donuts, but hungry customers can also enjoy premium roasted coffee and breakfast sandwich options. The franchise was originally founded in Duck, North Carolina by Russell A. DiGilio.

“Our fans tell us over and over that we are on the right track,” said DiGilio. “We will always strive to offer you a clean, courteous, fun, family friendly scrumptious experience when you visit our stores.”

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Keystone Custom Homes Builds Exactly Where You Want To Be

8 June 2016
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Keystone Custom HomeKeystone Custom Homes strives to provide quality construction and exceptional customer service to our clients. Staying true to this aspiration, it should come as no surprise that Keystone also aims to build exactly where our clients desire to live across Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, specifically in growing areas such as Harrisburg and the York.

According to a post by Central Penn Business Journal, Harrisburg and York areas posted strong home sales in April.

York County home sales’ median sale price increased 5 percent to $147,000 and home sales in general also increased with 1,530 homes sold, up 15 percent.

Harrisburg has also seen some significant change since last April, with the median sale price down to $160,000 from the previous year’s $163,000. Sales in the Harrisburg area have increased 13.2 percent with 739 sales in April. (more…)

Landscaping Ideas to Avoid

24 May 2016
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Gorgeous Landscaping

Take these tips as what to avoid when landscaping, and use this photo as inspiration for what to do.

As summer begins and warmer weather continues, you know it’s time to take extra care of your landscape. We all know of the homes that people marvel at their well-kept yards, but we also remember those yards that we wonder if anyone still lives there because of how bad it might look. To give your home a wonderful curb appeal and not be “that” neighbor, here are a few landscaping ideas to avoid:

Doing Too Much

Giving your home curb appeal takes effort, but you don’t want to do too much. The landscape should compliment your beautiful home, not be the focal point. A variety of shrubs and trees that fit your home well can do the trick. However, remember to get trees and shrubs that won’t grow too tall and take over your home. If you do use a large tree, don’t plant it too close to your house. It could cause damage to your home and take away attention from your home.

Not Using a Variety of Plants

Even though you may love one certain type of plant, using just that one can make your yard and potentially home look plain. It is best to use a variety of plants and colors to grab someone’s attention and add to the beauty of your home. Different plants bloom at different times, so research and use a variety to have more colors throughout the year. (more…)

Solar Power Takes Center Stage at Democratic Debate

11 May 2016
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Energy Plus HomeAs the 2016 election gets closer, the stakes get higher and the number of candidates gets smaller. During this period, all the presidential candidates are focusing on issues important to them and the nation. One topic of debate getting a lot of attention from the Democratic Party is solar power and clean energy. TecHome Builder dives into this issue.

Both Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton want to see an increase of solar power in the United States; however, they have differing views on how we get there.

As for Clinton, her goal is to have 500 million solar panels in use in the United States by the end of her first term. She also would implement a plan to increase the amount of clean resources for electricity, such as wind power and solar energy, to every home within 10 years. This is a large and bold goal, but she wants to get away from burning so much coal and move towards clean energy as quickly as possible. (more…)

Building in Dauphin County is on the Rise

4 May 2016
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Apple Creek FarmsAccording to CPBJ, home construction in the Harrisburg area is on the rise. This is especially true in Dauphin County where building activity is at the highest it’s been since 2012. In fact, its amount of building permits has risen almost 30 percent since 2014.

With this stable market in addition to low unemployment and a plethora of highly sought after schools, now is the time to build! If you’re ready, Keystone Custom Homes has four communities in Dauphin County. (more…)

Color Trends for Spring in 2016

21 April 2016
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Lancaster new homeThe New Year is in full swing, but celebrate the new season by incorporating these 2016 colors that blend perfectly with spring décor.

Pantone is shaking things up in 2016 by awarding Color of the Year to not just one color, but two: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. The blending of the colors is a catalyst for breaking free from typical color-gender affiliations as well as providing a sense of calm and tranquility. These two colors also provide a larger color palette for designers and decorators to work with.

House Beautiful has selected 20 hues that they believe will be popular this year. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Lilacs and purples
Blending the two colors of the year creates a soft purple that is perfectly paired with grays and blues to create a room that is elegant and engaging as well as warm and relaxing.
2. Milky blues
Faded vintage colors seem to be appearing more and more in 2016. Milky tones of serenity blue create a calm and relaxing atmosphere that is easily paired with greens, khakis and other neutral shades. (more…)

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

15 April 2016
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Extend the life of your roofReplacing and repairing a roof can be a costly venture. A roof protects essentially everything in your home, including you and your family. A sturdy, leak-free roof is critical to a long-term home. Follow these tips to extend the life of your home’s covering.

1. Keep your gutters clean:
Debris will inevitably build up in your gutters and this obstruction causes water to slide directly into your drywall, siding and the roof itself, potentially causing mold growth and rotted materials. Not to mention the fact that gutters that are overflowing with leaves and debris is such an eye sore, the weight build up can also cause your gutters to detach and cause damage to the sides of your home.

2. Debris control:
Leaves and tree limbs can cause more damage than you would think. When leaves accumulate on your roof, they maintain moisture and harbor mold growth that can cause the materials on your roof to rot if they are not removed or dried out. Nearby tree limbs that repeatedly rub against your roof can cause damages such as leaks and pulled up shingles. It’s suggested that you call a professional to trim back overgrown tree limbs or to remove large, potentially dangerous trees near your home, about 10-feet away. (more…)

Five Things to Remember from the Pennsylvania Home Show

28 March 2016
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Pennsylvania Home ShowThe 42nd annual Pennsylvania Home Show featured everything needed to beautify, update and maintain your home. New additions to the exhibit include the kitchen and bath showcase and the landscape display, complete with gazebo. This event highlighted nearly 300 exhibitors, and the Business Journal has pinned five takeaways to keep in mind:

1. The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg added a kitchen and bath showcase in response to demand. This new display allowed vendors in those popular areas to interact with potential clients in a more informational way.

2. Outdoor living is here to stay. In 2016, homeowners are utilizing every space of their home and that means renovating their outdoor living spaces to include outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and more. Several displays at this year’s home show highlighted many of these popular outdoor options. Improving curb appeal has also been a popular topic of commercial clients over the last two years, according to some exhibitors. (more…)

HOPE International: A Hand-up, Not a Handout

22 March 2016
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Patrick Felix“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” (English Standard Version, Jeremiah 29:11).

HOPE International’s mission is to invest in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities as we proclaim and live the Gospel. After visiting many poverish countries, I have witnessed the difference it makes to instill hope and inspiration, rather than simply donating food and clothing and moving on with life. These people-in-need desire so much more than that and carry the potential to do great things to improve their lives and communities for the long term. (more…)

New Shopping Center Coming to Lebanon County

3 March 2016
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Lebanon new homeJust when you thought Lebanon County couldn’t get any better; a new shopping center is coming to town. The new shopping center is expected to open late this year on the site of an old bowling alley that will be closing in May.

This 13,000-square-foot shopping center at 1451 Quentin Road in North Cornwall Township could open as early as November according to Vice President of Retail at Bennett Williams Commercial, Brad Rohrbaugh. The new shopping center is a project of Apple Retail Properties of York and will feature a Chipotle restaurant, Panera Bread, an AT&T store and an Aspen Dental practice. (more…)

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