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Commercial Interior Design What and How

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Commercial Interior Design, Newburyport

Now seems like a good time to introduce you to our other design service Commercial Interior Design what and how. Commercial Interior Design is comprised of office, retail, and hospitality/restaurant type of projects. When commercial clients are outgrowing their existing space, need test-fits of spaces for lease, or just a new venture or business that may require commercial style space; hiring a qualified Interior Designer can make your project a smooth success!  For instance, when we perform interviews to gather programming to analyze your needs and plan for future growth—this stretches your funds and insures value earned.

Designing for Retail or Hospitality/Restaurant clients is best served when their brand is threaded throughout the design, selected space and in all their marketing materials and signage. Worthington Interior Design is very adept at analysis merged with creativity to bring a winning commercial interior design space to life.

It was once said “Trendy is close to Tacky” so it’s enormously important for us to listen to our client’s needs and deliver stellar design that is both highly functional and unique. Timeless design for commercial interior design spaces is curated and studied. Each client is different each company or hotel is different offering their clientele a unique experience to work with them. So its incumbent upon interior designers like us at Worthington Interior Design to stay educated and informed to meet each type of commercial client we encounter.

After Programming is gathered, Space Planning is taking the client’s requirements and developing the space plan to mirror the program. Once the Space Plan is approved we move into the next phase of work called Design Development.

Design Development is where we develop the 3D aspects of the space plan. We address the walls, ceilings, floors and lighting. Each of these components is presented with materials or photos or samples. The client works closely with us as we begin to bring their company to fruition.

Construction Documents are drawn for actual construction. Any consultants required are engaged. These may encompass acoustical, structural engineering, or lighting consultants. Each consultant submitting design and construction drawings is included in the overall clients complete set of construction documents (CDs). The next step is to bid out the plans, select a General Contractor and manage the Construction Administration.

Worthington Interior Design is well versed in all areas of Commercial Interior Design. So if you are looking to be on the cutting edge with your unique business, commercial interior designers are well worth having on your team!

Providing Cool Air Conditioning Comfort to our Community!

By Charity Lombardi-Simard, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.
Lombardi Oil & Gas
Air Conditioning, Newburyport MA

Air Conditioning used to be a luxury, but modernized homeowners are more reliant on cooler drier air. Higher efficiency options allow for comfort with less operational costs as well as creative solutions for style and decor. In addition to making everyday life more comfortable, air conditioning does much more for homeowners.

 

 

  • Air Conditioning continuously filters and circulates indoor air, removing airborne allergens, pet dander, pollen, pollutants and more. For those with respiratory conditions or sensitive allergies, HEPA filters and air purification systems work alongside air conditioning units to bring needed relief.
  • Air conditioning dehumidifies the air as it cools. This is important because humidity inhibits the ability of our bodies to self-regulate temperature, and it makes cooled indoor spaces feel clammy and smell musty.
  • Many modern air conditioning offers multiple fan settings, making it possible to filter and circulate indoor air even when the Air Conditioning isn’t actively cooling helping homeowners strike a balance between cleaner air and lower energy bills.
  • Smart Thermostats, the latest in thermostat technology, make it easier than ever to control air conditioning energy use. These thermostats can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone, and they provide the most user-friendly interface for setting up detailed cooling schedules that will save you money.
  • As an alternative to central air systems, DUCTLESS Air Conditioning & HEAT PUMP units are Great for older homes, renovated spaces and targeted cooling and heating needs – and can provide added value with savings up to 30% in heating costs.
    • Whisper Quiet
    • Quick & Easy Install
    • Year-round efficiency
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Wall, ceiling or floor mounted
    • Aggressive rebates available for new installations

Some suggestions to keep your Air Conditioning system running at peak performance:

Keep your outdoor condenser free from leaves and brush. Sometimes you may want to hide the outdoor unit, however, please make sure to leave sufficient room around the whole unit, for proper air circulation on top and sides.

Change the filter regularly. Your air conditioner breathes through its filter, and when that filter becomes clogged, your AC unit struggles. A dirty filter can cause your fan to wear out prematurely and can sharply increase your energy use. Make a habit of replacing these on time!

Tune up your AC unit annually. Annual maintenance from a licensed technician is the only way to get your system ready for the cooling season. You’ll experience fewer breakdowns, lower energy bills and a longer life for your air conditioner.

Consider an Air Conditioning maintenance plan. The plan will cover an annual tune-up – and give you 15% off any parts and labor.

If you experience any disruptions in your cooling system, or have interested in upgrading to high efficiency or ductless, we are happy to help!

Customer satisfaction is important to us. We will offer the best value, with reliable, quality Air Conditioning service and installation and top of line expertise, to increase your comfort, convenience and safety. Call Lombardi Oil & Gas anytime to see how we can help you 978-465-7200 * Lombardioil.com!

Building Your Custom Home – Consult Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Building Your Custom Home, Newburyport MA

Building your custom home offers you the opportunity to design a home that manifests precisely how you imagine it to be and excludes any unwanted spaces or features that are not conducive to your lifestyle and personal preferences.  Consulting with a professional home builder will indeed, empower you by adding to the decision-making process and introducing factors you may not be thinking of. Your budget is something you surely have thought about; but have you considered factors such as the price of neighboring homes and how that might affect the value of your home?

When buying an existing home, you never want it to be the most expensive home on the street, because the selling price will be based on nearby homes. The same can be said for the custom-built home and its location. The property design is another factor to consider when building your custom home and you will want to ensure you are compliant with local zoning ordinances.

Searching for that utopian location can be tricky. Finding the exact match of the perfect location and the style of home that reflects your lifestyle and personal style is even harder. Location is key to your family’s daily routine and it’s important to think about where you are now financially, and how that has changed from where you were.

You may find yourself debating the expense of renovations for an existing house versus having the house built exactly to your standards. The benefit of building your custom home, is that it doesn’t have to be more expensive than investing in an already made home. You may find a home that is almost perfect, yet it’s missing something unique to your tastes. What’s worse, is having to deal with a section of a house or floor plan, that you would rather not be there.

Finding a home close to your liking may also not include the most current standards for safety codes. What is even more unsettling, is what you may not see, hidden in the foundation or the structure of the home. A custom-built home offers you the advantage of seeing the house from scratch to polish.

You may want to consider the resale value when planning your custom home location. Many people who have their home custom built may not think that they will ever want to move, but it is advisable to think about the possibility you may want to relocate at some point. As time changes, so do the lifestyles of their inhabitants.

Popular home styles in New England include: Colonial, Federal, Shingle Style, Victorian, and Contemporary. Even with classical styles and modern floor plans, you are more likely to see an efficient use of space and lighting with a custom-built home. Custom homes may externally appear to be architecturally older, but can have a floor plan that is quite modern. Building your custom home will implement energy efficient materials, climate control, modern insulation and innovative plumbing. Aesthetics that embody a balance between the structural integrity and the visual appeal of the home, will allow for future customization capabilities and home additions with less hassle and added value to your home.

Now that you are in the market for purchasing a new home, or even renovating your current home, contact Greene Construction, Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder and Remodler. For more information about Greene Construction and our long history of designing and building custom homes in Newburyport, please visit http://newburyportbuilder.com

 

Call Early for Your Moving Services Estimate – Enjoy Big Savings!

By Mary Boddy, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Mary is the Office Manager for Ferrick Brothers Moving Company. From start to finish Mary gathers all important details about client moving needs, she sends quotes and executes contracts. She helps coordinate move logistics and convey important client needs to the folks facilitating the moves. Mary is there to help answer questions, confirm critical details and she is there in the end to follow up with clients and gather feedback about their moving experience.
Ferrick Brothers Moving Company
moving services

Most people and businesses planning their next move tend to forget something really important before they’ve even gotten started: a moving services estimate. Whether you’re planning a same-city “mini-move” or a long-distance relocation, calling early for a moving-services estimate could save you a lot of money – up to 50% on moving costs, in fact.

Ferrick Bros. Moving Company is a family-owned regional moving company serving commercial, residential, and industrial customers in the Newburyport area and beyond. As a locally owned and operated moving and storage company, Ferrick Bros. offers highly competitive pricing compared to national chains.

Be sure to get your FREE Moving Services Estimate as soon as you begin the moving process! Visit our website for a same-day online estimate or, for best accuracy, we’ll come to you. Online estimates are not as accurate as getting a quote from the owner, Bob Ferrick, either on the telephone or a free, in-house estimate.

Click here to get your moving coupons from Ferrick Bros!

  • $25 off any job between $500-$999
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Call us anytime 24/7 at 1-978-476-4229 for additional cost-saving moving services and storage tips. Same-day service available.

Ferrick Bros. also provides packing, unpacking, and pad-wrap services, and free boxes and other packing supplies are available upon request. We also understand that some moves require storage options as well. Ferrick Bros. offers furniture storage and portable storage facilities to fit any storage need.

Let Ferrick Bros. Moving Company do your heavy lifting for relocating your business office and equipment, moving into a new house or apartment, and/or transporting your specialty items with care.

Our strong reputation in the Newburyport area reflects our emphasis on best value and excellent customer service. Call or visit us online now to find out how much you could save on your next big move. You can’t afford not to!

Design Ideas for Outside Living on Your Patio, Porch or Deck

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Patio, Porch or Deck, Newburyport MA

Explore easy ways to design outside living on your patio, porch or deck in Newburyport with amazing options for furniture, lighting and serve-ware! If you have enough space for a great sectional sporting an indoor/outdoor easy-to-clean material look to Restoration Hardware’s Classic Kingston collection. 14 different fabrics, 2 seat depths to fit  compact residential footprints are great. Want to get rid of your old picnic table? Wait a minute, you can paint it and apply a cool French stripe runner to dress up your 1950’s style picnic table. If you can’t bring your precious pillows outside on your patio, porch or deck have Newburyport’s 2017 Best Interior Designer, Worthington Interior Design work with you to select hip Perennials fabrics to create what looks like it belongs on the inside; but can live on the outside!

Newburyport has such a beautiful coastal setting to decorate your table with an obvious ‘sea-worthy’ theme, and there are so many great melamine dishes in marine, coral and nautical patterns it’s hard to choose. Think about introducing a different design approach of geometrics. Mixing stripes, chevrons, windowpane, hounds tooth or dot patterns to create unique outside space. All related without committing to a particular design so you can add more accessories year after year.  Anchor your outside space with a chevron rug in polypropylene, easy AND breezy!

Consider arranging your outside patio, porch or deck space whether small or large, so you have a view of your plantings and landscaping. Decorate the side of your house with all-weather artwork to resemble a room without doors and walls. Move your games and puzzles outside with comfy unique oversize to the trade cushions or poufs that Worthington Interior Design would be happy to acquire for you. Lighting with huge glass hurricanes and add a hanging a flea market chandelier from a tree with nautical rope you can find in Newburyport area marine supply stores creating a glow on your patio or deck. Just be sure candle- safety is in place. See our selection of French style Spring-Summer candles from Point a La Ligne/Bougies a la Francaise.

Also consider lighting with battery operated candles in all sizes to offer a worry-free outside! And the new LED colored sculpted sphere or globe lights with remotes will instantly set your mood to chill! Summer is all about outside, entertaining and fun. Fun can either be at the local Newbury Plum Island beaches or just a set-up game of croquet, badminton, or French boules in your own backyard!

Define your own outside albeit poolside, patio, deck or porch style with bright colors or classic neutrals! Try mixing the unexpected- turquoise with navy, red with pinks, oranges with purples and highlight with flowers in a single color for an understated elegance. With all the many ways to design living outside in New England’s beautiful coastal city of Newburyport, let us help you make the most of your patio, porch or deck decor.

 

3 Valuable Tips for Arranging Artwork in Your Home

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
arranging artwork, Worthington Interior Design, Newburyport

3 Valuable tips for arranging artwork on your walls and throughout your home. Often I get asked to help my clients hang their art or arrange their collectables in their home. First tip is to gather all the art into 1 room and begin to organize by size, subject or genre. This can take some time and is most important before anyone swings a hammer to nail! After you have made these select piles and you may mix all three ways just so you have separation. If you have sculpture pieces depending on the size or number you may need to make a special grouping for oversize or one-of-a-kinds.

Now looking at your piles, the 2nd tip for arranging artwork is to assign each piece to either a room or space that identifies with the furnishings or purpose of that room. For instance, if you have a room with a black and white color scheme you may want to use only black and white style art in that room. Or you may have a room with not a lot of color so choosing a grouping with lots of fun colors may really work nicely if the frames or pieces are not too heavy. If a room with neutral colors can be thrown off balance if the colors are too strong and the frames too heavy to hold the room or space together. In this case I would opt for colors that may be muted or pastel to go with the neutral furnishings in that room.

Tip 3 – Now that you have placed a grouping in the room or space : say you have 8 pieces of all different styles but the same subject as we mentioned above, you take the largest piece and lay it on the floor in front of the wall you are using. Then take the next few pieces say they are pair just smaller lay them next to the large piece and space them out using the middle of the large piece and do not let them exceed either the horizontal or vertical dimension of the large piece to find their final location.

Each time you lay down a piece and review if you like your arrangement be sure to take a photo of the layout recording it for hanging. Continue with the other pieces in the grouping placing them around the largest piece and relating them each piece you continue to place. This will create an interesting dialogue of your art and show you where it will fit best on your wall. If you have furniture on that wall it will also guide you with the starting heights. Many homeowners hang their art too high so keep in mind 60” above the floor onto the wall is the common site line dimension we use in the industry.

Using these 3 valuable tips for arranging artwork on your walls can make it a fun activity! However, if you need our help to solidify a special arrangement for your artwork call and make an appointment with us,  Worthington Interior Design 617-633-3005, we’d love to hang with you!

Happy spring!

See you next month.

Quality Service and Repair – Protect Your Heating & Cooling Investment!

By Charity Lombardi-Simard, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.
Lombardi Oil & Gas
service and repair, Newburyport MA

When inviting someone into your home for service and repair on your gas/oil heating or ac system, you want to ensure that you have partnered with a qualified, company that you can trust. We recommend for your safety and comfort, that the company be licensed and insured properly with both General Liability and Workers Compensation, technicians should be wearing company uniforms, always arriving in a marked company vehicle fully stocked with parts and tools and be fully licensed and trained. If you are using services of Fuel Oil Delivery, reputable companies will be taking extreme care with safe delivery process for environmental protection of your property. They should offer to check your oil tank to make sure its safe for delivery, and be sure that there is an accessible fill pipe and properly working vent whistle. We recommend Bioheat Fuel Oil, a cleaner energy option for your home. An Automatic Bioheat Fuel Oil Delivery program is highly suggested as it ensures that your fuel level doesn’t get too low, potentially stirring up any bottom residue, and clogging up filters. Also, drivers and routing programs can help to uncover any service issues, no heat issues and excessive usage. All Heat/Hot Water/AC systems should be serviced annually to keep them operating at peak performance while checking all safety features, and helping to prevent more costly breakdowns.

Homeowners Choose Lombardi Oil & Gas for their service and repair comfort needs!

If you need Bioheat fuel oil delivery, service and repairs on heating, hot water or AC, a consult/estimate for an upgrade to your heating system or conversion installation to high efficiency, you can count on us. We commit to offer the best value, with reliable service and installation and top of line quality and expertise. Over the past 60 years, we have kept our service area very localized to Newburyport and its surrounding communities so that we can be local and service local, quickly and efficiently. We have built our business on customer loyalty, referrals and providing unparalleled and quality customer services.

Choose us and count on:

  • Quality Gas or Oil Heating Service and Repair or Installation
  • Quality Water heater service and repair, or installation
  • Quality Central Air Conditioning and Ductless Mini-split heat pump, service and repair or installation
  • Value & Service that we stand behind
  • Automatic Delivery option for Bioheat fuel oil delivery
  • Payment plans on Bioheat fuel oil delivery
  • Option of Cap, Pre-buy and fixed price oil programs
  • Self Service account access
  • Senior and Pay per delivery discounts
  • Gas or Oil heating service plans, including Annual Maintenance and Oil Tank Insurance
  • 24-hour emergency service for our Bioheat oil delivery customers and Gas Service Plan Accounts
  • Company is Licensed & insured. All In home service technicians are full-time employees of Lombardi Oil & Gas, licensed, trained and have had full background check
  • Our commitment to exploring new heating and air conditioning technologies to promote energy conservation and efficiency for our customers. Including: Bioheat Clean Fuel, High Efficiency gas or oil heating systems, On demand Hot Water Heaters, Heat Pump heating and hot water systems and smart thermostats.

Customer satisfaction is important to us. We will offer the best value, with reliable service and installation and top of line quality and expertise, to increase your comfort, convenience and safety. Call us to see how we can help you!

Lombardi Oil & Gas is a home heating, AC and fuel oil delivery company, located in Newburyport, MA. Lombardi Oil & Gas has been servicing the greater Newburyport community for over 60 years, offering personal quality service. Lombardi Oil & Gas has built their business on customer loyalty, referrals and by providing unparalleled and quality customer services. Over the past 60 years they have established deep community support of local organizations and businesses. Lombardi Oil & Gas is available to its regular accounts for peace of mind 365 days of the year. Homeowners Choose Lombardi Oil & Gas for their delivery of safe, reliable, quality and forward thinking services.

3 Versatile Appliance Products for Your Home

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
versatile appliance products, Newburyport

As Interior Designers we are always looking for versatile appliance products to offer our clients, solving a whole host of space and design dilemmas. Hopefully you’re getting excited about the spring  weather coming soon!  So after some thought and some recent projects, the topic of versatile appliance products seemed to resonate as entertaining, doing less house work and having more fun outside is the order of the day!

The first versatile appliance product for many our clients to consider is under-counter washers and dryers from Miele. You may need to gain more space near the back door or mudroom or even laundry on the 2nd floor all while having your space still looking fresh and modern. I bet you have seen these units in European homes. They actually install them in their kitchens! Solving clients design dilemmas with laundry rooms and basements; these versatile appliance products check every box especially when it comes to our beloved mudrooms in New England! Take a look at these quiet and efficient washers and dryers for any of your space saving needs.

Our 2nd versatile appliance product is fromUline and Marvel.  Try the dual under-counter wine and beverage refrigerators.  The Uline 3000 makes a wonderfully designed product that can alleviate the headaches of storing drinks and taking up precious space and real estate in your main refrigerator. The Marvel line has a back light color and they each have some nifty options. You can even spread them apart in your kitchen if they work better with your room layout. Having these appliance products means your kids can get to their juice or other drinks by themselves at their level. You can lock a side if you want to store alcoholic beverages. You can otherwise stock these fridges with all the mixers, lemons and limes for your adult beverages;  keeping them all in one place. You will be amazed how much space you regain in your main refrigerator and how a simple appliance product for your home can make your life easier!

And third and last versatile appliance for your home is a built-in coffee system.   Miele makes a wonderful system that can be built-in to your cabinetry which immediately helps to keep your kitchen counters clutter free. It pays for itself within a year and you can have gourmet coffee right in your own home without taking up counter-top real estate. Have a party and it’s easy to offer coffee at the end of a meal without having to count people before you make a pot. Miele’s ease of use coffee system makes a cup of java well worth having it at home!

Give us a call at Worthington Interior Design and let’s make your house a home 617-633-3005!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and spring is on its way!

See you next month.

3 Tips for Selecting Interior Colors

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Interior Colors, Newburyport MA

3 tips for selecting interior colors for your home to steer clear of mistakes or repainting and blowing your budget. First it’s good to take inventory of what furniture you have and are keeping. This includes the color of the wood, materials or fabrics you will be using in each room. Are the materials a cool palate or a warm palate? For instance if you have predominately cool colors you want to select a complimenting neutral color to enhance the room. If all your furnishings are neutral and bland you may want to liven them up with a crisp white so you won’t be overwhelmed with color. But if you like color our next recommendation is to …

Pay attention to your existing type of lighting as well as how the light comes in your windows or if you have no windows in those rooms.

Regarding the lighting– do you have a solo center fixture, lamps, sconces or recessed fixtures? All of these types of lighting affect the colors you choose. If you have lots of window light know that a strong color will lighten on the wall at the height of the day and as the day is done it will become more intense. So if you are trying to achieve a cozy room a dark tone color may work for your space.

And lastly study the floor treatments and ceilings in each room or space. Wood floors light or dark can have an effect on your color palate. Stone or tile also will also affect the interior colors you choose because natural or man-made tile happen to react to colors because of their inconsistency especially in a natural product and the man-made product is often trying to emulate the natural product.  Both can be difficult to match colors against especially if you want a neutral color palate.

What are the current ceilings treatment(s) you are working with to choose a color palate for the walls? Do you have ceiling a swirled finish, a drywall finish, beams across the ceiling to name a few or do you have an architectural feature like a coffer or cathedral ceiling? When working with existing conditions, providing you are not embarking on a full renovation, still need to play a role when you select new colors for your home.

So live with samples of your selections so you can see them during different times of the day. And if you want to achieve a simpatico relationship from room to room when it comes to color consider these 3 tips for selecting interior colors for your home.

You may always give us a call at Worthington Interior Design for a color consult to help!

Happy Valentine’s Day and may your month be filled with lots of reds and pinks!

See you next month.

 

Liberty Law Website Re-Launch

By Robert Ciampitti, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Attorney Ciampitti is a frequent and dynamic speaker on topics related to residential and commercial real estate, land use law, zoning and condo law. As one of the Co-Founding partners of Liberty Law & Title, LLC. (one of the North Shore’s first truly “concierge” level, boutique law firms), attorney Ciampitti brings a highly innovative approach to providing creative and competitive legal services. Attorney Ciampitti and his co-founding partner Charlie Palmisano have earned the loyalty and confidence of a diverse client base including lenders, investors, developers, buyers & sellers of real estate throughout a variety of property matters. Mr. Ciampitti continues to represent clients from residential and commercial transactions to venture capital, private financing, private equity, development, permitting and general corporate matters. Attorney Ciampitti also serves as a visiting professor of business law at Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business (Salem, MA). An active licensed pilot since 1989, Mr. Ciampitti holds a Private Pilot’s License Certificate with an Instrument Rating and shares his passion for aviation with his wife and two sons, flying for pleasure as well as for business – and is currently completing FAA training toward his Commercial Pilot’s License. Mr. Ciampitti also enjoys scouting with his two sons and serves as a Scout Leader and Merit Badge counselor within Boy Scout Troop 21 (Newburyport, MA) and is himself an Eagle Scout.
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Liberty Law Website, Newburyport MA

Liberty Law & Title, LLC–one of the North Shore’s first concierge real estate & start-up law firms–is thrilled to announce the re-launch of the Liberty Law website at www.libertylawma.com. The new design for the Liberty Law website is teeming with valuable resources, useful checklists, and informative videos. We hope this fresh content and design will assist our clients, lenders, brokers and community partners to navigate the many facets of real estate.  Whether a client is buying, selling, investing, flipping, financing, or building from the ground up, Liberty Law is here to lend thoughtful strategy and expert guidance at every step along what is often a very challenging and complicated road.

We invite you to peruse our site and, as always, feel free to reach out with any questions by emailing co-founding attorneys Rob Ciampitti or Charlie Palmisano (or by contacting our Closing Team directly at Closings@LibertyLawMA.com)

The Kentucky Derby, most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Worthington Interior Design, Flooring Options

The 1st Saturday in May brings us the Kentucky Derby, the most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options for your Kitchen, Mudroom and Laundry.

May in Kentucky is a beautiful time of year. The many horse farms have bluegrass brimming and mint juleps in play as the 143rd Run for the Roses takes place. Remembering a walk of the 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch’s stable and farm reminds me of the new meeting and viewing pavilion under construction at the time. The horse trailers would back up to a level ‘soft ‘ brick pavers walkway that lined the way to the stud pavilion. This is the place on this particular famous horse farm breeds their horses complete with padded walls and viewing gallery.

So this brings us to 3 different and exciting flooring options for your rugged mudroom. Think Brick.  Brick is relatively inexpensive and can easily be installed with a herringbone or chevron pattern with radiant heat giving you a ‘no fuss’ mudroom with a hip look! You can carry this look into your laundry room as well. Brick is often thought of as an outdoor material but bringing it inside for a particular space is renewing its long lasting style. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello used brick flooring and this is one of our country’s finest designed homes. Brick comes with the following Pros:

  •  Design Flexibility
  •  Sturdiness and Slip Resistant
  •  Affordability
  •  Sustainable
  •  Warm, cozy, appeal

For another flooring option consider Limestone. It comes in various size tiles and warm colors that can give your mudroom, laundry room and kitchen a timeless look different than wood. Limestone tile is resilient and warms a room instantly even though it’s a stone! Its irregularity gives it a natural look and feel. Europeans uses limestone inside the home in many kitchens, pantries and mudrooms for its beauty and endurance. Some Pros for using Limestone:

  • It is a very sophisticated flooring material that needs minimum maintenance and is exceptionally attractive.
  • It has longevity and is a flexible flooring material that has a temperature free  nature.
  • It is an ideal flooring material for homes that are inclined to a healthy environment as it is convenient to clean and helps to maintain a hygienic atmosphere.
  • It provides a comfortable feeling under the foot and is very safe and secure.

Terrazzo is another oldie but goodie ancient material. Terrazzo was created by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material to surface the patios around their living quarters. Originally consisting of scrap marble chips set in clay and sealed with goat milk, production of terrazzo became much easier after the introduction of electric industrial grinders and other power equipment in the 1920s.

Today Thin-set Terrazzo, composed of marble, quartz, granite and glass, is the most widely used installation method. For a residential floor you may use epoxy or a resin binding method to create an elegant floor for either a modern or traditional residential application. Some of the pros of thin-set Terrazzo:

  • Can be installed over new or existing concrete or plywood subfloors
  • Highest color availability
  • Resistant to chemicals, mold and bacteria
  • Most crack-resistant installation
  • Easy to clean

As with any of these materials there are Pros and Cons, so before you proceed with any of these flooring options it’s good to do more research and consult with your Interior Designer to make sure these options would work for your home.

Hope you pick the Derby winner, see you in June!

 

These Design Trends Could Sabotage Your Sleep

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Metallic finishes, retro dressers, and all-white color schemes are bedroom trends have a powerful impact but these design trends could sabotage your sleep. We’ve put together a list of the top trends getting in the way of the restful shut-eye you need to be at your best.

Multi-Functional Spaces

While we are all for multi-functional kitchens, living rooms, and dens, when it comes to the bedroom, this is one of the design trends you should avoid. Your body, the brain, in particular, responds to outside stimuli in interesting ways. Let’s say you create an office space in your bedroom. While it might be the best use of space, it could lead to sleepless nights because your brain may still focus on work because that’s what it’s used to doing in that space.

If you have extra space in the bedroom, use it to create an area that contributes to a good night’s rest. A comfortable chair for reading, a yoga mat in the corner for a few bedtime stretches to relax the mind and body, or an en suite bathroom where you can take a warm bath can all contribute to a bedtime routine that prepares you for better sleep.

Color Scheme

Bright colors send your brain the “awake” signal and can keep you up at night. It’s not surprising to learn that colors associated with relaxation like subdued blues and greens often contribute to better and longer sleep. Be judicious with reds and other intense colors they can keep you awake. The eyes are sensitive organs that send constant signals to the brain.

If blue and greens just don’t work for you, cool, neutral colors that cause the heart rate to drop and don’t over stimulate the brain can have a similar calming effect. Think beige and cool greys for the ultimate in neutral relaxers For those who just want a touch of color, light yellow with its cozy, happy feel can also work well in a bedroom.

Your Bed

The minimalist design trends puts mattresses just above the floor, but without the right support beneath it, a mattress can sag and cause back pain. Even if the pain isn’t enough to fully wake you, aches and stiffness from an unsupportive mattress can keep you from entering the deep sleep you need for complete rejuvenation. Box springs or other foundations are a great way to prolong the life of your mattress and give your back a break. If you still want that low, minimalist look, try a low profile box spring with a shallow depth of four inches. That keeps you close to the ground but offers the support you need.

Add a Ceiling Fan

If your bedroom doesn’t have a fan, you might want to consider one. A light may look sleek and modern, but ceiling fans can help you control the room temperature. Keeping the room at a cool 60-68 degrees helps your body stay at a lower temperature, which contributes to better sleep. Remember to run your fan in reverse or counterclockwise to ventilate the heat that rises and run your fan clockwise in spring and summer weather.

Ceiling fans also create white noise to relax the mind and reduce distracting outside noises.

If you’re picturing your grandma’s old brass accented fan, take a look at the latest fans on the market. There are now designs that range from minimalist to contemporary and modern that give you the benefits of a fan without the eyesore you may remember from when you were a kid.

 

Get your Z’s and see you next month. Happy New Year!

 

 

Plum Island Real Estate – the Beach Lifestyle is Calling!

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News ReleaseNewburyport.com has just acquired PlumIsland.com. Robert Bentley, the owner of Newburyport.com and co-owner of BENTLEY’S real estate revealed this week in his monthly broadcast with Boston.Com (attached video)  the exciting news. Focusing on the  ability to connect Buyers and Seller with information about Plum Island Real Estate as well as hyper local information is key. Robert  confidently advises his Sellers and Buyers about Plum Island Real Estate. When a company is involved in a high volume of the most recent sales on the “Island” it’s understandable that Buyers and Sellers seek BENTLEY’S advise and guidance about selling or buying. Robert was recently ask what makes Plum Island Real Estate so special, his response was, “A Buyer searching Newburyport real estate many times will add Plum Island as an area of interest. They see how dynamic living by the Ocean and having a city nearby is like being on vacation where you live.”

Plum Island Real Estate is experiencing a renewed interest over the past few years. Plum Island is unique in that it offers a wide variety of housing choices. The home style offerings include: elegant homes, year round residences and quaint modest seasonal cottages that appear almost preserved in time. Numerous Plum Island homes have remained in the same family for many years, becoming local landmarks. You may find that these homes are charming yet rustic, often these treasures are referred  to as “beach  houses.” Today approximately 60% of the homes are classified as year round  homes, and a few of these homes even have a garage. When  searching for Plum Island Real Estate Buyerwill find a home for almost every budget and style, satisfying  personal wishes and desires. More recently a number of magnificent homes have sold for over a million dollars, a true indication of Buyer’s confidence in Plum Island Real Estate.

Plum Island is often referred to as the Hidden Gem of the North Shore with it’s beautiful Plum Island Beach and the protected reservation of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Plum Island belongs to two communities Newbury and Newburyport but lives more often as it own entity. Connected to the mainland by a bridge there is no need for a ferry or any other type of transportation to arrive at your home. Plum Island also has an airport, should you choose to arrive in your personal airplane. Buyers typically searching for Plum Island Real Estate may have a particular type of property in mind, a fixer upper, a home with a water view or the ultimate Plum Island residence on the waterfront. Whether you are looking for easy access to the beaches or a home with many bedrooms for friends and family to come to visit, you should investigate Plum Island Real Estate.  The “Island” offers many options. If you are looking for an island escape with character and charm, Plum Island Real Estate may be what you are looking for. After the Sunset treat yourself to a short walk to the Plum Island Grille or a ride over the bridge to the vibrant City of Newburyport with it’s many fine shops and amazing restaurants. 

 

3 Really Cool Coffee Tables to Update Your ‘End Zone’

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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So as we watch weekend football and enjoy libations and snacks I thought you might like to see some really cool coffee tables to update your own ‘end zone’! Okay just as we think we’re going to spend more time inside Mother Nature keeps gracing us with summertime weather. Worthington Interior Design has been busy cultivating new furniture selections for our clients.

Our first really cool coffee table to update your end zone is from OKA. The Trifoglio coffee table is 38” square made of wood with a rustic lace design known as trefoil, a classic architectural design that can make your space either casual or formal. The size is really great because it’s slightly bigger than 3’ and not too large to gather around with drinks and game day refreshments.

From this we come to the rectangular Lantau faux shagreen with gold accents coffee table. This table measures 47’ x 20” which works great in living rooms and open floor plans. The Lantau collection works with many styles of furniture so you can add some glamour without changing all the furniture in your room. The collection brings in the new trend of gold and brass we are seeing. In fact this is gilded gold leaf on the frame of this really cool coffee table! OKA says the Lantau Effortlessly elegant and deliciously opulent.”

Finding a coffee table that adds a cool factor yet is functional and wont date itself can be challenging but we at Worthington Interior Design have many, many sources to find you the best piece at a great price!

Sometimes you need a square, sometimes you need a rectangle and sometimes you need round style coffee tables. Now we are seeing many with tufted fabric tops more like an ottoman but you know placing a drink on a tray on these style pieces can be challenging, so we will work with you to find the best investment coffee table.

Our third winner is from Room and Board. We love the Gibson a mid-century style cocktail table measuring approx.. 53” x 36”.

Durable solid wood is transformed into the light, fluid profile of our Gibson cocktail table through the skill of West Virginia woodworkers. Softly beveled edges, turned legs and unique contours contribute to this table’s mid-century elegance.” Many of us have combined our living room or family room spaces and this table offers the table surface without the heavy look of furniture. Perhaps you have a view from your family room or living room and this table anchors the room without weighing it down. I love mid-century style pieces mixed withBohème or Traditional style furniturefor an eclectic look. It is both elegant and functional. Designing your own space with some unusual materials makes everything really warm and cozy.

You really can make any aspect of your home your very own ‘end zone.’ We would love to work with you on any project you have small or large. Making your house your home is what we do best.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s gift a while longer and check out these 3 really cool coffee tables to update your end zone from OKA or Room and Board. Give us a call at Worthington Interior Design to discuss your design project.

See you next month.

Monitor Your Credit Score & Improve Your Mortgage Rate

By Bob Pezzella, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Why Bob Pezzella for your mortgage needs? Because my 19 years of lending experience coupled with the lending powerhouse that is Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. (RMS) we will streamline your mortgage and home buying process. After the crazy rate fluctuations of the late 1990s through the tumultuous 2000’s first decade and beyond I have navigated the mortgage process every step of the way for my clients. I pride myself on a thorough, consultative approach to understanding customer needs and goals and match your criteria with the parameters of available down payment monies and income level. Whether it makes sense to make a smaller or larger down payment, help raise a credit score, or pay off / refinance current debt, I will find the mortgage solution that is right for you. I will help you evaluate the array of mortgage options from the traditional 30-year fixed rate, through the various state housing programs to the government programs FHA, VA, USDA and together Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. (RMS) and I will guide you home!
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I left off last time talking about how important it is to “be prepared” with respect to having your credit in order prior to applying for home financing.  Your credit score is so critical to your qualifying loan options and corresponding Annual Percentage Rate (APR) I feel compelled to briefly revisit the topic given the time of the year and recent political events.

We have just come through the holiday shopping season and many of us took advantage of large discounts at the cash register simply for agreeing to open a new store credit card.  Although the savings was great, these transactions inevitably lower your credit score:

  • The credit inquiry itself lowers your score.
  • The amount borrowed compared to the limit set by the store can further lower your score.
  • The number one zinger is if the store got your billing address incorrect when the cashier was keying your information in to the computer. Zip code or street number off by a digit and your bill goes to the wrong address, you potentially forget about the new account and miss a payment.

Please, exercise extreme due diligence in tracking down any of these new accounts and make sure these new bills get paid in a timely manner!

Recent national events are costing us more money too. Regardless of your political affiliation, national politics has affected the cost of borrowing money. The result of the presidential election  has  strengthened a bull market, trading off the idea that lower personal and corporate income taxes will stimulate the economy, coupled with the belief that deregulation has been constraining growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW)  is flirting daily with a record 20,000-point level and the Federal Reserve Board (FED) raised its benchmark interest rate recently for just the second time since the financial crisis of 2008. These factors have helped inch up home interest rates costing new mortgage customers more money per month. Although there is little we can do about these national events, you can protect and monitor your credit scores ensuring that you qualify for the best interest rate available.  Consider this: a half- point difference in APR on a 30-year fixed rate $300,000.00 mortgage can cost $88.00/month more in your payment, $1,056.00/year and $31,680.00 more if you were to stay in the mortgage for the life of the loan.

Friends, my message here is very simple. Although credit is not the only qualifying lending criteria, good credit helps you qualify for the best rates and programs. If you need a hand assessing your credit and your qualifying criteria, I would be more than happy to assist you!

Man Caves and She Sheds – Everyone’s Perfect Sanctuary

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Man Caves, She Sheds, and the Perfect Playhouse – now everyone in the family can have a little place all to themselves. Each space can be designed to fulfill all of your needs and create a perfect sanctuary to retreat to. Greene Construction can help you customize these kinds of projects, or anything else within your home to make your space truly yours. What goes into making the perfect Man Caves and She Sheds?

The key to a successful Man Cave is planning the space perfectly to suit your needs. Will you want to mount a large flat screen TV on the wall? You’ll need to make sure the wall has the studs to support it. Will you be having friends over often? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of electrical outlets so everyone can charge their devices. Is the kitchen on the other side of the house? You’ll want to consider putting in a mini-kitchen, or at the very least a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks. If the space you choose is in the basement or attic, you’ll want to make sure that it’s fully insulated and heated. Living in Massachusetts means that the weather changes often and quickly – you want to make sure your space is usable year-round! And so much more goes into customizing the perfect man cave.

For the ladies, if your home doesn’t have any extra space that you can take over, think about putting a shed in the yard. It can offer just enough space for you to get some “me time” and still be fully equipped with everything you need to be able to relax. Will your She Shed need plumbing for a bathroom or a sink to wash up after doing some gardening? Will you want electricity so you can put a TV in there to cozy up and watch a movie? What about built-in shelving to store books, craft supplies and photos? There’s a lot that can go into customizing your She Shed.  

Don’t forget about the kids – build the Perfect Playhouse for them! Create a space for them that appeals to their creative side, with lots of table space for coloring or drawing, or customize it to appease their adventurous needs by having a rock wall, ladders, slides or more. Creating a great playhouse lets your kids have tons of fun, and can be built near your Man Cave or She Shed so you can enjoy your space while your kids have fun in theirs.

Our goal at Greene Construction is to make our customers smile, so let us know if we can do that by customizing and creating a perfect relaxation space for you and your family! Man Caves, She Sheds and Playhouses are a fun way to create your special home inside your home! 

3 Stylish Beds for Kids to Hit the Hay after Hitting the Books

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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You must have a look at these 3 stylish beds for kids to hit the hay after hitting the books! This time of year everyone can use a little refresh in their kid’s bedrooms. These stylish beds for kids will endure for a while since each bed style we have chosen has a timeless design. With all the websites offering children’s furniture; it’s Worthington Interior Design’s keen eye for design sourcing these treasures for your home.

While the the bunk style is chic it’s also convertible. Many shy away from bunk beds because they can look cheap but our selection here is not. Our twin bed picks are colorful and refined which transcend into high school and beyond.

Modway’s Phoebe has a sophisticated look complete with nail heads and tapered legs. Like we mentioned it can take your kids bedroom from middle school to becoming a senior’s hideaway! Your kids can choose from bright red, navy or even shocking yellow fabrics. I love the sensibility of design this bed offers.

The Austin bunk bed looks more like a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright or Richard Neutramid-century modern furniture design. This bunk offers accessories to customize your child’s bed. “Perfect for sleepovers or inseparable siblings, the austin bunk bed can be ordered as a split bunk bed for when the kids outgrow their shared space. Customize the bunk with cubbies on either side for more storage.” 

Once you decide on a style Worthington will help you with paint colors and bedding to complete your children’s look and declare their bedroom a cool place to hit the hay after hitting the books.

After a great summer it’s sometimes hard to reel everyone into a routine of studying and going to bed early; so adding a new fresh look can help everyone to get back into the swing of things. Studying can go from a chore to a happy place in your children’s bedrooms when you hit the refresh button.

Okay this brings us to saving the best for last with the Parker. I’ve presented it in this Kelly green color even though it comes in a few other colors, because it’s crisp and fun! Love the green wood stain and the styling is great.

So there you have it, 3 stylish beds for kids to hit the hay after hitting the books!

Enjoy autumn and the cooler temps and give us a call at Worthington Interior Design to help you refresh and make your home cooler too!

See you next month.

5 Best Sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Try these 5 Best Sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading! Summer is always a great time to catch a Nap so why not try one of these cool sofas. The first sofa is the Sandra Napper Chaise. The name says super comfy and try placing it in an open loft space, alcove or  in front of a fireplace. It’s an all-around cool and chic sofa!Use a bright or neutral colored linen fabric and pair it with a light weight Brahms or Matouk coverlet.  Reading in the Sandra Napper Chaise will soon have you dozing!

Our second style sofa from Duralee is the Columbia collection in either a sectional with 2 chaises or a simple sofa. The low arm offers a comfortable angle for your pillow and head. Worthington would love to help you choose a standard fabric and voilà you have your very own cozy nest on a summer afternoon.

Thirdly, we cannot forget to mention the many styles of the famed English furniture line, George Smith. Their soft seating collections are dreamy and last forever!  It’s like the ole boxy 850 Volvo wagon that you hand down to your college age children. George Smith has classic style is timeless. From their  Standard Collection  we recommend the Classic Sofa or chaise. They have the stylish wheel foot and look fabulous in any fabric! Or venture out and use George Smith’s signature “Dog Kennel Chaise.” Once you have a George Smith piece you know true comfort!

Our fourth recommendation for best sofas for napping, lounging and reading is the Frank sofa by Mattaliano. Contact us to have a lounge on this amazing sofa in the showroom.  This sofa has wide and low arms where you can comfortably  perch or  lounge! In a  rich colored leather or a durable fabric you cannot go wrong with this fabulous sofa!

And lastly, we round out our fifth suggestion for best sofas for napping, lounging and reading from the ICON Group, Anees-Main Street Sofa.  Just sitting on this sofa in the showroom you want to fall asleep!  This is an investment piece you will love forever! Its depth and length accommodate all body types. The arm’s height and width are perfect! Our seasoned Interior Design experience has enabled us to guide our clients to invest in great furniture pieces that give years of flexibility and enjoyment. Make an appointment with Worthington Interior Design to order your next great investment piece.

While away summertime with one of our 5 best sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, they’d say Wallpaper is back!

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Wallpaper is back, Newburyport MA

If these walls could talk they’d say Wallpaper is back! Coming from Europe on the decorating scene in the past 2 years has been floral wallpapers and handmade “de Gournay” wallpapers panels.  And you know there are some very pretty florals that look updated and fresh. SO before you wrinkle your nose let me give you a few places to look for fresh floral wallpapers and how to use them.

Newburyport is known for its maritime look and feel but you can bring some eclectic wallpaper into your home, think of it as letting the garden come inside! Now if you have a finished 3rd floor or attic space that you have made into a guest room go all out like the English and use the wallpaper on the ceilings and walls. It’s okay! Take a look at English UK wallpapers- Colefax and Fowler or Designer’s Guild. Or just stay state-side and look at Schumacher wallpapers.

You still don’t believe that wallpaper is back? Another idea a little more contemporary is to try oversized geometric wallpaper on 1 wall in your foyer, up one side of your stairway or even in your powder room. Many of the geometric wallpapers have pure color which enhances your furniture or bathroom vanity. If you use the wallpaper with a strong pattern in a controlled amount you will not get tired of it and you will find you can skip the artwork and highlight the space with the type and style of light fixture.

Think about your Northshore, Newburyport home just a little bit differently and use wallpaper in a pure color against a white backdrop. You will see how much you will love the change and understand why wallpaper is back!  Your room becomes a new space in your home. Want a great fresh color look at Thibaut wallpapers or step it up a notch with Quadrille’s vast collection of unique style wallpapers!

Many of you are minimalists and would prefer no wallpapers; but I beg to differ on this with you because you may want to look at Phillip Jefferies absolutely Amazing collections of grass cloth wallpapers. They even have some with overlay geometrics, like the Greek key or oriental style design. Using one of PJ papers will warm the space and hanging paper on 1 wall can make a huge statement. Cowtan and Tout and Kenneth James have been experimenting with a marbleized or agate style wallpaper that I simply love for both traditional and contemporary spaces. The colors are warm grays, soft neutrals and even a neutral pink that can work with many shades of colors, like navy, charcoal, or rich browns.

Worthington will meet and work with you at your residence to identify where “if these walls could talk, they’d say Wallpaper is back” in your home! We have so many wallpaper options to show you, whether wallpapering a simple wall, room or ceiling in your Newburyport or Northshore home Worthington will create just the right touch!“To Define is to Limit.” -Oscar Wilde

 

Have a Happy 4th of July and see you in August.

The Newburyport App Provides Real Time Access to Local Real Estate

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
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The Newburyport App is a local loyalty program that encourages folks to shop and dine local, and rewards them with discounts at participating restaurants and retailers.  In addition The Newburyport App provides real time access to local real estate searches  It is a powerful tool for real estate real estate searches, in addition to providing access to the Newburyport.com Events Calendar, Live Web Cam Views and much more. The Newburyport App allows users to digitally display their Newburyport VIP Card on their Apple or Android device and provides them discounts EVERY TIME they visit the 180 participating local businesses.  It enables users to very simplistically view businesses and their discounts and it also allows for the option to receive reminders to use the App at businesses that are near.  In addition to being great for the consumer, the Newburyport App helps support the local community by giving 40% of App sales back to local nonprofit organizations.  When purchasing the Newburyport App, users choose which nonprofit partner they would like to support.

Whether folks already live in the Newburyport area or they are exploring the possibility of a move, the Newburyport App provides real time access to local real estate searches while on the go.  There is strong demand to live in Newburyport and surrounding towns because it’s a beautiful historic small city with a thriving downtown, great schools and so many fun things to do.  Residents and visitors enjoy excellent restaurants and shopping as well as arts and entertainment and many wonderful outdoor activities as well.  The downtown area of Newburyport runs along the Merrrimack River which flows right into the Ocean offering the beautiful beaches of Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  The Newburyport real estate market has stayed consistently strong as folks love its close proximity to Boston as well as beautiful destinations in Main, New Hampshire and Vermont as well.  For a small city Newburyport has so much to offer and is a major attraction for empty nester’s ready to give up their big home and enjoy a condo on the water.  Newburyport is definitely a major family town but it is also attractive to younger singles and couples who are ready to move out the city for the opportunity to walk to restaurants and shops while enjoying life on the water.  Newburyport, it’s a lifestyle!

The Newburyport App provides real time access to local real estate.  This is a must have if you are buying, selling or just researching the community.  Download the Newburyport App from the App Store or Play Store and when you make a purchase make sure to choose which which local nonprofit organization you would like to support.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

 

Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Coastal Home or Condo

By John Romano, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
John Romano is a licensed home inspector and owner of Romano Home Inspection Inc. He serves clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Romano He has been inspecting residential homes, condominiums, multi unit homes, log homes, timber frame homes, mobile homes and commercial buildings since 1986. In addition to home inspections, Romano Home inspection also offers consulting services for home and building owners. As a home inspector he has inspected thousands of buildings from 1986 to present with many having historical interest. The buildings sale ranges from less than a quarter million dollars to multimillion dollar properties. John uses his expertise to educate you the client of the condition of what you may be purchasing and maintenance for the systems and components. My knowledge comes from hands on experience from the 1970’s with timber frame buildings, balloon framed buildings and platform framed buildings. John has attended Whittier Technical School for licenses in construction, heating and cooling in addition to countless hours of educational training with (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors. John is a long time member of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors and a member of Historic Buildings Association. Besides being licensed in home inspection, he holds licenses in construction, heating, cooling (RRR) and wood destroying insects. John has been trained in carbon monoxide inspections with the Bacharach Company. John has retired from Title 5 septic system inspections and repairs as well as soil evaluations.
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Protecting your coastal home or condo, Newburyport MA

Consider the importance of protecting your coastal home or condo! When you purchase a home or condominium near the ocean you need to be aware and accept the possibilities of damage to the building from extreme and hurricane force winds, wind driving rain and snow as well as over land flooding. Wind driven rain may penetrate the best constructed building envelop. This is all part of accepting the possibility of damaged homes or condos with living along the coast. Protecting your coastal home of condo is important for the longevity of the building as well as to minimize continuous repairs.

Buildings constructed next to or near the ocean tend to have more damage from these storms than inland buildings. Protecting your coastal home or condo may minimize damage that tends to occur with buildings near the ocean include roof shingle, roof sheathing, roof framing, exterior siding, exterior sheathing, windows and any other roofing and exterior related components exposed to the elements. There is a possibility of damage to the building from overland flooding.

Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Coastal Home or Condo When Renovating:

  • Roof shingle should be rated for winds up to 120 TO 150 MPH. These types of roof covering shingle tend to last with high winds if installed correctly. The shingle should be fixed to the roof with proper fasteners and roof shingle adhesive for coastal installations.
  • Roof framing and ceiling joists should have hurricane ties installed securing them to the top wall plates.
  • Wall framing should be secured with mechanical anchoring systems and fasteners to the sills and the sills to the foundations.
  • Vinyl siding is not recommended to be installed along immediate coastal areas. Vinyl siding tends to peel from the building. Vinyl siding is not fully water tight. It is the protection of the building sheathing and rough openings under the siding that prove to be water resistant if properly installed.
  • (Fiber cement) siding and hard board siding is not recommended as these siding materials tends to be swell, delaminate and break down more rapidly than wood.
  •  Wood siding is recommended for coastal siding
  •  Windows depending on how close to the coast they home is should be impact resistant windows. Coastal homes should have (Zone A) windows. These are impact resistant windows to a point and are vinyl clad to resist salt in the air and spray from salt water. The window frames, sash and panels are reinforced for high winds.
  • In many cases flood doors may be needed for crawl space and basements should overland flooding occur. Properly installed these flood doors allow water to come and go during overland flooding. In some cases with severe overland flooding during a severe storm damage to the foundation may still occur.

Buildings constructed next to or near the ocean tend to have more damage from these storms than inland buildings. Protecting your coastal home or condo may minimize damage that tends to occur with buildings near the ocean include roof shingle, roof sheathing, roof framing, exterior siding, exterior sheathing, windows and any other roofing and exterior related components exposed to the elements. There is a possibility of damage to the building from overland flooding.

Protecting your coastal home or condo with proper materials will help to minimize added funds needed for repairs. All exterior trim, fascia and soffit should be of a cellular PVC manufactured product rather than wood. These materials tend to stand up to high winds and are rot resistant. They need no finish applied. When using wood for fascia, soffits boards and trim the wood tends to rot quickly and paint tends to peel more rapid. Exterior decks, balconies and porch framing connectors should be stainless steel. Stainless steel fasteners should be used throughout the exterior of the building. All exterior attachments should be hurricane connected. Attic venting is not recommended due to the possibility of extreme wind and uplift of the roof frame. This however may contradict venting standards.

When purchasing a home or condo near or along the coast, the property should be professionally inspected to make sure damage has not incurred from wind driven rain, storm surge, debris or fire.

The first step in protecting coastal homes or condos is hiring an experienced professional inspector to evaluate all components with the home or condo. Even if you currently own a home or condo along the coast it is important to protect your coastal home or condo with first hiring an experienced professional home inspector.

CYBER-FRAUD IN REAL ESTATE DEALS – JOB POSTING: “Cyber-Crook Wanted: Great Pay & Flexible Hours, Internet a Must – No Gun Required”

By Robert Ciampitti, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Attorney Ciampitti is a frequent and dynamic speaker on topics related to residential and commercial real estate, land use law, zoning and condo law. As one of the Co-Founding partners of Liberty Law & Title, LLC. (one of the North Shore’s first truly “concierge” level, boutique law firms), attorney Ciampitti brings a highly innovative approach to providing creative and competitive legal services. Attorney Ciampitti and his co-founding partner Charlie Palmisano have earned the loyalty and confidence of a diverse client base including lenders, investors, developers, buyers & sellers of real estate throughout a variety of property matters. Mr. Ciampitti continues to represent clients from residential and commercial transactions to venture capital, private financing, private equity, development, permitting and general corporate matters. Attorney Ciampitti also serves as a visiting professor of business law at Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business (Salem, MA). An active licensed pilot since 1989, Mr. Ciampitti holds a Private Pilot’s License Certificate with an Instrument Rating and shares his passion for aviation with his wife and two sons, flying for pleasure as well as for business – and is currently completing FAA training toward his Commercial Pilot’s License. Mr. Ciampitti also enjoys scouting with his two sons and serves as a Scout Leader and Merit Badge counselor within Boy Scout Troop 21 (Newburyport, MA) and is himself an Eagle Scout.
Liberty Law, LLC.
Cyber-Fraud, Liberty Law, Newburyport

Seminar Description:  Today, it is easier than ever for scam-artists, through cyber-fraud, to quietly amass public information about us and our industry (called “Social Engineering”).  The latest national data confirms that these cyber-criminals are getting smarter and learning how to sound like us and behalf like us on-line, so that they can more easily target not just banks and closing firms, but also Real Estate Agents & Brokers.  Their sole purpose is to pose as you and trick your clients into diverting private information or worse, diverting MONEY!  In this instance, protecting yourself and your clients from cyber-fraud in real estate deals IS the new standard of care.  Whether we know it or not, if we work in real estate and in doing so, handle Non Public Private Information (“NPPI”), then we ARE duly-bound to serve as guard & century against all invaders (whether seen or unseen).

Seminar Purpose:  In response to this mounting cyber-fraud threat – and with input and assistance from leaders within the Massachusetts Licensing Commission as well as experts within the insurance and IT communities – LIBERTY LAW has developed this Training Seminar to assist our real estate colleagues in recognizing this very real, emerging threat.  Our goal through this Seminar is to share valuable new information about how the real estate community can protect themselves and their clients from becoming a victim of this new species of cyber-crime.

Seminar Take-Aways:  Through this 60 minute, Newburyport based seminar (along with a robust Q&A), attendees will learn the statutorily required steps that every agent and/or broker must take to protect themselves and their clients’ NPPI and funds.   If the worst should occur, attendees will learn the immediate reporting steps they are obligated to take (as licensed professionals) to report an incident to the Boston Field Office of the FBI and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

Inspector Finds Hidden History in Local Antique Home

By John Romano, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
John Romano is a licensed home inspector and owner of Romano Home Inspection Inc. He serves clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Romano He has been inspecting residential homes, condominiums, multi unit homes, log homes, timber frame homes, mobile homes and commercial buildings since 1986. In addition to home inspections, Romano Home inspection also offers consulting services for home and building owners. As a home inspector he has inspected thousands of buildings from 1986 to present with many having historical interest. The buildings sale ranges from less than a quarter million dollars to multimillion dollar properties. John uses his expertise to educate you the client of the condition of what you may be purchasing and maintenance for the systems and components. My knowledge comes from hands on experience from the 1970’s with timber frame buildings, balloon framed buildings and platform framed buildings. John has attended Whittier Technical School for licenses in construction, heating and cooling in addition to countless hours of educational training with (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors. John is a long time member of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors and a member of Historic Buildings Association. Besides being licensed in home inspection, he holds licenses in construction, heating, cooling (RRR) and wood destroying insects. John has been trained in carbon monoxide inspections with the Bacharach Company. John has retired from Title 5 septic system inspections and repairs as well as soil evaluations.
Romano Home Inspection
Antique Home North Shore of MA

In New England there are many old homes and multi unit dwellings and in some cases the purchase process can be long and intricate when dealing with an antique home.  Many homes range between 150 years and 300 years old.  I have been inspecting residential and commercial buildings including timber frame homes, timber frame barns, log homes, condominiums, multi unit buildings, manufactured homes, mobile homes and mix use buildings for over 30 years.  Prior to inspecting buildings, in the 1970’s I worked with repairing timber frame structures from replacement of components to just reinforcement as well as building.

In this blog I want to concentrate on home inspections of old homes 300 or so years old, and tell you one of my greatest finds from a historic antique home.

(First) a little bit about old antique homes.  Older and antique homes do tend to go through years of water penetration, moisture penetration, wood destroying insect penetration, decay and degradation to the super structure.  Many old homes were constructed close to the soil grade causing a verity of problems to the (Super structure that include sill plates, floor joists, girders, sub flooring, roof rafters, perlins, roof deck sheathing and ceiling joists)

The foundation walls (typically rubble stone) and sometimes (rubble stone with brick) tend to loosen up from water penetration and displace laterally from hydrostatic pressure, the weight of the building and gravity tend to cause heaving inward and outward (displacement).  The living quarters floors may bounce, sag and walls bow and crack as a result if this.

When you purchase an old home or antique home you can expect some or all of these issues to have taken place and still may be in need of repair and or reinforcement. My job performing a home inspection is inspect the building objectively and not alarm you of the deficiencies in the building but to make sure you aware of the buildings issues and needs. Along with pointing out the issues and needs we discuss good points about the building as well. We will provide you with a written narrative inspection report with photos and diagrams typically within 1 to 3 days depending on how busy we are.

We encourage you to stick with us like glue during the home inspection. This is your time to understand the dwelling inside and out.

(Now to the great find) During the late 1980’s I inspected an antique home that was once a tavern during the turn of the 1700’s.  A tavern is where the public went, to have food and refreshments, get warm and then be on their way.  The building was built on a hill, on a busy street near a hospital.  I was told that this antique had fascinating history as a safe house for the Underground Railroad, but no one knew where the hidden room was.

After I finished the exterior envelop home inspection (grounds, roof and exterior) I preceded to the basement to inspect the super structure.  My clients where sticking to me like glue.  The foundation consisted of large boulders with smaller stone.  The foundation was dry stacked (No mortar in between the stone).  I noticed the foundation had a lot of lateral displacement and loose stone (Bulging Walls).  We had discussed methods of repair and reinforcement.  Remember this building is on a hill and busy street.  Tractor trailers were coming and going to the hospital making some vibration of the land.  Buildings on hills tend to experience high winds creating more vibration. That along with an occasional tremor with the earth, may have caused things to loosen up over the years.

Getting back to the basement I was probing the foundation where I suspected too much movement in the wall and a rock about a foot round fell out.  Well if I could just probe an area of the wall and a stone fell, then the foundation needed repair and reinforcement.  I went to reset the rock in the wall and I could not get in.  Getting a little nervous I cleaned out the soil in the cavity and noticed a key in a lockset.  This was getting interesting.  I turned the key and the foundation wall opened up.  Yes the foundation wall itself opened up.  On the back side of the stone wall, were large thick brackets and hinges holding the stone from collapsing.  I shined my light into this tiny room, and noticed shelving and broken shelving with gallon jugs still filled with masking tape on them.  Some were resting on the floor.  I could barely read the writing on the tape.  It said, Corn 1927, Corn 1929.  This was corn whiskey from probation days.

Can you believe this, the old tavern was possibly boot-legging whiskey, and before that it was a safe house with a hidden room no one could find.  I found it.

I suggested to the owner to notify the Smithsonian in Washing DC and share the find.  I am not sure if they did.  I asked for a jug but was rejected.  This was by far the best find I had ever experienced in my home inspection profession.  Unfortunately this was either before digital cameras or just on the cusp of digital cameras.

Kids off to College, Is It Time To Downsize?

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
Krissy Ventura
Time to downsize, Newburyport MA

Is It Time To Downsize?  My kids are off to college, is it time to downsize?  This is a very exciting time of year, for our area’s hundreds of high school’s seniors.   They are wrapping up their final semester of high school and planning lots of exciting events ahead, including senior class trips, senior week festivities, proms and finally culminating with their high school graduation.

Lots of seniors are going to be heading off to college next fall…some might even know where they are going already, having applied for early action/decision in the fall.  The rest were busy over winter break filling out those last few supplements, writing that last essay and preparing for their interviews at their favorite schools.  Whatever the stage your child may be in, the process of applying to college can be a stressful, albeit exciting one.  Some of you may even be thinking, now that the kids are off to college…should we be thinking of downsizing /relocating.  Now what?

Having recently sent two kids off to college, I understand that thinking.  Your large family home is becoming high maintenance, and now less space and the desire to live simpler is your new motto.  Maybe you’re retiring or just want a low-maintenance lifestyle.  Sometimes the need to downsize isn’t always by choice, life events sometimes force the issue.   Maybe you’d like to buy a home closer to downtown, with a small yard, or perhaps no yard at all, and walk to restaurants and the waterfront? Just like applying to colleges, the buying and selling process can be extremely stressful. It’s your largest investment after all!  Keep in mind that it is a sellers’ market right now and rates are still very low, so making the move and locking into a nice, low interest rate, while pocketing your built-up equity in your home, might just be one of your goals for 2017.  If you determine it is, I’m available to work with you to make the process as stress free and fun as possible!

 

https://www.newburyport.com/agent/krissy-ventura/

Market Update – When Should You Put Your House on the Market?

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
put your house on the market, Newburyport MA

Market Update – When Should You Put Your House on the Market? Are you waiting for the Spring market because you’ve heard that is the best time to list your property?  Some will say list your house, “just after the Super Bowl, or as soon as the snow starts to melt.”  Timing of when to put your house on the market is a very common question.  The answer depends on a few factors but the most important factors are: when is your house ready to show and when are you ready.

The Greater Newburyport real estate market is currently lite on inventory, as it frequently is in the middle of Winter months.  What’s this mean to sellers in the Greater Newburyport real estate market?  It means, don’t wait if your house is ready to be put on the market.  List now and you are likely to get a better price because there are many educated, quality buyers just waiting to act when they see the right property.

The Spring market is traditionally a very popular time to list, but sellers will experience substantially more competition because buyers have more options during the busy Spring market.  There are many very educated buyers in the Greater Newburyport real estate market place right now, many of which have been searching for quite some time.  These folks are sitting on the sidelines patiently waiting for the right property, and they clearly recognize when a great property comes along.   Don’t over-analyze when to put your house on the market.  This is a simple supply versus demand equation.  If your house is ready, jump in now and you are likely to get premium pricing while buyer demand is at its highest.

Call, text 781.858.5115 or email RobertBentley@Newburyport.com  to schedule a meeting to discuss listing your home or condo.

SO YOU WANT TO BUY A HOUSE?

By Alissa Christie, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
EVP Broker Esquire of BENTLEY'S Real Estate, Alissa is an experienced Sales Specialist committed to making the buying and selling process enjoyable for her clients. Alissa is passionate about putting her clients first and with her strong legal background she is the agent you want negotiating on your behalf. strives for excellence and is passionate
Alissa Christie
Buy A House, Newburyport MA, Alissa Christy

It’s that time in your life to buy a house . . . You start to think about possibly moving into a new home. Your apartment or first home no longer seems big enough. Perhaps you are looking for another bedroom or a place to put all of the toys. A quieter street, a newer house, a different school district . . . You scour For Sale listings daily and cannot stop thinking about your Dream Home. You say “Maybe now is the right time to make a move and buy a house.”  Mortgage interest rates are at historically low rates after all . . . and how long are they going to last?

 

And then those dreamy thoughts get shut right down. How in the world can I really manage to move? I can hardly manage to get dinner on the table!

 

There is good news for you! With a strategy and written plan in place, moving can be a simplified process. Below we have included some tips on how to find out if now is the right time to buy a house, how to get there, and ways to help the actual move feel less complicated.

 

For New Buyers {This Applies to Sellers Too}

A Pre-approval is a smart idea. A huge first step in the home-buying process is determining how much house you can actually buy. Taking this step means you’ve been tentatively approved for a mortgage of a certain size.

 

Make an appointment to sit down with a mortgage professional to go over your options — it’s free after all!  Ask your real estate agent for a mortgage broker who she/he has done business with, and who is easy to reach and trustworthy. Some important questions you may want to ask: How much can I safely put down for a mortgage? Should I continue to save for a large down payment? Do I need to sell to buy? There are many unique mortgage products available and a good mortgage professional can assist you with finding the product that suits your family’s needs best.

 

Make a Wish List. Once you have determined your purchasing power, meet with your real estate agent to discuss a wish list for your new home. What is absolutely necessary and important to you? What can you live without? Consider your desired Neighborhood, Schools, Square Footage, Bedrooms, etc. Your agent can help you decide on a happy compromise among the long list of choices and set you up for MLS listing alerts that are focused on homes that fit your desires.

 

Once you find the right home and have an accepted offer, it is important to be on top of the deadlines. In roughly a two-week period, you will complete a home inspection, sign a Purchase and Sale agreement, and start your mortgage process. Know your deadlines up front and make sure that you have them properly calendared.

 

For Sellers

Timing. The first step is to think about when you would like to move. Set a date and then work backwards from there. Many families work around the school calendar and focus on the Spring and Summer markets, but this is a personal choice and any time of the year can be right if it makes sense to you.

 

Getting Your Home Ready for the Market. In this stage, it’s important to start thinking about your home as a commodity for sale. Look at your home critically. What do I need to do to show it in its best light? If selling in the Spring is right for your family, you will have plenty of time this Fall and Winter to tackle the projects that will help you maximize your profit when the flowers start blooming. A huge part of this process involves de-cluttering, staging, and making necessary updates and repairs. Make a list of the most important items and then start tackling them one by one with deadlines to accomplish each of your tasks.

 

For example, if you have eccentric or bold wall colors, this Winter is a good time to update to a more neutral palette. If you don’t have the resources to paint the whole interior, simple tricks such as a fun, fresh coat of paint on your front door and a new coat on the interior trim will help to make the house look correspondingly more modern and fresh.

 

And staging does not mean shipping out all of your furniture and bringing in new! It can be easy to work with the furniture you have. Moving furnishings around and getting rid of items that make your space look smaller will go a long way to making your home feel spacious. The goal is to create focal points in main living areas that potential buyers will find appealing, comfortable and inviting. It is also easy to create more of an upscale look with simple staging items such as oversized throw pillows, and fancy brand-name items from Marshall’s such as bath salts. When it comes to staging items, sometimes the right item makes a subtle but impactful difference.

 

Hire a real estate professional to help you identify what you need to do and to help you come up with a written game plan and roadmap to position yourself to sell quicker and maximize your profit. Many real estate professionals offer in-house staging advice and services as well, so don’t be afraid to ask.

 

Don’t Forget About Moving Day

It’s easy to get caught up in the process and forget about the actual nuances of moving. There are many ways to help you keep control and have your possessions organized throughout the move. Again, it’s important to write everything down! You will thank yourself later.

 

Reach out to your real estate agent for ways to help you make a plan. Some tips include creating a record keeping system with a number on every box you pack and a corresponding list with the contents. Designate a room as the Packing Central. Contact moving companies well in advance to secure the best quote.

 

The Bottom Line:  Have a Plan!

Buying and selling real estate is possibly one of the largest decisions you will ever make. Like anything in life, being prepared and having a plan in place will make the transition more seamless.

 

Did we say make a list?
Whether you are one week away or one year away from buying a new home, a targeted plan that fits your wants and needs will be well worth it!

 

Alissa Christie is a real estate broker and owner of Greater Newburyport’s #1 Real Estate team, BENTLEY’S Real Estate. She is a beach lover, runner, attorney, real estate enthusiast, wife, parent of 2 girls ages 4 and 6 and soon to be golden retriever owner. Her modern approach to home sales and her polished negotiating skills enable her clients to have an elevated real estate experience. She can be reached at Alissa@newburyport.com or (978)494-3807.

Start Your Home Remodeling Projects Now

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Home Remodeling Projects, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Are you waiting until the Spring to start your home remodeling projects? Don’t! Your home is your family’s foundation and it needs to be maintained regularly.  Changing seasons bring varying weather conditions that can affect your home, inside and out.  If you have considered making interior modeling plans, it might be best to tackle those projects during the winter.  Winter comes with shortened daylight hours.  Working on indoor remodeling projects during the winter allows you to make the best use of your time when you can’t be outdoors working on exterior projects. Although autumn is the best time to do home improvement projects externally, such as fixing leaky roofs and replacing damaged ones, it is wise to start planning your project now.

With winter upon us and children in school, now is the perfect time to plan and execute indoor remodeling projects.  As with any project, research is essential. Be sure to find a contractor of your choice that has been remodeling for a long time.  They can guide you through unforeseen delays that may impact your budget and timelines.  Contractors work with city officials on a daily basis and are aware of unforeseen delays that may affect your home remodeling project.

Be smart, and consult with your contactor to identify the various permits that will be needed to support your projects.  You will need interior remodeling permits if your project involves plumbing, electrical, heating areas and kitchen cabinets.  Your outdoor zoning/variance permits can take between 30-90 days to obtain.  By working closely with your contractor, you will gain the necessary knowledge and practices that will save you time, which means saving money.  Starting your home remodeling projects during the winter season can be very cost effective! 

Based on the complexity of your project, a good contractor will take into consideration the complications of the holiday season and how that may inconvenience you and your family, such as weather conditions. Breaking up the project into phases may be suggested.  The contractor most likely will schedule your indoor remodeling projects to start now during the winter months.  In addition to the execution of your indoor remodeling projects, you should start planning and preparing for your outdoor remodeling projects which may start in the spring.  Your contractor can advise you on the best quality materials to purchase for your indoor and outdoor projects.  By planning ahead, you can take advantage of sales, and slowly begin to purchase the materials for your outdoor projects in advance at the best price.  You can also store these materials now until you are ready to start your spring projects and have everything you need to complete your remodeling project with little or no delays. 

We can help with both your indoor and outdoor home remodeling projects.  Give us a call today for a free consultation at 978-790-4881, or visit our website at: http://newburyportbuilder.com.

Remember, do not underestimate the value of investing in your family’s foundation. Recall the memories you have spent with your family in the places you cherish the most in your home. Now it’s time to create new memories with a fun and exciting remodel!

An Ice Dam Prevention System For Home & Commercial Buildings

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Ice Dam Prevention System, Newburyport MA

Many Homeowners and Building owners in the northeast are having to deal with a growing number of weather related emergencies including hurricanes, wind storms, flooding and an increasing amount of snow accumulation from winter storms over the years. Ice dams in a matter of days, damage your home’s or business’s roof and the water that gets inside your buildings can require extensive and costly repairs. Owners need to install an ice dam prevention system to proactively prevent damage to the physical structure of the building they own, to reduce potential safety and liability issues.

New England Ice Solutions offers guaranteed Ice Dam Prevention Systems that save you time, money and potential safety disasters or liability issues. In many ways, our ice dam prevention systems are like homeowner’s insurance. You want assurance that you’re protected when you get extremely large amounts of snow on your roof. We think our solution is superior to insurance because we focus on preventing the problem from occurring, where insurance only helps to defray the cost of repairs. You’ve still got to live through the problem, deal with insurance adjusters and then contractors who will ultimately make the needed repairs.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Home

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-1-homeOur lives are busy and our homes should be a safe retreat from the world around us. When you get home at night, you want to relax and enjoy your family. You don’t want to deal with shoveling snow, or worse, calling contractors to get estimates to make repairs to your home’s interior due to a roof leak.
With our ice dam prevention solution, you get the following benefits, all of which provide you with peace of mind:
 
 

  • Schedule flexibility– means you don’t have to check on the weather at home while traveling for business, or spending winters in a warmer climate.
  • Automated operations– like other automated home features, you only have to turn your system on in the fall, and off in the spring. The automated controller runs the system for you.
  • Energy efficiency– means your system only runs when the temperature drops below 38 degrees, so as the weather fluctuate. You’re only using electricity when there’s a chance of ice dams forming.
  • Safety for family and guests– means you won’t have those beautiful icicles hanging from your roof. They’re lovely to look at but can easily hurt someone when they fall. A bigger safety concern is that hidden moisture in your attic, ceiling or walls can support the growth of mold, creating an unsafe environment for your family.
  • No repairs due to leaks from ice dams– will save you an enormous amount of time, as it’s not a trivial exercise to get the right repairs done, and the insurance company to pay for them. You can read more about this on our blog, Staggering Ice Dam Insurance Claims.
  • Investment protection– for your house means your roof, from the exterior shingles down to the roof deck below, will last longer and save you from having to replace it prematurely. We offer a 3year guarantee on materials and labor, so you know the system works.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Commercial Building(s)

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-commericalIce dam prevention systems should be part of your building’s long-term maintenance strategy. While it requires a sizable initial investment, you’ll save more than your investment over 2 to 3 really snowy winters like the winter of 2014-15.

 

 

 

 

Businesses need to invest in an ice dam prevention systems to avoid:

  • Higher insurance costs, and possible cancellation of insurance, with multiple claims due to multiple ice dam repairs which is happening to many condominium associations in New England.
  • Higher operating costs to deal with roof raking and ice dam removal from roofs, which may involve special equipment like the bucket truck (watch video)used to remove ice dams as the video shows. Admittedly there are electrical costs associated with running an ice dam prevention system.
  • Significantly higher repair costs due to roof and interior damagecaused by ice dams, along with management fees to get the job done right. And businesses often have higher deductibles to pay when these repairs are made.
  • Business liability in case of injurydue to falling icicles, which is a huge problem in the northeast part of the US because so many of our buildings are old and lack adequate insulation and ventilation.
  • Loss of business revenuewhen buildings, offices or apartments/condominiums must be vacated due to damage, repairs and/or mold remediation which is a common problem where there is water damage and ongoing moisture to sustain the growth of mold.

Live and work, worry-free about icicles, ice dams and their ongoing removal to prevent roof leaks and safety disasters. You can install our ice dam prevention system and turn it on in the fall (off in the spring) and it will go to work for you any time the temperature drops below 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ready to start the dialog? Call us at 877-705-1356, or read more about New England Ice Solutions.

New England Ice Solutions is owned and operated by Greg Greene of Greene Construction.

We’re builders so we know how houses and building are constructed. We know where the weak points are, and the best way to protect them.

Our job is to monitor the industry for new and improved technology, to insure we’re offering you the best solutions available.

BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event 2016

Bentley's Customer Appreciation Event 2016, Newburyport Real Estate

The Custom House Maritime Museum created the perfect setting for the 1st Annual BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event.  Over 200 BENTLEY’S real estate clients were welcomed by an upbeat brass band to get the party started, as they toured the beautiful historic maritime museum.  The party flowed outside on to the back lawn under an extra high spectacularly lit tent.  Guests enjoyed picture perfect weather and beautiful views of the boats on the Merrimack River.  Jim Rogers and his Andiamo team catered a top notch feel with an amazing selection of food.  New England Wine & Spirits brought in their 90 Plus representative featuring a wine tasting with a special selection of high end 90+ wines, in BENTLEY’S branded stemless wine glasses.  The entertainment was exceptional!  Carubia Brass Bands drew crowds to the front of the Custom House for the start of the party and local favorite Dan Sky took the party to the next level packing the dance floor, as many folks lined the exterior walk way and benches around the tent to enjoy his incredible music.  Of course the Bentley’s team made thoughtful decisions to plan this wonderful BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event, but the true magic behind this over the top, Best of Newburyport event was performed by local event planner Tiffany Learned of Detailed Engagements.

After establishing the number 1 real estate team in Essex County and growing from 6 to 15 people, Robert Bentley opened the BENTLEY’S office in partnership with Alissa Christie, an attorney and top producing real estate agent.  BENTLEY’S Greater Newburyport is located at 2A Winter Street, and you will see their many for sale signs all over Newburyport and surrounding towns.  The BENTLEY’S office also has agents who service Southern NH as well as folks who work with clients all over the North Shore and down into Boston.

In addition to being a great celebration of the BENTLEY’S team success in real estate, the BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event was also perfectly timed with the launch of the Newburyport APP, the mobile version of the Best of Newburyport VIP Card.  The APP takes the loyalty program to the next level, enabling card holders to digitally display their VIP Card, and easily view discounts for the 180 participating local restaurants and retailers.  Just type “Newburyport” in the Apple or Google store to download.  The APP is free to download, and login credentials are sent with the purchase of a VIP Card.  For $25 folks enjoy discounts EVERY TIME they visit the 180 local participating businesses plus, $10 of the purchase is a donation to a local non-profit partner organization of their choice.  Robert Bentley and his wife Laura own and operate Newburyport.com.  In addition to the Best of Newburyport VIP Program, the site has a robust local Real Estate Portal, Greater Newburyport Events Calendar, beautiful live views from 13 Live Webcams, and it offers great information on Things To Do in the Greater Newburyport area.

Kitchen Backsplashes with Sizzle

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Kitchen Backspashes, Newburyport MA

When you buy a house in Newburyport or any of the towns on the north shore, you think about the style of the house – Federal Style, Victorian, Shingle Style or Colonial. You might even take time to research the many different home styles in our area by reading Yankee Magazine’s article on New England’s Architectural Styles.

You know if you want a historic home, or a house with an open floor plan. But you probably don’t give the same thought to what’s in the kitchen, and definitely not the kitchen backsplash. When planning a kitchen homeowners focus on the cabinets and countertops, followed by appliances, flooring and finally the backsplash which is easier to change than many other aspects of your kitchen.

The kitchen backsplash takes on an interesting role in the kitchen. You’ve got so much happening in the kitchen, there isn’t much room to decorate … and that’s where the right backsplash can make a huge difference. So we decided to explore what the latest trends are in kitchen backsplashes. Still mostly tile because it’s easy to clean, there are incredible new choices in tile you can put on your walls, ones that shimmer and shine.

So head on over the my article on kitchen backsplashes for a glimpse at the latest trends in kitchen backsplashes, and give us a call (978-790-4881) so we can help you plan your new kitchen.

Secure Your Dream Home By Being Prepared

By Bob Pezzella, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Why Bob Pezzella for your mortgage needs? Because my 19 years of lending experience coupled with the lending powerhouse that is Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. (RMS) we will streamline your mortgage and home buying process. After the crazy rate fluctuations of the late 1990s through the tumultuous 2000’s first decade and beyond I have navigated the mortgage process every step of the way for my clients. I pride myself on a thorough, consultative approach to understanding customer needs and goals and match your criteria with the parameters of available down payment monies and income level. Whether it makes sense to make a smaller or larger down payment, help raise a credit score, or pay off / refinance current debt, I will find the mortgage solution that is right for you. I will help you evaluate the array of mortgage options from the traditional 30-year fixed rate, through the various state housing programs to the government programs FHA, VA, USDA and together Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. (RMS) and I will guide you home!
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Being Prepared with Residential Mortgage Services, Newburyport

Be prepared! A truly great motto, not only for the Boy Scouts of America, but also for anyone embarking on today’s new mortgage process. Through my own quest for Eagle Scout, the many rigors of the high school and college years, and on to gainful employment, marriage and raising a family, “being prepared” has always been a cornerstone of my life. If you’re beginning today’s mortgage process either as a first time buyer or as an experienced homeowner, I cannot stress this old motto enough!

The first step in getting prepared for your new mortgage is going through the “pre-qualification” process with your loan officer. Don’t wait until you are excited at an open house and want to make an offer on a new home or until you have the “for sale” sign on the home you are selling. Get organized well in advance!

My pre-qualification typically begins with a 10-minute phone interview. Here I gather all of the pertinent personal and employment/assets information so that I can be organized and efficient in our follow-up face-to-face meeting. In terms of your preparedness, we are going to want to assess two factors as soon as possible: your goal for a comfortable, affordable monthly mortgage payment and a thorough review of your current credit report.

Many people compare the amount of their present rent payment as a benchmark for a comfortable, affordable mortgage payment. The mortgage industry considers PITI or PITIMI (principal & interest, insurance, taxes, mortgage insurance and also condo fee if applicable) as “total monthly payment”. Utilities, cable, credit card, auto, student loans etc. are not a part of this figure but are obviously a part of your total budget. If you are living with family and do not pay rent or if you have a mortgage and are selling your current house I highly recommend giving this concept of “comfortable affordable monthly payment” some serious consideration. If you study your budget and arrive at “your monthly payment” then we can more effectively target a purchase price point that you should be shopping for.  This really maximizes your time and helps you not to over-extend yourself with a monthly mortgage payment.

The second step for your initial preparedness is a thorough evaluation of your current credit report. Today’s mortgage rates are tied to your credit or FICO score. Credit scores are tiered, for example 680-700, 700-720, 720-740 etc. and a score of 740 or higher helps you to qualify for the best interest rate. If you are near a tier cut-off there might be simple steps you can take to improve your score and help yourself to qualify for a better interest rate.  It’s also important to evaluate your credit beforehand because you may have errors on your report, trade lines that are in dispute, old medical or other collections, or even authorized use of a family member’s credit card that has a high monthly payment or late notice damaging both the amount of mortgage you may qualify for and your interest rate. If you have student loans that are in deferment these inevitable monthly payments have to be calculated as future debt. Many of these situations require your attention and can take a substantial amount of time to resolve.  If you take the time to be prepared you will get off to a much better start to your mortgage process and really enable yourself to focus on what’s most important – your beautiful new home!

Next time I’ll talk about down payments and sourcing funds, two other areas that compliment good home-buying preparation!

 

Staging as Merchandising

By Tracey Chareas, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Tracey is a Residential Sales Specialist with a background as a designer and former CPA. She provides staging services as part of her listing package using an extensive collection of vintage furniture and home accessories, leveraging her unique and specialized skill set to analyze and effectively merchandise properties to achieve their fullest potential. Growing up she was involved with her family’s real estate development and interior design firms in Pennsylvania, through which she developed her passion for real estate as both an investment and a lifestyle. Tracey is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has lived in various parts of the country, but has called the Boston area home for over ten years. A lover of antique houses, she lives with her husband and two young children in a Victorian farmhouse in the small village of Byfield within Newbury.
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Tracey Chareas Designs, Newburyport MA

As one of the staging specialists on Robert Bentley’s real estate team, Robert asked me to write a post to introduce myself and give my thoughts on the importance of staging as merchandising, which (due to my background) I like to refer to as “merchandising.”

There is a lot of talk about staging in recent years, almost a hype going on with it. There are so many real estate shows on the air showing how to do it, with people talking about “greiges” and “pops of color” and “repurposing” furniture that it probably either intrigues you or totally annoys you.

The truth is that it really is a powerful sales tool when done right, and even though there is so much information about staging available now, there are still far too many people who truly do not understand why it works. In fact, within the real estate industry it is a fairly controversial topic! I recently read some comments by a successful agent in which he claimed he did not believe in it because he felt it created “artificial value” by making houses look nicer than they would typically appear. Not a very good reason not to do it if you are selling a house, in my opinion.

But the real problem is that many people still think staging is only about trying to make a home look more beautiful or about “depersonalizing” a home (which is a borderline waste of time in my opinion). Instead, what we are trying to achieve is a proper staging as merchandising of the home so that as a product, it can be seen in its best possible light.

The flow of the rooms, the size of the rooms, the light coming into the rooms, the ceiling height, window size… all of these attributes need to be highlighted, and they can too easily be overlooked when you have too many things in a house, not the right things or no things at all. By highlighting features or showing that a small – looking bedroom can actually fit a queen size bed and dressers too (done it!), we can bring tremendous value.

I’ll share one great example I have (shown in the featured picture) which is a recent successful project I worked on with Robert. It was a fantastic loft condo in downtown Newburyport that was (I thought) a perfect mix of original rustic detail and modern conveniences. But after working many open houses it became clear that it was a challenge for people to imagine themselves actually living there, and numerous times I heard that the space was not practical.

I realized that we needed to physically show just how functional and well designed the space really was. So Robert, the developer and I came up with a plan to stage, using properly scaled pieces from my collection of vintage modern furniture, along with very limited “décor” to show this property to its fullest potential. The result was that not only did the property look aesthetically beautiful, but all the rooms looked bigger, the space flowed beautifully and it really got people talking about how they would decorate it if they had the chance. The excitement at the next couple of open houses we did was palpable and it went under contract shortly thereafter.

So the takeaway? Well, I believe so strongly in the results that we get that I actually stage my own listings so I urge you to not ignore this vital step in the pre-selling process. And if you have already listed but feel like you need a little help, we can always come in and help you. Proper design and new pictures makes a big impact no matter when you do it!

 

BLACK AND WHITE AND COOL FOREVER

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Black and White from Worthington Interior Design

Using the black and white in a small space can really be cool forever, you won’t get tired of this design scheme and it can look fresh season to season. You can add a hint of red- raspberry, coral-orange, easy- on- the eye greens or turquoise to change up your space.

Try a stripe of black and white on the walls but install it horizontally! Trimmed pillows or bolsters look great on a long sofa or a short settee. Upholster in black linen or velvet to give a more formal look to your living room.

The new wallpapers in black and white are looking very fresh and timeless. Make an appointment with Worthington
Interior Design to show you Thibaut Wallpaper, Fabrics & Furniture, Bridgehampton Collection of fabrics and wallpapers! We’re even getting in on the fun with using Demetrius in our foyer.

Keep wood furniture or metals accessories in their same family because black and white can be intense and heavyhanded so what surrounds them should be consistent and subtle.

Black and white comes with its own set of rules; the main rule being ‘scale.’ If you select a small scale and it appears too wimpy you lose the effect, too large and you look like the circus has come to town!

One of Worthington Interior Designs forte’s; scale and balance. We work in all size spaces and residences and we would love to work with you on your powder room, foyer or breakfast room.
So say you’d like to give black and white cool forever a chance in your home and you want to add a splash of grenadine red; give Worthington a call so we can show you where it may be best to start in your home.

With all the new outdoor furnishings you can pull black and white together with layering even outside. The chaises all can be ordered with black and white cushions. You can carry the look to the table also. Try some black and white bowls or plates with touches of a red salsa color and jazz up the outdoor barbeque!

This is one of many ‘cool forever’ color schemes we can create to work with your current interiors.

Giving your room a face-lift just before summer kicks in is like getting a new haircut. It’s fresh, crisp and simple.

Call Worthington Interior Design to get your ‘cool forever’ 978-255-3001.

 

Finding the Best Agent Just Got Easier

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
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Finding the best agent just got easier, Newburyport MA

Finding the best agent just got easier.  In partnership with Zillow and Trulia, RealTrends.Com is a national site that provides rankings of Real Estate Agent performance.  They have been tracking Real Estate Agent performance at the agent, team, and brokerage level for the past eight years and provide consumers the data necessary to make an educated decision.

Buying and selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your life time.  Therefore it is critical to choose a local experienced agent with a proven track record.  Do you purchase or sell a car without checking ratings websites?  Almost all people research properties online, but researching agents is also an important part of the equation.  You need someone you can count on to get the job done.

In real estate, like many other fields, the more transactions an agent has done, the more capable they are of effectively advising their clients.  At the end of the day, you don’t need a new best friend, you need someone with extensive knowledge and experience, which directly correlates with sales performance.

Bathroom Trends – Larger Rooms & Sassy Bathtubs

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

It’s always fun to see new products as they enter the market, and most people only see them on television or in magazines. A business associate had the opportunity to attend the International Home Builder show in Las Vegas this year, and shared some of their photos so I could share them and today we’re looking at bathroom trends.

Bathroom Trends Like Never Before

If you think back over the last ten years, what’s changed in the bathroom. Granite countertops have moved in from the kitchen, free-standing sinks that sit on top of the countertop and larger, feature rich showers.

The newest trend that goes hand-in-hand is larger bathrooms and free-standing bathtubs. When you dig into the larger bathrooms, you quickly realize that what people are doing is creating in-home spas which are great for relaxing after a long day at work.

The question you want to ask yourself is how often do you get to the gym (not how often you’d like to visit the guy)? And how much time do you spend driving to/from the gym if you’re disciplined enough to get there? Now consider how much time and money you’d save, if you could workout in your own private spa, and finish up with a relaxing soak in a fabulous bathtub.

Another reason this makes so much sense is people aren’t moving as often as we once did. After the housing bust that started around 2007, homeowners are much more reluctant to sell their homes. That means we’re remodeling more kitchens and bathrooms than ever.

A Bathtub That Can Help You Relax

For years homeowners have thought about removing (or omitting when building a custom house) the bathtub from the master bath. It is true that many homeowners took out their jacuzzi tubs but kept some type of bathtub for resale purposes if nothing else. So I invite you to check out some of the new stand-along bathtub designs on my website … and when you’re ready to install one, give us a call at 978-790-4881.

Planning a Home Addition in Newburyport

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Planning A Home Addition, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Have you outgrown your home but don’t want to move? Building an addition may be the right choice for you, especially if you love your neighborhood. Building a home addition not only adds to the value of your home, it will make it more desirable to buyers when you are willing to give up your 01950 zip code.

In general, home additions have a good Return On Investment (ROI) and the longer you stay in your house, the more likely you are to recoup your costs. Couple that with the benefits of the added living space and you also get what I call “Return On Enjoyment” (ROE) and who doesn’t deserve ROE these days? Also important is the size of the addition, because that plays a huge role in the cost: the more you build, the less it costs per square foot.

Additions come in many shapes and sizes, but the most popular is a garage addition with a Master Bedroom Suite with spa-like bath above. Here’s a step by step process to help you with planning a home addition.

6 Steps for Planning a Home Addition

  1. First, research home values in your community – unless you want your house to be the white elephant on the block
  2. Next review the latest Cost vs Value report to familiarize yourself with average costs to build an addition
  3. Then set a budget for your project and decide how you’re going to finance it (home equity loan, refinance or savings)
  4. Consider possible timetables and whether you’ll remain in your home during the construction
  5. Communicate with the Planning Board to learn what local zoning regulations will affect the design of your addition
  6. Vet and hire your builder and architect early, so you’re all on starting from and working on the same page right from the start

You can learn more about the design build process on our website.

I Saw the Light, I Saw the Light…No more darkness

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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I saw the Light, Worthington Interior Design, Newburyport MA

New Hollywood film,”I saw the the Light”, song by Hank Williams Sr.

How apropos, light and lighting are essential design elements in the interiors of your home. Throughout my career, there has been the question ‘what is the key ingredient of a successful design project?’

Always without a doubt it’s the lighting.

Exterior or interior lighting whether it’s for way-finding, safety or to beautify and enhance; it needs to be well thought out to align with your home’s architecture.

The interiors of each home may call for many types of light sources for effect, mood, tasks, etc.

Good lighting is like good music… it brings comfort and enjoyment to whatever you’re doing.

Combining music and lighting allows me the opportunity to brag about my brother, Marc. His forthcoming Hollywood film releases March 25 and will debut in our area on April 1. Starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, “I Saw the Light” is a biopic film about the great Hank Williams Sr. Our family is so very proud of this film for many obvious reasons but also because the music makes us all feel good! It seems Hank Williams Sr. has influenced so many of our great musicians like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Beck, Johnny Cash , Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen to name a few!

The making of this film speaks to why Hank Williams music is so unforgettable and continues to influence great bands as well as new up and coming artists. Marc says this was a complicated project recreating the layers of Hank’s life which culminated into his memorable music. The film is truly enjoyable!

As with designing your home there are also many layers: space plan, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, paints, etc. All of these components lead us to lighting. High-quality lighting will enhance and give you either the calmness or the drama each space in your home deserves.

There are so many great options for light fixtures not to mention the advancement of the LED. So when you’re thinking about your next design project, kindly call us.

And no foolin’ see you at the movies on April 1st!

 

Building is a Partnership

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Green Construction, Newburyport MA

Homeowners love to dream about the house they’d like to have one day, but often they don’t know what steps to take to turn their ideas into reality. That’s where a builder/remodeler who offers end-to-end services beginning with design, through demolition and construction, makes the project much easier.

In fact you’ll save time and money by using a design build company like Greene Construction. The same team that turns your ideas into a blueprint, is the team that manages the project from beginning to end. We’ll bring speciality contractors in for their expertise when needed, but we’re there every day to insure the quality and your satisfaction to the very end.

We’re a design build company that offers a wide range of services including:

We’re Newburyport’s premier builder/remodeler and we’d love to discuss your project with you. You can learn more about us at RemodelingNewburyport.com and when you’re ready to talk, feel free to emailor call (978-790-4881) us to schedule your appointment.

Every homeowner deserves a home they love, and we welcome the opportunity to make your dreams a reality.

Newburyport A Destination City

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
Newburyport A Destination City, Newburyport MA

Newburyport a destination city, serves as the hub for many North Shore and Southern NH towns.  Newburyport’s historic charm, amazing restaurant & shopping scene not to mention the beautiful water views all put Newburyport in high demand for the great lifestyle this unique community offers.  Newburyport provides the opportunity to experience city life along the Merrimack River and enjoy beautiful beaches with a quick ride or bike over to Plum Island.

Newburyport real estate offers something for everyone.  Whether you are in search of a multi-million dollar property water views, ocean and river front or just a one or bedroom condo, Newburyport is a city that you must explore.  As a city, Newburyport has a high walkability score.  Living in the downtown area you are able to enjoy the vibrant and diverse cultural environment created here in Newburyport all enjoyed without the stress of getting it a car.

Newburyport also offers convenience for commuters with quick access to both Interstate 95 as well as 495 making Boston, Southern Maine, Southern NH and points west all very accessible.  In addition, the commuter rail is a great way to travel to Boston and the C&J Trailways bus provides quick and comfortable access to Logan Airport and South Station.

Call Robert Bentley anytime with questions @ 781.858.5115.

 

Newburyport Real Estate Market Update

By Laura Ouellette, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Laura is a Newburyport.com writing correspondent. She does freelance writing features and blogging on special interest topics, travel and the north shore of Massachusetts.
Newburyport Real Estate Updated on Boston.Com, Newburyport MA

The Greater Newburyport real estate market is still very active for the end of the year in Newburyport, MA and surrounding area, with warm weather January should be active as well.

Most sellers are unsure of the market time due to the year closing but Robert Bentley recommends keeping your houses on the market and to maintain your price where it is. There is still a very active buyer market and they are eager to find a home and close the deal before the end of the year and start of New Year.

The buyer market can be equally tricky in terms of not knowing if it’s smart to wait until the influx of listing due out in the spring but Bentley suggests going for it and acting now if you see something you really like because the spring market is competitive and you might be able to find a better bargain in the colder months. In some situations, properties have been on the market for longer than the seller would have liked and they are willing to come down on the price. These houses wouldn’t necessarily be such a bargain in the spring market because of the competitive nature spring brings.

The Newburyport market is still seeing new listings come on even as the winter is approaching. Bentley says, “It’s interesting because everyone is trying to find the best time to put something on market or buy a property but it’s not necessarily about trying to time it, it’s about whether you’re personally ready to buy or sell or whether the property is in a condition to be bought or sold.” If you find something you like, go for it now and don’t let Newburyport’s winter stand in your way. There is still plenty of opportunity to find a great home for sale in Newburyport and the surrounding Greater Newburyport Market.  Call Robert Bentley today for expert advice as everyone’s situation is different, but working with an active agent that is practiced and available full time, Like Boston Player for the Greater Newburyport Market Robert Bentley 781 858 5115.

Plum Island Pink House

By Damian Turco, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Principal Attorney and Owner of Turco Legal, Attorney Turco is highly regarded as an expert in the areas of divorce and family law. He has represented hundreds of clients through divorces, modifications, contempt matters, and other family law matters from beginning to end. He sits on multiple committees for the Mass Bar Association, has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the state’s upcoming top 25 lawyers of 2015. Attorney Turco’s donates considerable time to help within the community. He serves on the board of LARC, a legal non-profit that helps thousands of lower income folks get desperately needed legal help. He also volunteers his time monthly delivering legal assistance at homeless shelters, day shelters, and soup kitchen’s in Boston, Lowell, Lawrence, and Salem.
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Plum Island Pink House, Newburyport MA by Damian Turco

How many times have you driven past that old pink house on your way out to Plum Island and wondered what it’s all about?  There’s something about that house that just sets the tone as it whisks by the car.  It’s kind of eerie looking.  Kind of beat up by the weather over the years.  It certainly seems like it’s in an odd place.  I used to live out on the island and like many of us, still frequent the great natural space out there.  That house just seems to catch my eye every time I come around that bend.  Is it the remnant of a lovely estate?  Maybe a millionaire who just had to be by the airport but not too far from the beach?

Nope.  It turns out, as I never would have imagined, that the only thing it’s a remnant of is a spiteful divorce from 1925!  What??  How is that possible?  But it is as I learned from Amanda Hoover’s Boston.com article this morning.  And as a Newburyport divorce lawyer, I must say, I’m intrigued.  As Amanda’s story explained, the house is the centerpiece of a poorly drafted divorce separation agreement which required the Husband to build the Wife with an exactly replica of their downtown Newburyport marital home.  The only problems is that the agreement didn’t say where it had to be built. . . oops.  Read more about this story and why good drafting is critical in any divorce here on my Newburport Divorce Blog.

Photo by Karen Lynch.

 

Prices Adjust with Increased Newburyport Housing Inventory

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
Bentley's Real Estate, Newburyport MA

The Newburyport real estate market remains strong, but prices adjust with increased Newburyport housing inventory for the summer months, and Fall is starting to look the same.  The area saw premium pricing during the Winter months due to the low inventory but the Spring and Summer markets have provided buyers with many more options.  Properties in the mid and lower tier price points are selling as long as they are priced appropriately.  The upper tier housing market is not moving as quickly but again, the properties with realistic price points are selling.

Although we see some fluctuation in inventory and price points, the overall demand for Newburyport is strong.  The thriving downtown has so much to offer.  Newburyport serves as the hub for other North Shore and Southern NH towns with many great restaurants and shops and it’s beautiful views along the Merrimack River and close proximity to the beach.  The schools are strong as well with Newburyport High School just being ranked 253rd in News Weeks 2015 annual top 500 high school ranking and only one of 19 in Massachusetts.

If you are looking  to move to Newburyport, now is the time and if you are already a resident, it is highly likely that you have made a great long term investment by purchasing property in Newburyport. Contact Robert Bentley of Bentley’s to find out how much your Newburyport home is worth in today’s Newburyport MA Real Estate market.

Newburyport has become a top town on the Massachusetts North Shore, so when folks learn they are relocating here they first look to learn about this great community.  “Home Buyers are increasingly researching community first and not Real Estate as quality of life, schools, active lifestyle all remain large considerations to the home buying process” says Robert Bentley, Boston Power Player and the top agent in Greater Newburyport.

“We are seeing increased traffic on Newburyport.com and soon will have Newburyport Home Search built directly on the site’s real estate page that will allow visitors complete and direct access to MLS home for sale data updated real time.” Excitement for the value of Newburyport Real Estate remains high and inventory comes and goes, so working with a top local agent is critical to the Newburyport Home Search.  Reach out to Robert Bentley anytime with questions @ 781.858.5115.

 

Newburyport Makes Newsweek 2015 Top 500 High School Ranking

Newburyport Makes Newsweek 2015 Top 500 High School Ranking, Newburyport MA

Massachusetts was well represented with 19 schools making the recently released 2015 Newsweek top 500 national high school ranking.  Congratulations to Massachusetts and our local community with Newburyport High School ranking 253rd and Greater Newburyport town of Georgetown High School ranking 278th.

The Newsweek ranking evaluates schools on a broad range of criteria in an effort to identify schools that excel with preparing students for college and addressing socioeconomic inequality.  They publish two lists, one that is based only on performance results, called “America’s Top High Schools 2015” and a second list called “Beating the Odds 2015” which ranks based on performance results but also takes poverty rates into consideration.

Below is the list of all Massachusetts High Schools to make the list.  Visit Newsweek.com for the full national ranking and more detail regarding ranking criteria.

 

  • 16 – Dover-Sherborn Regional High School
  • 52 – Medfield Senior High School
  • 54 – Weston High School
  • 67 – Newton North High School
  • 75 – Westwood High School
  • 93 – Hopkinton High School
  • 115 – Hingham High School
  • 128 – Shrewsbury Senior High School
  • 139 – Groton Dunstable Regional High School
  • 207 – Longmeadow High School
  • 253 – Newburyport High School
  • 278 – Georgetown High School
  • 315 – Arlington High School
  • 381 – King Phillip Regional High School
  • 396 – Marblehead High School
  • 424 – Ashland High School
  • 448 – Natick High School
  • 451 – Braintree High School
  • 492 – Chelmsford High School

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY!

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
Krissy Ventura
HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY! Newburyport MA

This Thanksgiving the Newburyport High School football team will have the opportunity to play its traditional rivalry game against Amesbury High School on the newly renovated turf field atop of Mt Rural.  Mt Rural, as the hill was called where the magnificent NHS now sits, is home to one of the grandest high school stadiums in the entire state, World War Memorial Stadium.   Built in 1930, during FDR’s administration, the stadium took three years to build and employed many men during the Great Depression.

My grandmother was a member of the first freshman class at NHS and was able to enjoy this amazing stadium from the very beginning.  The building of this stadium gave the community a newfound sense of pride and the entire community would come out each weekend for the games, seating as many as 8,000 fans in the stadium!  Over the years, the stadium has been home to concerts, various sporting events, numerous NHS graduations, as well as community events.

The stadium was built for longevity, however, after over 60 years, in 1999, the visitor side of the stands were deemed unsafe and the wear and tear of the years of usage started to show.  A group of concerned alumni, parents and community members decided to form a group called RESTORE and set off on a long journey to raise the necessary funds to renovate the stands and provide todays students with a state of the art turf field.

It took over 10 years, but this Thanksgiving we can all join together to celebrate the efforts of the RESTORE group and watch the historic game vs Amesbury on our new field.  The new field will be dedicated to legendary football coach and long time Athletic Director, Jim Stehlin, who was around when I was at NHS.  The history behind NHS and the entire City of Newburyport continues on for all to remember and enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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