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McQuiston: Lightning Strike Prevention

on July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The summer storm season is upon us and with storms come one of the most fearful and unpredictable forces of nature: lightning. A single bolt of lightning can carry more than 100 million volts of electricity and create a significant amount of damage to your home and personal property.
 
More than $825 million in lighting damage claims was paid out in 2016 to more than 100,000 policyholders nationwide. There was a total of 109,049 lightning claims in 2016 and each claim averaged $7,571.90 in damages paid.
 
The top three states for reported lighting

County Tackles Affordable Housing

on July 20, 2017 - 9:45pm

A worker applies stucco to a Los Alamos home. The work was provided through the Los Alamos Housing Partnership, which offers deferred payment loans for a variety of home improvement and repairs to those who qualify. Photo by Vint Miller

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Homeownership is part of the American Dream. Owning their own home is among many people’s goals, but accomplishing this aspiration is a whole other story. Affording a mortgage or a down payment on a house can be a major obstacle in the path to homeownership.

Affordable housing seems to be a major

Smart Design By Suzette: Living A Simpler Life In A Modern World

on July 20, 2017 - 9:48am
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier.
 
At times they may, but other times, they make life more complicated. Yes, I need a kitchen remodel, yes a bathroom remodel too. But when I’m feeling stressed out by what I ‘think’ I need, I look inward at what is making me unhappy or anxious. It might not be the remodel at all. It might be a combination of life stressors - observing the effect it has on my family, my finances and my sanity.
 
To feel a sense of peace and happiness again, I try to think about how I can achieve

Professionals Offer Heroes Home Advantage Program

on July 18, 2017 - 1:15pm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

There are a lot of unsung heroes in Los Alamos. However, by participating in Heroes Home Advantage, ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano and Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester are hoping to shine the spotlight on individuals who make significant contributions to the community.

ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano

Rochester’s and Marciano’s involvement in Heroes Home Advantage just started.

Housing For UNM-LA Students At Ponderosa Pines

on July 13, 2017 - 7:12pm
Ponderosa Pines Apartments through Plateau Property Management will have units specifically designated for UNM-LA students for the academic year. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA and Ponderosa Pines are in their second year of working with students to provide designated, affordable apartments for UNM-LA students. Interested students should apply now to move in Aug. 18, before classes begin Aug. 21.  

Plateau Property Management has contracted with UNM-Los Alamos and the New Mexico Consortium to provide a limited number of furnished apartments at a discounted rate to UNM-LA students

Tour This Weekends Top Open Houses

on July 13, 2017 - 4:21pm

REAL ESTATE News:
 
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
 
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
 
 
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
 
 
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
 
Click on the Real Estate Section

Smart Design With Suzette: Welcome To My (Smart) House

on July 7, 2017 - 8:30am

Perfect Bake Pro. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If there one thing that’s hotter than ever right now, it’s a Smart home. Once a year I write about the hottest technology in a wired home, but this list is quite interesting – especially if you like to cook, bake, clean, or like to live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of the best smart home devices of 2017.

COOKING

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology $200


When it comes to smoking ribs or other meats in the backyard, you’ve typically got two choices, charcoal or gas, and neither is perfect.

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 1, 2017 - 6:52am
Fourth of July picnic. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Red, White and Blue Refreshments
Think of cold beverages as

Closing Costs In Los Alamos County Among Lowest

on June 27, 2017 - 9:56am

Closing costs in Los Alamos are among the lowest in the state. Courtesy/©iStock/manley099

SmartAsset News:

Closing Costs are a crucial aspect of buying a home, and in its third annual study, financial technology company SmartAsset shows where they are lowest.

The study measures closing costs as a percentage of median home value at the county level and Los Alamos County was among those with the lowest closing costs in New Mexico.

Additional information on the study, including the full methodology, results, and interactive map can be found here:

Smart Design With Suzette: Everything Old Is New Again

on June 23, 2017 - 7:39am
Wallpaper is back! Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color texture and material choices. As the saying goes “everything old is new again” rings true, especially in décor. The 1980’s and 1990’s are back again — this time with a 21st-century spin.

Floral wallpaper
The patterns may have changed, but it’s safe to say that wallpaper is experiencing a major renaissance in design.

Smart Design With Suzette: Backyard Theater

on June 15, 2017 - 6:41am
Outdoor home theater. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Although around 350 still exist across the United States, the drive-in survives on a smaller scale thanks to a growing number of people who have taken the concept to the backyard.

Can it be done without spending a fortune? Not only is it possible, it is an amazing amount of fun as long as you follow some common sense rules.

Don’t be That Neighbor…
Depending on where you live, the concept of a backyard home theater may be a non-starter due to noise restrictions, safety regulations, or because you live in an apartment and it is

Smart Design With Suzette - Outdoor Living

on June 9, 2017 - 7:44am
Outdoor kitchen. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s my favorite time of year to be outdoors – it’s not too hot, the evenings are cool and lets face it, our sunsets are the very best in the United States. Why not create a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space? It will greatly increase the appeal and value of your home while providing an oasis for friends and family to enjoy.

Purpose. How are you going to use your outdoor space? You most likely will need an entertainment area, cooking area and dining area.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on June 2, 2017 - 12:36pm
REAL ESTATE News:
 
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
 
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
 
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
 
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Los Alamos Piecemakers Seek New Members

on May 31, 2017 - 9:26am

Los Alamos Piecemakers members busy at a recent community service sew-a-thon. Courtesy/LAP 

Quilted items displayed at a recent quilt show made from a LAP workshop. Courtesy/LAP

Quilted seasonal items for sale at a recent quilt market. Courtesy/LAP

 

LAP News:

Are you a quilter? Would you like to learn to quilt? For more than 32 years, the Los Alamos Piecemakers (LAP) Quilt Guild has provided inspiration and education for members.

Somos Amigos Enhance Conditions For Homeowners

on May 31, 2017 - 8:08am
Somos Amigos volunteers assist with installing a concrete ramp to allow wheelchair access for a low-income Los Alamos resident. Courtesy photo
 
Somos Amigos volunteers, from left, Karen Humphrey, Shelby Redondo, Robert Trujillo, Michelle Thomsen and Construction Supervisor David Canfield at the conclusion of the recent project. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Volunteers from Somos Amigos, a local non-profit group, just finished installing a concrete ramp for a local resident to enable him to come and go from his home in his wheelchair without having to deal with two

Smart Design With Suzette: Remodeling A Living Room – Lighting, Flooring and Architectural Details

on May 26, 2017 - 4:59am
Stunning lighting. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the third part of the series of remodeling a living room. We‘ve discussed getting started, considering your lifestyle, determining your needs, identifying your style, budgets, floor plans and layout. Now we will dive into lighting, flooring and architectural details. Look closely at the photos I’ve chosen and pay attention to these characteristics - lighting, flooring, fireplace and architectural details - in each of them.

Living Room Lighting Tips
Homeowners often forget about the importance of proper lighting.

Showhomes Of Santa Fe Prepares Homes For Market

on May 21, 2017 - 7:32am

Brandon and Elisa Macomber, owners of Showhomes of Santa Fe. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

It can be overwhelming selling a home; once that for sale sign gets erected, homeowners can be faced with a long to-do list from decluttering a house to making an older home look more updated.

 

However, Santa Fe has two professionals who can make the task of preparing a house for the market less daunting ... in Los Alamos as well as Santa Fe.

 

Brandon and Elisa Macomber have operated Showhomes of Santa Fe for a year and have already

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Remodeling A Living Room – Budget And Floor Plan

on May 20, 2017 - 9:42am
Before and after living room remodel. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the second part of remodeling a living room. Last week we discussed getting started with researching, considering your lifestyle, consulting the pros, determining your needs and identifying your style. Now we move on to budgets, floor plans and layout.

Budget

So, just how much is that living room renovation going to cost?

Defined Dimensions, LLC Opens In Los Alamos

on April 27, 2017 - 12:46pm
Owner Chase Gibson of Defined Dimensions, LLC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

If you have ever thought of expanding or renovating your Los Alamos home, a new business in town is ready to help you. Defined Dimensions, LLC, addresses a unique yet essential “niche” in the northern New Mexico building/remodeling community. Owner Chase Gibson provides timely and effective support for building and remodeling projects.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

on April 24, 2017 - 7:07am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without.

Los Alamos Home And Condo Sales Grow

on April 11, 2017 - 10:41pm

LAAOR News:

Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAOR) reports that the single family home sales rose from 46 in the first quarter of 2016 to 52 this quarter. The median price of single family home sales saw a strong jump when compared to the first quarter of 2016 or $262,500 to $301,000 in this quarter. Single family home sales volumes also rose sharply from $12.9 million in 2016 to $16.2 million for the first quarter of 2017.

Condo and townhome sales increased in the first quarter of 2017 to 16 units sold compared to 13 units sold in the same quarter of 2016. During this same period,

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Smart Design With Suzette Fox: Easy Spring Decorating

on March 10, 2017 - 8:25am

Daylight Savings is a great opportunity to spruce up your house and bring nature inside your home. Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

This weekend Daylight Savings Time begins. Yay! My favorite time of year! When spring’s breezes (or gusty winds – depending where you live) inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your home.

Spring Cleaning

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual cleaning. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished.

Rep. Candie Sweetser's Tiny House Bill Passes 66-0

on March 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Rep. Candie Sweetser

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) recognized the emergence of the tiny house industry, with her bill to define and allow assessors to review tiny homes. Monday night, her HB 512 passed unanimously by a vote of 66-0.

Tiny homes arrived on the scene in recent years as a creative way for people to live sustainably and own a home without the burden of unmanageable mortgage payments.

“I think this is the beginning of giving tiny homes an avenue to move forward in New Mexico,” Rep. Sweetser said.

Smart Design With Suzette: Coffee Bar 101

on March 3, 2017 - 3:13pm

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you can’t function without your morning cup of joe, you aren’t alone. Americans consume more than 400 million cups of coffee per day, so it should come as no surprise that coffee stations are becoming a must-have design element in the modern home.

Before you start knocking down walls; however, there are a few things to consider about designing your own coffee bar. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind as you’re looking for coffee station ideas.

Location
How much room do you have for your coffee station?

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