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McQuiston: Spring Home Maintenance Tips

on April 1, 2019 - 9:20am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

The milder days of spring are a perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning and perform home maintenance. After a long winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year.

Tasks such as cleaning out your gutters, checking for dead trees and branches and cleaning and inspecting home mechanical systems, such as heating and air conditioning equipment, can make spring a season of safety.Cleaning and maintenance of your home should be done inside and out.

Tour This Week's Open House

on March 24, 2019 - 8:00am

REAL ESTATE News:

Tour the top open houses scheduled for this week 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

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Presentation Of Mortgage-Free Home To Wounded Army Veteran

on March 24, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
RIO RANCHO U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) spoke Wednesday during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to injured veteran Army Spc. Jason Thompson.
 
He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance.
 
The home – the second of its kind in New Mexico – is part of a

Smart Design With Suzette: Front Door Curb Appeal

on February 28, 2019 - 1:40pm

Update your welcome mat annually. Courtesy image

Adding greenery can soften a home’s entrance. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Whether you are selling your home or want a fresh look, your front door needs to be inviting. A buyer will judge whether they want to buy a home within 15 seconds of walking in the door.

If the curb appeal doesn’t get them in the front door – your house will not sell and you’ll hurt your property value.

Taking on the entire curb appeal of your home including the lawn, landscaping and design could take up to a month or more to undertake.

Adding pizzazz

Smart Design With Suzette: Techno Kitchens

on February 15, 2019 - 9:31am

Robotic chef at work. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Decades ago, the kitchen was hidden in the back of the house. It was a place where meals were prepared and dirty dishes were washed. Fast forward to 2019 and the kitchen has a much different role.

Today, the kitchen is the focal point of the home, the place that brings everyone together at the start of the day or after a long day away.  Now the kitchen is paraded in all its beauty and warmth at the very center of the house.

Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades and planning for your kitchen remodel is very important.

Smart Design With Suzette: 2019 Color Of The Year

on February 6, 2019 - 7:52am

A door painted in Pantone's color of the year, Living Coral. Courtesy image

This is an example of how to incorporate Sherwin William's color of the year, Cavern Clay, into your home. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s always exciting when a brand announces its Color of The Year, but let’s be honest, sometimes, we’re unsure of the best way to incorporate it into our own design scheme.  After reading this article, you will begin to recognize these colors everywhere you go in clothing, makeup and home décor.

Why would you care about any Colors of the Year?

Smart Design With Suzette: Year In Review – Designing Your Life

on January 3, 2019 - 9:02am

Take stock of 2018 and prepare for the new year. Courtesy image

Don’t underestimate the inviting power of great curb appeal. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy New Year! No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life in the past year. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks too. The idea is to design your life — an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve – professionally and personally. The process set forth below has helped me make 2018 a truly transformative year. Start with:

What Worked
This question is a keeper from

County Council Approves Land Donation For New Proposed Affordable Housing Project

on December 31, 2018 - 2:50pm
Bethel General Partner Dan Terlecki discusses with Council the new affordable housing project that may be built on DP Road. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus speaks to Council about The Bluffs apartment complex. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved at its Dec. 18 meeting to donate 2.79 acres of land off DP Road to Bethel Development, Inc.

The donation was passed 6-0. Councilor Susan O’Leary was absent from

Two Affordable Housing Projects Planned For DP Road

on December 13, 2018 - 9:52am
A rendering of the affordable apartment complex planned for development on DP Road. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos may be a small community, but its housing needs are large and varied. One of those needs is to have affordable housing. As a result, two housing projects are being pursued for development on DP Road.
 
One, a 70-unit apartment complex called the Canyon Walk Apartments, was given the green light and is expected to begin construction in August 2019. Construction on the other, a 64-unit apartment complex called

Tour This Week’s Open Houses

on December 7, 2018 - 10:30pm

REAL ESTATE News:

Tour the top open houses scheduled for this week 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
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Smart Design With Suzette: Eight Ideas To Brighten A Home In Winter

on November 15, 2018 - 7:05am

Install glass doors to let natural light into the house. Courtesy image

Add twinkle lights inside your home. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn’t used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while sipping on hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) under a throw blanket? But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you’re living in a cave.

Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier with more natural light indoors.

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Smart Design With Suzette: Simple Steps To Prep For Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2018 - 5:27pm

Pamper guests with special touches such as fresh flowers, bottled water and chapstick. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Now that it’s November the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.

I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials, people with kids, Gen X-ers, and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter.

Open House On Arizona Avenue 12:30-2 p.m. Today

on October 20, 2018 - 6:48am
Open house 12:30-2 p.m., today at 3850 Arizona Ave. Courtesy photo
 
Location: 3850 Arizona Ave.
Time: Open Sunday, Oct. 21, 12:30-2 p.m.
Price: $769,000
Desc: 4BR, 4BA, 3995sf
Realtor: Stephen Miehls (505) 663-6570, RE/MAX FIRST (505) 662-6789 ext. 21
 

MorningStar Casts New Light On Senior Living

on October 19, 2018 - 9:01am

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

on October 18, 2018 - 5:07am
Insulate attic. Courtesy photo
 
Insulate water heater. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
As a Realtor® and Interior Designer, I love working with first time homebuyers. Their excitement for this new phase in their life is contagious. However guidance is needed in what to do to maintain it. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
 
Tune up your heating system. Consider having your heating system inspected and maintained.

Glover And Fox Create Real Estate Team

on October 9, 2018 - 4:10pm
Paula M. Glover
 
By APRIL NOLAN
RE/MAX FIRST

Selling or buying a house can feel like a daunting prospect, especially if the interior doesn’t project a sense of “home.” Having real estate professionals with the ability to see beyond the surface to the potential of a home is vital. Paula M. Glover and Suzette Fox have the talent and skill to help both sellers and buyers realize their goals.

Glover and Fox have the expertise especially helpful for one particular part of the real estate market: homes that are outdated as part of an estate.

Smart Design With Suzette: New Fall Décor To Inspire

on October 4, 2018 - 4:45am

Add a touch of softness to fall decor such as blush pillows, heirloom pumpkins in muted tones and flowers on the side table. Courtesy image

Use tall corn stalks, raffia, or straw to wrap around entry porch columns and mailboxes. Fall wreaths are also a nice touch. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

You might have noticed something is a little different this fall. The traditional yellow, orange and reds have given way to muted tones of white, green, gray and shades of burgundy.

You will see it everywhere from the front porch, to the buffet table or entry table, living rooms and

Smart Design By Suzette: Why You Want to Work With an Interior Designer

on August 2, 2018 - 5:46am

It’s important to have big design dreams, but it’s also important to have a good idea of your design limitations. Courtesy image

Whether planning a major renovation or just refreshing your style, a design professional can help get the best from your home. Courtesy image

 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

When people consider hiring an interior design professional for the first time, they often don’t know what to expect. Television can make it seem as though designers are magicians.

This can create the illusion that designing, purchasing for and executing a vision can happen in a day; that

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Save Money On Bathroom Remodels

on July 13, 2018 - 7:30am

A before and after shot of a renovated bathroom. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

As some of you may know, besides having my design business, I have become a Realtor. I am working with Paula Glover on her team at Re/Max First of Los Alamos. I feel it’s a perfect compliment to design – to help buyers imagine what a home could be to reflect their needs and desires – to help see the potential.

With that being said, many buyers are shocked at the condition of some of our homes here. However, homebuyers and homeowners should stay open-minded about remodeling.

Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Up 10 Percent

on July 6, 2018 - 5:47am
Chart of the median sales prices for the 2nd Quarter of 2018 for the Los Alamos Area. Courtesy image
 
LAAOR News:
 
The median price of Single Family Home sales jumped 10 percent when compared to the 2nd Quarter of 2017 or $319,500 to $351,475 in this quarter.
 
Single Family home sales remained level at 58 units sold in both the 2nd Quarter of 2017 and the current quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also rose from $19M in 2017 to $22.4M for the 2nd Quarter of 2018 reflecting the increase in home prices.

ADC Builders Kitchen & Bath Design Expands Showroom On DP Road

on June 28, 2018 - 8:39am

Alec Caspersen, left, and James Auchampaugh in the expanded showroom at ADC Builders on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Alec Caspersen, left, and James Auchampaugh use 20/20 design software to design, render and price kitchen cabinet layouts at ADC Builders on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

ADC Builders Kitchen & Bath Design has expanded its cabinet, counter top and flooring showroom at 212 DP Road.

The business has been located at 212 DP Road for more than four years.

Smart Design With Suzette – July 4 Decorations

on June 28, 2018 - 8:14am

4th of July inspired lanterns add flair to the table setting. Courtesy photo

Add July 4th flair to your chairs with cloth napkin slipcovers. 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.

Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park Management Responds To Resident Concerns

on June 20, 2018 - 3:36pm
Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesman for Yes! Communities, the company that manages the Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park on East Jemez Road apologized Wednesday for the confusing policy and communication recently at the park.

South Central Division Vice President Kim Kurz told the Los Alamos Daily Post that some of the items were not handled with the standard Yes! Approach.

“It was never our intention to alarm or upset our valued residents,” Kurz said.

Some residents reacted with fear and anger to a letter

Scenes From 2018 Master Garden Tour

on June 2, 2018 - 5:05pm
Scene from the 2018 Master Garden Tour today, featuring five gardens in White Rock and the grounds of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. Master Gardener Cas Mason is originally from Yorkshire. Her White Rock garden in arid New Mexico might be the envy of any English gardener. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Labeling in the Mason garden in White Rock means, with some work,  you too can do this at home. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
An alluring Ghost honeysuckle thrives in the Mason Garden in White Rock.

Smart Design With Suzette Fox: Creating The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

on June 1, 2018 - 7:18am
Layout. Courtesy photo
 
Lighting. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Entertaining is a very personal thing. This is why a designer must consider an outdoor space with the client’s idea of entertaining in mind, the available space and the budget to make it happen. However, there are general considerations I can offer to create a yard that will suit your entertaining needs.
 
And, as a bonus, creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space can greatly increase the appeal and value of your home.
 
Overall Design and Purpose
 
Essentially an outdoor space is treated the

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