Come home to 34808 Forest Estates in Evergreen, a surprising retreat. Almost an acre that is surrounded by impressive spruces and aspens that allow for a very private and quiet setting. The extensive half covered & half-open back deck has stairs that lead to a portion of a flat, manicured backyard that is carefully fenced. Outside the fenced area, are paths that meander. allowing for strolls through the forest along the small creek. Meticulously maintained and updated. The kitchen has been remodeled with new granite countertops, subway backsplash, new hardware, and new stainless-steel appliances. Professionally painted inside and out in tandem with professionally landscaped backyard with drought-resistant sod. Open concept with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and direct access to the oversized deck that overlooks the display of trees. Spacious Master suite has an adjoining bath. The lower level has a large family room.
As the days shorten, you can mitigate many mid-winter headaches with some preemptive prep. Proper weatherizing can help protect your home from preventable damage, save money on energy costs, and, most importantly, keep you and your loved ones safe and warm throughout the winter season. Here is a useful checklist to manage your weatherization project. Setting aside some time on a couple of weekend days should be more than enough to knock this out:
Cracks & Leaks
Examine your entire house for any cracks and leaks, from your roof to your baseboards, to your basement and foundation. With unpredictable winter weather, these cracks and leaks are how the outside gets in, causing cold drafts and water damage.
Luckily, most cracks don’t require a professional to handle it. Depending on your house type and age, it’s likely you’ll be able to do it yourself with supplies from your local hardware store.
Windows & Doors:
Gaps and breaks in windows and doors is another way to let the winter in your home, and they can let heat escape, raising your heat bill throughout the season.
Make sure seals are tight and no leaks exist. If you have storm windows, make sure you put them on before the cold season begins. Additionally, add weather-strips and or a door sweep to prevent drafts and keep the heat in.
Clean your rain gutters of any debris. In colder climates, the buildup will cause gutters to freeze with ice, crack and then leak.
Once you have removed the residue from the drains, test them by running hose water to make sure cracks and leaks have not already formed. Even in warmer locales, the buildup can put undue stress on your roof and home.
Protecting your pipes from freezing should be your number one priority this winter. A burst pipe can quickly become a disaster in any home.
Remember to turn off your exterior water source and take in your hose. Internally, wrapping your pipes is a recommended precaution to take.
Annual checks are vital in avoiding dangers such as house fires. Replace filters if you use a furnace and clear out any vents and ducts that carry heat through them. If you have baseboard heat, wipe them of dust and remove any debris that might catch fire.
Fireplace & Wood Burning Stoves:
Make sure to have chimneys and air vents cleaned early in the season if you are planning on warming your home with a wood-burning source. When your fireplace is not in use make sure to close the damper, some resources estimate an open damper can increase energy consumption by as much as 30%, increasing your bill about $200.
Bring your patio furniture inside or cover it for the winter. Don’t forget other, smaller items such as your tools, including the hose and planting pots. Clear out any piles around the side of your house, checking for cracks and holes in your home and foundation as you go so to avoid providing shelter for unwelcome guests over the cold season.
If your property has large trees check for loose branches and call someone to trim back any limbs that may fall in your yard, on your roof or even damage a window.
Lastly, make sure your emergency kit is up to date with provisions, batteries, fresh water, food for animals, entertainment for kids – especially if you live in an area prone to power outages.
This Property at 123 Nova Lane in Pine is whimsical with an artistic flair yet still displays the mountain ambiance. Vaulted ceilings give the house nice volume while plenty of windows and skylights flood the house with abundant light. Wood ceilings and floors give the house warmth and dimension. Living room fireplace is accented with stone and timber mantle. Positioned on a flat two acres in the wonderful neighborhood of Woodside Park, this property is zoned for horses and accommodates the large 1297 SF 8 car detached garage/workshop/studio. Very quiet and private location. 2932 SF, 4 Bedrooms/ 3 Baths. 3 Car Attached garage. Contact John Putt at (720) 201-1332 or Yvette Putt at (303) 882-2245 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
4241 S Meadow Brook Pond is an Upper Bear Creek Icon. Privacy and comforts of a home by the water. Classic sophistication of this home is highlighted by Craftsman touches finished with the upmost precision and detail. Completely remodel in 2006. Additional kitchen remodel in 2013. Just about every room has a view of the pond and the mountains. Echos of history are displayed by the showpiece mossback fireplace and the President Eisenhower brass plate on the lower suite door. Many of the rooms spill out onto decks or patios that show off views and gardens and outdoor spaces.
A story of a DIY project… While we were willing to do some major updates to the bathroom, plumbing and electrical, we decided to pick a few areas of our 1940s fixer to do some smaller, mostly cosmetic updates. One of these projects included giving the fireplace a little facelift to bring it into this century.
When the house was built, we believe the fireplace was a simple plaster build-out. At some point, the original owners of the home laid on these tan tiles in a decorative pattern around the fireplace. They may have added the wooden mantel piece, as well. And in the 70s, perhaps they added the black and bronze fireplace cover. Not completely sure as this home was an estate sale (which means the owner either passed away or moved into an assisted living community — and in this case, we know the owner passed away in her 90s in another home).
We were told that there is gas available on the street so at some point, we’ve love to add a gas insert for a gas fireplace and stove. Rumor has it, Seattle may outlaw burning real wood in fireplaces within the next couple of years. But that gas fireplace update will take more time, money and permits. So for now, we paint.
After the contractors left, we noticed some brown/yellow stains on the plaster facing. My wife, our resident painter, tried to paint over the stains. Even after two or three coats, the marks were still pretty apparent. We waited until we could have our young daughter, out of the house before trying to prime the fireplace with industrial strength primer. The guy at the hardware store even suggested buying a “throw-away” paintbrush for a few bucks because to get this primer off of a normal brush would take more industrial strength cleaner. Two coats of that primer stuff and voila! Stains hidden.
After the primer dried, she painted the tiles (sorry previous owners!) and fireplace face a bright white which instantly modernized the whole room. We contemplated painting the black half circle that’s part of the fireplace cover but decided against it, mostly because we had already put our paint supplies away and #tired.
The fireplace has some areas that need some grout repair and one of the tiles is cracked (and has been for God-knows how long) but this was a nice, easy win. When you’re doing home renovations, not much feels easy so three cheers for a white fireplace that only required three trips to the hardware store.
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Featuring 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths
Large corner lot in a great location in desirable Turnberry neighborhood. The total square footage of 3615 with 2273 finished square footage. There are four bedrooms and three baths with substantial unfinished basement. Wonderful master suite with large master bath. High vaulted ceilings and fireplace in the living room.