About this time last year, I was researching forecasts on what trends would look like for 2018. As you know it’s always exciting to see what’s coming in the new year, but the funny thing is, there’s not really a hard stop and start between the trends on a calendar basis. Instead, what we see is a flow that carries through, with slight nuances that change the landscape year over year. So before we get into what 2019 will bring, let’s take a look back at what’s been at the top of trends in 2018.
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Written by Louise Weston
Designing an aesthetically beautiful waterfront home starts with considering the house’s placement relative to the water. Having buildings or facilities near the water (like a dock) make the house more convenient for water activities and generally raises its value. On the other hand, having infrastructure that maintains a certain distance from the water means less vulnerability to flooding and saltwater-related wear-and-tear. It’s just a matter of personal preference.
Almost any architectural style will work for waterfront homes. What’s important is how the design of a home takes advantage of the fact that it’s on a picturesque waterfront. In other words: great views are a must. If you don’t have plenty of windows or at least a balcony that’s overlooking the water, what do you need a waterfront home for? There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and peacefully having your morning cup of tea or coffee while seated on a balcony that’s pointed at the coast.
For many homeowners, hardwood floors are a must-have: They’re classic, attractive, and add value to the home. But once a homeowner has those hardwood floors, how do they take care of them so they retain as much of that value as possible over the lifespan of the house?
Know the Enemies of Hardwood Floors
Once homeowners understand what damages a hardwood floor, they can make sure to protect it. Top enemies of hardwood floors are moisture and scratching.
It’s smart to develop a policy of mopping up spills as soon as possible before the liquid has time to penetrate the floor. To protect floors in the winter and spring, when shoes may track in snow or water, use a boot tray in the entrance or carefully wipe the feet on a doormat to remove moisture from shoes.
Protect furniture with felt pads and avoid walking on hardwood floors with high heels (which can damage the wood surface), so that floors will age much better.
If there are children in the home, provide rugs in play areas so that children do not accidentally damage the wood floors during play. It’s also more comfortable for the little ones this way!
Is your home prepared for hurricane season? Peak hurricane season is from late August to late November. Currently, the National Hurricane Center is projecting Matthew, the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007, could take a path toward the Delmarva Peninsula. These storms are unpredictable and residents of Sussex County, especially coastal residents, should be on heightened awareness.
Big Storms = Big Damage
In 2016 (as of July), there were eight weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included two flooding events and six severe storm events. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 30 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.
Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry, a family-owned small business in Lewes, opened its doors 25 years ago in the fall of 1991. Owners Mark Woodruff and Richard Reed envisioned starting a company to be Delmarva’s premier building supplier, specializing in windows, doors, cabinetry, decking, millwork and more. At the time, Mark had limited prior experience in owning a business and Richard growing up on a Sussex County farm had none. However, both men were passionate about their dream and filled with entrepreneurial spirit. Today the company is one of Delmarva’s top building suppliers and boasts a show room in Lewes with 20 employees, a state of the art website, and pages on all major social media accounts.
Starting the company in 1991 was a huge risk for Mark and Richard. At that time they were working for the same business and were the company’s top two salesmen. Starting their own business meant quitting their jobs and giving up a steady income when both were starting families; a risk most people would never consider. But Mark and Richard had a dream and faith that with hard work and determination they could make it a reality.