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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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Smart Design With Suzette: Style Your Bookshelves Like a Pro

on February 19, 2017 - 7:24am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
If you are like me, I absolutely love bookcases in a home. I dream of having a custom bookcase built around a fireplace or a library dedicated to relaxed reading. But what I do have are small bookcases that hold literary treasures, art and accessories that represent who I am.
 
Style-Defining Bookcases

Most people struggle with decorating and filling bookcases, and as time progresses, they end up asking me for advice. Your beautiful home deserves bookcases that showcase your personal style with organized arrangements of books, collectibles and pieces of art.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Smart Design With Suzette: Green Building - Designing Your Home To Help The Environment

on February 5, 2017 - 7:13am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Earth is currently facing some serious challenges. Fires and droughts are becoming more common, and the ice caps are melting.

If climate change is going to be managed, it’s going to require participation from everyone in society. Below are a few ways you can live green and use your home to help the environment.

Use a Smart Thermostat
If you want to make your home greener, you need to make your home’s heating and cooling system more efficient. One way to do that is to install a smart thermostat.

Smart Design With Suzette: Insights From Kitchen & Bath Show 2017

on January 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Thompson Traders copper sinks. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Design trends, professional growth, product launches, networking, industry speakers, innovation, inspiration, learning opportunities, kitchens and baths…that’s what I experienced last week in Orlando at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Builders Show and Design and Construction week.

Held at the Orange County Convention Center, I went everywhere – from the West Hall to the South Hall (and back and forth more than I want to remember) to the Outdoor

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 15, 2017 - 7:27am
Organized closet. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Jump

on January 11, 2017 - 7:07am
 
LAAR News:
 
The Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAR) reports that the median price of Single Family Home salesjumped by 18 percent when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2015 or $270,000 to $320,000 in this quarter.
 
Single Family home sales moved from 57 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to 63 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also rose sharply from $16.7M in 2015 to $20.8M for the 4th Quarter of 2016 reflecting the increase in home prices. Condo and Townhome sales also rose in the 4th Quarter of 2016 to 21 units sold compared to 16 units in 2015.
 
During this same

Operation Holiday Home Protection Roll Outs New Toll Free Number

on January 2, 2017 - 8:26pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE Anyone facing foreclosure or finding it hard to make their mortgage payments, Keep Your Home New Mexico, a program run by the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help.

Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the program has a new toll free number: 1-800-220-0350. By calling this number or by visiting www.keepyourhomenewmexico.org, New Mexicans can get assistance that may help keep them in their homes.

“Foreclosure can feel like a hopeless, scary situation, but the worst thing you

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Next?

on December 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Residential construction leaders have begun predicting green building trends for 2017.

Most homebuyers aren’t looking for a LEED label on a new home, but they are looking for high performance and comfort.

That’s the consensus from builders and other industry professionals who have participated in the Excellence & Building Conference in Texas.

Here’s an overview of insights and trends shared by building professionals.

 

Energy/Water Efficiency
When homebuyers were surveyed, the tops “must haves” in a home were energy and water efficiency.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Year In Review

on December 24, 2016 - 10:55am
Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we slide into the remaining week of 2016, it’s time for pause and reflection.

For many this has been a really tough year. No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too.

The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead—an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve in the next year. I complete this process in bits and pieces over several days because it helps me to think about it slowly.

While a lot of people want

Smart Design With Suzette: Pantone Unveils 2017 Color Of The Year

on December 17, 2016 - 7:33am

Courtesy image


By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the 2017 Color of the Year. Greenery, a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, illustrates the lushness of the great outdoors.

“Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Smart Design With Suzette: Holidays - Stress Free

on December 9, 2016 - 8:25am
Relaxing at home during the holidays. Courtesy photo
 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, complete with family gatherings, meaningful traditions, delicious food, and gifts. It is precisely these things that can lead to stress and overwhelm us.

Keeping the holidays simple can reduce stress and chaos. Consider the following ways to simplify your holidays this year. Taking time to reflect on what you do want this holiday season — and what you don’t — can help you keep your celebrations simple and heartfelt.

UnDecorate
Perhaps the thought of

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am
Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks

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