Category Archives: At Home

Release the mantids!

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BOULDER COUNTY – Some people have family members that come home starry-eyed and talking of adopting a kitten or puppy, coaxing their loved ones into agreement by promising to feed, water, or walk it daily.  So it was with us when my spouse came home enthused over potential adoptees offered by a friend of his at work. As could be expected in our house, these weren’t ordinary pets; cute fur balls and accidents on the rug aren’t how we roll. Instead, he spoke of their big, faceted eyes and p

Garage organization tips

Garage Organization Tips

LOVELAND – If you’re like most people, your garage ends up being used for storage instead of parking. Even worse, you may find it difficult to find the items you need, when you need it. If you’ve always wanted to find a way to continue storing items in your garage yet still be able to fit in a car, here are some tips to get you started. Making effective use of the space To accommodate both storage and parking, you must be creative with how you use your space and what you store in it. The w

Boulder County to give away free mulch on Sunday

BOULDER COUNTY (JULY 16) – Boulder County residents can get free pickup loads of mulch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday from the county’s Debris Management Site at 2815 Jay Road. The county created the mulch from woody debris and vegetation its contractors removed from creek beds and drainage ways after last September’s floods. It’s for personal use only and is not available for resale or commercial use. County residents interested in getting the free mulch should drive pickup trucks to

New construction in Boulder

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BOULDER – “The Boulder lifestyle, its Open Space, and its walk and bike-ability are equally appealing to age groups from Millennials to empty-nesters,” said RE/MAX of Boulder agent, John McElveen in an interview with Duane Duggan and ROB Radio. “Walkability is top-of-the-list for Boulder’s new urban dwelling culture.” Boulder has also noticed a higher demand for condominiums and appears to be creating a more urban lifestyle than before, with buyers looking to be within walking d

Sopris Homes announces new homes in Longmont’s Somerset Meadows

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LONGMONT – Ever since the economy started coming back to life, the supply of homes for sale has lagged behind the demand from buyers. It’s not unusual right now for homes to receive competing offers from multiple anxious buyers – or for homes to close in a sale before they are even listed. And for every winning offer, there are often several would-be buyers who walk away disappointed. The truth is, many of these people could skip the anxiety and invest their home-buying dollars in a new, h

A rare opportunity in a gated, lake community to build your dream home

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LONGMONT – Prestigious Meadow Green Farm awaits you. It is, quite literally, the opportunity of a lifetime. A handful of buyers may yet purchase acreage on an estate sized lot and build their dream home on land that has been in a Boulder County family for generations. Today, it’s called Meadow Green Farm. Horses once ran on this land where acreage is still available, and while the thunder of their hooves has slipped into memory, the beauty of the land remains. Meadow Green Farm offers someth

Roots make lawns lumpy

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BOULDER COUNTY – Occasionally, the mail brings requests for me to write about certain topics of interest to gardeners. It happens often, although I usually can’t accommodate the wish because publicly chastising people for horticultural atrocities at the request of others just leads to chaos.  But recently the mail brought a polite note asking about tree roots popping up in lawns. This is a common occurrence for many reasons: some tree types, such as silver maple, aspens, cottonwoods, and w

Idyllic mountain hideaway home in Loveland approaches perfection

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LOVELAND – A unique home at 572 Green Mountain Drive in Loveland occupies 1.76 pristine acres overlooking the historic Linger Ranch, with its rolling meadows and pastures. Surrounding the home are back-range views of the Rocky Mountains as far as the eye can see. This is the Colorado mountain retreat that people dream of – open space, knockout views, and nearby Alpine-like lakes and parks offering excellent recreation. The perfect size for a mountain hideaway, this dream home is a breeze to

Custom vs. production builders In Colorado

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LOVELAND – When building a home, one of the most difficult first steps is to select a builder. With so many construction companies in the market, it can be confusing determining what types of projects they specialize in and which one may be best for your building project. Starting with floorplans to finishes and materials, each builder may do things differently. There are two common classifications of builders: custom builders and production builders. To help you understand the difference betw

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