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Expert Interview Series: Danica Silver Gladen of Buckeye State Blog

Great design

With years of experience in home design and with an incredible creational spirit, Danica Silver Gladen is dedicated and prolific designer. Through the help of BuckEyeStateBlog, she wants to take her passion for innovative home design and share it with the world, helping more people create their dream homes.

We recently checked in with Danica about the home design trends she’s most excited about and how homeowners can incorporate great design with great functionality. Read on:

Can you talk to us about your interest and experience in interior design?

Well, I’ve always liked a pretty home, since I was a kiddo and played with my dolls, I guess it’s in my blood. I can say I have an inner drive towards the pleasant things and this includes interior design. I want to love the place where I am spending most of my time and for this I am willing to make a lot of effort. Sharing my love for design with the rest of the world was the next step. As for experience, I tackled all kinds of projects from modern ones to classical ones. I personally believe that if you love what you do, you’ll always find a solution.

What makes for great home design in your opinion?

In my opinion is the mix between vision and utility. After all, it’s a house – so we need to live in it and love it at the same time. Large spaces are something I would always opt for because they give you that feeling of freedom we all crave.

What are the most exciting home design trends you’re following right now?

Well I would summarize it in one word: “Diversity” (or you may call it boldness). There’s one specific trend – because nowadays people want to stand up in their community and impress people with their houses – the new “thing” right now is driven by color mixtures and daring shapes both in the outside and inside.

People are becoming more and more courageous and that’s something I like because this new creativity creates something wonderful in the industry. Now we have people who don’t just want a simple roof over their heads and four walls to stop the wind; they are basically creating art with their homes. I know we are talking about real-estate, but I love those irregularly shaped houses with modern lines … it’s pretty exciting.

Aesthetics are important to homeowners. But how can they approach less showy aspects of the home – things like HVAC, plumbing, gutters, etc. with an eye toward great design?

If you can’t hide these things, you don’t need to see it as a tragedy. There are lots of ways to mask these utilities or blend them in with the environment by using special paints or even designs that will make them blend with the overall aspect of the house. You can turn a necessity into art if you really want to – and I’m saying this from experience. For gutters and even AC, for instance, you can use different plants to draw attention away from them, making the utilities less obvious. There are millions of solutions, you just need to be innovative.

What home improvement investments offer the best bang for their buck today?

Well for long-term investments and resale, people care a lot about baths and kitchens. Investing in a lavish bathroom with all kinds of things, maybe even a jacuzzi tub, will most definitely pay off. The overall preference is definitely for a good kitchen (with granite elements) and a bathroom that you never want to leave.

How should homeowners go about prioritizing their home improvement projects?

Well, first of all, everyone should verify the foundation of their home because this is what holds everything. It’s no use to spend thousands on new floors or a heating system when your home is about to fall over. Everyone should start with the basics and then go on according to their own preferences. A new trend in home building is independence and low-energy costs, thus if people are into this, they can invest into renewable energy for their homes.

Where do you find homeowners become the most overwhelmed or frustrated during a home improvement project?

People are always excited about their homes and want everything to happen overnight. I don’t see this as something bad, but all that excitement can turn into frustration and useless stress.

Another thing is seeing their home basically “trashed” – looking like it’s beyond repair during the remodel process – and they freak out that it will never look the picture in the brochure. They are not experts, so we try to explain the steps to them as clearly as possible and make them understand that the actual work stage has nothing to do with the final product … patience, always patience.

What should homeowners do to make a home improvement project go more seamlessly?

Well, the simple thing is to let professionals handle the situation. Working with certified companies guarantees both speed and quality. There’s no need for the owner to intervene if they hire people who are capable of handling the project.

What’s one piece of design and/or home improvement advice you find yourself repeating over and over?

Going beyond design, I’d say people should always check the insulation of their home. This can save a lot of money and energy to invest in later design upgrades. Large windows to trap sun’s heat and a perfect insulation that will keep that sun inside saving you a lot of money… that’s it!

We all know how money is tight now, and finding ways to save money wherever you can might prove to be the best investment you make in your home. The sun is our source of life and energy and we run on its energy ourselves, that’s why I say everyone should give it plenty of opportunities to allow it inside the house. This should always be combined with a light-colored nuance inside the house to give a natural vibe to the whole environment.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional to Install Your Security Cameras and Lighting

Security lights and cameras
Security lights and cameras are no place to skimp on safety or performance.

New security lights and cameras are a great investment. They help keep your home and family safer, and they can be a lot less costly than opting for a monitored system installed by a security company. But just because they’re not as sophisticated as monitored security doesn’t mean that the installation job is easy.

You might think about installing them yourself. And if you have comprehensive knowledge about residential electrical work, you should be OK. But this isn’t a good time to learn on the fly.

Here are 3 reasons why a professional is the right choice for many homeowners.

#1: You Might Need a Permit

Many different types of home improvement work require a permit from the appropriate agency. Electrical work is one of them. A professional knows where and when to pull the permit, and has the credentials to pass muster for doing the job.

Part of the reason for acquiring permits before home improvement jobs is to notify the agency that the work is being done so that an inspection can take place afterward. DIY electrical might, or it might not, pass the inspection. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to work and rework the project until it’s right before the inspector will sign off. It’s easier to hire a pro who already know local code and how to pass the inspection.

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Professional electricians know how to work safely with wiring.

#2: DIY Work Takes More Time

Unless you’re highly experienced in electrical work, chances are you’ll spend a lot of time installing security cameras and lighting. If no wiring exists where you want the new equipment, you’ll have to pull new wires through the walls, ceiling and to the new locations. If you’re not sure about the right wire gauge, you’ll need to study up on that. And if your cameras and lights need their own circuit, you’ll have to run wiring from the breaker box to each of the equipment locations plus install a new circuit breaker, and then install the new equipment.

All of this is second nature for a professional electrician. There’s no guesswork about wire gauge, circuits, or how to pull new wire if needed. It’s not as easy as it might sound, and American Home Shield says a pro is the best choice for new wiring work. An electrician saves you time.

#3: Improper Electrical Work Puts Your Home at Risk

Install a new faucet incorrectly, and you might get a flood in the kitchen. Install wiring and electrical equipment incorrectly, and there’s a lot more at risk. Loose wiring connections, nicked wire sheathing, improper gauge, improper circuit breakers and essentially everything else that might be done wrong puts your home, and by default your family, at risk of a fire.

A professional electrician understands the risks of working with electricity, and he knows how to do the work safely. Once it’s done, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that no matter the weather, your outdoor lighting and cameras are safe and won’t start a fire.

After investing in a new set of security cameras and lights, the last thing that you want is a setup that looks and performs like a DIY job. You might need minimal new wiring, none at all, or the components that you bought might require a whole new circuit with branches. And where the job might take you all day or even a whole weekend, an electrician can have it done in short order.

Hiring a professional is always a good decision, especially when working with electricity. Contact us today at Rodenhiser for your project so you can be sure that it’s safe, looks great and works like it should.

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Testing Carbon Monoxide Detectors Ensures Your Family’s Safety

Because it’s colorless and odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide (CO)  gas can kill without warning. CO detectors are vital to protect the health of your family, but just like any important part of your home’s safety, these detectors can malfunction from time to time, and their batteries can run low. Because of this, testing carbon monoxide detectors is an important step in protecting your Massachusetts home and your family’s safety.

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Protect Your Massachusetts Home From Winter Weather With These Tips

Severe winter storms are a part of life here in Massachusetts. Cold weather can drop in out of the Arctic, bringing below-zero temperatures and massive snow storms. Protecting your home against winter weather will help you keep your family comfortable until spring arrives.

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Generators: Don’t You Wish You’d Had One This Past Winter?

time for a generatorWhen inclement weather hits, two groups of homeowners emerge: those who are grateful they own a generator and those who wish they did. It seems that every year there are more and more reports of severe weather, and you never know when your area could be hit. For this reason, it’s wise to consider buying a generator or upgrading the one you currently have. Read More Generators: Don’t You Wish You’d Had One This Past Winter? >>

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Put Smoke Alarm Care on Your Fall To-Do List

smoke alarm, Boston, MassachusettsSmoke alarms are an essential item to have in your home to keep your family safe in the event of a fire. Fall is the perfect time to take care of basic smoke alarm care. Read More Put Smoke Alarm Care on Your Fall To-Do List >>

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Your Flooded Basement: A Safety and Cleanup Checklist

flooded basement cleanup, Holliston, MassachusettsCleaning up your home after flood waters have washed into your basement is upsetting, inconvenient and sometimes expensive. Keep in mind that it can be hazardous as well. Read More Your Flooded Basement: A Safety and Cleanup Checklist >>

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Guard Against These All Too Common Home Hazards

overloaded plug - home hazards, Boston, MassachusettsWinter in our region is the season when home hazards present the highest risk for electrical, fire and hazardous chemical problems. Homes are tightly sealed and fireplaces and furnaces operate overtime to keep you warm. These tips can help you reduce the hazards associated with home heating, electrical and chemical hazards. Read More Guard Against These All Too Common Home Hazards >>

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