Adding a detached garage


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When designed well, a detached garage can add charm and character to a home. Separating the garage from the main house ensures that windows can be maintained on all sides of the house, maximizing daylight and views. A detached garage also improves the overall massing of the house, because the house appears less bulky without a garage. In addition to these aesthetic benefits, detached garages have functional attributes, such as limiting the amount of noise and pollution that filters into the house.

Despite its many benefits, a poorly designed detached garage can have a negative impact on your home and lot. To make the garage complement the house and its site, observe this simple rule: Give the garage the same level of care as the house in terms of design and scale, and in the quality of the materials used to build it. Also, don’t make it too big.

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Preparing your garden for frost


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As days start getting shorter, and that morning chill in the air lingers into afternoon, all around sure-fire signs of the approaching fall, aren’t hard to miss. Fall around the lake area is a prelude to Deep Creek’s infamous long winters. To make sure that your flower, vegetable and water gardens survive the pre-winter cold, take a look at these tips.
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Once autumn begins, it’s a good time to start thinking about frosts and freezes and the effect they can have on your plants. Most garden plants, assuming they’re hardy in your area, will weather the winter without any problem. An abrupt, early freeze may cause them to drop their leaves prematurely or cause some tissue damage, but most will rebound next spring.

However, there are exceptions. Use the following tips to ensure that your garden is ready when the frost bites.

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Preparing your home for heavy rain…


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This spring has brought heavy rain to the Deep Creek Lake area, some lasting for the entire day. While heavy rain isn’t something new to the area, it can impact a home, if you aren’t prepared. Water damage is often expensive, difficult and time consuming to fix, and sometimes, the cause of water entry can be tough to diagnose. With a little preparation, and foresight, you can minimize the chance that heavy rain, will negatively impact your home. Here are 12 steps, that any homeowner can take, to prevent damage from torrential downpours, and keep yourself prepared in the case of water entry into the home.

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Buying a vacation home


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As the robins begin singing, and the sky turns blue, here at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, the thought of having a place of your own amidst the mountains and water, I am sure is entering many people’s minds. While working as a real estate agent in the lake area, I learned that people fall in love with so much around Deep Creek Lake. For some, it’s access to the water, for others, gorgeous mountain sunrises, or the quiet of early evening. Whatever makes you love Deep Creek Lake, or consider owning a second home here, the following 10 tips should help point you in the right direction, if you are thinking about buying.

As always, we are here to help you, with any property management, improvement, or care task, that a second home could present.

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Upgrading your windows…


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According to both Money Magazine, and Home and Garden Television (HGTV), upgrading your existing windows is one summer time renovation project, that really pays off. Here at Deep Creek Lake, everything on our homes takes a beating, and is constantly hit with changes of season, that bring with them a whole new set of challenges. This guide can be helpful, when deciding what type of window will work, once you are ready to make the change.

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10 things to know, when building a deck …


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10 Things to Know About Building a Deck
A new deck is an opportunity to extend your living room outdoors. But before you plan and build a deck, read these helpful tips about deck materials, maintenance, and amenities to determine the best design for your home.

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Summer home improvement and repair projects … that pay you back


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Summer Home Repair projects, that pay you back.

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In the summer, many of us take on home improvement projects, ranging from minor repairs to major remodeling. Though all home improvements cost money, many don’t improve the value of the home. Here are some ways to remodel your home while you recoup the maximum that you can, including some energy tax credits.

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Spring tune up guide…


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Spring is known as the season that refreshes and revitalizes. While we often spend time admiring the aesthetics of our home, we forget that within the walls and hidden below are a variety of powerful systems, all working in unison to keep our home comfortable and strong. What better time than spring to take a close look at our homes and improve and repair anything that may have gone unnoticed during the cold winter. This Spring Tune Up Guide from The Home Inspection Team (www.homeinspectorpro.net) can serve as a helpful tool when deciding what projects to take on this spring.

To schedule a spring home check up, please contact us at (301) 533.0111 or dclhomeworks@gmail.com

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Winter Time Home Improvement Projects…


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As temperatures here at Deep Creek Lake drop below zero, one thing is for sure, the last thing you want to do is spend too much time outside. It’s hard to imagine a chilly DCL winter as the perfect time to spruce up your home. We have found that while summer provides the perfect climate for exterior additions and changes, winter provides an oppurtunity to stay inside and tackle improvements to your home’s interior.

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15 ways to prepare your home for winter …


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Cooler air temperatures around the lake mean one thing: the end of summer and the arrival of fall, which here in the mountains in notoriously quick as we transition to winter. Your vacation home or primary residence at DCL has provided the perfect haven to enjoy the pleasant mountain summer, it’s now time to prepare for winter. Here are 15 often overlooked human preparation techniques to make sure your home at DCL is ready for the oncoming season.

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