Melody L. Torrens' Blog

Posted on 09/12/2021
Passive Solar Homes: What You Need to Know
Photo by Skylar Kang from Pexels If you're purchasing a new construction, consider the benefits of a passive solar home. Unlike simple solar panels that attach to your roof, architects design passive solar homes from the ground up, taking into consideration such elements as building site, position and materials. True passive solar homes collect heat throughout the day...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Increase Home Value & Functionality With an Extended Concrete Foundation
Sometimes the idea of a large backyard with a perfect lawn doesn't balance a homeowner's desire for functionality. When people want to spend more time outdoors, they typically hire contractors to build wooden decks of brick patios. One best-of-both-worlds trend involves using finished concrete to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor livings spaces. Both new construction designs...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Checklist for Buying a Luxury Penthouse
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
The Pros and Cons of Skipping the Starter Home
For many prospective homebuyers, the thought of waiting for a forever home instead of a starter home can be tempting. After all, there are plenty of advantages to patience and careful saving until you can afford or find the house that’s perfect for you and your future plans. However, there are downsides to consider. Here we’ll go over...
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Posted on 08/16/2021
900 Biscayne Blvd #5406, Miami, FL 33132 is now new to the market!
Breathtaking, never-ending views from Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach and beyond from the moment you leave your private elevator foyer and enter into this 54th floor home. Much coveted “06” line with the best unobstructed views, 3 bedrooms (1 converted to a den), 3.5 baths, separate office, top of the line appliances (Miele, Sub Zero, GE Café), a custom designed, temp controlled Wine Wall (capacity 375 btls), complete electric shades (sheer & blackout). 10 ft deep wrap-around balcony for entertaining, 2 pools, spa, state of the art gym, theatre, kids playroom and concierge services. Walk to the Arsht Center, museums and restaurants. Live...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
Rustic Style Interior Design: The Basics
Photo by Cassandra Ortiz on Unsplash Rustic design is one of many styles that can be difficult to define. Elements of interior design styles are shared and combined so frequently that you might not know what is rustic and what might be something else. Luckily, there are a few specific characteristics unique to rustic design you can use...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Mid-Century Modern vs. Art Deco: How to Tell the Difference
"art deco metal wall panel" by Dean Hochman licensed under CC BY 2.0 Mid-century modern and art deco are popular design styles that are sometimes mistaken for the same thing. While the two styles share some similarities, there are some key differences both in concept and execution. Both styles feature differing materials, colors and patterns in both architecture...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
Floating Shelves Easy to Install and Affordable
Photo by U.U. via Pixabay Floating shelves offer your space a more streamlined look. Your walls seem less cluttered, which allows your focus pieces to take center stage. Because floating shelves require less space than traditional shelves, you can put them anywhere all while maintaining your floor space below. They can be any length you choose -- within...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Staging the Exterior of Your Home
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay Selling your home requires staging your home. Staging means preparing your home for showings, tours or professional photography aimed at advertising and selling your property to potential buyers. While staging the interior of the home is crucial, preparing the exterior is just as important. Your goal is to make the best possible...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Your Guide to Setting Up Indoor Grow Lights
Whether you’re growing microgreens or an herb garden, having an indoor grow light setup can take your efforts to the next level. With that move, your plants can get all they need to thrive and provide bountiful harvests. There are a few requirements for this type of project, however. You need the right bulbs, placement and runtimes to...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
New Construction: Why You Should Still Work With an Agent
Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels Purchasing new construction might seem easier than buying an existing home, since you’re not working with a seller. However, a new construction purchase can come with its own complications that make the process challenging. Having a real estate agent at your side with buying new construction can ensure that this process goes...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
How to Get Rid of Stains in Hardwood
Post Photo by Pixabay via Pexels One of the benefits of hardwood floors is their durability. When they start to look worn, refinishing takes time, but is much less of a hassle than replacement. Yet sometimes, stains won't simply buff out of the surface of your hardwoods. If you’re dealing with tough stains, like juice or wine spills or...
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