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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘house’
Posted: April 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.
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Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

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Posted: April 5th, 2014
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The spacious living room in the home at 3717 Beech Ave. includes plenty of room for a table and chairs. See the house during an open house April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week, House to Home  delivers this cute and clever charmer at 3717 Beech Ave., and it has some fun finds. Just look at this front door.
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Read the entire article here.

Sue Scholz delivers a terrific story on a contest that encourages all of us to find 18 trees in a local scavenger hunt. Read her article here. Additional articles in House to Home include:

» Gardeners invite everyone to find trees
»How to tackle your spring cleaning

You’ll also read about Deadbolt protection, how fireplaces can help sell your home, who is raising chickens in the backyard and the behind the scenes of home inspections.

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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Posted: March 29th, 2014
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The daffodils are fighting their way up through the ground. I visited mine yesterday. It’s a sweet sign that spring will sprout. And there’s plenty to love about homes, gardens and homes for sale this weekend in House to Home.

Marsh Madness ends this weekend — the Marsh team is giving away a lot of prizes at open houses. Don’t miss the home at 5214 Larae Drive. It’s adorable. Read all about it in my article Marsh Madness ends this weekend.

Last year, I wrote about some grandparents in Oklahoma City who created kids’ kitchens out of old entertainment centers — thanks to Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell. Well we have our own folks in Erie making kitchens and selling them at Connecting Hands. Liz Allen told me about it, and these folks are doing it all for charity.

Connecting Hands, a local nonprofit group, hosts a sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Connecto Electric warehouse, 3716 McClelland Ave. That cute kitchen at left is about $125. Pam Will and her husband, Jeff, own Connecto. They started the garage sales along with  Lil Laskowski  and about 30 volunteers. Today’s sale benefits Edinboro Women’s Services. To donate, call Pam at 898-2546 or 323-3396. To volunteer, call Paula at 450-4827.

Other features in House to Home include:

Author’s home blends architectural styles
How to give your home a contemporary design
Make a hanging garden
When to replace a furnace
Create unique crafts using yesterday’s newspapers
How to make household concoctions
Treasures: Pewter plaque’s origins remain a mystery without further examination
This houseplant offers color, personality
Dust off your organizing skills with these tips
Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to on

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Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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The kitchen looks into a beautiful, newer family room that spans across the back of the house. It includes plenty of windows and doors that bring in the professional landscape outside.

We all know I m an open house fanatic. Last week, we saw one of the cutest homes ever in the Frontier area — one of many regions I would love to live.

And you get a Madison Avenue address! It’s not NYC, it’s better. This is another great example of how you can’t judge a book by its cover. The front of the house is cute, but inside — it’s wow — with an extraordinary family room addition and backyard retreat — all hidden from that front view. Surprise houses are always my faves. Read my story here:  Darling and done right on Madison. Oh and don’t miss the custom cabinetry, family room and fireplace in the lower-level gameroom.

Spring fever 

Spring is technically here, but we are still fighting some snow, so snow matter — it’s time to decorate like the sun is shining and the windows are open. We have some great ideas you can do right now to snazz up your home for when we do open those windows. Here they are:
Check out Sabrina Fischer’s article on  Count on 7 kitchen choices for remodel
The power of paint – get creative
Looking into glass vanity sink top – this is clearly amazing
Unorthodox picket fences enhance your yard  — you’ll love these nature-made ideas
Spring pillows refresh home’s look – colorful pillows can make a huge difference in any room
How-to’s for a heavenly hallway – I love this story — we did little to decorate hallways over the years because kids often knocked pictures off the walls while racing through hallways.
Add majesty to any room with a wood cabinet  — if you have Grandma’s chest hidden in a basement, get it out and polish it up — it will look terrific in any room — open the doors and display your dishes and fun collectibles.

Outside, get ready for spring with Sue Scholz — she shares the Perennial of the Year
Casabubble – this is like living in a glass house. Fascinating — like a see-through tent $7,000 and up.

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 15th, 2014
See these gardens and much more at the Erie Home & Garden Expo today and tomorrow at the Bayfront Convention Center.

See these gardens and much more at the Erie Home & Garden Expo today and tomorrow at the Bayfront Convention Center. 

Ahh — 55 degrees and the glimpses of lawn give us all some  hope to get gardens growing, and what a time to start. The Home and Garden Expo continues today and tomorrow at the Bayfront Convention Center. Click here for all the info.

Print me -- get a $1 off the $7 admission to the Home & Garden Expo today and tomorrow at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Print me — get a $1 off the $7 admission to the Home & Garden Expo today and tomorrow at the Bayfront Convention Center.

And click here to see the video with Sarah Stemen interviewing Mark Concilla and all the folks who make the Home & Garden Expo fun — pools, hot tubs, gardens and everything you could possibly want to see inside. All the images are left are from the video with Sarah!  I’ll be there this afternoon and evening. I can’t wait to see the Hawk home on display — read about it here. And it will be fun to see all the builders, gardens, greenery, flowers and more.
If you can’t get enough gardens, check out House to Home – nearby Hamburg, N.Y. offers more in the coming weeks. Check out Sue Scholz’s preview of  Spring into Plantasia garden show.
Other articles in this week’s House to Home include: 
What are the benefits of permeable pavers?

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 9th, 2014

NAHB21. Those who are building are building bigger – The National Association of Home Builders says new homes most often have four bedrooms, three full baths and three-car garages.  The average size  in 2013 was 2,679 square feet — a steady climb from the 2,362 square-foot average in 2009. Read the full NAHB story here.

2. Mortgages are still low. For me, the memory of double-digit mortgages of the 80s is still fresh, so single digits below 5 percent — lower than my parents paid — are a good deal in my mind. Realtor.com says the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.38 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate was at 3.39 percent — both higher than  2013. Read the latest from Realtor.com here.

3. Younger house hunters expect nice digs when they buy. We all need to pay attention to this one. 20-somethings with good careers are enjoying the luxuries of some pretty nice rentals. Apartment buildings – new or completely renovated in Erie and elsewhere often include stainless steel appliances and much more.  When this group looks for housing — they expect similar features. Sellers: If you put your house on the market with 20-year-old appliances and decor, beware. Especially if your neighbors are selling and have updated — guess which house the 20-somethings will buy?

4. The rental market is picking  up —  I wrote a story about Lovell Place last year. It’s about 95 to 98 percent rented. While I was there, a steady stream of folks were walking in and renting. So what’s up?  All age groups want nice places to live. Home ownership is the American Dream, but a nice place to live often trumps that. If you want to sell your house, clean it up, spruce it up and make it sparkle.

And just in time to add sparkle to your home — the Home and Garden Expo starts ThursdayIt’s time to see the trends in home and garden updates up close and personal. Show times are Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See you there!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She has written about homes and real estate for more than 20 years. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 8th, 2014

Cochran StretCute. Charming. Architectural beauty. That’s the lure of the Glenwood area. And it’s close to everything. The Glenwood YMCA is within walking distance along with the ice rink, the Zoo, shopping at Liberty Plaza and Tops. And much more.

If you’re not busy Sunday from 1 to 3, it would be a perfect time to peek in on five homes for sale in that region — all listed under $200,000. More are for sale up there. Ride from Wood Street to State Street, and ask your Realtor — a lot of homes are for sale. Homes are minutes from the Millcreek Mall and downtown. When I looked for my first house, the Glenwood area was my first choice.

To read my article in House to Home click here.  Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Other articles in House to Home include: 

Blue Abiqua Drinking Gourd hosta of the year – Sue Scholz shares the beautiful hosta of the year and all the garden news.
5 essentials of fruit tree selection
How to arrange living room furniture
Quiz reveals color preference
Revving up design from the scrap heap
Ask Angie: When should air ducts be cleaned?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 15th, 2014
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Breaking news in real estate: This past week, Whispering Woods Golf Club/Course went up for sale — the 7-year-old course is an award winner. Its beautiful rolling hills offer a terrific view year round to the many homes and condominiums hat surround the course. Listing agnet Connie Britton, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, said there is interest already — the asking price is $2.7 million. Two homes with a lot of land are also for sale. Read my article Surprising finds in Erie real estate.
Other stories in House to Home this week include:
» Design yourself into a corner
» More suburbs are growing sweet on bees
» Wool covers stools, chairs and benchesPam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 8th, 2014
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Want your house to sell in a hurry? Then take the objective advice of a professional Realtor or expert in interior design staging.  In this week’s House to Home, I share some of the tips we all forget when we put a house up for sale because — well — it’s our house, and we just don’t see anything wrong with it. Here’s the article.
Some of the suggestions hurt a little. I remember one couple told me their Realtor strongly recommended getting rid of  clutter. The homeowners thought they had, but they hadn’t. In another home, the owner insisted on leaving heavy (read ugly) draperies closed 24/7 in a room that had a wall of patio doors that looked out on the yard. People want to see the windows and doors — not the drapes.  If you want to sell your home, it has to have less of your personality and more of a model home appearance.

We got you covered on color this week, too. Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, tells us not to be afraid to use the Pantone Color of the Year — it’s purple — well, radiant orchid. A few of the other articles this week include:

If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: February 1st, 2014

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This week’s issue of House to Home takes us to a lot of different places. I discovered that more than 200 ranches are for sale in the region.  Here’s the story.  We have a lot more:

Gardeners prepare for spring events – Sue Scholz shares the great news of what’s coming this month and next for local gardeners.
Keep your fires burning safely all winter long – Fireplaces — buy one, build one, but be safe.
Hot tips for frozen pipes  — What to do to prevent freezing, and how to thaw them out if they do freeze.
Enjoy your bathroom upgrade before selling – Live a little — upgrade before you sell.
‘Rehab Addict’ battles to save old houses – It’s a great TV show, and the star shares her life’s mission in a story.
Neighbor should replace removed hedge  — What to do if your neighbor mows down the hedge without permission.
Natural water issue springs up – How to deal with well-water stains.
If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet! And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor ofLake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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