Spring has sprung here on the west coast and in the spirit of fresh air and budding flowers, we are excited to get our hands dirty in the garden.
Spring is in the air! Well, at least here in Los Angeles with our recent temps in the 70’s! (Sorry to those still stuck in winter).
Tomorrow is our favorite day of all things love and hearts, Valentine’s Day.
If I were to ask you to name a country that starts with an A, chances are your instincts would be to say Australia! Australia is our next stop on our eco-friendly journey around the world.
All over the United States, increasing numbers of people are deciding to purchase Eco-Friendly houses. No matter whether you’re looking for a new home to move into or just another piece of property, or whatever your personal situation may be, an eco-friendly house is a great option. Here are five reasons why it makes sense to buy an eco-friendly house as soon as possible.
Travel around the world with us to see what countries are doing in order to be eco-friendly. Our first stop, Austria!
It’s not difficult to decipher what Vertical Farming could possibly mean. It’s the production of food in vertically stacked layers. CRAZY right?! Vertical farming, vertical production. Woah. From production in urban warehouses scattered throughout Pennsylvania to production in high-rises in Singapore, vertical farming is the start of a food revolution.
Did you know your food scraps, yard waste, and scratch paper can be extremely beneficial for your garden and the environment?
Building a compost pile in your backyard is a simple process while eliminating as much as 30% of household waste according to eartheasy.com. All you need is a plastic bin, a shady area in your backyard, food scraps, and yard waste.
Compost is an organic soil enricher that is full of nutrients. It can help keep your plants healthy by preventing plant diseases and pests, keeping your soil moist, and it “produces beneficial bacteria and fungi” according to the EPA website.
There are many ways to start a compost pile, but the simplest way is to find a plastic bin with a lid or you can buy a compost bin from a local hardware store.
The cheaper route would be to get a plastic bin with a lid and drill holes into it. Kim Young has an easy and cheap tutorial here. http://blissfullydomestic.com/home-bliss/how-to-make-an-easy-diy-compost-bin/125672/
If you do not want to go through the trouble of making your own you can purchase one.
Los Angeles County provides free workshops where you can learn how to compost and purchase a compost bin. Find out where they will be hosting a workshop in a city near you here. https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/index.cfm
What to compost:
A few examples of what you can compost are fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, shredded paper, cardboard, and flowers. Make sure you cut items into smaller pieces.
Items that should be avoided include meat, bones, diseased plants, food scraps with oil, banana peels, peach peels, orange rinds, and glossy paper.
Once you have a bin you are now ready to start composting.
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How Will Brexit Affect the U.S. Housing Market?
Last Thursday, Britons voted to leave the European Union, a highly surprising decision that has continued to leave the world in shock. While Britain’s exit, or “Brexit,” will not be finalized for many years, the great degree of uncertainty surrounding how Britain and the EU will handle this separation has caused major financial unrest in markets around the world, including the United States.
Businesses around the world are reeling from the unpredictable nature of “Brexit,” unsure of how it will affect them. This dose of uncertainty has made any business action extremely risky, especially buying, selling, and lending. Big assets such as land and housing require confidence and stability, and markets worldwide have just become even more turbulent. However, such unrest does result in a silver lining for those looking to purchase a home: cheap loans.
While we cannot foresee exactly what will happen to the housing market as a result of Brexit, here’s what we do know about Brexit’s potential effects, according to Forbes.
What happens to home prices is dependent on buyers’ abilities to process uncertainty. Will buyers be too fearful to make their best offer? Or, will cheaper mortgages encourage buyers to look for a new home post-Brexit? However, what we do know for sure is that with stock markets worldwide as low as they are right now, the luxury home market will suffer. Volatility in the stock market often correlates with a drop in luxury home purchasing, as high-end buyers are more likely to pull from their investment portfolios to finance such big purchases as luxury homes.
Nervous investors rushing into the safety of the U.S. market will put a downward pressure on rates. In short, loans will likely become cheaper, and homebuyers could become more interested in pursuing them while they’re affordable. According to Quicken Loans, its Rocket Mortgage site has seen a 30% increase in traffic since Brexit.
Buying and Selling
Brexit came at a time when U.S. home prices were at record highs in some areas, and inventory was very low. So despite the implications of Brexit, there is a chance that most homes in the U.S. will continue to be in high demand, as buyers who were in the market for homes last week are unlikely to have stopped shopping. Meanwhile, luxury home prices will likely fall, as local buyers wait for their investments to recover from the market drop, and foreign buyers (whose currencies experienced a drop due to Brexit) hold on to their devalued assets.
Exciting news! Our CEO, Mayer Dahan, has recently been included in Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” which honors the nation’s top home builders under the age of 40. Mayer headed over to beautiful San Francisco for the weekend, where he and other top homebuilders gathered to receive awards and discuss new development ideas. The gorgeous weather over the weekend and the undeniable charm of the “City by the Bay” provided the perfect setting for yet another milestone reached by Mayer and Prime Five Homes.
We are so proud of Mayer, who was chosen for this award because of his impressive resilience during the recession and his innovative vision for transforming standard building techniques into more eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Since he founded Prime Five Homes in 2010, Mayer has been a strong believer in building homes that would best address the needs of both the homeowner and the Earth.
All of our homes are inspired by Mayer’s concept of “Eco-Mod,” a term that describes the seamless integration of eco-friendly construction and modern technology and designs. In addition, Mayer’s serious commitment to charity through his work at The Dream Builders Project has further distinguished him as a valuable member of the building community as a whole, and, more locally, the city of Los Angeles. Congratulations to our CEO, Mayer Dahan for such an impressive and well-deserved achievement!
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Living in California means enjoying the sun almost all year round. While that’s ideal for most people, some of your favorite plants don’t feel the same way. To avoid using excessive amounts of water on your yard, opt for plants that have a reputation for thriving in desert climates (and no, you won’t find a cactus on this list!) (more…)
Even if you’re clean your house regularly, chances are there’s a few cracks and crevices that are overlooked in your weekly routine. If you haven’t given your household the full “spring clean” yet, consider these easy tips and tricks to make the tedious task a little less daunting. (more…)
According to the US Department of Energy, a typical American family spends nearly $2000 per year on their home energy bill. What a lot of families don’t know is that you could save a lot of money by just doing a few minor repairs. Here’s a list of 5 DIY projects you can do over weekend to save yourself some extra cash. (more…)
Buying a home is a huge commitment, not to mention the expense, but it’s also the most exciting for new homeowners. The housing market in California is one of the toughest to navigate in the country. Here, our CEO Mayer Dahan shares five things you should know before purchasing a home in The Golden State. (more…)
With sleek lines, a modern aesthetic and integration with a lavish outdoor entertaining area, we’ve chosen this kitchen at 432 S Citrus as today’s ‘Room of the Day’. We explore who lives here, how the designer’s fulfilled the brief, and Mayer Dahan’s favorite feature of the kitchen. (more…)
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This Sunday, October 11th is International Day of the Girl. In celebration of this, today’s #Prime5Friday post is all about embracing your femininity. Bedrooms are everyone’s private retreat and tends to be the room where we inject most of our personality. Here are 5 bedrooms designed by famous interior designers that have girl power! (more…)
Looking for a unique, hand-crafted piece of furniture to complement your Fall decor? Why not try making something yourself using one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful gifts – reclaimed wood? Try one of these 5 easy, DIY projects this weekend and we promise you won’t be disappointed! (more…)
Having good energy and aura in your home is important as it can affect your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that refers to the energy and its ability to flow through throughout the home. Here are five basic fundamentals that you can apply to your interior in order to improve your home’s Feng Shui. (more…)
Happy Prime5Friday! Today certainly feels like one of the hottest Friday’s of the month. We don’t want you to get caught up in the heat, so we’ve compiled a couple of “cool” tips to cool down your home! Each of these will help get you past these late summer heat waves efficiently without harming the environment! (more…)
As you step through the door, you are greeted with a large, open space. Surrounded by natural light, oxygen fills your lungs and clarity floods your mind. As your eyes dart around the room, an uncontrollable force begs them to look up; as if defying gravity, your heart skips a beat as you witness a sea of blue above you. (more…)
Happy Friday! Are you looking for something to do on this warm August weekend? Today’s #Prime5Friday is celebrating Los Angeles and its various activities and events. Here are five things that will help you make the most of the next two days and leave you feeling pretty good about yourself come Monday. (more…)
Organizing your home can be a daunting task once you start thinking about all of the different things that need tidying up, but not to worry! Today’s Prime5Fridays post will help you become an expert organizer (without spending your whole pay check). (more…)
Living in a relatively warm climate, Californians spend a lot of time outdoors and as an extension of the interior, your alfresco space should be just as luxurious. To spruce up your outdoors, this Prime 5 Friday reveals five modern umbrella designs to die for. (more…)
Electricity consumption always goes up during the summer, especially due to AC usage as we try to escape the sweltering heat. One of the best ways to save money this summer is to unplug electronics that you don’t need. Today’s #Prime5Friday outlines five appliances to unplug this summer! (more…)
No matter what your living situation is, everyone has experienced how easy it is for your home to quickly turn from a palace to a pigsty. Many writers and designers have written books and articles about decluttering techniques, so we sifted through them, and here’s five of the best. (more…)
Smart home technology is already blowing our minds but what designers have been planning for the future will completely change the way we live. One particular technology that caught our eye is ALNO’s kitchen backsplash with an integrated 13-foot, LED computer screen. (more…)
A way to save big bucks around your home is on your energy bill. Today’s #Prime5Friday is going to change the way your household operates, for the better of your family and your pocket! (more…)
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