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What are the Advantages of Building a Home?

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Last month, fewer than 17,000 single-family homes were listed for sale in the Chicago area, the lowest number since 2008, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. A year ago, there were 32,600 homes listed for sale in February 2020. There are so many buyers and not as many homes for sale. Because of the lack of inventory, home sales and prices are surging. More than 7,000 homes were sold in the Chicagoland area in February, up 14.7% from February 2020. The median sales price rose 12.5%, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. People are saying that there are not enough homes on the market that suits their needs. Buyers love variety, and there is not an assortment of homes to choose from. Some homebuyers are looking to have their…
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Interior Design Apps to Help you Budget and Plan

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These interior design apps help you brainstorm, budget, and plan your next renovation or room design for the home or office. Use technology to get creative with your next interior design project. Renovating your home, office, or even building a new addition, is best done with some planning. Fortunately, plenty of apps are available for your smartphone or tablet to help with the design, planning, professional consultation and even buying stages of freshening up space. Houzz has a great reputation for helping people plan for home remodeling and design, as well as providing access to a network of professionals and home decor products. The Houzz app offers access to your saved idea books and 3D virtual room staging. App users can also participate in discussions with other users and professionals…
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Redesigning Your Office Space

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Redesigning your office space is always an exciting project but starting something new isn’t always easy. Redesigning an office involves careful planning and a budget. Businesses often wonder just how often they should be thinking about redesigning their office. While many things in life should be done in very routine intervals, office redesigns don’t fall into the same category. Instead of thinking of it in terms of how long it has been since your last redesign, it’s more important to look for other signs that it might be time to reconsider the design of your office.   Does Your Office Space Reflect Your Brand? If a client visits your office for the first time, what kind of impression do they get from your office space? If companies design their office…
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Albrite Building: New Home Builder and Remodeling Company

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More residents are moving out of Chicago and looking to build a new home in the suburbs. Others are purchasing homes and remodeling the kitchen, basement, and office space. Albrite Building is a new home builder and remodeling company located in the western suburbs. As working remotely continues for many businesses, city folks are weighing the risks of being in densely populated areas. Spending extra time at home and wanting more indoor and outdoor space is certainly sparking interest among city folks. Data shows a trend of moving to the suburbs. According to Zillow, there is a current surge in the larger cities’ high-end listings in some larger metro areas. The increase in these homes going on the market indicates more homeowners may be ready to make a move out…
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The Latest Office Renovations for COVID-19

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During these trying times, many companies are making renovations to their offices to help keep employees safe and healthy. There are key features to consider for your office renovation during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses to shut down, some permanently. While some employees are working remotely from home, others are working in the office. Companies are considering office renovations in the time of COVID-19 to help mitigate the spread of the virus. They have a responsibility to protect their employees and comply with OSHA standards. When one employee tests positive for COVID-19, the entire office building is immediately put in jeopardy. Here is a list of the most essential features to consider for office renovations during COVID-19:   Temperature Check or Thermal Screening A handheld infrared thermometer and…
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Time to Winterize your Home

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As cold weather approaches, it is important to take a few preventative measures to protect and winterize your home for the chilly months ahead. Winterizing the inside and outside of your home can be done relatively inexpensively and could end up saving you money on energy bills, too.   Winterize the Outside of Your Home Here's a checklist for winterizing the outside of your home. Pick a weekend to winterize before it gets cold. Clean your gutters in the fall and check them before winter. Prepare your lawn for the winter. Drain the gas from your lawnmower before storing it. Gas up your snowblower. Put your outdoor furniture away for the season or cover it with tarps. Put your grill in the garage or cover it for the winter. Disconnect…
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Looking for a Custom Home Builder in the Western Suburbs?

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Are you looking for a custom home builder in the Western Suburbs to build a new home or remodel your existing home? Currently, homeowners are spending extra time at home and dreaming of more indoor and outdoor space. Data shows people want to move from urban to suburban communities. With the ongoing health crisis, it’s no surprise that many people are starting to consider this shift. People want more space, proximity to fewer people, and a custom home with desirable features. The latest Market Recovery Survey from the National Association of Realtors lists features and amenities buyers are looking for, especially since the coronavirus has shifted many buyer’s priorities. The most common home features are home offices and space to accommodate aging parents. According to the survey, many people living…
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Things to do in July During COVID-19

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We have all been stuck at home and are looking for things to do during COVID-19. Albrite Building complied a list of outdoor activities, events, and virtual events in the Western Suburbs.   JULY EVENTS July - November 1, 2020 DINOS EVERYWHERE! Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513 Price: Adults: $24.95, Children (3-11): $17.95, Seniors (65+): $19.95, Parking: $15. https://www.czs.org/dinoseverywhere  July - October 11, 2020 THE GREAT MIDWESTERN ROAD TRIP EXHIBIT Elmhurst History Museum 120 E. Park Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Price: FREE http://www.elmhursthistory.org/ July - Early 2021 TROLL HUNT 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 Add to Trip Dates: July 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021 Location: The Morton Arboretum Time: 7:00 AM Price: Adults: $15 Child: $10 Senior: $13…
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Office Redesign during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As businesses reopen, social distancing rules and office redesign will lead to several changes for businesses. There's much more than just putting up screens and disinfecting the office. Small and large companies will be forced to rethink how they use the office. And more importantly, how to keep their employees safe. What employers need right now is going to be very different from what they may need in eight weeks or a year from now. Next year an office may need a complete redesign. Businesses looking to bring employees back to the office should utilize best practices to keep their workforce safe. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends: - Return employees gradually, not all at once - Implement Health Screenings - Temperature Checks - Disinfect and Clean Workspaces…
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DIY Landscape Ideas

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We all know the saying April showers bring May flowers. So, let’s start thinking about DIY landscaping for our home or office. There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, the climate in the Chicago region, and your personal design taste, but there are certain steps you can take to make your yard look fabulous. Good landscape designs are anchored by focal points. One of the hottest trends is to use water features as a focal point. Water features are not only visually appealing but add soothing sounds. Using pre-formed rigid plastic liners, durable pumps, flexible tubing, and cheap fountains, they're also a lot easier to install than you think.   Plants for all Seasons Make sure you're planting something of interest in each of the…
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