Planning Your Home Security System

Planning A Wireless Home Security System

Choosing The Right Home Security System Choosing a home security system to protect your family and property is an important decision. Designing Spaces’ Abigail Cooper visits the home of Margaret and Benjamin in Cape Coral, Florida, along with Tim Myers from Tyco Security Products to help guide us through the process of selecting and securing a professionally installed and monitored DSC security system. The system works on several levels, addressing the concerns of ease of use, aesthetics, reliability and professional monitoring; all wirelessly connected. Important to the system, it will also detect many types of life safety concerns: leaking water,


Clearing Up Misconceptions About Mortgages With Supreme Lending

Supreme Lending

Correspondent John McCalmont meets with Suzie Reed, Senior Loan Officer  for Supreme Lending, at their corporate offices in Dallas, Texas to debunk mortgage myths and clear up a few misconceptions about securing a mortgage for the first time. Suzie explains, “You would be surprised how many people think, especially after 2008, that unless you’re wealthy, buying a home is out of the question. Not true. In fact, the opposite of that misconception happens every day. Don’t assume you’re not qualified.” To make the point, we talk with a new homeowner who learned how the system works, and secured a mortgage


The Benefits of Renting for the College Crowd

National Apartment Association

Student housing is in demand as many college students are opting to live in an apartment rather than a dorm room. One of the first reasons students have for moving off campus is to save money. Depending on the school and surrounding area, sharing rent with several roommates, and doing your own cooking, can cost less than room and board in a residence hall. Doug Culkin from the National Apartment Association serves as our guide as Designing Spaces visits College Park, Maryland to see examples of student apartments off-campus. Some of the student housing product out there today is amazing—true


Remodeling Your Home at Bargain Prices With DirectBuy

DirectBuy Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling a home can be a big undertaking.  From big jobs using professionals, to do-it-yourself type projects, homeowners are always looking at the bottom line. One solution to keeping costs down and quality up is to obtain a membership to a club that offers a wide selection of brands name products at reduced prices. A DirectBuy membership offers a number of advantages, allowing homeowners to complete projects at their own pace, and giving them options, and most importantly, providing life-altering savings. Designing Spaces visits a Direct Buy outlet and speaks with Dylan Astle, VP of Member Experience, DirectBuy, who explains


Explore the Benefits of Renting with Aimco

Benefits of Renting with Aimco

Explore what rental communities have to offer. Rental communities are on the increase around the country, offering many desirable elements to attract residents that may not be as readily available to a home owner. These communities often make the most of their surrounding neighborhoods, and residents can enjoy a lifestyle that they might not be able to obtain if they were purchasing a home in a nearby market. Ann Villella, Director of Operations at Aimco, explains how apartments have evolved. They offer amenities, services and features not available in an owned home such as spa services, a concierge team and


Safety with Firearms in the Home with Kel-Tec CNC Industries

Firearms in the Home; Knowledge and Safety

Designing Spaces’ Debi Marie sits down with Chad Enos, Marketing Representative with Kel-Tec CNC Industries, a leading manufacturer of firearms, to talk about having a firearm in the house to protect yourself and family. The discussion covers safety, and protecting children from firearms with safes and biometric locks. Also, Chad points out how more women are becoming more involved with firearms, so he gives pointers on how to select the handgun that is right for you. He also recommends training for all adults in the household. The conversation also covers advice on transporting a firearm. As a wrap-up, Chad gives


The Benefits of Using Electric Vehicles By E-Z-GO

The New Generation of Electric Golf Cars for Transport

Electric vehicles we commonly call golf cars make for an ideal, quiet mode of transportation around a community. And, there will be no trips to the gas station. A visit to the E-Z-GO plant in Augusta, Georgia, named one of the top 10 manufacturing facilities in North America by IndustryWeek magazine in 2009, reveals electric vehicles made to exacting standards using automotive technology and best practices. It is here that the various models and styles of golf cars, utility, and personal transportation vehicles are made with a broad assortment of features and options. We see examples of basic features of E-Z-GO


Renting for Baby Boomers With The Metropolitan at Village

Apartment Home Community Living

As the Baby Boomer generation begins to enter retirement or become empty nesters, many of these homeowners are looking to downsize. They don’t want the upkeep of a big yard and house. Senior housing has evolved quite a bit over the past decade. In many ways, this group is looking for the same experience as that of their Millennial children—they want to live in an all-inclusive place where they don’t have to worry about maintaining a home. For young professionals, married couples without children and empty-nesters in particular, the freedom, flexibility and diverse set of options make renting an apartment