Maintaining Balanced Pool Water

Maintaining Balanced Pool Water

Designing Spaces’ Debi Marie has moved into her new home, and wants to maintain the pool herself. To help an old friend out, Designing Spaces got together with Rebecca, New Products Manager for the Clorox® Pool and Spa™ brand, to give all of us some pointers to make pool care simpler and smarter! Rebecca points out to Debi the importance of a balanced pool, and what should be done to maintain the balance. Much to Debi’s relief, it is easy to do, thanks to the Clorox® Pool and Spa Easy 1-2-3 Pool Care™ Brand System, and their Multi-Use Smart Strips™

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Housing For Our Military

The Benefits of Renting for the Military Family

When it comes to housing our military and their families, whether on-base or off, military families have a variety of options, thanks to the privatization of military bases. Military families have a far better standard of living than any other military force in history. Designing Spaces meets with renters living in military housing apartments to see how they enjoy many amenities; very different from the old austere notion of how those enlisted live. Lincoln Military Housing is dedicated to providing military families with a quality home environment; vibrant neighborhoods, attractive homes, and a variety of services and amenities. Military families

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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