Exterior Features to Double Check During Your Next Home Tour

For potential homebuyers, the days of leisurely touring weekend open houses are on hold. Even as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift, virtual tours are still happening, and buyers and agents are being selective about in-person showings.



a close up of a flower garden in front of a house: Here are some exterior features you don’t want to miss.


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Here are some exterior features you don’t want to miss.

If you’re relying on video footage or trying to get in and out of a property quickly, it’s easy to focus on the interior and forget that there’s a world outside that needs to be explored. Here are some exterior features you don’t want to miss.

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Driveways and walkways

While a long, tree-lined driveway is picturesque, remember that it is also the homeowners responsibility to clear that snow. If hours of snowblowing every year doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to rethink a long driveway in Michigan.

And check the condition of both the driveway and walkways.

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See real-life design successes during virtual ASID ‘Kitchens, Baths, and More Tour’ July 11

Home feeling humdrum after weeks spent inside? Get inspired by the dramatic home remodels spotlighted at the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ annual “Kitchens, Baths, and More Tour,” which is going virtual on July 11. The Zoom tour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will showcase eight homes in San Diego County.

Participants will have the opportunity to live-chat with each designer about their project.

“This tour shows how designers can create beautiful interiors while working within the budgets, lifestyles and tastes of homeowners,” said event chairwoman Kathleen Kita-Palmer, ASID. “Mino Pro Media has created amazing interactive videos of the homes to fully experience the designs.

“This is the perfect opportunity to get inspired, see what’s trending, and explore distinctly different styles: urban and suburban, contemporary, traditional and eclectic,” she added.

Participating designers are Marcia Bryan, ASID, Bryan Design Group; Renae Farley, ASID, Renae Farley

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‘Build Me Up’: Orlando Soria Reveals How Home Design Can Spark a Fresh Start

Orlando Soria premiered his new HGTV show, “Build Me Up.” So, how do his home looks stack up against HGTV’s veteran designers’? Find out here.

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Move over, “Property Brothers.” HGTV has just debuted a new home design show that’s perfect for today’s tumultuous times: “Build Me Up,” starring Orlando Soria.

Soria, who previously doled out design advice on “Unspouse My House” and “Secrets From a Stylist,” now helps refresh the homes of people undergoing a big life change. Whether that change involves divorce or family members moving in, Soria’s renovations prove all too well that shaking up your home environment is the perfect way to turn a new page.


And there’s lots to learn for anyone who’d like a new perspective on their

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Step Inside Kevin Dumais’s NYC Studio

When interior designer Kevin Dumais first opened his own design firm in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, he established his business out of his own home. Flash forward about 10 years, and he’s upgraded to a 10th-floor Manhattan studio. “It’s very refreshing when you walk in and it’s flooded with sunlight,” Dumais says to AD PRO. “That’s such an important aspect of design and interiors and in making yourself feel energized.”

Of course, the six-person staff has spent a fair amount of 2020 working from home, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “Like most businesses, we had to temporarily close our studio in March and our team has been working remotely,” Dumais explains. Now, in accordance with New York City guidelines, the workspace is indeed reopened, but Dumais emphasizes that employees are setting their own schedules and only coming in on a want-or-need basis. “The studio is meant to be

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