Nick Norman

Home Improvement: Take it Outside

LeverageRE  |  March 29, 2016

This season's blue skies mean spending more time on green lawns. Spruce up outdoor spaces with these products designed to make the backyard a haven for summer relaxation.

 

LIGNE ROSET SOUS MON ARBRE OUTDOOR LAMP

French for "under my tree," Sous Mon Arbre is an indoor/outdoor garden lamp ($665) equipped with a metal hook that can be used to hang the fixture on the branch of a tree. It can also be suspended from a wall or rest freely on a table or ground surface. Designed by Paris-based Florian Brillet and introduced last fall by Ligne Roset, the lamp features an ash wood handle and a shade of rustproof aluminum with a silk white lacquer finish.

 

FRONTGATE 40-LITER EUROPEAN OUTDOOR SOLAR SHOWER

This solar-powered shower ($1,599) simply attaches to a garden hose and uses the sun's energy to heat the water-no plumbing required. The curved design, which holds a 40-liter tank, features a hot-cold mixer that allows the user to adjust the water to a desired temperature. The shower, available in five colors (shown in cherry), is made of a corrosion-resistant aluminum that can withstand marine environments.

 

JOHN T. UNGER STUDIO BIG BOWL O' ZEN SCULPTURAL FIRE BOWL

According to artist John T. Unger, every home needs a center of serenity. His Big Bowl O' Zen ($1,500) brings balance to any landscape and provides abundant warmth on a chilly evening. Hand-cut from heavy-duty, recycled cold-rolled steel, the 145-pound fire bowl is 37 inches in diameter and rests on a slim base. It is suitable for wood burning and ships ready-to-fit for clean-burning propane or natural gas.

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    HOW TO: GREEN YOUR HOME IN STYLE

    LeverageRE  |  April 17, 2017

    Going Green doesn't mean sacrificing style or comfort.

    1. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE OR SMART THERMOSTAT

    It’s a device that regulates your home’s temperature according to settings you create for certain times of the day. The bonus of installing a programmable thermostat is that it’s friendly to your wallet; with it, you’ll save on heating and cooling costs.

    2. EXPLORE SOLAR ENERGY

    Photovoltaic devices and materials, which can convert sunlight into electricity, are becoming increasingly available for residential use. Solar power can be harnessed to create electricity for your home, to heat water and to improve indoor lighting. 

    3.  SELECT ECO-FRIENDLY BUILDING MATERIALS & FINISHES

    Buying eco-friendly products can be tricky. Generally, you want be on th elookout for products made frolm natural, renewable materials and products with recycled content. An example of this is recycled glass tile.

    4.  CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING FOR YOUR HOME

    Sustainable landscape design for residential properties includes environmentally-friendly materials, plants that benefit the local ecology and a design with a renewable lifestyle in mind. Natural rocks and stones are perfect additions to sustainable landscaping. Choosing a variety of plants is also part of sustainable landscaping.

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      Photo Shoot and Drone Video in North Truro

      It was a crisp early winter morning when we met up with our photographer at our new listing in North Truro.  She surprised us with her new toy: a drone for photos and videos.  This listing will be coming on to MLS in a few months but it's still available for showings.  Check out the video of the outside of the house and its surroundings here: https://vimeo.com/200724305

      You can see this listing information and photos here: http://www.3harborsrealty.com/listing/NMLS002/25-priest-road-truro-ma-02652/