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Home affordability has set a record in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Families can afford a higher percentage of homes in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties than in any other region in California. And nearby Madera is the most affordable county in the state, data released today show.

In Stanislaus, for example, median-income families could afford 83.6 percent of the homes sold during April, May and June.

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Tips on Choosing Exterior House Colors and Materials

By Nazim Nice

Choosing exterior house colors can be quite a challenge. It often takes years of experience to learn what colors and materials will work together. The average person has never done this before and certainly dooesn't have training or professional experience. And choosing the wrong color paint or material can be a very expensive mistake that you'll likely have to accept for many years (or spend a lot of money to fix). Here are some tips to help you make the right choices.

Choosing the Right Paint Colors

The most common error I see in choosing exterior house color is that the color is too light. The sun will wash out colors outside, so choosing a light color will end up looking like white. When choosing colors, keep in mind that they usually need to be more grey or brown than you think. For example, a grey with a tint of green in it will read more green than you usually think when painted on the entire house. If you choose a color and can say 'now that's green', you've probably choosen too 'green of a green'. The primary exception to this rule would be in more tropical locations such as Florida or other locations where a lighter more reflective color is desired to keep a house cool. Here pastel and brighter colors can work very well.

If you are having trouble choosing siding and trim colors, keep them related to each other, like a cream trim and a darker beige on the same paint chip strip. Then add an accent color like a deep eggplant color.

Tips on Choosing Window Colors

Many homes have vinyl windows which will usually be white. Painting white vinyl with a dark paint can be disastrous because of the expansion of the vinyl in sunlight. The dark color will cause the vinyl to expand even more than normal, leading to paint and possibly window failure. If you have trim around a white vinyl window, it often works best to paint that trim white too. That will tend to make the vinyl windows blend in more, and look more like a traditional wood window.

If you are choosing new windows and you want to paint your house a darker color, consider choosing a window that is cream or almond color. A bright white window on a very dark house color will generally have too much contrast. If you choose cream or almond windows, and paint the trim a coordinating color, it will work better with the darker paint scheme. There are a few manufacturers that product a grey vinyl which can work well with a more modern house or a house with metal siding, or even brick. Generally I don't care for white vinyl on brick homes, unless the house is very traditional. Choosing a grey or almond window will almost always look better. If you have the budget for wood or metal clad windows, then you'll have many more color choices, and the mid-tone to darker colors often look better with brick.

Painting Brick:

Just because you have a brick house, don't automatically rule out painting the brick. You will still have the texture of the brick, but you won't be stuck to the same color, which date many, many homes. Of course, if you have a Frank Lloyd Wright mission style brick home, don't paint it! But most of our homes are not so inspired. Painting the brick can really freshen up a dark and dreary house. Consult a good paint store when painting brick to be sure to get compatible products.

How to Choose the Right Accent Colors

This is a place where you can afford to be a little riskier because generally accent colors are limited to a smaller area. I compare this to a woman who puts on makeup: the accent color is like putting on mascara and lipstick. But keep it classy! You know what too much makeup does to a woman. The same goes for a house.

How to Choose Roof Colors

When the roof of a house is visible, it can be a very prominent element. Choosing the wrong color roof is a very expensive mistake so it's important to understand some general rules. When choosing the roof, consider what color the house is going to be painted (or if it is brick or stone, consider the general tone of the material). If the house is being painted warmer colors, then a brown roof will be the right choice. If the house will be cooler colors (like greys, blues or greens), then a dark grey roof will work better. If you have to decide on a roof color first, one of the most common and versitile choices is a dark grey color. If your house used to have wood shake shingles and you are replacing it with a composition shingle, most manufacturers make a dark brown color that is similar to shake colors. If you are installing a metal roof, consider colors other than the traditional green, which works well on buildings with log siding, but not too much else. Again, choose a color that will allow you some flexibility in your house paint color choices.

Choosing colors can be really challenging. Remember, don't choose from a little paint chip! Even trained professionals have large sample boards painted (or paint directly on the house). Purchase a quart of a few colors of paint and look at your samples in different light and on different sides of your house. Color can change dramatically in different light, so put in the time to choose the right colors. When you do the results can be an amazing transformation.

About the author:
Nazim Nice is an architect at []Seattle Architects: Motionspace Architecture + Design PLLC and has over 12 years of experience designing residential remodeling projects. He is also the founder of Lumen

ID, a company that makes custom engraved switchplates with []switch labels.


How to Give Your House a New Look

By Chuck R Stewart

Many people are upgrading their houses for many different reasons. Some may look at their pantry cabinets or kitchen appliances and realize that they need upgrading. Others may look at their kitchen pantry storage or cabinet space and want to expand the size of their kitchen. An upgraded house can increase the value of a home tremendously when trying to sell. With the current state of the home market, any difference that can make your home appeal to a buyer will be vital. These changes could also be a matter of functionality. If your current appliances are so old that they do not work, then it only makes sense to buy new updated equipment.

Another part of the house that a lot people frequently update is the bathroom. It is another aspect that home buyers are very interested in. Updating a bathroom may require a few different things. If the bathroom is very old, you may have to replace the entire bathtub or shower. Otherwise you could just buy new bathroom fixtures that give the room a new look. The flooring and countertops in a bathroom are things that many buyers look at. Two popular choices are marble or ceramic tiling. These give the bathroom a very classy appearance and are functional as well. You can add extras to your bathroom to further increase the appeal. One of these extras is heated floors. With ceramic or marble tiles, the floor of your bathroom can be very cold, so now they can put heating instruments under the floor to eliminate that problem.

Bathrooms are very important selling points to a house, especially when it comes to the master bedroom. Normally, the buyer of a home is going to be sleeping in the master bedroom. That means that the amenities to the bedroom are going to be very important to the selling of your home. The master bathroom is included among these. It just goes to show how important updating just one bathroom in our house can be. Walk in closets and other extras are nice, but many buyers look at the bathroom first when evaluating the master bedroom.

The key to selling your home is making sure that you have what the buyer is looking for. This may mean that you have to make certain changes when you find an interested buyer. The person may take a look at your home and notice a few things that they would like changed before they will buy the house. Then it is your choice, you can either spend the money to make the changes or hope that someone else will be interested in the house. That could be a very big risk considering how poor the economy is doing, which has a huge impact on the housing market. A good realtor should prepare you for all the trials that come with selling your house. They should know the difference between an upgrade to help sell the house and an investment that will not pay off.

Chuck R Stewart recently purchased a beautiful []pantry cabinet and []kitchen pantry storage unit for his remodeled kitchen.


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