The first week of March Madness is over and the Oregon Ducks are still in the Big Dance. This Friday, the Ducks will take on the Louisville Cardinals at 4:15 pm. The game will be televised live on CBS. The other Pac-12 team in the Sweet 16 is the Arizona Wildcats. They will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight. That game will be televised on TBS at 4:47 pm. On another note, don’t forget to enter our March Madness contest. You can win $250 or a collegiate jacket. Remember, you can enter daily to increase your chances of winning.
Are you remodeling your kitchen and having a hard time deciding on the finishes? If you are, then you should check out this helpful Houzz article: 3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely. According to the article, the selection process is complicated because there isn’t a set rule for choosing materials and finishes. However, there are still some general guidelines that can help homeowners make sense of a kitchen remodel.
Yesterday was the first day of spring. Soon it will be time to fire up the grill and enjoy the outdoor. If you’re thinking about building a deck this year, then check out this Houzz article on how to build a deck in a single weekend. When you’re ready to build your deck, be sure to take advantage of our decking specials for this month (promotion ends March 31, 2013).
The first round of March Madness starts today (official bracket). Oregon is one of five Pac-12 teams selected for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Unfortunately for the Ducks, they are the lowest seeded Pac-12 team in the tournament. On a positive note, Oregon will play Oklahoma State in San Jose. I think there will be a lot more Ducks fans than Cowboys fans at the game this Thursday.
According to the Eye on Housing blog, the cost of building materials have increased quickly. This is the result of the housing recovery that has gained momentum since the start of 2012. Overall producer prices have increased by less than 3%. On the other hand, softwood lumber (30%), OSB (80%) and gypsum (26%) prices are higher than at the start of last year.
Planning on remodeling your home soon? If you are, then you should check out this interesting article on Houzz: 11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel. The article was written by Anne Higuera. She and her husband are owners of Ventana Construction, a full-service remodeling company with a focus on whole-house remodels, additions, kitchens, baths and custom new homes in the Seattle area. The following are eleven things you can expect during a home remodel.
Parr Lumber will be at Yard, Garden & Home Improvement Show this weekend. We will be in booth #300. The event will take place Friday through Sunday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. This year’s show includes beautiful landscape displays showing the latest gardening trends and design ideas, hundreds of vendors displaying products and services, a vast array of home improvement ideas, and DIY seminars. The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties.
According to a recently released study by the NAHB Economics Group, What Home Buyers Really Want, energy efficiency is at the top of home buyers’ most wanted list. In the study, 94% of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91% want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89% want energy-star rated windows, and 88% want ceiling fans. The What Home Builders Really Want research is based on a nationwide 2012 survey of new and potential home buyers. The report provides insight into buyers’ preferences for home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology in the home, energy efficiency, choosing a community, and trade-offs buyers are willing to make.
Parr Cabinet Design Center will be at the Everett Home & Garden Show, which will take place Friday through Sunday (March 8-10, 2013). At the show, you will see home remodeling ideas that work for today’s homeowners, home improvements designed to accommodate the ways you incorporate your northwest lifestyle, and key trends. Stop by our booths (#210 and #211) and let us help you with your remodeling project.
We have a fun contest this month — especially if you’re a fan of college basketball. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament starts this month. If you correctly predict the winner of the tournament, then you can win a $250 gift card. You can enter the contest once a day to increase your odds of winning. And if you have no idea who to pick, that’s OK too. Just by entering our contest, you will have the opportunity to win a collegiate team jacket of your choice (Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, or Washington State).