Kathy Zeamer | Hadley Real Estate, Amherst Real Estate, North Hampton Real Estate


Your outdoor lighting is perhaps one neglected area of your home. For both safety and beauty, the outdoors deserve a certain amount of attention when it comes to lighting. There are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor lighting both welcoming and practical.


Layer It


Just as you would inside your home, you should try to layer your lighting. To do this, you should include many different kinds of lighting especially lighting that brightens the outside walls of the home, highlights landscaping elements, and even some overhead lighting.


Use Decorative Lighting


Decorative lanterns and lamps are an easy way to add lighting to your outdoor spaces. You can let them stand on their own, spread them out, or you can group them and line them up in certain areas like a wall or a table. Candles are also a great way to multi-purpose practical lighting with decorative lighting. 


Light Your Steps


It’s important to provide adequate lighting on stairs and decks. Anywhere that people can trip is a place that needs adequate lighting. Solar powered lights are perfect for these uses.


Use String Lights


String lighting hung overhead can be perfect for courtyards, decks, roofs, or even trees and shrubbery. If you don’t have anything to hang string lights from, you can always get creative using posts and planters. This is a great non-permanent solution for you to have some pretty lighting available.


Don’t Draw Too Much Attention To Your Property


While you want adequate lighting on the outside of your property, you also don’t want to draw attention to an area of your yard. The whole neighborhood doesn’t need to know that you’re out on your deck, hanging out. Choose lighting that provides an inviting glow without an overpowering brightness.            


Use Table Lamps


You may have thought that table lamps are only for the indoors, but think again. Your outdoor setup can be the same as your indoor setup. Put table lamps down on your outdoor tables for adequate illumination. Be sure that the lamps you’re using are rated for the outdoors. 


If you use the right techniques and always be sure that you’re following safety protocols,  you can find success with your outdoor lighting scheme. When your home is properly lit, the best part is that you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors of your home much more thoroughly during seasonable times. You’ll also have an increased sense of security and comfort in and around your home. It’s well known that burglars are deterred from intruding on well-lit properties. Set up your outdoor lighting right and get the outdoor season off on the right foot.


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Residential architectural styles have long defined the current culture in America. At the turn of the century, colorful and elegant Victorian homes could be found in many towns across the country. By the 1950s, the practical ranch was popping up in every new suburb that was being created. Today, those who are interested in new residential home construction will find that many of the most desirable architectural styles blend elements of the past with contemporary designs.

These are the home architectural styles that are trending today:

Cape Cod

The Cape Cod architectural style has been a staple in America since the land was settled in the 1600s by Europeans. This architectural style became particularly popular during the final half of the 20th century, and it continues to be a desirable option for homeowners today. Many people prefer the Cape Cod design because it is a functional style that often includes a master bedroom on the first floor.

Craftsman

The Craftsman home style came to life during the Arts and Crafts movement, and it has remained relevant in modern times. Home buyers who want their new construction home to have traditional appeal often opt for this style, which features large front porches and open floor plans. The Craftsman styles offers people an opportunity to truly enjoy living in the home that they have built.

Contemporary

The Contemporary home style is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year, as more homeowners who are building new construction homes seek to have their homes assembled from sustainable materials. Efficiency is at the forefront of the design of this architectural style, and most Contemporary homes have a tendency to blend indoor and outdoor living spaces. Natural light is a hallmark of this design, so homeowners can expect large windows in nearly every room of the house.

Midcentury Modern

The Midcentury Modern style emerged after World War II, as there was a plethora of new building materials available as well as in flux of families searching for simple, practical and affordable places to live. Today, the Midcentury Modern style is characterized by open floor plans and large windows. These homes are often sprawling, one-story properties, making them a convenient option for home buyers of all ages and stages.

Farmhouse

The Farmhouse style was heavily influenced by Victorian architecture but was designed to be more practical than its ancestor. Today, people who opt for Farmhouse homes appreciate their charming appeal, their front porches and their functional floor plans. The Farmhouse style has been in high demand in recent years, and this trend shows no sign of fading anytime soon.

The architectural styles that are available for your new construction home will vary based on the builder that you select and the development in which you are building your home. Some builders specialize in a specific style, while others are open to creating customized designs that are influenced by several approaches. 


This Multi-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $725,000. This style home was sold by Kathy Zeamer - Jones Group REALTORS®.


39 Lyman Road, Northampton, MA 01060

Multi-Family

$769,000
Price
$725,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,859
Approx. GLA
Stunning two-family Victorian serves as a stately anchor in this desirable neighborhood abutting the Meadows Conservation area, just steps to downtown. Built in 1870 by Horace Lamb, a well-known wire manufacturer noted for his honesty and contribution to Northampton's growth, the house features period details like soaring ceilings, ornate fireplaces, exposed brick, antique hardware, slate roof, and a Palladian window. Each unit offers two bedrooms and 1 full bath, wood and tile floors throughout, in-unit laundry, 3-season porch on the first floor unit and screened porch above. Electricity is included in the rent but units have separate heat and hot water. The first floor works well as an owner unit with beautifully updated kitchen and bath, newly added 3-season porch, mudroom, use of the basement, and a one-car garage.This property offers flexibility as a legal two-family, single family, owner-occupied rental, or home with space for guests or multi-generational living.




Adorable one level cottage-style Ranch just over a mile from downtown Amherst. This light-filled 2-bedroom, 1-bath home has a lovely sunroom with cathedral ceiling, glass sliders, skylight, and access to an exterior patio. The dining room features built-ins and hardwood and tile floors run throughout the home. There is also a 1-car garage, brick patio, fire pit, and a large private backyard for entertaining and space for kids and pets. The current owners have installed central air, replacement windows, a new driveway, a stainless steel liner in the chimney, and a wood burning insert in the fireplace. The basement offers a small workshop, workout space, and laundry. The current owners were planning a kitchen expansion and renovation but a new job has halted that project. However, the design work is complete and will be left for the new owners. Come home to 615 E. Pleasant Street -- convenience, affordability, and one-level living! Showings begin Sat., April 3rd (20-minute appointments).

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615 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$299,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Adorable one level cottage-style Ranch just over a mile from downtown Amherst. This light-filled 2-bedroom, 1-bath home has a lovely sunroom with cathedral ceiling, glass sliders, skylight, and access to an exterior patio. The dining room features built-ins and hardwood and tile floors run throughout the home. There is also a 1-car garage, brick patio, fire pit, and a large private backyard for entertaining and space for kids and pets. The current owners have installed central air, replacement windows, a new driveway, a stainless steel liner in the chimney, and a wood burning insert in the fireplace. The basement offers a small workshop, workout space, and laundry. The current owners were planning a kitchen expansion and renovation but a new job has halted that project. However, the design work is complete and will be left for the new owners. Come home to 615 E. Pleasant Street -- convenience, affordability, and one-level living! Showings begin Sat., April 3rd (20-minute appointments).
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