5 Ways to Cool Off in Stowe this Summer

Copyright © 2017 by Charlie Aronovici, all rights reserved.

Copyright © 2017 by Charlie Aronovici, all rights reserved.

Rivers, Reservoirs, Swimming Holes and More

Have you experienced a summer in Stowe? There are plenty of water activities and swimming spots to beat the heat on your summer vacation. Here are our favorite ways to unwind and stay cool this summer:

  • Swimming holes. Take a swim in a local river or reservoir, or dip your feet in the West Branch River just off the Stowe Recreation Path.
  • Waterfalls, pools and basins. Short, scenic hikes throughout town bring you to popular swimming holes like Moss Glen Falls and Bingham Falls. 
  • Paddle for views. Explore the wilderness by canoe or kayak. Rent a boat or a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at the Waterbury Reservoir (which also has a day use beach that's perfect for swimming) or the Lamoille or Winooski rivers. 
  • Guided tours. Learn to paddle and receive an introduction to Stowe's scenic waterways. Paddling instruction is available through guided tour operators like Bert's Boats, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters, and Vermont Canoe and Kayak.
  • Après-activity. Cool down after a hot day outside. Make a stop on the Stowe Craft Bev Trail or sample the local flavors of Stowe on the Stowe Tasting Trail.  

Thanks to GoStowe for this Summer Update.

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15 renovation apps to know for your next project

Everybody needs a little help sometimes

BY JENNY XIE | @CANONIND  MAY 12, 2017, 12:19PM EDT
Curbed.com | Curbed Handbook

Whatever home improvement job, there's probably an app out there that will help | Sunny Eckerle

Whatever home improvement job, there's probably an app out there that will help | Sunny Eckerle

Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today's advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process. 

Below, we rounded up 15 standouts across three categories—plan, design, and expert help—available on iOS and/or Android, many of which are free to download.

Home Design 3D

Home Design 3D

Plan

1. Home Design 3D: For drawing rooms, testing out furniture all in one app (some features like saving designs and 3D-viewing require upgrades.)

Free on iOSAndroid

2. Roomscan Pro: For creating floor plans just by touching your phone to each wall. 

$4.99 on iOS

3. MagicPlan: For creating floor plans from photos of a room. 

Photo Measures

Photo Measures

Free on iOSAndroid

4. Photo Measures: For saving measurements directly on your own photos. 

$6.99 on iOS$4.99 on Android

5. Handymobi: For organizing home improvement projects, browsing and sharing DIY project ideas; a free toolbox includes a unit converter, level tool, and calculator.

Free on iOS and Android

Design 

6. Tap Painter: For visualizing paint colors (from major brands like Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and more) on interior spaces.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas.

$2.99 on iOS

7. Houzz Interior Design Ideas: For access to over 10 million high-resolution photos of design ideas, plus new features like "View in My Room 3D” (virtually try out over 1.8 million products in your own home) and "Sketch" (add products, notes, and collaborators to photos on Houzz.)

Free on iOSAndroid

8. Pinterest: For discovering and organizing design and decor ideas (including those found on Curbed!)

Free on iOSAndroid

9. Chairish: For buying and selling pre-loved home decor, vintage furniture, art, and more; a “preview” feature lets you see items in your space. 

Free on iOS

10. Zillow Digs: For even more interior design ideas and project estimates.

Free on iOS

11. Hutch: For virtually trying out curated decor styles in your space just by taking a photo. 

Free on iOS and Android

HomeAdvisor.

HomeAdvisor.

Expert Help 

12. HomeAdvisor: For discovering and comparing contractors and instant bookings.

Free on iOSAndroid

13. Smith: Home Remodel, Improvement & Repairs: For getting multiple bids from pre-screened contractors within 24 hours.

Free on iOSAndroid

14. Thumbtack: For recommendations on contractors for all sorts of home-related jobs.

Free on iOSAndroid

15. Havenly: For working with a professional interior designer on your project; chat with a designer for free or book a custom project starting at $79. 

Free on iOS


Read this article at www.curbed.com

The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

by Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance.

These are the 7 most-needed repair tips every homeowner should know.

 

1. Fix a Leaky Toilet

Is the sound of running water in your toilet driving you crazy? Chances are you need a new flapper. If that does not fix it, here is an instructional video of how to find where the leak is coming from.

 

Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and solve other likely problems.

Related: How to Fix a Sweaty Toilet

 

 

 

This is video #1 of a 3-part series. PATCH Overview: A pumpkin patch, in most opinions, is the best patch that can be used when repairing drywall.

2. Repair Drywall Holes

The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

Related: Another Clever Way to Fix Drywall — with Makeup Sponges!

 

 

3. Adjust Cabinet Doors

 

Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

 

How to open a stuck window - How to fix a window jam When a window won't budge, a solution may only be as far away as the kitchen.

 

4. Open a Stuck Window

Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.

Related: Save Money with Window Repair Tips

 

 

5. Stop a Leaking Faucet

There are many kinds of faucets, but chances are your leaky fixture is a compression faucet -- and it's a snap to fix. Step 1: Tighten the nut Remove the faucet handle by unscrewing the screw that attaches it, which is often covered by a decorative cap you'll need to carefully pry off.

 

A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.

 

 

 

 

6. Silence Door Squeaks

Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.

7. Turn Off the Main Water Line

Turning off a main water supply requires finding the shutoff valve, which is typically in the garage area, and turning on a faucet to let any excess water come out after it's been turned off. Locate the main water shutoff valve in a home with advice from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement.

 

Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.

Topic Improve, Organize & Maintain, Home Maintenance Tips, Low Maintenance

 

 

 


Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL.

The 15 best US states for first-time homebuyers

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by Tanza Loudenback, Business Insider Mar. 1, 2017, 3:10 PM

Vermont comes in at #9

The narrative that millennials are eschewing all of the traditional habits of their parents is simply a myth, particularly when it comes to homebuying.

In fact, 65% of millennials still consider buying a home part of the American Dream, more than any other generation.`

But burdensome student loan debt, high rent prices, and low wages are affecting their ability to save up for a down payment, contributing to the lowest homeownership rate in the US in decades.

Still, these factors vary across cities and states, and there are some places where it's more attainable for first-time buyers to enter the market.

New data from Bankrate discovered how first-time homebuyers fare in all 50 US states considering five factors:

  • Housing affordability: percentage of median household income for 25- to 44-year-olds that goes toward mortgage payments (using the median sale price)
  • Entry-level job market: five-year average unemployment rate for 25- to 34-year-olds
  • Market tightness: growth in housing stock from 2010 to 2015 and the percentage of homes for sale
  • Credit availability: percentage of home loans rejected by credit lenders
  • Millennial homeownership rate: percentage of homeowners under 35

Bankrate weighted each category equally to determine its ranking. States in the Midwest and the non-coastal West proved to be the most accommodating to first-time homebuyers, while California, New York, and Hawaii are the toughest states.

Click here to check out the 15 states where it's easiest to become a homeowner.
Click here to jump right to Vermont.

The metrics included below were all used to calculate Bankrate's ranking, with the exception of median home value, which was sourced independently from Zillow.

Vail Resorts announced today that it will acquire Stowe Mountain Resort

VT Ski+Ride

Vail Buys Stowe!

For weeks, the signs have been there: fleet cars with Colorado plates cruising the Mountain Road, helicopters hovering over Spruce Peak, rumors of Vail Resort’s senior management locked in closed door sessions with the head honchos from Stowe Mountain Resort and AIG.

Today, at 8:00 am Vail Resorts announced it had entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

Over the past few weeks, stock prices for Vail continued to soar, rising to 180 as of close on Friday from 168 on January 24 when   VT Ski + Ride first broke the rumors of a potential sale (see 8 Reasons Why Vail Would Buy Stowe) Of particular interest were two SEC filings made last week, Amended Statements of Beneficial Ownership that must be made when a person or organization owns more than 5%. The first was by the Vanguard Group. The second was by Abigail Johnson, who owns a home at Stowe’s Spruce Peak development and also happens to be the CEO of Fidelity Investments.

Read the complete story at VT Ski+Ride

Burlington's Seven Days

Vail to Purchase Stowe Mountain Resort for $50 Million

The rumor mill was right.

Vail Resorts is buying Vermont's most iconic ski area, Stowe, the two sidesannounced Tuesday.

The Colorado-based company will pay $50 million for the ski area on Mt. Mansfield that began as a Depression-era trail cutting project and became known as a luxury winter resort.

“We’re thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort’s long-term success.”

Read the complete story in the Seven Days

8 High-Tech Features to Include in Your Next Remodel

By Jonathan Deesing at RISMedia's housecall
Posted on Feb 7 2017 - 10:42am by housecall

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You’ve torn out the old carpet and replaced the kitchen cabinets, and your renovation is almost complete. Before you put everything back together, consider including some high-tech features on your list of remodeling must-haves. Adding a few new smart devices is a cinch when you’re in the process of remodeling—why not make a little room in the budget for something that can make your life easier and help cut down on expenses overall?

Here are eight of the coolest smart devices to include in your home remodel:

  1. Nest Cam
    With its wide range of consumer-friendly smart products, Nest has made a big name for itself in the smart home industry—and this powerful little camera is one of the main reasons why. The Nest Cam records in crystal-clear 1080p resolution and streams 24/7, so you’ll never miss a thing. The Nest Cam Indoor also comes equipped with a speaker and a mic and will alert you if you’re not at home and it detects motion or conspicuous noises.
     
  2. Philips Hue
    Philips Hue LED lightbulbs are smart and energy-efficient, allowing you to control the lighting in your home while cutting energy costs. There are 16 million colors and a variety of smart controls to choose from, making your lighting system as subtle or dramatic as you’d like. Sync your lights with movies or music, set the ambience for concentration, or create a gentle morning lighting routine. With the Philips Hue Bridge, you can link up to 50 lights and other accessories, making a completely customizable lighting experience.
     
  3. Vivint Doorbell Camera
    Vivint’s sleek Doorbell Camera lets you see who’s at your door no matter where you are. With a 180-degree look at your porch and night-vision capabilities, you always have a clear view. The Vivint Sky app will send you a notification whenever someone rings the bell and allows you to turn the camera on and off and adjust your doorbell chime. You can also lock and unlock the door remotely, and speak to friends and strangers through the doorbell.
     
  4. Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
    The Chamberlain garage door opener connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network and allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere. Chamberlain says it’s compatible with any garage door opener made after 1993: the only requirement is that it must include safety sensors at the bottom of the track. And prepare yourself—CNET called it a “smart-home gateway drug.”
     
  5. August Smart Lock
    August’s Smart Lock replaces the interior side of your deadbolt (so it doesn’t throw off the look from the outside), granting you the ability to lock and unlock your door with your smartphone. The Smart Lock doesn’t stop there, though. You can create virtual keys for your family and friends, granting them access as well. The August Home app will even auto-lock the door behind you and unlock the door for you as you approach—you don’t have to do a thing.
     
  6. Nest Learning Thermostat
    Nest’s Learning Thermostat learns your patterns as you use it—within a week it will adapt to your preferred temperatures and set itself to match your preferences. If you like your home cooler at night and warmer in the morning, for example, the Learning Thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature for you. It will also adjust to an energy-saving mode when you're not home. The company says it can pay for itself in energy savings after just two years.
     
  7. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
    This Energy Star-rated refrigerator does things you never knew you wanted your fridge to do. For starters, every time you close the door, three cameras take pictures of the contents inside. You can then check what’s in your fridge from your phone, so you never have to wonder what you need from the store. If you’d rather not go to the store yourself, you can place an online order using Groceries by Mastercard, one of many included apps accessible right from the touchscreen on the door. You can also sync and display calendars and photos on the screen, leave notes, stream music—even watch TV.
     
  8. Amazon Echo

    The Amazon Echo is a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker featuring Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant. Alexa can stream music, tell you the weather, answer your questions, get traffic updates and sports scores—all the stuff you expect a voice assistant to do. The main reason it’s on this list, though, is that it can connect to a number of smart devices from other manufacturers, allowing you to control your lights, locks and thermostat with your voice.

    These eight gadgets can add some serious value to your life and home. If you’re already remodeling, now’s the perfect time to try a few out and get a little taste of the future.

It's All About Texture: These 10 Materials Will Set Your Kitchen Apart

by Nancy Mitchell , Jan 26, 2017
Apartment Therapy

What direction will the design of the kitchen take in 2017? That's a question we've been asking ourselves for the past few weeks, and today we're taking a look specifically at materials — all the separate parts, from cabinets to countertops to floors, that come together to make up your space.

A general trend we've been seeing in kitchen design is a movement away from pure, stark modernism and towards a more layered look that mixes traditional and modern elements. Included on this list are lots of materials with a textured, variegated appearance — lovely, tactile elements that will give any kitchen a bit of warmth and history.

Cabinets

Wood

Not those heavily varnished dark cherry cabinets you remember from the early 2000s, but cabinets that celebrate the grain and texture of wood. If you're not sure about doing your whole kitchen in this style, mix it with white uppers, or use wood cabinets only for an island.

Shaker style

Shaker-style cabinets (especially painted in greys or dark colors, like navy or hunter green) add instant sophistication to a kitchen. They're a great fit for more traditional or country-style kitchens, but also a nice way to add detail to a modern space as well.


Naked Kitchens ☆ (Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

Naked Kitchens ☆ (Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

  • Countertops
    • Soapstone
    • Butcherblock
    • Marble
  • Floors
    • Terracotta
    • Cement Tile
    • Worn Wood
  • Backsplashes
    • Zellige Tiles
    • Cement Tile
    • Brass

 

5 Home Design Needs for Boomers

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The number of home buyers ages 55 and older is expected to grow over the next decade, and builders across the country are ramping up to serve them. At the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla., this week, the National Association of Home Builders is educating attendees about how to support the industry's efforts to cater to this segment of the market.

In one session, Deryl Patterson, president of Housing Design Matters in Jacksonville, Fla., offered ideas of how to design, remodel, and market spaces so that they'll be more appealing to older home buyers. She says one important element is to avoid treating baby boomer clients as if they've suddenly developed a whole new set of living preferences. Patterson told attendees it makes more sense to think of boomers as "mature" in the sense that they are experienced buyers who know what they want. She described their mindset about their home purchase as: "I'm going to do it right this time, finally."

Here are some home features you can be on the lookout for:

  1. Rethink the laundry room. After the kids move out, many home owners spend less time in the laundry room, but that doesn’t mean they want to ditch it entirely. As the house becomes less chore-centric, Patterson says, home owners are more prone to focus on fun. Try carving out a space for crafts or pet care if a huge laundry room feels like a waste of space to buyers.
  2. Boost the light. Patterson noted that as people age, the lens of the eye thickens and lets in less light. This means a 60-year-old needs six times as much light as a 20-year-old. Look for inexpensive ways to add light in unexpected places, such as inside drawers and cabinets.
  3. Be subtle about accessible features. Everyone wants to be able to age in place, but few want to think of a time when they’ll be physically limited. Thankfully, many features that make a home more navigable and safer for those with mobility issues aren't very obvious, such as even, level surfaces that make it easier for those using wheelchairs, canes, or walkers. Patterson also noted that many bathroom product manufacturers are now making grab bars that look more like shelves and towel racks than institutional-style safety features.
  4. Point out low-maintenance features. Patterson said one of the first things that comes to mind when people are looking for a low-maintenance home is the size of the lawn, but she noted that there's much more to taking care of a home than that. "I want you to think beyond yard maintenance," she told attendees. She noted that stain-resistant quartz countertops and roofs that don't have nooks where leaves can collect can be important qualities of a listing.
  5. Examine where the stairs lead. Steps can be problematic for those with mobility issues, but they aren't an automatic no-no for communities targeted at older buyers. It just depends on what's at the top of the staircase. A bunk room for the grandkids or an exercise room is a much better use for second- and third-floor space than a master bedroom or another place the primary resident might have to visit frequently. Also, landings and railings are both safety musts, Patterson says. "Stairs are the number one reason people go to the emergency room, and not just those over 55."

—Meg White, REALTOR® Magazine

3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling Less Miserable

Don’t break your back shoveling snow. Try these tips to make winter less of a burden.

Image: Kellie Hatcher/Offset

Image: Kellie Hatcher/Offset

If you’re a homeowner in a snowy climate, chances are good you rue the winter: All that snow has to go somewhere, and it’s not getting there itself. 

Cue the snow shovel.

Barring a move to a snow-free state or barricading your family inside all winter, there’s no way to avoid the endless task of shoveling snow. There are, however, ways to make the process much easier. Here are three simple hacks to make the morning after a snowfall much less stressful.

1. Spray Your Shovel with Cooking Oil

Snow sticking to your shovel makes an already arduous task even more obnoxious. Avoid it with this hack: Lightly coat your shovel with non-stick cooking oil to make snow slide right off. No more time wasted removing snow from your snow remover. (You can substitute a spray lubricant like WD-40, but the downside is it’s toxic.)

2. Lay Out a Tarp Before the Snow

If you like short cuts, this technique, billed as “the laziest way imaginable” to clear snow, according to a tutorial from “Instructables,” has got your name on it. The day before an expected snowfall, lay a tarp on your walkway. When the snow finishes falling, just pull out the tarp, and voilà: an instantly cleared walkway. (Word to the wise: Make sure pedestrians won’t trip on your tarp; include a sign or use this technique in your backyard walkway if you’re concerned.)

The technique requires a tarp, firewood, and twine as well as some prep work. Pre-storm, use firewood to weigh down your tarp — you don’t want it flying away in the wind! — and tie the twine to both the tarp and to a shovel standing upright in your yard. You’ll use the shovel to pull out the snow-laden tarp.

Although this method might be faster than shoveling, it does require manpower. After all, a cubic foot of snow can weigh between 7 and 20 pounds. So don’t get too ambitious with the size of your tarp or you might not be able to pull it once it’s full of snow.

3. Make a Homemade De-icing Cocktail

De-icers make snow removal easier by cutting through the tough, icy layers that are a pain to remove with a shovel. But an easy solution should be easy on your property as well. Many commercial de-icers are pretty harsh.

Commercial ice-melting substances — magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride (salt) — all cause damage to the environment, according to the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center. They can also damage concrete sidewalks and driveways, which mean hefty repair costs later.

A better solution: Make your own de-icer using rubbing alcohol or vinegar. You’ll save money, too. Commercial melters typically cost $8 or more. Plus, you’ll avoid the hassle of trekking to the hardware store to stock up.

Use vinegar before a storm to make ice and snow removal easier:

  • Combine 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water.
  • Spray or pour gently (you still want to avoid runoff into your landscape) before a storm.

To keep the sidewalks and steps from icing after a storm:

  • Combine 2 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water.
  • Apply to minimize runoff.

Jamie Wiebe
is a writer and editor with a focus on home improvement and design. Previously, she worked as a web editor for “House Beautiful,” “ELLE Decor,” and “Veranda.”

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Havana 802 Brings Cuban Food to Hardwick

When Monica and John Montero moved from Miami to Vermont last year, they brought Cuban home cooking with them. Earlier this month, they began sharing it with their adopted community when they opened Havana 802 at 41 South Main Street in Hardwick.

The opening menu offers about 70 dishes, ranging from tamales and empanadas ($4-6) to sandwiches, soups and entrées ($11-15). The last category includes ropa vieja (a tomato-beef stew) and churrasco (grilled skirt steak) with chimichurri. Once a liquor license goes through, Havana 802 will serve wine and beer, too.

Monica, born to a Cuban American family in Little Havana, does most of the cooking. Her saucy grilled and stewed meats, beans and rice, and plantains (crispy or ripe) are grounded in traditional Cuban cookery, which has a mild spice-ometer compared with other Latin American and island cuisines. John, who moved from Cuba to Florida at age 4, handles business and front-of-house operations.

In recent years, Havana 802's storefront has housed three relatively short-lived restaurants: Vermont Supper Club, Claire's Restaurant and Bar, and A Vermont Place. The Monteros hope to halt the revolving door by offering unique and approachable food at an affordable price point. "Cuban food is not an expensive food," John told Seven Days just after opening in early October. "Why should we charge more than we need to?"

Havana 802
41 S. Main St.
Hardwick
802-472-6000
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The Monteros say they hope to add live Latin music on weekend nights and perhaps brunch later this fall or winter. For now, the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Read the complete article at SevenDays

The original print version of this article was headlined "Cuban in the Kingdom"