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Design in Mind from the 1920’s to the 2020’s

Art Deco is the design movement that took the Roaring ‘20s by storm. Imagine the world of Jay Gatsby and the lavish parties he hosted. One of the main characteristics of the interior design style of that particular Gilded Age is geometric shapes, patterns, and shiny objects in many finishes. Art deco has lots of […]

Reasons to Power Wash

Power washing the home’s exterior should be a part of every homeowner association maintenance routine. You may not realize it, but your building’s exterior is exposed to UV rays, wind, dirt, animals, pollutants, and many other harsh elements every day. All these factors plus the age of your exterior can cause the areas to discolor […]

Ice Damming Leads to a Structural Surprise at Orchard Gate

Ice Damming Leads to a Structural Surprise

When a townhome community weathers a heavy snowstorm and a polar vortex, and then reports icicles 8-10 feet long stretching from roof to ground, the association has a plethora of issues to deal with at once. At Orchard Gate HOA in Westmont, Illinois, severe weather in December 2018 led to just those conditions. FirstService Residential […]

Hammerbrush Tip

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Do you know what the number one cause of house fires is in the United States? It might surprise you. Cooking is the leading cause of house fires. Here are a few tips to prevent a house cooking fire: Never leave your range or cooktop unattended Wear short, close-fitting clothes Always keep your cooking are […]

Why Color Matters

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Considering how color makes you feel and what it says about you, is it any wonder that color is one of the most important decorating decision you’ll make? Color is a language. Color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives. Color can attract your attention or change your mood. It speaks to […]

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