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by Randy Dockery

A quote from Amy Jones

"The word TIME is composed of only four letters, but if you divide the word you will see that there are two extremely important words inside. They are 'I' and 'Me'... In order to make the best use of your time, in order to do twice as much in half the time, you must take TIME for 'I' and 'Me.' You must make time to recharge and be rejuvenated."

~Amy Jones

 And take the time to visit our beautiful mountains of Murphy, North Carolina. We will be happy to take time to show you - your dream home. If you would like to see our properties, send me an e-mail at:

Remember take the TIME to be recharged!

Randy Dockery


7 Rules for Room Additions

by Randy Dockery

Taken from Tuesday Tactics by Scott Levitt For Your Clients: 7 Rules For Room Additions
Great tips when considering an addition to your home.

This recent article by Paul Bianchina offers seven great tips for people considering an addition to a home. With an eye on how "aesthetics, access, and open space affect resale," this is a great article to share with past and present clients. Who knows, for some it might just open the door to a conversation about trading up rather than adding on!

1. Know why you're adding on.
2. Good additions never look like additions.
3. Out, up, down or a combination.
4. Don't let the interior become an afterthought.
5. Create convenient access.
6. Don't overwhelm your lot.
7. Understand the legalities.

How aesthetics, access, open space affect resale

If you're happy with your home and your neighborhood but are craving a little more space, maybe adding on is a better alternative to moving out. Room additions can be a terrific alternative for many homes, adding space for a growing family and adding resale value at the same time.

But be forewarned. A good room addition involves a whole lot more than just slapping on some additional square footage. Here are some important rules to keep in mind as your planning gets under way:

1. Know why you're adding on: This is the first rule, and it happens before you lift a hammer. Why do you need to add on? And no fair cheating and saying, "I need more space!"

Do you need another bathroom? Bedroom space? A laundry room or mud room? An improved kitchen flow? More space to entertain? Better accessibility due to health issues? More storage? A larger garage or hobby area? The only way the addition will meet your needs is to know what those needs are in the first place.

2. Good additions never look like additions: This is the other top rule of room-addition planning. When you're done, the addition -- no matter what its size or where it's located -- should never look like an addition. The architectural styles of new and existing need to blend.

The exterior materials need to blend as well, or at least complement each other. To the extent possible, use the same type of windows, roofing, doors, siding and other materials. If the original home has wood windows, using new vinyl windows in the addition screams "add-on" and lowers the appeal and the value. Don't overlook the need to blend landscaping and hardscaping as well.

3. Out, up, down, or a combination: The how and the where of a room addition is always a fun and exciting challenge for everyone involved. Some homes are situated on larger lots and lend themselves very nicely to adding out. Others seem best suited to adding up by building on a second or even a partial third floor.

Some houses are even laid out in such a way that it's possible to excavate under them and add new living space in the form of a daylight basement. Or it could be that a combination of two or even all three of these options makes the most sense for your particular home.

Keep your mind open to the possibilities. Work with a good contractor and a good designer and you'll be amazed at what you can come up with.

4. Don't let the interior become an afterthought: I've seen a surprising number of additions that look great from the outside but seem to have no thought put into them on the inside. Flooring doesn't match. Trim doesn't match. Sometimes even the interior floor heights don't match. Remember that how the interior of your addition looks and flows on the inside is just as important as how it looks and flows on the outside.

Use the same materials or the same style of materials. Match up ceiling, floor, and wall levels. Here again, no matter how you view the addition, inside or out, it should never look like an addition.

5. Create convenient access: This is another afterthought in a lot of additions. Let's say you have a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house, and you want to add a second bathroom. Typically, that's an addition that's going to have a good payback.

But then you build the addition so that the only access to the second bathroom is through the kitchen. You now have a three-bedroom, two-bath house, but since the layout is lousy, you've actually gone backwards in terms of desirability and resale value.

Are you going to create a beautiful second-floor master suite that can be accessed only by a tiny spiral staircase from the family room? Is the only way into your great new kitchen via a convoluted hallway that leads through the laundry room?

When planning your addition, never lose sight of how you're going to access the new spaces, and make sure that access is both convenient and inviting.

6. Don't overwhelm your lot: Granted, room additions are expensive. So when you're doing one, and all those workers are onsite, there's a temptation to get as much square footage as you can. But don't cram your lot full of house. Remember that open space is important as well, both to you and your family, and, later on, to potential buyers.

This is a good time to go back to Rule No. 1 and reconsider the "why" part of your room addition. Don't add space just to add it -- stay focused on your overall goals.

7. Understand the legalities: There are lots of rules and regulations that come into play regarding room additions. These include property line setbacks, zoning restrictions, and restrictions imposed by homeowner associations and architectural review committees.

In some historic areas, your addition may have to comply with certain historic guidelines. In other areas, there may even be solar shading restrictions that limit the height or the orientation of your roof line. Be sure you check into all of this before you get too far along with your planning.

Living in North Carolina

by Randy Dockery

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*Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.

*There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in North Carolina.

 *There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in North Carolina, plus a couple no one's seen before.

*If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.

*Onced and Twiced are words.

*It is not a shopping cart; it is a buggy.

*People actually grow and eat okra.

*'Fixinto' is one word.

*There is no such thing as 'lunch.' There is only dinner and then supper.

*Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar!

*Backwards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.'

*DJeet is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'

*You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.

*You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.

*You measure distance in minutes.

*You'll probably have to switch from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day.

*'Fix' is a verb. Example: 'I'm fixing to go to the store.'

*All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.

*You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

*You carry jumper cables in your car . . . for your OWN car.

*There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup.

*The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.

*The first day of deer season is a national holiday.

*100 degrees Fahrenheit is 'a little warm.'

*We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas.

*Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as 'goin' Wal-martin' or off to 'Wally World.'

*A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good pinto-bean weather.

*A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or pop. . . . it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: 'What kinda coke you want?'

*Fried catfish is the other white meat.

*We don't need no stinking driver's ed . . . if our mama says we can drive, we can drive.

If you understand these jokes please forward them to your friends from North Carolina (and those who just wish they were).

EVERYONE can't be a North Carolinian; it takes talent.

You might say it's an art form or a gift from God!



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