Tuesday, April 16, 2019   /   by The Simple Life Team

How To Save Money While Landscaping

Revamping your landscaping can be a huge undertaking. It takes a lot of time, effort, and money. So how can you give the exterior of your home a facelift without breaking the bank or taking out a second mortgage? There a many ways to cut costs on landscaping, including some of The Simple Life’s favorite tips below!
Select perennial plants. Choosing perennial plants over annuals can help reduce both cost and time. These plants continue to bloom year over year with less upkeep so you won’t have to set aside more money for new plants and spend time replanting in the coming years.
Shop at the end of the season. Shop for plants, accessories, mulch, containers, and more towards the end of fall for the best savings. Most garden centers and nurseries are looking to clear out plants and tools before winter so you may be able to save up to 50 percent.
Creatively source materials. Often extra materials can be found at construction sites or other landscapers may be giving ...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019   /   by The Simple Life Team

What Garage Size Is Right For You?

With the constant shift in car shapes and sizes as your family grows on top of storage requirements, ensuring you build the perfect, secure garage to hold everything as your needs change is crucial. But not to worry, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of options to help set you on the right path!

Garage Width: The most common garage layout found on homes is a standard two-car garage. Equipped with a single door, generally 12 to 18 feet wide, that allows for two vehicles of the same or different sizes. An alternative garage layout is a two-car garage split down the middle with a vertical beam and two smaller doors on either side. This is a sleek aesthetic that is visually pleasing but may bump up cost with the required dual door setup and door openers. Another option is a single-car garage that starts at 8-feet wide.

Short vs. Tall: The standard height for garage doors is 7 feet tall, which works perfectly for most vehicles. However, if you have a lifted truck ...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019   /   by The Simple Life Team

Top Hot Home Trends for 2019

With the change in seasons may come the urge for change, whether it be in your habits, activities, clothing, or in your home. If you are looking for a home refresh, look no further than the top hot home trends for 2019. Below are five of our favorites!
Biophilia. One of the largest décor trends this year center around connecting with nature by bringing the outside indoors. Natural materials such as wood and stone paired with ocean blues and various shades of greens or grays are a common theme.
Jewel Tones. Colors such as indigo, emerald green, ruby reds, and sapphire blue are making a statement this year. Whether they are used on walls or for accent pieces and furniture, these colors create a rich, luxurious atmosphere in any room.
Bold Backsplashes. Homeowners are looking to spice up their kitchens by opting for bold colors or graphic tiling for their backsplash. Additionally, there has been a lot of interest in taking the tile from countertop to ceiling, maki ...

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Monday, July 23, 2018   /   by Megan Luther

Summer 2018 Bucket List

It may be hard to believe summer will be coming to an end soon. Still, there’s still plenty of time to fulfill your bucket list of summer fun activities…and no better place to do it than Grand County!

Here are 10 “must do” items to help you turn the Winter Park area into your summer playground!

1. Paddle Board on Grand Lake: You KNOW you’ve been wanting to do this! Experience the scenic beauty of one of Colorado's oldest tourist destinations and the state's largest natural body of water on a rented paddle board.

2. Camp at Arapaho Valley Ranch: Rent a tipi, glamping tent or rooms in a historic lodge which houses Colorado's smallest bar, The Red Dog Saloon!

3. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride: Low-level flying will allow balloonists to spot wildlife, pick pine cones from treetops, fly over the train, and "splash & dash" into a pond or river. At higher altitudes, the spectacular peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Di ...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018   /   by Megan Luther

Here’s a “Crappy” Topic - Septic Systems

If you live in an isolated or rural area, chances are you are the proud owner of a septic system. But while most homeowners want to do what’s best and right for their home, most have no idea how to treat or maintain this vital home component. 

In the most basic explanation -- the septic system is made up of two parts - the septic tank and the leach field. Water from your home goes into the system in two forms: black water (toilet waste) and gray water (kitchen, sink, bath and laundry waste). A septic system uses natural biological processes to treat this waste. 

As wastewater from your home flows into the tank, heavy solids settle to the bottom into a “sludge" layer while fats float to the top forming a layer of “scum”. Between these two layers is a zone of liquids. Bacteria are found in all three of these layers and work to treat and reduce the sludge and scum. They literally “eat and digest” the solid materials. The treated solids a ...

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