Blog - Rosie on the House

20 October 2020

What’s your clean score? Rosie-Certified Partner, Hospitality Bio Cleaners, or HBC for short, is a Phoenix based disinfecting company that is asking homeowners and businesses alike this question. But what does “clean score” mean? HBC measures the number of microorganisms on any given surface using state of the art technology. The question becomes, how many microorganisms are there and which of them are dangerous? The healthcare industry advises that between...

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13 October 2020

Black has always been a good foundation for any design, and it continues to be a very popular enhancement for residential doors and windows. Today, black windows continue to be on trend and can be found in homes of many different architectural styles. "Black windows make a statement and have been doing so for decades. Inspired by history and modernized for present-day design principles, black windows can take your home's exterior or interior style to new heights"...

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06 October 2020

If you haven’t refinanced your home this year, there are a few incentives to encourage you to consider doing so now. A new fee that will increase your cost to refinance begins December 1st. The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a surcharge of 0.5% of the total finance cost on each refinance. The average added cost to a refinance is $1500.00. Some food for thought:...

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29 September 2020

The human desire to bring a connection between the indoors and outdoors began to show up in the designs of the architects of the 20th century. Looking at the history of housing during that period reveals a story of architects who worked toward designing a home that was truly American and worked to bring a connection to the outdoors from the inside out...

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22 September 2020

What do Arizona communities of Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Sedona and Fountain Hills all have in common? They are all officially designated as International Dark Sky Communities by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). These communities, and others, have come together to preserve dark skies as a treasure. If the idea of being able to see the constellations from your own backyard appeals to you, there are some simple things that can be done by homeowners to cut down on the overabundance and often wasted energy of night lighting...

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15 September 2020

Taking advantage of opportunities to incorporate natural light into our homes has many benefits! Putting light in varying places and angles, especially when it comes from above, creates a pleasant sense of well-being and an uplifting of mood. In Southern Arizona, where it is sunny on average of 299 days per year and Northern Arizona with 260 clear or partly cloudy days - this makes sense!...

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08 September 2020

Lighting our homes is a necessity that increases functionality with the added benefit of creating beauty or drama. Choosing the proper light can transform a space. For example, adding a new floor lamp to brighten up a workspace allows us to work longer hours or enjoy a good book...

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01 September 2020

Arizonans love spending time outdoors entertaining, cooking and swimming. As the long, hot summer days grow shorter, homeowners will want to make sure they have enough light to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle...

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25 August 2020

Universal Design is a design principle that takes into account the diverse needs and abilities of all people who will use it. It creates an environment that is more inclusive and can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, and ability. In essence, it is a fundamental practice of improving the original design. As one of the fastest growing trends in the housing market, this design approach continues to gain momentum as more homeowners and housing professionals learn more about it......

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18 August 2020

When you are getting ready to have a contractor remodel your home, it is important to do your homework and vet companies thoroughly. Schedule an appointment with each company that you are considering, then do some deeper digging after you've received their estimates - let's go over a few different points to consider that you may not have thought of...

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11 August 2020

By now you have had a chance to try out working and schooling from home. Maybe you have tried to make do with the space you have, and it has become increasingly obvious that your situation would really benefit from more room! There are some choices that lie between working with what you have and moving to a new home. Projects to consider are adding an AC and insulation to your existing garage, enclose a carport or remove a load bearing wall...

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04 August 2020

If you have been shopping for flooring for your home lately, you may have seen and maybe even considered luxury vinyl planks (LVP). We visited with Mitch Taylor of Rosie Certified Bram Flooring this week. He tells us that it wasn't but a couple of years ago that they had to introduce shoppers to the product when they stopped by their showroom. However, now it seems that everyone has heard of LVPs and homeowners come in the showroom just to see the product for themselves...

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28 July 2020

Working from home is nothing new. As a matter of fact, in January of this year Scottsdale, Arizona was ranked the #1 city in the nation to work from home. Of course, COVID-19 has forced more people than ever to set up some sort of temporary or long term workstation at home. Working and schooling from home can be challenging as families work to find individual space and privacy and still have the normal functions of the home. We're here to help make these new arrangements work better for everyone...

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21 July 2020

Generators have always been popular in smaller rural communities, second homes in the mountains and with properties that are off the grid. But, with people working from home during the pandemic, we are more dependent on our homes than in the recent past. When electricity is interrupted it can be more than inconvenient...

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14 July 2020

When was the last time you stepped inside a manufactured home? If you haven’t seen a manufactured home in the last decade you are in for a pleasant surprise! Gone are the days of your grandmother’s single wide trailer with paneling. The newer models are modern with...

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07 July 2020

Most Arizona homeowners would assume that our AC’s are working hard during the hottest part of the summer because of high temperatures. But high temperatures are only part of the reason our units are working at maximum capacity..."humidity is the real culprit as it demands our units to not only cool but also remove the moisture from a much heavier air"...

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30 June 2020

Often times, homeowners want to update their home to create bigger spaces and better views to the outdoors. The conversation often starts with, “can I remove this wall?” Rosie’s answer is, “yes, with a good engineer and a big enough budget, you can get rid of any load bearing wall.”...

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23 June 2020

Are you wondering if your air conditioner unit is running efficiently or if it might be time to replace your A/C altogether? “The most important thing that homeowners can do, when it comes to air conditioning, is to focus on the things that cost you the least and save the most.”...

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16 June 2020

Rosie understands why one of the most common questions this time of year is "how can I keep my home cool, and do it affordably?" Keeping your home cool while living in the desert southwest can be especially challenging when daytime highs are in the 100 and nighttime lows are 90 or above. The main issue is that, with such extreme heat, the home and its surfaces do not have a chance to shed their heat gain before the sun rises again. We've put together some tips for how to affordably cool your home and save money in the process...

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09 June 2020

If you are fighting off unwanted pests at your home, find out what they like to eat, where they like to sleep, and get rid of it! We've got tips for getting rid of the creepy crawlies, the nesting creatures, the critters that buzz, and even the wild animals around your home ...

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