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Middle Tennessee residents and visitors, listen up: it’s time to prepare to beat the scorching summer heat in the coolest, most enjoyable way possible – by hitting the best water parks in Tennessee! These aquatic sanctuaries are a great way for the whole family to stay active and have fun during the warmest months of the year.

Dive into adventures large and small on water slides that twist and turn, in peaceful wave pools that bring the beach to you, and down lazy rivers that evoke memories of childhood days spent floating on quiet waterways. Your small children can spend hours bouncing through splash pads and paddling in safe, shallow pools while vigilant lifeguards stand watch.

Gather your swimwear, slather on some high-SPF sunscreen, and

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Middle Tennessee is overflowing with appealing amenities, adventures, and auditory delights, which continue to draw newcomers to our neighborhoods. However, we believe that the natural beauty with which we’re surrounded is the crowning gem of every corner of Tennessee.

As a homeowner, you have the opportunity to create an outdoor oasis in your own back yard. Landscaping, outdoor cooking areas, beautiful lighting, and a fire pit is a great start, but your outdoor living space will fully come together when you purchase a set of your dream outdoor furniture! 

To keep your back yard looking stellar year after year, it’s essential that you learn to properly care for your outdoor furniture pieces. We recommend a thorough cleaning every six months:

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Whether you’re moving into your new home for the first time, or have become stuck in a rut in the home you’ve loved for years, the Taoist practice of feng shui has recommendations for creating the perfect home interior. Feng shui originated before 960 B.C. and has been upheld as a valuable practice in Taoist homes ever since.

Feng shui is a metaphysical system by which one may understand their place in the world. By looking to nature, Taoist originators determined that fire, earth, metal, water, and wood were the elements that must be balanced to achieve ideal harmony in any space or situation.

If this all seems challenging, never fear; feng shui can be used to bring harmony to your home in six simple steps. The following recommendations will

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Our bodies are composed of 55% to 60% water, so it’s no surprise that homeowners are interested in ways to upgrade their home water quality. From chlorine and heavy metals to unpleasant smells and flavors, there are a number of excellent reasons to first test your water, then take steps to refine your municipal water supply. Read on for a breakdown of the why, the how, and the results you should achieve with various methods.

Is Your Water Safe?

As residents ourselves, we’re pleased to report that the water reaching you throughout Middle Tennessee has been carefully filtered, treated, and tested before it is sent out into your community.

But there’s a catch: water utility companies are not responsible for nor required to ensure that the

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Outdoor lighting is truly a multifunctional upgrade for your home. The right lighting will make your home more aesthetically pleasing, safer, and will enhance your home’s existing security measures. To learn more about the best ways to improve your home by adding outdoor lighting, read on.

Outdoor Lighting: Getting Started

Everything you’ve learned about creating appealing indoor lighting systems will translate to your outdoor lighting efforts. A variety of lights emanating from multiple points will result in the ideal diffuse effect.

In every outside space, your goal will be to avoid glare. Lighting should point down, away from the viewers’ eyes. If your home sits up higher than the street, visitors heading up to your home will have a

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Follow these tips and expert insight to help you get your budget in order and get yourself ready to buy your first home.

1.) Organize Your Finances

You may know how much you have in your bank accounts, but do you know how much you spend on household expenses and luxuries each month? Or which credit card has the highest interest or balance? 

Getting a good handle on your money starts with a clear idea of where your money is going. This info will also help you determine what you can afford and your homebuying timeline. Start by breaking down your finances into the following categories:

  • Start with creating a basic budget for items like housing, groceries, and gas.
  • Account for an emergency saving --In case of an accident or other
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Baby, it’s cold outside! For many of us, it’s a habit to abandon our outdoor space during the winter months. But, with the right setup, you can enjoy your back yard all year round! Once your yard has been made winter-ready, invite your friends and family to gather ‘round and enjoy cozy days and evenings outdoors with you. You’ll no doubt find that your house becomes a popular winter retreat for those you love.

Set up a Free-Standing Heater

If you’ve ever experienced the warmth and comfort a free-standing heater brings to an outdoor dining table at a restaurant, you already know why we’re recommending one for your place. Most outdoor heaters are powered by propane. They are available in a range of prices and sizes, so you’re sure to find the

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If summer is all about updating and expanding our outdoor living spaces, winter is surely the time for heading indoors and reveling in our home’s interior comforts. Winter conjures up images of curling up on the couch in front of a roaring fire with family, sipping hot cocoa and cider, lighting scented candles, and decking every hall with boughs of holly.

When you step back and take a look, does it feel as if your home is lacking a certain something? Not to worry—we’re here to help you have the coziest winter season yet! Today we’re sharing our top ten recommendations for fun and luxurious winter home must-haves!

KitchenAid Electric Kettle
$79.99 - $99.99 from Amazon

Perfect for tea, pour-over coffee, and filling hot water bottles, this

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2023 is slated to be a big year for remodeling and renovation. In Nashville alone, 2022 was a record-setting year for home expansion, and there are no signs of this pace slowing down. If you have plans to update, upgrade, or expand on your home, it’s vital that you read up on Tennessee’s laws governing permits for residential construction. Laws do vary by county, but robust building codes are in effect throughout the entire state.

Today we’ll be discussing the general rules that apply in Middle Tennessee.

What are Building Permits?

A building permit is a written authorization from your state, city, or county granting you permission to proceed with construction. They are intended to enforce building codes and zoning laws and can be obtained

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Since the start of the millennium, few real estate trends have gained and retained as much popularity as the open floor plan. Though they range from expansive great rooms paired with traditional bedroom configurations to fully open, sun-drenched loft apartments, it’s a fact that no other type of configuration has been in such high demand.

If you’re preparing to look for your first home, or upgrade the home you have, you are no doubt mulling over the pros and cons of open concept living—and you’re correct that such designs aren’t for everyone.

Let’s take a closer look at some important factors to consider before you make such a huge decision.

The Pros

1.) Freedom to Socialize

Open floor plans are perfect for entertaining and spending

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