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    KingsGate Luxury Homes, a ThreeBestRated award-winning home builder, states the pros & cons of custom-built homes – PRUnderground - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Are you someone who is planning to build a home of your choice? It is easily one of the most important decisions we make in our life. And theres a lot that goes into building your dream home. The idea of having a custom-built home sounds exciting. However, it could be a tiring process. So, make sure you are aware of the pros and cons of building a custom-built home.

    We sat with Kingsgate Luxury Homes, a 2021 ThreeBestRated award-winning home builder in Toronto, Ontario, to know about what goes into constructing a custom-built home.

    Setting up a home can be a very thrilling and beautiful experience. However, we can also not deny the fact of how very tiresome a process it is as well. That is where our services and expertise come in handy. The services offered by KingsGate Luxury homes make this process a lot easier and less exhausting for you by offering everything under one roof., says Afshin Shirdarreh, the president of Kingsgate Luxury Homes.

    While talking about the significant advantage of a custom built-home, Afshin says, Creating your own custom-built home has lots of advantages which are why we have seen a sharp upturn in such demands in recent years. The most important of them is that you are in control of all the elements of the build so you can create your dream house.

    When it comes to the disadvantages, custom-built homes could be expensive, and the time taken to complete the project would be longer.

    About Kingsgate Luxury Homes Toronto

    Kingsgate Luxury Home is a luxury custom home builder in Toronto. They have been designing and building luxurious custom homes in Toronto and GTA since 2001. They specialize in a wide array of construction practices and provide superior service at affordable prices. Afshin Shirdarreh, the president of the company, has been a respected name among the GTA home builders since 2001. Afshin and his team have a reputation for their design, craftsmanship, service, and reliability.

    Kingsgate Luxury Home services everything from project management, floor plans to interior designing. They aim to create beautiful living spaces that meet the clients aesthetic, functional, and economic goals while respecting the environment. Afshin says, We treat each project individually. We prefer quality over quantity, and that is why we only take a few projects over the years so we can ensure that our builds get all the time and attention to detail they deserve.

    Afshin says, People are the heart of our business, and everything is focused on doing the best for them. Our quality, flexibility, and reliability over the last several years are why clients trust us and come back to us time after time. He also says, It is the attention to detail and dedication to our customers that sets us apart from other companies. Among several recognitions they have earned for their service, Afshin feels honoured and proud to receive the 2021 ThreeBestRated home builders award. KingsGate Luxury Homes undertakes projects in GTA. Visit their website to get in touch with them.

    About ThreeBestRated

    Three Best Rated was created in 2014 with the simple goal of finding the top 3 local businesses, professionals, restaurants, health care providers, and everything in-between, in any city. Every business is meticulously handpicked by our employees. We check businesss reputation, history, complaints, ratings, proximity, satisfaction, trust, cost, general excellence, reviews, and more, using our 50-Point Inspection. We only display businesses that are verified by our employees. Other places will call this hard work and unnecessary. We call it due diligence and the right thing to do. Our website is updated on a regular basis for quality and the latest business information.

    Three Best Rated has the honor of helping 4 million customers every month find the best businesses in any city without any effort!

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    Hoying & Hoying enters 44th year of building homes – - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ANNA Since 1977, Hoying and Hoying Builders (HHB) has been building custom homes in Shelby, Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and the surrounding counties. With over 200 years of experience amongst their employees, they have become the premier homebuilder in the area.

    We are going on our 44th year of building quality homes. Our expertise continues to be designing and building custom homes and emphasizing customer satisfaction. Part of our success is from having some of the best and experienced employees. We have a great group of highly skilled employees who care about their work and what they do for a living. We continue to monitor our practices to find ways to improve our building process and look for ways to cut costs without sacrificing the quality we are known for, said President Paul Hoying.

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    Hoying and Hoying Builders is very pleased with the progress they made in 2020 and anticipate 2021 to be a strong year as they continue to design and construct custom homes for families. Despite the unknowns of 2020, HHB was able to complete eleven custom homes, two outbuildings, and three basement remodels. They were also able to lend a hand with designing, coordinating, and constructing a house for a well deserving family through Habitat for Humanity, which will be completed in early spring 2021.

    With the increasing demand to build, Hoying and Hoying Builders started building the first of many custom homes on their lots located on Roettger Road, northwest of Kettlersville. They have completed three homes thus far with two to begin in the upcoming months. In total, there will be around ten houses. The single-family home lots are 2.5 acres, which are located within the Anna School District. They have access to high-speed fiber optic internet service and are in close proximity to New Bremen, Minster, Sidney, Honda, and I-75, which makes it an ideal living location. For additional information on pricing, call Hoying and Hoying Builders at 937-394-7144 or visit their website at

    We are preparing for new challenges and opportunities in 2021 by building upon what we have learned in 2020. Our employees faced new obstacles this year as the construction field experienced delays with building materials, but we grew as a team and are prepared for any other difficulties that may arise in 2021. We are very thankful for all the homeowners that chose to build with us and learned with us along the way when building a home in 2020 and years past. We look forward to working with future clients in 2021 and beyond when designing and building their custom home, outbuilding or completing their addition and remodel.

    For more information about Hoying and Hoying Builders, please visit their website or visit their Facebook page. You may also call them at 937-394-7144.

    Hoying and Hoying Builders, holds memberships in the Western Ohio and National Home Builders Associations, National Federation of Independent Business, the Better Business Bureau, the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce. They are also a Certified Pella Contractor and partnered with Energy Star and Touchstone Energy programs.

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    The Raphael: Once-in-a-Lifetime Historic Living in Hoboken – - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The tree-lined streets of Hoboken feature historic brownstones and traditional apartment buildings but a few properties including factories, firehouses, and church buildings serve a new purpose as converted residences, the latest of which is The Raphael, located at 901 Bloomfield Street. This truly unique piece of real estate combines history with function and high-end beauty, offering a home full of character with seamless modern conveniences that elevate your everyday. Keep reading to learn more about the property and Peter Cossio, the team lead at Hudson Realty Group @ Brown Harris Stevens who is overseeing the sale of the one-of-a-kind residences inside this stunning building.

    Originally a church designed by New York architectural firm French, Dixon & DeSaldern in 1891 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, The Raphael has been painstakingly restored and converted into a collection of beautiful and expansive custom-built homes located in uptown Hoboken. The developers have managed to perfectly complement this architecturally significant and historic property with juxtaposing modern interiors.

    Every residence offers unique architectural details including soaring double-height ceilings, a bell tower studio, a turret, and multiple terraces offering expansive views of both the building and surrounding streetscapes.

    The exquisite open kitchen is finished with custom-fitted cabinetry, Taj Quartzite waterfall countertops + backsplash, and a collection of state-of-the-art appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine storage, Wolf range, and a Miele under-counter microwave. The luxurious master suites feature floor-to-ceiling tiles by AKDO, brass fixtures by Hansgrohe, Perlato soaking tubs, and seriously luxurious showers with digital thermostat control and heated floors for an at-home spa experience. Every home features full-size washer/dryers, modern white oak quarter-sawn wide plank hardwood floors, and Lutron lighting and video security for an added measure of safety.

    The Raphael is a once-in-a-lifetime offering and is unparalleled in its combination of history, design, and location. With easy access to Hobokens 14th Street NY Waterway Ferry and one short block from Washington Streets boutique shopping, restaurants, as well as the NJ Transit bus route for access to Manhattans Port Authority bus terminal, this location cant be beaten.

    Located at 901 Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, three units are for sale and ready for the first owners following the extensive renovation. *One unit is currently under contract*

    Peter Cossio leads the Hudson Realty Group and has been a member of the New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence for the past 18 years. The team includes Clare Cossio, Kim Sullivan-Beier, Westley Page, and Richard Woodhull. As a team, they have been expanding their presence and dominance in the Hoboken and Jersey City markets, being named the firms Top NJ Team of the year consecutively from 2014-2018 and again in 2020. HRG is dedicated to understanding the needs of its clients and providing them with insight into the fast-changing real estate market.

    Hudson Realty Group @ Brown Harris Stevens continues to earn many top awards including the Producers Council Award for being ranked within the Top Grossing Agents Company-wide and have achieved the prestigious NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Award at the Platinum Level from 2013 to 2020. The team has also made Hoboken history, having listed and brought the buyer to the highest-priced multi-family home ever sold {2016} and brought the buyer to the highest-priced single-family home ever sold {2020}.

    The HRG @ Brown Harris Stevens office is located at 200 Washington Street in Hoboken. For inquiries on The Raphael or for any of your real estate needs, please call 201-478-6714 or email

    Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says freelancer like working from a caf with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.

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    Stock Adding Selection Of Luxury Inventory Residences For 2021 – Florida Weekly - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Stock Development is well-known throughout Southwest Florida for building homes of exceptional quality and style. Over the past two decades, the company has constructed more than 5,000 single-family homes throughout Florida and has earned more than 500 industry awards.

    According to Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development, early indications in 2021 are for another banner year. In preparation, the company is building a collection of soon-to-be-completed luxury residences for discerning homebuyers.

    Todays homebuyers want beautiful homes that are conveniently waiting for their moving van in the driveway! said Stock. With that in mind, our Building Division has begun construction on new inventory homes for 2021.

    Stock has chosen for construction an array of its most popular award-winning floorplans, complete with their signature spacious outdoor living areas. Its Design Center professionals have pre-selected for each, a distinct and beautiful combination of the most stylish custom options and finishes available all in the most desireable locations in Southwest Florida.

    Stocks new inventory residences will be convenient for homebuyers, getting them to closing more quickly and allowing them to move in and begin enjoying the spectacular Florida lifestyle sooner.

    Interested homebuyers may tour five of Stocks finest furnished models at WildBlue over the next three weekends during The Lee Building Industry Associations annual Parade of Homes.

    The Parade of Homes is one of the areas most popular events! said Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development. Each year the LBIA showcases the latest and greatest in Southwest Floridas architectural and interior design trends.

    The Parade of Homes begins Saturday, February 20th. It is open each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays, from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit for details.

    WildBlue is a spectacular 3,500-acre community nestled between Naples and Fort Myers. The first phase of amenities began construction last summer. These are located on a spectacular peninsular site that offers expansive views of WildBlues largest lake.

    Stocks 148 lots are situated on WildBlue Lake and offer breathtaking views, encompassing the beauty of this singular community. Stock is offering eight floorplans on 85 lots. Furnished models are open. Home and homesite packages begin at $1 million.

    On The Peninsula, Stock offers Luxury and Custom Homes on a variety of award-winning floorplans on 102 and 140 lots with stunning water views.

    Beautifully-furnished Stock model homes are on display in three more Southwest Florida communities.

    Naples Reserve is a gated community midway between Naples and Marco Island along the U.S. 41 Tamiami Trail/ Collier Boulevard. This spectacular, amenity-rich waterfront community is minutes from Downtown Naples and the beaches.

    Stock Development has three neighborhoods open in Naples Reserve. Numerous furnished models are open with home and homesite packages priced from the $600s! The Canoe Landing neighborhood consists of 64 homesites, nearly all of which offer waterfront views. Bimini Isle is an intimate neighborhood of only 35 high-end homes. This private enclave is situated along an elegant cul-de-sac that is surrounded by three lakes. Crane Point is a neighborhood of 85 homes dominated by stunning water vistas. It is almost completely encircled by the shimmering waters of Naples Reserves largest lake and features lush landscaping. In the center of the neighborhood is yet another lake.

    At Fiddlers Creek, Stock is building within the exclusive gated village of Marsh Cove, where a new furnished Easton III model is under construction. It is one of only a few homes remaining for sale in the neighborhood. Capistrano homes are priced from the $900s. At Isles of Collier Preserve, Stock provides an amazing array of choices in the community. The luxury coastal lifestyle community features The Isles Club, with a boathouse, dock and kayak launch, and the newly opened Overlook Bar & Grill with waterfront views of the Cypress Waterway.

    Stock offers three series of homes, many of which are on display among its numerous furnished models, priced from $1.2 million.

    Stocks Luxury and Custom Estate Homes are available at WildBlue, a spectacular 3,500-acre community nestled between Naples and Fort Myers in Estero. The first phase of amenities began construction last summer. These are located on a spectacular peninsular site that offers expansive views of WildBlues largest lake. Stocks 148 lots are situated on Wild- Blue Lake and offer breathtaking views, encompassing the beauty of this singular community. Stock is offering eight floorplans on 85 lots. Furnished models are open. Home and homesite packages begin at $1.1 million.

    On The Peninsula, Stock Luxury and Custom Homes are offering a variety of award-winning floorplans and custom homes designs on 102 and 140 lots with stunning water views.

    To see all that Stock has to offer, please visit the S tock Development website at Email at or call (239) 592- 7344.

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    Developer looking to build up to 32 high-end homes on flank of North Table Mountain – Arvada Press - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A builder once again has plans for the northern flank of North Table Mountain.

    This time, the vision is to build up to 32 new single family homes on 30 acres located off of West 58th Drive.

    A portion of that parcel, which is owned by Charles Williams, had recently eyed for development by another developer, NexMetro, as part of a proposal to build a 235-unit rental community on the mountain. NexMetro has since abandoned that proposal and is now seeking to build that community on land at the intersection of West 54th Avenue and McIntyre Street.

    Justin Javernick, a builder who said he lives on Blanca Street about 750 feet from the proposed development, said his firm is hoping to bring luxury custom homes with walkouts and four-sided facades to the site.

    We do intend to design and builder control all of the lots, said Javernick during a community meeting introducing the project held on Feb. 11. And we intend to bring a very high-end product to the area.

    While Javernicks firm has not starting the platting process for the properties, he said it is hoping to sell the properties for about $1.5 million each.

    We are targeting an aggressive price point per foot that is at the top of the market, if not higher, said Javernick. We plan on building very nice homes that should increase everyones value.

    During a presentation introducing the proposal, Javernick said his firm wants to build a new road off of West 58th Drive that would provide access to the properties.

    There would also be a new route connecting West 53rd Lane to the property that Javernick said would be accessible only to emergency vehicles to keep it from becoming a thoroughfare. Javernick said his firm is in negotiations with the owner of the adjacent property, Anthony Lombardi, because the access road would go through his property.

    The proposal also calls for up to two new homes to be built on another 17-acre parcel (where one home currently stands) just to the south of the parcel where the 30 homes would be built.

    The community meeting was the first required step in a process to rezone the property from an agricultural zoning to one that would allow single-family homes. Javernick will now have up to one year to submit an application to the county to formally kick off the rezoning process. The rezoning would ultimately go before the county commissioners.

    During the meeting, neighbors asked questions about issues ranging from the potential impact of the development on traffic and neighboring wildlife to the visual beauty of North Table Mountain.

    In response to the latter question, Javernick said the parcel that would only have up to three homes is higher on the mountain and all of the homes would also be built in a ranch style to limit their visual impact.

    Javernick also showed a slide showing that several nearby developments, including North Table Mountain Village and Hawthorn, are far more dense then the proposed density of 1.1 dwelling units per acre for the 32 homes. The density of North Table Mountain Village, for example, is 4.2 units per acre.

    I myself was against Avilla (the proposed NexMetro development) being a neighbor and felt the density was far too high for the area, said Javernick. However, I believe this is complimentary.

    While many comments expressed skepticism about the project, one expressed agreement with Javernick about the proposed density.

    In regards to the density, I feel its very low compared to the surrounding neighborhoods of large lots and also the previously proposed apartments townhomes for this site, wrote a commenter named Anthony. I feel this is a good thing for the area.

    Several questions also focused on the neighboring Lombardi property, which is also for sale and a likely target for development.

    Cassidy Clements, the Jeffco planning commissioner handling the rezoning application for the Williams property, said that the county does not have a position regarding the simultaneous development of the Williams and Lombardi properties but said any application to rezone other property would be evaluated based on overall impacts to the surrounding community with surrounding development taken into account.

    We would need to evaluate both proposals at the same time to see the impact, she said.

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    How Avenue Interior Design Renovated The Hilton Santa Monica Hotel In The Middle Of The Pandemic – Forbes - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A rendering of the Hilton Hotel Santa Monica Restaurant

    Renovating a large hotel isnt an easy project, especially during a pandemic. Still, Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan, founders of Avenue Interior Design have managed a full-scale renovation of the Hilton DoubleTree Santa Monica in Los Angeles converting the property to Hiltons West Coast flagship. Like everything else during these times, this project has taken far longer than initially planned for. Construction began in late 2018 and the property is almost ready to open.

    The building was erected in 1990 and last underwent renovations in 2009. So it was more than time for Avenue Interior Designs full-scale renovation which consisted of 289 guest rooms and suites, public spaces including the lobby, porte-cochre, reception, ballrooms, meeting space, pre-function space, restaurant and bar, outdoor dining terrace, as well as the fitness center and pool deck.

    For more than a decade, Los Angeles-based Avenue Interior Design has been designing boutique hospitality venues both domestically and abroad. Theyve made a name for themselves in the hospitality industry with their involvement in the design of the SLS Beverly Hills, La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, and the Ramble Hotel in Denver amongst others.

    Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan

    The design of the Hilton Santa Monica was inspired by the history of California itself. Southern California has long been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians, innovators, and filmmakers dating as far back as a century during the golden era of the 1920s. The 1930s saw the popularity of custom homes rise along the Gold Coast as LA pioneer architects Wallace Neff and Paul Williams were commissioned to build some of the most iconic estates of that period. The 1960s bohemian culture that rose to popularity in places like Malibu, Venice Beach, and Topanga Canyon, produced and fostered iconic musicians like The Beach Boys and The Doors, and Neil Young, DeRosa and Manhan tell me. Fast forward to the present day when this same landscape is becoming the breeding ground for innovation on another level technology and the rise of the now renowned, Silicon Beach.

    Renovating a hotel of the Hilton Santa Monicas scale is a tremendous undertaking even during less chaotic times. But the team at Avenue Interior Design managed to pull it off. However, one serendipitous factor was that the hotel was already closed for renovations during the shutdown. Better yet, the property had an inherently open floor plan so the public areas were already able to accommodate social distancing. While the local government is likely to mandate social distancing for quite a bit longer, accommodating this will likely be a part of hospitality design for an indeterminate period, at least in California.

    Lobby lounges, meeting spaces, restaurants, and other public areas within hotels are inherently comprised of communal spaces emphasizing shared experiences, the designers explain. This pandemic has required all of us designers, owners, operators, and guests alike to redefine our experiences within, as well as our expectations for, these communal spaces.

    Contemporary sconces are just one major hotel design trend

    Cleanliness and easy sanitization has become a major factor in design. The team at Avenue Interior Design not only had to reevaluate the layout of these spaces but also the type of furniture and materials used.

    A room with a view at the Santa Monica Hilton

    Cleanliness has always been of paramount importance within the hospitality industry, but the dialogue surrounding the maintenance and durability materials and finishes for these spaces is certainly top of mind. We are using more vinyl for upholstered seating, glass and stone tops on tables, and staying cognizant of vertical surface finishes in heavy communal areas knowing disinfecting procedures can wreak havoc on finer finishes and materials, they explain.

    The Southern California restaurant industry has been greatly challenged due to the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic. Various authorities and agencies have ordered multiple shutdowns and strict requirements for reopening including changes in social distancing and capacity guidelines. As of February 19, 2021, indoor dining is still forbidden. This has forced the restaurant industry to create layouts that can be pivoted at a moments notice.

    A rendering of flexible space at the Hilton Santa Monica

    One way Avenue Interior Design addressed this issue was by utilizing modular components of freestanding two-top and four-top tables for maximum flexibility in the event the restaurants must comply with distancing guidelines or reduced group size requirements. However, DeRosa and Manhan take this design challenge in stride. Mixing in various seating styles allows for an infusion of personality and visual interest while maximizing occupancy. An additional consideration for how interior and outdoor spaces connect is also top of mind. Now more than ever plans must be in place for spaces to expand to capture any usable real estate.

    The pandemic has undoubtedly changed hospitality design for the long term. As a result, DeRosa and Manhan anticipate several permanent modifications to design interior and experiences within these spaces. For one, wed welcome more automated, touch-free, or motion-activated features especially when it comes to plumbing fixtures and lighting. Not only is it convenient and clean, but its also sustainable, they tell me.

    The future is (almost) now.

    They also see hotels integrating home office features into rooms. A quiet space, a functioning scanner and printer, reliable Internet, and comfortable chairs instantly became the most coveted home essentials. Once we get the green light to travel freely, we suspect were going to see a surge in travelers looking for hospitality venues catering to those of us seeking a work-cation and in turn capitalizing on the work-from-anywhere mentality so many of us have embraced during 2020.

    The Hilton Santa Monica anticipates a grand opening in spring 2021.

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    This Dallas family business went from building floral displays at big events to fixing up homes – The Dallas Morning News - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Nick and Taylor Thurmond found a post-it note on their mailbox last April with an offer to buy their Lower Greenville home in Dallas. That little piece of paper served to keep a family business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    It planted a seed for how a business with a rich Dallas legacy could outrun a health crisis thats gobbled up many other companies.

    The family business, now called Nitsche, is known as an event construction company with a rich Dallas legacy. Founded by German immigrant Ernst Nitsche, it began as a flower store around 1887, according to family members. The family initially sold flowers grown on their Dallas farm under the name Nitsches Flower Store, the first flower shop to be counted in the Dallas census, according to family.

    The company shifted direction in the 1970s when Virgil Thurmond, Nicks father, changed it from a retail flower shop to an events and trade show business, renaming it Nitsche Convention Florist. Since then, the familys main work came from building sets and outdoor designs for events like the State Fair of Texas and traveling across the country for other similar large-scale events.

    When COVID-19 sent the events business into hibernation, the Thurmonds had to figure out other ways to make money.

    It was 100 to zero income in February, said Nick Thurmond, part of the fifth generation of family members to be involved in the business. He co-owns it with his father. Taylor, Nicks wife, also works for the family business.

    Fortunately, the family had a background in construction. And they had a lead: the post-it note.

    Nick and Taylor had been renovating their own homes for a number of years, making small-scale improvements. While living in their first Dallas home a duplex they owned while renting out the other half they decided to buy the home next door when it went on the market.

    Three or four months after the renovation, they found that note on their mailbox. The Thurmonds realized they could channel the companys existing construction know-how into homebuilding.

    In June, they bought a two-unit duplex on Vickery Boulevard in Lower Greenville under the companys name. The Thurmonds had the skills necessary to completely reimagine the 1950s build so they set out to convert it into a single-family home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    The Thurmonds say they hate the term flipping houses because it evokes the idea of slapping on new countertops, adding paint and calling it a day. Instead, when they renovate, they gut an entire house, reassessing everything from the plumbing to the layout to the exterior appearance.

    They worked with Amy Sack from Compass Real Estate to find and acquire the properties. On Dec. 30, they closed a sale of the Vickery Boulevard house with Sacks help. Nick and Taylor said it was their first sizable paycheck since February.

    When your side hustle becomes your main hustle overnight is how Taylor explains the choice they faced.

    Nitsche has since acquired a second property where the Thurmonds will be building from the ground up. Nick and Taylor own a few properties of their own, separate from the family business, and are building their own custom home as well.

    As for the future of the company, the couple said theyre uncertain how this year will play out. And theyre okay with that.

    The company has already survived one pandemic the infamous 1918 Spanish flu that infected 500 million people. In a 1970 article in The Dallas Morning News, Nicks grandfather Robert Thurmond was quoted as saying the family flower store peaked during that pandemic.

    Nick expects homebuilding to become a permanent part of the 134-year-old family business.

    It was kind of a natural and welcome shift that will continue regardless of what happens, he said.

    Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly cited Richard Thurmond in a 1970 article, the correct name is Robert Thurmond. The article now reflects the change.

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    Cheyenne River Youth Project serves 265+ families in 2020 Toy Drive – Drgnews - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Cheyenne River Youth Projects Wo Otuhan Wi, or Moon of Giving Away Presents, finally came to an end this past Friday, Jan. 15. Over the last several weeks, the nonprofit youth organizations small staff just 10 people sorted, wrapped, and safely delivered thousands of gifts through curbside distributions, bringing Santa Claus to more than 265 families on the remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

    Christmas 2020 is officially done, said Julie Garreau, CRYPs executive director. We delivered gifts for hundreds of children here on Cheyenne River, making sure that each one received four gifts from his or her unique Dear Santa letter, as well as warm winter clothing. And due to the pandemic, we did it without any long-term or community volunteers for the first time in our 32-year history.

    Im humbled and honored to work with such a remarkable, committed group of people here at CRYP, she continued. They faced hard work, long hours, delays, and deeply challenging circumstances, yet they never wavered in their determination to bring holiday joy to our community.

    Delivering that joy to Cheyenne River families was more important than ever in 2020. Not only are parents and caregivers dealing with lost income, quarantines, and sickness, their children are suffering from the loss of school, recreational and cultural activities, and gatherings with loved ones.

    Our kids have lost so much since the pandemic erupted last March, said Dawn E. LeBeau, CRYPs deputy director. They couldnt lose us too, and we knew they definitely couldnt lose Santa Claus. We had to find a way to save Christmas.

    That effort began early in the fall. The youth project created a new Family Services system that would allow families to submit their applications and their childrens Dear Santa letters entirely online. Next, its tech team came up with a plan to make those letters available to donors through the website.

    We knew that employees at many of our partner organizations were working remotely, LeBeau explained. They wouldnt be able to distribute physical letters in their traditional work spaces, so we gave them a user-friendly online option for letters, as well as an Amazon wish list.

    Not only could donors adopt letters from CRYPs online letter store, they also could shop online and ship the packages directly to Eagle Butte. As a result, many families gifts arrived at CRYP through couriers and the U.S. Postal Service this year.

    CRYP did welcome its annual toy truck from Friends of Lakota Youth in St. Louis, as well as the annual toy truck from Colorado, which brought gifts from Fairview High School in Boulder and Lennar Custom Homes in the Denver metro area.

    Other supporters included the American Indian College Fund; International Dream Achievers at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois; a Leeds School of Business student group at CU-Boulder; Partnership with Native Americans; Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey; Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP in Louisville, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.; the Rapid City Woodworkers Association; the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation, and Square.

    The need is so great everywhere right now, words cannot express how deeply grateful we are that you chose us, Garreau said. Thanks to you, nearly 900 children experienced the magic of dreams coming true this year.

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    Here are the 10 priciest houses in Prince George in 2021 – - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Now that BC Assessment is done analyzingeveryone's homes for 2021, we decided to find outwhere themost expensive homes residein B.C.s northern capital.

    Most of the top 10most valuable residential property homes in Prince George are located inCollege Heights,then a few pop-up placeslike Hart Highway,Red Rock and Chief Lake Road.

    Some of the homes are lakefront properties that have docks and some are expansive rural acreages, while a few others boast spectacular square footage right in town.

    A few of the homes are properties with long driveways that you can't see from the road but thanks to Google, we can get an idea of what they look like.

    In Prince George, all 10 properties are valued at $17,893,000.

    In 2020, all top 10 properties in Prince George were valued at $15,702,000, a difference of more than $2 million.

    Northern B.C. did see a moderate increase in property values this year with the average valueof a home in Prince George, specifically,increasing by seven per cent.

    The highest-valued property in northern B.C. is an acreage in Dawson Creek valued at $4.4 million followed by a lakeside house in Fort. St. John valued at $2.6 million.

    The report reflects market value as of July 1, 2020, according to BC Assessment's website.

    With that said, here are 10 very nice homes:

    Built in 2012, this custom two-story house has four bedrooms and four baths, sitting on 3.62 acres.

    In 2020, it was worth $2,187,000.

    Built in 2002, this one-story house has four bedrooms and five baths.

    In 2020, it was worth $2,128,000.

    Built in 2010, this two-story custom home has four bedrooms and six bathrooms.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,740,000.

    Built in 2009, this custom two-story house has six bedrooms, five baths and sits on 1.81 acres.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,787,000.

    Built in 1998, this one-story custom house has three bedrooms and five bathrooms.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,441,000.

    Built in 2011, this two-story house has six bedrooms and six baths.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,436,000.

    This two-story semi-custom home built in 2006 has four bedrooms and three baths and sits on 29.4 acres.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,486,000.

    Built in 2014, this 1.5 story house has six bedrooms and six baths and sits on 92.44 acres.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,431,000.

    Built in 2001, this two-story house has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,295,000.

    Built in 2008, this two-story house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

    In 2020, it was worth $1,241,000.

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    Pea Architecture & Engineering Corporation Announces Lead Architect, Developer, and Visionary, Manuel Pea, Traveling to Dubai for Major Project… - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    AVENTURA, Fla., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Pea Architecture & Engineering Corporation (PAE announced that founder and President Manuel Pea would be traveling to Dubai to help facilitate a series of major upcoming project developments for the company. PAE is a boutique architectural firm known for designs that exemplify both excellence and elegance in their style and execution.Led by the young but ambitious designer, PAE plans to introduce the company's architectural vision of simple luxury paired with energy efficient utility to the thriving architectural wonderland of Dubai.

    "Beauty and luxury, merged with simplicity and functionality that's a signature design aesthetic for us," said Pea. "But what exactly does that mean? Well, it can a mean a lot of different approaches and theories. But some of our clients express a desire to live as nearly off-the-grid as they can, or they wish to lower their energy and carbon footprints in other significant ways. And sometimes they're hesitant to ask for these designs because there's a lingering notion out there that energy-efficient can't be beautiful. And that's just not true. Art and design are absolutely linked; beauty can be part of any design. An architect's job is to first envision the completed project whether it's an addition, a brand-new home, or an entire office complex and then find a way to get to the end goal in a way that incorporates both the client's desires, and a sense of artistic style. Dubai is a great place to see this in action all the time because the city is very welcoming to new architectural design approaches."

    PAE: Completed Projects

    PAE has already finished multiple successful projects in the Florida region, including a medical office in Miramar; commercial warehouse renovations, condominiums, and a car wash in North Miami; Oxford Courts in North Miami; Plaza Maria Condominium in Miami; and landscaping and residential homes in Miami Beach. Some other featured projects include:

    For more information on upcoming company events, or future plans related to the latest design projects, follow PAE on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

    About Pea Architecture & Engineering Corporation (PAE)

    PeaArchitecture & Engineering Corporation is a team of highly experienced and talented professionals who are dedicated to providing excellence in both design and planning services for construction development projects across the globe. Working with a wide range of successful businesses and entrepreneurs, PAE specializes in providing landscape, single-family, multi-family, and custom homes, as well as commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments. Combining simplicity and luxury, PAE creates personal spaces that are challenging yet engaging; with color, texture, and light as proportions that come together to express the heart of each project's vision. Learn more at:

    Media Contact: Manuel PeaPresidentOffice 305-749-2512Toll-free 1(877)-797-2326[emailprotected]

    SOURCE Pea Architecture and Engineering Corp.

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