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September 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Becoming a homeowner is one of the best feelings there is – until something goes wrong. While home maintenance can be a fun learning experience, it also can be dangerous if you try to make a do-it-yourself project out of a tricky home repair. If you’re not experienced with electrical work, it’s best to use a certified electrician when experiencing problems. Much like finding a good mechanic, finding a qualified, reliable and reasonably priced electrician can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Follow these tips to find an electrician that meets your standards.

  1. Define your project. Determine the tasks the electrician will need to perform. Make a list and be prepared to hand it over to the candidate. This will help you get the most accurate estimate ahead of time and allow you to compare multiple quotes.
  2. Get recommendations. Ask your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It’s likely that their experiences will be a good indicator of the service you can expect. Does a name keep coming up? That’s where you want to start.
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September 29th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake

Sunshine isn’t the only perk for those of us who live in Southern California. Besides usually perfect weather, we’re afforded the luxury of a variety of scenery and vastly different surroundings just a short drive away from our homes. Take a day trip and explore the nearby surroundings. You might be truly surprised at how much is within your reach.

  1. Santa Barbara – Just north of Los Angeles is this not-so-hidden gem. Although it might be a popular tourist destination, it’s with good reason. Visit Santa Barba and seek out the less-obvious activities and sights in town. See the ocean, but don’t miss the scenic drive on Alameda Padre Serra.
  2. Mammoth Mountain – OK, this might not be quite a day trip and it’s not in the southern half of the state, but it’s worth a visit. East of San Francisco, Mammoth Mountain is the spot for Californians seeking winter sports. However, don’t rule out the other seasons and as the area is beautiful year round.
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September 29th, 2014 at 11:27 am

BHHS-Map

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand recently celebrated a milestone anniversary. It’s now been one year since the inaugural brand transition, which took place in Southern California. On Sept. 23, 2013, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties transitioned 63 offices and more than 2,500 agents. It’s been an amazing year! In fact, since then Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown to include more than 1,000 offices nationwide. The map above shows offices throughout the United States. As Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices continues to grow, the team is more devoted than ever to creating and delivering an unparalleled customer experience throughout the real estate transaction process.

 

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September 26th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

It’s no secret that architecture draws inspiration from nature. Biomimicry in architecture is the art of modeling buildings and systems after elements of nature with the intent of solving complex human problems. Examples can be seen around the world. Many well-respected and notable architects such as Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto, Ross Lovegrove, Santiago Calatrava and Frank Lloyd Wright were known for their work in this style of design. Below are a few stunning examples.

1. Redwoods Treehouse , New Zealand – a pod shaped structure drawing inspiration from insect cocoons designed by Pacific Environment Architects.

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September 26th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Apple-picking

It’s harvest time again in Southern California, and that means apples are ripe for the picking. Before you head to the orchards for some hands-on fruit shopping, follow these common-sense tips and tricks:

  1. Research your orchards. Determine what you want out of your orchard – organic, low-spray, etc. Don’t hesitate to call the managers and ask about pesticides.
  2. Pack snacks or lunch. Never assume because you’re going to an orchard that food will be available. Stay on the safe side and pack snacks or a lunch.
  3. Plan for the weather. Will it be sunny? Bring sunscreen. Will it be rainy? Pack an umbrella or rain jacket.
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