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    6 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

    February 23, 2017blogNews

    Kitchen backsplashes no longer to simply protect walls from spills and splatters. You now have a wide array of materials in a variety of price points to choose from. What is your kitchen style? Do you prefer a tile, wood or metal backsplash??Check out these five fabulous backsplash ideas that are affordable on any budget.

    A popular choice for appliances and sinks is stainless steel. You can match these design details with an eye catching backsplash. Stainless steel is an inexpensive and attractive option for most kitchens. This modern look is heat and moisture resistant and easy to wipe clean.

    Choose inexpensive beadboard for an easy DIY choice. It comes as plywood or fiberboard panels that can be easily painted. If you choose a contrasting paint color it will make a great statement and be a winning design detail.

    Ceramic tile is a very common choice and for good reason. You can find tile in any style, color, pattern or shape. If you can dream it, they have probably made it. Ceramic tiles stand up to moisture, heat and are easy to wipe clean.

    Mirror, mirror. Try a mirrored backsplash to add depth to the room. It is an unusual design that is not TOO out there. Mirrors are great light reflectors so this is a great option in a small or dark space.

    Many of us want a bold splash of color. This is an easy care solution to just that. Back-painted glass comes in thousands of custom colors. It is a really beautiful design technique, bringing an artistic element into your space. Not to mention so easy to clean!

    Create your own work of art! Hand-paint a mural or design on plain white ceramic tiles. Once the painting is complete, the tiles must be glazed and fired in a kiln to hold the paint. This backsplash may be a little more labor intensive but all in the name of custom interior design.

    Whether you are designing your new home or updating your current kitchen get inspired with these clever kitchen backsplash ideas.

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    Vail Resorts Plans to Buy Vermont’s Iconic Stowe Mountain Resort

    February 22, 2017News

    Colorado’s Vail Resorts plans to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont’s century-old ski mountain.

    Vail Resorts announced on Tuesday it will pay $50 million to acquire all mountain operations at Stowe Mountain Resort, a significant endorsement for Vermont’s ski culture.

    The purchase conditions include food and beverage facilities and rental / lift offices on Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The Stowe Mountain Lodge, the Stowe Mountain Club, and the Stowe Country Club, among other properties, will continue to be owned by Mt. Mansfield Company under American International Group, Inc.

    Vail Resorts owns many ski operations across the country and beyond, but Stowe Mountain Resort will be their first mountain resort on the east coast. Blaise Carrig, senior adviser to the mountain division at Vail, reports that there are no immediate plans to change Stowe. The company intends to honor Vermont’s history and maintain Stowe’s iconic east-coast feel.

    Carrig said they expect to keep current Stowe employees but noted there will be organizational adjustments given Mt. Mansfield Company’s ownership of some mountain real estate.

    Pending the acquisition closing, Vail Resorts plans to introduce the Epic Pass to Stowe for the 2017-2018 ski season. The pass includes unlimited skiing many Vail resorts for the price of $809, if purchased during preseason. This is a huge price drop compared to this year’s $1,860 adult pass at Stowe.

    Located just minutes to Stowe Mountain Resort is the Stowe Highlands development built by BlackRock Construction and Development. The Stowe Highlands community features 11 luxury single-family homes on the Stowe Country Club Golf Course with easy access to I-89, Montpelier, and Burlington.

    For more information about building at Stowe Highlands or designing a luxury home of your own with BlackRock Luxury, please contact Jay Mitiguy at Jay@HergGroup.com or 802.324.8500.



    10 Ideas for Storage with Baskets

    February 18, 2017News

    No matter where you put baskets; in cubbies, on shelves, under furniture, they store tons of stuff while adding charm to your decor. Here are 10 ways to use them.


    1. Use baskets in the kitchen to hide secrets on open shelving. Baskets add a tidy look in the kitchen and create a warm uniformity within the space.


    2. Tuck crafts and miscellaneous items away neatly in a study, spare room or childrens space. Use a simple book shelf and baskets to create an organized storage space. You can label them or stick a tag to the bottom of each bin for easy and hidden reference.


    3. Baskets make great storage in the bathroom. Use a cloth basket rather whicker for bathroom supplies so it can handle getting wet and be easily cleaned.


    4. Line baskets with fabric to match your room. This is a great trick to implement for under the coffee table storage in the livingroom. Want to hide tv remotes and the like but have easy access? Storage baskets are great for this.


    5. Tuck baskets under a bench by the door. The area by your front door can get a bit cluttered if you are not careful. Use basket storage to hide dog leashes, hats and gloves as well as smaller apparel you want to have easy access to.


    6. Create toy storage in your children’s rooms. Wall mounted cubbies with basket inserts make clean up time easy. Label each basket so your child can clean his or her room without much help.


    7. Organize your pantry. Tall baskets are great for bulk pantry storage. Get baskets with handles to manage easily on a regular basis.


    8. Bedside baskets. Place a bench at the foot of the bed with basket storage underneath. This is a great spot to store extra blankets, slippers and other nighttime necessities.


    9. Organize your linen closet into baskets. Create a system for your linens that keeps them organized into itemized baskets. This way you can easily transport to and from the laundry room. Don’t forget to label them!


    10. Free standing storage. Because a basket is a decorative piece they can placed around a home for storage without needing to be hidden away. Use a large basket next to the sofa to store throw blankets.

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    Register for a FREE Investing Webinar with Ben Durant!

    February 8, 2017News

    Join Ben Durant for his free webinar,?Hot New Way for You to Invest in Real Estate and Build Wealth! Ben will be?uncovering one of the most exciting new trends in real estate investing that allows the average investor to access some of the most exclusive and lucrative deals. ?He’ll reveal the secrets to teach you to begin earning passive income and build wealth.

    The 30-minute FREE webinar will cover:

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    Click here?to register for the webinar!


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    10 Home Exterior Color Palettes

    February 7, 2017News

    Are you classic or bold with your home design? Show your style outside your home, draw inspiration from these exterior paint color schemes that offer serious curb appeal and tell the world what exquisite taste you have.

    Brown + Gray + Yellow-Gold

    A neutral palette of brown, gray and gold expresses a modern aesthetic. Choose the lightest brown to cover the majority of the home, and use darker accent colors to highlight the home’s architectural details.

    Yellow + Cinnamon Brown + Pure White

    This a great combination for a beach house or home with lots of natural sunlight. The sun warms the yellow creating a lovely glow, paint the front door cinnamon to ground the home and use white accents on the windows to create a crisp and clean vibe.

    White Putty + Taupe + Olive Green

    Classic American homes like a Craftsman look great in a neutral color palette. This is simple, sophisticated combination. ?Choose a soft taupe exterior with an accent of olive and white to pair perfectly with a natural landscape. ?

    Green + Celestial Blue + White

    A sweet trend in paint selection is to pair the home with the natural surroundings. A traditional home’s with a soft pine green base pops with an accent of sky blue and a creamy white door.

    Slate Gray + White + Deep Turquoise

    A blue-gray color palette tells the world you are sophisticated and elegant. Accented this combination with white trim for truly regal curb appeal. For a touch of fun paint the front door a dark almost navy turquoise to compliment the slate gray. ?

    Taupe + Beige + Brown + Brick Red

    Root your home into its landscape with an earthy palette of taupe, beige, brown and red. Select muted hues to blend more naturally.

    Peach + Reddish Brown + Cream

    In the style of the old Victorian home this color palette is soothing and simple. Paint the siding warm peach while using the red-tinted brown and cream for the trim.

    Gray + White + Moss Green

    This combo has American Craftsman written all over it. A warm, neutral palette in gray and white is welcoming and friendly. Make the porch pop with the unexpected touch of painting its floor a natural green.

    Classic Black + White

    Be timeless with a black and white palette. This is one color scheme that will definitely not go out of style.

    White + Dark Chocolate

    A twist on the classic black and white. This combo is great for high contrast landscapes. The beauty of this color combo? Any accent color can be chosen for outdoor furniture and decorations.

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    Best Home Design Apps For 2017

    February 3, 2017News

    Due to controversial and rapid advancements in tech, smartphones have become somewhat of our everything. For many, if not most smartphone holders, this pocket sized device is our main life management tool. In addition to games, email, shopping, list making, banking, music storage and daily planning we can also design a home on our smartphones. This is bad news for interior designers.

    As we know decorating rarely goes to plan, the main reason being there’s a big difference between how things look in your head and how they look in reality.

    Now there is an app for that! You can now decorate your home, from the colors on the walls down to the color of the furniture, all from your smartphone.

    Here are five of the top home design apps on the market:


    Homestyler Interior Design – Use this app to makeover a room. Through pictures of the actual space you will be able to choose from a variety of furnishings to choose an arrangement for your space. This is great for those of us that may be spatially challenged and prone to buying furniture that just does not fit in a space.

    Download Homestyler Interior Design for Android here

    Download Homestyler Interior Design for iOS here


    Home Design 3D Gold – This is a great tool for designing a larger project, like a whole house. You can easily throw up walls, doors and windows and add furnishings, followed by a virtual tour of your design.

    Download Home Design 3D Gold here

    Dulux Visualizer – Easy. Snap a photo, choose a colour and start painting. It is a great way to find new paint colors that really work for your home.

    Download Dulux Visualizer for Android here

    Download Visualizer for iOS here


    Magic Plan – This is a great tool for creating floorplans of existing properties. Mark out the walls, floor, ceiling, doors and whatnot of a room. From that, the app makes 2D plans to be exported as PDF, JPG, DXF, HTML or CSV files.

    Download Magic Plan for Android here

    Download Magic Plan for iOS here


    3D room Designer – Created by Crate & Barrel this app gives an idea of how you can decorate, rearrange or transform a room, using 3D models overlaid on to your photos or room templates.

    Download 3D Room Designer for iOS here


    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    5 Tricks For Home Cleaning

    January 27, 2017News

    Cleaning … everyone’s favorite topic. And those hard to reach spots, WHY? When it comes to cleaning the complicated spots in your home, do you find yourself giving up before you have even started? Here are a few tricks to mark even the most complicated and hard to reach spots ‘no biggie’ on your to do list!

    The blinds. Time to channel grandma and slip on a pair of white cotton gloves. Dip the fingertips of one hand into a solution of equal parts warm water and white vinegar and run your fingers through each slat, re-dip as needed. Use a dryer sheet to dry and voila! As an added bonus the residue on the dryer sheet will help repel dust in the future.

    The ceiling fan. First make sure it is OFF and everyone in the house knows to keep it that way. Cover the floor below the fan with an old sheet or drop cloth. Fill a spray bottle with water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and spritz generously into an old pillowcase. Use a ladder to reach the blades and place the case over each one rubbing them clean, the dirt and dust will get caught inside. Cool trick right!

    The mattress. Working directly over the mattress, pour baking soda into a sieve. Sprinkle the soda evenly over the mattress which will draw out dirt and odors. Leave the baking soda in place and re-make the bed with clean sheets. Leave in place for one full wear and simply vacuum up next time you change the sheets.

    The radiator. This clean only needs to be performed as needed or twice a year. First, make sure everything is dry. ?Then, dust between the radiator fins with a bottle brush and make sure to vacuum up all debris so it doesn’t going back into the air. So simple and can save you from allergens in the air as well the additional cost accrued by slow working equipment.

    The garbage disposal. Here’s how to clean this hard to reach breeding ground for bacteria. ?Pour 3 tablespoons of Borax inside, let it sit for one hour, and then flush with hot water. If you have lingering odors that won’t go away and want to make sure you keep blades sharp, freeze ? cup of white vinegar mixed with water in an ice-cube tray, toss in a few cubes, and turn on the disposal. To break up grease deposits, feed the disposal a small fruit pit or a chicken bone every now and then. Does this sound a bit bizarre? Try it, it really works!

    You are now five steps closer to a cleaner home.

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    Home Toolkit Must Haves

    January 20, 2017News

    Having the proper tools is key to being able to do simple home repairs and odd jobs yourself. The long and the short of it is there are simply some essential tools that every home just must have. Here is our list of the essentials …

    1. Drain Snake … this tool is IMPERATIVE. You can easily avoid a much larger plumbing bill if you simple DIY a clogged drain with this handy tool. 9 times out of 10 a backed up drain is a simple clog.
    2. A ladder. No you may not need an extension ladder for your simple home project needs but a simple step ladder is a must.
    3. A portable jump starter. This is an especially useful item to have at home if you life in the country. How many times have we all left the lights on and woken to a dead battery. Help yourself and keep one of these handy to easily get yourself on the road again.
    4. A snow shovel. Two words … Vermont winter.
    5. A X-ACTO knife kit. You will use this more than you would have imagined. Super Sharp and lightweight the X-ACTO is great for jobs from scraping tape or paint off a glass surface to getting the perfect cut from a roll of christmas wrap.
    6. Wire Cutters. Yup, you will use these! Great for their namesake cutting wire and other too tough for scissors items in the home.
    7. Duct Tape. This is literally the #1 most useful item to have at home.
    8. A portable compressor. Save your breath! This handy item will inflate all your inflatables from tires to air mattresses.
    9. A collection of bungee cords in various sizes and strengths.
    10. A hand truck. While this may not be an item you use every day it sure will make a whale of a difference when you need it.

    And now for the basic, no surprise here list!

    1. A 50ft extension cord.
    2. A measuring tape.
    3. An adjustable wrench.
    4. Pliers.
    5. A hammer.
    6. A box cutter.
    7. A shop vac or vacuum capable of taking care of wet spills.
    8. A plunger.
    9. Needle nose pliers.
    10. A tarp.
    11. A high powered flashlight.
    12. Glue. Super glue is nice … but try Bish’s Original tear Mender or Sticky Ass Glue instead.
    13. A glue gun.
    14. WD40
    15. TWO screwdrivers … a flathead and phillips head are essential. And you must own both.

    While not all of these tool items are what we would think of as conventional. They are all item you will find yourself saying “I wish I had …” on more than one occasion.


    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    2017 Decorating Trends We Love

    January 14, 2017News

    Boho was the word of the year in 2016 when it comes to design trends. Think woven wall hangings and elaborate tapestries. Well a new year is here and with it comes an itch for change. Here are some trends to watch in 2017.

    Artisan-Crafted Furniture is big this year. When a piece of furniture is handcrafted by an artisan, rather than mass produced through a factory chain, that instantly adds a distinct and personal touch to any interior space. Handmade products require time, thought and skill which add meaning and value to the piece.

    Gray is HOT in 2017. It was the prominent color for interior design in 2016 and ain’t going anywhere in 2017. We will see a wide range of gray from the almost white to deep, rich shades.
    Gray is complementary to many colors, making it a great go to interior home decor choice.

    Muted colors are the general rule this year. In addition to seeing a lot of gray hues, this year is all about neutrals. White, beige and blush pink are all on trend.

    For a splash of color, green is a great choice in 2017. This trend ranges from lime green to emerald. ?You can go big or keep it subtle with this trend comfortably. A bold room treatment in green is perfectly on trend as is (and far more comfortable for some) smaller accent details.

    Tropical prints are in! This print will continue is appearing in wallpaper and designer fabrics. Sound a bit bold for your taste? A simple throw pillow is a great way to share this trend more conservatively. If you are starting new, an important home decor rule is to purchases a neutral couch. With a simple and versatile couch you can change with the trends by swapping out throw pillows.

    Whatever your pleasure, have fun with it.

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.


    Weird Home Decor Trends

    January 7, 2017News

    Designing your new home is one of the most exciting things you may experience in your life. Creating a living space your you and your loved ones is a great responsibility. What a treat to make a space that exemplifies your personal style and meets your needs. ?

    History shows a huge variety of what is home, caves transitioned to huts, castles and today a variety of closed structures. Sometimes the environment and landscape dictates the home design more than the preference of homeowner. And sometimes the home’s design veers toward the weird. Many people like to incorporate the unusual and humorous when it comes to decorating a home. For these fun loving folks little pieces that can be added to a design to give a home a unique, and downright laughable look. Check out these “weird” home decor trends!

    1. Hyper-Realistic Wallpaper – Hyper-realism is a genre art resembling high-resolution photograph. This trend is being seen transferred onto wallpaper in homes. Images range from relatively tame nature landscapes, tree bark and water droplets to the extreme ?fantasy images, anime and realistic human faces.
    2. Bizarre Bathroom Sinks – Bathroom sinks have taken a turn from function to funky. We are seeing unusual shapes, textures and straight up sculptured sinks as the newest bathroom trend.
    3. Taxidermy – Fluffed and stuffed, taxidermy is back in style and not just for your creepy uncle. To add to the weird, animals are being posed to express a bit of humor and a touch of whimsy.
    4. Outlandish Carpets – We are seeing a huge rise in weird rug design. Images of animals, human faces and fantastical creatures are greeting us from the floor.
    5. Birds – “Put a bird on it.” Bird art, throw pillows, duvets and more are becoming part of mainstream home design. Adorn your home with a touch of humor!

    What is your personal style? Would you introduce any of these trends into your home design?

    To learn more about BlackRock Construction, our team and what we can build for you contact 802.861.1120 or info@blackrockus.com.