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Thursday, April 14, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Buying a Home with a Frog: Finished Room Over Garage

A FROG, or "finished room over garage," is a common feature in coastal North Carolina homes. Because homes on the coast don't typically have basements, additional living space can be realized by going upward, and the first place to do that is often over either an attached, or detached, garage.
Some homebuyers determine that the additional room would mostly go unused. They decide not to spend the money during construction to finish the raw space above the garage. They would rather invest their money in a Carolina room, larger first floor primary bedroom, or an extra room for a home office. Opting not to buildout a FROG also eliminates the stairway that would need to be added to the first floor, which can free space for a larger laundry room, pantry, or storage closet.

For a large majority of home buyers, however, a FROG is an excellent construction investment. A finished room over the garage is more than just a good place to stow a couple bunkbeds for the grandkids that vi ...

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  house hunting, tips for buyers, sell your home, home design

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Around the Azalea Coast | Events and Happenings for December 2019

contributed by Jen Reed

What's Up | fun and festivities
December 1, 10 a.m. Nutcracker Holiday Market | Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, Wilmington | More than 35 vendors, a visit from Santa (2:30 to 6pm), swag bags with goodies from local businesses, raffles to raise money for the local Children's Hospital, and a craft table to make cards for the children spending the holidays in the pediatric unit.
December 7, 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa | KBT Realty Group | Come join us in welcoming Santa to our office at 1724 Gardner Drive, Suite 120. There will be pastry and beverages along with pictures and holiday cheer!
December 7, 2 p.m. Christmas By the Sea Parade | Oak Island Town Hall | Features a 2.4-mile route from Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street. The event highlights businesses and organizations in the community, and includes a float decorating contest.
December 8, 1 p.m. An 18th Century Christmas | Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site ...

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  wilmington nc, around the azalea coast, home design, holidays

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

If You Can Imagine It, Your Broker Can Find Someone to Build It

If you have a specific vision for your new home, whether that entails custom fixtures or a feature as specialized as a stealth wall, your real estate broker can be a source of speciality contractors to make it happen. 

Imagine It and Have It Built
In addition to the usual list of service providers that your realtor will include in your real estate transaction, a well-connected realtor will be able to provide home buyers and home builders with a wide variety of professionals in the construction and home improvement industry.

Realtors maintain a list of vetted and recommended resources, from insurance agents and home inspectors, to landscapers, screen enclosure specialists, and flooring installers. Many also have connections with specialized tradesmen, like Covert Concepts that builds hidden doors, safe rooms, and concealed storage, in both new construction and existing homes. ...

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  home design

Friday, January 18, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Call It What You Want, We Love Our Carolina Rooms

It is a screened porch, sun room, sun porch, or three-season room, but when you call it a Carolina Room, this extra square footage takes on a specific meaning for Carolinians.
Called a "sun room" in northern states, a lanai or Florida room in the sunshine state, and an Arizona room out west, this wonderfully functional and flexible space is affectionately called a Carolina room across the Carolinas. Carolina rooms are often at the top of a house hunting wish-list, offering flexible space, and expanding living and entertaining options in a home. The primary objective of a Carolina room is to allow abundant daylight into a home, and to provide multi-sided views of landscaping and outdoor features, all while providing shelter from both the weather.  

3179 Inland Cove Drive, Southport North Carolina

1896 Oak Harbour Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina

3803 Harmony Circle, Southport North Carolina

A Carolina room is generally included in a house's square fo ...

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  house hunting, home design

Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

7 Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

Call it what you want: bonus room, FROG (Finished Room Over Garage), extra room, or den.
Savvy home buyers don't let this room become the space where unused furniture goes to die and boxed holiday decor languishes. 
A bonus room that is finished, livable space is usually included in the square footage of your home. This means that the cost per square foot of this space is equal to that of your living room and master suite. A bonus room is space that is too valuable not to have a purpose that adds fits your lifestyle and adds quality to your daily enjoyment of your home.

Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room
1. Additional Bedroom
If it has a closet, a bonus room or FROG instantly turns a three-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house. Include homes with bonus rooms in your house search and your options increase exponentially. Because a bonus room is often set away from the other bedrooms, it can be the perfect space for a teenager. If the bonus room is easily accessible from the ma ...

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  house hunting, tips for buyers, home design

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