Friday, February 22, 2013

Roll out the red carpet...

In honor of the Oscars this weekend we thought we'd highlight some of our favorite red carpet fashions - in flooring that is.

Whether is actual carpet you are interested in, hardwoods or tile - here are some of our favorites in flooring trends.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Stained Concrete

Bamboo Flooring

Friday, February 15, 2013

CAPS Certification

Park Ridge Builders is a Certified-Aging-in-Place or CAPS specialist.

What does this mean?

The CAPS designation is awarded by the National Association of Home Builders. Builders are required to take three educational courses taught by a NAHB certified instructor.  After successful completion of the courses the CAPS builder must keep up their certification with continuing education classes and credit.

According to the NAHB: "Homeowners want to stay in their homes for the duration. By instituting simple universal design techniques, professional Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists can insure that you live in your home comfortable, safely and independently for as long as you want."

Park Ridge is pleased to be counted among this elite group of builders and looks forward to serving your Aging-in-Place needs.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Housing in Georgia

The map above shows the change in house prices by state from the past four quarters. The latest map was released at the end of the 3rd Quarter 2012.  What you'll find is that home prices in Georgia are increasing.  This is great news for home owners and good motivation for potential buyers to act now before prices go even higher!

The housing recovery is vital to our country's economic rebound and we are excited to see some good news on the state of the housing market in our area.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lighten Up Game Day

Super Bowl weekend is here and along with it the opportunity to consume more than your fair share of calories...or not?  Believe it or not there are ways to lighten up some game day classics. Here are a few recipes that will please even the pickiest guest - brought to you by

Parmesan Potato Skin Chip

Parmesan Potato Skin Chips Recipe 
  • 5 large russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. With a paring knife, remove skin and about 1/8 inch of the flesh from potatoes in long 1- to 2-inch-wide strips. (Reserve peeled potatoes for another use.) Toss the potato skins with oil, paprika, salt and cayenne. Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet; sprinkle with Parmesan.
  3. Bake until tender and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Chocolate Crunch

  • 1 cup Wheat Chex cereal, (2 ounces)
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks broken in half, (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup salted roasted almonds, (2 1/2 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips, melted 
Combine Chex, pretzels and almonds in a medium bowl. Drizzle with melted chocolate; stir to combine. Spread the mixture on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.