Natural fabrics derived from cotton and linen are both breathable, durable, eco-friendly and relatively soft. So, where do the differences lie between these materials?
First of all, what is cotton?
Cotton is a ‘staple fiber’ produced from the cotton plant. The usable material is extracted from the inside of the cotton boll, and is made from different lengths of material. Cotton is recognized for being soft, fluffy and durable. It is often used in clothing such as fleeces for warmth.
What is linen?
Linen is a very strong, lightweight fabric that is made from the flax plant. It is a naturally-occurring fiber just like cotton, but can be trickier to harvest into fabric as it’s harder to weave. Linen is often used for items like towels, bedding and tablecloths.
Key differences between cotton and linen
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co.
We want to wish everyone a happy new year, we're sure many of you have been constantly hearing that since January 1st! We are very excited to be starting a new year because that means we are getting ready to break some new goals! We don't want to give away too much but here's a little sneak peek of what we have in store for 2022...
We've got a newcomer joining the DW Team and we are very excited! They'll be making their appearance soon and we can't wait to bring them along for the ride. We have our 2nd annual golf tournament coming up on May 14th at Springfield Golf Course in Chandler, AZ. Details are still being ironed out but this is another exciting event that will give back to the community. If you haven't heard, we are nearing completion on our newest luxury custom home in Paradise Valley. 6220 E Bret Hills Drive is a 5 bed, 5.5 bath home with a guest casita attached and will be ready to sell within the next couple of weeks. We'll post updates on our social media pages as well as our Paradise Valley homes page.
The DW Team has plenty of more things to look forward to in 2022 but we wanted to share the most recent and upcoming news with everyone! We hope to continue to bring great quality service to our clients and make a difference in our community by hosting events that bring awareness to certain causes and organizations. We look forward to another amazing year and we hope that every single one of you reading this blog will achieve whatever you set your mind to!
Fencing might not form a large part of your daily thought process, but if you are in the market to purchase a fence, it might help to know a little about the basic history.
How and why were the first fences developed
The original purpose of fencing can be discovered by tracing the etymology of the word itself. Coming from “fens”, which is a Middle English abbreviation of “defens” (defense), there is a clear indication to the original use of fencing as a protective mechanism.
The very first fences might have been used to shelter important areas or property from trespass, or in agriculture to separate areas of different crop growth.
In Ancient Greece and Rome, after conquering new land, people would construct fences around land to signal that it was now under their ownership.
Although there is little documentation, it is generally agreed that the first fences were made from wood or stone. This makes these materials a great choice when considering a natural, traditional-looking fence that will stand the test of time.
How did fences change through recent history?
By the 1800s, new styles of fences were being developed. At the DeKalb County Fair in 1870 Illinois, some of the first barbed wire fencing was introduced. Originally, barbed wire was used on farms to keep cattle safe and secure.
Barbed wire is created by twisting two thin pieces of metal together to create regular spikes. These can inflict discomfort and injury on any human or animal trying to scale the fence.
Since initially being used in agriculture, barbed wire has become a popular modern day option for prison fences. Usually placed atop high walls, this barbed wire fence serves an extra layer of security against people moving in or out of the prison.
Also frequently used in agriculture, electric fencing was developed in the 1950s. This delivers an uncomfortable but unharmful electric shock to any animals attempting to leave their fenced off area. Soon, the cattle learns to associate touching the fence with the electric shocks, so it remains inside its allocated land without issue.
How are modern day fences made?
Some popular materials for fences today include vinyl, iron, wood and chain link. These all offer different benefits, but vinyl makes for a particularly cost-effective synthetic fencing material. Vinyl fencing became widely used in the 1980s for keeping horses confined.
Today, fences come in all shapes and sizes. From the highly-decorative structures surrounding Buckingham Palace in London, to the ancient stone making up the Great Wall of China, fences play a large part in our global culture.
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co.
Having an outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to your home, but you have to choose all the materials carefully. Outdoor kitchens need to withstand the harsh reality of natural elements and an outdoor environment, so when it comes to choosing the right stones, these are the best ones to live up to the task.
Of all the natural stones, granite is the toughest option for an outdoor kitchen. Granite offers versatility, durability, and looks. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes, you’ll be able to customize this stone to meet your needs. Plus, granite can withstand stains, abuse from the weather, and it’s more scratch-resistant than other stones.
Overall, granite is resistant to high temperatures, staining, scratching, and etching. Plus, it doesn’t require sealing like other stones.
With the right maintenance, soapstone can be a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. A stone that you can use both indoors and outdoors, it’s a heat-resistant stone that’s also somewhat stain-resistant. All you have to do is keep up with its maintenance and seal it to prevent darkening from touch and spills.
For a unique outdoor kitchen, consider quartzite, very similar to granite with little-to-no maintenance needed. Quartzite is a highly durable surface that will withstand heavy use and the elements. Be careful when choosing this stone since many homeowners mistake it for engineered quartz, an indoor-only stone.
Resistant to high temperatures, etching, and scratching, quartzite doesn’t require sealing, and it’s available in a wide range of colors.
For an indoor experience but outdoor, marble offers a lot of options. Marble will develop a natural patina over time and give you a softer look. The stone is incredibly durable, and you’ll have unlimited colors, patterns, and style options to choose from. Of course, marble needs its fair share of maintenance, including regular sealing to prevent scratches and stains from becoming permanent.
For the most part, marble is highly resistant to fluctuating temperatures and etching, but it does require sealing and maintenance.
Lastly, one of the most popular stones for outdoor kitchens is limestone. They can be used on the floor and countertops to create a long-lasting and durable setup. Limestone does require regular sealing to prevent darkening and stains. Limestone can also be explicitly sealed to avoid scratches and to maintain a softer appearance.
Limestone is highly resistant to temperatures, staining, and etching, but it’s very easy to dent and scratch. This is why it does require sealing and oiling to prevent damage.
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co.
We are a few weeks away from our most favorite annual event of the year! Come join us October 22nd and 23rd in downtown Chandler to stand up to cancer while having some fun with the rest of the DW team!
As many of you know, each year we host a pub crawl that helps support a local recipient who's currently battling breast cancer. We are all very thankful to see this event grow each year and we hope the turn out for 2021 is bigger than last year's! We love adapting to change, and after seeing how last year's event went, we decided it was best to split up the pub crawl into a 2-day event. It gives our event goers more time to truly enjoy the crawl and they can always come back the next day to resume the festivities.
This year's recipient is Rachel Ivey. Rachel has gone through some heavy rounds of chemo and overall therapy, but she still has a big beautiful smile on her face. When the team met Rachel, she came in with so much radiance and was very open to us about her journey and what she's gone through. We couldn't help but tear up while listening to her story because of how harsh breast cancer can be, but Rachel still maintained a positive attitude and mindset during the entire process. A person like Rachel is gem who's hard to find. Despite all that she has gone through, her positivity truly does spread to those around her and we are very honored to be helping Rachel this year.
Make sure to check out our link to the pub crawl, which is where you can purchase your ticket and find more info regarding the crawl. If you can't make it, no worries we also accept donations! 100% of the proceeds will go to Rachel and we hope to surpass last year's goal and overall proceeds. We'll be raffling tons of items during the crawl as well so keep a look out for what items we'll be having. We can't wait to see you all on October 22nd and 23rd!
Hello everyone! We just wanted to officially let everyone know that the DW team has joined the White Mountain Association of Realtors! What does that mean exactly?? It means that we can help you buy AND sell property up North! We know how much everyone enjoys heading up north during the fall/winter season because of the much cooler weather and of course, the snow fall! Some popular areas include Pinetop Country Club, Torreon, Show Low, Bison Ridge, and plenty of other surrounding communities. You've also got the Ponderosa pine forest, numerous lakes, a ski resort, and much more in this area.
By expanding outside of our normal areas here in the valley, we get to explore a different side of real estate that we don't get to see often. As much as we love selling homes here in the valley, it's also a nice change of scenery selling cabins and homes that represent that outdoor lifestyle. Interested in buying or selling property up north? Click on the picture below and we will gladly help you out!
Today's guest writer is Karl Kennedy, author of projectortop.com. He's written a piece on what features homeowners and buyers are most looking forward to!
Features that Homeowners and Homebuyers will want in 2021
Years pass and interior design wants change; that’s just a fact. These past few bizarre years have even proven that. Homeowners and homebuyers are now looking to either renovate accordingly or purchase new houses with the features they specifically want. There’s no avoiding it.
There’s also no shame in wanting what you want as a homeowner or a homebuyer. We wouldn’t want to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home that doesn’t tickle our fancy, just like we wouldn’t expect you to do the same.
So, we’re going to talk about what’s gaining hype and popularity nowadays in the remainder of this article. What renovations are often being made? What features are homebuyers really looking for? Let’s discuss a few of the details!
Oh, how the curbless shower is making a break into mainstream life.
Most homes don’t have curbless showers; they have tubs with a showerhead installed higher up on the tiling. With these showers, people have to raise their legs to step over the tub “curb” to get in. Well, many people want to do away with these “curbs.”
What’s great about this added feature that’s now a must-have? Curbless showers can up the selling price of a house by 3-4% of its original cost. That’s how much they’re now wanted. Why? Interior designers think it’s because this specific type of shower gives off relaxation and spa-like vibes.
It also doesn’t hurt that these types of showers reduce fall risk for seniors, and they’re great for wheelchair accessibility.
This feature is quickly gaining popularity, so much so that many first-time buyers dub this a must in their new home. This ultimately means younger people will highly consider purchasing a home if a pizza oven is already installed.
Yes, it’s great for family and friend get-togethers. And yes, it gives you the opportunity to enjoy tasty foods with your own personalized toppings in the comfort of your home. But did you know that it also increases the overall price of a house sale by approximately 3%?
If you’re looking to sell, install one of these bad boys; you’ll get to indulge before you sell the place and you’ll get more money back on your return investment.
Home Movie Theater
Speaking of being comfortable in your own home, home movie theaters are on the rise, too.
A lot of people have been avoiding crowded, overpriced movie theaters for quite some time. Who wants to sit near people they don’t know and eat $8 popcorn while drinking an oversized $6 soda? You can go to the grocery store and grab an entire box of 6 popcorn mixes for $3 and a few bottles of soda for $1/each.
To cut entertainment costs, homeowners are installing and homebuyers are looking for in-house theaters. It’s relatively cheap, depending on the particular setup you choose. Just be sure you have a top-notch laser projector and an adequate viewing screen.
When the weather gets warm, homeowners need a way to cool down. Hate to break it to you, but not everyone has central air. And, for those with plug-in AC units, a ceiling fan is almost necessary to spread the cool air around the house.
Not to mention ceiling fans can cut cooling costs down. Oh, and they’re great for pushing the humidity out of the air.
So you see, the four most-wanted features of 2021 are curbless showers, pizza ovens, home movie theaters, and ceiling fans. Be sure to install them if you’re selling and put them on your checklist if you’re buying.
We are excited to be having some more guest bloggers on our site this week! Today's article is brought to you by our favorite group, Happy Writers Co. They've written an article for us about iBuyers and the pros and cons about using iBuyers like Zillow, Opendoor, etc.
Selling a home in today’s real estate market is painfully complex. The idea of a more convenient way to purchase real estate has led to a new figure – iBuyers. For some realtors, iBuying is redefining the way we look at selling properties. Still, as we look into the future of real estate, we must consider the pros and cons of these more technology-driven processes.
What is an iBuyer?
An iBuyer is a company or person that uses technology to make an offer on a home automatically. iBuyers operate in different ways, but overall they tap into data and artificial intelligence to estimate the value of a property and make an offer. The idea is that this new process will eliminate the burden of trying to price and negotiate the value of properties, making it easier and faster for all parties involved.
Pros of iBuyers
Those in favor of iBuyers and technology taking over the home selling and buying process believe that it has many advantages, including:
Of course, selling or working with an iBuyer isn’t for everyone. Some real estate agents are talking about the disadvantages of iBuyers, including:
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with Italian linen retailer, Linoto.
Two things might give you pause when considering whether to allow your pet to swim in your outdoor swimming pool: safety and maintenance concerns. Will your dog damage any parts of the pool? Is it a secure environment for them to enjoy without you needing to watch their every move?
Fortunately, there are some small tips to bear in mind when it comes to making your swimming pool pet-friendly.
Consider a pre-swim routine
Just like you wouldn’t let young kids swim without inflatable armbands or applying a little sunscreen first, you should think about developing a pre-swim routine with your dog. Your furry friend might be tempted to jump into the pool at first sight, but their excess fur will soon become a nightmare for your filtering system.
Give your dog a quick wash with your hose before letting them jump into the pool. This will help rid them of any excess hair or dirt, leaving your pool as clean as possible. Teach them a command, such as “okay”, that they must hear to know that they are allowed inside the pool.
Risk assessment for potential damage
Could your pet cause any damage by using your pool? If you own a fiberglass or cement-lined pool, there’s no chance they can cause any damage.
Vinyl-lined pools are a little more exposed to your dog’s nails. If your dog is not a very confident swimmer, their scratching against the walls or stairs could cause some damage to the vinyl. A dog-safe pool liner will do the trick here.
Installing special stairs for your pet, or a stationary float for them to relax on, can help calm them down inside the pool.
The importance of stairs
As you would expect, dogs are incapable of using the vertical, metal stairs that humans use to get in and out of a pool. It is vital that they have an easier method of access, usually via stairs that gradually allow access through a shallow end of the pool.
You could also consider installing a few specialist dog ladders around the pool to give them an easy option to leave the pool if they need to.
Safety comes first!
Last but not least, you should always consider the general safety of your pet around the pool. Can they definitely swim? If not, consider using a dog life jacket. Dogs might be natural swimmers, but always check that they are comfortable being inside the pool.
Also, the chlorinated water used in pools is generally safe, but be vigilant in checking your pet’s skin for any signs of irritation and give them a rinse after a pool session.
Finally, ensure that your dog does not start drinking the pool water. They will be fine if they ingest a little, but help them to avoid lapping it up like a drink. The chlorine could cause gastrointestinal issues, or some even worse problems if large amounts are consumed.
Enjoy making your pool a safer environment for your pets! Adding a few installations and training them to behave sensibly around the pool will help you make sure your whole family has a summer of fun.
The darwin Wall Team. Assisting Arizona Home buyers and Sellers in the East Valley.