Harold (Buddy) Pope | Francestown Real Estate, Amherst Real Estate, Hancock Real Estate


Many people consider building some type of outdoor space to add to their home. There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy nature right from the comfort of your own home. The outdoors become an extension of your home when you build these spaces. A deck is one of the simplest ways that you can add something to the house and be able to make use of outdoor spaces at the same time. The important thing to know is that a deck is an investment. Before you decide to add a deck to your home, you’ll need a budget in place as you don’t want any home improvement project to become financially overwhelming. With that budget, keep the returns you could make along the way in mind


Curb Appeal


Really, adding a deck to a home is about buyer appeal. It probably goes without saying that a deck is something that can add a lot to a home and add to the overall value of your home in the case that you are looking to sell it in the near future. The best improvements that you can make to a home are in fact those that add value. It’s estimated that the return you’ll get on building a deck is about 65-90%. The bottom line is that the investment of building a deck does add to both the monetary value and the pleasure of a owning home.    


Consider The Area You Live In


Obviously the region or state that you live in has a big impact on just how much value a deck can add to a home. Especially in nicer climates, a deck will be great for just about any neighborhood. In regards to area, you should also think of the construction costs. Some areas will be more expensive than others to build in, but the overall investment could be worth it for the region.


How Will You Build It


The amount of return that you get from a deck depends upon how you build it. If you’re a DIY homeowner, you’ll get the most return by far. If you hire a contractor, the return will be less, but you may avoid hiccups in the building of the deck itself. The more complicated you make the deck, the more it will cost. These extras don’t necessarily mean that you’ll get as much of a return as you’d expect. 


Focus On Your Needs


No matter what you decide, building a deck has to match your own personal preferences. You want to make the most use out of your new space with you and your family. Build a deck that works for you. Even if your goal is to add value to your home, you don’t want to undertake a project that you don’t love in the end. Keep all of this in mind when you build your deck, or any other outdoor space in your home and you’ll be able to enjoy your home in bliss.              




When it comes to arranging furniture, the living room may perhaps be the most challenging. This is especially true when the room houses both a fireplace and a television. It’s difficult to decide where to place the items in your living room when you want those seated in the room to have access to all the room has to offer including a good view of the TV and the fireplace. Here, we’ll give you some tips on where to place what for the perfect living room arrangement. We promise that if you follow these tips, everyone will have the perfect view of both the TV and the fireplace and be able to enjoy the living room fully. Think Right Angles First, place all of your seating perpendicular to both the television and the fireplace. This is one surefire way to know that every seat in the living room is the best seat in the house. There’s no wrong way to arrange furniture when you’re working with right angles! Place the TV On the Wall Opposite the Fireplace The fireplace will be the true focal point of the room. The TV will also be a feature of the room, yet less eye-catching. Where the television is installed will completely depend upon where your fireplace is. You may want to avoid, for example, hanging your TV over the fireplace so that eyes don’t become overwhelmed when the fireplace is on. Place Tables For Practical Use Side tables are going to be used frequently in your living room. You should place your side tables strategically, preferably next to pieces of furniture, so they can be used for placing items and drinks on. Putting tables far away from the ends of furniture just doesn’t make sense, since you won’t actually be using the tables. Center the Coffee Table The coffee table should be placed as close to the center of the room as possible. A coffee table should be somewhere between one-half and two-thirds of the length of your couch. This rule of interior design ensures that no piece within the room becomes too overwhelming in the space. Flow One of the best words to remember when arranging living room furniture is that of “flow.” You want the room to appear as if it were effortless to design and maintain. The living room is a place that is often used for to relax in, so you want it to feel as such. Function Beyond the look and feel of the room, you want to make sure that your living room is functional. It’s a room that’s used for reading, chatting, watching television and connecting. You never want to room to feel stuffy or unusable. With the right planning and use of your furniture, your living room can be everyone’s go-to room in the house. You won’t even need a bowl of popcorn on movie night to entice everyone with!

If you're selling a home, having high quality photos is one of the most important things you can do to catch the eye of prospective buyers. Taking great photos, however, is something that requires a combination of frequent practice and knowledge of how your camera works. Sure, these days you can take a decent photo with an iPhone camera and be done with it. While that method is a good start, if you want to progress with your photography you'll eventually have to make the leap to a DSLR where you have more freedom to change exposure settings. I know what you're thinking. High quality photos means spending a ton of money on camera equipment, right? Fortunately, entry level DSLR cameras have become more affordable in recent years. To start taking great photos you'll only need four things: your DSLR camera, a tripod, a wide angle lens, and a place to practice your photography.

Step 1: Setting up

You'll want to set up the room with the right balance of furniture, decorations and natural light. Avoid decorations that are too personal (like family photos) or eccentric (no stuffed animals, preferably). Set up your tripod against one of the walls of the room. Ideally, you'll have the target of your photo illuminated by natural light coming through windows, so you'll likely be standing in front of or next to the windows. However, before you take any photos use your best judgment to determine the room's best angles. The amount of and the placement of furniture will play a large role in how spacious the room looks, but equally important is the camera angle from which you take your photos.

Step 2: Learn your camera settings

You won't learn all of the settings in a DSLR overnight, but it is important to get an understanding of the basics. In spite of the many technical improvements that have been made, the basic concept of a camera hasn't changed much over the years. The two main components that determine what your picture looks like are aperture and shutter speed. Aperture (or "f-stop") is what is used to determine how much light enters the camera. Much like your pupils dilate in the dark to let in as much light as possible, having a wide aperture will allow you to take brighter photos. Shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter on your camera is open. A slower shutter speed allows more light into the camera, creating a brighter exposure. However, due to our inability to hold a camera entirely still having a slower shutter speed creates more opportunity for your photo to become blurred from camera shake. A third important setting is the ISO. This setting is unique to digital photography because it controls the sensitivity of the camera's image sensor. The higher the number, the more sensitive. Why not just crank it up all the way then to get the best quality? Because if you set it too high the photos become grainy or "noisy."

Step 3: Practice

Now that you know the basics, start taking photos in your home using various camera settings. Play around with taking photos with different light sources on, with your camera flash on and off, and at different times of day. You'll find that there are endless possibilities when it comes to taking photos of your home.  


1130 Bible Hill Road, Francestown, NH 03043

Single-Family

$625,000
Price

3
Bedrooms
15
Rooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Superb long range vista views and hilltop privacy coming your way in this Yankee Barn constructed, Post and Beam contemporary Cape on 12.3 acres. View the Joe English, Uncanoonuc and Pawtuckaway mountains. View rolling, hayable fields and lush forest. Near to trails and could easily be a horse property. Open-concept home designed with easy one-floor living in mind, featuring cathedral ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, two handcrafted grand stone fireplaces and stunning views from every room in the house. A spacious great room adjoins a great cook's kitchen. The master bedroom and guest ensuite have full baths and ample closet space, offer gorgeous sunrise views and private entrances to the home's 900+ sq foot outdoor deck. Exemplary craftsmanship that all will admire. Upstairs, a comfortable in-law, au-pair or guest apartment with all amenities and fabulous views beckons, as does the bonus room below filled with endless possibilities like a yoga or artist's studio or as a room for the pets to bunk. This property seems well designed for those with many dogs. This home is well suited for all agricultural uses, horse farm, vineyard, or to simply enjoy complete privacy and all that nature affords. A greenhouse, garden shed and an oversized garage makes it easy to tend to the home's New England landscape, which includes an abundance of native flowers, ferns, fruit trees, wild grapes and a koi pond. Minutes to local ponds, golf, ski and pub! Heavenly, New England! Video too!
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1519 New Boston Road, Francestown, NH 03043

Single-Family

$599,000
Price

3
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
2
Baths
This beloved family estate is perfectly poised on a picturesque country road at the Eastern entrance to the four-season gorgeous Monadnock region of NH. Approx 48 acres consisting of South side PLUS North side of New Boston Road. Once a dairy farm, once an apple orchard and once a telephone switchboard post, this property is steeped in history. Indeed, Elm Farm is a true gentleman's estate sited on 48 overall acres between two magnificent parcels of prime New England farmland offering rich soils, stunning, protected views and a running stream. Along with the home itself, this offering includes a two-car attached barn, a separate corn barn/artist's studio, a legally rentable cottage to help offset taxes, and could be a multi-generational family estate. Add a 40 x 80 barn on .0691 acres & 40 acres of conserved land with a 2 acre top of hill building site excluded from the Conservation easement! The grand brick Georgian Colonial & original 1767 Cape is truly an historic landmark and boasts one of the most photographed barns in all of New England. Tall ceilings, elegant stenciling, original moldings, original walk-in pantry, huge walk-in closet, two cedar closets and a working Rumford fireplace all add to the elegant, country feel of the home. Property boasts wide pasture expanse, fields, deep forest and views. Basement has extensive drainage system, very functional systems & support beams. Walk thru video. $609,000 for ALL. See MLS#4682227 and MLS#4682083 for pricing options!
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