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Fireplace Safety and Maintenance

wodo fire in a cozy hearthWith winter firmly entrenched over Pennsylvania, many of us look forward to curling up in front of a warm fireplace to take off the chill. Wood-burning fireplaces, especially, conjure a rustic ambiance with the snap and pop of logs in the hearth, the smell of wood-smoke permeating the air outside. To help keep your wood-burning fireplace in top working order, we’ve rounded up the following tips and safety guidelines:

Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers: Declutter!

pile of clothes on floor, more in background on hangersIf you’re like most people, you’ve probably collected a fair amount of stuff over the years. Whether trinkets, family heirlooms, extra furniture or a garden variety hodge-podge, all this extra stuff can add clutter to our homes.  In addition to staking out a claim in a particular room, clutter can seep into areas we don’t notice see at first glance – closets, cupboards, bathroom vanities.

 

Big 33 Pep Rally with Honorary Chairman, Scott Campbell!

scott campbell with cheerleaders at big 33 pep rallyScott Campbell, Brownstone Real Estate Co., Owner/President is this year’s Honorary Chairman of the Big 33. Last night he greeted cheerleaders, players, and their special needs buddies at a Pep Rally held at Central Dauphin East High School. The fun-filled evening was emceed by Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast.

Also celebrating: Brownstone agent, Gary Burk and his wife, Brownstone Settlement Coordinator, Candy, joined their daughter, Halle, who was recently named Captain of the Pennsylvania Squad! Great job, everyone, and congratulations to all! Check out these great photos: 

An Ideal Floor Plan

main floor of contemporary home with an open floor planOpen floor plans offer stunning flow and create ease for entertaining, especially when the living area and kitchen are joined. In decades and centuries past, the kitchen was the heart of the home, a place where people gathered for meals and conversation. These days, the kitchen still plays a vital part in bringing people together—especially during dinner parties or taste-testing and hors d’oeuvre nights—but now it shares the starring role with family and gathering rooms.

Flow from one area to the next is important. Kitchen islands and snack bars make it possible to camp out and chat in a less formal setting. If you enjoy entertaining—a television playing in the background or music channeled through your Alexa or Google Home device—you’re likely to prefer a home with open flow. Whether a ranch home, two-story, or townhome, there are plenty of options available. You may want to consider some of these listings, all of which feature open floor plans and breezy flow: