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Thinking of buying a new home, building your dream home or remodeling the home you have? Before you reach out to your nearest real estate agent, find a building contractor or raid your local do-it-yourself home improvement store, gather and refine all your ideas in one place by creating an idea book.

As the name says, an idea book is a collection of all the ideas you have for your new home or remodel. It should include notes about what rooms you need, but also include things like the style. Do some research online or in magazines to determine what features you like and with what kind of home style they go. Include pictures of these features in case they are called something different so that you and your professional help, be it real estate agent or builder, knows what you are looking for in a home. Think about colors, size, layout and everything else you can think of to create the perfect home. 

Analog Idea Books

For many, this old-school method is the way to go. Get a notebook or a stack of paper and start writing things down. Then browse home design catalogs, real estate brochures and anything else you can get your hands on, cut out pictures and descriptions that appeal to you and glue, tape, staple or tuck the photos between the pages, so they don't get lost. If you'd rather see all your ideas at once, try tacking them to a corkboard or use magnets to stick your pictures and notes to your refrigerator. If you want to get extra extravagant with your idea book, get yourself a scrapbook with slip sheets and decorative pages.

Digital Idea Books

Websites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Photo Stream offer a way to keep your digital ideas all in one place. The photo collage layout of an online idea book lets you see your thoughts in one place like a corkboard, but organize them using folders and tags more like in a physical book. A lot of contractors and real estate agents prefer these online idea books since they are easy to share and help them understand what exactly you want.

Where to Start?

At first, you might think that it is just too much. There are so many styles, windows, furniture, and colors you simply don't know where to begin. That's just fine. Start with everything you like. Its easier to pare down your ideas once you've got examples of everything in front of you. You can help this process by grouping the ideas by room type: exterior in one place, backyard and landscaping in a second, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living room all in their individual folders or collages. Its also a good idea to cross reference your likes and dislikes by color, feel and even which member of your family came up with the idea.

As you progress, you’ll start to notice you gravitate toward certain types and styles including specific windows, rooflines, and color schemes. When the same kind of drawer handles shows up in seven of your ten favorite bathroom cabinet styles, it’s a sign that you like that style a lot. You can go as specific as you want with your idea book, or you can leave your options wide open, but get some basic parameters around what you do and don’t like.

Once your book is ready, find your real estate agent or builder and show them what you want!



770 Watson Spruce Corner Rd, Ashfield, MA 01330

Single-Family

$585,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Great Southern exposure + VIEWS in this 1800's spacious farmhouse with six fireplaces, sitting on 32 beautiful acres with about 18-20 acres open. Beautiful garden under the magnolia tree that shades the spacious front porch, plus the fenced vegetable garden surrounded by perennials made this property a highlight of the most recent Franklin County Land Trust garden tour This antique home has many original features intact. Almost every window looks out onto a pastoral view. First floor bedroom with charming fireplace & bath. Beamed large second bedroom & private bath on first floor with massive original stone fireplace could be an in-law apt. 2 of the upstairs bedrooms have fireplaces with beautiful paneling. Spacious sunny kitchen with tile floors looks out onto the gorgeous long distance view. Run in shed & stall for your horses or other animals + another small building for storing hay & tack. If you are looking for that quintessential New England farmstead, look no further.
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9 Nash Rd, Cummington, MA 01026

Single-Family

$200,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Lovely view of the Westfield river from the front rooms of this home. Property includes the land across the quiet street down to the river. Newly renovated family room in lower level has a woodstove that heats the home well. Open kitchen and living, dining area upstairs have hardwood floors. Hardwood floors in the three bedrooms also. Laminate in the lower level family room. Sweet home on a quiet street in the village of Cummington. It is a great value.
Open House
Sunday
July 14 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 9 Nash Rd, Cummington, MA 01026    Get Directions

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9 Nash Rd, Cummington, MA 01026

Single-Family

$200,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Lovely view of the Westfield river from the front rooms of this home. Property includes the land across the quiet street down to the river. Newly renovated family room in lower level has a woodstove that heats the home well. Open kitchen and living, dining area upstairs have hardwood floors. Hardwood floors in the three bedrooms also. Laminate in the lower level family room. Sweet home on a quiet street in the village of Cummington. It is a great value.
Open House
Sunday
July 14 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 9 Nash Rd, Cummington, MA 01026    Get Directions

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This Single-Family in Cummington, MA recently sold for $216,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Carla Ness - Delap Real Estate.


58 Nash Rd, Cummington, MA 01026

Single-Family

$224,000
Price
$216,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Watch the sunset from this light filled ranch home sitting on a top of a rise above the village of Cummington. This well maintained home is move-in ready with a recently remodeled kitchen and all the rooms have been freshly painted. Spacious 4 season sunroom or family room off the kitchen has a door to an expansive deck that overlooks a level sunny backyard. The eat-in kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space has an interior window to the living room that allow the light to pass through. There is a Rennai propane heater that efficiently and effectively heat the home. Full basement could be finished for more living space or use for storage. Level yard with several blueberry bushes is great for gardening or play space. Come check out this sweet home in a beautiful location at the open house, Sunday May 19 2-4 pm. More photos of the bedroom are coming soon as they were still being painted as of this posting. Home should qualify for most low down payment loans, like FHA.

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