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What’s Old Can Become New Again

February 7th, 2015

Tarheel Associates Remodeling

Those drawn to older homes are a special breed. It takes an imaginative person to look at a 200-year-old home and see how it once was and what it could be with a bit of TLC. When dealing with an even older or historic residence the pull can be strong, but with it often comes the worry of meeting and complying with a city’s historic rules and guidelines.

New Bern – Historical Home Remodeling

New Bern, North Carolina is often referred to as the historic capital of the state and boasts hundreds of historic structures—many restored to their former glory by owners who appreciate dedication to detail. In many cases, owners turn to a professional to achieve a successful outcome while also meeting city requirements.

Tarheel Associates, Inc., in business since 1981, has developed in impressive working relationship with New Bern’s Historical Preservation Commission and is extremely proud of its work in the Downtown Historic District. With a true appreciation of the town’s heritage, Tarheel Associates sincerely cares about preserving New Bern’s best feature—its history.

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What I Wish I Knew When I Bought My First New-Construction Home

January 12th, 2015


What I Wish I Knew When I Bought My First New-Construction Home
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Building a new home lets you personalize your house for today’s needs and tomorrow’s dreams. Here’s how to plan your new home for future needs. You can focus on want-to-dos, rather than to-dos – even if you can’t anticipate all your wants.

> A main floor den that could be converted into another bedroom as your family grows.

> Bedroom soundproofing to ensure privacy.

> Roughed in plumbing and electric for an eventual attic or basement bathroom and kitchenette. If you don’t have the resources now, this is a great way to plan ahead. This extra living space not only could accommodate elderly parents or boomerang kids, but will increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell.
> A double-deep, tandem garage that can fit three cars now, but can be walled-off later to add indoor space for an extra bedroom or bathroom.
> Upgraded structured wiring throughout that can handle a souped-up Internet connection and other tech revolutions. Handy if you telecommute.

> Temporary partition walls that attach to hardwood flooring, rather than subflooring. If you eventually want to combine bedrooms – kids move out – you’ll only have to do a floor repair and refinishing, rather than patch a gaping hole.

> Plywood sheathing behind drywall and tile in bathrooms. These sheets of plywood let you attach grab bars anywhere without hunting for studs. Grab bars aren’t just for our later years. They’re also good for kids and aching weekend warriors who need a little help getting into and out of a tub.

> An addition. If you can site your home to accommodate a bigger footprint later, plan to run conduit through exterior walls for future electrical and plumbing needs.


Unless you’re psychic, you’ll never know today exactly what you’ll need in the future. It’s hard for me to imagine life beyond next Tuesday. But choosing options for tomorrow is one perk of buying new. These forward-thinking selections can mean years of enjoyment as your family changes, and can make it easier to sell if moving – and buying new again – turns out to be the best alternative.

Tips for Baby Boomers Entering the Real Estate Market

January 12th, 2015


Many soon-to-be retirees are about to enter a new world of both home selling and buying.

Story by: Brendon Desimone


Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for 25 years or more. A lot has changed, however, and the tips and tricks of the trade that worked in the ’80s could backfire if applied today. Though technology and the flow of information have dramatically altered the process of buying and selling homes, at the heart it’s still an enormous undertaking, no matter your age or generation. Here are some tips for baby boomers and others who find themselves entering the real estate market for the first time in a while.


You can and should begin the process independently

A fact is a fact. Buyers and sellers can start the education process on their own today, in the comfort of their living room recliner. Many of today’s buyers and sellers leverage the Internet and mobile apps to begin the research phase. While you may still prefer a good old-fashioned live person, it’s helpful to understand that it’s common for initial search and discovery to begin independently. Aside from listings and photos of nearby homes for sale, you can uncover real estate advice, statistics and forecasts that will help inform your home search or sale. Finding an agent can also happen using the Internet today.


A good local real estate agent still adds a lot of value

It’s easy to think that spending a few hours poring through data is all that’s needed to get in the game today, but a good local agent can still make a huge difference on a real estate purchase or sale. The data and information found online is meaningless without some context behind it. For example, you may see a home that recently sold for a lot less than one you are interested in making an offer on. A strong local agent would know that there was an issue with open permits or violations, that it wasn’t a true arm’s length transaction or some other factor that made it less valuable and, in fact, not a comparable sale. A good agent will have the inside track on off-market listings or knowledge about the final sale price of a home that is pending. Good agents earn their keep not by having access to the listings, but by having years of experience and local market knowledge under their belt.


The actual transaction and paperwork can happen without meeting in-person

When it comes time to make offers and negotiate a contract, buyers today can do so without ever having to meet with their agent in person. No more standing over the hood of a real estate agent’s car signing an offer to purchase and then having to meet up later that night to sign a counteroffer or wait for a fax the next day. Today mobile applications and technology allow buyers, sellers and agents to collaborate, review documents, sign contracts and complete the paperwork portion of the transaction without ever having to meet in person.

Few people pay any attention to real estate processes and technology outside a personal transaction. Knowing what to expect before you get started can help make re-entering the market a lot easier. Even though a lot has changed, some of the basic reasons for buying and selling have not. Real estate will always be a highly personal and emotional, not to mention financial.

6 Common Obstacles Remodelers Face

January 5th, 2015


Learn from others’ past experiences to overcome frequent home improvement hurdles.

Story By: Jennifer Riner


The do-it-yourself movement is on the rise, and while revamping your home’s interior without professional assistance is a financially savvy move, it’s also one full of potential roadblocks.

To help you stay on the right path, we’ve asked 12 DIY writers for their been-there, done-that advice for completing a project without becoming discouraged.

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6 Signs That Your Old Windows or Doors Need to be Replaced

December 31st, 2014

Tarheel New Windows and Door

You may have thought about replacing the windows or doors in your home. So we have provided a list of remodeling ideas for your North Carolina home. If you would like to know more after reading, please contact one of our qualified eastern North Carolina remodeling representatives.

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Poor performance

  • Air is leaking in and out of your windows or doors, causing hot and cold drafts.
  • There is unsightly fogging between the panes of glass.

Solution: New windows and doors with high-performance insulating glass technology helps eliminate drafts and will help keep the glass from conducting heat or cold — making your home more comfortable and energy efficient year-round. Pella’s sealed insulating glass has a 20-year warranty against fogging.

High energy bills

  • Your old single-pane windows are not energy-efficient, making your furnace and air conditioner work harder.

Solution: Reduce heating and cooling costs by replacing your windows and doors with Low-E (Low-Emissivity) insulating, double- or triple-pane glass. For maximum energy savings, purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified products.

Fade damage

  • You want to prevent your furniture, carpet and window treatments from being damaged by the sun’s fading rays.

Solution: Replacement windows and doors with Low-E (low-emissivity) glass coatings reflect the sun’s UV rays away from your home, to help protect your furniture, drapes and carpets from fade damage.

No emergency escape route

  • Windows and doors that don’t open easily or are painted or nailed shut are a serious safety issue — they may prevent you from escaping your home during a fire when seconds count.

Solution: New windows and doors will glide open and shut easily and lock securely — giving you a dependable escape route and more peace of mind.

They’re just-plain-ugly

  • Window or door frames are chipped or deteriorated
  • Glass is cracked or broken
  • Hardware is missing or damaged
  • There are water stains on or around the window

Solution: New windows and doors will dramatically improve the beauty of your home — inside and out.

They’re a hassle to clean and operate

  • Windows and doors are difficult to open or close
  • Cleaning is a major inconvenience
  • Replacement parts are hard to find or even non-existent
  • Window and door exteriors require frequent scraping and painting

Solution: Today’s replacement wood, fiberglass and vinyl windows open and close almost effortlessly. And, they’re designed to make cleaning the exterior glass from inside your house easy and they require little maintenance. Plus you won’t have to worry about hunting down replacement parts.


Contact Tarheel Associates if you need to replace old or damaged windows so you can start saving today! 252.633.6452

Tarheel Associates – Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist (CAPS)

December 8th, 2014



Contact: Shannon LuQuire, Public Relations
Phone: (252) 288-5419


Lucien Vaughn earns national Certified AginginPlace Specialist designation


New Bern, November 18, 2014 – Lucien Vaughn, of Tarheel Associates, Inc. is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide – and the only Builder in the New Bern area – to earn the Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist (CAPS) designation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The CAPS designation certifies that Lucien has successfully completed the NAHB educational requirements and possesses the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to meet the unique needs of the older population, particularly those with physical disabilities.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and Home Innovation Research Labs, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest‐growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging‐in‐place. According to AARP, while most Americans prefer to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible, they do not think about the age-appropriateness of their home until a crisis occurs. The National Association of Home Builders and the AARP developed the certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS) program to address this trend.

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Green decorating tips for your new kitchen

November 3rd, 2014
Green Kitchen | New Bern Kitchen Remodel

Green Kitchen | New Bern Kitchen Remodel

Check out these 6 ways to incorporate green decorating into your new kitchen or kitchen remodeling project. There are a lot of tasteful options that are still environmentally friendly and available in Eastern North Carolina.

  1. Look for cabinets made with sustainable woods such as eucalyptus or bamboo. The eucalyptus is tree grows incredibly fast and can be chopped at the root to grow back again. Because of its quick growing cycle and ability to re-grow from the roots, it is an excellent choice for “green” cabinetry.
  2. Shop for recycled hardware at flea markets or second hand shops. Those great finds can add distinguished character to a modern kitchen.
  3. Look for tiles made from recycled glass. You can spot recycled tiles due to their translucent in appearance. Tiles with lower percentages of recycled glass tend to be cloudy, while tiles made from 100 percent recycled glass are completely translucent. Usually recycled tiles have a matte finish, but it is possible to find very glossy styles. A professional will be able to identify whether or not the tile in consideration has been recycled. If you’re in doubt, ask your professional craftsman.
  4. Buy ENERGY STAR appliances. ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency that helps us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. ENERGY STAR was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient uses of energy. The big blue stickers make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products.
  5. Consider natural bamboo or cork flooring that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. They are key components of modern sustainable architecture. Natural bamboo is being recommended more and due to rising concerns about indoor air quality and allergens. Natural bamboo is harder than oak and maple and is also composed of fibers that do not absorb a lot of moisture, ensuring long term durability.


How to prepare for a kitchen remodel

October 27th, 2014

kitchen remodel new bern contractor

So you decided to finally take the plunge and get that kitchen remodel you’ve been talking about for months. You know it will add instant equity in your home and who doesn’t love a great kitchen? But before you get there, you’ll be out of commission for a few weeks. Here are a few things you can do to get ready:

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What’s in your autumn garden?

October 18th, 2014

New Bern Builders Garden

Get your yard ready for #fall with these seasonal planting tips! What’s in your autumn garden?