Spectacular Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia this Weekend!

Philadelphia, “America’s Birthplace”, is rich in history and provides the perfect setting to enjoy a patriotic fireworks display! Celebrate Independence Day by catching one of the many shows this weekend in the city.

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1. Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert & Grand Finale Fireworks

The Wawa Welcome America concert is a musical celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4 the show will feature Leon Bridges, the Philly Pops and a variety of talented local acts. The evening concludes with fireworks illuminating the sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

When: Monday, July 4, approximately 10 p.m

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Free

http://www.welcomeamerica.com

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2. Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks

On Friday, July 1, the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a free concert on the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing. After the performance, enjoy fireworks over the Delaware River.

When: Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free

https://www.philorch.org

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3. U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks Show

The U.S. Army Band, one of the nation’s premier musical organizations, returns to Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 2, for an evening full of music concluding with a patriotic fireworks display.

When: Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free

http://www.welcomeamerica.com

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4. XFINITY Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park

Baseball is one of our nation’s pastimes, so what better place than a ballpark to celebrate the Fourth of July! There will be two chances to see fireworks at Citizens Bank Park following Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals games on July 1 and 2.

(Tickets to the baseball game are required for prime viewing of fireworks following each game.)

When: Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, immediately following baseball game

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

Cost: $22-$85 (includes baseball game and fireworks show)

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com

Living Near Whole Foods May Boost Your Home Value

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When it comes to home values, you might not think to look at the closest specialty grocery store. But the latest Zillow research reveals that living near Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s often correlates with a higher home value.

Over the past 15-plus years, homes situated near high-end grocery stores reliably had higher home values than the median. The trend continues with some homes in a close radius of one of the stores. By the end of 2014, homes within 1 mile were worth more than double those in other areas.

You might have heard of the “Starbucks Effect” on home values — a similar bit of research uncovered by Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s CEO and Stan Humphries, the company’s chief economist, in their book, Zillow Talk. A neighborhood with specialty grocery stores embodies the characteristics that today’s home buyers want: improved community status, new urbanism and walkability. These grocery stores’ reputations indicate the neighborhood is above-par because of the store’s commitment to quality, health and food education.

The Reserve at Creekside is located just 3.4 miles from Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting.

Morris Arboretum

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With summer in full bloom, it is the perfect time to explore and stroll among the colorful gardens and historic sculptures at Morris Arboretum.

Located minutes from The Reserve at Creekside, the 92-acre Victorian arboretum is complete with a rose garden, towering trees and unique plants from North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

A highlight at the arboretum is the “Out on a Limb Canopy Walk.” This soaring exhibit gives the guests a bird’s eye view of the forest on a 450-foot-long canopy walk more than 50 feet above ground level.

Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm. Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm.

For more information and to learn about special events at Morris Arboretum happening this summer visit: http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml

Schuylkill Banks Free Outdoor Movie Nights

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Outdoor movie screenings are a classic part of summer entertainment! What could be more fun on a summer evening than watching a film beneath the stars with family and friends?

Beginning in June through August, a variety of movies will be shown on the Banks of the Schuylkill River, a short drive from Siena Place.

Showtime is at 8:30 p.m, but we recommend arriving early to find a good spot to sit, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and enter a free raffle sponsored by Philadelphia Runner.

See the movie schedule below. There’s sure to be a screening to please every film buff!

Grays Ferry Crescent Movies:

  • June 23: “Space Jam”
  • July 21: “Inside Out”
  • “Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”

 Walnut Street Movies:

  • June 30 – “Dirty Dancing”
  • July 14 – “This is Spinal Tap”
  • July 28 – “Big Hero 6”
  • August 11 – “Creed”

Visit the event page for directions, more information and to check any cancellations due to weather.

Choosing the Right Patio Furniture

elegant furniture and design in modern patioWhen selecting the type of outdoor furniture you will adorn you backyard with, you may be wondering which direction to go in. What kind of outdoor oasis are you trying to create? Which kinds of accents are you going for? You’ll have to factor in many considerations, from comfort and style to price and weather resistance. Here are some of the best types of furniture and styles for your backyard.

Comfort and Style

Do you love sitting on your backyard patio sipping a cold drink in the summer? Your patio furniture should be all about comfort. After all, this is YOUR home and you need to be able to relax in it.  It should look good AND provide a high level of comfort for you and your guests. From cushioned to full-featured all-weather recliners to country-style wicker, you have many possibilities at your disposal. If you enjoy the simple things in life, go with teak. For traditional stylings, go with an English garden setting; for a sleek contemporary style, go with tubular aluminum with mesh seats made of vinyl-coated polyester fabric, suggests Consumer Reports.

Ask some of these questions when it comes to comfort:

  • Do the seat heights match the table heights?
  • Does the table give plenty of clearance for people’s legs?
  • Can you pull chairs in close to the table or are the arm rests too high? Do you like narrow or wide?
  • Are the seats roomy enough from front to back and side to side?
  • Are the chairs slanted at an angle? Do they sit low?
  • Are the cushions comfortable? Do they match with the rest of the set? Can you leave them out during bad weather or do you have to take them in? Can you purchase replacement cushions as needed?

Maintenance

The furniture’s material will determine what you have to do to keep up with it. Most outdoor furniture can be washed with warm, soapy water. Do this a couple times during the summer or as needed. If you don’t want a lot of maintenance, try plastic outdoor wicker to easily remove dust and dirt, which you can just hose down every once in awhile. But if you have teak furniture, you’ll need to sand it and apply teak oil yearly to preserve its golden brown color.

Personality

Each patio set has its own distinct vibe and mood, so be sure to incorporate your personality into the patio set you choose. You can really make a splash with accents like vibrant umbrellas, cushions, pillows and patio set covers.

Bring Summer Inside with These Bright Colors

bright-summer-colorsBrighten up your home with some bright and fun colors, either as furniture, accents, paint or more! There’s no need to redesign your whole home. Even just a few bold accents can make all the difference between ho-hum and amazing.

Animal Prints

Yes, zebra stripes are monochromatic, but think what splashes of color you can add to them to make them pop! A zebra patterned lamp or throw rug, or a leopard patterned pillow can help you explore your wild side. Animal prints never go out of style, so incorporate them in prints on your wall or hang fabrics to add another layer of dimension. Go with a crazy patterned rug for whimsical appeal that also happens to add tactile and visual interest, according to Real Simple.

Wall Coloring

Many homeowners are deathly afraid of coloring their walls in anything more than a neutral tone. We say throw caution out the window and get bold with tangerine orange for a bathroom or bright red for a playroom. If you still love neutrals like beiges, off-whites, grays and creams and prefer to add splashes of color with accents instead, go with a sky blue to bring extra warmth, energy and vitality to the house. Neutral doesn’t always mean beige. You can be neutral with a pale blue and still make the surrounding space work for you. Pale yellow is an ideal color for a bright living room with lots of sun, as it symbolizes energy and cheer. You can even use it in a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, to simulate that cheery feeling. Just because you have a bare wall in your house doesn’t mean you automatically have to paint it. Add lightweight two-dimensional tiles that are easily removable when your tastes change.

Highlight Bold Colors

Got a white wall that needs new life breathed into it? Highlight bold colors against the stark white of your walls with rich chocolate brown sofas and soft purple accents. When you add color, creativity and character to the room, you add visual interest to draw the eye. You don’t have to go too far outside your comfort zone to make an impact. Get a little funky yet keep it real.

Start Small

If you’re intimidated by color, start off with a small room such as a guest powder room. You’ll spend less time and money and the commitment isn’t as big! House Beautiful suggests trying a loud geometric pattern in a bright ocean blue for a dramatic effect. Accent with whites and silvers so the entire impact doesn’t end up being too overwhelming.

If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to brighten up your home with summer colors, consult with the designers at Judd Builders. We can make your home feel cheery and sunny in no time!

Visit the Wissahickon

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Explore the beautiful trails of the Wissahickon this weekend! Check out some of their events or go for a hike and take a dip. Just a short drive from the Reserve at Creekside.

Wissahickon Gorge There are 57 miles of trails in this lush, 1,800-acre gorge, crossing forest and meadow before plunging down to the sun-dappled waters of the Wissahickon Creek. You’ll find yourself lost in a feeling of wilderness as you walk, bike or ride your horse through this undisputed gem of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system.

Kitchens Lane Turn off of Wissahickon Avenue onto Kitchen’s Lane and keep left as you continue down the hill. Parking is at the end of the road. Just a short walk to the creek at the end of the trail.

Woods and Meadow walk with Kimbery Quinn

June 19th 1-3 PM. Meet at Cedars House–Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Drive.Learn about the former Andorra Nursery and visit the Wissahickon Environmental Center. See the Great Beech and the Fallen Magnolia! Wear good sneakers or hiking boots. Distance: 3 miles through woods and Andorra Meadow to the WEC and back. Level: moderate.

Thursday Tots – June 16, 1-2PM Bring your little one for an hour of discovery at the Tree House. Each month we will explore a new topic that celebrates the season.  Bring your picnic lunch, for a picnic under the dogwood trees. Ages 3-5.

Happy Hiking!

June Events in Philly

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All American BBQ at Dilworth Park – June 15th- June 19th. 5- 9 PM. A favorite park for all sorts of outdoor fun, hosts a five-day BBQ this week that comes complete with a 21+ beer garden, lawn games (corn hole, mini golf and more!), barbecue-centric food like burgers, corn on the cob, smoked brisket and more. Admission to the party is free and all food and drinks are pay as you go.

June 23rd- Night Market – everything from tacos and fried cheese curds to pizza and ice cream with beverages including local beer and spirits. Each Night Market runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., giving you four hours of fantastic food and neighborhood fun.

Seaport summer Camp June 27, 2016 @ 9 a.m. – Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River. Perfect for ages 6-12, Seaport Summer Camp features full days of activities and exploration on the water.

Savvy Storage Ideas

Creative ways to store everything in your home without clutter!

shelvesWhether you have a small space to contend with or you have a spacious home at your disposal, it’s always desirable to find ways in which to de-clutter your living space. Storage is the name of the game, but it doesn’t have to LOOK like storage. You can get creative with how you display and store your stuff to minimize the clutter for a stress-free abode.

Kitchen

The kitchen is typically where many of us find clutter. Whether you tend to throw pots and pans in a cupboard or all your mismatched utensils in a drawer, it’s time to bring it all together for a no muss, no fuss approach to storage. No need to add square footage: add shelves to existing fixtures. For example, add recessed shelves to your kitchen island, with small cubbies for wine and larger shelves for electronics and small appliances, says Better Homes and Gardens. Not only do you get a convenient workspace, you also get to maximize your storage.

Under the Stairs

Got some space under your stairs? Don’t waste this space. Instead, add a butler’s pantry that adds function and storage to an otherwise unused space. This is the perfect space for storing hardly-used serving pieces, utensils and fine China that you only whip out when company comes over. Another idea is to add a recycling center featuring roll-out bins that  keep recyclables separate and out of sight from the rest of the home.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are notoriously small, so make the most use of the space you have. Try adding a shallow marble ledge and vanity with wall-mounted faucet where you can store your many bath supplies and toiletries. Not only does this add space to the room, your stuff is now within easy reach when getting ready in the morning. If you have a pedestal sink (read: no storage!), add a pair of slim cabinets on either side with shelving to store your towels, bath supplies and more with sliding doors that you don’t need to swing out if space is limited.

Kids’ Rooms

Utilize wall space in cramped rooms by installing shallow shelves for books and collectibles around the windows. Put in a comfortable window seat that pulls double duty as a reading nook and storage for blankets, stuffed animals and books. Add cubbies with bins and assign each child a color for easy retrieval of their belongings. This will cut down on the fighting over whose toys are whose!

Judd Builders is happy to discuss more savvy storage options for every room in the house. Call our team today to get started!

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

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A few simple ways to freshen up your outdoor space and get ready for entertaining this summer. 

Light It Up

If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers’ heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn’t have outdoor electrical outlets.

Bring the Indoors Out

No patio furniture? No worries! Weather permitting, bring your dining table, chairs, china, glasses and utensils outdoors to turn your fête into a fine-dining experience. Guests will appreciate the extra effort and your carefully-prepared meal will look (and taste) much better served on china instead of a flimsy, disposable plate.

Freshen Up Tired Surfaces

Turn a worn deck into a colorful outdoor room with a few coats of paint and coordinating draperies made from weather-resistant fabric. Sand the deck first to create a smooth surface then coat with exterior deck or porch paint which is specifically formulated to withstand foot traffic and weather.