In May of 2007, I moved from northern California where I worked as a business manager, to Cody Wyoming. Near the end of 2007 I decided I wanted to do something a bit different, so I began to study for my real estate license. In May 2008 I became a Wyoming REALTOR. Most of my career was spent working for architects, landscape architects, planners and engineers. While I enjoyed my time working with these talented people I am so happy I decided to make a late life change and go into real estate. I love working with people helping them find a place to call home. I do have a passion and energy to partner with my clients to help them not just imagine but realize their dream, find a home to create a space for communing with family and friends. When I am not discovering new properties in and around Cody Wyoming, I love to immerse myself in the outdoors including hiking, golf, bicycling and gardening.
I look forward to helping you achieve your goals whether it is buying your next property or selling your current one.
Ann M. Flack, Associate Broker (307)587-8778 OFFICE (307)250-7369 CELL www.codywyomingproperties.com
11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100
By: Cara Greenberg
Published: November 5, 2012
Wouldn't it be nice to approach your home's entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.
1. Clear the way for curb appeal. The path to your front door should be at least 3 feet wide so people can walk shoulder-to-shoulder, with an unobstructed view and no stumbling hazards. So get out those loppers and cut back any overhanging branches or encroaching shrubs.
2. Light the route. Landscape lighting makes it easy to get around at night. Solar-powered LED lights you can just stick in the ground, requiring no wiring, are suprisingly inexpensive. We found 8 packs for under $60 online.
3. Go glossy. Borrow inspiration from London's lovely row houses, whose owners assert their individuality by painting their doors in high-gloss colors. The reflective sheen of a royal blue, deep green, crimson, or whatever color you like will ensure your house stands out from the pack.
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4. Pretty up the view. A door with lots of glass is a plus for letting light into the front hall -- but if you also want privacy and a bit of decor, check out decorative window film. It's removable and re-positionable, and comes in innumerable styles and motifs. Pricing depends on size and design; many available for under $30.
A way to get the look of stained glass without doing custom work or buying a whole new door: Mount a decorative panel on the inside of the door behind an existing glass insert, $92 for an Arts and Crafts-style panel 20" high by 11" wide.
5. Replace door hardware. While you're at it, polish up the handle on the big front door. Or better yet, replace it with a shiny new brass lockset with a secure deadbolt. Available for about $60.
6. Please knock. Doorbells may be the norm, but a hefty knocker is a classic that will never run out of battery life, and another opportunity to express yourself (whatever your favorite animal or insect is, there's a door-knocker in its image).
7. Ever-greenery. Boxwoods are always tidy-looking, the definition of easy upkeep. A pair on either side of the door is traditional, but a singleton is good, too. About $25 at garden centers. In cold climates, make sure pots are frost-proof (polyethylene urns and boxes mimic terracotta and wood to perfection).
8. Numbers game. Is your house number clearly visible? That's of prime importance if you want your guests to arrive and your pizza to be hot. Stick-on vinyl numbers in a variety of fonts make it easy, starting at about $4 per digit.
9. Foot traffic. A hardworking mat for wiping muddy feet is a must. A thick coir mat can be had at the hardware store for less than $20. Even fancier varieties can be found well under $50.
10. Go for the glow. Fumbling for keys in the dark isn't fun. Consider doubling up on porch lights with a pair of lanterns, one on each side of the door, for symmetry and twice the illumination. Many mounted lights are available well under $100.
11. Snail mail. Mailboxes run the gamut from kitschy roadside novelties masquerading as dogs, fish, or what-have-you to sober black lockboxes mounted alongside the front door. Whichever way you go, make sure yours is standing or hanging straight, with a secure closure, and no dings or dents. The mail carrier will thank you.