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SPECIAL SECTION HOME IMPROVEMENT Save $500 when neighbors schedule their roof replacements See our website or call for details. Residential Roof Replacement Specialist Bethel Park Showroom | Millennium Shops 4607 Library Road (Route 88) 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE mmunity 2018 spring.indd 1 Home trends are shaping up to add comfort and value to homes. Focus on accenting natural features both inside and outside. Smart homes look to be the future, but these innovative technologies will bring a new dynamic to homeownership, with challenges of maintaining security being top of mind. Find a balance in your home-decorating style by adding features that bring out the very best in you and your family. Whether it’s a pop of color in your kitchen, or a fantastic feature in your backyard, make your home your own this year.   ■ PA012596 THE PINK PANTHER™ & © 1964–2018 MGM 46 home offices to become one of the most-used areas in the house. But dedicating an entire room to an office may not always be doable. Be creative when designing a home office and look for underutilized spaces. Clear out space in a finished attic for a desk, chair and some added lighting. Better yet, shut the door for some real quiet time. No attic space? Dedicate a wall in the basement as a workspace by adding a small area rug under a desk to warm up the room. Be sure to schedule laundry at a different time to avoid distractions. If all else fails, a niche in the family room can be a dedicated space to get work done. With the right accents and furniture, any area can make the perfect home office. • Less is more: It’s impossible to have a clear mind with a cluttered workspace. Keep home offices simple to avoid the desire to keep unnecessary papers and books piled on top of a desk. Create a home for everything on your desk. Set aside a space for writing utensils, notebooks, and hardware that is neat and tidy. A filing cabinet is best to organize papers and store supplies. • Multipurpose surfaces and furniture: Finding multipurpose furniture for small office spaces is key for optimal use of space. Mobile furniture makes packing up after a long day of work a breeze. Use wall space as storage, with desks that fold back into a wall mount. Avoid purchasing furniture that looks like it would be found in an office. If you’re utilizing a room for several different purposes, shop around for furniture that complements the look of the entire room. ❘ 12/30/2017 12:41:48 PM