Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea - CENTURY 21 Toomey-Lovett, Inc Centurian 2012 Top Producer Diamond Award



110 Maple St, Oakham, MA 01562

Land

$60,000
Price

2.65
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Lovely lot walking distance to Oakham Center. With over 457 feet of frontage this lot has some areas that are level and some areas with a slight slope. There are Maple trees on this lot that have been used for tapping for making Maple Syrup! Horses are permitted and stone walls border the the back and some sides of the property. If you ever wanted to build in Oakham this could be the lot you have been waiting for. Call me and I would be happy to to show you this property!
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When moving into a new home, the first thing you want to do is make it your own. That means painting, upgrading fixtures, and the all-important window coverings. Instead of just looking for the most stylish option, take this chance to go with curtains, shades, blinds and screens will improve your bottom line. Most of the energy lost in your home goes through your walls, roof, and windows. You can enhance your walls and roof with well-made insulation, but unless you want to remove the windows entirely, your only option is thermal window coverings.

Now, typically, "thermal" is associated with keeping heat in, think "thermal underwear," but thermal window coverings are designed to block heat from both directions. That means they keep warm air inside in the winter and warm air outside in the summer. In this way, the blinds help control the temperature in your home year-round, reducing your heating and cooling energy costs.

The Four Top Options

While there are a wide variety of energy saving window coverings, and even energy saving windows themselves, the mostly break down into one of four categories.

  1. Thermal Drapes and Curtains: These are the easiest to install of all the options. The installation is, in fact, the same as for non-thermal drapes or curtains. Just hang the rod and slide on the curtain. While not tight to the windows, curtains do work to reduce the amount of heat that travels through your windows. A secondary feature of most thermal drapes is that they create "blackout" conditions. Blocking as much light as heat, they produce more comfortable conditions for sleep or to stop the glare on your forty-two-inch television screen. There are a wide variety of blackout or thermal drapes on the market, but you will get the best results from those with an acrylic backing layer. The more layers of acrylic, the thicker and more effective the curtain will be at blocking both light and heat. 
  2. Thermal Interior Blinds: Mini-blinds, plantation blinds, Venetian blinds, there are so many from which to choose. Each type's fabrication is from of different materials leading to various levels of thermal protection. Slatted blinds are useful because they give you greater control over the amount of light let into a room. Depending on the curve of your slats, you may also be able to create an air buffer between the blinds and the window, changing how the cooler or warmer air flows into your room.
  3. Cellular Shades: Halfway between curtains and blinds, these “honeycomb” shades trap air in hexagonal pockets between at least two layers. The more layers in the blinds, the more efficient they will be at stopping heat or cold from traveling through into your rooms. Unlike slat blinds, cellular shades create an air barrier in front of the window without needing to be adjusted for a particular angle.
  4. Thermal Exterior Blinds: Exterior blinds work similarly to interior blinds. They are mounted above your windows and lower or raise through channels mounted to either side. Made of a variety of faux and natural materials including bamboo, wood, vinyl, steel and aluminum you can find an amazing style to match your home's needs. In addition to adding thermal protection to the outside of your windows, external blinds increase the shade and privacy of your home. Make certain you check with your homeowner's association first though. Some HOAs don't allow outdoor blinds since they change the exterior appearance of your home.

Want to block even more heat and light? Or just have more control? Look for reflective window films, awnings, roof overhangs, and screens to augment your interior window coverings. Getting ready to sell? Ask your real estate agent about the best choices to improve the value of your home.



390 Marshall St, Paxton, MA 01612

Single-Family

$444,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Meticulously maintained Colonial nestled on a corner lot in Paxton. You will appreciate the high end finishes including crown moldings, mudroom, custom cabinetry and Granite counters. The over-sized eat in kitchen is the heart of the home. Recently renovated loaded w/ beautiful cabinets, stainless steel appliances,pantry, large center island plus a dining area. Large brick wood burning fire place in the family room loaded with charm that leads to back yard patio complete with Coy Pond, waterfall and fire pit just step's away from the in-ground heated fenced in pool. A formal dining-room and living room complete the first floor.The master bedroom has an en-suite bath, jetted tub w/ separate tilled shower & balcony. There are 3 additional bedrooms to round out the 2nd floor. There is a Hugh finished office,den or playroom above the garage, w/floor to ceiling custom window for the sun to stream in . To many upgrades to list. You will never want to leave this beautiful Home
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This Single-Family in Ware, MA recently sold for $194,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Dorrinda O'Keefe-Shea - Century 21 NS Group.


2 Crescent Terrace, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$194,000
Price
$194,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This home is a standout ! An affordable turnkey that will welcome you home everyday. This 3 bedroom Ranch is just waiting for its new owners. Cozy up to the fireplace in the living room. Admire your sparkling hardwood floors throughout your home. One level living is just what you have been looking for. One car attached garage for your convenience. The basement has a double door walk out basement with a workshop area, laundry and still enough room for storage and a work-out area! Do not wait this will not last.

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150 Rock A Dundee Rd, Hampden, MA 01036

Single-Family

$394,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Contemporary with 4.39 private acres and 2858 sq ft. living space. Fantastic views of the mountains from the wraparound deck or relax in the living room with vaulted ceiling, mission stone fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows. The first floor has a large eat in kitchen with maple cabinets,granite counter tops, center island . The first floor has spacious dining room with hardwood floors, bedroom and large half bath. Second floor has a balcony/loft overlooking the living room that leads to an generous master bedroom with gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling, walk in closet, and exterior balcony. The master bath has double sinks, jetted tub& shower. The lower level-could be used as an in-law or Au-pair suite, has a large family room, bedroom, full bath with plenty of storage. The heating system and tank less hot water heater are both state of the art. 2 car garage with plenty of storage area. This home is sure to impress! Call today for a showing.
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