According to Alina Dizik, one of the leading Wall Street Journal’s real estate commentators, a growing number of luxury homeowners are finding new appreciation for an old idea. In fact, the older, the better.

Pursuing a way to enhance the feel of modern homes, more and more homeowners are “getting into the groove” of reclaiming ancient materials—especially old wood. Antique timbers from old New England barn sidings have long been recycled, but usually only for walls. Now other uses are being found to add character to otherwise unexceptional rooms. For Lewes, DE homeowners looking to update their own homes, looking to the past might be an idea worth thinking about.

The Journal highlights a successful example in a Minnesota couple who used 1900s-era oak fencing to create an unusual dining-room ceiling. They liked the effect so much that they located some 1850s midwestern barn wood to use as exterior siding—then used the hand-hewn beams to look like support beams. “That’s the first thing people talk about,” according to the owner.

Now the search for reclaimed wood isn’t limited to barns. Materials from log cabins and factories originally built in the 1800s can be worthy prizes—as long as “they look as primitive as possible.” Today’s timber doesn’t supply the same look and feel as the more ancient wood because fast-growth techniques used by suppliers don’t create the same effect as do the antique hardwoods. Harsh weather—lots of it—makes the difference. While new wood tends to shrink “or cup and bow,” the old stuff just hardens—and looks terrific when contrasted against modern surfaces.

Despite its growing popularity and the obvious limit to how much can be reclaimed, dealers claim that Lewes, DE homeowners might find ample supply. Agents rely on word-of-mouth to claim structure that a being dismantled, so “it just keeps on coming.”

The old-materials-contrasted-with-new is an idea that may not leap to mind when Lewes, DE homeowners consider updating, but when it’s well done, can add unique appeal. Whenever you’re thinking of original ways to add value to your own Lewes, DE home, I hope you’ll give me a call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

When it comes to selling your Ocean View, DE house, the word that pops up in every discussion is the ubiquitous “decluttering.” Decluttering means exactly what it says: removing clutter in all its forms. Not just the debris that piles up in every Ocean View, DE household (old magazines, less-than-priceless dust-catchers, toys that have seen better days, etc.), but also some more prominent articles that overfill space.

But when it comes to taking real action in a decluttering campaign, there is another word whose value can’t be overemphasized. The reason that decluttering is something that needs to be discussed at all is that it can be painfully hard to execute. It means giving up something that has value, or at least used to have value—and which through familiarity has become comfortable to be around. You may not have used that set of TV dinner trays that halfway block the garage entrance door, but who says you won’t need them? Those bookends that are actually cut from a single geode may not have had any books between them for years…nor has the little table lamp been able to stand up straight without the coasters you hid beneath it years ago…but how can you just toss either of them? And if you put them out in a yard sale, who would ever buy them?

That is where the other word that’s connected with decluttering comes in. It’s an action word—one that energizes decluttering. It’s a word that you can place on a sign when you have a yard sale. In fact, you don’t even have to have a yard sale. Just set the clutter out on the front lawn with the word in big, bold letters.

In case you haven’t guessed it by now, the magic word is “Free.” It’s spectacularly effective for distributing clutter to worthy Ocean View, DE neighbors who will find new uses for it. And somehow, it just feels better to know that stuff has found a good home.

Decluttering is a key activity when you are selling your Ocean View, DE house. Another one is giving me a call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

 If you ask the web, “what does Time is Money mean?” it tells you that time is a valuable resource, so do things as quickly as you can. That’s one way to look at it—from a superior, it probably means, “stop wasting time” or “get back to work!”

But when it comes to property values—certainly including those here in Dewey Beach, DE—it has another valid application. Of interest to anyone who owns (or will own) a property in Dewey Beach, DE is this:

When it comes to landscaping, time truly is money. And the clock is ticking.

The time, in this case, is the amount of time it takes to grow a tree, or a hedge—or any plant that will add livability to your property. Barrier plants are one example. They can protect a hilltop yard from exposure to an otherwise annoying prevailing wind. Barrier hedges can provide valuable privacy—a less expensive and more eye-pleasing alternative to fencing. Given time, defensive plants (thorny ones) can provide a literally impenetrable barrier and the security it represents.

Then there are the trees. More than just beauty, mature trees provide shady destination points for the garden, wildlife-attracting shelter for songbirds—as well as conveying an aura of permanence that lends substance to any property. Not to mention, well-positioned shade trees can directly lower summertime cooling bills.

All of these benefits can be had by spending a fortune by buying mature plants and the skilled local landscape gardeners to establish them, or by spending relatively little by planting seedlings and saplings as soon as possible. When sited artfully, the value of the mature plants will be as described. But better still, the pride of having designed them for the utility that grows year by year can’t help but add to your enjoyment.

When it comes to your own Dewey Beach, DE property, foresightful selection in the plants you choose and their place on the property will pay big dividends in its salability and the value it commands. When it comes to landscaping, in other words, time is money.

As a side note, timing a purchase or sale can mean money, too—especially in today’s low-interest home loan environment. Call me! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com