Second Place Scholarship Winner – Julian Desmond

June 25, 2019

Congratulations to Julian Desmond, our second place winner in our 9th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Julian wrote a wonderful essay about the moves a military family faces. In his own words, “The older I get, and the longer I stay in one place, the more I realize how different my life has […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – Emelyn Keller

June 24, 2019

Congratulations to Emelyn Keller, our third place winner in our 9th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Chloe wrote a great essay about transitioning from one home to another. We loved this line “Your family, which you naively had thought to be a democratic union, has decided, without your consent, to pick up and […]

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Four Tips for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

May 31, 2019

If you’ve ever watched a home buying or renovation show on television, the phrase “open concept” is probably burned into your brain. Gone are the days of choppy layouts and room-defining décor that can make our favorite areas feel blocky and confined. Today’s homeowner wants sprawling spaces that enable them (and their guests) to seamlessly […]

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Scholarship Contest in Voting Phase!

May 6, 2019

The submission portion of our contest is now wrapped up and we are into our fan voting phase! We had another amazing response this year with 62 essays submitted to our contest. Please be sure to vote for your favorites through our website www.whatmakesahouseahome.com  – Voting is today through Friday, May 10th. The finalists will be […]

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7 Best Thurston County Restaurants With a View

April 30, 2019

With a population nearing 300,000, sweeping vistas of Puget Sound and big mountain views, there’s no shortage of people or picturesque landscapes in Thurston County, Washington. This serene setting also has a burgeoning food scene that’s often able to pair delicious menus with stunning atmospheres to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Though the county’s largest […]

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9th Annual Scholarship Contest

April 8, 2019

Our “What Makes a House a Home” college scholarship contest is in its ninth year.  Our independent judging panel will be awarding three scholarships at the end of May. This is a very rewarding program for us, not just in helping some great local high school students, but also in hearing their amazing stories of […]

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Rob Rice Homes Introduces New Golf Course Home Plan

April 2, 2019

Rob Rice Homes is thrilled to reveal their latest new house plan! The “Westminster” is currently under construction in a small, peaceful setting that is part of the master planned community of Meridian Campus in Lacey, Washington. This new home is situated perfectly to take in the views of the 16th Fairway of the Woodlands […]

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Prepping Your Garden for Spring

April 1, 2019

Gardeners, rejoice! The temperatures have started to creep up, rain showers have slowed and any fallen snow is now long gone. The spring equinox, or what’s more commonly known as the first day of spring, has come and gone, and amateur growers and planters are ready to break out their trowels. But before you get […]

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14 Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades You Should Make This Year

March 2, 2019

Everybody wants to turn their house into their dream home, or at least make small updates here and there, but the thought of shelling out all that cash can be daunting. Whether you’re refreshing your space or getting ready to sell, renovating your home is a huge financial decision. Fortunately, a complete renovation is not […]

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How to Beat the Winter Blues By Bringing Mother Nature Indoors

February 4, 2019

Did you know that Mother Nature is actually good for your health? Science tells us— it’s a fact! And while we are so fortunate to live in a place so dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us, we can’t always have access to it in these colder months. With the days still short […]

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