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As the holiday season fills the air, we’ll slowly migrate indoors to escape the chilly winter winds. Preparing for freeze hibernation, home improvements and renovations become more appealing. A home should be both functional and relaxing, a place of production and peace.

Bathrooms are especially important in serving these dual roles. In the mornings, the washroom is a place of power and presentation. Renovating the design of your bathroom can be a powerful staging tool to impress potential buyers! This is especially important if you’re attempting to sell your property as a rental income source, because buyers will be thinking about their luxury feeling of the property to determine just how much rent they can potentially charge.

Daily preparation requires multiple bathroom functionalities. However, as the sun sets, the space should also accommodate your need for comfort and de-stressing. Here are some handy ideas for creating the perfect bathroom ambiance for your home to “wow” potential buyers and increase your properties value..

Feeling of Luxury Created By Choosing The Right Furnishings

Choose joyful furnishings and furniture to design a truly inviting atmosphere. Give the space an open feel by utilizing the square footage smartly. Consider a fitted vanity cabinet above the sink. Many manufacturing companies will provide a custom fit for your specific dimensions.

See fitted bathroom furniture for large and compact options with a broad range in style designs. Whether you’re looking for a look of luxury, nature, bold, modern, warmth or more distinctive feels, let your imagination run wild because options are available. The right furniture & lighting can provide serene organization for all of your daily needs.

Choosing the right commercial wood or steel door can increase noise privacy and add decorative effects. Consider the wooden residential doors which come in 14 finishes and color varieties. Notice how each color makes you feel in relation to what you want out of your bathroom time.  Utilizing the earth tone colors for doors and natural stone tile for floors will help to create a Zen-like atmosphere.

Lighting Your Bathroom Properly Can Make A Big Difference

Explore the many options for an upgraded bathroom by varying your mirror design. With LED lighting see yourself more clearly for shining hygiene and cultivated elegance. There are also several options to consider for size, frames and the number of mirrors on the wall. For the instant feel of a larger space with depth, hang mirrors at an angle to reflect each other. Using only transparent curtains works well for adding a large-space feel and additional lighting. As a bonus, drops of water are contained better with this material type.

For an old-timey feel of luxury, look into freestanding bathtubs. The trend is resurfacing into modern home design. These standalone tubs are perfect for long soaks with aromatherapy salts and oils. Light a few candles for enhanced design and ambiance.

Decorative Ideas With Heating Elements

Installing heated towel railings is another great idea that serves both practical and decorative purposes. For minimum cost and effort, you could add these heating rails to provide constantly cozy towels. With chrome and other modern finishes, the heating design can also serve as a decorative focal point. Your guests will be thrilled with the additional convenience of warm towels.

While you’re focused on the temperature and feel, heated flooring has dropped in price and become much easier to install. Provide more at-home comfort and say goodbye to the cold floors. For further, more complex and accommodating bathroom designs, checkout the layout possibilities for multiple installments.

Remember, the restroom should serve functionally and purposefully in meeting all of your daily needs and desires. Make the effort to explore these options to create the right space for your home.

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Looking for the perfect place to get away from it all? Check out the latest Twiddy listing in Corolla.

40 beautiful acres of Ocean to Sound Privacy, which includes 4 contiguous 10 acre oceanfront parcels totaling 500 ft of Ocean frontage, bordering the US Fish and Wildlife Preserve. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a magnificent 12,000+ sqft estate with 23 bedrooms fully furnished and ready to enjoy. Currently a special event retreat, this home generates significant annual income.

Remotely located in the 4×4 only beaches of Corolla, this one-of-a-kind estate incorporates Old Nags Head style architecture with modern amenities and luxury furnishings. Features include 11,000 square feet of expansive decking, dance and multimedia hall, multiple bar areas, theater room, billiards, large gourmet kitchen with separate commercial kitchen and private elevator access for staff. Enjoy panoramic views of the sea, wild horses grazing in the preserve, or lounge by the pool. You must see this house in person to fully appreciate the size and privacy. The other adjoining 10 acre vacant lots ensure privacy — or allow for further development of this special compound. Additional information is available to qualified buyers.Home and some lots may be purchased separately.


Please view the full listing  or contact Jason Summerton at  Twiddy & Company for more details.

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Covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2014, shows vacation-home sales catapulted to an estimated 1.13 million last year, the highest amount since NAR began the survey in 2003. Vacation sales were up 57.4 percent from 717,000 in 2013.

Since 1978, Twiddy & Company has provided clients with the tools and resources needed to make confident, successful Outer Banks real estate investments. Our select group of experienced agents has earned a reputation for being professional, knowledgeable and scrupulous. Our highly specialized boutique approach results in an uncommon level of expertise.

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Weather: Duck-Sunny, 32 degrees

Corolla-Sunny, 32 degrees

Fishing report for Sunday, March 29, 2015: Clear, sunny and cold. No one is fishing. Water temp 43 degrees. Wind has dropped drastically from low 40s overnight to 10 to 12 mph. Low tide 10:35 a.m. High tide 4:29p.m.


With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet–Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City, she said.

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EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA-The Dare County Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM This free family-friendly event features a wide variety of activities for children 10 and under including three separate age groups hunting for over 5,000 eggs. Additional family activities include egg & spoon races, sack races, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the bunny, sidewalk decorating and more! The Easter Bunny will be on site and available for photos from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Easter egg dashes will begin at 3:00 PM on the ball field with staggered start times for age groups. Age Groups – 0-3 years old – 4-6 years old – 7-10 years old In the event of inclement weather, all activities will take place inside the Youth Center at Family Recreation Park.

2nd Annual Duck Merchants Association Easter Egg Hunt–Join us for the 2nd Annual Duck Merchants Association Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt takes place in and around various fine stores Saturday April, 4th from 10am – 5pm. Work your away thru our wonderful town to collect eggs filled with candies, treats and coupons from our Duck Merchants.

The Hoppin’ 5k Fun Run and Dare County Parks and Recreation Egg Hunt–Dare County Parks and Recreation Egg hunt will have over 5,000 eggs and there will be prize eggs for each age group. Order of activities 5K race 8 AM, Fun Run 9 AM, Egg Hunt 10 AM. Join us for any or all activities at the COA Ball field.  For more information Contact Sissy at 475-5907.

Fly into Spring & Easter Egggtravaganza–Kitty Hawk Kites will be kicking off the 2015 season with the annual “Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza!” Join the Kitty Hawk Kites crew April 3rd and 4th at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing for a day of springtime fun. The Kite Festival will take place Friday & Saturday from 10am-4pm at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Enjoy fresh spring air, high flying kites, and an all around good time on the dunes. The EGGstravaganza will take place at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, right across the street from the dunes. On Friday and Saturday there will be Easter Egg Hunts throughout Jockey’s Ridge Crossing starting at 11AM. Hunts will be broken down by age groups: 3 & under, 4-6, and 7-12. Keep an eye out for the Golden and Silver Eggs! Parents: Please remember to bring an Easter Basket for your child’s goodies. Stick around to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 12:001:00pm. Bring your camera!

The Elizabethan Gardens Easter Eggtravaganza–Come spring over to the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun.

Serving Easter Brunch-


Lone Cedar


Pamlico Jack’s

Red Sky

Brewing Station 

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Weather: Duck-Cloudy, 41 degrees

Corolla-Mostly Cloudy, 40 degrees

Dare to pursue quarter percent sales tax for inlet dredgingAs the crisis at Oregon Inlet persists with the approach of another tourist season, Dare County commissioners passed a resolution Friday to ask the General Assembly to authorize a 1/4 percent local sales tax to help pay for dredging. Unlike previous authorizations, the request, if introduced and approved by legislators, would not require a referendum.

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Down goes the Beacon Motor Lodge: Inn was sold to Va. Firm–Another piece of the Outer Banks that hearkened back to a bygone era started coming down this week, with the demolition of the Beacon Motor Lodge at mile post 11 in Nags Head. The white-and-blue motel was built in 1969 and had 50 rooms, many of which opened onto 450 feet of oceanfront, but it has been closed since the end of the 2013 season. Since we ran a story in December on a Virginia Beach firm purchasing the motel and adjacent property, crews had been slowly hauling away some of the fixtures and other items from inside the rooms. Earlier this month, all the windows were taken out. An excavator began tearing down the structure Wednesday. Often referred to as a dying breed on the Outer Banks, hotels and motels with familiar names like the Carolinian, Cabana East and the Vivianna have vanished from the oceanfront landscape.

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Endless winter set for one last March blast this weekendMarch will give us the cold shoulder this weekend before stepping aside for a week that might actually feel like spring. It will almost be cold enough for snow Saturday morning, but the National Weather Service says that’s highly unlikely. A cold front pushing toward the coast will mean a chance of thunderstorms on and off this afternoon with more rain overnight.

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The Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show will open in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Sunday, March 29, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

 Don’t forget: Owners Day is April 4th from 10-12

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WEATHER: Duck-Clear, 60 degrees

Corolla-Clear, 65 degrees

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

U.S. Geological Survey checking into Monday’s rumblings–The federal agency that keeps track of earthquakes wants to hear from coastal residents about two rumbles that shook houses Monday from the Outer Banks to Virginia Beach. Unlike the occasional booms heard and felt along the Outer Banks from time to time, Monday’s rumbles lasted as long 20 seconds. The first occurred at 4:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and the second at 6:24 p.m. When the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia shook our region in August of 2011, it was reported within minutes by the USGS.

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The Dare County Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM This free family-friendly event features a wide variety of activities for children 10 and under including three separate age groups hunting for over 5,000 eggs. Additional family activities include egg & spoon races, sack races, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the bunny, sidewalk decorating and more! The Easter Bunny will be on site and available for photos from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

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This beautiful Egret was spotted on the Duck Soundside Boardwalk yesterday.  Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.


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