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Boise is filled with musical events and art of all kinds. Throughout the year concerts are performed regularly and festivals and music series of various genres fill Idaho’s capitol city and its surrounding cities in the area. Whether you are new to the Treasure Valley or have been here for generations and are new to the music scene in the area, it is helpful to know of popular concerts and events that take place each year, such as the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. The following is a list of some of the most popular musical attractions in the Treasure Valley:

The Gene Harris Jazz Festival

This jazz festival is an event that is put on annually by the Boise State University Department of Music. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is comprised of

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Renting can be a drag. Always having to listen to the upstairs neighbors race with their pet elephants, trying not to make noise that will bother the downstairs neighbors and still hearing them bang on the ceiling signifying your slippered shuffles are too loud, and many other grievances tend to come with renting from an apartment complex. Living in a separate rental home isn’t always the greatest option either. Often, landlords take a bit of time to get things fixed and you can’t shower since you must wait for a plumber to come clear out the drains. Sometimes, renting can be a great situation with a landlord who gets your jokes and lives to care for their properties. Though, a new chapter in your life may just around the corner.

Buying a home

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The decision to buy a house is a big one and one that can end up costing you quite a bit of money. After the actual mortgage payment that goes into buying a house there are actually a lot of other expenses that you need to be aware of. We are going to explore these extra expenses, the hidden costs if you will, and help you get ready to pay for the dream home you have always wanted. It is important to know that this is not an exhaustive list of expenses and costs; the actual amount you will be paying and the number of costs is dependent on your local laws, the lender you work with and chosen real estate agent.

The Down Payment

Down payments are very important when it comes to buying a house and are a cost that everyone needs to be aware of.

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There are few things as beautiful as eastern architecture. The awesome traditional building styles of Asia are much different from what we are used to here, but they are still enamoring. One such style is Washitsu which will be our topic of discussion today as well as how you can change your home to have a more Washitsu feel.

Washitsu(和室) architecture is, simply put, traditional Japanese décor and design. When you translate it directly into English it literally means Japanese room. It is a way of decorating and design that is to be expected in a traditional Japanese home. It is a beautiful design and one that can be replicated here in our western housing market as well. While there are only a few companies that specialize in Washitsu

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Is your bathroom drab? Why not remodel and bring in personal touches that will make your bathroom a pleasant place for you porcelain throne instead? There are so many intriguing ideas that can elevate your loo and turn it into a room of which to boast. For one of the most often visited rooms, the bathroom is frequently at the bottom of the list of decor, but there are so many cool ideas and tweaks that can help you to enjoy the time spent in your own restroom.

Showers may be tricky for tall folks. One helpful tip that doesn’t require a full remodel involves swinging by the local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picking up a shower head with an extra, detachable shower head. It’s important that the attachment comes with a rod to rest on in order to make

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When you are building a new home, you have a lot of important decisions to make, one of them being how you will heat your home. Between picking your carpet colors, and deciding on a floor plan, you really should take a moment to think about how you plan to heat your home. There is a myriad of options out there for people who want to break away from traditional gas furnaces and each of them have their own benefits and drawbacks. However, it is important to remember that heating technology has made dramatic advances over the last few years and options that may have seemed inefficient or archaic in the past are now not only viable, but preferred in some cases. Below we will talk about the pros and cons of three of these systems: pellet stoves,

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Pools can be an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors as well as a fantastic way to work on a washboard stomach. There are several types of pools, varying in cost and upkeep, but on type of pool is starting to make an appearance in the United States. Natural pools are beautiful swimming pools with a thriving ecosystem to help filter bad bacteria and debris without using harsh chemicals. These pools are less expensive than many of their counterparts, plus they create a delightful centerpiece in any outdoor space.

Many folks dream of having a swimming pool in their backyard, though there can be a lot of concerns regarding building one and managing upkeep. One of these concerns is that there are large amounts of chemicals that are typically

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Backyards can be a great place to relax, or they can be a place to party. Depending on your individual style, you may be looking to revamp your backyard space to fit your needs. Well, occasionally in the renovating process you come across an idea that seems crazy at the time, but may be something that you could use in your yard on a smaller scale. Here are a few of the craziest backyards we have come stumbled upon. See if there are any ideas that could work for you!

Are you a BMX racer who would love to be able to roll out of bed and hop on your bike? If this sounds like you, then maybe you should take a page out of one enthusiast’s book and create a BMX track in your own backyard. Of course, it’s important to check and make sure you have the

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Over the last few years, there has been a pretty big resurgence in interest in hidden rooms in homes. They fell out of style, if you will, for a while but have resurfaced in the past few years. There are many reasons to want one of these specialty rooms and whether you want it for a doomsday shelter, a place to retreat to in case of an intruder, or just for the fun of it, they are actually pretty simple to have put into your home. Now, obviously it would be easier to put one in from the start, so if you are building a home then you may want to think about adding one into the plans, however, there are plenty of ways to retrofit one into an existing home. Today, however, we will talk mainly about the chief differences between these kinds of rooms,

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When it comes time to pick where you want to live, you actually have quite a few options. You see, there are many different types of homes out there, but there are few that have carried as much confusion as duplexes, townhouses, apartments, and condos. Though these may seem virtually identical in many aspects, they can actually be quite different. Even though they are small these differences can have quite the consequences. So, if you are thinking about moving into one of these multi-family units you should probably know all you can about your different options before you make a decision.

Duplex

Let’s start with a duplex. A duplex is a house that, instead of being designed for one living space, is made to house two separate living spaces

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