Corken Corner Blog

7 Ways to Transform a Small Patio Into a Relaxing Retreat

With the right furniture and accessories, even the smallest patio can become a private escape. Corken + Company is here to help you make your patio a retreat this summer! Try these patio decor ideas to transform your underused backyard into a secluded oasis for lounging and entertaining.   Hang Curtains: Hanging curtains is an inexpensive and easy way to create a temporary wall — perfect for renters and anyone else whose neighbors are a bit too close for comfort. Flowing, gauzy fabric softens this patio while adding privacy.   Make a Statement With Lighting: Good lighting will not only help …

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8 Gardening Trends for 2022

In 2021, the continuance of the pandemic kept us outdoors in our yards and gardens. We’ve discovered that nature can help us through dark times, so we’ve hung bird feeders, planted gardens, and learned to love patio life. More than half of us are spending an extra two hours a day outside compared to pre-pandemic, according to a National Gardening Association survey, and we’re in no hurry to go back inside in 2022. Instead, we’re more motivated than ever to get creative with our yards, porches, and patios, giving some of the best gardening trends to get inspiration.There are so …

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7 Colorado Food and Drink Festivals Happening This Summer

Colorado Summers are incredible! Here are a few Colorado food and drink festivals happening this summer that you do not want to miss out on. Our team at Corken + Company hopes you and your family enjoy a beautiful start to the summer break.   Manitou Springs Wine Festival | June 4 Held each year in Manitou Springs, this one-day event is the perfect way to kick off the start of summer. Taste a variety of wines and meads from nearly 30 Colorado purveyors like Meadery of the Rockies and Two Rivers Winery. Do it all while listening to live …

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Denver Spring and Summer Festivals

With all that Denver has to offer, there is never a shortage of things to do during the summer. Our team at Corken + Company has compiled a list of the best spring and summer festivals happening this year to keep you entertained.   Civic Center Eats: From May through October, Civic Center EATS transforms Civic Center Park into a lunchtime extravaganza. The festival features 70 of Denver’s best food and fashion trucks. It’s your chance to savor a variety of cuisines while supporting our city’s small local business scene. It also supports the Civic Center Conservancy’s mission to restore …

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Balancing your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer

Since the number of homes on the market today is lower than normal, it can be hard to find the perfect fit. Balancing your wants and needs as a homebuyer is very important when starting your home search. If you know which factors are essential for your next home and which are just nice bonuses, you can find your dream space. Our team at Corken + Company wants to help you in this important search!So how do you go about creating your list of wants vs. needs? First and foremost, you need to get pre-approved for your mortgage. Getting pre-approved helps …

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Millennials: Smart Strategies For First-Time Homebuyers

In a hot market where inventory remains at historic lows and areas across the country are ranging between many different price points, it can be hard for first-time homebuyers. One group it’s particularly hard for right now is Millennials. Millennials aren’t exactly getting a warm welcome from the market that has been begging them to participate.But that doesn’t make buying impossible – just a bit more challenging. Let Corken + Company give you a leg up by following a few smart strategies.  Work with the right Agent: Having a competitive edge is more important than ever. You must have a …

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Downsizing After Your Kids Move Out

When your kids are living with you, a large house may be a necessity. If your children have moved out, or will soon, downsizing may be a smart decision. Our team here at Corken + Company would love to help you make the best decisions for your family.  How You Could Save Money Each Month by Downsizing: A large house usually comes with large mortgage payments. Even if you’ve paid off your home loan, you still have to pay for things like property taxes, and maintenance. Moving to a smaller home would most likely lower all those bills. Depending on …

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Five of the Best Denver Brunch Spots

If you live in Colorado, you know Denver brunch is a must. Reservations are pretty much essential for the midday meal that draws crowds (even on weekdays, at the spots that offer that). And what makes a brunch worth waiting for? The food, of course. Brunch food always satisfies cravings, whether you’re in the mood for sweet, savory or a touch of both. But with so many places offering the basics, those that go beyond the average menu options are the ones that stand out.Excelling at boozy brunch staples like bloody Marys and mimosas is a must, too. Places that …

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Best Rooftop Bars in Denver

Denver is one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the United States. Our team wanted to share some fun rooftop bars in our city!   54Thirty Rooftop: The seasonal 54thirty Rooftop is the highest open-air rooftop bar in Denver. Named after its location above sea level (5430 feet), the modern and stylish rooftop terrace offers amazing and panoramic views. Settle in one of the comfy lounge sofas and enjoy elevated and crafted cocktails, local craft beers and globally inspired bar bites.   The Red Barber: Located in the RiNo Art District, The Catbird Hotel offers an impressive rooftop …

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Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home? Finding a Home Post-Retirement

Life events can have a major impact on what you need out of your home. Retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. It can also have a big impact on your home needs. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you enjoy, like traveling, visiting with loved ones, or taking on new hobbies. But what does that mean for your home?If you’re looking for ways to focus more on the important things in your life, the answer could be downsizing. Our team at Corken + Company wants to keep our clients …

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