How to Save on Holiday Home Prep

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Posted on 28th November 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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“The summer heat is quickly fading, and before we know it, the leaves on the trees will start to turn. That means holiday season is just around the corner. If your family is anything like mine, holiday season is hectic season. From Halloween on, it will be a nonstop parade of people and activities all the way through to the New Year. Is your home ready for the change in seasons?

I’ll admit, I’m not quite ready yet. But, I have a plan that will save me money and hassle, and I’m happy to share it with you.

Clean:

Now is the perfect time to open up all the windows in the house, let in the cool, fresh air, and clean the place. It’s probably something I picked up from my mom, but we never touched any of the seasonal decorations until after the house had a thorough cleaning. Mind you, this is not your typical weekend cleaning, either. It involves moving the furniture around, brushing the baseboards and corners that usually get ignored and dealing with the dust bunnies living under beds and rugs. Your guests with allergies will appreciate your hard work.

Cleaning on this scale gives you a chance to think about how traffic flows through your rooms and opens opportunities to give each room a free makeover. It’s amazing what rearranging the furniture can do for a room that you’ve been living in for years. Fall cleaning also sets the stage for the pretty seasonal decorations that make this time of year so special. Plot, plan and imagine while you’re cleaning.

Take inventory:

Once you’re in cleaning mode, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to pull all of your seasonal décor out of storage and sort through it. Never shop for holiday decor without going through the holiday boxes first. You will avoid the impulse to buy things you already have and can plan ahead for the things you need to replace.

Don’t stop with just your fall and Halloween items. Go through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and even Valentine’s Day if you have it. Making your way through all of it early will help you to see how to repurpose and use seasonal items in ways you’ve never used them before. Refreshing your memory early also sets you up for the next step.

Swap:

Admit it; you have a couple of friends or family members that have a few seasonal pieces you totally adore. If you get the jump on cleaning and inventory, you have the opportunity to organize a seasonal swap. Don’t limit the swap to just the strictly seasonal stuff. This is a chance for all of you to rethink pillows, throws, lamps, art, rugs and guest bedding. Exchanging just a few key pieces could be all it takes to reinvigorate a room without spending a dime.

Returning the swap at the end of the season becomes the reminder to take advantage of the post-holiday markdowns. You’ll get up to 80 percent off brand new seasonal items and the fun of unpacking those goodies when you do the inventory dive next year.

Make small changes:

Now that you’ve gotten your seasonal stuff sorted, take a look around the house for opportunities to make small changes. Rather than repaint the whole room, what about repainting the trim or adding a contrasting feature wall? As you start to think about how your rooms function for guests, you may find there are little things that need to be repaired or updated. Don’t turn it into a big make-over. Keep the projects small and you’ll accomplish them quickly without a big expenditure of time or money.

Do little things:

What little details will make out-of-town guests feel most welcome in your home? The little things make all the difference, and they usually require more thought than money. Take a trip to the dollar store to stock up on tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner and all of the other little sundries that you would find in a well-appointed hotel room. Planning ahead will save money and time running around for those last-minute things that are often forgotten when packing.

Seasonal fragrance is another little detail that can make a big impact. Don’t forget to evoke those memories of grandma’s homemade pies and cookies. Spending $5 to $10 on candles, scented oils or potpourri can makeover a space even when you don’t have a budget for lots of decorations.

Knowledge is power when it comes to decking the halls and saving money. Now that you have the holiday entertaining basics covered, you can keep an eagle eye out for the amazing deals on seasonal items yet to come.”

This article was posted by U.S. News & World Report blogger, Michelle Stinson Ross, “The Frugal Shopper” on Sept. 29, 2014. The original post can be found here.

Three Grand Model Homes for Sale!

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Posted on 21st November 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Not one, not two, but three Grand model homes for sale across DFW! This is a rare occurrence that needs to be taken advantage of.

30_BackyardOur first home is in Grand Prairie at Grand Peninsula. This community is in great location, directly between Dallas and Fort Worth and right by Joe Pool Lake. The model is built on a large, premium homesite and is across the street from the neighborhood park. The highlight of this home is definitely the outdoor kitchen! This family friendly community has tons of great amenities including an ameinity center, lagoon-style pool with waterfalls and fountains, a community gazebo and themed parks throughout!

26_Media RoomNext is our stunning model at Graham Ranch in North Richland Hills. This model boasts glass-front cabinets in the kitchen, a wine cellar, gameroom with snack bar, a balcony overlooking the pool and built-in cabinets and gorgeous brick- and stone-work in select areas of the home.

kitchenxxFinally we head northeast to Prosper where our Greenspoint model stands. This is the perfect community for active nature lovers. With such close proximity to Town Lake, wooded hike & bike trails and winding equestrian trails leading to Prospering Farms Equestrian Center, you’ll always have something to do in the great outdoors. You’ll love coming home to this picture perfect abode. Entertain guests in the gourmet kitchen or spend a quiet evening soaking in the garden tub in the luxurious master bath.

All three homes are Energy Star certified and come stocked with hardwood floors, landscaping, a swimming pool (!), designer paint options and tons more. Don’t hesitate! Move into your new home for the new year. Visit GrandHomes.com for more information on your new home!

A Grand Place to Gather

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Posted on 7th November 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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It’s no secret that Grand Homes are designed to bring people together and what better way than at the dinner table! Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away so we’d like to share some of our favorite dining rooms and kitchens.

kitchenCheck out this gorgeous kitchen at our Graham Ranch model (which happens to be for sale!) in North Richland Hills. Our favorite part about this kitchen is that massive island/breakfast bar. Beautiful cabinets, a stunning backsplash and the stainless steel appliances are included! This home also features a wine cellar which we think is pretty spectacular in itself.

McCreary-Kitchen-800x514x72Another kitchen we love is at our McCreary Creek model in Parker. Storage, storage, storage! This kitchen is flooded with cabinet space, beautiful flooring that contrasts perfectly with the creamy cabinet color, a gas stovetop and more stainless steel appliances. Our kitchens aren’t only fabulous, but they’re functional as well! This Hamptons floorplan is very open and allows for easy transition from the kitchen to the dining area and into the family room. This is ideal for having guests over so chef can mingle as much as the guests.

Newton-Dining-800x522x72Newton-Kitchen-800x617x72The Grand Ashford at Newton Ranch (and most of our floorplans) offer dining options! Here, you can choose to dine in the casual dining area right off the kitchen, in the formal dining room or both! The best part is that you get to pick the plan that works for you!

A Home for the Holidays

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Posted on 31st October 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

McCreary-Family2-800x589x72The holidays are coming! Are you prepared? If you are a Grand Home owner you have nothing to fear! Spacious, open floor plan designs, multiple dining and living areas and gorgeous, functional kitchens are just some of the fantastic features in your new home.

Every year it seems more people show up to family gatherings. Embrace your new guests as there is plenty of space for them to celebrate the holiday season in your home. Family and friends can enjoy a nice chat in the open living room, watch a movie in the upstairs media room or play a round of pool in the gameroom. Visitors will feel right at home in your guest suite if they plan to spend the night after a night of holiday cocktails.

kitchenxxStuck on cooking duty? You won’t miss any of the action with our open floor plans that conjoin the kitchen and living area. Cooking will be a breeze with built-in appliances, a huge island, lots of storage space and beautiful granite countertops.

IMG_0465 xOne less thing to worry about: your energy bill! Don’t stress about turning up the a/c to offset the oven heat because the entire home is Energy Star certified! Our homes must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that require an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices. Upon completion, each home must undergo third-party inspection of energy performance to guarantee that it is at least 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today.

Need to move in before the end of the year? We have plenty of homes that are ready for you now! Have a little more time and want to be a part of the building process? We can do that too! Visit GrandHomes.com today to pick out your favorite community and floor plan.

Grand Gives Back

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Posted on 10th October 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

Chadwick Farms, DFW Real Estate, Frisco Hills, Grand Homes, Homes for HOPE, HOPE Home, Little Elm, new homes

DSC_1229Yesterday was a very exciting day here at Grand Homes. Not only was it the final day of Grand College sales training, but sales associates and office staff were able to come together for a very important cause. Special guests Jack Nulty, Executive Director at Homes for Hope, and Leah Rutt, the daughter of Hope International founder Jeff Rutt, joined Grand Homes for a check presentation.

During yesterday’s presentation, Ms. Rutt explained how her family would donate food and medical supplies in Ukraine before they decided they wanted to help in a way that would make a lasting difference. This is how HOPE International came to be.

Homes for HOPE is an arm of HOPE International that works with home builders to facilitate and encourage the construction of HOPE Homes. What makes HOPE Homes special is that the labor, materials and services are donated or discounted in order to increase profit. Profit from the sale then goes towards the provision of microloans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries so they can start or expand their own small businesses. This enables business owners to earn a steady income to support their families and eventually rise out of poverty.

Eleva1The home sale that allowed Grand to make this donation was built in the Frisco Hills community in Little Elm. This is the fourth home Grand Homes has built with Homes for HOPE. Our fifth HOPE Home is currently under construction at Chadwick Farms in Fort Worth. For more information on our latest Home for Hope visit grandhomes.com or call our Chadwick Farms sales office at 682-237-7515.

Grand Homes is proud to be a part of this life changing opportunity and is extremely grateful for our amazing trade partners who helped make this effort possible. We could not have done it without them!

Luxurious Living in Parker

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Posted on 19th September 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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McCreary-Front-10x6.6x300McCreary Creek Estates in gorgeous Parker, Texas is officially a closeout community! We currently have three absolutely stunning homes that are ready for move in NOW! Parker has been named as the #1 Best Dallas Suburb by D Magazine and Collin County has been ranked #14 in the Top 20 of the Best Places to Raise a Family according to Forbes.com. One fun fact is that Parker is also the location of the famed Southfork Ranch from the TV series ‘Dallas’!

Now you can have a mini-ranch of your own as all current move-in ready homes each stand on at least one acre of land.

06_StairsLet’s begin with the Grand Belvedere. This 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath home boasts a three car garage, guest suite with full bath, unique split staircase, private study, a second staircase leading to the upstairs gameroom and a balcony off the gameroom where you can enjoy the amazing fall weather!

inventory_10719Next we’ll visit the Hampton VII. This 6 bedroom, 6 bath home features a dramatic double curved staircase, formal living area with a 2-sided fireplace shared with the home office, guest suite with full bath, mud room and a wine bar where you can wine and dine guests without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

inventory_10693Finally we stop by the majestic Hamptons. The Hamptons comes stocked with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and two half baths. Visitors are greeted by double front doors and a breathtaking double curved staircase. Also included is a wine grotto, enlarged master bath with a 2-sided fireplace shared with the master bath, a mud room and a 4 car garage.

Each of these homes was built with the homeowner in mind and are ideal for entertaining. Visitors will marvel at the elegant dark wood floors and plush upgraded carpeting upstairs. Keep warm and cozy in your vaulted family room with the gas fireplace. While the kids are busy in the upstairs gameroom and media rooms, you can take care of business in the gourmet kitchen. Whip up your favorite meal with the help of the GE Profile stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, granite slab countertops and more! All elevations include ornate stone façade, cedar and/or brick detailing and a classic porte-cochere.

Aside from neighboring the famed Southfork Ranch, McCreary Creek Estates is also near Oak Point Nature Preserve, Pecan Hollow Golf Course, Lavon Lake and is located within Plano ISD.

Give us a call today at 972-429-7773 to set up a tour of your family’s new home!

New Phase in Frisco!

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Posted on 29th August 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

Dominion at Panther Creek, Frisco, Frisco ISD, Grand Homes, new homes, New Phase, Panther Creek

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Some exciting news is coming to you from Dominion at Panther Creek in Frisco. First off, we have a new phase! Second, our model home has been given a makeover and has been remodeled!

If you are looking to live in a family oriented, premier community this is the spot for you.

First off, we have views!! The elevations of the homesites are such that they look down on rolling hills! This is one of the last pieces of property in Frisco that has such spectacular views and with this being our final phase in this community we highly encourage you to act fast and select your homesite while they’re still available. All of our homesites also either back up to a dense tree line or Panther Creek so privacy is at a premium here. You won’t find this anywhere else in Frisco.

DSC_3979_amenity center fountainAlso, we have two series of homes here. We have homes that have rear entry garages and homes with the garages in the front so we can accommodate any buyer’s taste.

Located within the highly sought after Frisco ISD, there is TONS to do around this neighborhood. Several sports teams call Frisco home and there are plenty of shopping and dining options just around the corner. Want to stay closer to home? This community features a pool, cabana, lake, greenbelts, hike and bike trails and so much more!

The homes at the Dominion of Panther Creek run from the $400s to $590s and are created with our signature features such as vaulted family rooms and old-world inspired stonework. Multiple living and dining areas, as well as media and gameroom options make these homes ideal for entertaining. Like all of our Grand Homes, floor plans are easily customizable to fit your family’s needs and are 100% Energy Star engineered, rated, tested and certified which will save your energy cost in the long run.

5dining2We can’t emphasize this enough – HURRY! We only have 30 home sites left, some of them over sized, and yes we have north east facing homesites! This will be the final opportunity to be able to live in the prestigious, highly sought after Dominion of Panther Creek.

Come see our newly remodeled model home and get a great price on your new home this weekend! Whether you’re looking to build or move in quickly we have what you need! Click here for more info on this premier community.

Another Model Home for Sale!

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Posted on 15th August 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

IMG_8445xxHere it is again! Another rare opportunity to own a model home! This fabulous home is located in Prosper, Texas and has served us well as the sales office for our Greenspoint community. Don’t waste another second picking out flooring options, landscaping or deciding on paint colors…we’ve already done the work for you! And the pool? It’s ready to go! Don’t know what you’ll do with all your current furniture? Have no fear, furnishings and accessories are not included so you can bring all of your belongings with you.

bathThere are plenty of features that complete your new home including a two car swing garage, dramatic curved staircase with wine rack storage below and the home is built on a premium corner home site! Also included are gorgeous hardwood floors which extend through most of the first floor, the formal living room and separate study come stocked with built-in shelves, the master retreat is prepped with flat screen TV wiring and boasts an awesome two-sided ledgestone fireplace shared with the master bath. Have a relaxing soak in the corner garden tub surrounded by granite slab his & her vanities, wooden framed mirror, beautiful glass & tumbled tile shower with granite ledges, tile flooring and a convenient door to the backyard swimming pool.

Speaking of swimming pools, this home is ideal for entertaining! Play a round of pool in the upstairs gameroom or watch a movie in the media room where a TV can be mounted on the stylish brick wall. This room is also surround sound ready and the party is complete with a built in snack bar. Back to the swimming pool… not only do you have a refreshing way to cool off, there is also a hot tub for when relaxing is priority. Wrought iron fencing, a covered patio with ceiling fan and plush landscaping complete your new backyard! Looking to have a quiet day in instead? The kid’s computer loft is outfitted with a built-in desk and makes for a perfect spot to study and the window seat in the children’s retreat was made for you to curl up in with a good book.

kitchenxxIt will be love at first sight when you walk into this unbelievable gourmet kitchen. Custom 42″ alabaster cabinetry with glass fronts to display your dinnerware, pasta drawers, pots & pans drawers, wine rack, durable granite slab countertops, glass & tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, stainless gas cook top with griddle, breakfast bar, huge stained wood island with shelves on the end and a walk in pantry are just some of the amazing gems that complete this chef’s paradise.

Lots of space usually means higher energy costs but this home (and all Grand Homes) has been Energy Star tested, rated and certified! This means you will continue to save long after you have turned this house into a home.

Call 972-347-5780 to set up a tour of your next home! Click here for more photos and information on this rare opportunity!

STEM Academy Comes to The Tribute!

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Posted on 25th July 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

stem picIt was announced in July 2012 that a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school would open within the Little Elm School District. At that time, enrollment was tentatively set for 2015 but construction and preparation hastened and the school will open next month!

With the growing dependency on technology in today’s society and lack of science and math proficiency among America’s students, a committee decided to find a way to better prepare area students for the future job market. After extensive research by Little Elm ISD staff and parents, the Little Elm ISD Board of School Trustees approved plans to build the district’s first K – 8 Academy.

topSectionBgSTEMWithin the STEM learning program, teachers will work together to correlate their projects. For example students may explore a robotics, mechanical engineering or web mastering project while studying the history of their topic and may be asked to write about it. This way they are working on one large project within their interests while simultaneously gaining reading, research and writing skills. The school also plans to partner with local industry leaders that feature technology and medical research to provide real-world experience to its students.

The new 80,000 square foot Prestwick STEM Academy is located on a 31-acre lot in The Tribute, a world class resort-style community. Unlike the typical lottery system used to decide which students can attend this type of school, all kindergarten through eighth grade students living in the school zone will be eligible to attend the STEM Academy. This means all students who live in Grand Homes in The Tribute will be allowed to attend!

We currently have three Grand Homes that are ready for move in at The Tribute. Move in now and your children will be ready to start the school year at Prestwick STEM Academy! Plus, you can also take advantage of our Summer Sales Event!

Homes here are priced from the $320s – $500s and come with all the fabulous amenities The Tribute has to offer including two amenity center, a splash park, tot pool, resort-style pool, six miles of hike and bike trails, playgrounds and golf courses. Plus, Lake Lewisville is just steps away from your front door!

Visit grandhomes.com or call our sales office at 214-469-1876 to set up an appointment today!
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Live in Award-Winning Keller, TX!

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Posted on 18th July 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

Keller AwardIt was announced this week that the City of Keller was awarded Gold Status from Scenic Texas. As posted on the city’s website:

Scenic Texas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment. It developed the Scenic City Certification Program in recognition of a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces.

The first of its kind in the US, the program is meant to recognize Texas cities that already have strong scenic standards in place, and to provide an incentive to others to adopt and implement the kind of criteria that has been proven to enhance economic development, improve quality of life and foster a sense of place.

Streetscaping, public spaces, landscaping within parking lots and sign, litter and graffiti ordinances are some of more than 70 criteria that earned the city points.

The City of Keller has also been placed in the top 10 as one of America’s Best Places to Live by Money Magazine among numerous other awards.

Grand Homes currently has two fabulous communities to choose from within this award-winning city.

silverleaf0719Newton Ranch is now in its second phase with homes in the $430 to $550 range. It is surrounded by pastoral greenways, boasting a serene setting with an abundance of trees, immaculate parks and a brand new town center

Silverleaf is a private enclave that offers generous executive-sized homesites, featuring only 42 home sites providing the perfect setting for gracious living. This neighborhood features a community recreation area and a playground. Stop by our open house here this weekend!

For more information on these and our other communities, click here!

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