We have had a great Spring, haven’t we? Normally by this time of year we’ve already experienced weeks of 90 degree temperatures. But here we are in mid-May and over-night temperatures are still dropping into the upper-sixties. It’s great.
But, unfortunately this will not last forever, and soon enough the heat of summer will hit us like Josh Hamilton hits a baseball: hard. And we all know the worst part of summer isn’t the fact that you’re sweating by 9am, it’s the fact that your utility bills double, and sometimes triple, in efforts to keep your house cool.
So we’re here to offer some energy-efficient tips and tricks on how you, your house and your wallet can find some relief from the summer heat. Most of these tips will be very routine and easy, but we will also throw in some larger undertakings for anyone feeling up to it. Lets get started! (more…)
In honor of Earth Day this weekend, we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about an area of the home that is very important, but gets very little attention on our blog: the garden! Gardens serve so many great purposes from making your home look welcoming and pretty to providing food for your family. And since everyone has different levels of green in their thumb we thought we would share a fun and beginner-friendly article about how to start and maintain a garden of your own. Enjoy!
Article Coutresy of:HGTV.com
The majority of people interested in buying a Grand Home (or any home) have one big hurdle to overcome before they can make that purchase – they have to sell their house! And when the housing market is still favoring the buyer, that is a lot easier said than done. But, all is not lost. A recent article released by Realty Times suggests that if you focus some energy on making smart updates to your kitchen it could mean all the difference when it comes to realizing the sale of your home.
Article By: Carla Hill, MA
Managing Editor, Realty Times
This week we are putting a different spin on our normal Feature of the Week write up. In honor of Valentine’s Day we have put together a little post highlighting some of our home features that can help make this holiday of love all the more romantic.
First, enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour in your wine bar or off-the-living room wet bar. It’s a great place to start the evening with hours d’oeuvres, a glass of your favorite wine or cocktail and maybe a little music. You could even choose a selection of wines from your very own wine cellar.
Next, you can surprise your Valentine with a romantic dinner in your formal dining room. It’s the perfect setting to impress your date with something thoughtful and homemade, and the candlelight and fine dinnerware add the perfect amount of charm and glamour.
After dinner you can enjoy the coziness of spending time by the fire. The warmth and light of a fire always create a romantic ambiance, and it is perfect place to enjoy a night cap, a nice desert, or just enjoying time relaxing on the couch.
Last, but not least, one of the best ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day is with a relaxing bubble bath in your spa bathroom. If you take the extra step to add candles or rose petals you can really make the evening all the more special. It is the perfect way to pamper your self or your loved one.
We hope you enjoyed our Valentine’s Day run down of some of the ways you can use your home to make this a special day for you and your loved one. Please feel free to let us know how you plan to enjoy today. We would love to hear about it.
You can visit our website for more information on how you can enjoy these design features in your home, or check out our Grand Sweetheart Specials. Happy Valentine’s Day from Grand Homes!
With the Super Bowl just around the corner we thought it was the perfect time to talk about one of the most fun features in our homes: the media room! The wide screen, comfortable seating, dimmer-switch lighting, and surround sound capabilities really create the true home theater experience. And, since most of our media rooms are adjacent to a game room or bar area it is the perfect set-up for entertaining during the big game. So lets take a look at some of our very cool media room designs:
Cumberland: This media room boasts a modern design, but still remains comforable and classic with a warm color palette and rich textures. There is plenty of room for everyone and the stadium style seating is the perfect way to ensure no one has a bad view.
Alexandria II: This circular seating arrangement is perfect for sports events because it allows you to enjoy everyone’s company while you watch them game. With everyone gathered around a centralized area it makes it easy to share appetizers and have conversation.
Westchester II: This spacious and airy media room with a more modular seating arrangement is also great for sports viewing. Everyone has their own space, and there are plenty of options to shift furniture to create more functional seating arrangements.
Grand Vendome: For a more loungy feel, this media room offers large leather seats with a bar for food and beverages just behind the room. The plush curtains also pull closed to black out the room for great movie watching.
For more information about these Media Room or homes, please visit our website at grandhomes.com.
It is officially winter! And the coldest months of the year are right around the corner. The last thing you want to have happen is have your furnace break or your roof to start leaking. Here are some helpful tips to prepare your house for the winter months, and ensure your families stay safe and warm.
With the holidays just around the corner we thought it was the perfect time to showcase kitchen islands as the feature this week. Kitchens are always a great place to gather in a home, and with all the food, friends, and family the holidays bring a kitchen island does wonders for all your entertaining needs. Not only are they great for prep and display, but they provide additional seating when there may not be enough room around the table. So join us as we take a look at some beautiful kitchen islands for your home.
Cumberland: This classic island design has a solid stained maple base with a gorgeous complimentary granite counter top that picks up the wood tones. The built in sink adjacent to the cook top makes prepping food and washing dishes a breeze with all the spacious counter space.
Ellingsworth: This large scale, stained ash, L-shaped island is truly the star in this kitchen. Perfect for entertaining, the attached bench seat around the kitchen table really creates the ideal setting for family gatherings. The great flow and additional seating ensures no one is left out.
Hartford: This less obtrusive island design is perfect for day-to-day life in the kitchen, without taking up too much square footage. The painted bead board around the base keeps the look casual but interesting, while the granite counter top adds sophistication.
Hamptons: This island gives your kitchen a touch of traditional elegance with beautiful carved posts that add architectural detail to the island. The contrast of the dark granite counter on top of the creamy painted base bring an additional level of interest without being over powering.
For more information on how to get these design features in your homes, please visit our website at GrandHomes.com.
Are you tired of looking at floral wall paper and formica counter tops? Or do you want to find ways to make your home more environmentally friendly? Read what the industry is saying about the top trends in kitchen and bath design in this article from The Atlanta Real Estate Forum.
By: Amanda Winters ¦ Atlanta Real Estate Forum (more…)
Right now mortgage rates are lower than they have been in over 6 decades. This week the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was reduced to 4.12%, and 15-year to 3.33%. (more…)
It’s almost that time of year – back to school! With back to school for the kids comes busy schedules and getting into a new fast-paced routine. How will you keep your home organized? We put together some of our favorite spaces for home management, kids homework and more.
This space in the Grand Homes model in Garland model is perfectly attached to the kitchen and can serve as a space for mom or kids alike. We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the busy back-to-school time. Having this space adjacent to the kitchen allows convenience for both mom and kids.
Upstairs kid’s computer lofts are becoming more and more popular and many Grand Homes have added this feature. This is the perfect place for your kids to find a quiet place to do their homework, without being locked in their bedrooms.
Other home management center ideas include a cozy nook under the stairs like this one, at our Grand Homes in Frisco model. Or perhaps this desk open to the kitchen in the Chadwick Farms model in Roanoke. Instead of dreading the added clutter this time of year brings, enjoy it by making the perfect space for your kids to do homework and staying organized in your home!