Outside Living!

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Feeling inspired by warm weather to make the most of your outdoor space?  We’re feeling inspired too!  Here are some ideas to help you create the backyard get-away you’ve always wanted.

Screened Porch  A great space to entertain friends and family where you won’t have to battle uninvited flying guests, is a screened porch.  It’s also wonderful because you don’t need to bring the party inside if the weather gets rainy.  You can enjoy the outdoors in almost any season from the protection of your covered screened in porch!  Add a ceiling fan, lights, and furniture – you’ve got your own oasis to enjoy with other or for quiet relaxation.

Start Planting  If you have summer-blooming shrubs, trees or flowers, it’s time to grab your gardening gloves and start pruning.  Clearing away any dead areas will help prevent disease and allow new growth and blossoms.  If you want to spruce up your back yard, flowering annuals are a beautiful way to do it.  A trip to your local home improvement store or nursery will provide you with plants, soil, and everything you need to get started!

Home Garden  A home garden is beautiful and healthy.  You can grow tomatoes, and herbs in pots on your deck or patio without undertaking an entire garden plot.  Or, you can create easy raised garden beds with the help of your local home improvement store.  Take a look at this handy calendar for a list of what to plant when for a summer garden.

No matter what your vision is for your perfect backyard get-away, we can help you create it with our deck, and porch options for your new Lockridge home.

Lockridge is a group on-your-own-land new home builders in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website, Facebook Page or email us.

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Build Your Dream Home This Year

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Start 2015 with a different resolution, this is the year you build your dream home.  With so many new home designs to choose from, whether you’re a family of four expecting one more, or a couple who would love to downsize, you’ll find the perfect Lockridge floor plan to fit your needs and your budget.

Get started by choosing from over 40 floor plans on-line, then make the house truly yours by picking your options and upgrades right from your Lockridge Account.  Create the home you’ve always dreamed about and get your price quote immediately.   You can share your ideas and price quotes with one of our New Home Consultants when you’re ready, or Ask Helen if you need more information.

 Tips for Designing Your Lockridge Home

Choosing your options and upgrades can seem like a big task, but prioritizing your must-have list up front will definitely pay off in the long run.  Planning the things you need to create your dream home is so important, and Lockridge gives you the freedom to create and change your options until you’ve got the home you want.  That’s the beauty of having your Lockridge Account accessible to you 24 hours a day – get creative, go as big or small as you want!

  • A Grand Entry Your front door and foyer are the spaces that welcome everyone to your home.  Whether you want grand or simple, Lockridge has it.  We have 2-story grand foyers with beautiful windows that let in lots of natural light.  Why not add wood or tile flooring to the foyer for elegance and easy clean up when there’s rain, snow or just lots of traffic.  Choosing the color of your door and style is very personal and it’s one of the features that makes your dream home especially yours.  Your Lockridge New Home Consultant can show you color choices and styles.
  • Your Perfect Kitchen. From holiday preparation to family meals, so much time is spent in our kitchens. Find your ideal kitchen layout, then choose the cabinets, counter top material, sinks and more. Talk to your New Home Consultant about adding double wall ovens, a cook-top or other gourmet touches.
  • Extend Your Living Space  Include an outdoor living space or sun room in your dream home plans. A deck is great place to entertain guests and enjoy your yard. You’ll have more living space outdoors when you add lounge chairs and a dining table to enjoy the sun during the day and watch the stars at night. If you’d rather have some shade, a screened porch is great place to be without worrying about rain, extreme sun, or insects.  A sun room is another option that allows you to enjoy the sunshine no matter what the temperatures are outside.

Don’t Wait to Build Your Lockridge Home—Get Started Today 2015 is your year to build the new home you’ve always wanted. Lockridge is ready to turn your dream house into reality. Contact us or visit your local Lockridge model home to get started.

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website or email us.

‘Tis The Season

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The holidays are here ready or not, and it can seem overwhelming –  shopping, greeting cards, baking cookies, decorating, parties…  How can you survive the stress, get everything ready, and still make the holidays memorable?  Here are a few tips to help make this holiday a little easier:

  •  Make A Plan:   Having a get-together?  Write down the full menu, and include everything from the main course to specialty drinks and dessert. Another tip is to plan your menu around a single star item, then add other dishes that are easy to make or can be prepped ahead of time.
  •  Don’t Over-Commit:   there are parties, events, dinners and invitations galore!  Make sure to take time for yourself during the Holidays. Setting aside an evening for just you and your family can help you feel refreshed and relaxed.
  • Keep Active: Stick to your exercise program.  You’ll feel better by keeping active, especially when facing the holiday goodies.
  • Give Back:  Volunteering your time to help others at a local hospital, shelter or non-profit is a great way to lift your spirits.  Many people are struggling during the holidays and we can help by getting involved and giving time to others, you’ll get a bigger gift in return!
  • Bring Nature In: Decorate with natural things this year.  Use fresh holly, bowls of pine cones, and fresh garland to make your home festive and beautiful.
  • Get Others Involved: Let the kids help out with baking holiday goodies, and decorating the tree is a great time for family bonding.  If you’re planning a dinner, consider having it potluck style. The more the merrier and it will take some stress off your plate.

This really is a magical time of year!  Don’t worry if something doesn’t go exactly as planned, it will make a fun story to tell around the fire next year.  From everyone at Lockridge, we wish you and your family a joyous and peaceful Holiday Season!

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website or email us.

Have A Safe Holiday Season

Happy-Holidays-blog-picThe Holiday Season is here and we know how much fun decorating can be this time of year.  Be as creative and inspired as possible, but also be safe.  The American Red Cross suggests the following tips on how to keep you, your family and your home, safe during the Holidays.

Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles.  Folks bump into things, stuff tips over and decorations are often made of flammable material!  Keep lit candles where accidents are less likely to happen – or try LED candles this year!

While you’re cooking, check food regularly.  Make sure your Holiday feast doesn’t become a kitchen fire by keeping an eye on the food you’re preparing and don’t leave home with things on the stove, in the oven or on the grill. The kitchen is where everyone likes to hang out during the holidays – turn cooking into a festive event.

Christmas Trees  Choose a flame-retardant artificial tree, or if you have a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it every day.  Also remember to keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet from any heat source (like your fireplace) and make sure it isn’t blocking an exit-way from your home.

Smoke Detectors  Now is definitely the time to check all the smoke detectors in your home and replace any batteries if needed.  Please don’t leave a portable heater or fireplace unattended.

Check your lights.  When you unwind your strands of lights this year check for worn or broken cords, and loose bulb connections.  Rule of thumb: don’t connect more than 3 strands of mini-light sets.

We want you and your family to have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!  For more safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website.  

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website or email us.

Cold Temps Are Here

Polar VortexRemember the Polar Vortex that affected most of the country earlier this year?  Well cold temperatures are headed our way again, and we’ve got some tips to get your home ready for winter!

  • Gutters:  clean those gutters!  When you remove leaves and other debris you can prevent clogged downspout lines  and help stop formation of ice dams.
  • HVAC Check-Up:  a licensed heating contractor can come do a complete system check-up to make sure your heating system is working safely and efficiently.  Change the interior air filters and make sure all the vents are clean and free from blockage.
  • Drafts:  check your windows and doors for any cold drafty spaces.  If you find gaps, apply caulking to fill them in, and replace the sweep at the bottom of any exterior door if it’s worn.
  • Fireplace:  if you have a wood-burning fireplace it’s important to have the flue checked each winter by a professional.  You can remove logs and ash from the firebox, but remember to dispose of them safely to prevent a fire hazard.
  • Ceiling Fans:  reverse your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise, this will create an updraft that pushes warm air down and help make your rooms warmer.
  • Exterior Faucets:  drain and shut off any exterior faucets and disconnect your garden hoses.  You don’t want these to freeze!  If you have a sprinkler system, contact a professional to drain the lines of water.
  • Smoke & CO2 Detectors:  replace the batteries in all your smoke and CO2 detectors!  Even if your detectors are electrically hard-wired in your home, they probably have battery back-up.  Keep you and your family safe this winter!

We hope these hints help keep you a little warmer and safer this winter!

.Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website or email us.

 

Your Perfect Spot

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You don’t have to choose between the perfect neighborhood and your perfect home.  Lockridge Homes can help you get the perfect fit.  If you don’t already own property, it starts with finding a lot and buying land.

Looking For Land

Find properties in the area where you’re most interested in living, then get as much information on each property as possible.  That means using resources, or a Realtor, to find which properties are available and if there are zoning requirements, deed restrictions or other issues that might affect purchasing the land.

If this is your first time buying land our Representatives can help point you in the right direction.  Lockridge may also have lots available where you want to live. Other resources include:

  • Online Real Estate Sites –  www.realtor.com   www.zillow.com   let you search for land only, by price, size and location.
  • Plat Directories – Check your local Chamber of Commerce or county auditor’s website for community plat directories.
  • County Courthouse – they can answer land ownership questions, tell you who owns each parcel of land and let you know about local laws.
  • Visit the Community – if you want to live in a planned community instead of a more private property go to a community event or visit a dog park in the neighborhood you like.  The homeowners are a great resource and will tell you what they like and don’t like about living there.

Pick Your Location

Choosing your right location is a process. Maybe you already know you want conveniences close by and space for your kids to play, but there are other factors you may want to consider.

  • Prioritize – Do you dream of have a gas station, grocery store and restaurants close by? You might not get all of them within a few minutes’ drive, so look at your preferences and prioritize them. If proximity to the grocery store is your number-one priority, start your search around that. When you write down your “must haves” you can narrow your search.
  • Your Children – School districts are also a top priority when you have children. Land located in a good school district may be more expensive, but it will raise and retain the value of your new home. Visit greatschools.org to find out how local schools are rated. Their ratings are based on test scores and not the students’ experience at the school, so be sure to read the parent and student reviews on the website too.

The Nitty-Gritty

When you’ve found the property you love, here are some tips that will help you with the purchase and site work costs.

  • Property must be surveyed by a registered surveyor, and a plat on file with your County.
  • Contact your County office for septic or public utility information.
  • Make sure there aren’t any deed restrictions or liens on the property
  • Find out if the property is in a flood zone

Lockridge wants to build you the home of your dreams, in your perfect spot.  In some of our areas Lockridge can build on your land or ours.  Ask a local Lockridge Representative for more information or Ask Helen our online representative.

.Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more.  For more information visit our website or email us.

Going Green Makes Cents

meadowGoing green doesn’t mean lots of green spending.  There are simple and effective ways to be environmentally smart without spending a fortune and you’ll see a big return on your investment!

New homes are by nature more energy-efficient than older homes but to boost your green-ness, start with the little things.  We recommend starting with your light bulbs.

Swap incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)  This can be a 10 minute task depending on how many family members you can recruit to help out!  CFL bulbs are an easy way to conserve energy and save money over the long-term.  While CFL bulbs initially cost more than regular incandescent bulbs, they only use 25% of the energy a regular incandescent bulb uses to deliver the same amount of light.  That’s an energy-saving of 75%!  Plus, CPF bulbs can last 10 times longer and emit less heat.  When you see lower electric bills, be inspired to make other energy-efficient changes!

Low-Flow Shower Heads  have really evolved over the last 5 years.  The older versions cut down on water flow but also reduced water pressure, which meant rinsing shampoo took a lot longer than normal.  Now, you can save water while showering with plenty of water pressure!  Low-flow shower heads can cut down water used for bathing by 50 – 70%!  You’ll save on your water bill and conserve natural resources.  These new version shower heads are easy to install, available at local home improvement stores and start under $20.  Look for WaterSense Certified products.

Programmable Thermostat can return more to your home than you might realize.  If you don’t already have one, installation is relatively easy, economical and immediately beneficial.  These thermostats can be set and adjusted to your schedule, cutting out wasted energy and lowering your utility bill.  They help homeowners save lots of money every year and can help lessen the amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere by cutting down on HVAC usage.

Properly Sealed Homes (like a new Lockridge home) can save you a fortune.  Older homes develop gaps and cracks over time near windows or doors that need to be sealed to keep warm or cooled air inside.  Sealing these spaces from both the interior and exterior with caulk or foam filler can quickly make a difference in your heating or cooling bill.

These are some small and relatively easy things you can do to save money and the environment, and a new Lockridge home is more energy-efficient by design.

Want to know more, or have questions about building a new Lockridge home?  You can Ask Helen our online liaison, contact your local Model Home or like us on Facebook

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or email us.