Winter Wonderland

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Winter can be a magical time of year, full of warm memories around the fireplace, great food, and family gatherings. But with all the recent snow and ice we’re passing along some tips to keep your home safe, and give you peace of mind during the low temperatures and storms!

  1. Clear your gutters of leaves and debris, so water doesn’t back up and freeze inside the gutters.
  2.  Make sure your downspouts are directed away from the house.   When the snow begins to melt on your roof and in your gutters, the water will drain away from your home.
  3. Seal any cracks or holes in your outside walls and your homes’ foundation.
  4. Keep your attic cool!  When you maintain the temperature of your attic at 5-10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature, you can help protect your roof from ice-dam damage.  This damage occurs when the heat from your home causes snow to melt at the middle of your roof, and then it refreeze at its edges.
  5.  During extreme cold temperatures, protect your pipes!  Wrap exposed pipes in insulation, and keep water trickling through them regularly.  Moving water is much less likely to freeze.  You can also leave your kitchen cabinet or bathroom vanity doors open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  6. Protect your home from flooding.  If snow is building up around your home, remove the snow from doorways, window wells, and walls.  When the built up snow melts, it can cause water damage to your home.

We want you and your home to be safe and warm for the rest of the 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, 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.

 

In Gratitude To All Who Serve

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To all those who served our Country in times of conflict and peace, to all our military members who are serving, protecting and working to make the world a better and safer place, thank you.

We remember and honor veterans from past generations, a new generation of veterans back from war, and all those who are still serving at home and abroad this Veterans Day.

A grateful nation, and all of us at Lockridge thank you for your sacrifice and bravery.

 

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 Sparkly Halloween

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Get creative when you decorate your house this Halloween!  You don’t need master carving skills to create beautifully spooky (or just beautiful) pumpkins this year.  With these tips, you also won’t need to worry about lighting candles inside your decorations.

Plain school glue and some black glitter are all you need to give pumpkins a new and chic Halloween look.  Pick an easy pattern, try a monogram or create the spookiest spider web.

First clean and dry your pumpkin.  Choose a Halloween-themed design or graphic and scale it to fit on your pumpkin.  Print the design on standard printer paper.  Cut excess paper around the image to make it more manageable and tape it to your pumpkin where you want the design to go.  Gently trace the outline of the design with a sharp pencil or pen to make an outline on the skin of your pumpkin.  Check under the paper that’s taped to your pumpkin to make sure the outline tracing is successful.

Simple graphics like the silhouette of a cat, spider or monogram initial is best for this project.

Remove the paper and look at the outline – if you’re satisfied – apply glue inside the outline of your graphic.  Example  –  if you traced the outline of a spider – put glue inside the traced lines to fill in the spider.

Use a spoon to sprinkle black (or other colored) glitter over the wet glue.  Tip the pumpkin to get excess glitter off.  Reapply the glitter until the entire glued area is coated.

Wait until it’s dry – and you’ve got a sparkly and safe Halloween decoration!

.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.