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How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 18, 2018

In Texas, we’re fortunate to have milder winters than many areas of the country, but we’re not totally immune to cold snaps and freezing temperatures, sometimes when we least expect it. Your Graham Hart home is built with energy-saving features throughout, but you can help maximize your comfort, minimize utility bills and avoid potential maintenance issues by following some easy steps to get your home ready for winter.

Outside:

Take advantage of mild days and make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Detach garden hoses and store them in the garage over the winter. Insulated outdoor faucet covers, sold at hardware stores and typically made of hard plastic or styrofoam, are an easy, inexpensive way to protect your hose bibs from freezing.

Adjust the watering schedule on your automatic sprinkler system, but don’t totally ignore your lawn over the winter. If it’s been several weeks since we’ve had rain, give your yard a good soaking, preferably during the morning. Even in winter, grass still needs one to two inches of water a week.

Everyone is eager to stay warm during the winter, and that includes critters. Walk around the outside of your home, paying attention to your soffits (the underside of the roof overhang that connects to the exterior wall) and any other potential entry point for rodents or insects. Seal off any holes, as even the tiniest hole could invite intruders. Check for drafts around doors, and repair or replace weather stripping as needed.

Inside:

Continue to change your HVAC air filters on a regular basis, as this is one of the easiest ways to make sure your heating and cooling system is working at top efficiency.

If you’ve owned your Graham Hart home for more than a year, it’s a good idea to have your furnace professionally inspected before you turn on the heat for the winter.

Adjust your thermostat, and layer on blankets and throws to stay comfortable. If no one is home during the day, set the temperature to 62-66 degrees, then increase it to 68-72 when the home is occupied again. Lower it to 62-66 when everyone is sleeping. If your home is a two-story with zoned HVAC, take advantage of the fact that heat rises. Set the upstairs thermostat two degrees lower than the downstairs unit. A programmable thermostat can bring your home to a cozier temperature before you get home in the evening or wake up in the morning. You also can ease into this by adjusting it a degree at a time over a period of several days. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a one-degree thermostat reduction maintained for eight hours can reduce a home’s energy bill by one percent.    

If you celebrate the holidays with a live Christmas tree, water the tree every day, keeping the water reservoir filled at all times. Remove the tree from your home after Christmas or when it becomes dry. Keep the tree at least three feet away after from any heat source, and unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

With these tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever winter throws your way, and remember, spring is just around the corner!

Home for the Holidays

Categories: Custom Homes, Energy Efficient, Fort Worth, Holidays, Move-In-Ready Homes, New Homes | Posted: October 11, 2018

This holiday season, celebrate somewhere extra-special – in your brand new Graham Hart home. Graham Hart currently has an excellent selection of homes that are completed or nearing completion, with plenty of time to be settled by the holidays.

“For many families, their most precious memories occur over the holiday season, and it’s also the most popular time of the year to welcome friends, relatives and coworkers into your home,” said Shawn Goff, owner of Graham Hart Home Builder. “We’ve purposefully scheduled these homes so that construction is complete in September and October, which allows buyers to close on their new home and be totally comfortable and ready to entertain before the busy holiday season begins.”

At Sandstone Cove, one home is complete and a second home is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of October. The completed home, priced at $470,000 and located at 2869 Sandstone Drive, is a 2,782-square-foot home with four bedrooms and three baths. The home nearing completion is a 2,888-square-foot home with four bedrooms, three baths and a three-car garage. Located at 2816 Sandstone Drive, the home is priced under $500,000. Both homes are one-story designs.

At Talon Hills, three homes are ready for immediate move-in, and two homes are scheduled for completion in early October. Homebuyers who act quickly will receive a credit for $5,000 in closing costs. The homes range in price from $325,000 to $389,900 and in size from approximately 2,533 to 3,303 square feet. All of the homes feature four bedrooms, and buyers can choose from both one- and two-story designs. Several of the homes include two or even three separate living areas.

Both neighborhoods offer an outstanding quality of life. Sandstone Cove, located in Hurst within an easy 15-minute commute of Fort Worth, is an exclusive community that comprises just 30 homesites. Homeowner enjoy the benefits of new home design and construction in a setting surrounded by mature neighborhoods. Naturally beautiful, the community features lush groves, a picturesque pond and an inviting walking trail that adjoins the neighborhood.

Ideal for both work and play, Talon Hills overlooks Eagle Mountain Lake, yet is just 25 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. This master-planned community features an amenity center with community pool, walking trail and views of the 9,000-acre Eagle Mountain Lake, a popular spot for boating, fishing and skiing. Numerous parks and hiking trails are located around the lake. Talon Hills is served by the highly acclaimed Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District.

To visit Sandstone Cove in Hurst, take Precinct Line Road to Glade and go east. Turn right (south) on Hurstview Drive, then continue one-half mile and turn right on Heneretta Drive.

To visit Talon Hills on Eagle Mountain Lake, take Loop 820 to Azle Avenue/FM 1220. Turn right on Boat Club Road and continue approximately three miles. Turn left on Robertson, then right on Lake Country Drive and right on Talon Drive.

For more information about homes available for quick move-in, call Moncherie Chapman at Sandstone Cove at 817.583.7733, or Sara Smith at Talon Hills at 817.527.4493 or email info@grahamhart.com

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