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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!

November 2017

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 9, 2017

Graham Hart Home Builder invites you to experience Talon Hills, our newest custom home community in Fort Worth Texas with beautiful natural surroundings, top community amenities, and brand new, quality custom homes.  Within this boutique, master-planned community, you’ll discover everything you need to revel in a relaxed yet active lifestyle.

An Ideal Location for Life

 

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Fort Worth Texas and moments away from the mesmerizing waters of Eagle Mountain Lake, Talon Hills offers the best in suburban living with almost immediate access to one of the nation’s fastest growing areas and all of the health benefits of living close to nature.  Take a short drive to downtown and immerse yourself in city living with premier shopping and dining at the Lake Worth Shops and Alliance Town Center; explore your artistic side with a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth’s premier art museum; or check out Sundance Square, where you will find boutiques, restaurants, night spots, and art galleries, among many other entertainment options in downtown Fort Worth.

With the neighborhood’s close proximity to Eagle Mountain Lake, homeowners in Talon Hills Fort Worth will also be able to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of nature with a gorgeous lake view from atop the highest hill overlooking Eagle Mountain Lake.  Not only will the lush natural surroundings provide a breathtaking backdrop for your home, but they will also improve your overall quality of life.  A recent study from Scientific Reports shows that residents living in neighborhoods with more trees reported feeling healthier and had fewer cardio-metabolic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, and another study by Science Direct showed that living near water lowers levels of psychological stress.

Top Community Amenities Steps from Your Door

 

Residents of Talon Hills Fort Worth won’t need to go far to indulge in extracurricular activities for a fulfilling lifestyle; this custom home community features a private Amenity Center that overlooks Eagle Mountain Lake.  Residents will be able to enjoy the lake view while splashing the day away in the sparkling pool, watching their children or grandchildren play in the playground, or catching a breather in the conditioned facility/clubhouse.

Since Talon Hills is within walking distance of Eagle Mountain Lake, residents will also enjoy everything the north Texas lake has to offer within its nearly 9,000 acres.  Spend quality time with family and friends as you embark on fishing, wakeboarding, recreational boating, and hiking along the lake’s many trails.  There are also numerous parks around the lake with a plethora of sights and sounds to explore.

Eagle Mountain Park is a conservation area on the east side of Eagle Mountain Lake that is made up of 400 acres.  There are beautiful hiking trails where you will find diverse animals, birds, and plants awaiting your exploration, and a picnic area/pavilion for when you need to refuel.

Shady Grove Park is found on the west side of the lake and features 24 acres filled with walking trails, picnic tables, and a pavilion, as well as two softball fields and a tennis court.  Beach-goers will also enjoy a quiet beach area with public swimming.

Twin Points Park is a new park found on the south side of the lake near the dam.  This park is ideal for anyone interested in beaches and boating as it features a 3-lane boat ramp, a boat dock with individual boat slips, and a pavilion area with restrooms located near the beach with public swimming.

New Homes in Fort Worth

 

The beauty found within the prime location and rich nature surrounding Talon Hills Fort Worth is mirrored in the custom homes available in this lake view community.  The team at Graham Hart Home Builder, new home builders in Eagle Mountain, have chosen exquisite oversized home sites with large backyards to create custom homes that will live up to the beauty that neighbors them.  There are currently 12 home sites, each spanning more than one-third of an acre, and distinct one- and two-story home plans ranging from 2,533 square feet to 4,500 square feet from which to choose, as well as professionally designed move-in-ready showcase homes for homeowners wanting to get a jumpstart on their relaxed lake view lifestyle.

As home builders in Fort Worth TX with more than 20 years’ experience building high quality custom homes, we thrive in offering “distinction” in everything we do.  We build in distinct communities, offer distinct architectural styles, create distinct floor plans and finishing options, and provide distinct customer care, because our commitment to higher standards results in our clients discovering the home they’ll want to live in forever.

Contact our Community Selling Manager, Matt Roach, for a private tour and find your forever home in a community that blends lakeside living with suburban amenities.