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4 Tips For Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

tomatoes-70560_640Spring has sprung in many parts of the United States, and is right around the corner for others. Now is the time to finally get outside and take advantage of warm, but not yet hot, temperatures and bring your garden back to life. Here are some things you can do now to ensure your garden thrives all spring long.

1)    Get a plan together. Planning is the first and most important part of any project. Examine your landscape. Take an inventory of what you have and decide what you will need. Do you have a solid shovel and wheelbarrow?  What type of springs plants and flowers would you like to pick up from the local garden center? It’s best to figure out your needs, and your shopping list in advance.

2)    Do some spring gardening homework. Know the right time of year to plant different varieties of bushes and flowers. Also, ensure that the type of plants you desire in your yard and garden can withstand the climate of your area.

3)    Clear away yard waste. Leaves and twigs may have accumulated during the fall and winter months. Also, harsh winter winds may have blown unwanted debris into your yard. It’s a good idea to set aside a day prior to when you plan to start working on your spring garden to clean-up and organizing.

4)    Break up the soil. Before you begin planting, use gardening tools to break up the ground in the designated area of your yard to ensure the soil is ready for new growth.

Once you have your plan in order, have gone over all of your spring gardening research, cleaned up the yard a bit, and have your ground and soil prepared, you should be ready to kickoff your spring gardening and landscaping and start planting the beautiful greenery you purchased.

Beazer Homes would love to see your spring gardening photos. Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Model Home BBQ Bash Opening Event and Weber Grill Giveaway in Fredericksburg, VA

bedroomHelp us celebrate the grand opening of our new decorated model home on April 11th, 2015 and you could win a free Weber grill. Summerfield is Beazer’s newest community in Fredericksburg offering beautiful new single family homes and townhomes. Located off Route 1, Summerfield is a commuter’s paradise offering convenience to I-95 and the VRE. Homeowners will also enjoy future amenities such as tot lots, tennis court and trails. The community also features Beazer’s exclusive Choice Plan program which allows you to lay out primary spaces based on the way you want to live at no additional cost.WebberGrilling

Beazer’s BBQ Bash: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 12pm – 3pm. Enjoy food from food truck favorite, The UFO Truck and live music from local singer/songwriter duo Maddi Sunshine and Leon Rector while you tour our new Oxford model home. Plus, just for visiting, you’ll be entered to win a free Weber grill valued at $499.

*Contest Disclaimer: Sweepstakes begins on 04/11/2015 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) and ends at 3:00 pm ET on 04/12/2015. Only one entry per family allowed.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Open to legal residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority.  Prize consists of one $499 Weber Grill.  If unable to register in person, you may register online at http://woobox.com/pwt8o2.  Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received; winner will be chosen by random drawing. ARV of all prizes is $499. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. Winner can pick up the prize from the Summerfield model home. If the prize cannot be picked up, Beazer will mail the prize to the winner.  Sweepstakes not open to Real Estate agents or Sponsor employees. Subject to full Official Rules INSERT LINK. Sponsor: Beazer Homes.
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Road to the BP MS 150

Bruce Craig and Troy Radelat are busy leading their divisions, but as you know, they are also preparing for the BP MS 150, a 160 to 180 mile bike ride benefiting the National MS Society. In February, we asked them a few questions about their training. Check out what they had to say:

Beazer Homes: How is your training going, in general?
 
BruceHeadshotBruce Craig

“It’s been challenging to get the desired distances in each week.  Riding during the week is almost impossible this time of year –we’re very busy and with winter hours its dark when I leave for the office and dark when I get home.  Riding at night here in Houston where they are no dedicated cycle lanes is too dangerous at night.  On the weekends its hit and miss with the weather.  It’s been very wet and cold.  Riding in the 40s and above is ok provided you have a couple of layers, but when its wet I lose interest in training!”

TroyHeadshotTroy Radelat 

“Not great!  We have had some very cold weather in Dallas along with snow and ice for the last two weeks.  That has kept my training to a minimum outside.  I have been riding on my trainer in the garage and going to spin class, but not spending serious time in the saddle on the weekend.”

 

BZH: What kinds of things are you doing to prepare?

BruceHeadshotBruce Craig

“Exercise – core training 5 days a week before I leave for work, then about 4 hours on the bike on weekends (about 70 miles).  As we get closer to the ride I’d like to increase that to about 6 hours each weekend (about 100 miles a weekend).  Food intake is something I continue to learn more about and am trying to work into my training routines.  Getting the right amount of water, calories, electrolytes and salt in while riding is important and since I don’t have much experience with endurance riding I’ve been relying on Troy and Kara (Houston’s Elite Athlete) for advice.”

TroyHeadshotTroy Radelat    

“I am riding outside as weather allows on Saturday and Sunday, generally 30 to 50 miles per ride.  I ride on a stationary trainer in my garage at night during the week, but about 45 minutes to an hour is all I can bear due to boredom.  I also attend 50 minute spin classes at my local YMCA which is a great workout.”

 

BZH: Do you have any funny stories about your training process?

BruceHeadshotBruce Craig

“Nothing but a sore butt to talk about there…”

 

 

 

BZH: Have you had any major set-backs in your training?”

TroyHeadshotTroy Radelat  

“Unfortunately I have an ankle issue that has been around for a long time that acts up from time to time.  Between some crazy toe gadget that Darr Smith [Beazer Homes employee] recommended and some old fashioned cortisone injections in my ankle this week, I am hoping to be as good as new!”

 

BZH: What motivates you throughout your training?
 
BruceHeadshotBruce Craig

“I race against myself every time I ride.  I try to beat my last time, average speed, etc.  If I’m riding with someone else we push each other.  I’m pretty competitive so that’s how I find the motivation.”
 
TroyHeadshotTroy Radelat    

“The thought of allowing Bruce Craig to beat me, it simply cannot happen.  On a serious note, what motivates me is thought of so many whose situation or health prevents them from doing the things in life they wish they could on a daily basis — like those living with MS.”

 

The BP MS 150 is less than a month away! Check back soon for more updates.

Want to get involved? Look for a Bike MS ride in your area – bikems.org.
And, you can help Bruce and Troy meet their financial goals.

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Model Home Grand Opening Event and Caribbean Cruise Giveaway in Reisterstown, MD

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Help us to celebrate the grand opening of our 4 beautifully decorated model homes on April 11th, 2015 and you could win a free Caribbean cruise.  The Gatherings at Quarry Place is Baltimore’s newest and most anticipated 55-and-better condominium community.  Only a couple of turns from I-795 in Reistertown, MD, the community overlooks a gorgeous 31-acre quarry lake that will take your breath away.  Resort-like amenities, an ideal location, safety and security, privacy and convenience – this community truly has it all.  With its array of amenities, you’ll never need to leave your community.  You’ll enjoy the community’s clubhouse with a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as a dog park, community garden, and a 1-mile walking path around the lake.  Situated in Reisterstown, the community offers easy access to all major Baltimore highways including I-795, I-95 and I-695.  Safety, privacy and security are some of the top considerations when purchasing a new home.  At Quarry Place, you won’t need to worry about those things. This condominium community features individual garage spaces with private entrances, locked main entrances and private balconies.  With other garage spaces available for purchase, storage of your belongings is a breeze.  Come and enjoy the maintenance and carefree ‘lock and leave’ lifestyle Quarry Place offers todaycruise!

Decorated Model Home Grand Opening Event: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 11am – 6pm.  Enjoy free food and drinks while touring our 4 beautifully decorated model homes and learning more about this great community.  Plus, just for visiting you’ll be entered to win a free Caribbean cruise giveaway, valued at $1,500.

*Congratulations to our winner of the $1,500 gift card to Direct Line Cruises Ida R.

Contest Disclaimer:
*Sweepstakes begins on 04/11/2015 at 11:00 am Eastern Time (ET) and ends at 6:00 pm ET on 04/12/2015. Only one entry per family allowed. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Open to legal residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority. Prize consists of a $1,500 gift card to Direct Line Cruises. If unable to register in person, you may register online at spr.ly/QuarryPlaceGrandOpeningGiveaway. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received; winner will be chosen by random drawing. ARV of all prizes is $1,500. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. Sweepstakes not open to Real Estate agents or Sponsor employees. Subject to full Official Rules spr.ly/QuarryPlaceGrandOpeningGiveaway. Sponsor: Beazer Homes. Pricing, features and availability subject to change without notice. See New Home Counselor for complete details. MHBR No. 93.

 

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The Power To Choose Your Home’s Layout With Choice Plans

How does the flexibility to change your home’s layout, for no additional cost, sound to you? At Beazer Homes we understand that each homeowner is unique and therefore will live in their home differently than their neighbor. Beazer gives you the power to personalize your floorplan, at no additional cost, through our Choice Plans.

We provide a plethora of Choice Plan options based on how we’ve discovered Beazer families actually want to live in their home. You may prefer a study over a formal dining room. Perhaps having a deluxe sports shower is more appealing than the traditional tub/shower combo. Beazer takes this, and more, into consideration and has Choice Plan options to meet your needs and help make your new home uniquely yours. Beazer homeowners are ecstatic about Choice Plans, read what new homeowner Shannon V. loves about Choice Plans:

New Home Layout

Want to know more? Watch this video to learn how your family can benefit from Beazer Homes Choice Plans:

For more information, and to discover what Choice Plans are available in your area, please visit our website.

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Lighting Lingo You Should Know When Building a New Home

Affecting both the aesthetics and functionality of a space, most people can agree that lighting is a very important part of the home building process. Today, there are many factors that go into creating the perfect lighting plan that fits your lifestyle.

With the right “lighting lingo” (courtesy of our friends at Progress Lighting), you can make wise, informed decisions for lighting your home beautifully and efficiently.

Types of Fixtures:
•    Luminaire: Light fixture, including the lamp (bulb).

Lighting Types

 

Light Sources:
•    Light Emitting Diodes (LED): LEDs are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current passes through them. Generally speaking, LEDs are more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting than traditional light sources.

•    Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL): CFLs are fluorescent light bulbs that have been compressed into the size of a standard-issue incandescent bulb. Modern CFLs typically last at least six times as long and use around a quarter of the power of an equivalent incandescent lamp.

Light Measurements:

•    Lumen: The most common measure of light output. Lumens measure the amount of light produced by a bulb. The more lumens in a light bulb, the brighter the light.

•    Watt: A measure of electric power (not how bright a light is). The rate at which electric energy is transferred by an electric circuit.

•    Efficacy: A measure of how much light a source produces for every watt of power it consumes. Expressed in lumens per watt.

•    Color Rendering Index (CRI): A unit of measure that defines how well colors are rendered. The CRI means better color rendering, or less color shift. CRIs in the range of 75-100 are considered excellent. An incandescent lamp operates at 100 CRI.

•    Correlated Color Temperature (CCT): Color appearance is communicated using correlated color temperature (CCT) on the Kelvin (K) scale. For most interior lighting applications, warm-white (2700K to 3000K) is preferred.

Beazer is proud to partner with Progress Lighting to offer a variety of these lighting options to buyers.  Be sure to take this quick guide as a cheat-sheet when you sit down with your design consultant at the Beazer Design Studio to select your finish options.  To learn more about new home lighting, visit www.progresslighting.com, or connect with Progress Lighting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Houzz.

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New Home Backyard Contest – Beazer New Jersey

Is the backyard your family’s retreat? Do you dream of relaxing in the evenings next to a fire pit with s’mores in a relaxing over-sized hammock? We want to know what type of backyard oasis you would prefer for this Estates at Federal Hill move-in ready home! Tell us on this Beazer Homes New Jersey Facebook post for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card.

 

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this COMMENT TO WIN post between 3/2/15 and 3/7/15. Limit one entry per household. Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who comments on the designated Facebook post. Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash. Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value. Additional restrictions may apply. See a New Home Counselor for complete details. Prizes will be mailed to the winner.

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Personalize Your Living Spaces To Meet Your Needs…at No Additional Cost

One major perk to buying a brand new home versus a preexisting home is the ability to personalize. For most builders this means adding rooms or additional structures, selecting light fixtures, backsplashes, additional décor finishes, and more, for an additional fee. For Beazer Homes, it  means the freedom to choose how you want to live in your new home with our no cost floor plan options.

Our Choice Plans allow new home buyers the flexibility to choose from multiple home layout options, offering you the ability to reallocate your new home’s space for the kitchen, master bath, and additional areas based on the needs of your family, at no additional cost.Beazer Homes Choice Plans

Beazer Homes understands that not everyone utilizes space in their home the same way. Perhaps you’re the chef of the house, the one who will do a majority of the cooking. If that’s the case, it may be easier for you to have a kitchen that allows for your oven, stove top, and refrigerator to be located relatively close to each other, making it simple to access everything you need to complete the perfect home cooked meal. On the other hand, you may have multiple cooks in the house, or entertain often. In this case, you might prefer a larger kitchen island, with your appliances a bit more spread out so that multiple cooks can have their own zone. Whatever the case, Beazer gives you the choice to pick how you want to live in your kitchen, and select the layout that fits your needs at no additional cost.

This same concept applies to your master bath. Do you have to wake up hours before your significant other? If so, you may prefer a master bathroom with the closet attached, allowing you to get ready in a designated area, away from the bedroom, so that your partner can continue to sleep peacefully. We like to call this our “Marriage Saver” option! But, if the two of you wake up and get ready at the same time, you can opt for the closet to be located off the bedroom, opposed to the master bathroom, giving you more space throughout the room for two people to get ready at the same time.

Other Beazer Homes Choice Plans include selecting an upstairs loft space versus an additional bedroom. Or, opting for a formal dining room or a study.*

Here at Beazer Homes we know that not everyone lives the same way. Therefore, we provide our home buyers the ability to live differently from their neighbors, and to select the new home floor plan that’s right for their family. That means more choices, without compromising your budget! Search now for a new Beazer home near you, and be sure to ask a New Home Counselor about the Choice Plans in the community you’re interest in.

*Disclaimer:  Images/pictures may not be representative of the plans/homes available in your area.  Paid options and choice options are different.  Paid options cost and choice options are no additional cost.  Inquire with community for all available options.

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Beazer Homes Division Presidents Bike To Support Multiple Sclerosis

Over 35 years ago, The Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Will Munger, and his then-10-year-old son decided to ride their bikes from Duluth, Minnesota to Minneapolis. The novice riders were unable to complete the 150-mile ride in one day and had to spend one night in Hinckley, about halfway between the two cities. When he and his son completed their ride and arrived in Minneapolis, Will thought that if he and his son could complete 150 miles in two days, others could too. Years later, in 1980, 200 cyclists duplicated Will’s original ride in the first Bike MS ride and raised over $30,000 for the Minnesota Chapter. Today, Bike MS is a series of 100 cycling events held across the country – at least one ride in every state. The rides vary in length – from as little as 3 miles in one day, to 250 miles over a five day period.

Beazer Homes is proud to stand behind Bruce Craig, Division President of Beazer Homes – Houston, and Troy Radelat, Division President of Beazer Homes – Dallas as they prepare for the BP MS 150 ride in April. The BP MS 150 is between 160 and 180 miles, and is the largest Bike MS event in the country with an average of 13,000 cyclists and 3,500 volunteers. This isn’t Bruce and Troy’s 1st rodeo! Troy has been a bike enthusiast since his teenage years, but has actively been riding for the past seven years. Bruce began riding during the summer of 2014. He participated in his first “organized” ride with Troy in August last year. They rode in the “Hotter’N Hell Hundred,” which takes place in Wichita Falls in northern Texas.

More about Bruce…

Bruce was initially drawn to the MS150 based on the lure of such a challenging, long-distance ride. “As I’ve learned more about MS and the many people that it impacts, I have been shocked to discover how debilitating and far reaching this disease truly is.  As I have been trying to raise money, friends and co-workers have shared their stories with me about how this disease has impacted them in some way.  For some it’s people in their family; for a couple of others, I’ve come to learn that they actually have MS.  So it’s turned out to be a win-win.  I get to ride a challenging distance with a good friend of mine (yep, Troy!), and raise money for a good cause at the same time.” If you would like to learn more about Bruce or support his efforts, we invite you to visit his page.

More about Troy…

Troy was similarly intrigued by the challenge of the event, with deeper ties and draws to the MS150. “First, I had some medical issues occur with a close member of my family that caused my wife and me to spend considerable time in the hospital.  I was amazed at the dedication of the hospital staff including the nurses, doctors, staff, etc.  It became clear to me that modern medicine and the people who have charged themselves with delivering it on a daily basis are nothing short of a miracle.

“The second and equally important thing that occurred by pure chance was that I met with an existing Beazer homeowner in the Dallas Fort Worth area to review some requests on their home that we are constructing for them.  I learned that the customer has MS and we spent time talking about the disease and how it has affected his life.  He has such a positive outlook about the reality of his situation that I was incredibly impressed and immediately knew that I wanted to do something to help.” If you would like to learn more about Troy or support his efforts, we invite you to visit his page.

We will be keeping up with Bruce and Troy on their journey to the BP MS150, therefore check back soon for an update and interesting insights about their training progress.

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New Home Kitchen Contest – Beazer New Jersey

The Beazer Homes Welcome Home Sales Event has been extended in New Jersey! For a limited time take advantage of great savings on brand new homes. Also, now’s your chance to enter to win! Tell us on Facebook how much you think this Estate at Devonshire kitchen is and you could win.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this New Jersey kitchen post between 2/18/15 and 2/25/15.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to closest guess.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See a New Home Counselor for complete details. Prize will be mailed to the winner. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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