A blank loft space adds a variety of extra room possibilities in your new home. Don’t let the valuable living space that a loft provides go to waste without having a designated purpose. With a bit of brainstorming and some revamping, you can have a space ready for you and your family to use, enjoy, and create memories in. Here are just a few of the many possibilities for transforming your loft into the perfect living space:
• An adult game room is the perfect place for gathering with family and friends. You can make your loft space a grown up play area. Bring in a pool table and add a large screen television with the latest video gaming equipment. A dartboard is an easy addition, and can be played with fewer participants, allowing you to have fun in your loft even when you don’t have visitors. Consider adding a small bar for convenience to refreshments.
• If you have younger children, a playroom is a good place to organize all their toys in one location. You can make your loft colorful and educational. As the kids grow, so can your space. Over the years transform your loft into a study or lounge area for your kids to utilize.
• A teen lounge is great if you have teens or pre-teens in the house. Your homes loft space becomes theirs to gather with friends, perfect for sleepovers, hanging out on the weekends, and to use as a study on weekdays.
• If you love being creative, transforming your loft into a craft room is a great choice. With some well-designed shelving and plenty of table space, you will have all the room you need to spread out and conquer those do-it-yourself projects you’ve always wanted to complete.
• Guys like to have their own space to kick back with friends. Making a man cave out of your new homes loft space is a great solution. That room becomes his to do with what he pleases. It gives the man of the house a place to call all-his-own, watch sports, play cards with his buddies, and more.
• If you work from home or need an extra space for working on various projects turn your loft into a home office. Add a desk, some filing cabinets, a computer, and office supplies to turn your new homes loft into a dedicated space for working, paying bills, writing your dream novel, or playing PC games.
• A home theater can make that empty loft space into a place for family, friends, and the greatest movies ever made. Add some comfortable theater seating, a refreshment bar, a popcorn machine, and a state-of-the-art sound system to enjoy a good flick at home any day of the week.
• A loft is the perfect space for the home gym you’ve always wanted. Set-up a weight bench in one corner, and an elliptical machine in the other. Add a television or stereo system for entertainment and start shedding those pounds.
With these endless possibilities in mind, turn your new homes loft space in to one you can enjoy for years to come. Tell us how you’ve transformed your loft space on Twitter and Facebook page. Looking for a new home with a loft? Learn more about how Beazer Homes gives you the options to allow your new homes floor plan to match the way you live with our Choice Plans differentiator.
Beazer Homes is donating a room full of toys worth thousands of dollars to Toys for Tots this Holiday Season, and all of our new home communities across the country will act as toy donation centers. We are getting our social media fans involved in this great cause as well. From November 24th through December 12th enter our Guess To Give contest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest by guessing the number of toys pictured, using the hashtag #BeazerToys, for a chance to win a $250 Target gift card. For every social media like, favorite, and share the posts receive, we’ll be adding more toys to our donation.*
Start guessing! To make a donation please visit a Beazer Homes community sales center to donate new, unwrapped toys. To locate a nearby donation center, please visit the Toys for Tots’ website.
*Beazer Homes will donate up to $2500 to Toys For Tots through toy and cash donation. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
• Submission must be completed by commenting on the Guess To Give post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram and must include the hashtag #BeazerToys. Guesses submitted without the #BeazerToys hashtag will not be considered.
• The person who guesses the correct number of toys, or if no one guesses the correct number, the person who guesses closest to the correct number, will be selected as the winner.
• If there are multiple correct guesses or closest guesses, winner will be chosen from those who guessed correctly by random draw.
• NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
• Guesses must be received between 11/24/2014 -12/12/2014.
• Odds of winning depend on the number of guesses received.
• Entrants must have a valid Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram account at time of entry, and be at least 18 years of age.
• Entrants may not be employees, agents, or officers of Beazer Homes or its affiliates, or subsidiaries, or immediate family members or persons living in the same household as any of the persons identified above.
• Winner’s name will be announced across all Beazer Homes social network once prize is claimed.
• Beazer Homes will contact and verify the winner through the social media network from which the winning submission was received.
• Winner will receive the prize in the form of an electronic gift card in the amount of $250 emailed to the email address provided.
• Only the prize specified above will be awarded. All federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.
• By participating in this Giveaway, entrants agree to release any and all claims against Beazer and all related parties for any and all liability whatsoever arising from participation in the Giveaway.
• All issues and questions concerning the Giveaway and the enforceability of these Rules and Eligibility, or the rights and obligations of entrants and Beazer in connection with this Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Georgia, without regard to its conflicts of laws principles.
Any disputes arising under the aforementioned criteria will be resolved by Beazer Homes in it’s discretion.
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Not only are we becoming a more eco-friendly society, but we’re also becoming more money conscious as the costs of almost everything has increased over time. While it’s hard to stir-away from the prices of everyday items like food, or gasoline to fuel automobiles, one way to save money is through energy efficiency usage. Here are a few tips for saving energy around the house to assist in lowering some of your bills:
1) Change all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient light bulbs. Because energy efficient bulbs cost more, people tend to avoid buying them. However, even though you will be spending a couple more dollars at the store now, energy efficient bulbs help you to save much more over time because they last eight to 15 times longer than regular bulbs. And, not only will you save money, but these bulbs are also better for the environment!
2) Reduce the amount of water you use is one of the best ways to save energy in your household. Your home has many different sources of water, making it easy to save the amount you’re using:
- Don’t leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth. This may not seem like much, but it will save you thousands of gallons of water a year – bringing your bills and your energy usage down.
- Take shorter showers. Showering can use between 6 to 45 liters of water per minute, and costs you a lot of money.
- Fix any leaking faucets. A leaking faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.
- Use a watering can to water your plants rather than an outdoor hose. This will use less water and will prevent you from drowning your plants.
3) Think before you switch on the air conditioning. Needlessly using your AC is one of the main energy wasters. Turn on your ceiling fan first. If it is too cold, put on a sweater, or wrap yourself up in a blanket before cranking up the heat. Closing the curtains is also a great way to keep the outside temperature out, leaving your home to either stay cool in the hot summer months or warmer during cold, harsh winters. To maximize the effect of curtains, try placing a chair or other item of furniture against the window to eliminate gaps on the side of the curtain where your homes heating or air source may be escaping.
4) Set and run a schedule with a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to control costs. With a programmable thermostat you can set times of day that you want the heat or air conditioning to run. If you and your family are often gone during the day you can program the thermostat to be a fixed degree, preventing it from running frequently while the home is empty. No more rushing out of the house and forgetting to change the temperature for the day!
5) Unplug electrical devices you aren’t using. Small electronics such as coffee makers, home entertainment equipment, cable/satellite/ DVR receivers, televisions, cell phone and tablet chargers, home computers, monitors, and printers are all draw phantom energy – energy your electronics are consuming even when switched to the stand-by or off position – energy when they aren’t in use. While individually these devices only use a small amount of energy when in the off or standby position, overtime the total of all the electrical consumption you could be saving by unplugging these items is significant.
You’ve probably heard the adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ The saying rings true when it comes to optimizing your home maintenance for the season to come. With the air turning crisp, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the coming cool seasons. Completing these few quick home care tasks over the weeks to come can help ensure your home remains comfortable no matter what the season brings.
Fall Home Care Tips:
1. Take summer yard equipment and recreational furniture inside to protect them against the elements.
2. Trim overgrown trees, bushes and shrubbery before they become a menace when laden with ice or snow.
3. Using a safety ladder, and a spotter if necessary, clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and limbs. Accumulating debris may prevent water from draining and make your gutters susceptible to ice damming.
4. Remove all items from the garage that cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Liquids, such as garden sprays, or cleaners in plastic bottles can freeze and containers may crack or explode.
5. Insulate pipes if the home’s main water supply is located in the garage. Use a water heater blanket or insulation wrap if your water heater is also located out in the garage.
A major benefit of living in a new home is avoiding the potentially costly maintenance measures required for repairing and maintaining older, existing homes. Following these tips can help further extend the life of your new home’s equipment and exterior. You can download a comprehensive list of new home maintenance tips here. If you are a Beazer homeowner, and have an issue arise, please contact our warranty center.
HARVEST, HOME & HELPING HANDS: Visit any Nashville or Atlanta area community for the first time during the month of November to get a FREE turkey voucher for your family’s feast, while supplies last.* In turn, Beazer will donate a holiday meal to a family in need.
We are also holding food drives at all Nashville and Atlanta area communities throughout November, so please drop off non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in our own backyard.
In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Beazer Homes is proud to give back this harvest season. After all, being good neighbors is what Beazer is all about.
*Free turkey is in the form of a voucher, while supplies last. Limit 1 turkey/NEW registration from 11/1/14-11/30/14, regardless of number of communities visited. Limit 1 registration/family or buying unit. No exceptions. You must register at a community you have not been to before. Donation to Second Harvest Food Bank will be made per turkey distributed. No cash or exchange value. Subject to availability. All food drive donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Pricing and availability subject to change without notice. See New Home Counselor for complete details. © 2014 Beazer Homes
If one of your future goals is to purchase a home, it’s never too early to start preparing yourself financially. One of the major factors that goes into getting approved for a home mortgage is your credit score and credit history. All lenders will look at your credit worthiness to determine how much they will lend to you. The following are steps you can start taking now to prepare your credit for buying a home in the future.
1. Check and update your credit report: Consumers are guaranteed at least one free credit report a year; get a copy of yours to see where you stand. If you find errors, you can contact the creditor or the bureaus to address any invalid information.
2. Make payments on time: Your credit report shows your current creditors and your payment history with them. Payment histories are one of the most important components of your credit score, so it’s important to maintain on-time payments with all of your creditors.
3. Pay down high accounts: Making payments on time is only one aspect of credit worthiness. The amount of outstanding debt, and the percentage of your available credit that is outstanding, are equally important. If you have credit cards that have been maxed out that can affect your credit score, whether you’re making payments on time or not. Focus on paying down accounts with the highest percentage of credit used. Getting these outstanding balances below 35% of the available credit line can improve your credit score.
4. Take care of existing liens or judgments: If you have any liens or judgments, you may want to pay them off or try to settle them before you apply for a home loan. Lenders will consider you if you have an outstanding lien or judgment, however, they’ll likely require it be satisfied before the loan is finalized. Therefore, avoid the headache and go ahead and take care of those in advance.
5. Avoid opening new accounts: New accounts can be a red flag – lenders want to see a history of payments, and new accounts mean you have a new need for credit. However, if you don’t have credit yet, this is an exception. A couple of credit cards with low balances and on time payments often times can appear better than no credit cards at all. But, avoid making a big purchase like a car just before applying for a home loan – a recent large purchase can alter your overall financial picture.
6. Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified now: This will help you understand how much home you can afford, and what steps you can take to increase your purchasing power. If there are any issues with your credit history or your credit score, the lender may be able to show you what you can do to improve your situation.
Taking steps in advance to improve your credit score will help ensure lower rates and better terms which may mean huge savings for you during the life of your home loan. When you’re ready to explore your home loan options, Beazer Homes has a group of preferred lenders who are ready to help you find the best way to finance your first home.
Create new memories in a Beazer Home this year, follow this link to see homes that are ready for a quick move.
*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 11/3/14 and 11/7/14. Limit one entry per household. Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who voted. 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.
We all know the concept “spring cleaning.” That one time a year when you deep clean and organize the house to get ready for the warmer months to come. However, spring is not the only time of year to do a thorough home cleaning. A good fall cleaning will prepare your home for the upcoming holidays, and allow you to get organized.
1) Starting on the Outside
Now that the summer months are gone it is time to put up the patio furniture, umbrellas, and warm weather toys. Drain the garden hoses and the sprinkler system. Find space in the garage or shed to house these items for the cold months. If you don’t have room for everything, do a bit of decluttering and reorganizing.
Do the outside home maintenance chores before cold weather sets in. Touch up paint on the doors and railings if needed. Check the caulk around doors and windows to make sure it’s secure, not to let the cold air in during the winter. Clean gutters and rainspouts if necessary. And finally, wash the outside of windows and doors.
2) Take It Inside
During the holiday season we spend a lot of time indoors. Doing a fall cleaning deep dive on your home will make relaxing inside with your family much more enjoyable. At first glance, performing a deep clean can be overwhelming. Start from top and work your way down. Here is a general checklist to use in any room:
- Clean the light fixture and dust thoroughly.
- Dust the ceiling and walls. Then, vacuum the baseboards and wash by hand if needed.
- Clean the window glass, sills, curtains, blinds, and trim, as well as doors and frames.
- Vacuum all fabric furniture within the room. Clean leather furniture and polish and wax wood furniture using appropriate supplies.
- Wipe down all counters and other horizontal surfaces.
- Thoroughly scrub tile or vinyl floors. Also, polish hardwood floors.
- If needed, schedule carpet cleaners or rent a machine at your local store to do-it-yourself
3) Get Organized
As you ‘fall clean’ around the home, consider also getting organized. When pulling items out to clean behind and underneath them, ask yourself if that item needs to be located in that space. This includes paper, furniture, knickknacks, and clothing. Put each item into a specific category:
- Keep in this spot
- Find it a new home
- Give it to a friend or family member
- Donate it to charity
- Send it to the dump
Work your way from the public areas of your home to the private ones, especially if you are planning to have guests during the holiday season. Your guests will be able to enjoy your clean, organized home, even if your master bedroom has not had the special treatment yet.
It’s just as important to perform a fall home cleaning as it is for spring. Get started this weekend before the colder months move in, and you start to get overwhelmed with the holidays quickly approaching. On your cleaning breaks, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more home tips.
There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are starting to change colors. Now that the busiest season for gardening is starting to wind down, it’s time to think about fall landscaping chores. Fall is the perfect time to do some housekeeping in your garden. It’s important to get your lawn and landscaping ready for the winter and there are several steps you can take now to make sure your garden is beautiful next spring.
Pruning and Trimming
When the temperatures begin to fall many plants prepare for the winter by going dormant. This is the ideal time to trim away dead foliage and stems. Dead leaves and stems can provide a home for insects and pests that can be harmful to plants. It’s best to trim dead growth, while leaving leaves that haven’t fallen yet to keep your plants safe and more attractive. Pay special attention to summer blooms. Butterfly Bush, Crepe Myrtle, and Potentilla all do better the following summer if you prune them in the fall months when their dormant making it easier for new growth when the warmer months roll back around.
As the cool months start to approach, adding mulch to your garden beds, and around trees, retains heat to protect your plants from the cold, along with moister to keep them healthy. This easy-to-do gardening task benefits your pocketbook and your garden resulting in less watering to maintain an attractive and healthy garden in the new season. Before you start, make sure the garden beds are clear of debris and dead plant matter. Also, remove any weeds from your beds and around your trees before fall mulching to prevent excessive weed growth in the future.
Fall gardening season is a great time to plant. As the season winds down, your local nursery will have the best bargains of the year. The nurseries are eager to sell plants, shrubs and trees before December when new inventory will start to arrive for the spring gardening season. Popular flowers to add to your garden in the fall include Plentifall Pansies, Bluestars, and Mums. While greens such as kale, lettuce, and collards do well in the coolers months too.