April 28, 2016

Tour of Homes this Weekend!

Join us for the Tour of Homes this weekend! Visit 5 of our beautiful model homes...

Little Spring Farm: The Jamestown
11604 Lily Garden Dr., Louisville

Signature Point: The Hawthorne
14303 E. Hartland Ave., Louisville

Rivers Landing: The Cambridge
1937 Rivers Landing Drive, Prospect

3058 Fallen Wood Lane, LaGrange

Summit Gardens: The Mayfield
3906 Calgary Way, Louisville

Our homes will be open all weekend. Stop by and see us! Come see the homes that everyone is talking about! For more information, call us at 502-245-6159

April 27, 2016

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for a little help in finding something special for Mom? Check out our list of fun and inspired gifts moms love.

  • Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme. An indoor herb garden is a gift to gardeners and chefs alike. 
  • Flowers. Specifically, a live flower or plant that she can transplant into the garden.
  • Garden tool basket. For moms with a green thumb, a handy carry-all will have her thinking of you every time she reaches for her trowel.

  • Custom soaps. Use a cookie cutter to create shapes like hearts, flowers, etc.
  • Candles. With scents like wild honeysuckle and pomegranate peony, spring-scented candles will add a lovely and relaxing ambiance. 
  • Robe and slippers. A silky new robe and some fleece-lined slippers will make her feel all kinds of pampered.

  • Homemade brunch.  Return the many years of meals she’s made with her favorite pancakes or omelet, and some mimosas. Make sure someone is on kitchen clean up, too.
  • Favorite cookbook.  Is her cooking bible going out of date? Today’s cookbooks are charming collections of recipes and stories, many with gorgeous photography. 

  • iPhone or e-reader cover. Update her phone or e-reader with a fun new cover.
  •  Personalized tablet. If you and your sibs live far away, give Mom some face time with a tablet. All of you can go in on this one. Load it up with pix of you and the kids, her fave books and movies. And instructions for how to video chat.

  • FitBit. Indulge her newfound love of Zumba! Encourage her health kick. The Fitbit Flex is simple and tracks stats like number of steps and calories burned.
  • Walking shoes. Super lightweight, flexible, and oh-so-stylish!

  • Gourmet chocolates. Satisfy her sweet tooth with gourmet chocolate goodies, like decadent truffles or salty caramels.  
  • Cut roses.  If you can't be there in person to deliver hugs and kisses, what better way to say "Happy Mother's Day" than by sending a dozen red roses? 

April 21, 2016

Elite Homes at the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville

Hope you're ready for the show! 
Thunder Over Louisville is one of the largest annual fireworks shows in North America and the setting for some of the most memorable moments you'll ever share. Fireworks. Now in its 27th year, Thunder Over Louisville continues to deliver the best pyrotechnics show you'll ever see. Get ready for a Kentucky tradition like no other. We're proud to be a part of the event this year!

Look for us during the live broadcast on FOX WDRB 41 Louisville News. 

10 Tips to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

First impressions matter. especially when it comes to selling your home, and that usually means having great curb appeal. “Curb appeal” is the impact your home’s exterior makes on visitors. Buyers form vital impressions of homes while standing in the street or sitting inside the car, just beyond the curb. And those first few minutes can make or break a potential sale. 

1.    Clean up.  Sometimes the most obvious way to enhance curb appeal is simply by deep cleaning the exterior of your home. Turn the nozzle on your garden hose to the strongest setting and clean off your driveway, sidewalk, windows, and fence.  If dirt and grime is really caked on your home’s exterior, you can rent a power washer. For maximum sparkle, clean your windows outside and inside.

2.    Give your door a facelift.  A new coat of paint can do wonders. Consider adding molding, which offers a decorative frame for your door, welcoming visitors while serving as a grand entrance.  You can also glam up your door by adding metal house numbers, or a wreath or seasonal decorations.

3.    Have fun with your house numbers. If you’d rather not add house numbers to your freshly painted door, here are some alternative ideas:
·      Add house numbers to a post planter near the front porch.
·      Make use of the front porch stair risers by hanging or painting numbers there.

4.    Add some fun to your light fixtures.  Replacing exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, just try spray-painting them — a can of spray paint costs around $10.

5.     Refresh your mailbox. Replacing your mailbox is easy enough, but why stop there? Try planting a welcoming mailbox garden. Dwarf, compact shrubs are good choices because they stay smaller and require less pruning. Plants such as liriope, daylilies and agapanthus are useful because they don’t get too tall, and quickly fill in, eventually eliminating the need for mulch. 

6.    Bring beauty to your doorstep.  Placing a container garden at your doorstep is a quick and affordable way to liven things up. Not a fan of flowers? Try foliage plants. Just plant something low-maintenance so that they thrive even if you forget to water them. (Dead plants definitely hurt curb appeal!) Choose pots and plants that complement the colors and style of the house.

7.     Install flower boxes. Flower boxes are a quick way to add some life and color to your house windows. If you don’t want to worry about installing flower boxes, the aforementioned container garden is just fine.

8.     Prune the landscape. It’s common knowledge that you should give your landscape plantings a trim before selling a home, but this is also the time to audit your ‘trash trees’ and overgrown foundation plantings. Have the big stuff removed by a professional. Paved paths or patios can bring value to the property because they make life easier without costing much time or effort.

9.    Be deliberate about patio furniture. Limit personal decor and furniture. Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home when your house is on the market, the exterior of your home should allow prospective buyers to envision their own style in the space. 

1. Get creative with storing/hiding items. Place a small lattice fence or side of paneling around the A/C condenser, and hide your trash bins behind a small fence or in a garbage can shed. You can also hide your hose in a pot or storage bench.

April 15, 2016

11 Ways to lower energy bills AND be more eco-friendly!

Saving energy doesn’t have to mean getting new appliances, installing insulation, or replacing windows. There are plenty of ways to lower your energy bills and protect the environment that don’t require a lot of time or money.

1.     Wash laundry with cold water.  Washing clothing in cold water instead of hot can save $152 per year.

2.     Air-dry clothing. Get yourself an old-fashioned clothesline. If you’re concerned about allergens getting into your clothing, dry inside on hangers.

3.     Turn on fans. Fans make a room feel cooler, and could save up to $438 per year.

4.     Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow, causing the HVAC system to run longer and use more energy.

5.     Don’t cool or heat an empty house. If you have a programmable thermostat, use it!  If you don’t have one, get one! Close off rooms you aren’t occupying, as well.

6.     Close the door. Close attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent drafts and keep in heat or A/C.

7.     Unplug electronics.  Phone chargers, computers, TVs, any electronic gizmo that stays plugged in when not in use is sucking up your money. Consumer Reports found that you can save $25 to $75 each year just by putting your computer on standby.

8.     Consider your light bulbs. Turn off lights you aren’t using. Replace 60-watt light bulbs with compact fluorescents or LEDs.

9.     Take a shower instead of a bath. And install a low-flow aerator or flow restrictor on an existing showerhead.  By doing both, you’ll use less water.

10.  Think before you cook. The stove or oven may not always be the best choice. Crockpots or a microwave oven may be more energy efficient.

11.  Help your refrigerator/freezer work more efficiently. Leave room in front of a refrigerator/freezer to allow cold air to circulate better. Since frozen food stays cold longer than air, it’s good to keep the freezer full, but not packed.

April 1, 2016

It’s Almost Spring… Time To Spruce Things Up A Little!

It’s been a long, weird winter in Louisville, so we’ve decided to spruce things up by getting some spring cleaning done.  (Did you ever notice how spring cleaning puts a smile on your face?  Maybe it’s because we know that summer is right around the corner.)

Anyway, here are a few helpful tips on cleaning your home up for Spring.

1.     Safety first! Change the batteries in ALL of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  And make sure the unit is free of dust.

2.     Light fixtures can be full of dust. Take a minute or two to clean easily accessible light fixtures, lamps and ceiling fixtures. Don’t be surprised if everything looks a bit brighter when you’re finished!

3.     Take your area rugs outside for a good shake down and maybe a few hours of airing out. Your wall-to-wall carpeting could probably use a good cleaning too, so break out the steam cleaner! It may help with those seasonal allergies, too.

4.     While you’re in cleaning mode, wash down your walls. Dust and dirt sticks to vertical surfaces, too. The easiest way to clean your walls is with a good soft sponge and warm, mild, soapy water. On flat painted walls, try using a dry microfiber cloth. It will work well on removing dust.

5.     Your windows and blinds could probably use a good scrubbing, too. Take down your heavy curtains/drapes and send them to the cleaner. Let the sun shine in!

6.     What about your furniture? During the winter months, it collects dust, dirt, body oils, and germs. (And if you have a pet, it has also collected pet hair and dander.) Time to haul out the vacuum cleaner. You can steam clean furniture as well. Just make sure you test an unobtrusive spot to make sure that the detergent from the steam cleaner doesn’t fade the color or ruin your upholstery.

7.     Head for the kitchen! When was the last time you gave your fridge a good scrub down? Go ahead and throw out those leftovers that you’ll never actually use. Check out your condiments. Bet you have a few that have expired. Now that your fridge looks like it has been raided by a horde of teenage boys, get cleaning. A magic eraser or a sponge and hot soapy water will get the stuck-on grime. Clean the outside too. And don’t forget a fresh box of baking soda to help absorb any odors that may be lingering.

8.     While you’re in the kitchen, give the stove, cabinets, walls and counters a going over with a grease-cutting cleaner. You’ll be amazed at how nice they feel when they aren’t sticky anymore!

9.     Embrace your OCD tendencies! Organize that closet that doesn’t close, or those shelves that have been making you twitch. Throw out, donate or repurpose as much as possible.

10. Don’t forget the outside chores! If you don’t have them, add extensions to your gutter downspouts to keep water flowing away from your foundation. Clean out the gutters in case there is debris leftover from fall. Blow out the air conditioning condenser with a leaf blower to clean the filter. Call your sprinkler installer to get your system set up for warm Louisville weather.