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Trending: Outdoor Patio and Kitchens

Categories: Helpful Hints, Trending | Posted: May 25, 2017

You have seen them pictured all over the most popular home magazines, posted all over social media and advertised in all your major home improvement stores nationwide. The latest trend for your home is: amazing outdoor patios and kitchens.

In the past, large patios and outdoor kitchens were found outside larger, higher end homes, but now there are more affordable options for everyone to choose from. The great thing is the homeowner can personalize the space however they like!

When designing your outdoor space, consider having room for prep, cooking, and serving. This will keep you and your guests from having to go in and out of the house to get something. Rather, you can install an entire outdoor kitchen complete with granite countertops or simply create a grill built in with brick counters. This will allow you to be outside and socialize more with your family and friends. TIP: When picking out materials for your outdoor kitchen, make sure they are weather resistant.

Now that you have added your workspace, do you want to add more amenities? Some outdoor kitchens go as far as under the counter refrigerators, wine chillers and sinks. While refrigerators or wine chillers may be out of your budget, do consider the sink. By adding a sink, you can avoid running in to the house every time you need to clean something or to retrieve water. Are you someone who likes making your own pizza? Why not build your very own brick pizza oven? One good thing about a pizza oven is you can use it for more than just pizza. You can brick fire almost any food and it lends a distinct flavor that will have your friends and family raving at your next cook out.

Now that you have your workspace and your extra amenities, think about whether or not you want to upgrade your grill. Maybe consider a grill that does it all. Gone are the days where a grill simply grills. You can now have a grill that comes with a rotisserie, side burners, griddles and more! The options are almost endless.

Once you have your workspace and appliances laid out, think about coverage? Yes the counters you are purchasing are weather resistant, but how much rain does the state of Tennessee get in the spring? Consider adding a permanent covering to protect, preserve and extend the lifespan of your counters and appliances. When adding a permanent covering, you can also add recessed light, ceiling fan, and a TV!

Whether you choose a high end outdoor kitchen and patio makeover or something on a smaller, do-it-yourself scale, you can enjoy the outdoors even more with an outdoor kitchen and patio.


Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: May 9, 2017

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Community Spotlight: Woodland Trace

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2017

Our Woodland Trace neighborhood, located at 1998 Red Jacket Trace in Spring Hill Tennessee, offers beautiful Townhomes and Villas ranging from 1,464 sq ft to 1,631 sq, ft. Inside these homes you will find spacious living rooms, 2-3 bedrooms and kitchens with a light airy feeling to brighten every room. The neighborhood is convenient to Marvin Wright Elementary, Spring Hill Middle and Spring Hill High School. Also residing in the area is Cool Springs Galleria for all of your shopping needs, the gorgeous Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and Kings Creek Golf Club. This neighborhood is sure to please, rather you are a business professional, budding family or looking to sit back and relax and hit some golf balls. Woodland Trace is just right for you.

Features of the homes interior include hardwood entry, no-wax vinyl flooring, textured ceilings, vaulted or trey ceilings depending on the floor plan, brushed nickel lighting and hardware packages and so much more. Bathrooms feature beautiful custom cabinetry, cultured marbled vanities and chrome fixtures. Kitchens include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents which offer a lot of storage, laminate countertops, stainless steel sink with sprayer, garbage disposal, appliance package available that includes electric range, dishwasher, refrigerator with icemaker, and built in microwave and more. On the exteriors of the home you will see seamless gutters and downspouts, 6-panel fiberglass front door, brushed nickel door hardware, ornamental mailbox and maintenance free landscape package with sodded front yard. A perfect place to call home with little maintenance.

If you are looking for a low maintenance town home that offers everything, and is within walking distance to the neighborhood elementary school, is in close proximity to major highways, and an abundance of local dining and shopping then you should stop by and learn more about Woodland Trace. Visit our Meadowbrook model home for more information or check out

Driving Directions: If you are coming in from Nashville take Interstate 65 South to Exit 53, Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West.  Exit Port Royal Road and turn left/south on Port Royal.  Turn left at Marvin Wright Elementary School and you will see Woodland Trace on the left.  

Gardening Season is Here!

Categories: Gardening Tips, Helpful Hints | Posted: April 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start thinking about gardening. Whether you are wanting a backyard garden or a container garden, there is something for everyone.

In Middle Tennessee, the last frost is usually in the middle of April. Once the last frost has happened you are probably safe to start planting. However, if you are thinking about starting your indoor garden, now is a great time to do so. Some vegetables require a longer germination period than others so make sure you read the seed packet carefully.

There are several plants that love to be sowed indoors then transplanted. Some of these include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. There are several ways you can do this, such as purchasing germination terrariums at your local plant supply store. However, it can be as easy as using a plastic cup, potting soil, seeds, and water. Simply fill cup with soil, dig a small hole at the depth according to the seed packet, add the seed, cover, water regularly and make sure they get plenty of sun. Once the plant has begun to grow and has done so for the allotted time in your home then it is time to transfer to your garden.

Some plants such as cherry tomatoes and peppers like to be grown in containers. This is great for people who don’t have a yard or simply only want to grow a few things. Just make sure the container has proper drainage, enough soil to germinate the plant, plenty of water and a little love and care. Many plants do best without being transplanted including, corn, beans, turnips, carrots and most root type vegetables.

A newer trend that has been popping up is to plant vegetables around your house to use as food as well as decorative landscaping. It is very practical and fun to do with the entire family. Plus the satisfaction of growing your own food is an added bonus.

Whatever you decide to plant this season, happy planting!

Spring Into Home Maintenance

Categories: Helpful Hints, Home Maintenance | Posted: April 10, 2017

Step outside and listen to the sweet chirping birds, take in the sight of beautiful blooming flowers, and smell the scent of fresh cut grass. Spring is a time of renewal, as new life can be seen both near and far. Breathe new life into your home, and keep your home feeling brand new.  

After a long, dreary winter, your home requires a number of simple maintenance tasks, which pave the way for a worry-free summer. Today, we are sharing 5 quick tips on how you can spring into home maintenance.


Take A Peek at Your Roof — Treacherous winter weather can damage the exterior of your home, especially your roof. Examine your roof shingles to determine if there are any damaged or lost tiles from the winter storms. Any tiles that are loose, buckled, or damaged should be replaced immediately.


Clean Your Gutters — Regular home maintenance suggests you clean out your gutters at least twice per year. Gutters should also be inspected to verify that downspouts drain away from your home, and will not cause damage to your crawl space or basement.


Trim the Trees — Overgrowth is an unsightly nuisance to homeowners. Properly prune branches that suffered damage during the winter to allow for optimal tree health.


Call Out Your Spring Services — Spring brings about a number of services, which require the help of trained professionals. You should begin by calling out a cooling and heating contractor to service your A/C. They have the ability to clean coils, and ensure your system is in the best shape for the hotter months of spring and summer.

If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, remember to give them a call to activate your sprinkler system for the spring. This quick tune-up will allow you to keep your grass, plants, and trees in the best shape.


Check the Chimney — Check your chimney for any signs of damage from winter storms. Your flue should also be professionally inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.


Whether this is your first spring in your new home, or you are an established resident, utilize our 5 quick tips to protect your investment for the years to come.  

Painting for Spring – Inside and Out

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 4, 2017

Spring is in the air! Don’t you love the nice clean, crisp air hitting your face and your skin soaking up some sun! It feels refreshing doesn’t it? Should’t your home reflect that as well? Grab your paint and your brush and get ready for some fun!

Many people like to change the interior of their home based on the seasons and what is trending at the time. Right now, bright, airy colors are in such as pale blues, pinks and hint of vibrant yellows. If you don’t want to step out of your box and do some crazy color you could stick to a light beige or even white. When choosing something a little more subtle, you can accent with bright colors throughout the room.

Before starting your project, decide how much of a change you want to embark in. Do you want to change the color of every wall in the room or maybe just paint an accent wall? Or how drastic of a change do you want on the outside of your home? To help make that decision, head over to your local home improvement store and pick out different colors that you might want to use. You could even purchase a few sample cans so that you can actually see the paint on the walls. This will also allow you to see what it will look like with your furniture if painting the interior of your home. TIP: Be sure to look at the paint at all different times of day. You may like what it looks like in the morning but not at night or vice versus.

While at the store don’t forget the basics! Paint rollers, plastic sheeting, painters tape, edgers and freehand brushes. It is also good to have some spackle on hand in case you need to fill some nail holes. TIP: Keep in mind that there are many types of paint finishes: gloss, flat, egg shell, etc. Make sure you are picking the right sheen for the right room.

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home things can be a bit more difficult. First and foremost, if you have an HOA, make sure your paint color of choice is an approved color. Before painting be sure to pressure wash your house, repair any damage that has happened, if you wish, and remove any loose paint. Next, you will need to caulk all around the trim to ensure that all openings are sealed. Once you have prepped the exterior of your home, it is time to paint! Grab your paint sprayer and have fun! TIP: Just like the inside of your home, place plastics sheets over anything that you do not want paint to get on including doors, windows, light fixtures, plants, etc.

We hope that these tips have given you the confidence to update your home this Spring! Have some fun with! Invite some friends and family over for a little paint party and have a cookout afterwards.

Deer Valley Downs

Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: March 24, 2017

Nestled near the rolling hills of Bowie Nature Park sits Deer Valley Downs. If you enjoy nature, this is the neighborhood for you. You will love the peaceful surroundings of the country and the short drive to the heart of Music City, Nashville. Enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer. From enjoying Tennessee history of Civil War Parks, Plantation homes and more to enjoying the beauty of nature and art with Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, The Frist museum, etc. If entertainment is for you, check out downtown Nashville and enjoy the honky tonks, or a trendier, more indie scene at the Five Points, near downtown.

Our traditional homes in this neighborhood range in size from 1,726 sq. ft – 2,655 sq. ft. with 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Build your dream home from the ground up or choose from one of our move-in ready homes! Click here to learn more about Deer Valley Downs.


Driving Directions:

From Franklin, Highway 96 West to West on Highway 100.  Highway 100 through Fairview to right on Crow Cut Road.  Follow Crow Cut 1 mile to neighborhood on left.

From Hwy 840, Exit Fairview/Highway 100.  Turn left on Crow Cut Road to neighborhood on left.

*This neighborhood is serviced by the model home at nearby Western Woods.  Please call 615-219-5644 for information and appointments.

Out With Winter & In With Spring

Categories: Helpful Hints | Posted: March 16, 2017

Spring is in the air! The temperature is rising and you have already been opening the windows in the house, besides the few days winter decided to come back and visit. It is starting to come to life outside with the flowers and the trees blooming and the grass turning green, but what about the inside of your home? With winter gone, everything seems so dark and dreary. Put winter behind and lighten things up around your home with these tips!

— Plants and flowers always give a spring-like feel to your home. Don’t have a green thumb though? No problem! A tabletop terrarium may be the thing just for you. Once it is all together it is virtually maintenance free. Follow the steps below to build your own

  1. Start with a medium sized clear glass container with an open top.
  2. Fill the bottom with a 1-1/2 or 2 inch layer of small rocks or pebbles – This will help with water drainage.
  3. Then, add a layer of potting soil that is made for cacti and succulents.
  4. Plant your succulents and/or cacti giving them about an inch of space each.
  5. For a dramatic effect, add a thin layer of white or colored sand.
  6. Now all you have to do is place it where it will have some direct sunlight everyday and lightly water every now and then. 

— Brighten up your table setting with spring colors such as pastels or earth tones. Changing your place mats is a great (and pretty cheap) way to bring those spring colors to the table. You can also make a spring centerpiece with antique tins or glass bottles to hold fresh cut flowers, or you can get clear glass containers to hold fresh fruit floating in water. If you are not into Easter but still want a spring like feel, don’t be afraid to use figurines of baby chicks, bunnies etc, after all spring time is about fertility and renewal.

— Love to estate sale shop? Perhaps you have found a lovely telephone table but it doesn’t quite work in your living room. Give it a fresh paint job in a spring color and change out a piece of furniture you currently have in your room for the spring season.

— Freshen up your walls. Give that drab looking room a new face lift with a simple paint job. Many people may not want to go to such drastic measures but even the same color paint can freshen up a room and give a spring-like feel.

— Change out your throw pillows to some that feature spring time themes or colors. 

— Another super easy thing to do, is to change out your wall art to something with a spring-theme. Estate sales and flea markets are great places to find beautiful pictures at great prices.


We hope these tips have helped you figure out a way to bring spring indoors. Share with us some of your favorite spring decor ideas!

Spring Cleaning Tips

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 7, 2017

Spring is right around the corner. Time to open your windows, let the wonderful spring air in and the musty winter air out. Nice weather makes us feel energized and renewed. Spring is also a good time to give your house a cleaning overhaul. We have put together some cleaning tips to help your home feel new again.

  • Don’t like the chemical smell that comes from window and glass cleaner? Try mixing 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle. If you have any extra newspaper laying around, use that instead of a rags or paper towels. Using newspaper to clean with vinegar will ensure no streaks and a shine like you have never seen before.
  • One thing you may not notice as you see them every day are your baseboards and cabinets around the house. They accumulate dust and dirt just like anything else. You can wipe those down using dish detergent and water. Just be sure to also use water to remove the soap. After the baseboards dry, run a fabric softener sheet along the surface to help repel dust.
  • Have you taken a hard look at your refrigerator lately? Time to clean out the leftovers that you haven’t touched, throw away or recycle any cans or jars that have expired and wash down the inside. Hot water and soap can get the job done here. Finish it off with a fresh box of baking soda to restore that clean, fresh smell.

  • Don’t forget to clean the blades of your ceiling fans, and when is the last time you cleaned all of your bedding? Make sure you check out the wash care tags on your bedding before throwing them in the washer.
  • Clean your blinds. If you have wooden blinds in your home, be sure to use a gentle wood cleaner. An effective way to clean aluminum blinds, for those who have them in there home, is to take them outside. Lay them down on an old sheet, scrub with soap and water on a slanted surface so any excess water doesn’t pool, then rinse with a garden hose. Then dry them with a towel. It is a lot of work but they look amazing after.
  • If you have cleaned your blinds then you may have noticed that your curtains need cleaning also. They pick up dirt and dust allergens as well. Check out the tag to see if your curtains are machine wash, vacuum and steam or dry clean only.
  • Deep cleaning your rugs and carpets is a great thing to do in the spring. After all they absorb all the musty smells of winter as well. This will ensure all of the other spring-cleaning you did will be worth it because the house will smell amazing.  You may need to rent a commercial shampooer but it is well worth it in the end.

  • Now is a great time to clean your dishwasher inside and out.  You can use machine cleaners if you want but an easy way is to place a cup of distilled white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup in the upper rack of the dishwasher, then run it through a hot water cycle. This will get rid of grease, grime and odors.
  • Tackle the unorganized linen closet. Take everything out of your closet and ask yourself, do I really need all of this? Perhaps you bought a new sheet set over the year or you have that napkin set you never use. Start to purge, a linen closet is meant to be functional. After everything is out, clean the shelves with a damp cloth and once dry, you could lay acid free tissue paper down on the shelves or wrap your antique linens in them as this will prevent yellowing.
  • Your oven. If you have a self-cleaning feature on your oven, then that is awesome. I do recommend however, to use it on a day when the day is still brisk as the oven will reach over 500 degrees. If your oven doesn’t have that feature however, then use these tips. First, scrape off any loose pieces of burnt on food, avoiding the coils if your oven is electric. Then, sprinkle baking soda with a touch of distilled white vinegar to the bottom of the oven and use a sponge to clean. Do not be alarmed that the baking soda and vinegar will bubble up as it helps aide in the cleaning.

We hope these tips have helped get your spring-cleaning well on its way. Your house will thank you later. Happy Spring Cleaning!


The Reserve At Port Royal 

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 1, 2017

In the heart of Antebellum country in Spring Hill, TN, lies The Reserve at Port Royal. Past the mature trees and lush landscaping, your dream home awaits. From brushed nickel hardware features both outside and inside the home to raised panel steel garage door with glass and coach lights, the homes in The Reserve at Port Royal are sure to please. From the first time home buyer to the growing family, we welcome you home.

Exterior features include maintenance free vinyl siding, seamless gutters and downspouts, partial brick/stone front, brushed nickel door hardware and even an ornamental mailbox. The interiors feature hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and dining room, stain resistant carpet, vaulted or trey ceilings and wainscoting in the dining room and more. The bathrooms in these homes have custom cabinetry, cultured marble vanities, chrome fixtures and even soaking tubs. The kitchens are breathtaking and include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents, granite counter tops, stainless steel sinks, and recessed lighting. Appliance packages include smooth surface electric range, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator with ice makers, and a built in microwave.

Located just minutes from Saturn Parkway, Interstate 65, and Highway 840, The Reserve at Port Royal is just a short drive away from everything Franklin, Cool Springs, and Nashville has to offer including Cool Springs Galleria, Kings Creek Golf Club, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Golf Club of Tennessee, Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and more. Prices start in the $240’s and the square footage ranges from 2,003 – 2,996.

The Reserve at Port Royal also features a large neighborhood pool, cabana, and playground for exclusive use of its residents. Driving Directions are Interstate 65 South to Exit 53 Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West. Take exit 1 Port Royal Rd, and turn right. Turn LEFT on Reserve Blvd.  Turn right on Prince Drive, next left and follow to new section of home sites. There is not a model home at this location at this time. Please call 615-219-5644 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.