Life at Home

3 Ideas for Planning the Perfect Picnic

July 29, 2014

Summer is winding down and school supplies line the store shelves. Now is the time to enjoy the outdoors before the weather shifts in many areas of the country. And what better way to make the most out of warm days than a picnic? Summer picnic planning can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Check out these three unconventional ideas:  1. Finger food feast If dining al fresco sounds great, but PB&J isn’t your style, skip the traditional main-side-dessert model and go…

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Buying a Home

Great Places to Retire You May Not Have Considered

July 24, 2014

We all want to live where we’d like to retire, but many of us don’t exactly know yet where that is. Should it have beaches or mountains, skiing or surfing, a dry or a humid climate? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Fortunately, with over 35 years’ experience exploring (and building in!) great places to retire from coast to coast, we’ve got a few suggestions you may not have considered before. We’ve capped this list at 6 amazing locations from states we currently build in, but we have…

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Buying a Home

How to Find the Right School District for Your Child

July 17, 2014

Finding the right school district can be an important part of your new home search. Whether you’re a parent looking for the best education for your children, or just a savvy house hunter with resale in mind, an attractive school district may be one of your top wish list items as you shop. So what steps do you need to take in your research process? Identify the neighborhood school district/school When you’re considering a home for sale that you’ve found on a website like RedFin,…

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Life at Home

Setting up Your Outdoor Living Space

July 10, 2014

Summer is here, and it’s time to bring the party outdoors. But is your backyard ready for entertaining? Here are some simple, stylish elements to help spruce up your outdoor living space just in time for your next get-together! Lighting It’s one of the easiest ways to alter the ambiance of your patio, deck and/or yard. Outdoor options range from elaborate chandeliers to DIY “candeliers” to strategically placed lanterns and decorative wall sconces. If your home doesn’t already have one, consider adding an outdoor fireplace,…

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Local Stories

Outdoor Fun in Southwest Vegas

July 5, 2014

Las Vegas may rank among America’s top vacation destinations, but a growing number of folks are doubling down and settling down in the breathtaking desert oasis. Although it’s known for its casinos, hotels and over-the-top entertainment, many singles, couples and families are realizing that Vegas is, in fact, an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers a whole lot more than poker chips along the legendary Strip. Why are so many families planting roots in southwest Vegas? The reasons are countless. However, it’s a safe bet that…

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