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Extend your living space with an Outdoor Fireplace!

Categories: Design Tips, Design Trends, Landscaping Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: January 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Extend your living space with an Outdoor Fireplace!

Enjoy your outside living areas year round with a cozy and beautiful outdoor fireplace!  This fabulous trend can be found in some of our new floor plans, including the Daffodil and the Snapdragon, but can be added to many of our other plans. Give us a call at 706-882-7773 for more information.

Read more about this lovely outside addition on Houzz:

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Craftman style doors : a small feature adding tons of impact!

Categories: Design Tips, Design Trends, LaGrange GA, New Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: March 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Craftman style doors : a small feature adding tons of impact!

We have a special place in our hearts for the tiny details at DanRic Homes. That’s why we’re happy to be incorporating craftsman-style doors on many of our new homes currently under construction! This lovely housing trend delivers a modern twist on a charming feature previously only found on older homes.

Below is a photo of a craftsman style door that can be found on one of the new homes in our popular LaGrange, Georgia community of Creekside. Isn’t the little ledge under the three windows just the cutest? So warm and inviting!

Be sure to look out for more of these beauties in our brand new homes, now under construction!

Wedgwood Blue is making a color comeback!

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, LaGrange GA, New Homes, Opelika AL | Posted: March 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Wedgwood Blue is making a color comeback!

This is a witty and fun article detailing the modern rebirth of this classic color in home decor.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1757958/_trid=a2RjYWluO3N0ZXBoYW5pZUBkYW5yaWMuY29t/list/Wedgwood-Blue-Returns

DanRic Homes has been paying attention to this trend, and we have a few Wedgwood blue homes and rooms in our repertoire.

For example, this new home located at 102 Legacy Court in LaGrange, Georgia (Cameron Pointe) is painted a lovely shade of Wedgwood blue.


Also, this dining room inside our model home at Autumn Ridge in Auburn, Alabama is painted a fresh shade of Wedgwood blue.

What do you think of this color comeback?

Tips to Begin the Search for Your New Home

Categories: DanRic News, Design Tips, DIY Tips & Tricks, Home Buying FAQ, New Homes | Posted: February 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Tips to Begin the Search for Your New Home

If you’re here, you are already ahead of the game in beginning your search for new homes for sale in LaGrange, GA! Beginning your search online with DanRic Homes will help you discover what you’re looking for, narrow down your choices, schedule tours and be standing at the threshold of your dream home in no time. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Know what you need. Make a list of the features you want in your new home. This may include everything from number of bedrooms and bathrooms to hardwood floors and granite countertops. Just be sure to separate your needs from your wants. This will help you be realistic and remain open-minded when comparing your choices and touring homes for sale in LaGrange, GA.

Consider your investment. Take a moment before you dive-in to get your finances in order. Meet with a mortgage professional to review what you are comfortable with investing and get pre-qualified. They can recommend loan programs you may not be aware of or even offer suggestions to help improve your credit score while you’re searching for your new home.

Use search tools. DanRic Homes can send you information about homes that suit your specific needs when you complete their online request. There are also multiple mobile applications you can use while you’re on the go to find available homes or directions. While touring homes for sale in LaGrange, GA you can even locate restaurants, shopping centers, schools, and entertainment near you with apps like AroundMe!

Here’s one final tip as you begin your search; studies actually show that your memory improves after consuming carbs versus slowing down when consuming sugar. So enjoy some pasta and avoid dessert before heading out to tour homes and you’ll be sure to remember the beautiful features and amenities of each home you see!

DanRic Homes is excited you’re beginning your search here. You can easily search our website to view neighborhoods, maps, photos, and floor plans then bookmark your favorites. We’re positive you will find what you’re looking for among our choices of affordable, craftsman-style, traditional-style and woman-centric homes!

Easy Holiday Party Tips and Ideas

Categories: Auburn AL, DanRic News, Design Tips, Holidays, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: December 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Easy Holiday Party Tips and Ideas

What a better way to show off your new home in Auburn, AL than by hosting a holiday party? Don’t worry, no need to spend the rest of your furniture budget on caviar and champagne. Your friends will come because they want to see your new place and they’ll be impressed because of the thought you put into your gathering, not the money.

Here are a few ideas to jazz up the ordinary and help make an impression without spending a fortune:

Fill glass votives with a dollop of dip and place in a couple of carrot sticks, cucumber or zucchini slices on the rim (like lemon) and you’ve got cocktail veggies! If you don’t have enough glass votives, consider juice glasses or even the clear plastic ones.

Use martini glasses for green salads, fruit, soup or even loaded mashed potatoes. It’s simple to carry around, easily holds your spoon or fork and just feels elegant!

If you’re providing drinks, look for a festive cocktail or punch recipe to feature rather than endless options. It will stretch your beverage budget but still offer the spirit you’re looking for to celebrate in your new home in Auburn, AL.

Buying paper and plastic often add to the cost of your party, all the while cheapening the atmosphere. Don’t worry about matching dinnerware; pull out everything you have and mix and match. You can even ask a close friend to bring extra plates or glasses if you’re a few short. This works especially great if you’re keeping with passed hors d’oeuvres or a buffet style.

Maybe you’re still looking for a festive holiday theme or creative way to celebrate with friends in your new home in Auburn, AL? Choose from these theme ideas and your friends will be talking about your get-together well into the New Year:

Pinterest Party – Every guest brings the materials or ingredients for an idea they’ve found on Pinterest and you spend the evening creating them together. From cocktails to crafts & desserts, if you have an assortment there’s no way this party won’t be great.

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree Party – everyone comes dressed as a rock star and karaoke can only make this party better!

Tacky Christmas Sweater Party – wear the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find complete with accessories, elf shoes and definitely a group photo.

Just remember, your friends will enjoy spending time together to celebrate the season. Whether you go all out or stick with wine and cheese, opening your new home in Auburn, AL to host friends and family will be a memory you’ll have forever!

Holiday Travel Tips

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Holidays, LaGrange GA, Special Occasions | Posted: November 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Holiday Travel Tips

Ease the stress of holiday travel this year by making a list and checking it twice! While you’re at it why not make a list of all the things you’re looking for in homes for sale in LaGrange, GA. DanRic Homes will make checking off that list easy with their attractive, affordable homes built with the latest amenities and modern features. Here are tips to ease your Holiday Travel and for that other list, come take a tour!

Be Flexible It is a luxury to have flexibility this time of year but traveling one or two days off from your plan may save you a bundle and reduce the crowd you’ll be fighting for elbow space. If you can travel during “dead weeks” in between the holidays when prices are significantly lower, you can save time as well as money by savoring a turkey dinner and opening gifts all at once!

Consider Smaller Airports The payoff is likely to be much greater than the extra distance the airport may be from your final destination. Smaller airports generally see fewer delays and fewer people which means less competition when it comes to parking, rental vehicles, nearby hotels and traffic getting in and out.

Book Early Flights, accommodations, and rental cars will sell out quickly in the holiday season. Reserve yours well in advance for the best selection!

Ship Gifts Allow plenty of time for arrival since the holidays can be hectic for delivery services too. If you do not send your gifts ahead, pack collapsible bags to wrap in once you arrive. Nicely packaged gifts will not travel well by air and the bright colors & bows seen through the windows of your car could be bait for holiday mischief.

The Extras Be sure you’re traveling with a car charger for your phone, snacks and extra batteries for the portable DVD player or game system. Don’t forget to take your photos of the homes for sale in LaGrange, GA you’ve been touring. Your family and friends will love being a part of your search for a new home!

Think Ahead Be prepared for inclement weather if you’re traveling by car. Take your car in for a tune-up, store jumper cables and blankets in your trunk and don’t remove the spare tire to make room for luggage. If you’re traveling by air, check the TSA luggage restrictions, check-in online or early, allow for extra time in traveling to and from the airport as well as making it through security check points.

Secure Your Home There are ready-to-move-in homes for sale in LaGrange, GA but let’s not leave yours looking vacant! Leave your home with that lived-in look by leaving on a light or two and having a neighbor collect your mail. You may not want to broadcast on your answering machine or facebook wall that you’ll be out of town for a few days.

Pass the Potatoes Whether you’re going home for the holidays or taking a merry vacation, be sure to include this in your list and enjoy spending time with those you love!

Fun Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

Categories: Design Tips, Design Trends, LaGrange GA, Opelika AL, Special Occasions | Posted: November 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Fun Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

Thanksgiving is here! What a better time of year to gather friends and family around the table and celebrate with a feast. Settle your family into one of the new homes in LaGrange, GA in time for the Holidays and use these fun decorating ideas to impress your guest at dinner.

 

On the Table

For a rustic look, cluster berry branches and wooden twigs in a serving pitcher. Surround the pitcher with crabapples and tea lights for a warm, inviting center piece.

Spice up your place settings by using twine or ribbon to tie a sprig of sage, rosemary, or thyme around your napkin. Attach a simple hand-written note such as grateful, thankful, or family.

Gather your mismatched votive holders and glass jars then wrap with standing cinnamon sticks, leaves, or colored tissue paper and tie with twine or raffia. Insert a candle and enjoy the warm glow when clustered together.

Invite guest to snack on your center piece when you roll out a simple burlap runner covered with sliced bread loaves, bowls of mixed nuts, mounds of grapes, stalks of asparagus, fresh snap peas, and organic carrots with the leafy top attached.

Fill assorted glass vases with fresh cranberries or kumquats on the branch then add water. Clustered with votive candles, this will add a touch of natural elegance to any setting.

Take advantage of the seasonal gourds and transform them into something to talk about. Choose one of DanRic Homesnew homes in LaGrange, GA to call your own, then try these easy decorating tips to bring the harvest home!

Gourds Galore

Stack gourds in glass vases of varying heights and sizes and add to your mantle or book shelf. Add a length of silk pumpkin vine for an extra touch!

Pull out the cake plates, serving platters, bowls and pedestals and pile high the pumpkins, gourds and squash. The deep hues and bright colors will bring life to any table.

Cut the tops of miniature pumpkins and hollow out just enough to hold a tea light candle. Line them up on a tray surrounded by nuts or dry lentils or set them atop candlesticks for a harvest display.

White pumpkins can double as vases, just hollow them out and hide your glass vase inside filled with cattails and fall blossoms such as mums or sunflowers.

Create an elegant thanksgiving display by spray painting assorted gourds with a shimmering gold or silver. Place them a on a cake plate or inside a wooden bowl for a striking centerpiece.

If you haven’t had a chance to tour new homes in LaGrange, GA, we invite you to visit DanRic Homes. View the new homes we have available now in LaGrange, GA and call us toll free, 1-800-741-2512, to schedule a showing!

Chic Dining Room Designs and Styles

Categories: Auburn AL, DanRic News, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Opelika AL | Posted: November 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Chic Dining Room Designs and Styles

Forget the days of your dining room being a space holder in your house. If you only use this space for occasional dinner guests or wrapping Christmas gifts, it’s time for transformation! Better yet, pack away that old dining room all together and unwrap your new style in one of Danric Homeshouses for sale in LaGrange, GA.

To create a chic dining room in your home consider updates and customization in four main categories; Walls, Lighting, Seating, and Décor. Here are a few tips on getting started:

Walls: You don’t have to paint your entire room, add a custom stencil in the middle of one wall, your ceiling or inside a frame. Use leftover paint from another room to add a horizontal stripe or an accent wall. If you are moving in one of our new houses for sale in LaGrange, GA, choose your paint colors in our Design Studio. Believe it or not, wallpaper is trendy again! Find wallpaper that reflects your personal style with damask print or unique graphics.

Lighting: This can be a one-step way to dramatically change the style in your room. Placing an eye-catching chandelier, adding modern, industrial style fixtures or simply attaching ribbon to an existing drum shade can transform your dining room from stagnant to stylish overnight! Consider this while touring houses for sale in LaGrange, GA. Newer homes may have the updated look you’re after without any additional work needed!

Seating: Here’s your chance to recreate the ambiance of your favorite café or classy bistro…and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Bring in that color or print you’ve been admiring with fabric by adding slip covers, accent pillows, or recovering seat cushions. Your chairs do not even need to match; paint mix and match seating with the same color, add a bench, or wingback chair. Eclectic, cozy seating can create a room you can’t wait to dine in!

Décor: The trend now ranges from larger-than-life to sleek and trim. That being said, you’ve got room to play! Try oversized prints, frames, and mirrors with sleeker center pieces like tea lights, votives, or miniature glass vases with single-stem flowers.  This is also a great opportunity to display things you love like your dishes, a treasured collection or original artwork. Display them in odd numbers like 3, 5, or 7. Turn empty shelves, bare buffets or vast wall space into the center of attention.

Maybe you are looking at houses for sale in LaGrange, GA or perhaps you are just staring into your own abandoned dining room. Either way, the tips above will help you create the perfect, chic room you’ll return to time and again. Come visit our homes and see what new design features Danric Homes has to offer.

Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Opelika AL | Posted: October 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Most people find the chore of keeping their houses for sale in LaGrange, GA clean a time consuming task but luckily for us, we live in an age where technology can help do a good portion of the cleaning for you. Here are some new inventions that can save you hours a week cleaning so you don’t have to:

Nearly a decade ago, iRobot released a glorious invention: the Roomba. These 8 pound robots vacuum your home during the day, avoiding furniture and obstacles around houses for sale in LaGrange, GA. It takes itself to a docking station to charge, so the only thing you have to do is empty the dust tray. The Mint is another floor cleaning robot designed for cleaning hard floors, so you can put them both to work on your floor.

Cleaning the shower has always been one of the most unpleasant chores to keep up with regularly. Scrubbing tile on hands and knees to keep the mildew away can now be avoided entirely with an Mr. Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner that sprays down your entire shower while you’re away, preventing mildew and soap scum buildup.

As everyone knows, cats are much more self-reliant pets than dogs. They need much less attention and they don’t need walks, but they do come with a very big responsibility: litter boxes. Luckily for us, Littermaid makes an automatic litter box that cleans the cat box every time your kitty uses it using special motion detectors. It helps reduce smell in your houses for sale in LaGrange, GA and it makes changing the litter regularly infinitely easier. Welcome to the age of technology.

Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Montgomery AL | Posted: October 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

As we all know, washing machines are notorious for eating spare socks and gloves. Where did the matching one go? Do they go to an alternate lonely universe of lint? Who can really say. However, having a sock that doesn’t have a brother anymore can make your mornings a mess. Go through your clothes and remove all of your worn or mismatched clothes. If you prefer, you can even cut them up and turn them into rags to use for housecleaning later.

If your laundry room has the space, adding cabinets or countertops can help optimize your space. Having your home builder in Opelika, AL install shelving can maximize your wall space for functional use. Even if your wall studs can’t support wood shelving, installing wire wall racks to store your detergents, dryer sheets, or fabric softener can help save precious space and keep things organized. You can even keep all of your cleaning supplies, like dusters, spray bottles, and in the same place.

White and color hampers can help you and your family separate colors during the week so laundry can be done whenever you accumulate a full load in either basket to keep your chores running as efficiently as possible. Using a hanger on your laundry room door can help you separate delicates or dry cleaning clothes from your usual laundry so it’s harder for you and other family members to accidentally ruin or shrink clothes. If your home builder in Opelika, AL is clever, they might already have some amenities like counter space for laundry folding, or shelving already in place.

Pets and children are seemingly magnetic to messes, especially after playing outside. Placing a pegboard can help you keep jackets off the floor and keep leashes in one place, and at the end of the day, you can throw them in the wash when they get too filthy. Have your home builder in Opelika, AL install a cubby or basket for shoes or rain boots, which can also help keep things organized daily.