10 Ways to Enjoy your Outside Space
by Cara, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wherever you live, whether you have a house in Austin, TX, live in sunny Florida, or are buying property for sale in Irvine, CA, now is a great time to have some backyard fun. All it takes is some unplugged diversion for both kids and adults.

For the Kids

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  1. Make a skateboard swing – Forget about installing a swing set. Try this homemade swing that uses a skateboard and some ropes.
  2. Build a fort – Use this downloadable template to build a backyard fort complete with built-in seats and a peephole to scope out visitors.
  3. Create a giant lawn Twister game – Keep the kids happy while the grownups fire up the grill with a super-sized Twister game board spray-painted on the lawn.
  4. Give them a backyard chalkboard – Put a big chalkboard out back and let the kids have at it. Use a real chalkboard or you can make one yourself.
  5. Make a fairy garden together – Build a fanciful fairy garden and watch your child’s imagination come alive.

Grownup Fun

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  1. Have an outdoor movie party – Invite friends over for a night at the movies in your backyard. Create an outdoor living room with seating, add some comfy blankets and serve popcorn.
  2. Build a beer and wine cooler table – Make it from scratch or modify an existing picnic table to include a center tray for ice and beverage bottles of your choice.
  3. Chill in a backyard hammock – Relaxing in a hammock never goes out of style. Try one of these one- and two-person hammocks
  4. Play lawn games – There are several lawn game possibilities, from Ladder Golf to Spikeball to traditional Badminton. All are perfect for a party.
  5. Have a classic barbecue – There’s a reason the traditional barbecue never gets old. Here’s how to put together the ultimate ‘cue

Fall Day Trips
by Cara, Thursday, September 25, 2014

When trees display glorious fall autumn colors, you can count on an event or festival to help you celebrate the changing season. If you live in our Castle Pines Village in Denver, you’re treated to shimmering Aspen trees, while residents of Taylor Morrison Bee Cave real estate puts you close to fun events to mark the changing colors in Austin.

What’s happening this fall in your part of the country? Here are some great events and festivals to try out.



Enjoy workshops, exhibits at Acrosanti  and take in this homage to urban development focused on innovative design, community, and environmental responsibility.

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Bay Area

Spend the day in Half Moon Bay, sipping at one of the area’s wineries, get some fresh produce at a farmer’s market or rent bikes and pedal around.


Go back in time in Sutter Creek, with its Gold Rush-era main street and myriad of shops, eateries, and wine tasting.

Southern California

Located about a hundred miles east of L.A., Big Bear Lake awaits with plenty to do: swim, fish, dine, hike, bike or simply enjoy the gorgeous lake views.

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Experience your bliss at Glennwood Springs, named the Most Fun Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has been relaxing visitors since 1888.

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Fort Myers/Naples

Soak in the sun at unique Captiva Island on the Gulf of Mexico. This subtropical barrier island features white sand beaches and a wildlife sanctuary.


Check out Daytona Beach’s Feeling the Fall Festival Love newsletter and find out about all the great seasonal events, including the Daytona Blues Festival, Biketoberfest motorcycle festival and rally, and festivals celebrating art, wine, beer and food.


Pack up the kids and drive over to Gatorland. Adventures and attractions with alligators and crocodiles are guaranteed to entertain both kids and grownups.

Sarasota and Tampa

Tour the Edison and Ford Winter Estates that made their owners a couple of the earliest snowbirds. These stately winter homes impart an authentic taste of historical Florida.

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Down some brews and enjoy fun activities in Fredricksburg at the Oktoberfest. This annual festival, set for October 3-5, celebrates the region’s German heritage.


Blast off to the Houston Space Center for a spacy day. Kids find out what it’s like to travel in a space shuttle or on the space station, complete with the logistics of living in the weightlessness of space. There are many other attractions experience, including Lunch with an Astronaut.

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Bonus Room Ideas
by Cara, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The day you’ve looked forward to with both dread and giddy anticipation has come. The last of your kids has flown the coop. Go ahead, shed a few tears of sadness—or relief—then get to the fun part. What are you going to do with that newly empty bedroom?


Another scenario: your house in Campbell, CA or new home in Orlando, FL came with an extra room. Even before you moved in, your head was dancing with ideas to make the most of the bonus room. All you know is that you want something more than a typical guest room or storage space.

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Here are some great options:

  • Create the craft or hobby room you always wanted
  • Replace the door with a hinged bookcase for a secret personal retreat
  • Add a pool table and wet bar for entertaining friends
  • Line the walls with bookcases to create a library or office
  • Turn the room into a media retreat, complete with oversized flat-screen

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Once you’ve made your choice, upgrade, add and change out to give the room a different look and feel. You can add a ceiling fan, pull up the carpet and lay a wood floor, paint the walls, and dress the windows to your liking. In the end, all your planning and hard work will pay off.

Want a chance to drive a brand new Tesla?
by Cara, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In honor of Drive Electric Week, Taylor Morrison Austin is hosting its own electric car event at The Enclave at Rough Hollow on Saturday, Sept. 20, where one lucky person will win the opportunity to experience an evening out on the town in a brand new Tesla Model S.  

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Austin residents are invited to join the conversation and further explore how electric cars are changing personal transportation in terms of cost, environmental safety, technology development, American job creation and more.

Tesla electric vehicles will be onsite, giving guests an up-close look at the electric cars, plus real-life information on what it’s like to make the switch from gas to electric. Free food and refreshments will be served as well during the event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m.

The difference between gas and electric cars

Some car lovers may be reluctant to give up their gas-fueled cars at first because they’re not sure if they’ll like the way a hybrid or electric car runs.

Many are surprised, however, at the contrast between the smooth, quiet ride and the high torque of these electric vehicles, which makes for an exhilarating ride that also saves stops at the gas station. To quell any concerns about electric cars in adverse weather conditions, the high torque also allows them to handle well in snow, according to electric car experts.

Not surprisingly, the cars are also cheaper to “refuel”. In fact, the cost of fueling with gas is five times more expensive than fueling with electricity, expert say. To put things in perspective, the national average for gasoline is $3.90 a gallon. If a typical sedan averages 22 miles per gallon, the total gas expense would equal $5,318 after just 30,000 miles.

On the other hand, exchanging gas for electricity (which has a national average of $0.12 per kilowatt hour) tallies total fuel costs after 30,000 miles at $1,048, according to Tesla’s fuel savings calculator.


The future of electric

The future of electric vehicles is looking bright with more than 200,000 sold to date. That number is expected to continue to increase as more models and electricity options become available.

Greater demand for clean energy solutions like wind and solar power benefit the electric car industry even more as cleaner energy sources mean even cleaner transportation, which can significantly help reduce the country’s dependency on oil and therefore the amount of toxic emissions polluting the air everyday.

With this increase in demand, advanced technology vehicles and components are being built in at least 20 states. A report by the Sierra Club estimates that half a million jobs will be created and 3.5 million barrels of oil per day will be saved by 2030.

This year’s Drive Electric Week will be the fourth series of annual events since the event began in 2011. Each event is led by local electric, hybrid and plug-in advocates who wish to share the advantages of electric vehicles with their communities.

Drive Electric Week consists of simultaneous events held around the country from Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21 celebrating the widespread availability of all different variations of electric and hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more.

Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association serve as team support to Drive Electric Week events taking place in communities nationwide.

Unique Gardening Ideas
by Cara, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Good news for wannabes: You really don’t have to have a green thumb to garden, and you don’t necessarily need an outdoor spot to make it happen. Whether you’re a Mr. Green Jeans or not, try some of these unique ideas to get your garden growing, indoors and out.

Create moss graffiti – This is a whimsical way to dress up your garden, or any wall for that matter. You’ll need buttermilk or yogurt, sugar, water or beer and maybe corn syrup.

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Plant wheat grass in eggshells – Take half a broken eggshell, add soil and wheat grass sprouting seeds, water the soil and you’re done. It’s that easy.

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Grow celery plants from grocery store celery  - This little growing trick is simple. Once your new stalks sprout, they’re ready to plant in soil.

Plant a hanging garden made from a shower caddie – Perfect for making a succulent garden for your patio.

Put coffee grounds to workAdd coffee grounds, a great source for nitrogen, to the soil to create compost. Apparently, coffee grounds also repel slugs and snails.

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Add baking soda to soil for sweeter tomatoesEnsure your garden tomatoes are sweeter by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around the plants, never on the plants. 

Keeping Your House Cool
by Cara, Thursday, September 04, 2014

Chances are good you’ll experience an Indian summer this fall. Just when you’re used to the cold or frosty weather, it’s suddenly warm, hazy and still. Like during the heat of summer, you’ll have to change gears and keep your house cool instead of warm.

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Tips for Keeping Your House Cool

  1. If you own a home in one of our Phoenix neighborhoods or any region that heats up, it’s a good idea to plant shade trees around the house.  
  2. Do you own a new home in Houston or other area known for its humidity? Be sure your air conditioner can deal with it; variable or multi-speed blowers are helpful.
  3. Seal air conditioner ducts, insulate any ducts that run through an unheated basement or attic, and close ducts in unused rooms.
  4. Install white shades or blinds, which can cut solar heat gain by as much as 50 percent.
  5. Set the thermostat to 77 F. Use ceiling fans and you can probably keep it as high as 82 F.
  6. If you can, buy a high-efficiency air conditioner. The energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating should be higher than 10 for room air conditioners. Central A/Cs should have a seasonal energy efficiency ration (SEER) rating above 12.

Labor Day Events
by Cara, Friday, August 29, 2014

On one hand, Labor Day signifies the end of summer; kids may sulk about it, while parents are usually ready for school to start. But, Labor Day is also about acknowledging American workers. We’ve put together an overview of some events for kids and grownups near Taylor Morrison communities across the country.

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Explore the desert at night – The kids will love the flashlight tours offered at the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, August 30.

Catch a wave – Go flowboarding or bodyboarding at FlowRider, a simulated surfing attraction where you can experience the sport in a controlled environment.

Take a music cruise – Join Lake Pleasant Cruises for a musical cruise on August 30th . You’ll get to see the sights while enjoying the music.

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Bay Area

Drink some vino – More of an adults-only event, the 33rd Annual Harvest Celebration on Sunday, August 31 offers tasting and more at 40 wineries throughout Livermore Valley Wine Country. This is especially convenient to the communities of Brighton and Lucca, which is located in Dublin.


Enjoy some old-time fun – The Labor Day Weekend Americana in Old Sacramento has a full lineup of activities, from live music, beer garden, classic car display and more.

Take in a summer’s night concert – Tap your toes and eat some delicious grub at a Hot Summer Nights Concert on August 29th at Elk Grove’s Laguna Town Hall.

Southern California

Make it a day in America’s Finest City – There is plenty to do over Labor Day Weekend in San Diego, including the SoCAL Music Festival and Flagship Cruises Labor Day BBQ Bash.

Go to the fair – The L.A. County Fair opens on Labor Day Weekend with non-stop fun, food and musical performances.

Appreciate the arts – Go to Laguna and catch the 2014 Stardust Art Festival before it ends after August 31 and the amazing Pageant of the Masters, which closes for the year after August 30.



Savor a tasty occasion – If you have a house in Denver you can’t miss out A Taste of Colorado, where you’ll eat well and enjoy some exciting events, kicked off with a concert followed by the spectacular fireworks and light show.

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Fort Myers/Naples

Enjoy all that jazz – Take in a Jazzmasters Free Concert in Naples, held every Saturday through October 25.

Soak in some Florida sunshine – Whether you want to laze about and catch some rays or are ready for some coastal craziness, Fort Myers’ Best Beaches have what you’re looking for.


Your choice – Jacksonville is brimming with Labor Day Weekend celebrations, from tribute concerts to movie classics to a Harriet the Spy film for kids.


Pick a theme – Whether you live here, are staying at a vacation house in Orlando, choose from a menu of theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orland Resort, Seaworld Orlando and Legoland Florida.

Float down a river – Explore the area’s most beautiful waterways on a kayak tour by Central Florida Nature Adventures, which offers kayaking for folks of every experience level.


Make a deal – If you enjoy a good bargain and fresh foods, check out the Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market in Venice, which is near our Verona Reserve community.

Get back to nature – The Branch Tropical Garden is having a Labor Day Garden Tour and Plant Sale where you can explore world-class plant collections, get some landscaping advice, and buy plants to take home.


Take a hike – From hiking and walking trails and a boardwalk to canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, and picnicking, Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park offers a variety of great ways to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. 

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Treat the kids to a Dallas day – Get your tickets now for the family-friendly LEGO KidsFest, coming to the Dallas Convention Center August 29-31.

Go fish – Fish, camp, hike, mountain bike, road bike, picnic, and observe wildlife at McKinney Falls State Park. While you’re there, take advantage of a free checkout of Junior Ranger Explorer Packs for the kids.


Make it a family day – Celebrate Labor Day with the family at Waterway Square in The Woodlands on Friday, August 30th.  There’ll be fireworks, live music, strolling entertainers, a balloon artist and face painter and more.

Skip the ticket lines – Fill the weekend with fun using a CityPass, good for nine whole days. You’ll get admission tickets to some tourist attraction favorites and save.

It’s also a great time of year to go home shopping!  We’d love to see you at any one of our model homes this weekend!  Come on by!

The homes for sale in Sweetwater have a rare secret. From the outside, the homes in the popular Travis Lake area appear to be impressive single stories; inside they have more to them than you might expect. Sweetwater homes feature big, functional walkout basements that add a beautiful dimension to family living—and a resale value-add for homeowners.

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You don’t see very many homes in Austin with walkout basements, so these soon to be complete homes stand out as spacious and unique. Floor plans range from 3,801 to 4,277 square feet of well-appointed living space. Each holds 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a 3-car garage. All are on green belt home sites that afford stunning views of the naturally beautiful Texas Hill Country. 

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On the main level you’ll find a sumptuous master suite with a bay window in the bedroom, a huge dual-vanity bath with deep garden tub and separate shower, and an oversized walk-in closet. A complete guest suite is situated on the other side of this floor. The open designer kitchen with island features expanses of granite counter space, a sizeable pantry, and GE stainless steel appliances to accommodate even the most exacting family chef. A study, breakfast area, formal dining room and covered balcony complete the level.

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Don’t expect these Sweetwater basements to be dark and uninviting, because they are anything but. Three additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms share the impressive space with a laundry room, media room, and a light-filled game room. Two of the available homes also feature a basement-level kitchenette. A lovely covered patio and, for your convenience, the back yard is accessed from the game room area. 

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There’s a lot to love about these Sweetwater homes, including the distinctive walkout basement design. They’re perfect for discerning homebuyers in search of an exceptional home in an awe-inspiring setting. Sweet!

Summer Incentives
by Cara, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summertime, and the living is easy – especially right now, when there are summer specials being offered at several Taylor Morrison communities. Hurry before the sun sets on these outstanding homebuyer deals. If you’re interested in any of these communities, contact the local Internet Home Consultant for more information.

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Close escrow on one of our move-in ready homes in our Phoenix communities before December 31, 2014 and your new home comes with:  

  • Front Load Washer and Dryer
  • Side-by-Side Refrigerator
  • 2” Faux Wood Blinds

For more information: Contact the Phoenix division by phone at 480-346-1738 or by email.


Our twelve Austin communities feature The Amazing Rate, a limited time low interest rate offer.  The low rate won’t last, so start your search today.

Fore more information: Contact your Internet Home Consultant Heather Fox at 512-845-7350 or by completing this form.

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For a limited time, several of our Orland communities are offering our Luxury Dream Home Package. Homes in each community come with a variety of upgrades and finishes.

Woodland Park in Orlando

This Orlando community is offering a package at no extra cost that includes:

  • Granite counters in the kitchen and master bath
  • 42” kitchen cabinets
  • 18” x 18” tile in all wet areas

Coventry at Heathrow

The Luxury Dream Home Package at Coventry at Heathrow features:

  • Gourmet kitchen vented to outside and with stainless steel appliances
  • 42” kitchen cabinets with crown moulding
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • 18” x 18” tile in all wet areas
  • Tray ceilings in owner’s suite and dining room
  • Solid surface counters in secondary baths
  • Upgraded wall tile in all baths and window sills throughout

Braemar in Gotha

Braemar is offering a package of upgrades any buyer would love:

  • 36” built-in stainless steel refrigerator
  • Gourmet stainless steel gas appliances
  • R-38 ceiling insulation
  • Iron stair railing on first floor
  • Upgraded trim package

For more information: Contact your Internet Home Consultant Amy Steiger for additional details about any of these communities, at 877-249-6168 or by using this form.

West Florida

Communities in these West Florida areas have an enticing loan program, so you get a beautiful new home with sensible financing you can live with for a long time.

Fort Myers & Naples

For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.


For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.


For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.

Sell Your Old Home Quickly with a Color Upgrade
by Cara, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You’ve found your dream home among Taylor Morrison’s houses for sale in Bee Cave in the Austin, TX area. Or maybe you are in the process of buying a house in Jacksonville at one of our popular West Florida communities. Now it’s time to sell your old house. What can you do to hurry things along, without spending on expensive remodeling? Simple: Spiff up the house with new paint inside and out.

Enhance Curb Appeal – Paint the exterior, choosing colors that fit the home’s style and neighborhood. Go two-tone, painting the trim to complement the main color.

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Choose Neutrals – Neutral colors make people feel at home and relaxed and, in the right hue, can dress up a room’s appeal. Think shades of beige, gray, muted green, understated blue, pale butter yellow, and off white, for instance.

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Remove the Wallpaper Boarders – Wallpaper borders can limit a room’s potential and dates the look. Besides, homebuyers don’t want to take it down themselves.

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Use the Right Kind of Paint – Generally, use flat paint on ceilings; satin in the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms and hallways; eggshell in bedrooms, the dining room and the living room; and semi-gloss for trim, molding, kitchen cabinets, doors and woodwork.