New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy Household

Our houses are where everything begins and ends, the place we return to and feel safe. But more often than not, we overlook our homes when it’s time to set New Year’s resolutions. Use this Homeowner New Year’s Resolution Checklist to get your 2021 headed in the right direction!

Deep Clean
This is a must-do for everyone at the start of a new year. It seems we get so caught up in the day-to-day hustle that we clean what’s visible and walk away. We’re suggesting you go through everything – the attic, the cabinets, drawers. Dig it all up and clean out the clutter! A clean home is a happy home, and you’ll start your new year fresh!

One of the biggest inconveniences we’ve found is not knowing where things are around the house. One of the most practical and helpful items on our checklist is to organize your home this year. Make sure you know where your belongings are in the home and organize them in an easy-to-access way. The easier it is, the more convenient your day-to-day will be.

No one enjoys dealing with problems around the home – they’re tedious and seem to creep up at the worst possible moments. Our suggestion is to go around your home and make a list of all the appliances that may need updating or the different areas of the house you’d like to improve by end-of-year. Create a system where you can check all the items on your list with realistic time frames.

Plan for the future! If you plan on staying in your home for the foreseeable future, see what items you’d like to add now to make life more comfortable. If you plan on leaving, see what you can add to raise the resale value of your home. Planning makes goals much more successful! We also have a great network of local Realtors in the Clarksville, Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky areas. We would love to connect you!

Help your House Guests Feel Right at Home

You’re probably going to end up playing host at least once in your new home. Traveling can be stressful and staying in an unfamiliar place can be challenging. By making your guest room even more inviting, you can ensure a positive, happy trip. Here are some tips and must-haves for helping your guests feel at home in your guest room.

Closet Space with Extra Hangers

While most rooms include a closet, these spaces often get filled up with extra clothes, holiday decorations, or just junk that has nowhere else to go. Even guest room closets aren’t immune to this. Your guest room closet doesn’t have to stay empty all the time, but you better make room when people come over. Not only that but make sure you keep extra hangers in plain view. There’s nothing worse than ending up with wrinkled clothes because you’ve just got one hanger to use. 

Extra Blankets and Pillows

Everybody sleeps differently, and everyone is equally picky about how they sleep. Some folks run hot while others shiver under the thickest comforter. Don’t leave your guests’ comfort up to chance. Keep plenty of extra blankets and pillows in your guest room to meet their needs. 

Big, Fluffy Towels

Your guests are likely on vacation, so why not help them pamper themselves? Set aside fluffy, cozy towels for your guests. Here’s a hot tip: have you ever heard of bath sheets? If not, you’re really missing out. Unlike bath towels, which are fine for toweling off but often too small for adults, bath sheets are large enough to cover you completely. It’s a little comfort, but it can make all the difference. 

Basic Toiletries 

Everybody forgets a toothbrush, razor, toothpaste, or comb at least once while traveling. Save your guests from a trip to the store by keeping an extra set of toiletries in your guest room. After every visit, make sure you restock this set. This simple act can make you a hero to someone who realizes they forgot toothpaste at midnight. 

Some items to include: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo & conditioner, soap, lotion, disposable razor, and a hairdryer in plain view. 

Switch Up Your Style 

Since your guest room won’t necessarily be used year-round, you can take some design liberties with it. You don’t need to match this room’s décor with the rest of the house. Add personal touches, like fun throw pillows or a big, comfortable armchair. Choose a unique rug or hang eclectic art on the walls. Just be sure not to get too crazy with it and disarm your guests! 

When guests are coming, there’s a lot to get ready. You’re doing laundry, washing sheets, cleaning the house, all that. It can be easy to overlook little things like clean towels or closet space. But with these little touches, you’ll make all the difference to your guests. 

New Home? How To Make Your New Basement Great.

If you’ve just moved into a new home, you’ll know the thrill that we love seeing our clients enjoy – dreaming big dreams about everything their new house could be. Whether you’ve just bought the home you want to raise your family in, or you’re looking for a house where you can really make the most of a well-earned retirement, it’s a thrill to be planning a new life in a new space.

Of course, from top to bottom your new home will present you with opportunities to be creative. Maybe you finally want to set up a home office with a standing desk, or find a way to make your kids’ rooms into exciting multi-level play rooms – or maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a dedicated movie room in your home. But for many people, a new home means they’ve bought a vast blank canvas which they can do anything with – the basement. Here are a few ideas for how to make the most of your basement by turning it into a great recreation room.

Make the basement into a place you want to spend time

The first step for making a great basement rec room is to make sure it’s a place you want to spend time. Before you start thinking about cool things you want to build, think about décor and design – make sure that your basement doesn’t feel cavernous, but instead feels warm and welcoming.

Consider adding a drinks fridge, or even a bar, where you can entertain friends; and if your basement doesn’t have a lot of natural light, that’s no problem; think about lighting options which make the room easy to see. Uplighters can give you a laid-back feel – or if you have a lot of space, you can design the basement with different zones – a TV area away from the bar, or a workout area curtained off from the couch area – and light them differently.

Think about entertainment options for the basement

Using the space in your new basement for entertainment is a great choice. You can set up a TV and surround-sound system for the perfect movie room, or focus on videogames. The great thing about a basement is that it allows you to control the amount of light in the room, making it an option for you to go beyond a TV screen and set up a projector instead. Projectors often don’t work well in upstairs spaces with a lot of light incursion from bay windows and curtains – but a basement gives you all the control you need.

Consider something different

If screen-based entertainment isn’t what you’re looking for, or if you have a lot of space and want to do something really unusual, you can look at options including a traditional Swedish sauna – great for relaxing after a workout or at the end of a hard day’s work – or even building your own bowling alley!

The options are limited by your imagination, and a basement is a perfect blank canvas. If you’d like to talk about your options for purchasing a new home with a basement just ready for you to work with, we’d love to talk to you. Get in touch and we can help you think through how you can get the home you want.

3 Great Tips for Moving Day

Moving In: What To Buy First For Your New Home

If you’re moving in to a new home, you can be sure that it’s been designed with care. But on the day you move in, there are just a few conveniences that you want to make sure you have right on hand. We’ve helped hundreds of people to find their perfect home, and we’ve learned a lot about how people can get the perfect start on the first day in their new home. So after you’ve moved in, here are the things you’ll want to make sure you have.

Make Sure Your New Home Has The Essentials

Some things just need to be in place, and if you don’t think of them first, you’ll only think of them when you need them. This is especially true for things you don’t want to need, but will be very grateful for when you have them – including vital safety equipment.

Your home is designed with the highest safety standards throughout – but keeping yourself safe and comfortable means you need the essentials. On that list has to be a basic first aid kit, for any bumps and scrapes while you’re setting up your new home, fire safety equipment for kitchen areas, and a plunger, to make sure your bathroom is ready for all eventualities.

Feel At Home Right Away With Simple Decorations

If you’re moving in to a Crabbe Homes built home which has benefited from professional design, you will see that there’s a lot of value to living in a place which has been fitted out with care. But even the best interior design is incomplete without the final creative voice: yours. When you move in to a new home, one of the most powerful things you can do to help yourself feel at home is put up family photos, favorite artworks, and ornaments which have come with you through life – but on the first day, something simpler can do a lot of good for you. 

Before you move, simply identify one photo or ornament for each room your family will be sleeping in, and one for the main living space, and put it up before you head to bed on the first night. Waking up to a home which is already filled with the things that tell you it’s home will help you to get off to a great start. 

Choose a restaurant for your first dinner delivery before you move

Moving in is hungry work, even with movers – and you’ll want food soon after you finish on your first day. So don’t leave the dinner decision until you’re tired and hungry. Instead, call ahead to your favorite restaurant the day before you move. Order your favorite meal, and give yourselves a first dinner together in your new home which feels just right. Or, if you’ve been getting excited about your move by looking at local places that you want to try for the first time, it can be a great way to make your first day end on a high note by planning in advance what you’ll eat to find your new favorite place in your new home.

Moving can be stressful – but we’re experts in helping people get to where they want to be. If you’d like to talk about how we can help, get in touch!

Create the Perfect Nursery in your Home

We love to see families thrive in new homes! One of the most enjoyable and exciting parts of the whole process could be preparing a room for your baby to sleep in. 

Many of our clients find that they can really make something special by working with an interior designer, who can help them to think through what they want their baby’s room to look and feel like, and to make it a perfect – and practical – space for their growing family. Here are a few tips for working with an interior designer to create the best nursery for your family.

Use mood boards

Deciding on the look you want is a vital first step. Are you looking for bright colors, or more natural shades? Do you want a lot of natural light, or a cosier feel? A good interior designer can help you to think through your options here, but by coming in with some ideas for what you like, you can help give a jump-start to the whole process. 

You can use Pinterest, magazines, imager searches and Instagram to see styles or ideas for decoration which you love, and collect them together in a mood board or a folder of pictures that covers the different things you’ve seen which you like. Remember that your interior designer is going to create something perfect and bespoke for you. Instead of choosing a list of must-haves, put together a selection of examples of styles and ideas you like, to give them space to be inspired and come up with something that’s uniquely right for your family.

Think about practicalities

As well as thinking about the perfect look for the room, you can think through the different things you’re going to need to do – and do quickly – in any childcare environment. Looking after a baby is a lot of work, and having the things you need close at hand, and the right furniture, will help you a lot. Think about changing tables, and storage for clothes. Think about where to include a garbage bin, and where you want to store clothes. Laying out the space carefully so that it’s a good mix of practicality (for you) and fun (for baby) will make sure that your beautiful space is a space that lasts all the way through early childhood.

Think about the long term

You may decide that your home is one you want to stay in through your children’s later childhood as well – and if so, you might want to design a nursery which can easily be changed to be less baby-oriented and more appropriate for older children, without too much complicated repainting or new furniture. If so, you might want to consider using a base of neutral colors, and using pictures or frames to bring in different bright colors and styles for different stages of life. You might also find it valuable to buy a crib which can easily be converted from a bed for very young babies, to a deeper one for older babies who can already stand, and again to a bed without high sides which is appropriate for children.

Having children is such a joyous time, and we love to help families get set up in their perfect home before baby arrives, so that they are right where they want to be while they focus on bringing up baby.

Wants, Needs and Dreams – How To Work With Your Realtor To Get The Perfect Home For You

Moving home is one of the biggest decisions you can make – and your most valuable resource while you move is a good realtor. As experienced real estate agents we’ve learned a lot about how to help people find their perfect new home, and we love to share the steps that help our clients move quickly and get straight into their new dream home. Here are the things you might find it helpful to think about as you talk with your realtor about what you want your new home to be.

Think about what you’d like to change

The best first step is to think about what you want to change in your current home. Maybe the light isn’t right in the living space, or maybe you’d like more room in your kitchen – maybe you’ve always dreamed of a dedicated games room, or you’re having a baby and you want to set up the perfect nursery. Whatever you think you’d like to move up a notch about your current home – even if you love it – making a list will help your realtor to pick homes which are going to meet your needs.

This can also be a helpful way of saying goodbye to your old home as you prepare to move: as well as celebrating the things you’ve loved, and the good times you’ve had, thinking about what you want to change can help you to get excited about the good times that are ahead of you as well.

Think about what you’d like to keep

In the same way, saying goodbye to an old home starts with the decision to move – and many of our clients have found it helpful to think about what they love about their current home. As well as making it easier to move with gratitude, not just regret, it also helps them to tell us what they want to keep in their new home from their old home. So if yard space is a big plus for you, or you love the fact that your living room faces east for the morning sun, let us know – we can plan viewings based on what you’re hoping for.

Look at what’s available

If you’re moving because you need to be close to a certain school, or a new office, or within travelling distance of relatives, you’ll also need to look at what kind of communities are available in your price and location range. This is where your realtor can give you great advice – but if there are particular places or neighborhoods you’re really looking for, make sure to say so, and that will become part of how we find the house that’s right for you.

Write down the dream

Finding a great house is often about compromise – something which doesn’t look like you’d expected, but which is perfect in a whole different way, or a house which really hits some of your key ‘wants’ better than you could have hoped for, but maybe doesn’t have a few others. But if you’re working towards a dream, write down the dream! Start from what you need, and what you want, and then write down the things you’d be delighted to have. You never know what a great realtor can find for you, and telling them the dream is the best way to help them help you to find it.

Curbside Guide: Clarksville TN edition

Everyone’s google search history is full of “TP near me” – – “face masks near me” – – “dinner delivery near me” and so on.

Not sure who’s open during the COVID19 quarantine? Save a copy of our Curbside Guide & share it with your friends! We’ve included local restaurants offering curbside pickup and/or delivery all over town. You’ll find something to suit just about everyone’s taste buds. Join us in committing to share support during this time. Now more than ever, it’s important to support local businesses offering services in ways that prioritize our community’s safety through social distancing.

*As things continue to rapidly change, please know that this list was accurate when created on 4/7/20. We are so sorry if we missed you, please drop your business in the comments!

Warranty Claim?

We pride ourselves on the homes we build and the services offered by our team members. We understand that warranty claims will arise from time to time.

During this trying time of the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing has changed in regards to the standards we uphold and the peace of mind we provide our homeowners. No change is coming to your warranty coverage. However, the health and well being of our clients, subcontractors, and staff is a top priority. In order to comply with the CDC guidelines of social distancing, we will TEMPORARILY not be able to attend appointments inside your homes. We hope these practices will better protect you and our team from the spreading of the Covid-19 virus. Please know that any issue that does arise, will be taken care of once we are able to operate under normal practices. Home emergencies will be the only exception to this practice.

More information on this temporary practice was emailed to our clients currently under warranty. If you did not receive it, need another copy, or have questions on what constitutes an emergency – please reach out to us.

We will get through this together and as always, we are here for you if you need us.

Tuesday Tour: Lot 272 Timber Springs

We know lots of clients are using digital means in their home search right now. Send us an email to if there is one you have your eye on!
We will be happy to set up a personal, real time tour just for you! 

Today’s tour:
Lot 272 Timber Springs at 2373 Colston Drive
Clarksville, Tennessee

5 Bed • 3.5 Bath • 2 Garage • 2,480 ft2

Floor Plan: Sydney
Community: Timber Springs

Work from Home Tips: From a “Veteran”

Many of us are now faced with taking our daily jobs home with us. And that is not all – – We are full time employees, home school teachers, cafeteria managers & resource officers.

We see lots of excellent, basic work from home tips being shared. Here are a few tried and true REAL world insights from some of our staff who work remotely 365 days a year!

PANTS. Put on clean pants each morning. Go for some that are a step above your pajama pants but not full fledge pants-pants. Staying in your pajamas day in and day out will send you headed down a rabbit hole that leads to asking what day it is. Getting out of your pajamas first thing will 100% boost your productivity. Don’t ask us why, just trust we have tested it.

DRY SHAMPOO. Enjoying the quarantine life a little too much and letting your appearance fall to the back burner? It happens to best of us. A can of this miracle concoction will have you ready for that video conference that starts in 15 minutes – – that you forgot about. Men too, dry shampoo is not gender specific folks.

FURRY FRIENDS. Expecting your instacart grocery order later in the day? Nope, it’s an hour early. Husband ordered a carry out half gallon of margaritas and taco box for lunch? Ding-dong it’s here. . All of of these will make your dog go b-a-n-a-n-a-s and it will 100% happen during your company wide call. We don’t make the rules, it is just science. {See tips below about quiet zones and mute buttons.}

TEST THE MUTE. Get familiar with this button on your phone and zoom app. Spouse insisting on running the blender during your dial in meeting? Kids climbing on the couch like a jungle gym? Test it. On-Off. On-Off. Ok, now it’s safe to yell.

KNOW THE QUIET ZONES. Rookies hide on the phone in the bathroom. Veterans know the real quiet space is the bedroom closet. Why? Bathroom conference calls will 100% of the time result in an echo. Or a child banging on the door saying “Mom, are you pooping?” during the call. Again, just trust us on this one.

SNACKS. Do not, we repeat, do not take the whole bag to your desk (or make shift couch cubicle). Plate it. Toss it in a bowl. One minute you are having a quick snack, three emails later you’ve eaten an entire bag of potato chips. We must ration the quarantine snacks!

Remember, just about everyone currently has the same circus show going in the background of their calls. Put on clean pants and “show up” every day… and most importantly, just do your best!

Crabbe Homes: Still Ready to Build your Dreams!

Amid the Covid-19 concerns, we are still serving our clients and building your dream homes! 

To do so, we have decided to operate our main office in Clarksville, TN by appointment only.

Reach us for new sales inquiries via email: 

View our current homes for sale inventory via our website:

All other team members can be reached via their inbox and will continue working all build projects.

 Thanks for your understanding as we do our part to keep our in house staff & community healthy. Our field projects should not be affected at this time.

Move in Ready Monday: Utah

If you are in the market for a home that is turn key ready, we might have the perfect fit for you!  Here is a breakdown on one of our move-in ready homes in the Weatherstone Community of Bowling Green, KY.

Act fast though, we have sold 2 homes in this community today alone!

Lot 86 Weatherstone: 7184 Weatherstone Blvd

A beautiful and functional home, this Utah plan features an open layout. A modern kitchen with a custom lighting and appliance package opens to a great room that is perfect for entertaining or spending time with the family.

The Master Bedroom features a soothing, soft neutral palette and boasts walk in closet and ensuite with tile shower and double vanity.

Each bedroom throughout the home continues the neutral palette and spacial storage options. This home features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms across 1,639 Sq Ft of living space.

Speaking of storage, the attached 2 car garage provides ample space for storage options. Residents can also enjoy time well spent outdoors on the covered patio with outdoor fan.

Making it Easier to Cook at Home

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated! We all know that preparing meals at home is the healthier, more financially responsible {boo! hiss!} way to feed our families. We also know that is easier said than done for busy working professionals and parents who’s schedule is packed full of extracurricular activities. So, we are offering a few tips to help to set you up with a “resolution ready” kitchen to make it a touch easier.

1. Get your kitchen in order. Donate unwanted food to a local food bank. Audit your cutlery drawer and toss what is not needed. Clean the oven. Discard old sponges and towels. Sharpen your knives.

2. Take a peek at a few recipes. Not Martha Stewart or anything too involved. Read through a couple executable recipes to add to your arsenal. Compile a ‘to-cook’ list of recipe ideas. Having a few go to meal ideas helps to get food on the family table faster.

3. Agree to try something new. A big reason lots of folks eat out, is they tend to be more picky. Make an effort to try something new. Visit a local or ethnic food market. Vow to be more adventurous with the food choices you prepare for yourself. Attempt a new cooking technique. Think outside the comfort zone.

The perfect ENTRYWAY to a new decade

2020 is all but here. Gift yourself the perfect entryway in to the new year – the new decade – with a few tips from us.

Simply pause and look at these 3 questions to ask yourself:

What did I do, create or experience this year that I am proud of? It is easy to feel like large accomplishments went unchecked off. Stop for a few minutes and reflect on what you did achieve. It might surprise you to see the compiled list.

What mistakes did I make that taught me lessons? No one is perfect. The best part of that is what my southern mother always preached to us; “if it’s not a blessin’ – its a lesson.” Look back on your mistakes and the lessons it taught you. Use those lessons in the new year.

What am I willing to let go of? This could be guilt, hurt, un-started projects hanging around, the junk drawer in your kitchen or goals that no longer align with your vision. A new year is synonymous with a clean start. Declutter your mind, spirit and physical surrounding so you can focus on what is really important.

The Importance of HOME for the holidays

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is is easy to lose track of what’s truly important this time of year: togetherness. We spend so much time on the perfect gift or the perfect meal. In reality, our beings need the people more than the material possessions of the season.

This holiday season, make a point to spend TIME with your loved ones. You won’t regret it. People who prioritize quality time with their family experience these benefits:

  • Family members feel treasured. Making the time to be with family helps them feel loved and valuable. They’ll realize that your company is the best gift of the year. Similarly, you’ll strengthen your own sense of self-worth as you realize how important you are to your family.
  • Model family values. All year you make an effort to instill values into your children’s lives. During the holidays, you have a special opportunity to model those concepts. To a person who is struggling, a simple uplifting deed can go a long way. As a family, prepare a meal for someone in need or make handmade artwork to cheer a lonely neighbor. If you’re stumped on ideas, ask your local church how your family can volunteer to make a difference.
  • Laughter is the best medicine. After dinner, clear the table to set up a family board game. Whether it be a classic round of charades or a homemade family favorite, set aside time to relax and be silly together. Get everyone involved and inspire some healthy competition by looking for a game that requires teamwork.

Claim your piece of the PIE!

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! Save yourself some baking and take advantage of our Piece of the Pie Appreciation event.

We joined our friends from The Kristin Gwaltney Team-Keller Williams for their 2nd Annual Holiday Pie Giveaway! We will be handing out FREE pies as a way to say THANK YOU to our clients, colleagues & community.

Be sure to RSVP for your pie by emailing then simply stop by our office on Tuesday November 26 to claim your sweet treat!

Freezing temps have arrived!

We just begged for Fall to arrive… and now just look at us! Frost has come to most of the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky area leaving us bundled up and dealing with our first sub freezing temperatures of the season!

If you don’t drain and switch off your sprinkler system, hoses, and outdoor faucets before freezing temperatures strike, you could cause permanent damage to them. Drain hoses and store them in the shed, garage, or basement until spring, and consider covering outdoor taps with foam pipe insulators or foam faucet covers for added protection.

We sent a reminder to the inboxes of our clients this week encouraging everyone to unhook those hoses to prevent freezing of water in the pipes inside the house resulting in bursting of those pipes. It’s a simple step to take to prevent a big headache later. While our warranty is something we are very proud of here at Crabbe Homes, this is something that isn’t traditionally covered by a builder’s warranty.

What Buyers Want

There’s no question that our business is all about creating raving fans and beautiful living spaces. So we want to know your thoughts on a recent survey conducted by the National Homebuilder’s Association. The annual NAHB consumer survey says home buyers are most interested in…. laundry rooms.

The 2019 survey reveals that the feature home buyers want most is in fact a laundry room. Almost all prospective home buyers—91%— said a laundry room is essential or desirable. 

Curious about the other features ranked in the top 5?

  • Energy Star–rated windows (89%)
  • Outdoor Patio space (87%)
  • Energy Star–rated appliances (86%)
  • Ceiling fans (85%)

Now, here at Crabbe Homes we know that a place to wash your clothes is essential unless you want to be the smelly kid. But how much emphasis do you as buyers put on this particular room? What key features are you looking for in the laundry room of your next home? Place your order and we will deliver!

Effortless Modern Farmhouse Design

Chip and Joanna have made modern farmhouse style among the most coveted looks for homes across the nation. Rest easy, you do not have to cover your home with floor to ceiling shiplap to create the look – you can achieve it with a few key design choices.

NEUTRAL: A neutral palette is a must. Hues such as whites, grays, creams and light beiges should be the base color scheme.

ACCENT: Black might seem like a sharp contrast to the neutral palette, but this is the modern twist everyone falls in love with. Black accents such as industrial hardware and light fixtures will shift the vibe from classic to modern.

WOOD: Adding this traditional element to modern-day homes is important to add interest and character to the space – Think wood beams to the ceiling, fireplace mantel, and floors or even create custom doors.

A Great Week is Ahead, Kick it off Right!

Another week is beginning with another opportunity to knock it out of the park! This week, take a few time outs for yourself to reduce stress and improve your well being. Here are a few tips to incorporate into your week to help usher in the next relaxing weekend.

  • Walk outside and gaze at the clouds. Let your mind playfully wander. 10 minutes is all it takes sometimes to calm your mind.
  • Inhale a scent you love. Linger on the fragrant aroma. Take a moments for deep breaths and enjoy a scent that brings you happy thoughts.
  • Do a mini declutter. We aren’t suggesting a full Marie Kondo work up. Organize a desk drawer that has gotten cluttered or reorganize your bathroom vanity for a less hectic morning.
  • Take a different route. Leave five minutes early for the office or kids’ practice and take the long way around. Get out of your rut and see new things.
  • Unplug and unwind. Make an effort to turn off your cell phone for an hour when you can and really connect with yourself and the ones you love.
  • Treat yourself. Our absolute favorite suggestion. TREAT YO SELF! Give yourself a little something special. Maybe its a sweet treat, a new book or a glass of wine. Whatever the treat, you’re worth it.

Cheers to another great week, friends! If any of us at Crabbe Homes can help make your week any better – we are only a phone call away. (931) 233-0565

Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster of Homebuilding

While building a new house is an exciting endeavor, it is easy for anyone to become overwhelmed. You will face countless decisions – all of which will feel monumental at the time – and possibly work with an assortment of schedule changes, all having faith that the end product will live up to your dreams.

Here at Crabbe Homes we try our best to help you navigate the highs and lows you experience in the home building process. Our homeowner portal within Buildertrend is designed to keep clients informed with schedule updates, job logs and progress photos. We feel an informed client knows exactly what is coming and will be less susceptible to emotional highs and lows. It’s important to know that the roller coaster is real – and very normal during this process. Pull your lap bar down snug, we promise the ride will be worth it!

If you’ve built a home, doe this diagram depict your experiences?

Happy Seeding Season!

Did you know?  Fall is the best time to overseed a lawn or repair thin or bare areas. The cool nights and mild, shorter days provide the ideal conditions for seed germination. Seed is better able to retain moisture in these conditions, and seedlings will thrive without the extreme heat that occurs in the summer months. 

Start the overseeding process by thoroughly aerating the lawn. Apply the new seed with a fertilizer spreader, following the product’s recommended coverage rate. It’s ideal when the seeds fall into the aeration holes because there they won’t dry out as quickly and will germinate faster. You can even go over the lawn with the back side of a rake to usher more seeds into the holes. 

Follow the seeding with an application of your favorite fall fertilizer, applying it the same day as the seed, then water the lawn. Water once or twice every day until the new grass has begun to grow. 

Fall is also the perfect time to add a little Lime. Just like your body needs to have ph balance so does the soil. Lime is applied to balance the ph in your soil. This makes the soil take in nutritional additives like calcium, nitrogen, and potash.

Happy seeding!

Move in Ready Monday

If you are in the market for a home that is turn key ready, we might have the perfect fit for you!  Here is a brief breakdown of our 5 move-in ready homes in the Farmington Community.

The Dresden – Lot 429

The Dresden is a master down floor plan with 3 additional bedrooms and bonus upstairs. It features an modern open kitchen with on trend cabinets and abundant storage. The spacious living area features a fireplace, cathedral ceiling and characteristic hallway overlook from the upstairs.

The Beaufort – Lot 430

The Beaufort is one of our more classic layouts offering 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The intimate dining room boasts a coffered ceiling. The Kitchen features white cabinets, a large island with additional cabinets and pullout drawers plus a breakfast nook.

The Alessandria – Lot 431

The Alessandria is a traditional two story layout with the master bedroom on the main level. This home offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms to suit a growing family. Dark cabinet aficionados will love the custom espresso cabinets featured in the kitchen. A brick wrapped fireplace with mantle adds an ambience to the main living area of the home.  

The McKee – Lot 432

The McKee is a main floor master bedroom layout with a bonus room upstairs plus a covered deck for outdoor enjoyment. The main level of this home features a very open concept with a neutral color palette. Crisp white cabinets and sleek black counters create a beautiful contrast.

The Brenton – Lot 662

The Brenton is one of our newest floorplans. The Great Room features a striking coffered ceiling and fireplace. This plan forgoes the traditional formal dining room and instead offers an open concept kitchen and dining area that flows directly into the Great Room.

If you would like to schedule a tour of any of these homes, you can contact our Consultant, Tanya, at (931) 233-0565.  You can also stop by any of our homes any day of the week with your Realtor!

What We Wish you Knew about Selections

So its almost time to pick your home selections! This is hands down one of the most exciting {& prettiest & priciest!} times during the build process!

Have you ever wondered what candid tidbits we wish we could share with you? During a recent chat with our project manager she listed off a few random tips we would love for you to know before your upcoming selections meeting.

Know what you like. Go with that you are naturally drawn to. Most people lay out their first choice and love it, then spend time worrying about all the other possible choices or scenarios, and then go back to their first choice. Save yourself time and “what if” by going with what you know to be your style.

Everyone has one area that is a “must have”. For some people it is their front door. For others it may be a specific quartz they want. Others it may be an upgraded hardwood. It’s ok to have a must have area. Everyone does, and that’s what makes your home unique to you. 

Bring in those pictures of the color scheme you like. Pictures help us visualize your personal style preferences. For the record, our advice? Neutrals are always easy to work with and decorative items are easy to change out as trends change.

Some upgrades can come later. For example, if you don’t have the budget to upgrade with kitchen pull outs in the cabinets, you can buy them from Lowe’s or Amazon and DIY it later. Love the lighting package but hate one particular light? Switch it later. This way you can use your upgrade budget on your “must have” items and save the not as important upgrades for when the funds are more readily available.

We’ve got you covered!

At Crabbe Homes we take pride in what we do, making every effort to ensure the highest level of quality in every home we build. However, we are realistic enough to recognize that you may find some imperfections as you settle in. Our team is prepared to correct all warrantable defects so that your new home experience is a positive one. Over the last decade, we have taken a lot of time to perfect our warranty process to ensure you and your family are taken care of in a timely manner.

The following is valuable information for our homeowners living in one of our homes should a hiccup arise. We hope this information is also valuable to those still in their home search, as it shows how committed we are to provide you and your family a home that is not only beautiful, but also of high quality. 

On our website,, we feature a Homeowner’s portal. Use your specific log in to access our 24/7 online warranty claim center. Simply fill out as much information as possible regarding the issue you are experiencing. Then, simply sit back and relax. We promise to take care of you! Our warranty coordinator or technician will be touch with you personally. You may be tempted to call the office – while we love chatting with our wonderful clients, logging your clam into the online portal is truly the fastest way to get your issue resolved, as it sets warranty process in motion and will alert the appropriate representatives to resolve your claim. Depending on the nature of the problem, our trusted warranty technician may be able to rectify many issues that arise. If not, we will schedule the correct vendor and subcontractor to meet your schedule and resolve the hiccup.

Why Crabbe Homes?

What sets us apart from other builders out there?  This is a common question that our Sales Team often gets asked. We are not the only homebuilder in the area. We know that our friends, colleagues and competition have admirable qualities. So why Crabbe Homes? What do we feel we have to offer to those looking to build their next home?  

 Our reputation. Crabbe Homes has been building homes since 2005 with over 750 homes built over those years!  We are also one of the largest locally owned private home building companies in our area.  This community has been our home for quite some time, and we are here to stay. 

 Our ability to customize.  We are one of the very few home builders in our price range who has the ability and are willing to customize our homes.  We have a portfolio of standard floor plans ready to build as is, we have an extensive list of selections to customize these plans, and we even have the ability and architectural staff to draw you a home from scratch. From 1,000 square foot starter homes to million dollar custom estates, every home is built with the same attention to detail.

Our Showroom.  We are fortunate enough to have our very own showroom, where you will get the opportunity to meet with our staff one on one to guide you and offer expert advice when selecting the finishes for your new home. No need for driving around town to multiple vendors, your choices can be laid out here all under one roof.

Our Warranty.  Relax, we have you covered! At closing you are given 24/7 access to our online warranty system. Simply log in any mishap that may arise and our team will be in contact within 24 hours.  

An Oldie, but Goodie – The Alessandria

The Alessandria is not our newest option – but it is a fan favorite. We have tweaked this plan here and there over the years but one constant remains – our homeowners love it.

We have a move in ready option for you to tour in Farmington subdivision off exit 8/Rossview Road in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Here is a quick break down of what you will find waiting inside:

– The trademark of the Alessandria – the “arched” bridge doorway leading from the foyer to the Great Room. One feature has stayed the same; the striking entryway staircase with bridge overlook and archway that leads to the living area of the home.

– The formal dining area of the home is just off the foyer. While its own separate room it is open to the Kitchen and entryway allowing for a spacious yet intimate dining space. This particular home also features a coffered ceiling and oversized chandelier.

– Another great feature of the Alessandria is the openness of the main living areas of the home. The Great Room, Kitchen and Eat in Nook all flow together creating a desirable open layout to enjoy when entertaining and simply for everyday living.

– The Alessandria is a “Master on the Main” floorplan. The Master suite includes a lavish bathroom and walk in closet. Along with the Master suite, there is also another bedroom on the main level – perfectly located to serve as a guest bedroom.

– Upstairs you will find the other 2 Bedrooms, a full bathroom plus Bonus Room. The Bonus Room features double doors and a large closet which means it could easily serve as another bedroom for large families.

– The icing on this classic cake is the covered porch for easy outdoor living. Like what you see? You’re just a few clicks away from all the details and even more pictures. LOVE what you see? Be sure to stop in or give us a call to view this one for yourself!

Tips & Tricks for your Homebuilding Journey

Creating a home is more than building 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. The best way to achieve the finished home of your dreams is to plan, plan, and plan some more then sprinkle in a little patience.

Custom design choices and materials for our clients in Savannah Glen.

Here are a few more tried and true steps to consider when approaching a new home build.

1. Set goals. Creating a new home for yourself is all about setting goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. How do you know your goals? Ask yourself a few questions.

• What do you want to achieve? 
• Where do you want to be?
• What will this cost?
• Can it really be achieved? 
• Does plan A make sense? 
• What’s plan B?

2. Establish a budget. When making your budget, of course you’ll begin with what you can afford, and how the cost of your house fits in with your overall plans for the future. When you’re ready to get down to details, include everything that will go into the project.

3. Find some land Where do you want to be? How do you want to live? What are you looking for?

4. Assemble a team. A builder is going to be your most important team members. These people will act as a guide, therapist, advocate, and counselor throughout the journey that creating your home is.

5. Plan Know the importance of planning the project in detail before starting to build. Moving walls on paper is a whole lot cheaper than moving walls after they’re built. So plan. Draw it out. Then sit with it a bit to be sure you’ve made the plan that meets your needs.

6. Sprinkle yourself with patience. Simply said, stuff happens. That’s a given. How you and your team react to these hiccups will be important. Our advice is to stay calm, keep your sense of humor and work with your team to address the issue. This is where having the right team in place can pay dividends.