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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 marketing@kgthomes.com 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, www.crabbehomes.com, 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.