Expect these energy-efficient home features for your Hutto home

Leaves form the shape of a home with energy-efficient home features and symbols in the background.

Saving energy means saving money every month, but it also means much more. By incorporating energy-efficient home features, we release less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, helping to combat climate change.

In addition, an energy-efficient home is more comfortable, healthier, and easier to heat and cool. You can expect to find all these cutting-edge energy-efficient home features in your new Hutto home:

  • Efficient heating and cooling: The 14 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) HVAC system in your home is 40% more efficient than the systems in many of the resale homes on the market.
  • Climate control: With a Wi-Fi-enabled digital programmable thermostat, you have complete control to customize the climate in your house. To maximize energy efficiency, you can use your programmable thermostat to pre-set a heating and cooling schedule that uses your HVAC system only when you need it.
  • Advanced insulation: We use blown cellulose insulation in the attic and walls, which is far superior to the more common fiberglass batt insulation. Blown cellulose insulation fills every crevice, creating a better seal to keep conditioned air inside.
  • High-end windows: Your home includes heat-repelling vinyl Low-E double-pane windows with glass that essentially acts like a pair of sunglasses for your house, blocking heat gain from the sun. Moreover, we use vinyl frames rather than metal, which improve efficiency by slowing the transfer of heat and cold into your home.
  • Durable doors: Our doors are made from fiberglass, which is quieter and more energy-efficient than wood. Wood doors can develop fissures over time, and have tiny cracks that allow heat to infiltrate the home.

White kitchen of Hutto, Texas, home with energy-efficient home features.

  • Clean appliances: The clean-burning natural gas appliances in your new home (including a Bryant natural gas 80% efficiency heater) are much more energy-efficient than their electric equivalents. This not only saves you money, but allows hot water to replenish more quickly for added convenience.
  • Attic efficiency: A radiant barrier reflects heat at the roof level, which keeps the attic much cooler during the day and reduces heat buildup. That means your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard in the evenings.
  • Return air vents: We’ve built return air vents in all the bedrooms and living spaces so your HVAC system runs quieter and provides comfort throughout your home without using more energy.
  • A tight seal: The edges of each window and door in your home are carefully sealed with Polycell Sealant to keep conditioned air inside and prevent you from losing efficiency to drafts. We’ve also taken great care to completely seal the duct work associated with your HVAC system, so you won’t ever have to waste conditioned air.
  • Insulated garage doors: We didn’t forget about the garage! Insulated steel-panel garage doors not only reduce noise pollution, but also help keep your garage from becoming hotter and transferring that heat into your home.

Around every corner, you’ll find energy-efficient home features that help the environment, make your home more comfortable and save you money. Contact us today to learn more about new homes with these features in Hutto, Texas.

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6 best moving tips for a sane summer transition

Moving can be a stressful undertaking in the best of circumstances, but summer brings an extra set of challenges. With hot weather and more people moving than at any other time of year, summer movers need any advantage they can get to make sure their relocation goes off without a hitch. Check out some of the best moving tips to keep you sane during your summer move.

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  1. Decide if you need help

Deciding if you need assistance with your move depends on everything from your budget and how far you’re moving to the size of your family and how much stuff you own. But getting some help will make moving in summer much easier, whether it’s from a professional moving company or that cousin of yours who happens to own a big truck.

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  1. Plan in advance

Summer is the busiest time of year for moving companies, mainly because families prefer to move between school years. That means if you decide to work with a professional moving company, you should make contact well in advance. Booking movers six weeks in advance is good, and two months is even better.

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  1. Choose the least busy days

Even in a season that’s pretty busy overall, some days are better than others. Memorial Day and the last week of July are often the most hectic times of the year for movers, so do yourself a favor and avoid them. In general, the least busy times to move in summer are weekdays in the middle of the month.

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  1. Have a yard sale

Summer isn’t just moving season, it’s also yard sale season. If you have a lot of stuff you don’t want to take with you to your new home, this is a perfect opportunity to hold the yard sale of the century! If you don’t want it, sell it. If it doesn’t sell, donate it. The lighter your load, the easier your move will be.

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  1. Beat the heat

Because you’re planning your move well in advance, there’s no real way to plan for the weather. Ultimately, you might end up moving on a 90-degree day, and there’s not much you can do about it except deal with it as it comes. Be sure to stay hydrated and provide cold drinks to anyone who might be helping you move. Pay extra attention to ensuring your kids and pets get plenty of water, as they may be more susceptible to the heat. If you start to feel the heat catching up with you, take a break and cool off, and encourage others to do the same.

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  1. Pack smart

When you’re packing, keep in mind that certain items can be damaged by heat and should never be packed in the back of a sweltering moving truck. These include CDs, DVDs, your precious collection of vinyl records, soaps and candles.

Moving can be stressful, but if you take advantage of some of the best moving tips out there, you should have a more enjoyable experience. If you’re just starting the home buying process, contact Clark Wilson Builder today. Our team is committed to helping you find a dream house you can call home.

 

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Falling in love with The Mickelson floorplan

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Searching for your dream home is a tricky business, and it can be hard to know which features you’d like, which you can do without and which are absolutely essential. That’s why we’re proud to offer a variety of floorplans to suit every lifestyle.

Let’s take a look inside one of our most exciting and versatile floorplans—The Mickelson. This spacious floorplan is perfect for families, with a wide range of amenities that makes it a highlight of Hutto real estate.

Hutto real estate floorplan of The Mickelson.

The Mickelson at a glance

This floorplan features an open, spacious layout, with a kitchen, dining area and family room that are all connected and perfect for entertaining. Here’s the lowdown on The Mickelson:

  • 2,016 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 living room
  • 1 dining room
  • Study
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Covered patio

Dining room with set table next to the bar stools of the kitchen area.

Inside your new home

The Mickelson is full of surprises, with unique amenities around every corner. From its modern kitchen to its ample storage space, this floorplan offers endless possibilities.

  • Kitchen perfection: Kitchen highlights include granite counter tops, 42-inch upper cabinets and a stainless steel 5-burner range.
  • Energy-savers: You’ll save on energy costs with a 14-SEER heating and cooling system, along with cellulose insulation, radiant barrier roof decking and vinyl E-366 glass windows.
  • Excellent landscaping: The fully sodded yard includes a 6-foot privacy fence, termite protection and a landscaping package.
  • Sleek appliances: Modern, top-quality appliances come standard, including a stainless steel vented microwave and an Energy Star stainless steel dishwasher in the kitchen.
  • High-tech features: Your home is pre-wired for a security system and comes with the latest technology, such as an On-Q network wiring system.
  • Ample storage: You can really spread out with 2 spacious utility closets, plus a generous 2-car garage.
  • Luxurious bath areas: The master bath includes a garden bath tub and a separate shower with seat.
  • Built for comfort: Heating and cooling are easy with a 62 EF 50-gallon water heater, along with ceiling fans in the master bedroom and family room.
  • Contemporary design: Keep an eye out for little design details like rounded corners, satin nickel doorknobs and satin nickel lighting fixtures.

Neutral bedroom with drapes open to reveal light streaming in.

At Clark Wilson Builder, we make it our mission to ensure you find not just any home, but your dream home. Contact us today to learn more about Hutto real estate and get started on finding the floorplan that perfectly suits your lifestyle.

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What to expect when living in Hutto, Texas

One of the most vibrant communities in the Austin area, Hutto, Texas, is a small but quickly growing city that still maintains its cozy, small-town charm. It’s hard to imagine a better place to raise a family.

Hutto, Texas, was little more than a remote railroad depot when it was founded in 1876 along the newly laid tracks of the International-Great Northern Railroad. Times have definitely changed since then! Hutto has grown to become one of the most family-friendly cities in Central Texas, and there’s a lot you can expect to enjoy when you make your home in Hutto.

Downtown Hutto, Texas, buildings with cars outside

Classic Americana

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Commercial Historic District at the heart of downtown Hutto looks like a picture-book image of the Old West. The only difference is that instead of dusty saloons, modern shops and eateries line the streets, drawing a lively lunch crowd on any given day. What’s more, the nearby Old Town district features many buildings dating back to the 1800s.

The hippo mascot in front of Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas.

Great schools

Hutto is home to the acclaimed Hutto Independent School District, which has been recognized as one of the best in the region. This district maintained the highest attendance record in Central Texas last year, and 100% of its high school seniors applied to college.

View of endless tress and downtown Austin, Texas, from the Hill Country.

An easy commute

While Hutto, Texas, feels like a small town, it is just 30 minutes away from downtown Austin. Major corridors like U.S. Route 79, Texas State Highway 130 and Interstate 35 make it quick and easy to get back and forth.

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Wide-open spaces

Austin may be close by, but you’d never know it. The open landscape of the Texas Hill Country is in full view from Hutto. Just outside the city limits, you’ll find rolling hills, forests and farmlands as far as the eye can see.

 Shops and buildings in downtown Hutto, Texas, on an overcast day.

Excellent shopping and dining

Whether you want to hit the mall or browse the little shops in downtown Hutto, you’ll find plenty of shopping options. Hutto’s HEB Plus is one of the best grocery stores around, and you can get the freshest produce of the season at the Hutto Co-Op Farmers Market. When you’re in the mood to dine out, you have numerous options, from Tex-Mex and Thai to classic Austin-style barbecue.

 Bridge and stone pathway at Fritz Park in Hutto, Texas.

Recreation aplenty

Parks and trails all over town provide plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors, whether you’re looking for a place to walk your dog, go for a run or have a picnic in the shade. Be sure to check out the network of trails throughout Fritz Park and nearby Creekside Park. You can also experience numerous fun-filled festivals throughout the year, including the annual Crawfish Festival and Summer Concert Series.

At Clark Wilson Builder, we’re committed to helping you find your dream home in Hutto, Texas. Contact us today to learn more about life in our community.

 

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How to sell your home through spring cleaning

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’re probably looking for an advantage—some way to give your house an edge over all the others on the market. There are a lot of ways to do this, but one of the best is also the simplest: Give it a good cleaning. Clean homes sell faster, and as the New York Times emphasized, getting your home as clean as possible “is absolutely something of the greatest importance.”

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Why cleaning matters

What’s the first thing you see when you walk into a cluttered home? Chances are it’s the clutter. You’re not going to notice how nice the faucets are if the sink is full of dirty dishes, nor appreciate the spacious entryway if it’s filled with coats and muddy boots.

Even if a potential buyer knows your home will be cleaned before they move in, dirt and clutter are distractions that keep them from noticing positive attributes. If your living space is dirty, then dirt is all they will see.

Woman intensely cleaning inside of oven to prepare to sell home.

The most important areas

No part of your home should be overlooked when you’re getting ready to show it off, but certain areas are of the utmost importance. While some rooms can get by with a basic cleaning, these spaces need to be immaculate:

  • The exterior – A messy front yard, porch and walkway can be an immediate turn-off for some buyers. Make sure garden tools and children’s toys are put away, and sweep up all the dead leaves and debris. You might even power-wash the deck and give doors and shutters a fresh coat of paint.
  • The entryway – This is the first part of your home that potential buyers will see when they enter, so make it count. Put away shoes and coats. Replace the welcome mat. Sweep and mop the floor. Polish doorknobs and fixtures. Clean the windows. Hang up a wreath. Presentation makes a big difference!
  • The kitchen – The kitchen might be the single most important room in your house, and you can’t be too thorough when you clean it. Sinks, countertops, floors, walls, windows and appliances should all be cleaned thoroughly. In addition, load up all your dirty dishes and run the dishwasher to remove any unwanted food smells.
  • The bathroom – The last thing you want to see when you walk into someone’s home is a dirty bathroom. Make sure your tile and grout are spotless, and get rid of any traces of mold or mildew. Put out fresh towels and hang a new shower curtain. Organize all your bath products, and put as many out of sight as possible. This is a good opportunity to finally toss all those almost-empty shampoo and conditioner bottles!

Woman adjusting white sheets on bed as she makes the bed.

Cleaning tips

For the rest of your home, focus on areas that are highly visible and remember that small details can make a big difference. Here are a few ideas to make your home seem cleaner and more inviting:

  • Put away as many personal items as possible.
  • Wash every window and clean all curtains and blinds.
  • Straighten out bookshelves and get rid of old newspapers and magazines.
  • Make up the beds with clean sheets and blankets.
  • Clean dust from all horizontal surfaces, including shelves, baseboards, cabinets, window sills and picture frames.
  • Mop and vacuum throughout your home.

Spring cleaning is one of the best things you can do to help your home sell faster. Contact us today to learn more about how to sell your home and upgrade to your dream home in the greater Austin, Texas, area.

 

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Millennials buying homes: A trend that will benefit your choice to sell

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Keeping up with real estate trends can be a full-time job, but you don’t have to be an expert to recognize one major trend that’s changing things in a huge way: millennials buying homes. As young people reach home-buying age, they are rapidly becoming one of the most powerful forces in the real estate market.

So whether you’re planning on buying a home, selling a home or selling your old home to buy a new one, it’s important to understand this key demographic.

Couple holding keys and taking a selfie as an example of millennials buying homes.

Why millennials matter

In 2017, many homeowners are thinking about selling their starter homes and upgrading to something bigger, more modern or in a better neighborhood. If you fall into this category, it’s crucial to understand who will likely be buying your older home. Realtor.com predicts that more than half of all homes will be purchased by first-time buyers this year, and that a huge chunk of these buyers will be millennials.

Composed roughly of those born between 1980 and 2000, millennials are now the largest generation in the housing market. According to data from the National Association of Realtors, millennials made up 35 percent of homebuyers in 2016, and all signs point to that number climbing even higher in 2017.

Millennials planning to buy a home and reviewing their financials.

Selling to millennials

With millennials making up such a sizable part of the housing market, it’s important to understand what motivates them to buy and what they look for in a home. Millennials are often looking to move out of their parents’ homes, escape from renting, relocate for a job or start a family.

A few things to keep in mind as you get your home ready for sale:

  • Millennial buyers are more conservative with money than one might expect, and they want to make sure that buying a new home is a sound financial investment. Realtor.com reports that 37 percent of young buyers find coming up with a down payment to be their biggest home-buying obstacle, while 30 percent worry about finding a home within their budget.
  • Technology is one of your greatest allies when it comes to enticing young buyers. Creating a quality online listing for your home is crucial, and it’s a good idea to have your home photographed professionally. As many as 94 percent of millennials looking to buy a home will use the internet as a search tool, according to Bankrate.
  • Largely motivated by a desire for more living space, the newest generation of homebuyers heavily favors single-family and town homes over multi-family homes and condos. A spacious lawn and backyard is a huge plus.
  • Low maintenance is a big factor for many millennial buyers. Sure, some might have a romantic idea of buying a fixer-upper and making it their own, but most are looking for a home that is move-in-ready and won’t require too much maintenance down the line. Updated kitchens and bath areas are big, and many young buyers are also keenly aware of a home’s energy efficiency and technological capabilities.

At Clark Wilson Builder, we’re committed to helping you find your dream home in the Austin, Texas, area. Contact us today to learn more about how the trend of millennials buying homes can help you upgrade to a better home!

 

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Buying a home in 2017 and what to expect

As always, a new year means changes are likely coming to the housing market. This year, there’s an even bigger question mark—sweeping changes in the government, including the election of a new president—that could impact 2017 real estate in all kinds of different ways. So, if you’re thinking about buying a home in 2017, here’s what you need to know.

Exterior of The White House in Washington D.C.

The new president effect

There’s no way to predict with complete certainly what a new president’s effect on the real estate market will be. Housing wasn’t a major topic of discussion during the 2016 campaign, but a number of other policies could have a major impact on it. As with any large change in government, you can count on some economic turbulence ahead, but it’s not all bad news. Expect a stimulus to the economy, at least in the short term.

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Short-term benefits

As Forbes pointed out, a combination of tax cuts and increased government spending on infrastructure and national defense will no doubt give the economy a boost during the first half of 2017, which could be good news for home buyers. The other side of this coin is that increased GDP is likely to cause inflation, which could lead to mortgage interest rates climbing a bit as the year goes on. Bottom line: If you’re planning to buy a house this year, it’s better to do it sooner rather than later.

Young couple getting a loan in order to buy a home in 2017

Regulatory changes

The Obama administration enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, which was intended to protect mortgage borrowers from predatory lending practices. Changes to the this legislation will almost certainly occur in some form in 2017, which could make home loans more readily available to certain buyers, especially those seeking loans from smaller banks.

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Ongoing housing shortage

New construction of single-family homes increased by 9% in 2016. That’s a pretty low number, but it could get even smaller in 2017. As The Simple Dollar reported, approximately 1 in 4 construction workers are foreign-born. That means stricter immigration policies could cause a labor shortage that may drive new home construction down to 6%. Less new home construction means fewer new homes on the market, which could drive up the prices of existing homes as 2017 goes on.

A new year and a new President of the United States means a shakeup in the housing market is a near certainty. If you plan on buying a new home in 2017, the first half of the year is probably the best time to invest. For more information on real estate trends and finding your new home in Austin, Texas, contact Clark Wilson Builder today.

 

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Decorating a Christmas tree to match your home’s style

It’s that time of year again—time to dust off the Christmas lights, pull the ornaments out of storage and set up the tree. If you’re eager to try something different this season, consider decorating a Christmas tree in a way that shows off your unique style and personality. Whether your home has a rustic country look or a sleek, modern design, there’s a Christmas tree to match.

Decorating a Christmas tree in a living room with a classic, traditional style

Classic

Some things never go out of style, and if you want your Christmas tree to resemble the ones you enjoyed growing up, the classic look is the way to go. Decorate your tree using white or multi-colored lights, plus ornaments in the traditional colors of red, green, silver and gold. Candy canes are another great touch, along with a star on top. Include any ornaments that have been in your family for a long time to add some nostalgia.

 

A white Christmas tree with red ornaments and ribbon

Contemporary

A contemporary style can take many forms, and if the decor of your home is equally sleek, your modern tree will blend in beautifully. The key to a contemporary style lies in clean lines, open spaces and a restricted palette. Choose Christmas ornaments in only a few closely-coordinated shapes, sizes and colors. Shades of light blue and white work great for a contemporary look. It’s also possible to get an artificial Christmas tree in a color other than classic green—white trees in particular provide an enticing blank canvas.

 

 A green Christmas tree with only small, white ornamentsMinimalist

If your style is simple and un-fussy, decorating a Christmas tree in a minimalist way will show your holiday spirit while highlighting your no-frills design sense. There are a few actions you can take to accomplish this. Choose a miniature tree and decorate it with small ornaments in a few simple colors, or decorate a regular-sized tree using no ornaments at all—just a string of lights in a single color that matches your decor.

 

Decorating a Christmas tree with rustic ornaments and rustic presents

Rustic

A rustic Christmas tree design draws its inspiration from the world outside. Fortunately, in the wide-open spaces of the Hill Country, there’s a lot to be inspired by. Use decorations in a natural color scheme—lots of earth tones and weathered hues—and add a string of simple white or gold lights to make the tree glow. Look for tree ornaments made from natural materials like pine cones, straw, burlap and raffia. You can even make your own ornaments, which is a fun holiday project that the whole family can enjoy.

 

A contemporary Christmas tree to match the wreath above the couch

Tree decorating tips

Whatever your style may be, these simple tips will help you design your tree in a way that compliments the room and glows with Christmas spirit:

  • Choose the room. The room in which you choose to set up your tree is just as important as the decorations you select. Use a tree to liven up the living room, add cheer to the kitchen or welcome guests in your entryway. You don’t have to choose just one location, either!
  • Look to your surroundings. Use tree decorations that reflect the colors of your walls, furniture and decor for a cohesive design.
  • Trim the branches. This creates a spacious look and gives you more room for decorations.
  • Use a live tree. A live tree is a great addition to a rustic design scheme in particular—plus, you get the option to plant your tree outside and enjoy it for years!

When it comes to decorating a Christmas tree, your options are virtually endless. There’s unlimited potential to create a tree that matches the style of your home and the personality of its occupants. Have fun designing your tree this holiday season, and merry Christmas from your friends at Clark Wilson Builders!

 

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Thoughtful and thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape ideas

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings and enjoy dinner over a beautifully set table. Fortunately, it’s not difficult – or expensive – to create a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape that emphasizes the natural beauty and gratitude associated with the season.

Try the following Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to create a thoughtful and thrifty backdrop to your delicious dinner:

Candle inside pumpkin with ivy surrounding the glass

Pumpkin candleholder

Repurpose your Halloween pumpkin as a candleholder – or buy a new one. Put a glass candleholder inside the pumpkin and use ivy on the outside to add a simple yet pretty touch of greenery.

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Thankful tree

Arrange twigs from the backyard in a clear vase or jar and tie some fall-colored ribbon or yarn around the container’s neck. Attach notes on the branches listing some of the things you’re thankful for this year. Finally, leave blank paper and pens for your guests to add their own notes if they’d like.

Thanksgiving napkins on top of plates for a Thanksgiving tablescape

Decorated napkins

Use iron-on transfer sheets to infuse plain white paper napkins with seasonal spirit. Print out a free design with an autumn-inspired laurel wreath and the words “Give Thanks,” then use an iron-on transfer sheet to apply.

Mini gold pumpkins with place card tags for Thanksgiving tablescape

Pumpkin place cards

Spray-paint miniature pumpkins white and use a gold metallic paint to cover them. Next, use twine or ribbon to attach white tags featuring each guest’s name, and you instantly have individualized place cards!

Thanksgiving tablescape with burlap runner, bundle of wheat, and candles

Table runner with bundle of wheat

Take a simple white or burlap runner and set it off by adding a bundle of wheat on top of a sliced wood piece.

Thanksgiving tablescape with bows tied to the back of each chair

Dressed-up chairs

Dress up your chairs by tying large gold or bronze bows to the back.

Thanksgiving tablescape with white roses and cranberries in vases

Cranberries and white roses

For a beautiful contrast, fill a vase with white roses, and instead of adding stones or a similar option to keep them in place, use bright red cranberries.

Place setting below burlap runner with orange pom-pom fringe

Burlap table runner

Cut a strip of burlap to your preferred width and length, then attach pom-pom fringe to the edge. Choose a similar autumn color to help it coordinate with the spirit of the season.

Thankful notes placed at each place setting

Leave thankful notes

Write personalized notes to every guest, describing why you’re thankful for them. Prop these on or beside each plate, with the guests’ names on the front.

Faux gold painted Turkey resins as one of the best Thanksgiving tablescape ideas

Paint resin turkeys

Give large resin turkeys a touch of class by applying faux gold leaf or gold paint. Let them anchor a centerpiece by standing them back to back in the center of the table, and use smaller turkeys as accents.

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Leaf-shaped runner

Use colorful felt or canvas fabric to cut out leaf shapes from stencils, or buy pre-made shapes. Glue the leaves together, layering them in a long strip to become a table runner.

If you’re ready to try out your Thanksgiving tablescape ideas in a brand new home, contact Clark Wilson Builder to explore your options in the Hutto/Round Rock, Texas, area.

 

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How to create Halloween porch perfection

Your front porch is a blank slate when it comes to decor, and fall is a great time to let your style shine through. Some folks like to go all-out with Halloween decorations, and others like to keep it simple. Whatever you prefer, these Halloween porch ideas will really make your home stand out!

Creepy drapes using cheesecloth hanging outside

Creepy drapes

Adding tattered, billowing drapes will transform your front porch into a spooky entryway, and this is one of the easiest projects to do yourself. Cut some 8-foot strips of white cheesecloth—or soak the cloth in a bucket of tea overnight for an aged look—and staple the fabric to thin strips of wood. Tack the wood strips to your porch overhang, and use scissors to create random holes in the cheesecloth, or tear the cloth by hand to create runs. The effect is a ghostly curtain that rolls with every breeze.

Autumn wreath with pumpkins and leaves sitting on a chair

Autumn wreaths

Hanging an autumn wreath on your door not only works for Halloween, but for the entire fall season. Craft your own using dried grapevines, corn husks, faux leaves and autumnal flower arrangements, or pick up a store-bought wreath and customize it for the season. The possibilities are endless!

Assorted pumpkins, corn, a lantern, and flowers make up a Halloween porch

Pumpkin arrangements

This might not exactly be news, but pumpkins give your front porch an instant Halloween vibe. A trip to any local farmers market this time of year will give you plenty of options, including oversized pumpkins, smaller decorative gourds and often-overlooked white pumpkins. Use different kinds to create an arrangement that suits the space, or have fun and carve a spooky jack-o’-lantern or two.

Faux broken glass to create a spooky Halloween window

Faux broken glass

Nothing says “haunted house” like jagged, broken windows. Of course, you don’t want to actually break your windows, which is why a few sheets of frosted contact paper will come in handy. Stick the paper to your window glass—don’t worry, it’s easy to remove later—and use scissors or a craft knife to cut it into the irregular pattern of broken glass.

Small pumpkin sitting on a step-ladder for a Halloween porch

Ladder decorations

Do you have an old wooden step-ladder lying around? Antique ladders are great for arranging Halloween porch decorations near your front door. Pick out pumpkins and gourds in different shapes and sizes, and place them on each step to create an eye-catching design. Other things that might look great on your ladder include decorative signs, old lanterns, black cat silhouettes, potted plants and candles.

Pumpkins and autumn foliage on the steps of a Halloween porch

Seasonal plants

From Mexican sage and boxwood to ornamental cabbage and kale, many plants are right at home in the slightly cooler conditions of autumn, and they’ll also lend a classy fall atmosphere to your front porch. Additionally, chrysanthemums—known less formally as mums—are perfect fall flowers available in practically every imaginable color. Double down on the fall look by ditching traditional flower pots and using a carved-out pumpkin filled with potting soil as an autumn planter.

With fall in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to transform your front porch for the season. These Halloween porch ideas will truly create a classic, homey autumn atmosphere!

 

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