The home is where we spend more time than anywhere else, especially when it’s a Belclaire home built just for you and your family. So, why not do some seasonal cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape for the coming warmer months? Real Simple has some tips and tricks that will help you tackle your cleaning to-do list as quickly and efficiently as possible. We summarized them but you can read the full article here.
- Break cleaning down into 10-minute chunks
Sometimes spring cleaning is like a marathon, but it doesn’t have to be. Break it down into short, highly productive chunks. A few things you can clean in the next 10 minutes:Dust: brush a dust wand over all open surfaces
Clean doors and switch plates: remove fingerprints, smudges and germs from light switch plates with a damp microfiber cloth.
Dust ceiling fans: place a pillowcase over the fan blade and pull it toward you to collect the dust, then use a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water to clean each blade.
Baseboards: use a microfiber mop to clear dust and debris from your baseboards
- Adapt to your cleaning personality
Some people are stress cleaners while others are procrastinators. Identifying your cleaning personality is the first step to coming up with a plan that works for you. For example, if you’re an angry cleaner, let your emotion motivate you to tackle tough cleaning tasks like scrubbing grout.
- Mix up your own all-natural cleanser
Whether you’re trying to use less chemicals or you just want some backup for when you run out of your usual cleanser, it’s good to know how to make your own cleaning solution using ingredients you probably already have. This recipe can be used on quartz, granite and marble counters, plus appliances and sinks:
¾ cup water
¾ cup rubbing alcohol
5-10 drops peppermint, lemon or orange essential oil
1 squirt natural dish soap
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto surfaces and wipe clean with a cloth. Voila!
- De-stink your gym clothes
For many people, warmer weather doesn’t just signal us to spring clean, but also to recommit to working out. To deodorize your gym clothes, try soaking them in one part white vinegar to four parts cold water. If that doesn’t work, try switching to cotton blend workout clothes.
- Make your trash smell better
Help your kitchen trash smell a little more pleasant by placing a couple dryer sheets on the bottom of the can – used ones work great!
- Use baking soda to refresh stained coffee mugs
Even the Statue of Liberty was cleaned with baking soda on its centennial. To clean off stained coffee mugs, fill the mug with one part baking soda and two parts water. Let them soak overnight and rub clean with a sponge.
- Clear gunk off your oven door
If the inside of your oven door is caked with splatters and baked-on food, try wetting a pumice stone, scrubbing and wiping clean with a wet microfiber cloth.
- Make shower cleaning second nature
One tip is to keep a squeegee in your shower so it’s easy to remember to wipe down the walls, but some people like to keep a dish wand filled with dish soap and vinegar in the shower so you can scrub while you’re in it!
Your home is a place that reflects you. Learn more about building a Belclaire home to suit your family in Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Emerald Heights in McKinney and Castle Hills in Lewisville. At the moment, our model homes in these communities can be viewed by appointment only, however, you can see some of our available homes here.
A “boomtown” is a city marked by prosperity and development, often described as a good place to settle. Experiencing economic growth, these cities provide employment opportunities and attract new residents. You can learn more about America’s top boomtowns here.
Belclaire Homes builds in boomtowns like Frisco and McKinney because we are dedicated to building in North Texas’ best cities! The Dallas/Fort Worth hot spot is known for its great school districts, quality of life, shopping, entertainment and employment opportunities. It sits at the northern edge of the metroplex, offering convenient access to are attractions, without losing its cozy small-town appeal.
You can find a Belclaire home at McKinney’s newest affluent village, Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch. Here, residents embrace the community’s luxury lifestyle! Emerald Heights offers long list of luxury amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners also have access to Stonebridge Ranch’s swim lagoon with a sand beach and sports courts. Buyers are able to personalize their homes to their family’s unique needs from a selection of eleven floor plans from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet, beginning in the low $600s.
If you are shopping for a home in a North Texas boomtown, we urge you to visit Emerald Heights at Stonebridge Ranch and start building your dream home!
Categories: Belclaire Communities, Community News, Emerald Heights, General Posts | Posted: November 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Home for the Holidays is right around the corner for Belclaire’s Emerald Heights residents
Thanksgiving weekend marks the 39th year for McKinney’s hometown Christmas celebration, Home for the Holidays. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food and entertainment where you can enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with Belclaire neighbors and guests from all over. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season. The family-friendly festival runs from Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1. Visitors can expect traditional live Christmas music, a real snow hill, children’s activities, visits with Santa, a petting zoo, shopping, a Ferris wheel, carousel and mo
re! For more information about the festival including concessionaires, festival map, sponsors, hotel discounts and parking, click here.
Frequent seasonal events like Home for the Holidays is just one of the perks of owning a Belclaire home at Emerald Heights in McKinney! The affluent village in Stonebridge Ranch offers luxury amenities, outstanding schools and 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. If you don’t already live in McKinney, we encourage you to visit Emerald Heights. Stop by our new model home this weekend before heading to Home for the Holidays and we will show you why you should build your next home in this elegant new community. See you this weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving from Belclaire Homes!
We take pride in providing outstanding luxury homes at top-rated communities where residents can enjoy Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. So, it’s safe to say that Belclaire homeowners are what we’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving. If you don’t already, find out why you should celebrate holidays in a brand-new Belclaire home! We’re building dream homes in some of North Texas’ most exclusive communities: Castle Hills Northpointe in Lewisville, Emerald Heights in McKinney and Windsong Ranch in Prosper.
Categories: Belclaire Communities, Emerald Heights, Stonebridge Ranch | Posted: September 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Enjoy Oktoberfest with your Belclaire Homes friends in McKinney!
Join Belclaire Homes all weekend for Oktoberfest in McKinney’s Historic Downtown! From Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, McKinney Oktoberfest will offer authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing and more! The event is designed with families in mind so there will be a variety of kid-friendly activities like a petting zoo, face painting, Perot Museum Tech Truck, Play Street Museum, crafts and a carnival! The “bier garden” will cover a total of 14 blocks throughout the Historic Downtown square so you can enjoy all downtown McKinney has to offer. Admission to the festival is free for everyone, however, some activities including the carnival and petting zoo will require coupons.
Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch, McKinney’s newest affluent village, features Belclaire Homes. The gated community offers its residents a long list of luxury amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners here enjoy all the perks of living in Stonebridge Ranch including a swim lagoon with a sand beach and sports courts. Buyers are able to personalize their homes to their family’s unique needs from a selection of eleven floor plans from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet, beginning in the low $600s.
If you don’t already live in McKinney, we invite you to visit Emerald Heights. Stop by our new model home this weekend before heading to Oktoberfest and we will show you why you should build your next home in this elegant new community. See you this weekend!
Belclaire was recently featured in McKinney’s Community Impact Newspaper. Homes at Emerald Heights at Stonebridge Ranch offer the benefits of one of the area’s finest master-planned communities. Families here enjoy a beach & tennis club, picnic pavilions, aquatic center, pickleball courts, parks & playgrounds, lakes & ponds, golf and a trail system. Students attend the highly rated McKinney ISD.
Homes at Emerald Heights offer 11 floor plan options from 3,041 to more than 4,500 square feet. Visit our Photo Gallery to see stunning interiors with spacious master suites, kitchens that are ideal for entertaining, home offices that offer a quiet workspace and over-sized secondary bedrooms. Plan on visiting the community today to get information on homes that are for available for move-in now! Read more here.
North Texas cities continue to dominate when it comes to listing the best places to buy a house in the United States and Belclaire Homes is present in Dallas/Fort Worth’s most sought after communities: Emerald Heights and Windsong Ranch.
There are several reasons everyone wants to live in the DFW area. Offering affordability, high quality of life, big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, North Texas has something for everybody. Families who live in the suburbs where Belclaire Homes builds experience the luxury of living in a close-knit, community with easy access to a growing job market, outstanding schools and urban frills like live music and entertainment venues, professional sports games and an extensive selection of dining and shopping options.
Belclaire Homes builds in two of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top cities: McKinney and Prosper. In McKinney, Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch is the metroplex’s newest affluent village with eleven distinct floor plans between 3,041 and 4,500-plus square feet and beginning in the low $600s. Residents of the gated community enjoy an array of amenities such as an aquatic center, sports courts, kiddie wading pool, swim lagoon and sanded beach. At Windsong Ranch in Prosper, our semi-custom homes with floor plans between 3,041 and 5,600 square feet are built on 90-foot lots and start in the $700s. Windsong Ranch features exclusive amenities including 600 acres of nature, resort-style pools, play areas, a fitness center and THE LAGOON, a state-of-the-art, five-acre, tropical oasis. Stop by one of our model homes in the communities and begin building your family’s new home!
Categories: Belclaire Communities, Emerald Heights | Posted: August 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes builds in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities
It’s no secret that the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is one of the nation’s hot spots as companies and families continue to relocate to the area. Since 2010, the DFW population has grown by over 1 million people, with cities like McKinney topping the list, citing a 4.5% growth in the past year. McKinney is projected to grow by an additional 100,000 people in the next 20 years and Belclaire Homes wants to provide gorgeous luxury homes to incoming homebuyers and their families.
Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch, McKinney’s newest affluent village, features Belclaire Homes. The gated community offers its residents a long list of luxury amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners here enjoy all the perks of living in Stonebridge Ranch including a swim lagoon with a sand beach, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts. Buyers are able to personalize their homes to their family’s unique needs from a selection of eleven floor plans from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet, beginning in the low $600s.
Visit our newly opened model to learn more about this stunning community and to get started building your McKinney dream house!
Belclaire Homes builds in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities
Emerald Heights at Stonebridge Ranch means living in a private, gated neighborhood with luxury amenities and outstanding schools. A Belclaire home here gives buyers the option of 11 distinct floor plans and the ability to design a home to the buyer’s specific taste and lifestyle. Homes here range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet, perfect for holiday entertaining and out-of-town guests. Take a tour of the photo gallery to get an idea of Belclaire’s open floor plans and finish-outs, like oversized kitchens with roomy kitchen islands, stunning cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances. Schedule a tour today and make your holiday dreams come true!
Plan to visit the new Belclaire model at Emerald Heights in McKinney to learn about this private, gated community in Stonebridge Ranch. Luxury amenities here include a resort-like beach club, aquatic center, miles and miles of hike and bike trails, ponds and lakes with catch-and-release fishing and paddleboat rentals, and a full calendar of community events. Families here are served by the outstanding McKinney ISD and the Emerald Heights location, at the intersection of Ridge Road and Virginia Parkway, is ideal. Read more about Bellaire’s stunning homes at Emerald Heights, floor plan options and quality workmanship here.