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Exercises you can do indoors at your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: April 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Exercises you can do indoors at your Belclaire home

Exercise is an important part of being healthy, but it’s hard to get done when we’re practicing social distancing – especially if you typically exercise outside or at a fully equipped gym. The good news is that Outside Magazine put together an awesome 15-minute bodyweight workout that you can do anywhere. They recommend completing the exercises below three times per week, performing each exercise for 40 seconds, resting for 20 seconds and then moving on to the next one. Read the full article here.

  • Jump Squat
    Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands behind your head. From here, squat down until your legs are roughly parallel to the ground, keeping your chest up and back neutral. Forcefully extend your knees, hips, and ankles to jump straight up as high as possible. Land softly on the ground and immediately lower back to a squat before you spring back up.
  • Triangle Push-Up
    Get on the ground in a high plank position. Position your hands in line with your shoulders and under the center of your chest, thumbs and index fingers touching to form a triangle. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. From here, slowly bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest is a few inches above the ground. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Bicycle Crunch
    Lie flat on the ground, hands raised to the sides of your head, and raise your bent legs so that your shins are parallel to the ground. Brace your core to maintain contact between your lower back and ground throughout the exercise. From here, squeeze your abs to lift your upper back off the ground and bring one elbow to meet the opposite knee. As you do so, extend the other leg straight out a few inches above the ground. Immediately switch sides.
  • Speed Skater
    Stand on your right leg with your left toe on the ground behind you for balance. From here, bend your knees and hips to slightly lower toward the ground and spring up to hop onto your left foot, letting your arms swing with you. As you land, bring your right foot behind you for balance. Immediately switch sides.
  • Forward Lunge
    Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and hands clasped in front of your chest for balance. From here, take an exaggerated step forward with one leg, bending at the knees and hips until both legs form 90-degree angles and your knees are directly over your ankles. Push through the base of your front foot to reverse the movement and return to start. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Straight-Leg Raise
    Lie on your back on the ground with your legs together, and place your hands underneath your butt for balance. Brace your core. From here, while keeping your legs together and as straight as possible, squeeze your abs to slowly raise your legs until your thighs are perpendicular to the ground. Immediately reverse the motion to return to start.
  • Body-Weight Hang/Pull-Up
    Stand underneath a low, sturdy tree branch and grab the branch with an overhand, wider-than-shoulder-width grip. From here, with your arms fully extended, brace your core and bend your knees to lift your feet toward your butt. Keeping your core tight, hang from the branch for the prescribed time, or, if strength allows, pull your shoulder blades together so that you raise into a pull-up. When your collarbones reach the branch, slowly reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Lateral Lunge
    Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, hands clasped in front of your chest for balance. From here, take an exaggerated step to the side with right leg, bending at that knee and hip until the thigh of your right leg is perpendicular to the ground, knee directly over your ankles. Your left leg should be completely straight. Push through the base of your right foot to reverse the movement and return to start. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Side Plank (Left)
    Lie on your left side on the ground, left forearm under your shoulder, left hip resting on the ground, and right foot stacked on top of the left. From here, brace your core and lift your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Hold for the prescribed time.
  • Mountain Climber
    Get on the ground in a high plank position with your hands positioned directly underneath your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. From here, with your toes anchored into the ground and bracing your core for balance, bring one knee to your chest. Immediately switch sides, driving your foot back into the ground while raising the opposite knee to your chest.
  • Side Plank (Right)
    Lie on your right side on the ground, right forearm under your shoulder, right hip resting on the ground, and left foot stacked on top of the right. From here, brace your core and lift your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Hold for the prescribed time.
  • Bridge
    Lie flat on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground, arms resting by your sides. Brace your core and press your lower back into the ground, making sure to maintain a flat back throughout the exercise. From here, squeeze your glutes and drive through your heels to raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from upper back to knees. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Single-Leg Squat (Left)
    Stand tall with your feet together, and then extend your right leg and both arms out in front of you. From here, bend your left knee and hip to lower down as far as possible. Pause, then push through your left heel to return to start. (Make this easier by holding a large rock or other heavy object out in front of you for a counterbalance.)
  • Single-Leg Squat (Right)
    Stand tall with your feet together, and then extend your left leg and both arms out in front of you. From here, bend your right knee and hip to lower down as far as possible. Pause, then push through your right heel to return to start. (Make this easier by holding a large rock or other heavy object out in front of you for a counterbalance.)
  • Wide-Handed Push-Up
    Get on the ground in a high plank position. Position your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width and in line with your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest is a few inches above the ground. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.

Belclaire Homes builds homes that fit every lifestyle. Although we build in the best North Texas communities that provide hike-and-bike trials, sports courts, swimming pools and fitness facilities, you never know when you might be required to spend an extended time period indoors. Belclaire Homes are designed and built thoughtfully so buyers enjoy being inside their home just as much as they enjoy being outside enjoying their community’s amenities. Our model homes are currently available for viewing by appointment only, get in touch with someone from our team to set something up and get started creating the home of your dreams. You can see our available homes here.

Belclaire Homes builds in one of D Magazine’s favorite communities: Windsong Ranch

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Crystal Lagoon, General Posts, Prosper Homes, Windsong Ranch | Posted: April 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes builds in one of D Magazine’s favorite communities: Windsong Ranch

D Magazine says that if you’re choosing where you live based on perks, Windsong Ranch in Prosper is the right choice! The magazine highlights all of the community’s plush amenities like its crystal-clear lagoon, white sand beaches, community café, winding creeks and indoor amphitheater just minutes from your doorstep. The 2,000- acre community boasts 600 acres of open space, lakes stocked with bass and catfish for catch-and-release fishing, wooded creeks, parks, hike-and-bike trails, outdoor fields and other resort-style amenities. They call Windsong Ranch “unarguably one of the largest and most naturally beautiful master-planned communities in North Texas.” You can read the full article here.

Belclaire builds in only the best communities, that’s why we build so many homes at Windsong Ranch! Belclaire builds semi-custom homes within The Peninsula, the community’s private enclave of estate-like home sites. Our floor plans beginning in the $700s range from 3,041 square feet to 5,600 square feet and are built on 90-foot lots. Currently, our model home in the community is available to view by appointment only, so get in touch with a member of our sales team to set it up. Learn more about Belclaire Homes at Windsong Ranch here.

 

Belclaire Homes welcomes newcomers to the growing Dallas-Fort Worth area

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Community News, General Posts, New Communities | Posted: March 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes welcomes newcomers to the growing Dallas-Fort Worth area

After a decade of huge population growth, Dallas-Fort Worth is expected to again lead the nation’s metro areas for the number of new residents. Between 2010 and 2019, DFW gained 1,349,378 new residents, ranking first among U.S. metropolitan areas. From 2020 through 2029, DFW is projected to welcome another 1,393,623 newcomers – that’s 17.9 percent growth on top of the region’s roughly 7,539,711-person population. For comparison, the greater Oklahoma City area was home to about 1.4 million people total in 2018. One of the reasons for such rapid growth in Dallas-Fort Worth is the size of its tech workforce. That’s why Belclaire Homes is busy building homes for families relocating to surrounding cities.

Belclaire Homes builds semi-custom homes in three fabulous master-planned communities: Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Emerald Heights in McKinney and Castle Hills in Lewisville. You can see some of our available homes here. Our model homes are now available for viewing by  virtual appointment. Get in touch with a sales representative to start your new home search today!

 

Belclaire Homes is now offering virtual appointments and model tours

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Community News, General Posts | Posted: March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes is now offering virtual appointments and model tours

Belclaire Homes is now offering virtual appointments and model tours for your safety and convenience.

Our homebuilding process isn’t being slowed down by the current pandemic. Residential construction is considered “essential infrastructure” and we have taken measures to adhere to social distancing on our construction sites to both keep our workers safe and our projects on track. We will continue to work hard for our customers during this time and encourage you to reach out to our sales representatives to schedule your private video appointment and to answer any questions you may have.

 

Celebrate National Craft Month in your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: March 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Celebrate National Craft Month in your Belclaire home

Did you know March is National Craft Month? This is the perfect opportunity to spark your imagination or learn a new creative hobby that you can do in the comfort of your Belclaire home. We picked a few fun DIY projects from Martha Stewart, but you can read the full list with instructions here.

  • Beading
    It can be as simple as making a bracelet or extravagant as embellishing a dress. Add some sparkle to your personal style and try your hand at beading.
  • Candle-making
    Light a candle and unwind as its fragrance leaves your home smelling lovely. When you make one of your own, it’s customizable to almost any scent, color and melt-and-pour material.
  • Dyeing
    Transform everyday items into something new and exciting with dye. Tie-dye t-shirts are always fun, but dye can also be used to transform your sneakers, jewelry and stationery, too!
  • Nature Crafts
    Who said fresh floral bouquets were the only way to enjoy nature? Dry your fresh flowers and leaves to preserve their beauty forever. They make a lovely embellishment for cards, wreaths, bookmarks and more.
  • Scrapbooking
    Revisit old memories and collage them together to never forget that amazing trip you took. No one else will forget that trip either, after being captivated by the one-of-a-kind piece of art you now own!

Crafting is one of the best ways to enjoy time spent at home, especially when you have the space for it. Check out our available homes and the neighborhoods where we build – you might find one with the perfect spot to inspire your favorite creative hobbies.

Some spring cleaning tips to keep your Belclaire home in tip-top shape

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Castle Hills, Emerald Heights, General Posts, McKinney Homes, Prosper Homes, Windsong Ranch | Posted: March 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Some spring cleaning tips to keep your Belclaire home in tip-top shape

 

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.

 

COVID-19 Update from Belclaire Homes

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Community News, General Posts | Posted: March 16, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 Update from Belclaire Homes

Our model homes will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY through Friday April 3, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Castle Hills unveils its latest Belclaire model on an 80-foot home site

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Castle Hills, General Posts, New Communities, New Floor Plans, Outstanding Amenities, Over-Sized Home Sites | Posted: March 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Castle Hills unveils its latest Belclaire model on an 80-foot home site

Belclaire Homes has opened a new model in the award-winning Castle Hills Community. This model is built on the community’s largest home site available. The model is located at 1201 Dragon Banner Drive and features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one powder bathroom. The master-planned community is complete with over 20 parks and lakes, hike-and-bike trails, community centers with pools, basketball and tennis courts, fitness rooms, sports fields and an award-winning private golf course.  The community also has its own Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza that brings the community together with seasonal concerts and festivals and offers neighborhood conveniences such as dry cleaning, dining, salon, dental and class office space. Visit the model to learn more about Belclaire Homes in Castle Hills.

Live in an award-winning community with Belclaire Homes at Windsong Ranch

Categories: Awards, Belclaire Communities, General Posts, Prosper Homes, Recognitions, Windsong Ranch | Posted: February 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Live in an award-winning community with Belclaire Homes at Windsong Ranch

Prosper’s Windsong Ranch received great recognition at the 2020 Nationals Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders. The community received Silver Award honors for Master Planned Community of the Year, Lifestyle Program of the Year and Best Community Signage. 2020 is the second consecutive year that the Windsong Ranch has won a silver award for Master Planned Community of the Year and the community continues to set a high bar for master-planned communities across the country.

Belclaire Homes builds in luxury communities like Windsong Ranch, where residents enjoy premium amenities like the new tropical oasis, THE LAGOON, and The Commons, a community center featuring tennis courts, a fitness center, Windsong Ranch Café and more. Here Belclaire builds semi-custom homes within The Peninsula, the community’s private enclave of estate-like home sites. Floor plans range between 3,041 and 5,600 square feet, are built on 90-foot lots and begin in the $700s. Plan your visit to The Peninsula at Windsong Ranch and read more about the community with the legendary lifestyle here!

 

Belclaire homeowners, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption!

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: January 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire homeowners, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption!

Did you know that residence homestead owners in Texas are eligible for a $25,000 exemption from their home’s value for school taxes? That’s right. Basically, it’s a reduction from the taxable value on your primary residence, but you need to apply for it. So, if you’re a Belclaire homeowner, don’t forget to apply!

Homestead exemption applications are accepted yearly between Jan. 1 and April 30. To be eligible, you must own and occupy your home on Jan. 1 of the year you are applying for. Disabled and elderly homeowners are also eligible for an additional $10,000 homestead exemption. For more information on applying for the residence homestead exemption, visit the comptroller’s website.