3 Simple Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a special day of the year to be spent with the one you love. If you prefer a simple night in rather than an expensive night out, here are 3 Valentine’s Day date ideas to give a try this year: 1. At-Home S’mores Date Night Take your romantic evening indoors where you can snuggle up in your favorite blanket, put on your favorite movie and make scrumptious s’mores. The best part about this activity is that no campfire is needed. All that is required is a small terra cotta pot half full with little rocks, a little fuel canister, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate.

Community Highlight: Cottonwood Crossing

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Normandy Homes chooses to locations that have great reputations and are convenient locations. One of those communities is Cottonwood Crossing in Allen, Texas. This community has many new homes in Allen, TX nestled into a convenient location within minutes of HWY 75. Normandy Homes is an Allen, Texas homebuilder because of the many great benefits that come from living in the thriving city of Allen, Texas. Here are a few of the many reasons why Cottonwood Crossing in Allen, Texas is a great place to call home.

Winter Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Porch

It’s winter, and many of you are probably starting to plan out what you’re going to plant in your garden this spring, but have you thought about your front porch? A beautifully designed front porch is the first thing that will catch someone’s eye. Knowing this, Normandy Homes in The Village at Twin Creeks will have elegant front porches for future residents to decorate and landscape. Here are few front porch home design ideas that are sure to catch someone’s eye.

3 Ways to Do Front Porch Living

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A truly American architectural form, front porches have deep roots in every part of American culture. With many different styles across different regions of the country, front porches always provide character and elegance to a home. Many modern homes like Normandy Homes in The Village at Twin Creeks have a front porch to cultivate that community of yesteryear lifestyle that so many crave. So, here are three ways to do front porch living.

Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

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The New Year is almost here and there’s a lot to get done. Follow these home renovations tips from Realtor.com to make sure you make the smart investments and make the most of your investment. Hardwood Flooring Beats Carpet When it comes to the motivations of a typical homebuyer, hardwood floors are the way to go. So if you’re looking to make some major remodeling changes, consider increasing the value of your home by ditching the carpet. That’s especially true for common gathering areas of the home like living rooms and dining spaces.

Holiday Vacation Home Safety Tips

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Thinking about taking a holiday vacation? Then this is for you. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 9 out of every 10 home break-ins could have been prevented if homeowners simply followed a few straightforward tips. So before leaving your Normandy Home unattended this season, be sure you’ve covered the do’s and don’ts.

5 Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there’s a lot to get done before then. Get started by matching the elegant and timeless designs of Normandy Homes with stylish Thanksgiving table decorations that are guaranteed to be noticed by family and guests. From simple to extravagant, a centerpiece can really accentuate the table, complement the room and even set the mood for a delicious meal. Here are some Thanksgiving table decorations and centerpiece ideas collected from around the web that are sure to help you create the perfect atmosphere this Thanksgiving.

4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Home

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Don’t look now, but the housing marketing is back on the rise. It’s particularly true for new homes in Allen and areas of Flower Mound, TX. So whether you’ve already been searching for a new home or are just starting out, there are several tips to keep in mind when it comes to buying a home that fits your family’s needs. 1. Location is everything Every homebuyer has heard of the three L’s: “Location, location, location!” While it’s natural to look at a home’s benefits as a potential buyer (the things that fit you), you should also be looking down the road for when it’s time to sell. Does your new home have sustainable, long-term benefits when it comes to location?

Problem-Solving to Social Skills: The Importance of Playgrounds

Over the years, the city of Allen, TX has seen its population boom. In fact, the city was recently ranked as one of the Top 10 Dallas Suburbs by D Magazine. Offering local residents everything from pristine neighborhoods to community centers to family-friendly amenities, it’s no wonder why so many choose to call it home. Adding to its appeal, Allen, TX has shown an unwavering commitment toward up keeping the city’s local parks and play areas. And that’s good news for families with children.

5 Interior Design Trends to Get Your New Home Ready For Fall

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Fall is a wonderful time of year. The leaves change and begin to flood the ground of Allen, Texas with marvelous colors. Let those bright and vibrant colors inspire you to do something amazing in your home as well. Fall is the perfect time to try something new, something creative, and something that will help your new home truly pop! Here are five interior design trends for the fall that we’ve notice are really growing. 1. Luxuriously Colorful Modernism The colors of fall are always mesmerizing, but why should fall get all the attention? Modernism is on the rise again, and it’s bringing bold colors with it. And with our spacious homes in Cypress Meadows, you’ll have room for all of your favorite pieces.

New Homes in the Lakeside DFW Community

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We’re delighted to announce Normandy Homes has the perfect new home waiting for you at Lakeside DFW in Flower Mound, TX. Our premier homes are creatively designed and masterfully crafted with exceptional energy efficiency in mind. And you can make the new home your own with a range of fully customizable options—but the benefits don’t end there.

Honoring the Memory of Ebby Halliday

“I just loved the vibrancy of the city. I truly thought I had died and gone to heaven.” That’s what Ebby Halliday thought when she first stepped off the train in 1938 and looked at Dallas, the place she would come to call her new home. If her name doesn’t ring a bell, you are still sure to have heard of her prospering business. You have probably driven passed one of her offices or advertisements—and you have certainly seen the signs in front yards. She was the founder of Ebby Halliday REALTORS® and a valued inspiration to the Dallas community. She passed away Tuesday, September 8, at the age of 104.

Local Area Spotlight: The Village at Allen Events

The Village at Allen is a dynamic destination, and now it has become a popular spot for many of our community residents including Cypress Meadows, Cottonwood Crossing and The Village at Twin Creeks. Both are anchored by a diverse collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Take look at a few up coming events to mark on your calendar! 1. Allen Bridal Show This upscale Bridal Show will take place at the Allen Event Center in The Village at Allen on September 27th from 12pm to 5pm. There will be over 100 wedding vendors attending, and they will have everything you need to plan a dream wedding- from a fashion show and incredible door prizes to all the latest wedding trends. For more information, click here.

3 Tips for New Homebuyers in Allen, TX

Deciding to move to a different city or state is hard enough, but on top of that the big decision for potential homebuyers is figuring out which community to choose. If you currently rent a space and you’re finally ready to take that next step, there are a several factors to consider. To help you out, here are three things new homebuyers in Allen, TX should keep in mind! 1. Research Your Builder From the type of home, to the interior layout, to the surrounding area, new homebuyers will certainly do their research before they decide on anything. But many forget to research the homebuilder itself. Visit different developments and talk to existing homeowners to see if your views align. Reading online reviews about the homebuilder can be helpful!

3 September Fun Things To Do in Allen, Texas For Families

With all the fun things to do in Allen, Texas, it comes as no surprise why families love living here. And now that the weather is slowly starting to cool down, Normandy Homes would like to share a list of family-friendly activities to do in Allen for the month of September. 1. Allen Community Ice Rink The City of Allen Community Ice Rink is the perfect place to kick off fall in September. Grab the family and enjoy hours of fun skating around the rink! The Ice Rink also offers, hockey programs, figure skating and lessons to all ages.

Coming Soon: The Village At Twin Creeks in Allen TX

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Normandy Homes’ has a new Coming Soon community located right in the heart of Allen, TX! The Village at Twin Creeks will be one of the most prestigious North Dallas neighborhoods and we are thrilled to build our beautiful homes here. The Village at Twin Creeks has been traditionally designed with an authentic American architecture that any potential homebuyer would love. Twin Creeks is truly a one-of-a-kind community created with timeless streetscapes! Between modern conveniences, energy efficiency, and innovative designs, each one of our homes is distinctively crafted to fit the modern-day homeowner.

Normandy Homes Donates To Collin County Child Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety, healing, and justice to children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect. They strive to create a community free from child abuse. This is something we at Normandy Homes take seriously and are doing our part to help fight against the injustices these children face every day. Every year more than 3,300 children and family members receive aid due to allegations of abuse or neglect. There are no waiting lists and all services are free of charge for as long as it takes to ensure a child is safe. The folks at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County work with law enforcement officials and Child Protective Services under one roof to avoid creating additional stress and trauma to already hurt children.

5 Reasons Why Families Want to Live in Allen, TX

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You may be wondering what attracts so many people to Allen, TX. The answer is simple. An excellent school district, convenient location, and superior safety record are just the start. With a population of 87,213 and a median household income of $101,636, this DFW suburb may be the perfect fit for you and your family. Normandy Homes is now building in three Allen communities: The Village At Twin Creeks, Cypress Meadows and Cottonwood Crossing. Before you start researching these lovely communities, here’s a look at why families want to live in Allen, TX.

How Many of These 2015 Home Design Trends Have You Tried?

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Ever heard of the phrase, “out with the old, in with the new?” This couldn’t be more applicable to new home interior design trends. It seems that as quickly as something becomes a trend, it disappears into home décor oblivion. The following are the latest and greatest trends of 2015. Take these into consideration as you begin thinking about your new Normandy home and how to decorate it. 1. Gold fixtures Retro continues to make a comeback with this design. Look for bright gold with a sleek finish to ensure extra shine. In the past, the only options most homeowners were given was silver or stainless steel. Now, you can mix and match or make a bold statement by going strictly gold.

Normandy Homes Has Beautiful New Homes Available in Mustang Park

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Mustang Park is an award winning master planned neighborhood offering brand new luxury homes in Carrollton. Some of the amenities include a resort style pool, playgrounds and green space throughout. Its central location provides a quick way to get to dining, shopping, and entertainment areas. Some of these include The Shops at Willow Bend and Stonebriar Centre. Here’s a look at some of the available homes currently offered by Normandy Homes.