13 Tailored Tile Designs

I like pretty things especially when they’re also shiny, so it shouldn’t come to any surprise to you that I love tile patterns!  I decided to round up some of my favorite tile designs, in no particular order. We have so many creative options to offer our home-buyers whether spacious kitchens or relaxing bathrooms!

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I’m starting with this simple and calming bathroom.  With the tub shelf option, this home kept the tile quiet and added a band to the shower.  The results is a stunning retreat!
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A shiny option for the kitchen backsplash!  These subtle tiles have a beautiful sheen that contrasts with the cabinets, and accentuates the natural lighting in this home.  They make your home feel unique and add a little sparkle to your everyday life.
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I love that this home uses a band accent similar to the ones we normally see in the shower.  In this case, the horizontal accent tile provides contrast and interest where the tile meets the wall.
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Many people choose to match the tub to the shower in their home, but this went a little out of the box.  I love the balance between the intricate bathtub border, and the matching but more understated shower walls.  If you look closely, you’ll see the the bathtub border as an accent in the shower!
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Sometimes, simplicity is knowing when and how to repeat an idea. In this bathroom, the shower mimics the tile accents of the bathtub, but adds a pencil tile border to the accent.  It’s a simple detail in this bathroom that adds dimensional significance.
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The vertical accent in this shower adds some eye-lifting drama to the room.  They tied it in with the tub, and used the upward motion to draw your eyes to the vaulted ceiling.
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I love this one because the tile banding here is very different from what most people use.  The tiles are larger than your typical mosaic, and are mixed up in three different sizes.
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The tile used in this kitchen is 6″x 6″ with metallic inserts for accents.  While this style of laying out the tile is fairly common, the size is smaller and creates a totally new look.
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This backsplash uses similar methods to the one above, but features a more common tile size.  They created excitement by placing the tiles in what is called a ‘clipped corner’ arrangement.  The bronze inserts in this style match the cabinets and really shine.
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This tub splash is not often used outside of accent pieces. I love the way these guys stepped out of the box and made a beautiful mosaic with this tile style.
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Most people are familiar with the shiny white subway tiles, but this tumbled stone is available in multiple colors and shades.  I love the way that this pattern pulls different colors from the other accessories in the kitchen, while remaining simple and timeless.
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The backsplash in this kitchen is interesting to me because it uses smaller tiles in a similar layout to the tumbled stone above. The smaller patterns merge to create a whole new feel.
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I saved this beauty for last because it combines some of my favorite features for a look that is captivating, but simple. It all starts with our simple tumbled stone set at different angles above and below the pencil tile. The slight variation in color matches the granite and creates just the right amount of drama.

Until Next Time,

Rebekah R.

Feature Team Member- Becca Rogers

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We sat down and had a chat with the fabulous Becca Rogers today.  She’s the newest member of our sales team and represents some exciting changes for us.  But we’ll get to that in a minute.

11892085_10204326523672809_245729406581719900_nThere are a few things you should know about Becca before we get to her position here.  She is an avid reader.  Any book will do, but cliché love stories and Harry Potter books are her niche.  When she’s not reading, you’ll likely find her coming to the rescue for some lucky pooch.  Like many in the office here, she has an open heart and loves her fur babies!  She’s a true DFW native who loves rooting for our Rangers, so Bark at the Park is basically the best thing ever for her (especially if she can swim there while reading the new Harry Potter book).  She shares these passions with her fiancé, Tyler, and stepson, Ryder.

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We love her for all of these things, but we chose her for a couple of other passions.  Specifically, her love for customer service and for home building.  At her last workplace, Becca got a taste of 24/7 customer service. She loved it. She really enjoyed being available to participate in the exciting process alongside clients. Her passion for home-building comes from her experience as a child.  Her father was a home-builder, and she loved to visit the model homes and find out how things were made.  These fit well into our needs for a New Home Specialist.  She’s the friendly voice on the phone when you call in asking about a new home. We are always striving to be better, and this position is one way we make sure you have the best home-buying experience with us.

Until Next Time,

-Rebekah

Nifty Keen

If you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you might have noticed things looking a little different.  As the market in the area continues to grow, we are seeking to provide our customers with the absolute BEST experience.  In order to accomplish that we are providing you with information in the best way possible, whether you are trying to envision the home we’re building for you or keeping up with the progress in one of our communities.

The most dramatic tool that we’ve recently sampled is a drone with camera attachment.  It can be a challenge to fully communicate the beauty of a well-planned community from street-level.  You can’t see the views or the nearby community center.  A higher vantage point helps you see what we know is there.  Check out this example.

The other exciting tool we’ve been exploring is a 360° camera.  We’ve been toying with taking stills for now.  They allow you to easily manipulate the area, and get a good idea of our community or home.  Up and coming will be 360° videos that will allow you to take a virtual reality tour of our most popular plans!  Check out one recent experiment in stills below, and be on the lookout for the videos soon!

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

All Things New

As many of our communities finish their last homes, we look forward to the new and exciting things to come.  In addition to the two communities we introduced in May, we are now able to introduce two brand new communities on opposite sides of the Metroplex.

The Cove at North Grove

You may be familiar with our other communities in Waxahachie, and this one will be even better.  The Cove is the first section of the master-planned North Grove.  When all is complete there will be new schools and trails all with the convenience of being near an established shopping center.  We recently explored our new homesites amid the sunflowers, and you can experience it for yourself in the video below.

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Weatherford Heights

This area is entirely new to Antares Homes, and we are so excited to join the tight-knit community of Weatherford.  We have carefully selected this community to continue providing big city living with country ease.  From Weatherford Heights, you can visit a nearby farm, take a short trip to a locally owned eatery near downtown, or drive into Fort Worth when you have that ‘big city’ itch.

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If you missed the announcement of Chisholm Trail Ranch and our last phase of Summer Creek South, you can read the blog here.

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

13 Things to Do in DFW Before the Summer Ends

As the summer draws to the close, it can begin to feel like you have done all the things there are to do!  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summer activities around the area, and hopefully they will help you make it through the final stretch of summer heat.

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  1. Berry Picking

Nothing says ‘summer’ like fresh berries.  They’re easy enough to find wherever you get groceries, but there’s something special about picking them yourself.  Fortunately, the entire Metroplex is surrounded by farms dedicated to providing just such an experience. Click here for a list of farms by city.

  1. Museums

Taking your children (or just yourself) to a museum provides many benefits.  You’re generally out of the heat, you’re physically active, and you’re being inspired!  Schools are great, but there’s no substitute for the look in a child’s eyes when their curiosity is sparked.  Treat yourself and the kiddos to these awesome free museums in the area, and watch the magic of learning happen!

  1. Animal Encounters

If you and your children are aching for a more outdoorsy learning activity, the DFW area offers a several venues for interacting with and learning about animals.  For a more common experience, visit either of the acclaimed zoos in Fort Worth or Dallas.  If you’re looking for something more hands-on, try the Dallas World Aquarium (try to go during the week, when it’s less crowded) or Fossil Rim (beware the ostrich).

  1. Six Flags

The dedicated children’s park makes this ideal for outings with kids of all ages.  There are adventures to be had for all, and enough souvenir shops to make the hottest day more bearable.  If you go early, you can hit several rides before it gets too hot. Then you have plenty of time to shop and ride one of their water features! Plan your trip here.

  1. Water park

If the adventure of Six Flags sounds great but you’re looking for something a little more ‘watery’, the Metroplex has an abundance of options for you.  If you’re looking for the big rides, you can go across the street to Hurricane Harbor (protip: if you buy a season pass at Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor is included).  For a list of the top 13 parks, look here.

  1. Ranger’s Game

There’s a special joy that comes from hanging out in the nosebleeds at Globe Life Park.  It’s shaded with the best breeze in the whole stadium, and I love being able to see everything going on from the vantage point.  Our Rangers have had tough few weeks, but it feels like they’re getting their groove back!  There’s no better time to catch a game! Buy tickets here.

  1. Kayak

Something about growing up in North Texas breeds a love for being on the water.  We have plenty of lakes that are great for boats and skiing, but my favorite way to enjoy the water is from a kayak.  Texas State Parks have recently introduced ‘Paddling Trails’ and we have more info here.  If you’re looking for a more urban experience, you can look at Panther Island in Fort Worth or White Rock Lake in Dallas.

  1. Drive-in Movies

Feeling nostalgic?  DFW is home to a growing number of Drive-In theaters!  Most offer new releases with the occasional throwback.  My family loves to pile up our truck with blankets and pillows and head out around 6!  More information on theaters and what they offer here.

  1. Food Trucks

Food truck are one of the best ways to sample the artistic creations of talented chefs, and the best atmosphere to experience them is definitely at a food truck park.  These parks are the best place to meet up with other foodies, and let the kids play while expanding their culinary horizons.

  1. Stargazing

‘The stars at night/Are big and bright’ and this is, indeed, the heart of Texas.  If you and your kids are night owls, this could be one of the more exciting things you do this summer! Whether you drive out to one of the stargazing tours at a state park or visit one of the planetariums in the area, the stars are sure to leave you and your kids in awe. Information on great spots here.

  1. Gardens

If you’re not into picking fruit, you can still enjoy the fruit of the earth at one of these fantastic North Texas gardens!  Fort Worth and Dallas compete for best gardens, so there is plenty to enjoy.  The seasonal flora and fauna are top notch at each of these locations around the Metroplex.

  1. Pokémon Go

Sometimes, we can get too carried away with our devices, but Pokémon Go has done more than its fair share to make our smart phones good for us.  Bring your kids out to one of these great spots or events.  Take some time walking about and enjoying the scenery as your hatch virtual eggs and catch virtual Pokémon.

  1. Library – Dallas, Ft. Worth and Arlington Library events

With all the adventures to be had in the Metroplex, there are a few things that you just can’t do, unless you have a book.  The story times and other events at the Fort Worth, Dallas, and other Metro libraries are sure to awaken the imagination and take your kids on grand adventures (without leaving the a/c!)

 

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

Building in 2016

*Edited 7/26/16 to include better detail about the effect of interest rates on buying power*

We all know that there are certain advantages that come with building: customization, quality control, planned neighborhoods, etc.  Less known, are the benefits of building for completion this year. Since the deadline is fast approaching to build your home for completion within the year, we decided to share some of the benefits for those of you on the fence.

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Low Interest Rates

-Rates are holding steady now but this is expected to change soon. With rates at historic lows and the Fed looking to increase, rates don’t have anywhere to go but up.

-Get more home for your money now! With lower interest rates, you can afford more home. When rates rise, your hard earned dollar will be eaten by interest. The table below is from this site and illustrates the impact of rising interest on your monthly budget.

Max Principle & Interest
Payment
4.50% 5.00% 6.00%
$1,000 $245,000 $235,000 $208,000
$1,200 $295,000 $280,000 $250,000
$1,400 $345,000 $325,000 $292,000
$1,600 $395,000 $372,000 $335,000
$1,800 $445,000 $420,000 $375,000
$2,000 $495,000 $465,000 $415,000

DFW on the Rise

-The cost of older homes, and home sites are on the rise, and expected to continue with the steady stream of new jobs coming to the metroplex.

-As property prices rise, rent prices rise.

First Time Buyer Advantages

-There are still funds available for First Time Buyer programs! Both the government and the banks have programs specifically for first time buyers.

-Take advantage of Down payment assistance programs with low interest rates. See a community sales counselor for qualifying details

Taxes

-Qualify for your full homestead exemption when you purchase a home before 2017!

-Take advantage of tax savings in 2016! Any Mortgage Interest, property taxes and points paid on your loan will be tax deductible for your 2016 tax return!

Sources:

Interest Rates, DFW on the Rise, First Time Homebuyer, Taxes

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

Dog Days of Summer

This week we want to use the blog as an opportunity to bring you into our family.  As a family-owned company, our co-workers always feel like family even when we’re growing and building like there’s no tomorrow.

As the workers at the nearby BBQ joint can testify, food bonds us better than anything else.  As much as we all love BBQ, most would prefer a good pizza.  If either of those aren’t available, some good Tex-Mex is always appreciated.  However, some in our clan have interests in more exotic food such as Pho and Indian food.

If we can’t agree on food, we can all agree on how much we love our pets!  We love all animals large and small, and love owning some of them. Antares is home to both dog and cat lovers.  The most popular breed seems to be Dachshunds and Labrador Retrievers.

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(Above are Sadie, Mitsy, and Milo)

 

When it comes to our hobbies and passions, the Antares Family begins to differ more.  Some love to run and sing, others love to garden and read.  You’ll find almost any hobby withing the Antares Family, and that ultimately represents the reason we work so well as a team.  We love doing different things, but we all love Antares Homes.

 

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

Settlers Glen

This week, we are all abuzz about Settlers Glen in Waxahachie!  The Grand Opening for the 3rd phase in this fantastic community is around the corner and amazingly we are in closeout already!  We only have 8 homesites left. There is mixed anticipation and pride as we see glimpses of the amazing things to come in this area and look toward our 4th phase.  We’re getting in pictures as our first homes go up, and it’s hard to focus on much else.  More stunning than the final product is the knowledge that we made that happen.  To give you an idea of how that feels, please enjoy some photos of said final product:

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As if the homes themselves weren’t enough, this beautiful community is quietly nestled between I-35E and HWY-287.  The location alone offers an amazing balance of big city living and country ease.  A 10 minute drive south will take you to beautiful downtown Waxahachie.  Featuring some of the most unique shops and dining options north of Austin, the town square is beautifully preserved around it’s famed courthouse pictured below.  If you’re itching to drive north, a 30 minute drive up 35E will land you in the heart of Downtown Dallas.  From there, you can explore the arts, entertainment and nightlife offered by the big city.

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This convenient community is also masterfully planned.  The quiet streets access only this community, creating a family-friendly neighborhood.  The beautiful park is well landscaped, and perfect for the long summer days. The HOA in the area keeps everyone on the same page and looking great.  This little community has everything you could want in a place to call home!  Check out the video for more information and pictures of the awesome community.

 

Best Eats!

This week, we’re featuring 1 or 2 great places to eat near each of our awesome communities!

  1. Fannin FarmsIstanbul Grill

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, Istanbul Grill is THE place for Mediterranean Cuisine!  This family-run diamond in the rough offers Mediterranean favorites like kebobs and gyros.  With a BYOB option, this is a great spot to sit and relax with friends when they have the space! Find them here.

  1. Selection StudioSavor Coffee Bar and Eatery

If you are visiting our design studio, there is no better place around to gather your thoughts.  Their specialty drinks and delicious food will replenish your spirit while the beautiful atmosphere inspires your mind.  Find them here.

  1. Meadow Creek EstatesMoni’s Pasta & Pizza

Moni learned his trade working at a restaurant in Italia as a younger man.  He has passed on everything he knows to his son, who has owned and operated this particular location for the last 9 years.  Everything about this BYOB Italian restaurant is authentic from the pasta to the delivery!  Find them here.

  1. Settler’s GlenCatfish Plantation

Don’t let the ghost stories keep you away!  All of the spirits there are friendly, and the delicious catfish is more than worth it!  Located near historic downtown Waxahachie, the Catfish Plantation is the very definition of good food, great service, and a beautiful location.  Find them here.

  1. Settler’s GlenLonestar Burger Bar

Texans love our burgers, and Lonestar Burger Bar is the best place to grab one near Settler’s Glen!  Their Black Angus burgers are dressed up with everything from bacon and BBQ sauce to peanut butter.  If it’s too early for a burger, they have great breakfast options!  Find them here.

  1. The Cove at North GroveThe Dove’s Nest

‘It’s Worth Flying South’ according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and certainly worth the short drive from The Cove at North Grove.  This charming eatery serves New Southern Cuisine and delicious desserts! Nestled in historic downtown Waxahachie, eating at this acclaimed restaurant is both relaxing and invigorating.  Find them here.

  1. Matador RanchAntonio’s Homestyle Cooking

This family-owned Mexican food restaurant works hard to make every customer feel at home.  From made-at-your-table guacamole to fresh flan, it’s hard to find a more authentic Mexican eating experience.   Find them here.

  1. Summer Creek SouthBonnell’s

Dedicated to working with local farmers and right off the Chisholm Trail Toll Road, Bonnell’s is both convenient and delicious.  Opened in 2001 by Chef Bonnell, this restaurant combines Southwestern, Creole and Mexican flavors to create a taste that is authentically Texan.  Find them here.

  1. Summer Creek SouthThe Woodshed

This delicious smoke house is conveniently located just off of the Trinity Trails and the Chisholm Trail Toll Road.  The ever-changing menu is a thing that must be experienced to believe.  Chef Tim Love loves to bring in creative meats that can be enjoyed indoors or on the patio overlooking the river.  Find them here.

  1. Ashford ParkBella Vita II Italian Restaurant

The second location for this family-owned Italian restaurant, this is a great option for dinner in the Burleson area.  The service is excellent, and the fresh food is constantly being updated by their innovative chefs.  When you walk through that door, they’ll make you feel like family.  Find them here.

  1. Chisholm Trail RanchPress Café

Located at the new trail head, Press Café is easily accessed from the Trinity Trails, and from Chisholm Trail Toll Road.  Whether you bike, run or drive to this fantastic location, you will be treated to some of the best healthy food in the area.  Their modern bar serves alcohol and coffee.  You can’t go wrong relaxing and enjoying the view.  Find them here.

  1. Saginaw SpringsBoo-Ray’s

Cajun food is widely loved, and not always done well.  With Boo-Ray’s zesty recipes and daily fresh fish, they do right by the owner’s Cajun heritage.  Along with authentic flavor, Scott Marks brings the New Orleans atmosphere to Eagle Mountain Lake.  Find them here.

  1. Saginaw SpringsGinger Brown’s

If you’re looking for something in Saginaw that’s a bit less spicy, Ginger Brown’s is the place for you.  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Ginger brings delicious, home-style cookin’ to your table.  This laid-back bakery and diner keeps its cinnamon rolls and customers at its center.  Find them here.

 

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

Let’s Take A Selfie

Take a selfieGreetings!  My name is Rebekah, and this is the blog post where you get introduced to the new blogger.  But first, let’s take a selfie.  How can you not?  There are too many pretty mirrors in our showroom, and two of them are right in front of my desk!  Now, there are a few things that you HAVE to know about me.  I am the oldest (read: bossiest) of four dramatically different children.  We grew up in Fort Worth, and I discovered my passion for Marketing in college at East Texas Baptist University.

The thing about marketing is that even the best marketers can’t change the product.  I’ve had the good fortune to work with some really exciting products in the past that made it easy to bring in customers. As a self-proclaimed home design expert (I’ve logged SO many hours of HGTV), I am happy to say that I am once again working with a product that I love.  As I am looking at pictures and samples, I already feel sorry for my poor boyfriend.  He’s going to have to deal with a long future of ‘Baaaaaabe!  Look at the pretty thing we’re building now!’

Getting to business, though, I am the newest member of the Antares Marketing team and I’m here to continue giving you inside looks into our crazy little family and my personal point of view on our lovely communities.  You’ll continue to see features on our teams and customers, along with highlights on what’s best to do in this great Metroplex!

Be sure to stop by our blog again next week.  I’ll be posting about the only thing I like more than houses: local food.

 

Until then,

Rebekah R