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Hot Tips for Outdoor Summer Living Made Easy

Categories: Blog, Home Owner Tips, Lifestyle | Posted: May 31, 2018

Is there anything better than a summer BBQ in the sun? When summer rolls around, it’s impossible not to get excited about pool parties, sun bathing, grilling, and playing in the backyard with your family. If you’re planning on spending some serious time outside this summer, here are some helpful tips for making your backyard THE place to be.

Grow Your Own Produce

You don’t know “fresh” until you’ve eaten a tomato straight from your own garden. Spice up salsa, freshen up pasta salad, and surprise your guests with a tasty salad of veggies you grew yourself! Plenty of plants thrive in the heat and make an excellent addition to your summer meals. Try growing some sweet potatoes, hot peppers, green beans, sunflowers, and zucchini.

Cool Down with Kiddie Pools, Sprinklers, and More!

If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, consider investing in a temporary water feature. They’re fun for all ages and a great way to cool down. You can buy kiddie pools in various sizes (some even large enough for adults to sit in), goofy sprinklers, and even hot tubs or saunas.

Add Ample Lighting for Late-Night Partying

On a 90-degree day, it’s hard to do anything but lay in the shade and drink lemonade. When it gets to be that hot, why not plan a party later in the night? Set up lighting on your deck, patio, and around the yard, and invite friends over. As the sun goes down, you and your guests will be much more comfortable.

Set Up in the Shade

Summer fun comes to a screeching halt when you and your family are burnt to a crisp. Avoid staying out in the sun for too long by setting up in the shade. If you don’t have a covered porch or trees in your backyard, invest in an umbrella or two to keep everybody nice and cool while they’re enjoying the sunshine.

Create an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have been all the rage lately – from traditional charcoal grills to tricked-out gas ranges and ovens. Whether your budget allows for an extravagant outdoor kitchen or just a few appliances, setting up an outdoor kitchen is a smart idea for hosts. Cooking outside is much cooler than crowding around a hot stove, and preparing food for guests is easy. Just make sure you’re keeping kids away from any open flames or heat sources.

Maximizing your backyard for the summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a few additions, you can set your family and friends up for a summer filled with BBQs, pool parties, and outdoor fun.

New Communities, New Models & New Homesites Launching This Summer

Categories: Clayton, Events, Knightdale, News, North Raleigh New Homes, Rockbridge, Stonehenge Manors | Posted: May 25, 2018


Exciting events are underway at Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes that we can’t wait to celebrate with you! New expertly designed model homes, brand new homesites released, and not one, not two, but three realtor grand openings heading your way this summer…

Bedford at Flowers Plantation – New Model & Realtor Grand Opening

We invite all Realtors to join us at our Southern Soirée on Thursday, May 31st, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM, to celebrate our Bedford at Flowers Plantation community grand opening in Clayton! Mingle with your peers while enjoying southern-inspired treats and touring our expertly designed model home and charming new community. Please make sure to RSVP by Monday, May 28th, to Leslie Dolde (ldolde@royaloakshomes.com, 919-444-9787) or Donald Tracy (dtracy@royaloakshomes.com, 203-232-0834).

Bedford is part of the master planned Flowers Plantation community in Clayton, featuring single-family homes ranging from 1,600 – 2,900+ square feet and starting in the $260s. These homes include ranch, 2-story, and 3-story plans with 3-5 bedrooms,, first floor owner suites, and finished and unfinished third floors. Bedford is close to local schools, Downtown Clayton, Flowers Crossroads Shopping Center, the Neuse River, and the Flowers Plantation Pool & Clubhouse.

Oak Park – New Model & Realtor Grand Opening

Our Oak Park model is now open! We will be having our Realtor grand opening celebration on June 21st, 2018 from 12-2pm. Oak Park offers single-family homes ranging from 1,800 – 3,200+ square feet and starting from the $250s. This community features ranch, 2-story and 3-story plans with  3-5 bedrooms, first floor owner’s suites, and finished and unfinished third floors.

Garner is just minutes from downtown Raleigh and all that it offers, while still maintaining its small-town charm. Spend the afternoon at nearby White Deer Park Nature Center and Lake Benson, or shop to your hearts content right around the corner at White Oak Shopping Center. It is also near RDU and major commuting routes including, I-40, US 70, Hwy 50, I-440.

Ramsgate – New Model & Realtor Grand Opening

Ramsgate in Clayton, NC is another one of our new communities that will be opening a new model this summer! Our model home is in the final stages and our Realtor grand opening is targeted for July 2018. Stay tuned for details. Ramsgate offers single-family homes ranging from 1,500 – 3,100+ square feet, starting from the $220s.  This community features ranch, 2-story and 3-story plans with 3-5 bedrooms, first floor owner’s suites, and finished and unfinished third floors.

Ramsgate, located in the Cleveland area of Johnston County, is in a great school district that is close to many parks, as well as shopping and entertainment centers! Fun Fact: Ramsgate’s neighborhood streets are named after Cleveland High School principals!

Southern Acres – New Model Now Open!

We are excited to announce that we’ve opened a new community, Southern Acres in Fuquay-Varina! With our Realtor grand opening on May 3rd, 2018, our Southern Acres community is now open and ready for you to tour! Southern Acres’ living spaces provide you with smart, eco-friendly, and energy-efficient homes. We offer single-family homes ranging from 1,900 – 3,200+ square feet and starting in the $250s. This community features ranch, 2-story and 3-story homes with 3-5 bedrooms, first floor owner suites, and finished and unfinished third floors.

Fuquay-Varina, located just 15 minutes south of Raleigh, is one of the fastest growing small towns in North Carolina. It is known for its two beautiful downtown areas, easy access to Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park, RDU, and major transportation corridors including I-40, I-450, 401, Hwy 55, and Hwy 421.

New Phases Launched!

Rockbridge

This May, 19 new lots were released in our Rockbridge community, located in Knightdale, NC. We are offering single-family homes ranging from 2,000-3,300+ square feet and starting in the $260s. This community features ranch, 2-story and 3-story homes, with 3-5 bedrooms, first floor owner suites, and finished and unfinished third floors.

Knightdale has a quick commute to anywhere in the Triangle, with close access to Raleigh, I-40, and 1-540. It has great shopping, dining, and recreation, with proximity to Shoppes at Midway Plantation. The community also offers a pool and clubhouse.

Stonehenge Manors

New lots were released this May in our Stonehenge Manors community in Raleigh, which offers homes in our Carolina and Estate series. The Carolina series starts at $519 and the Estate series starts at $574, both ranging from 2,444 – 3,800+ square feet.

Our Stonehenge Manors community is close to many shopping, dining, and recreational attractions, such as Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills Shopping Center, and 7 Oaks Swim & Racquet Club. Located off Creedmoor Road, Stonehenge is in proximity to I-70 and I-540.

For more information on any of our beautiful homes in North Carolina, view our communities online or call us at 888-677-1502 to schedule a tour. We are looking forward to partnering with you on this special journey to homeownership!

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