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Ideas For New Projects In Your Lake Kiowa Home

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Thinking about new design projects for your home? In the world of new design, rennovation and transforming your home; there is something definitely universally appealing about the simplicity and sophistication of rooms drenched in the new colors of soft pinks, cool grays, and pale sandy shades. Color is what you decide to make it on the design front. 2019 brings with it an opportunity;  it may be an option for you to consider a new remodel project for here at your Lake Kiowa home. Ideas abound and with great ferver you may want to jump in and consider some solid staples in designs that stand the test of time. Here we go . .

Create A Moodboard

Set the mood for brain stimulation and eye the photo selected above and begin the dream process. The realization that all these pale hues create a nearly neutral backdrop; and that it is something that you can personalize with color, warm up with wood, or keep unadorned for a tranquil, quiet mood that’s perfect for bathrooms of all styles and sizes, let us proceed a pace with some wonderful ideas for new projects for your Lake Kiowa home this year...Then let's move the discussion to how to make it yours.

Seeing The Traditional Take on the Pale Neutral Bathroom

It is true that charm and individuality are the cornerstone of the Southern home. Unique and Southern flavor with a spa like escape are no longer reserved for the overly feminine room. You don't have to have flowery wallpaper or very busy accessories. Today, a color palette of creams, whites, and dusty pinks can bring a quaint unique charm that bids each visitor a cheerful welcome in virtually any location where they appear. Charm and sophistication always go hand in hand; better to speak to definition in a particular space, and then remember that the sky is the limit when it comes to details. Design can convey you, your love of color, asthetic, and overall appeal to the senses.

Tips For Consideration

  • Traditional Bathroom areas can define your style
  • The simple use of color and pattern can define areas in a space.
  • Paneled sections of pattern designate the bathing, toilet and styling zones at a glance if done properly.
  • Give your neutrals depth by combining three hues of creams, almonds and pinks.
  • Choose light-neutral fixtures with design details that echo the room’s architectural features.

Do you really love this look? You may want to create your own moodboard. Soft, neutral hues and clean lines help make this small bathroom feel like a sophisticated lake home retreat. Sleek lines on the wall and tub trim and sink faucet keep things simple and elegant in this calming space. If you have the space, those private features like the toilet could keep their own separate zones.

By definition, playful moodboards and cutting out photos of things you love is a way to begin the process of creating your dream home. Pictures can when used to consider looks, style, elements, and fixtures with cabinet work; be healthy and a fantastic process of elimination. Taking it to the basics of the things you love is but one way to get the ball rolling on updating your Lake Kiowa Home.

The photo in this article is taken from Kohler.com. One of the premier manufacturers of state of the art plumbing fixtures in the plumbing industry. If you are concerned about conservation, and preserving the ingegrity of water and energy savings in your home, consider going to this website for more fantastic ideas for your home. It's always a great time to dream...Consider yourself invited.

Lake Kiowa homes are wonderful. For many years, Lake Kiowa  this hidden, tranquil paradise was purposely not advertised or publicized.  The rapid growth of North Texas and the new and extended tollways are now making it easier for more people to discover Lake Kiowa, one of the finest country club/lake developments in America!

The agents of Lake Kiowa Realty are always available to help you with any questions or concerns. Call us today at 940-665-0724


 

About Kohler Co. 

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St Andrews, Scotland. Kohler Co. has a long history of supporting water efficiency and sustainability and is a leading producer of water-saving plumbing products, which has earned the company 10 consecutive awards from the EPA WaterSense® program. For more details, visit kohler.com for information on water-saving plumbing products, and follow KOHLER on Twitter and Facebook.

Changing Of The Seasons

Lake Kiowa Premier Real Estate - Spring Cleaning

The old addage is true; a change of season usually lends itself to cyclical rhythm to our lives Here at Lake Kiowa, it is understood. Maintaing a comforting predictable pace can and usually is an opportunity to get things done you may have been putting off. Procrastination . . . While often we may feel that time is passing too quickly as seasons move in and through our lives, it is also true that being able to harness the energy of that change may make one feel more in sinc with your home, life, and health living here at Lake Kiowa. Eliminate the p-word now!

Keeping A Positive Attitude

In the spirit of waving goodbye to the past season and preparing for Spring here at Lake Kiowa, let's look a list of some smart things to clean and declutter as the warmer weather starts to set in. Many of our residents here at the Lake do not have additional areas for much storage, and for organizations sake and before you get too busy coming into summer, be sure to take a few minutes to review the list below and see if anything hits home with you. If it does, let's get started right away shall we!

Spring Cleaning is the same as it has always been. While it may represent a chore, doing chores means checking off your list. Really who doesn't want to check things off on a list.  April 1 can be the new goal day to begin the process of making it happen. You can being to reset the mood for 2019 by deciding on 10 days of spring cleaning designed for your life as well as your mood. Remember this year that every day,  you can decide to plan to choose what kind of cleaning your feeling like doing on any given day and take a play from the list below. At least this is a starting place right?

Remove or donate cold weather clothing - As the winter season winds down, you can examine your wardrobe with a new perspective. That would be making more room for all your summer styles. You know the clothes, hats, and gloves you always reached for and the boots that stayed on the closet shelf all season. Pack them up today, before another winter comes and you think you might wear them when really you know you want to replace them. Make room now, and if you are not sure...donate to some who may really need them.

Wash & donate all extra blankets - Except for linens and blankets for guests, family blanket usage should still be fresh in your mind. How many got used during movie night, which kids prefer to grab blankets from the bed, and the blanket that you just can’t seem to get completely clean anymore. Check it out, why not donate your excess blankets, wash what’s left, and stow them for use next year.

Patio plants and planters - If you don't have a place for new things, or all your living plants were disposed of prior to the first cold snap, consider these options.  Do you need to revive plants that have seen better days; but you may have some that have kicked the bucket or that you can’t find a good place for? Honestly you probably need to toss all those dead plants, and simply pass along unhappy ones to your green-er thumbed friends, and make sure that you trim dead parts off of the plants you do keep. Fertilize and add soil if necessary, and at the appropriate time, get them outside for sun as the weather allows. Along these lines, go through your collection of plant pots, saucers, baskets, and items in the garage. Really, only keep only what you’re using and maybe one or two you love for future plants.

Replace or donate excess serving ware - The Holidays are all but behind us and you realize you’re confronted with the fact that you didn’t use that bag of gold balloons or ornaments and party poppers for New Year’s Eve for the third year in a row. Right,  you may be willing to let it go today. Maybe it's something you just love. Decorations from old parties that were never used or items with colors that have faded are not viable.  Really, it's time to inventory all of your platters, drink dispensers, specialty napkins, and serving utensils and to make decisions on keeping only the old faithfuls you reach for again and again for parties and get togethers.

Update all your cleaning supplies - Spring cleaning season is here, and you’re far more likely to be in the mood to clean and re-organize if you don’t have to wade through a mess of floor mops you never use to get to the steam cleaner. Out with the old, in with the new. You must declutter your cleaning tools and products. Making sure what you keep will be used, and perhaps even add to inventory items you know you will use all year long. Spring sales are coming up!

Update and go through your summer products - Now, before you will them, is the time to go through your sunscreens and bug sprays. Check first for expiration dates and toss anything that’s expired or that has separated. Once you’ve cleared out everything that’s no longer good, you’ll know what you need to stock up on and you’ll have it before you head to the beach and water. Buy new on all items you need to in order to do the best cleaning job you can do.

Remember your coffee and tea collection - In an effort to go where no woman has gone before... you may have recently decided to go through your basket of teas and coffees. Yikes! Do not keep tea that expired years ago. Much like spices, tea wanes with time. Since it may be awhile before you consume hot beverages as regularly as you might have been doing during colder weather, please take a moment to thin out your collection now. When you’re done, you might enjoy storing what’s left in one of these.

Remember to empty your freezer - As the temperature shifts, your cooking may as well. Be sure that you take stock of what’s hiding in the freezer or may be unmarked with a realistic past storage date. The choice of course is to make plans to use it up so you have plenty of room for summer’s popsicles and ice cream or to keep only what you are confident will be used. If you see freezer burn, pitch it. No good taste can happen from freezer burn.

The time is almost up for making choices on cleaning, donations, new purchases for your home, boat, dock or favorite patio furniture. Remember everyday is a new day. What's the plan today? What do you feel like tackling? Just make it count, and prepare for the days when you already have plans. Spring Fling and the prospect of working through all that cleaning has never been so easy. See it through today, and as you come out on the other side be sure to take pictures to remind you next Spring what you did this year so you don't forget.

Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate looks forward to many years of serving the Lake Kiowa community. Please come see us for all of your real estate needs, but feel free just to stop by any time and say hello too!  Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate is open 7 days a week – Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Just For Fun

Ready To Up Your Golf Game?

Getting Up To Speed On The Course - Welcome to the X9 Follow

Living At Lake Kiowa - Stewart Golf Dream Machines

It's been said that the world's best electric and push golf carts are built by hand. Drum roll please - The manufacturer is Stewart Golf at their headquarters in Great Britain. Award winning flagship X9 Follow product lines are also taking the courses by storm all over the world. Featuring revolutionary Follow Technology, these spectacular state of the art golf carts are transforming customer's rounds all over the globe.

What makes this golf cart so special and the most talked about technology on the golf course? The X9 Follow is a beautifully crafted electric golf cart that lets you choose how to control it: manually; remote control from the compact handset; or by turning on Follow mode and keeping it two paces behind you wherever you go on the course. That's right, and there's more...the company is always making it better year after year.

Invented, designed and handbuilt by skilled engineers in Great Britain, the X9 Follow lets you focus on your game, not your gear and gives you the best chance of playing your best golf. Designed and handbuilt in Great Britain in their new 10,000 sq. ft. factory with ongoing continuous improvement and development with you in mind.

Special Features About Stewart Golf X9:

All new golf carts come with a two year warranty.
Fast Courier Delivery
30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Handbuilt in Great Britain
2 Year Warranty
Patented Follow Technology
50m Remote Control Range
Bluetooth Communication
Rechargeable Lithium Handset
Complete Remote Functionality
Downhill Braking
Integrated Stabiliser
Iconic Stewart Golf Design
Handbuilt in Great Britain

Remember The Stewart Golf X9 Follow is widely regarded as the world's finest golf cart. While this article is just for fun, the tech behind it is real, and celebrated around the world by the world's finest golfers. If you have never been to a PGA Tournament, or played on a course overseas, have fun in checking out this fabulous product line by Stewart Golf. Have fun today on the course here at Lake Kiowa. Dream Machines are why Stewart Golf has the golf carts, golf bags, golf accessories, and spare parts markets just for the asking.

Remember that on Thursday mornings Brown McCrory, our golf pro, conducts a team event for all men showing up before the cutoff time with a draw for A,B,C,D players - $5 entry. Brown McCrory – PGA Professional and proprietor of the Pro Shop at Lake Kiowa can be reached at (940) 668-7394 Shop.  If you have any questions about upcoming golf activities here at the Lake, please give him a call.

 

Buying Sod In Texas

Planting Sod Season Is Almost Here At Lake Kiowa

Wow, the weather is getting hot out there. Do you need some new grass? It's about that time to plant here in North Texas according to lawn specialists. If you have never purchased sod for your lawn or land, then let's take a few minutes to review this list and talk about some critical factors you really need to know prior to arrival of your new sod. If you’re buying very much sod for your whole yard, or adjacent lots, then we encourage you to have it delivered. It is very heavy. A heavy duty truck will be required if you do it yourself depending on what you need.

Spring and summer fun is here. The time is now to plan ahead for making your home the best it can be. With events every weekend, BBQ's, parties, and boating activities; your lawn needs to be in the best condition is can be. Whether you are cooking out on the grill, having a pool party, or planting flowers and reworking your gardens means your yard is highly visible. Sod, grass, and trees are a vital part of the landscape mix here at Lake Kiowa and we encourage you to do the research before arrival on planting sod instructions below. We all love Lake Kiowa!

Here are some helpful recommendations for you to consider and make plans for:

  • Do have your sod delivered (unless you own a heavy-duty truck). One pallet weighs 2,000-3,000 pounds. Not to mention unless you have a pallet jack to get it on and off the truck you will need to do it my hand. Not fun.
  • General rule of thumb is your sod needs to be planted by the end of May, prior to really hot sun and temperatures. It makes for easier work, and it won’t dry out so quickly as you get it established.
  • Best practices says be sure you apply a glyphosate-only herbicide that has no other active ingredient. This will eliminate existing grasses and weeds without leaving any herbicidal residue in the soil.
  • Rototill to prepare the soil carefully. If you don't own one, go to the nearest local retail gardent centers for your area. Be sure to rake to a smooth grade afterwards.
  • Be sure to do the research on types of sod you have available in North Texas. Here in Texas, St. Augustine for part shade or full sun; bermudagrass for full sun. Zoysias fall in-between and are becoming increasingly popular across much of Texas. Remember, there really isn't a grass for full shade.
  • Be sure that you source your best sod yard you can. Most of you gardners out there are familiar with your independent retail garden centers in your area. A be sure you visit your vendor before you have your new sod delivered to invest in quality product.
  • Fresh sod is bright green, and the soil portion will be moist. If it is brown you may want to rethink your source.
  • Try to buy Texas grown sod, processed in late afternoon and shipped to you overnight for early morning planting.
  • Sod laid onto tilled soil is a group effort. A team of four or five workers is required. It helps if you walk on pieces of plywood so you won’t leave footprints.
  • Each piece of sod should be as close as possible to each other. Voids which do happen can be filled to avoid gaps by cutting up the pieces to fit.
  • Be sure that you water each area of the yard as soon as you have the sod planted. Inventory carefully and be sure to fill any conspicuous cracks between pieces, although narrow spaces will still fill in very quickly.
  • Visually, if the lawn looks lumpy after you have planted the sod, consider rolling it one time with a half-filled lawn roller.
  • Watering is necessary for the first two weeks. Do water each day (unless it rains) for about 5 minutes per area; you will be able to gradually wean the grass to longer intervals between waterings.
  • When your new sod takes hold and the grass begins to grow, be sure to mow at the recommended height as soon as the grass grows slightly beyond it. Keep the grass at that height. Low mowing encourages dense, spreading growth.
  • You can fertilize the new grass after the second mowing. It's best to use an all-nitrogen food with half or more of that nitrogen in slow-release form. Remember that the first feeding should be at half the recommended rate. Then, approximately one month later, fertilize at the recommended rate.

If you have any questions be sure to research all the information you can about your sod, and be sure you write the down and discuss questions with your sod provider. It would help to contact more than one grower, and if possible visit the sod farm if you are buying direct and not using a local nursery or garden facility.

Be sure to read these Don'ts for the record that will save time, money eliminate having to purchase additional sod that could die.

  • Never start new sod without first rototilling the ground and raking it smooth ahead of time. If you only spread an inch of sand on top of the old grass and weeds, then lay out their sod; you are doomed to failure or severely impaired results. In this scenario "You only get one chance to do the job right."
  • Never accept sod with nutsege (nutgrass). Do the research and get a picture to take when you go visit to buy. If you can see nutsedge in the thin layer of soil, turn it down. The sod-cutting machines will slice the pea-sized “nutlets” cleanly in half. If nutsedge is present, you’ll be able to see those little pieces.
  • Never use weedkillers, including pre-emergent herbicides until the new grass has been through its first winter for best growing results.
  • Don't bother planting sod in a shaded area. Even St. Augustine will fail to grow when an area receives fewer than 5 or 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If you have an area like this, it’s time to consider a groundcover. There are several shade tolerant groundcovers, and you can do research about that online very easily.

Sod is expensive and you don't want to have to purchase again right? Take to heart the recommendations provided in this article. You will find that strict adhearance to these basic best accepted practices, your sod will perform in the manner you hope. Happy Lawns look beautiful and green, and will certainly be a gift to you and your neighbors and family each time you use your patio or yard for all your activities.

Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate is open 7 days a week – Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The agents of Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate are always available to help you with any questions or concerns. 940-665-3300

Get Busy Winter Is Almost Here

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Your yard was beautiful this year. If you are new to Lake Kiowa then remember it takes work all year long. Years of your hard work have paid off and your lawn and shrubs, color, and even the trees are just like you like them.

If you are an avid gardner and lawn keeper, then please pay attention to these most critical things you’ll want to accomplish before too much more time passes by and cold weather hits. All your hard work all year will need some special care; as will planting, pruning, and fertilizing now to maintain that simple beauty coming into 2018.  It's all about maintenance now.

Here are the next planting recommendations for North Texas lawns and gardens:

  •  Make sure that your Tulips and Dutch hyacinths have 45 days in the fridge before you plant them outdoors by the end of the year. This is probably your last call to get that done. Daffodils and grape hyacinths can be planted at any time of course, just make sure you purchase fresh potting soil.
  •  Most of the regional trees and shrubs can still be planted now, but you may have to hunt for them in the backs of the nurseries – behind the shipments of Christmas trees. Remember you can always ask your favorite nurseryman for help.
  • Keeping your patio and curb appeal color like Pansies and other winter color plants is always an option. Plants in raised beds of well-prepared, highly organic soil are required, and remember they can be outstanding in pots as well.

Recommendations for Pruning those outdoor beauties is a must:

  • Be sure to trim to re-shape foliage plants you’ve brought in from the patio for winter. It will stimulate new growth in the fast growing season.
    Be sure to go ahead and mow your lawn to remove fallen tree leaves.
  • Try to snip erratic growth from shrubs, but save major reshaping for two months from now (late January, early February) for maximum growing this coming Spring.

Regular fertilization habits must continue:

  • Understand thatPansies, pinks and other winter color with high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food to keep them growing vigorously. Failure to feed adequately is a common cause of poor plant performance and you want your work to pay off in beauty.
  • Remember that your houseplants need monthly feeding with high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food at half the recommended rate. Your goal for the winter is to maintain them status quo, not to encourage them to grow while they’re in the darker conditions indoors. Staying healthy is always best.
  • If you want to sow Ryegrass and fescue (cool-season grasses), then you must feed with high-nitrogen or all-nitrogen lawn food to keep it green. Water immediately after feeding.

Keep and eye out for pests, weeds, and unwanted grasses daily:

  • All your Broadleafed weeds will need killer spray on a sunny, warm and relatively still day to get rid of those cool-season broadleafed weeds before winter moves in. Read and follow label directions for your selections; or contanct your favorite nursery employee.
  • Remember to keep close watch on all houseplants closely for signs of scale insects, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites. These pests commonly come in from outdoors when we bring plants inside for the winter and will need to be treated. It's a good idea to spray everything before you take them in; and there are great broad solutions that can eliminate issues before those pesky pests show up.

By the way, to everyone out here at Lake Kiowa, hope you and your families had a great Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Season's Events at the Lodge.

 

 

 

 Inaugural Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index

Texas Realtors Working For YouThe November 2017 The Texas Association of REALTORS® has released the new report that gauges Texas homebuyer and seller satisfaction of working with Texas real estate agents. This is great news for everyone who is a licensed realtor here in Texas. What this means to you as a homebuyer or homeseller here in Texas, is that this inaugural Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index showed that a majority of homebuyers and sellers highly value the local market knowledge and expertise that Texas REALTORS® provide. What is more impressive is that a survey was given to over 17,000 respondents. These Surveyed respondents cited word-of-mouth referrals and timeliness in communications as important factors in the selection and satisfaction of working with a real estate agent. This tells us people do appreciated great communication skills.

Lake Kiowa Realty is very happy and proud to have been a part of this report for 2017, and lets you know that here in Texas, all our realtors continue to strive to provide you with the best service we can in finding you a buyer or a seller for your home. Here is some additional information you may enjoy reading and may not be aware of.

According to the report, Texas homebuyers and home sellers rated their experience of working with a Texas REALTOR® a 4.91 and 4.87 out of 5.0, respectively. Among those surveyed, approximately 98 percent gave a satisfaction rating of "good" or "excellent", 1 percent selected "satisfactory" and less than 1 percent selected "poor" or "below expectations."

Respondents' satisfaction of working with a Texas REALTOR® was most likely to be impacted by the agent's ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner. Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®, commented: "The Texas housing market moves fast, and it's increasingly important for REALTORS® to be able to operate at the speed of the market. This means allowing for greater accessibility, setting communication expectations up front with clients and ensuring clear, timely communications so that homebuyers and sellers can feel confident at every step of the process."

Despite the growing role of technology in the real estate industry, the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index showed that more than one-third of homebuyers and sellers found their Texas REALTOR® through a referral from friends or family. Less than 5 percent of respondents found their Texas REALTOR® through an Internet search or online portal. Eight in 10 respondents indicated that they didn't consider another broker if they had previously worked with a Texas REALTOR®. Texas homebuyers and sellers ranked a deep understanding of a client's unique needs and local market conditions as the top two deciding factors in working with a Texas REALTOR®.

Fullerton concluded, "Being a Texas REALTOR® means striving to make a difference every day, not just in the lives of the homebuyers and sellers we serve, but in the communities in which we live, work and do business. That's why you'll often see Texas REALTORS® taking a stand on issues that impact our economy and quality of life, such as the recently passed Proposition Two which gives Texas homeowners easier access to the equity in their homes."

The number of Texas REALTORS® has grown approximately 27 percent since 2010, now exceeding 114,000. In 2017, Texas REALTORS® remain committed to homeowner advocacy and in 2017 alone invested $4.96M to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and donated more than $3M in Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Texas Realtor Disaster Relief Fund.


About the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index - The 2017 edition of the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index is based on survey responses from 17,000 Texas homebuyers and sellers collected in 2016 and compiled by RealSatisfied, a customer satisfaction and performance evaluation platform built specifically for the real estate industry.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS® - With more than 114,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Thanks you Texans for supporting us here at Lake Kiowa Premier Real Estate.