Evans Coghill Blog

Blog Category - Homeowner Tips

New Year Resolutions for Your Home

Categories: Good Info to Know, Homeowner Tips | Posted: January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on New Year Resolutions for Your Home

Setting New Year goals for yourself may be easier than setting them for your whole household. Whether it’s trying a new design trend or making sure family dinners happen once a week, here are some good ideas for a bright 2018!

  • Create goals that are reasonable. Instead of resolving to do something you don’t like or that may be too ambitious, try setting goals that are doable. It’s easier to reach your target if you actually make it reachable! And you’ll love that feeling of accomplishment.
  • Get organized. Now is the perfect time to de-clutter your drawers and desk. Sort paperwork, bills, mementos and mail. Clean out the closets – and see how much space you have. Invest in a closet organization system.
  • Automate it. Whether you’re trying to lower the heating bills or find time to exercise consistently, automation is the key. Automated thermostats. Automated bill paying. Automatic reminders. It’s easier to develop and stick to new habits with a little help from technology.
  • Take a risk. Nothing too crazy, just something outside your comfort zone. Always wanted to learn rock-climbing? Do it! Wondering what ultra-violet would look like in the family room? Do it! You’ll never know if you don’t try!
  • Start – and finish – a project. Whether it’s a DIY project, a redecorating scheme or a larger renovation, break it into steps so it doesn’t seem overwhelming. Create a rough schedule and try to check off parts of the project in increments. It may take a while, but eventually you’ll get it done.
  • Slow down. Take the time to sit down and eat as a family. Savor a meal instead of rushing around and grabbing fast food. Schedule movie or game nights. Un-schedule yourself from too many obligations. Say no.
  • Create a comfortable bedroom. Basic but necessary. Stop using your bedroom as an office/play room/library/laundry sorting facility. Make it a quiet, comfortable space where you can collapse and recharge at the end of the day.

  • Love your home and your life, imperfections included. Appreciate the warmth and shelter your home provides. Take note of the thoughtful little things your spouse does. Enjoy watching your kids play together. Be grateful for your home, your family, and your health – and let the other stuff go.

 

 

 

 

Evans Coghill Homes is a new home builder in the Charlotte, NC area, building new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, and McLean.  For more information, please visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

Love to entertain? Here are some tips for designing a party-perfect home!

Categories: Communities, Design Tips, Homeowner Tips, Homeowners | Posted: October 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Love to entertain? Here are some tips for designing a party-perfect home!

Every family has different interests and priorities for their new home. For those who love to entertain, creating a space that can become “party central” is key. Regardless of what kind of entertaining you like to do, there are some design guidelines that will help you create the perfect space to host your family and friends.

  • If you’re building a new home, remember that flexibility is essential. Plan spaces that are adaptable to large parties, cozy get-togethers or quiet dinners. Choose furniture that is adaptable, too.
  • Make your guests feel welcome from the moment they arrive. Have a place to put coats and bags. Make sure they know where the food & drink are. Have an easily accessible powder room on the main level.
  • Whether you entertain often or only once a year, keep your entertaining essentials (platters, glasses, special dishes, silverware) organized and ready to use. Keep it somewhere that’s easy to access (pantry, closet, cabinet) and altogether so you don’t have to go rummaging around.
  • Functionality. If you have an open floor plan, maximize its usefulness. Move furniture to create open flow, create flexible seating areas, make the rooms multi-functional – eating, chatting, etc.
  • If you prefer formal, sit-down affairs, make sure you have a table that can extend to fit guests comfortably. And a room that has enough space for that table as well as chairs, and a buffet or sideboard for presenting food.
  • Lighting and music add so much to the festivities. Don’t forget to set the tone with appropriate background music and mood lighting.
  • Kid Zone. If you have a basement, turn it into a game or rec room. Give the kids somewhere to go to get away from the adults – or somewhere for the guys to go and watch the game. May it contain a bar, pool table, other games, and a huge TV.
  • Go Outside. Create a nice, open entry to your deck, patio, or porch through large sliding glass doors, screen doors, etc. to create a natural indoor/outdoor flow. Make sure it’s set up with ample seating and tables, and encourage people to mosey from inside to outside by putting food and activities in both places.

No matter which Evans Coghill Homes home plan you have chosen, these fun entertaining ideas can be put into practice without a problem!

Evans Coghill Homes is a new home builder in the Charlotte, NC area building new homes in Springfield, Riverwalk, and Cheval.  For more information, please visit evanscoghill.com.

The Benefits of Eating, Cooking and Entertaining Outdoors This Summer!

Categories: Cheval, Communities, Homeowner Tips, Homeownership, New Homes in Charlotte, Riverwalk, Springfield | Posted: June 28, 2017 | Comments Off on The Benefits of Eating, Cooking and Entertaining Outdoors This Summer!

An outdoor living space is the ultimate bonus room to your new Evans Coghill Homes abode. Not only do you have a ton of flexibility to make it as unique as you want without the confines of a floorplan, but it’s also unlike any other room in the house. Enjoying a cozy, yet functional outdoor space goes without saying, but did you know there are a lot of benefits to cooking and entertaining outside, too? With the prime grilling and cookout season upon us, it’s time you found out!

Host without Cleaning Up
The worst part about hosting friends and family: cleaning the house just to have it get dirty again. But outside, a fresh table cloth and some disposable plates and utensils, and you’re good to go! Your backyard already creates the perfect backdrop without requiring all the work from you, while no pots and pans make post-clean up a breeze!

Host a Larger Crowd
Even with a spacious open concept, entertaining indoors can be limiting as to how many people can fit comfortably or the space you need for food. People are less likely to be sitting nearly as much when they’re outside anyway, as they gather around the grill and aren’t worried about carrying around those messier finger foods. So you probably won’t need as many seats anyway!

Grilling is Quick and Healthful
Customizing meals for those picky eaters is so much easier on the grill. You can even ask people to bring their own favorite meat or grilled veggie to throw on. And if you’re limited for time during the week, burgers, veggies and other meats are fast and easily prepared on the grill top. And did we mention, there’s health benefits? You consume less fat because the excess drips off the grates, while grilled vegetables and meats retain more vitamins and minerals. Win, win!

Regular Meals Feel More Special
Eating outside is more stimulating that the usual indoor routine. It can even make a quick bowl of cereal or pb&j for the kids feel more like they’re on vacation. They’ll also be more likely to hang around the table longer or play outside when they’re finished their meals. While preparing dinner becomes more of a social activity, since instead of being holed up in the kitchen, friends and family can chat and social as you grill and can help with side dishes and place setting. 

Keep Your House Cool

Turning on the oven during the hottest days of summer is probably the last thing you want to do. And the enduring heat that fills your kitchen afterward is equally as uncomfortable. You’ll spend less on utility bills not only ditching the kitchen appliances, but also not vamping up the AC to keep cool. And the added bonus; no lingering odors either! 

There are Health Benefits!

Studies suggest that eating outside actually makes food taste better! The fresh air lowers your stress hormones and blood pressure, so you’re more relaxed and even focused. When you’re stressed, you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating and don’t enjoy it as much. Plus, being outside is a natural mood booster. You can also get your necessary dose of Vitamin D with just 10-15 min in the sun a couple of days a week. It’s the perfect excuse to grill out!

With all these tips, there’s no need to wait around for a dream home to host these outdoor parties! Explore our available homes now in our Riverwalk, Springfield, and Cheval communities!

We were named Builder of the Year in 2016. Our homeowners have continued to give us positive reviews and survey results. Read more about what they have to say here.  Evans Coghill Homes builds new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, Ft Mill, and Cheval.

Page 1 of 3123