Fly the Flag and help Wounded Warriors

fulton-flag-photo-webFulton Homes has partnered with KSLX, 100.7 for its third annual “Fly the Flag for Veteran’s Day” campaign. From now until Veteran’s Day – November 11 – any visitor to a Fulton Homes’ community who tours one of the new model homes has the opportunity to buy a full-size American flag kit for only $10.  Fulton Homes will match any $10 donation offered up a maximum of $25,000, with 100 percent of these donations going to the Wounded Warriors Project. Fulton Homes wants to encourage everyone to display a flag on Veteran’s Day and make a difference in the lives of veterans too.

“Fulton Homes honors all of our military personnel who defend our country and protect our freedoms,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, explained. “Displaying our flag on Veteran’s Day is a way we can honor and support our troops and show our gratitude, and the donations collected will support those who have been wounded while in service. We are indebted to our veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make to keep us safer.”

The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service men and women and works to provide more awareness of the needs of those veterans injured in service to our country. It focuses on honoring and empowering wounded warriors, encouraging them to help each other. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

We invite you to visit one of our communities to pick up your flag and donate to this good cause.

Avoiding Space-wasting Corner Cabinets

avoiding-spacer-wasting-corner-cabinetswIf you’ve visited many model homes or investigated many kitchens, you may have seen some designed in a U shape. These kitchens look efficient and take up a small amount of space, but there is one problem: the corner cabinet. When you have a U-shaped kitchen, one or two of the cabinets have space that is not easily accessible, so a large amount of storage space is essentially wasted.

Notice instead how this kitchen is designed to avoid cabinets in the corners. One corner holds the double ovens, and the other is taken up with a generous walk-in pantry. This means that all the space in every cabinet seen here is easily accessible from the front.

Often you have to spend time in a kitchen to determine how well it really is designed. A kitchen can look appealing but once you’ve settled in you find all of the problems. Issues such as corner cabinets with their wasted space aren’t obvious at first glance.

At Fulton Homes, our kitchens are designed to make cooking easy and fun. Plenty of lighting, great accessories and an effective layout of top quality cabinets and countertops make working in this kitchen a pleasure.

To see some of our kitchens in person, why not visit Cooley Station this week? You may just find the right kitchen for you!

Fulton Homes Offers Custom Homesites in Prescott

fulton-preserve-at-the-ranch-webAfter a summer like this one, have you been considering heading up North to beat the heat? Maybe just for the summer, or maybe permanently; either way, it is worth your time to check out the new Fulton Home community of custom homesites in the Williamson Valley area of Prescott, Arizona.

This new gated custom home community provides a unique opportunity to join a small select group of homeowners. This Prescott-based enclave consists of only 38 estate-sized homesites, ranging from four to seven acres each, within a parcel of over 250 acres of unspoiled forest. Each site offers incredible views of Granite Mountain and the surrounding area.

Within the community, each home will be positioned to maximize view corridors and protect privacy with completely underground utilities to eliminate the distractions of wires and poles. All the streets in this community are paved and private.

talking-ranch-plan-webAs an additional advantage to joining this exclusive community of custom Fulton Home property buyers, each owner receives a social club membership to the exclusive Talking Rock Ranch Club located close by.  Talking Rock offers golf clubhouse and locker facilities, a fitness center, full-service dining, bar and patio areas, a post office and coffee shop. The buildings are connected with breezeways, porches and patios. These, combined with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, work together to create a lovely area for socializing and enjoying life.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, we invite you to contact us soon. Almost half of the properties have been sold so far. For information on those properties still available, we welcome you to contact our on-site friendly and informative agent, Richard Hanna at Prescott Realty: 928-889-2899 or prescottrealty@gmail.com.

Exploring Fulton Homes: The Fulton Design Center

design-center-carpeting-webOne of the best aspects of buying a new Fulton Home is the opportunity to use the Fulton Design Center to create a home made just for you. You have the opportunity to select everything from your flooring to lighting and paint colors. And with our technology department you can create the perfect home theater and build the best security system for your needs.

Once you’ve visited a number of communities and models, it pays to visit the Fulton Design Center on one of our open browse nights. Scheduled the first and third Thursday evenings of every month from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, you have the opportunity to see all of the options available for customizing your home to your style and taste.

Fulton designers are available to answer your questions and show you around. You may be surprised at the variety of choices waiting for you. In this low-key environment you can enjoy various appetizers and drinks while wandering through the space. It also pays to get a sense of what sort of options you can select.

With over 13,000 square feet of space, there are kitchen and bathroom vignettes in a number of styles to give you ideas about your own home. The Design Center is frequently updated so that the products and examples are current in style and capability. Kitchens include a variety of cabinets and appliances so that you can try out the feel of them and determine those options that appeal to you.

Once you buy your Fulton Home, you will be visiting the Fulton Design Center to select your home’s options with the help of one of our trained designers. Exploring your choices ahead of time will make this process both easier and more fun.

With the Fulton Design Center, you can end up with a home that matches your taste and décor preferences as well as working with your family’s functional needs.

Exploring Fulton Homes: Visiting a Community

Queen-Creek-Station-saleswebWhen you’re ready to visit a Fulton Home’s community, plan for more than a cursory look. To do justice to each model, anticipate spending about a half-hour at a minimum in each. Here are some suggestions to improve your understanding of how each model would work for your family.

Walk into every room: This includes bathrooms and walk-in closets. When you live in a home you won’t be merely peering in from the door. See how the laundry room feels as a work room. Experience the master and other bathrooms from an inside perspective. You might even want to step into the walk-in shower to get a sense of the space.

Go outside. Open the doors and wander out to the back yard. Take a look at how the house looks and feels from the back. If there are any side yards or courtyards available, check them out also. Do you like the access from the house itself to the outside? What would you change if you could? How would it work for you when entertaining outside?

Sit down: If there are stools pulled up to the kitchen island, sit down and see how the open style space works for you. Take a few minutes to sit at the dining room table and the table in the eat-in kitchen. While you’re seated, check out window locations and lighting. Before you leave a particular model, sit in the family room and discuss what you like about it and what you would want to change. Remember, each model has variations that may be able to bring you much closer to the goals you have for your home.

Take a final look: Before you leave, sit down in the family or living room and discuss the model. Is this home a possibility for you? What features do you particularly like and what would need to change to meet your needs. You may even want to take notes and/or photos so you will remember each one individually.

There’s one more stop that’s worth making when planning to buy a Fulton Home: the Fulton Design Center.

Exploring Fulton Homes: Models and Floor Plans

elevationwebEvery Fulton Home community offers a nice mix of home styles and floor plans. It pays to investigate your options on our website before visiting the models.

Our homes range from Easy-maintenance courtyard homes to spacious luxury homes and everything in between. What kind of Fulton Home would best fit your family, lifestyle and price range?

Start by considering some basics. How many bedrooms do you want? Remember to factor in the potential growth of your family as well as changes such as older family members moving in with you temporarily or permanently. Also consider whether you need a home office and how much outdoor space you want for your lifestyle. Do your plans include a pool? A larger property would make more sense then.

Another issue that would affect your design choices might be the age of your children. If they’re relatively young you may prefer to have the master bedroom on the same side of the house as your children’s rooms so you are easily available if they need you during the night. On the other hand, you may want a guest room on the other side of your home to give your family and your guests more privacy.

Older children would prefer their own bathrooms. Fulton Homes offers the option in some models for putting in additional bathrooms to accommodate teens or adults sharing a home. Families with more than two drivers and car owners may also benefit from larger multiple-car garages. Check out each possible home in your preferred communities to see which ones might work best for you.

Next: Make the most of your community visit.

Exploring Fulton Homes: Communities

community-shotwebIt can be confusing and challenging to start looking for the perfect new Fulton Home for you and your family. Here are some suggestions to help you with the process. Start by exploring all of Fulton Home’s available communities.

Using the interactive map at http://www.fultonhomes.com/our-communities, take a look at the locations of each neighborhood. Which ones would work best for you? Consider distance to work and family as well as the related school districts. You may also want to explore nearby shopping and office space.

As you investigate, remember that newly-opened communities will offer a broader selection of properties to choose from, while communities that are closer to finishing will have more neighbors nearby.

Once you have selected the communities that fit your profile, check out each one’s individual page. You will discover the specific neighborhood amenities available, the size and style of homes in that area, and the price range. You might want to talk to one of our preferred lenders, listed at http://www.fultonhomes.com/preferred-lenders, to determine what price home is right for you at this point in your lives.

Before you visit our communities, take the time to check out the information available for each on the web. The community pages give you location and directions, which models are available, lot size range and more detail about the area. Not all of the plans available in each community has a model available for viewing. Call the sales office for information on which homes offer models for your review.

Next: Finding the right home size and style for you.

Industrial and Traditional Styling Combine for Sophisticated Den

From the Atherton model in Penninsula at Queen Creek

From the Atherton model in Penninsula at Queen Creek

You may have noticed a decorating trend capturing an industrial feel in furniture and accessories. These items draw some inspiration from the Steampunk style, based on an alternate world where Victorian elements combine with steam-based technology to make an interesting setting for fictional universes.

If you want to add that industrial feel to your home’s décor, you may be concerned that the look will lead to a cold space rather than one that is warm and inviting. However, you can incorporate industrial elements into a room without losing the warm feeling. This den is a good example.

The strong grey tones in the color scheme are consistent with industrial-style design. But notice the cream, gold and yellow fabric at play on the chair upholstery. Those colors are echoed subtly in various accessories, such as the gold clock face and several yellow books. These splashes of warmer tones go a long way toward making this space welcoming.

Industrial accessories such as the oversized watch face clock and the tool boxes say industrial, but the globe on the desk, the plants and other containers keep this residential space grounded in more traditional elements.

den 2The bookshelves show one of the best ways of combining industrial with traditional styles. The metal framing is classic industrial, but the wood shelves with crown molding along the top capture a much more traditional feel.

Finally, color-blocking on both the walls and the drapes add contrast and interest, while fitting with both an industrial and a traditional style.

Overall, the space makes the best use of two design styles, combining them to end up with a room that is sophisticated yet totally welcoming.

Create a Sophisticated Dining Room

From the Atherton Model at Penninsula in the Oasis at Queen Creek community

From the Atherton Model at Penninsula in the Oasis at Queen Creek community

Grey has become a popular tone in decorating, and it is the strongest color influence in this dining room.  Yet this space feels warm and inviting. It’s the warm tones that balance the grey and make this dining room a place to linger. Let’s take a look at the elements that make this room so special.

Generous sizes: Start with a large table made with a thick top in a wood finish that combines grey with warmer hues. Add high-backed chairs with cushions and padded backs in a taupe/cream that uses both cool and warm tones. Finish with oversized art and substantial candlesticks on the table. All of these pieces give the room a weight and drama that combine to make the décor work.

Dark and light tones: Although most of this room uses neutrals, there is a nice distribution of light and dark tones to provide contrast and add interest. The curtains are the darkest permanent element in the room, but their pattern echoes the lightest tone. That light feeling is picked up in the chair upholstery and the candles. It’s too easy for a room filled with neutrals to end up boring, but these contrasts keep that from happening here.

A single pop of color: The blue napkins add a simple pop of color, drawing the eye to the table and adding just the right spark to the tablescape. Because the rest of the room is done in neutrals, you could easily switch out that blue for any bold color. How about yellow, red or coral? Or you could choose to go with black for extra drama. No matter your choice, this sophisticated dining room is ready for any dinner party.

Fulton Homes: Proud of our Windows

Mediterranean-at-Ironwood-Crossing-windows-cropped-webAt Fulton Homes, we work hard to keep improving the homes we build for our customers. One example is the decision to use Vinyl Low-E Windows on all of our homes. We began this in October of 2010, as part of our ongoing commitment to build ever-more energy efficient homes.

The Eco-View vinyl window products include the latest technology in providing energy-efficient frame design while not sacrificing style or function. The Eco-view frame uses a sophisticated system of hallways in the frame extrusion. This creates a stronger frame while providing a method to circulate air throughout the frame, making it more energy-efficient. It also helps make it resistant to warping and fatigue. All Eco-view frames are made of 100% virgin PVC (vinyl) material.

Eco-view vinyl windows carry an LC25 light commercial rating. This means that these windows surpass industry standards for residential applications. These windows are part of Fulton Homes’ Energy Star version 3 program. The windows and door systems are also user-friendly and include features that help to guarantee years of reliable service and security.

Eco-view vinyl windows and doors – one more way that Fulton shows its commitment to building homes that are energy-efficient and designed to save you money on your utility bills. For more information, visit the “Fulton Cares” page on our website.