Friday, January 29, 2016

Outdoor Living Spaces, yes please!

Forecast for Dallas this weekend: High in the 70s, and evening lows in the 40s. Did I mention it was the last week in January? One of the perks of living in the south, we can pretty much live outdoors for a large portion of the year.  Perhaps that is just the reason we are building more and more outdoor spaces. It’s the perfect way to extend your living space.

In addition, an outdoor living space is not only a great feature, adding onto the living space of your home, it will also attract buyers when you're ready to sell. A National Association of Realtors survey shows more than half of the surveyed buyers would pay a premium for a home with an outdoor living space.  

Outdoor spaces make entertaining simple. Add a few candles, light the fire and add your favorite BBQ and beverages. Done.

Depending on the size of your backyard, it can be as simple as adding just a fireplace, creating a simple intimate setting. 

Imagine those perfect sunday afternoons cheering on your favorite team surrounded by good friends. 

It can also provide the perfect focal point to your estate-sized backyard. 

Whatever your design or lot size, at  Paul Taylor Homes we offer many different outdoor living space options to accommodate your family's interests. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

With Model Homes… Less is More.

Upon buying a new home the first thing we start thinking about is...Will my furnishings work with this space? Does my dining table work in the formal dining space, and does my bedroom furniture work in the master? Is my sofa too big or too small for the family room? Are my current colors going to match with my design selections? When a model home is over decorated, it can make it difficult to tell if your furnishings will work or not. 

Over decorated models make it hard to see the real “bones” or structure of the home. In other words, you can’t see the home for the furnishings. While it’s beautiful when every room in the model has a different paint color, added built-ins, and a ton of furniture and wall hangings throughout the home, you come away with great ideas, it can also be a little bit overwhelming. It becomes difficult to visualize how YOUR home will look, with your personal taste and style.

At Paul Taylor Homes we design and decorate our models so that it is possible for you to see what you are actually purchasing. That being said, yes, at Paul Taylor Homes our model homes do have upgrades, but not so much that you can’t visualize how YOUR new home will look. (We will always be clear about what is standard and what is not.) 

We focus on the floor plan and the construction of the home. We want you to see the size and space of each room as well as the flow of the home at first glance. To help with this, with the exception of the media room, we maintain one wall color throughout the entire home from the kitchen to the bedroom.  Keeping our light fixtures standard is just another feature we feel helps to show you just what you can expect. In addition, we maintain a minimal amount of furnishings, and wall decor so we don’t take away from what's important...the home.  Our goal is to simply generate creative ideas to show you how you can live in YOUR space. 

Take a look below...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Build on Your Lot with Confidence

“I’d love to buy a lot and build my dream home.” Years ago this seemed like a pipe dream for so many, but now builders are making this more of a possibility than ever before.  One thing is certain, before you set out to find your perfect lot, it’s important to find a builder that has strong “build on your lot” expertise.

I’m happy to say that in 2015 Paul Taylor Homes had a record year in the number of “Build on Your Lot” homes. And what’s more, we’ve been building homes in the Dallas area since 1979…. 

1979… The Bee Gees had the number one song in America, the show Dallas was one of the top rated TV shows, the most popular Christmas present was a walkman/cassette radio player… and The University of Alabama won the National Championship. The only two things in this list that still hold true here in 2016 is that Alabama once again won the National Championship…and Paul Taylor Homes is still building homes in DFW. Now that’s some staying power. 

So if you’re looking to build your dream home on your perfectly chosen lot, take a look at what we offer….

At Paul Taylor Homes we have a wide selection of floor plans available for you to choose from, whether it be side entry, or estate sized homes. We'll help you select the right home for your lot and an amenity package that fits your family's needs. 

Once you choose the floor plan and the amenity level and we’ll do the rest. We will be right there along side you through the entire process. More importantly, you will know the total cost of your home up front before we ever get started. 

Below is a sample of our Side Entry Designs...

4292 sq. ft. 2 Story, 4 Bedrooms, 3 ½ Baths, Formal Living, Formal Dining, Study, Open Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast and Upstairs Game Room and Media Room, 4 Car Garage

And a sample of our Estate Designs...

5110 sq. ft. 1 Story, 4 Bedrooms, 3½ Baths, Formal Living, Formal Dining, Family Room, Study, Large Open Kitchen/Breakfast, Game Room and Media Room with a 3 Car Garage

Take a look at the link below and see a larger sample of the homes we can build on your lot.

After you have carefully selected the home you're ready to build,  it's quite possible that you can view one of these homes, either a completed home or one that’s currently under construction, in one of our communities. Contact any one of our Paul Taylor Homes consultants to discuss building one of our homes on your land.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Designing for the Senses

Designing for the Senses

Do you ever go out, come home and think, "What a fabulous party!"? Chances are that the lighting and music were perfectly on point. I am a firm believer that music and lighting can make or break a party. The same holds true when it comes to creating that perfect ambiance for your home, it's important to use your senses to guide you.


Textures are a perfect way to get a sense of comfort. Start in the bedroom. Surround yourself with with your favorite fabric and don't be afraid to mix up patterns and material. Seen above is a mix of soft and luxurious cotton combined with silk and velvet pillows. 


Remember as a kid coming home from school, smelling that familiar smell and thinking, “Mmm what’s for dinner"? Do you remember walking into grandma’s house and getting the first whiff of her fresh baked apple pie?  Place your favorite signature candles and potpourri throughout your home to establish that warm familiar smell.


What's your favorite time of day? For some it's seeing the sunrise, for others it's sunset. Our moods change along with these instances of natural light. The windows pictured above allow for natural light to shine into the home at any hour and manipulate the internal mood, whatever time of day.


Nothing is more soothing than the sound of your favorite song. Luckily for us, today's technology allows us to bring more than our favorite book and beverage with us as we wind down the day. Finally, we are able to implement a sound system in any room to assist in the creation of a desired ambiance. 

Decorating doesn't have to be challenging. It's simply a matter of getting in tune with yourself and your senses.