Once a year, organizers around the world come together to create Earth Day events, celebrating natural spaces and focusing on cleaning up areas around the globe. Near Darling Homes communities in both Dallas and Houston, residents have the opportunity to participate in cleanup events or take time out to help maintain their own communities this Earth Day, April 22.
Helping out at home
If you have a busy schedule, or desire to help out your community throughout the year, here are a few tips to celebrate Earth Day on your own time. Earth Day’s theme this year is to end plastic pollution. Earthday.org is providing materials on education, recycling and individual cleanup. Additionally, they promote long-term projects such as school programs and planting trees worldwide.
Earth Day provides a toolkit for interested parties to read up on plastic pollution and gain tips on eliminating or reducing plastic waste in everyday life. Around your own home, some ways to reduce waste are to utilize reusable containers, recycle all materials that can be recycled appropriately, and pick up trash in outdoor areas where you see it.
Heading to a local park with a trash bag and gloves and spending a few hours picking up recyclables and trash can make a large local impact any day of the year.
Finding an event near you
On Earth Day, organizations and individuals around the globe band together to form cleanup events in their communities, and Dallas and Houston are no exception. Keep Texas Beautiful is a program with affiliates and volunteers throughout the state dedicated to maintaining its beauty, and they keep a running calendar of events that shows cleanup opportunities in different communities.
In West Houston, Katy completed a Trash Bash pickup on April 7, organized by Keep Katy Beautiful, and Sugar Land held their celebration on April 14. Earth Day Houston is hosting an event featuring environmental talks, live music and more to help educate the public on Earth Day and its environmental impact.
In Dallas, communities are holding local cleanups, such as the Clean It & Green It event in Frisco on April 21. Along with community events, Dallas is also home to EarthX, an environmental experience featuring films, speakers, events and more.
At EarthX, visitors will have the chance to listen to speakers, view a tiny home village, go to the film festival, attend a concert and more – all while learning about the environment. Presented at Fair Park on April 20-22, attendees will have the chance to interact with the environment through the various events and activities EarthX is bringing to Dallas.
In Allen, a suburb northwest of Dallas, Darling Homes is preparing to offer homebuyers an abundance of new home opportunities in Montgomery Farm, an environmentally-conscious community spread over more than 500 acres near the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve.
The community of Montgomery Farm is well-established in Allen, with incredible access to shopping, businesses and recreation opportunities. Darling Homes is coming into new sections at Montgomery Farm with homesites ranging in size from 31’ to 90’.
At Montgomery Farm Angel Field East, Darling Homes will be offering its Villa and Founders Collections of home designs, situated next to Watters Creek outdoor mall. At Watters Creek, shopping and dining options abound, and the shopping center hosts events that are fun for all ages, including pet adoption events, Concerts by the Creek, Allen Arts Festival and more.
The Haven Collection, Keystone Collection and Regency Collection from Darling Homes will all be available to discerning shoppers at Montgomery Farm Estates, with model homes open to the public starting in late spring 2018. In Montgomery Farm, residents will find themselves nestled amongst gardens, outdoor spaces, and a unique collection of elements that keep the community in tune with its surroundings.
Featuring trails, ponds, and over 200 acres of greenway, Montgomery Farm puts an emphasis on open air spaces and connecting the community to nature. Cisterna, a sustainable art piece designed by Brad Goldberg, helps to form a singular landscape while simultaneously operating as a windmill that cleans runoff water and aerates ponds. At Montgomery Urban Tree Farm, native Texas trees are grown, helping to continue the cycle of sustainability while helping to conserve local plant life.
Montgomery Farm’s dedication to staying connected to its native natural areas creates a private haven without compromising on amenities and access to businesses, schools and entertainment venues. In 2017, personal finance magazine MONEY ranked Allen second on its list of ‘Best Places to Live in the U.S.’ based on factors including economic health, cost of living and public school performance.
At Montgomery Farm, Dallas homebuyers will have the incredible opportunity to choose from a broad selection of Darling Homes home designs in an exciting and well-established Allen community. To learn more about Montgomery Farm, request information or call 469-252-2255.
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With summer just around the corner, Darling Homes designs in Houston and Dallas are built for homeowners to enjoy both indoor and outdoor living. While Darling Homes offers a variety of home designs, options are plentiful for shoppers looking to get the most out of the inside and outside of their homes.
Courtyards, front porches and backyards can be found in communities throughout both cities, and Darling Homes’ Design Gallery and Model Home Branding Manager, Lee Crowder, is sharing helpful tips to make the most out of your outdoor spaces for years to come.
“Courtyards are an extension of the home,” Crowder said. “They can function as an extension of the living room, with plenty of outdoor seating.”
According to Crowder, options that can transform your Darling Homes courtyard into a functional living space are placing furniture near to the kitchen or indoor living room and potentially including a TV. On front porches, Crowder recommends keeping a well-maintained area with simple furniture pieces and decorative items.
“The front porch is the first glimpse of your personality, your design style and it’s a reflection of what the inside of your home is going to look like,” she said.
Personality and décor should translate to the backyard area as well. Crowder recommends making sure the backyard space feels like an extension of the indoor living areas. Arranging furniture, such as a large table built to fit 6 to 8 people, near to the indoor kitchen can help create a natural-feeling outdoor dining space.
“For covered areas, I’d recommend upholstered furniture. If it’s uncovered, go without cushions for ease,” Crowder said. “Other good furniture options can include items like storage benches where you can store the cushions inside of it when not in use.”
A key element to making outdoor living areas feel functional, friendly and ready to use is the decor. Crowder recommends using things that can pull ‘double duty’, such as a candle with citronella in it or a live potted plant that can sit on the table as a centerpiece.
“With planters, I always recommend adding in an evergreen element so you have something that lasts all year and doesn’t have to be changed every year,” she said. Flowers, herbs and other plants make great seasonal additions to outdoor planters.
Adding in extra personalization can go a long way as well. Whether you choose a rustic-style picnic table, speakers for music or string lighting, there are plenty of ways to add a personal or fun touch to your outdoor living area.
“Backyard games like bocce ball, ladder golf or croquet can be a great thing to have,” Crowder said. Getting creative with ideas for outdoor entertainment can be fun as well. Setting up a sheet and a projector for an outdoor movie night, a chalkboard on a back fence or s’mores kits by the fire pit for dessert can all add an extra piece of home to the backyard.
No matter how you envision your ideal outdoor living area, Darling Homes has a home design ready to help you turn your dream into a reality.
From concerts to live music to plays, Dallas and Houston each offer residents a wide variety of entertainment options. For Darling Homes residents, located in communities all around the two cities, homeowners delight in opportunities to view live performances close to home.
In the Dallas area, there are various Darling Homes communities that provide residents with access to entertainment venues. In Frisco, communities such as Canals at Grand Park, Newman Village, Edgestone at Legacy, Estates at Shaddock Park and Phillips Creek Ranch Silvertail are within easy reach of centers with dance, music, community theater and more.
At Theatre Frisco, a dedicated group of volunteers puts on four plays per year, and the Frisco Improv Players hold monthly shows at the intimate venue. Frisco Fine Art, since its opening in October 2017, has featured art openings, book signings and a holiday music and art performance. The venue is continuing to host performing arts events and is offering hands-on opportunities with painting nights out and art camps for children. The Rock & Bach Music and Performing Arts School offers children and their loved ones a way to get involved in performing arts from an early age, with music lessons and the Starmoments Theater, where young actors put their skills to the test with a final dinner theater performance.
At The Woodlands in North Houston, Darling Homes residents have access to a wide range of performing arts centers. At the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater mere minutes from several Darling Homes neighborhoods, big-name bands like The Foo Fighters, Kenny Chesney and the Dave Matthews Band are common sights on the stage. Along with concerts from popular bands, the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera bring their performances straight to The Woodlands. The nearby Payne Academy of Ballet holds an annual production of The Nutcracker along with a spring performance for fans of dance, and Class Act Productions brings in community musical theater to The Woodlands.
Darling Homes puts a strong focus on providing homeowners with the lifestyle they want, starting with high-quality, desirable locations throughout the Dallas and Houston metro areas. From Cypress to McKinney and Sugar Land to Irving, performing arts venues are in close proximity to Darling Homes communities, giving residents the opportunity to indulge in their favorite arts events throughout the year.
Warmer weather and sunny days draw people to the outdoors as spring gets closer to summer. April is known as National Kite Month, and around the country adults and children are enjoying outdoor spaces in their communities.
With Darling Homes, in Dallas and Houston, communities are designed to give homebuyers the amenities they crave – including several communities with outstanding parks and open spaces. National Kite Month, organized by the American Kitefliers Association to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoying the activity of flying a kite.
Whether or not you decide to take up kite flying in April, Darling Homes homeowners are well-positioned to enjoy warm spring days in their communities. In Cypress, at Bridgeland, the entire community is built around the idea and theme of living within a park space, with Darling Homes designs from the Sanctuary Patio Collection, Regency Collection and Cornerstone Collection. With over 900 acres of lakes and waterways, trails for walking, biking and running for exploring throughout the entire community, Bridgeland is prime for spending sunny days outdoors. Whether you’re packing a picnic, looking to go birdwatching at the birding tower or simply delight in over 400 acres of park space, homeowners in Bridgeland have unparalleled access to outdoor spaces within their neighborhoods.
At The Tribute, located in The Colony, Texas, residents are perched on a peninsula in Lake Lewisville, creating incredible opportunities for outdoor activities close to home. With homes from the Haven Collection, Sanctuary Patio Collection and the Keystone Collection, homeowners at The Tribute reside within a peaceful retreat with close access to the city, the lake and protected natural areas. Lakeside living is a staple at this community, with launch sites for canoes and kayaks, spots to fish in hopes of catching a largemouth bass, catfish or white bass. Over 10 miles of trails provide residents with the opportunity to exercise and explore. With educational signs on native plants, animals and ecosystems, The Tribute’s outdoor spaces provide room for both fun and education.
Whether you want spring days flying a kite, laying in the grass or embracing other outdoor recreation activities, Darling Homes residents can get the lifestyle they desire with incredible communities throughout Dallas and Houston.