Team Member Spotlight

Darling Homes Team Member Spotlight Alan Snead

From a waiter and bartender in the Houston-area to developing the contemporary, American restaurant, Black Walnut Cafe, at The Woodlands, it was clear Alan Snead’s exceptional customer service was ideal for a successful career in the restaurant industry. Twenty-five years later, his career acumen got him noticed by a whole new field.

The Woodlands was in the beginning stages of development when Snead was asked to assist in catering an event for 1,500 guests as they toured new communities and model homes. Snead catered the event himself, serving a gourmet cake in one of the model homes.

“I took the cakes, set them up and was ready to go,” Snead said. “What I didn’t know was that I was going to have 1,500 people asking me for the square footage of the house, the price per square foot and the incentives. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.”

His ability to deliver excellent customer service translated naturally into a polished sales performance at The Woodlands model home that day.

“To me, there was no option but to provide the best customer service for our guests,” Snead said. “I felt that no matter my role, my purpose was to make sure each guest enjoyed the tour. For that, I needed to be prepared with the answers they were seeking. Ultimately, I found it an interesting and rewarding experience.”

What started as a day catering gourmet cakes ended with Snead submitting his resume to the Darling Homes sales team. Since then, Snead has become a phenomenal Community Sales Manager for Darling Homes.

“For me, it’s the ideal place to be,” Snead said. “Darling Homes really empowers us to run the business like it’s our own, and I’m really thankful for them allowing me to do that.”

Snead brought his passion, strong work ethic and innate customer service ability to Darling Homes, which has in turn shown him the importance of building lasting relationships.

“I went from the restaurant industry, which is a short-term transaction with an almost immediate positive experience with the customer to a much longer sales experience,” Snead said. “At Darling Homes, I quickly learned that relationships are ten times more important.”

For years, Snead has provided the highest level of quality and value for his customers. To him, it’s important to find your passion and set a plan for yourself that’s going to make you most successful.

“I’m one of those people who walks in the door everyday and makes a list,” Snead said. “I know what I’m going to do the first hour and the last, and I stick with it. It’s very motivating for me to see the process of setting goals, achieving those goals and exceeding them.”

Still, Snead’s true passion and enjoyment comes from the relationships he builds with his clients.

“To this day I still get a Christmas card from the woman I sold my first home to,” Snead said.

His balance of knowledge, passion and genuine interest in each client is shown through the lasting relationships he’s built.

“The first thing you have to do is build that relationship based on trust. That trust is the foundation for a lasting relationship,” Snead said. “The rewards, both personal and professional, are almost unbelievable.”

Snead has proven himself to be an incredible salesman. Since joining the team nearly 13 years ago, Snead has completed more than $150 million in home sales with more than 350 home sold.

Snead feels he’s found an ideal fit with Darling Homes.

“One of the things that was key for me was to find a company with the best opportunities for me to be successful,” Snead said. “Darling Homes allows me to do that, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Lifestyle

Discover the Art of Construction with Darling Homes Houston

With a commitment to building one-of-a-kind homes designed with luxury, comfort and quality in mind, Darling Homes invites you to discover the Art of Construction, a collection of innovative building methods to ensure a better and more luxurious living experience for every homebuyer.

For more than 30 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating distinctive home designs built within exceptional communities that, together, deliver a unique lifestyle. These components coupled with eco-friendly building technologies and superior craftsmanship are what create the Darling Difference.

Darling Homes is built to the industry-leading standards of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). RESNET is a national standards-making organization that is recognized for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.

One of the energy efficient techniques is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Homes built to the specifications of this system (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) score a HERS Index of 100, which is a significant difference in comparison to older homes which score an average HERS Index of 130. The average score for new Darling Homes range between 60 and 70.

In addition to the RESNET Energy Smart program, Darling Homes implements other innovative building methods that work hand-in-hand with RESNET standards to create a quality and comfortable experience in both the home and environment.

Whether it’s the high utility bills during the hot, summer months or the energy-consuming appliances that are used on a daily basis, the average U.S. household spends approximately $5,550 per year on energy, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. However, homebuyers have the ability to reduce these costs by utilizing energy-efficient products, resources and appliances.

Here are the ways Darling Homes reduces environmental impact and energy consumption through energy and resource efficiency, enhanced water conservation, durability and moisture management and better air quality.

For energy and resource efficiency:

  • Low-E double paned windows, which reduce outdoor noise and help control the outside temperature inside of your home
  • Engineered foundation and frame to optimize material usage
  • 16 SEER performance HVAC system designed to fit your particular home
  • Programmable thermostat to control the temperature and comfort of your home more efficiently
  • Energy-efficient gas cooking appliances and gas water heater
  • LED lighting, which reduces energy costs

 

For enhanced water conservation:

  • Water-conserving shower heads, faucets and ENERGY STAR® dishwasher
  • Drought tolerant landscaping and indigenous plants to enhance longevity and reduce maintenance
  • Installed irrigation system that’s zoned and equipped with rain sensor shut-off

 

For durability and moisture management:

  • Tightly sealed homes to protect and minimize maintenance associated with severe weather conditions and humidity
  • Thermal Envelope, which is an inspection of 35 areas in the home to ensure no leaks before the home is sheetrocked
  • Insulation and air sealant are properly installed to prevent air leakage for more efficient air conditioning
  • Covered exterior doors to reduce exposure to sun, rain and other elements
  • Duct systems designed per Air Conditioning Contractors of America and tested for leakage on every home
  • Proper flashing installed at all areas of the home
  • Radiant barrier roof decking reduces heat absorption and improves HVAC efficiency
  • Electrical conduit prevents pinching in the electrical conduit line
  • Drywall corners reduce settlement cracks
  • California corners allow insulation at interior corners

 

For better air quality:

  • Proper ventilation optimizes clean indoor air for you to breathe and reduces moisture and humidity within the home
  • Increased comfort with even temperatures and airflow
  • Return air in all bedrooms aid in balanced room pressure, temperature control and air exchange
  • Kitchen and bath ventilation are run to the outside

 

These building methods and environmentally-friendly products and procedures showcase Darling Homes’ commitment to helping provide not only a safe and healthy environment, but the ideal living experience for its homebuyers.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Find Yourself at Home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills

Are you searching for a relaxed lifestyle while also being just minutes from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment venues? Find yourself at home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills in McKinney.

Returning to its roots in McKinney with three new home collections, Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills will build architecturally authentic home designs that provide the utmost in luxury and livability.

Experience the Charm of McKinney

The debut of Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills marks a special opportunity for Dallas homebuyers as the city of McKinney is the site of Darling Homes’ first community more than 25 years ago.

McKinney boasts unique character and charm with quaint, antique shops and charming eateries to pristine parks and green space. It’s the perfect blend of city-life and Southern charm.

Ranked #1 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2014, McKinney is home to a dynamic mix of art galleries, boutique shops and farm-to-table restaurants, as well as outstanding educational facilities, a flourishing business environment and a historic downtown.

With the city’s friendly, safe and quaint atmosphere coupled with picturesque scenery, McKinney continues to be a destination for those seeking a true sense of community.

Discover Your Dream Home

Slated to debut in spring 2017, Darling Homes will unveil new homes on 154 home sites in the private, gated neighborhood of Willowcreek at Auburn Hills.

With 55-, 60- and 70-foot home sites available, Darling Homes’ 55-foot patio series will mark the first opportunity in more than a decade for the builder to provide its signature collection in McKinney.

Homebuyers who prefer intimate floor plans and open-concept living will adore Darling Homes’ patio designs. Punctuated by expansive porches and patios, this collection offers one- and two-story designs with large, gourmet kitchens, spacious family rooms and living areas for entertaining and private master suites.

Darling Homes’ 60- and 70-foot designs bring a level of luxury and sophistication to the community. Homes feature high-end amenities, floor plan flexibility, gourmet kitchens with charming breakfast nooks, beautiful, open family rooms and oversized outdoor living spaces.

With homes ranging from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,500 square feet, Darling Homes provides homebuyers with a range of plans and personalized design opportunities to ensure each buyer finds the dream home they deserve.

Experience One-of-a-Kind Living

Willowcreek at Auburn Hills is situated just north of Hwy 380 with convenient access to US-75, major employment hubs and a scenic downtown area. Across the street from the community is Gray Branch Community Park, a planned 100-acre park that will offer an indoor and outdoor recreation facility with an active sports field, amphitheater, a pond and extensive hike and bike paths.

Behind the gates of Willowcreek, residents will have access to a planned collection of private amenities, which include a private amenity center, pavilion, shade arbors, a junior Olympic lap pool, and an outdoor grill area with a social lawn. Homebuyers in Willowcreek will also have access to the master-planned neighborhood amenities, which include a resort style pool, pavilion, playground, shade arbors, a sport court, hike-and-bike trails and nature paths.

Ready to make the move? See what makes Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills different by visiting us this spring in McKinney!

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Design

Darling Homes Brings Southern Charm to Houston with All-New Exteriors

Delivering a classic touch in new home architecture that harkens to the late-nineteenth century, Darling Homes brings Southern charm to Houston with all-new exteriors.

Painted brick exteriors are unique to new home construction. Until recently, painted brick lent its sophisticated look to prestigious and historic areas of Texas, including Houston Heights and River Oaks in Houston and Highland Park in Dallas.

Exuding grace and elegance, this all-new exterior brings an added level of value and appeal to not only the home, but the community’s streetscape.

“We love the idea of our buyers being able to choose the painted look for their homes,” said Lee Crowder, Darling Homes design gallery and model branding manager. “It not only creates a special and unique look for them, but it makes our Darling streetscape even more beautiful.”

In addition to the stylistic element these exteriors bring, painted brick allows homebuyers to mask color inconsistencies on their home due to the natural hues and variations of brick.

“For those seeking a monochromic appeal that is sleek and simple, this look is ideal,” Crowder said. “It also allows ours buyers to have a very light color palette, which is popular these days and not easy to replicate with a face brick. I love the ability to use a lighter paint color on the brick that’s contrasted with a deep shutter color to create a beautiful, balanced look.”

Darling Homes will offer painted brick for its traditional elevations with opportunities to choose from a collection of Traditional, American Classic and Southern color palettes.

To see Darling Homes’ painted brick exterior in action, visit the all-new model home at Stillwater in Conroe. Darling Homes’ luxury collection at Stillwater is the ideal complement to painted brick with home designs reminiscent of architecture seen in South Carolina and Georgia.

From the gabled and hip rooftops to the inviting front porches, these homes boast period-specific details and Lowcountry designs, creating the picturesque vision of Southern-style living.

The series at Stillwater includes four floor plan options that range from approximately 4,200 square feet to 5,300 square feet. Homes feature unfolding floor plans with up to five bedrooms and bathrooms, a home office, formal dining room, downstairs media room, hearth room, gourmet kitchen that connects to the breakfast room and opens to the family room, relaxing master bedroom suite and private interior courtyard.

“Painted brick allows us to differentiate certain architectural styles and create a more unique streetscape,” Crowder said. “We weren’t sure how our buyers would react to the new style, but we quickly found they love this way of making their home look unique and historically appropriate.”

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Discover a Piece of Texas History with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch

In the midst of the highly sought-after community of West Frisco, discover a piece of Texas history with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch.

Formerly known as the world famous Phillips Ranch, the master-planned community has since grown into Frisco’s newest and largest award-winning neighborhood that’s tailored to fit all styles of living, from working professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Spanning more than 950 acres, Phillips Creek Ranch is thoughtfully designed for a live-work-play lifestyle, where residents are immersed in a community that’s rich in history and offers access to world-class amenities, exquisite homes and a prime location.

A Home for Every Phase of Life

Elegance, style and luxurious livability epitomize Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch. Located in the Silvertail section of the community, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of 55-foot, architecturally rich designs.

From extended foyers with vaulted ceilings to detailed crown mouldings, each home is beautifully crafted. The homebuilder’s flexible home designs are an ideal fit for every phase of life, providing up to five bedrooms, secluded master suites, formal dining rooms, gourmet kitchens and open-concept living areas ideal for both entertaining guests or to simply unwind with loved ones.

The one- and two-story floor plans range from approximately 2,000 to 3,500 square feet and feature studies, media rooms, covered porches and patios, as well as options for an outdoor fireplace, wet bar, game room and more.

Built with comfort and convenience in mind, Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch lends itself to a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

Experience Fun and Adventure at Your Doorstep

Surrounded by more than 100 acres of lush green space, Phillips Creek Ranch offers residents stunning, panoramic views, an extensive creek system and world-class amenities to enjoy year round, including:

  • Junior Olympic lap pool
  • Children’s beach entry pool
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Open-air pavilion
  • Community lawn for events, concerts and movies

The community also provides a space for residents to gather known as the Texas Backyard, which includes horseshoe pits, a bocce ball court, sand volleyball court, grills, patio swings and a fire pit.

Among a series of lakes, lush landscapes and tree-lined streetscapes, residents can enjoy the community’s bike-sharing program designed to encourage the use of its vast ,18-mile paved trail system with exceptional views.

Whether you seek fun and adventure on the community’s nature trails or socializing with neighbors during community events, you’ll have access to a variety of activities just steps from your door.

Live on a Piece of Texas History

Phillips Creek Ranch is conveniently situated near the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 121. While the community lies in the heart of the flourishing city, Phillips Creek Ranch provides a sense of relaxation with beautiful views of Lake Lewisville and acres of natural landscapes.

Those looking to call Phillips Creek Ranch home are just minutes from excellent dining, shopping, sports and entertainment. Residents also have access to highly-esteemed elementary, middle and high schools served by the acclaimed Frisco Independent School District.

Before Phillips Creek Ranch became the community it is today, the land was home to the Phillips family. Soon after taking over his family’s ranch, B.F. Phillips, the youngest of three sons, decided to dedicate his efforts to raising quarter horses, where he built an esteemed reputation as a breeder and trainer for quarter horses.

As a result of his hard work, Phillips and his prized stallion, Dash for Cash, were recognized for highly-coveted awards, set two track records and won 21 of 25 starts, finishing in first or second place in all but one of the races he entered.

When the property was established in 1936, whether you lived, worked or played on the land, it was always meant to be shared with people, and this legacy holds true today.

See for yourself what makes this community truly one-of-a-kind.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.