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Celebrating Leadership within Darling Homes on International Women’s Day

On March 8, countries all over the world recognize International Women’s Day. Since 1975, the United Nations has marked March 8 as a day to promote its goal of equal partnership in all aspects of life, including in the workplace. At Darling Homes, an integral part of the Taylor Morrison family, powerful leadership behind the scenes helps shape the company’s success and ability to deliver quality-built homes to Houston and Dallas.

Since she was named president and chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation in 2007, CEO Sheryl Palmer has worked to foster a culture of inclusivity, integrity and respect amongst the company’s employees.

By incorporating her own experience and personality into her leadership style, Palmer has helped lead the homebuilding and development company to both fiscal and cultural success. Rated one of the top places to work in 2018 by Glassdoor, Palmer has a 97 percent approval rate listed on the website. On Glassdoor, rankings and ratings come directly from internal, anonymous, reviews made by employees.

Under Palmer’s leadership, the company has consistently ranked not only as a top place for employees, but as a well-renowned competitor in the homebuilding industry. Beyond corporate success, Palmer’s guidance has also led to a strong sense of community within the company that spreads to all of its neighborhoods. A people-first approach has empowered team members to work with a singular passion and energy that drives success year after year.

When she was featured in the New York Times column Corner Office, Palmer discussed her ‘shoes-off’ leadership style. Palmer said she’ll often take her shoes off under the table during meetings, a small gesture that helps her stay true to herself.

Palmer’s connection to Taylor Morrison, throughout all of its divisions, has helped to shape a culture of growth, success and progress within the company. Darling Homes is no exception to this development, working continuously to improve customer experience and work life for its employees.


How to Read Blueprints

Creating your dream home can be a thrilling experience. When you purchase a new home, you’re in control of how it will ultimately reflect your tastes and needs. Designing it sometimes means reviewing blueprints and looking at two-dimensional representations of your dream home can sometimes seem daunting.

When you purchase a new Darling home, however, experts are with you every step of the way – helping you realize your dream in the Houston or Dallas metro areas. Those experts begin with your home’s blueprint and Garry Holy, Architectural Services Supervisor for Darling Homes.

What’s on a blueprint?

Think of a blueprint as looking at the inside of the house from the top down, with the roof off. If the house is more than one story, the blueprint will separate the floors of the home onto separate drawings. In Darling Homes blueprints, Garry said home design options such as powder rooms, studies or hearth rooms will be included floor by floor as well.

On each sheet, the house layout is shown, with doorways, rooms and other important features such as windows, stairwells and walls, marked to show where every aspect of the home fits in. This way of looking at a home allows the viewer to understand the flow and functionality of the spaces, as well as an idea of what features are included in the home before it is built, such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and dimensions of rooms.

From start to finish, the Darling Homes team puts considerable thought into home design, resulting in a broad range of gorgeous homes built with care and filled with thoughtful transitions and impeccable details.

How to interpret a blueprint

When planning your future dream home, condensing all the information and dimensions onto a piece of paper can seem overwhelming.

“The most important thing people need to do is make sure the plan fits their lifestyle,” Garry said. “Whenever we release a set of plans, we put a lot of research into options and planning out homes.”

With Darling Homes, designs come with a variety of different features and aspects that appeal to a wide range of choices. Making sure that a home has the correct number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen space, garage capacity and more is vital to understanding how you and your loved ones fit into the home.

Getting all the details

Beyond the home essentials like windows, walls, layout and bedroom count, blueprints give the homeowner an in-depth look at what to expect both inside and outside the home. Cabinetry, ceiling height and configuration, and electrical workings are all represented on blueprints by Darling Homes.

From start to finish, the Darling Homes team provides a smooth, personalized experience to to help each customer build the home of their dreams.


Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Dallas and Houston

Love is in the air in Texas as Dallas and Houston residents prepare for Valentine’s Day. With fun for all ages, singles and romantic outings for couples, these cities have no shortage of traditional and unconventional Valentine’s Day options.


It’s time to up your level of adventure this Valentine’s Day in Grapevine by taking a wine tour or Valentine’s Cruise. The Sweetheart Wine Trail is the ideal outing for wine lovers, featuring food pairings, wine and commemorative glasses on a day-long tour Feb. 10 or 11. The Valentine’s Cruise takes place on Lake Grapevine, with cruises running Feb. 9 through Feb. 17, where guests revel in comedy performances, delightful food and live music. While in Grapevine, take time to tour Darling Homes’ gorgeous community of Glade Hill where falling in love with a dream home has never been easier.

Chocolate lovers will relish the opportunity to hop on the Dallas Decadent Valentine Dreams Chocolate tour on Valentine’s Day, and adventurous souls can head to McKinney for a romantic hot air balloon ride and tour of one of Darling Homes’ fresh and sophisticated McKinney communities.

For a macabre twist on this romantic holiday, look to Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Haunted House or take part in a interactive murder mystery with Keith and Margo’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on Feb. 10 for an unforgettable evening of improvisational comedy, live action mystery and gourmet dining.

Take the guess work out of planning and make a reservation for an amorous dinner at a restaurant, check out Asador, Dallas Chophouse, Cook Hall, Dallas Fish Market or MoMo’s Pasta.


Whether you’re looking for traditional Valentine’s romance, fun for the whole family or a way to celebrate unconventionally, Houston has an abundance of events.

For a romantic escape, head to one of Houston’s charming bed and breakfasts for a night or a weekend. Reserving couples massages or a spot at Paint and Sip Valentine’s Day outing on Feb. 9 in Sugar Land, where you can create a painting and enjoy champagne at Center Stage Gallery. While in Sugar Land, check out our latest , where gorgeous homes sit just southwest of Houston in incredible communities.

For an unforgettable experience, Houstonians can head out to Texas Zombie Hunt at Tank’s Paintball in Richmond and partake in dinner, movies and the zombie hunting adventure of a lifetime. For adventure without the zombies, check out Mystery Cafe Houston for a night of mystery and amusement.

Singles in the Houston area can head over to the Gite Gallery for a singles mixer featuring a dating coach and wine expert.

Food lovers will delight in a special Valentine’s Day dinner in Houston this year, with restaurants such as Backstreet Cafe, Brasserie du Parc, The Federal Grill, One Fifth Romance Languages and The Pass & Provisions dishing up special meals.

Ready to fall in love with your dream home this Valentine’s Day? No matter where you find events and restaurants you love in Houston or Dallas, Darling Homes has a home and a community to suit your needs. Take a tour around these metro areas to find your



Mardi Gras Texas Brings the Festivities to Your Neighborhood

Residents of Dallas and Houston don’t need to travel far to embrace the celebrations and traditions of Mardi Gras. From masquerades and king cake to parades and festivals, these cities put their own Texas twist and charm as they paint the streets purple, green and gold on this jubilant annual event.

Mardi Gras in Houston

The good times roll with Mardi Gras in Houston, with festivities continuing throughout the month of February.  The Saturday before Mardi Gras, which falls on Feb. 13 this year, Houstonians and visitors alike will be drawn to Downtown for a myriad of events. Mardi Gras Houston is taking the celebration to the streets with a parade and themed festivities, a celebration that Downtownfest Houston hopes to turn into an annual experience.

A little further south, Galveston is hosting its annual Mardi Gras bash, with 24 parades and host of themed events and contests spreading over two weeks.

Want to celebrate Mardi Gras, but skip the larger events? Join Brennan’s of Houston for a prix fixe menu filled with Mardi Gras-themed fare and live jazz on Feb. 13.

Mardi Gras is also coming to Town Green Park in The Woodlands with Masquerade Woodlands, an event with activities for all ages. This Feb. 24 event features a pet parade, kids zone, cajun food and jazz and zydeco music. Like the area? Make time for a tour of a Darling Homes model at The Woodlands, where multiple collections of stunning, spacious homes priced from the low $400,000s are available.

Mardi Gras in Dallas

Mardi Gras Texas Style! is returning to Dallas for the 17th year with a festival full of country music and fun at the historic State Fairgrounds on Feb. 10, with 20 musical acts taking over five stages for the day.

The Krewe de Etoile is also hosting their annual Gala Masquerade Ball, an evening filled with Mardi Gras charm that benefits charity, with a Whimsical Wonderland theme on Feb. 10. This year’s spotlight charity is CitySquare, an organization which Darling Homes Dallas contributes contributes to with its annual coat drive each winter.

On Mardi Gras, Lake Dallas will mark the occasion with its 13th annual celebration. With a parade, vendor market and mask contest, live music and a crawfish eating contest, City Park in Lake Dallas will be filled with fun for all ages. Take a break from the festivities and head over to the Darling Homes communities of Hunters Glen or Parkside at Woodlake to check out the incredible neighborhoods and gorgeous, move-in-ready homes.

The merriment continues after Mardi Gras as well, with a themed bar crawl organized by Bar Crawl Nation taking place in Uptown Dallas on Feb. 17.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Volunteering in Your Community

Darling Homes prides itself on not only building high-quality, elegant homes, but on fostering a sense of community within the company and neighborhoods. Every year, Darling Homes employees volunteer their time to give back to the communities they serve, and there are many incredible opportunities for volunteering around both Dallas and Houston.


No matter what area of Dallas you choose to make your home in, areas from Irving to McKinney to Frisco offer dream homes from Darling Homes and communities that are filled with volunteer opportunities and room for growth.

The City of Dallas has partnered with VolunteerNow to create the City of Dallas Volunteer Program which makes finding the optimal volunteer opportunities as easy as possible. With filters that help sort opportunities by location, interests, skills and available times, this website helps match volunteers with programs throughout the Dallas area.

The North Texas Food Bank and its partner agencies offer the chance for Dallas-area residents to get involved and help on a local level, through volunteering time, hosting canned food drives, participating in events and more.

Dallas Public Library branches also provide a variety of avenues for helping in the community, including teaching English as a Second Language classes, GED tutoring and assisting with various activities for children.


From pet adoptions to gardens and education, Volunteer Houston helps to match Houstonians with organizations in need of assistance by partnering with over 1,200 community groups each year. Darling Homes builds throughout the Houston area, and several of the communities where Darling Homes builds have volunteer work for residents within their neighborhoods.

In The Woodlands, community takes a forefront with volunteer tasks including tree planting, arts in the park, community cleanup and more. In Montgomery, where Darling Homes builds gorgeous homes at Woodforest, chances to help out at animal shelters, medical centers, educational assistance and helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are abundant, as seen on this list from Lone Star College.

The Houston Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity both have multiple locations and venues for volunteers in various areas around Houston.

Throughout Dallas and Houston, several organizations provide valuable resources for Texans in need with locations and chances to lend a hand throughout the year and across the state. The Red Cross has various regional offices and is heavily involved in helping Texans on a daily basis and after natural disasters.

Both the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs allow community members in Dallas and Houston to provide mentorship and aid to young people in the communities.

Share the gift of volunteering in your community today!


In Dallas, Darling Homes Aims to Make a Difference

From therapeutic horseback riding to giving kids the opportunity to play team sports to coat drives during chilly winter months, Darling Homes strives to support the Dallas community every day.

The roots of this giving nature can be traced back to Bill and Priscilla Darling, who founded ManeGate Therapeutic Horsemanship, which helps children and adults with disabilities meet physical and mental goals while connecting with therapy horses. Darling Homes assists this unique and wonderful program by sponsoring annual fundraisers and having a host of current and former employees work as volunteers in the program.

At Darling Homes, year after year, programs like ManeGate play an important role in the company’s philanthropy and place in the community. A group of employees, called the Darling Cares Committee, volunteer their time throughout the year to find and contribute to worthy causes throughout Dallas.

Annually, the Darling Homes coat drive completely fulfills the needs of the Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC), a program that aids young adults who have aged out of foster care and are integrating into society. TRAC is a program under CitySquare, and CitySquare distributes the remaining coats to men, women and children in need throughout the Dallas area. Every coat collected by Darling Homes employees has been put to use keeping the people of Dallas warm.

Giving back doesn’t stop at donations for Darling Homes. In 2017, the accounting and finance departments teamed up to help stock the shelves of the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry. In December, the sales and marketing team volunteered with Dallas Life, an organization that lends support to homeless men, women and children. The volunteers from Darling Homes provided gift wrapping and snacks to families who shopped the Christmas Toy Giveaway.

With a passion for helping enrich the area, groups like Young Life Capernaum, Young Life McKinney, Project Hope and the Connemara Conservancy Fund also benefit from Darling Homes’ annual charitable initiatives.

Children in the local YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas programs receive contributions from Darling Homes for numerous sports programs for young people, including the Special Needs Champions League which provides a multi-sports league for individuals with special needs ages 7 to 25. Charitable donations also help children in the area play an entire season of an organized sport.

Darling Homes is passionate about bettering the community it serves through volunteering and charitable donations. Employees of Darling Homes continually strive to give time and money back to organizations to make a better present, and future, in the Dallas area.


Grand Central Park Offers a Tranquil Setting for a New Home in Houston

Nestled in north Houston is one of the area’s most talked about new communities, a neighborhood that offers something for everyone. Grand Central Park, home to two distinctive series of home designs from Darling Homes, offers a relaxing environment tucked away from the demands of the hectic outside world.

Wooded landscapes, sparkling lakes and miles of wooded trailways await at Grand Central Park. A planned Town Center will offer all of today’s conveniences close by, while the best in shopping, dining and entertainment are just a short drive away.

Lake Conroe – which offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating and canoeing – and WG Jones State Forest are also nearby.

For new homebuyers in Houston, Darling Homes is offering its signature patio homes and luxury patio homes at Grand Central Park.

A total of five distinct floor plans are offered in the builder’s patio home collection. Starting at approximately 2,400 square feet of living space and stretching to more than 3,000 square feet, each of the homes offers three bedrooms and up to three baths. Prices start in the high $300,000s.

Debuting in early 2018, Darling Homes’ luxury patio homes are even larger while still maintaining a lifestyle-focused design. The homes offer up to four bedrooms and four baths, along with larger living spaces and covered patios for outdoor entertaining.

Grand Central Park is conveniently bordered by I-45 and Loop 336 between the city of Conroe and The Woodlands providing excellent access to a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. With more than one third of the land dedicated to a nature preserve, residents can look forward to ample green space and gorgeous views with over 10 miles of hiking and bike trails, charming hidden ponds and lakes as well as the future walkable, urban Town Center. The unique blend of distinctive home designs, exceptional community amenities and abundance of natural beauty is sure to appeal to every life and style.


Community Lifestyle

Frisco – One of the Fastest-Growing Cities in Texas

Are you searching for a peaceful retreat amid the city buzz of North Dallas? One North Texas city, Frisco, just happens to fit the bill. Conveniently located in the heart of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area, Frisco is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Frisco is the Place to call Home

Once a stop on the railroad coming and going to Dallas, the growth in Frisco exploded around 2000. The charming city has seen rapid commercial and economic growth without losing its small-town charm. That’s one of many reasons why Frisco has become one of the most sought after upscale suburbs in North Texas.

Whether you’re a sports aficionado, foodie, shopaholic or art connoisseur, Frisco has something for you.

Home to the Dallas Cowboys corporate offices and training center, the Frisco  Roughriders and FC Dallas, Frisco is an ultimate destination for sports fans. If you have shopping on your mind, visit Frisco’s more than nine million square feet of retail space throughout the city. The art lover in you will surely fall in love with city’s growing arts and culture scene that includes nationally recognized Texas Sculpture Garden. In short, Frisco offers an excellent quality of life, with abundant access to plenty of entertainment options.

Beautiful Homes at Chapel Creek in Frisco

With a booming housing market and tons of incredible neighborhoods to choose from, Darling Home’s Chapel Creek is an upscale, luxury community located in Frisco, Texas, between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

Chapel Creek is a beautiful and prestigious community featuring distinctive home designs that blend European-inspired design and rustic, elegant details.

You can savor the luxuries of peaceful living in this perfectly tailored North Texas neighborhood. With home sites featuring creek views, this haven of Old World-inspired architecture and European parks creates the ultimate escape from city life.

Chapel Creek provides a highly desirable location with convenient access to the area’s major thoroughfares leading to DFW International Airport, Love Field and Downtown Dallas.

Darling Homes Chapel Creek community offers elegant lifestyle with eight beautiful, spacious open floor plans to choose from. Each plan offers grand entries that lead to open-concept floor plans with gourmet kitchens, expansive family rooms, hearth rooms, first floor media rooms, guest casitas, courtyards and exceptional outdoor living spaces. Homes range in size from approximately 4,000 to 4,700 square feet and are priced from the $740,000s. Move-in ready homes are available.

The Future of Frisco

Known for exemplary schools, pristine parks, ample retail and variety of sports and entertainment venues, Frisco, Texas has grown into a place where many people want to reside. The next chapter in Frisco’s success story is the $5 Billion Mile.

The $5 Billion Mile includes some of North Texas’ biggest projects, including the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and practice field mixed-use project The Star. The Frisco Station corporate campus and Wade Park, located at the Tollway and Lebanon Road also are within the mile-long stretch.

Buzzing with economic and cultural attractions as well as Darling Homes’ latest home collection at Chapel Creek, Frisco is the place to be in north Dallas.

Community Lifestyle

Fort Bend County – Outdoor Living in Harvest Green

Fort Bend County is a flourishing suburb of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. With an estimated population of 741,237 and growing, Fort Bend County has been recognized as one of the best places in Houston to raise a family. It has consistently ranked in the top 3 percent of the nation’s “Best Places to Live and Work.”

It’s bustling lifestyle, plethora of shopping destinations, museums, arts and cultural landscape give it a foothold to be the fastest growing U.S. county. Fort Bend County is home to two of the country’s top master planned communities in Houston. One of them is Harvest Green, home to one of Darling Homes’ signature communities.

Let’s examine what life could be like for you there!

Outdoor Living in Harvest Green

Picture a large master planned community, 30 acres of lakes and waterways, 280 acres of greenbelts and open space, 50 acres of parkland, a walkable trail system steps away from its own farm. Welcome to Harvest Green – Fort Bend County’s most innovative and Houston’s first farm centric community. The community offers its residents a lifestyle rooted in sustainability. At the heart of this community is the village farm producing wide array of organic fruits and vegetables.

Harvest Green residents can get their hands dirty at the on-site Village Farm, which offers tours, special events and the chance for residents to grow their own produce. Plenty of neighborhood gatherings will give residents a chance to form friendships over casual wine dinners, and children will gain an appreciation for the environment as they watch crops grow.

Does this master-planned community in Fort Bend County sound like the perfect place to call home?

Your Dream Home is Waiting for You 

Nestled within the natural beauty of Harvest Green, Darling Homes’ one- and two-story homes showcase floor plan flexibility, elegant details and inspired design elements for which the homebuilder is renowned. Each home features a blend of sophistication, charm and authentic architectural details, with some including graceful rounded staircases, French-inspired exposed beams and Juliette balconies.

Darling Homes entire home series offers gorgeous, oversized designs from the $440,000s. The unfolding interiors create exceptional spaces that cater to a refined style of living. With four floor plan options that range from approximately 3,000 square feet to more than 4,300 square feet, the one- and two-story homes provide expansive outdoor living spaces from which you can enjoy beautiful natural surroundings and thoughtfully designed gourmet kitchens.

Harvest Green also boasts finely appointed master suites with spa-like master bathrooms, private studies, large secondary bedrooms, game rooms and media rooms, as well as three-car-garages making it the perfect home for friends and loved ones to gather.

Designed to provide a multitude of opportunities for an active lifestyle, Harvest Green features world class amenities for its residents. You can enjoy at the resort pool, avail of well-equipped fitness center or relax and entertain guests at the lakeside   amphitheater. A splash pad and playground give little ones a place to play. The beautiful community offers several fun activities and events to spend time with your family and make some new friends.

Harvest Green is the best place to your new home. Located in Richmond, in the heart of Fort Bend County, this beautiful master-planned community offers a multitude of opportunities for an active lifestyle, best of schools in the vicinity. It is conveniently located between Katy and Sugar Land and is only minutes away from a wealth of shopping, entertainment and dining options in Houston.


Feel Miles Away While Close to Everything with Darling Homes at Alden Woods

Is location key with your next home? Feel miles away while still remaining close to everything you need with Darling Homes at Alden Woods in Cypress, Texas.

Amid a gorgeous backdrop of serene, open green space and tree-lined streets, you’ll find beautifully-crafted Darling Homes designs that exude grace, luxury and beauty.

Although it may seem rare to experience peaceful living just a short distance from Houston’s bustling employment centers like the Energy Corridor, rest assured this lifestyle awaits and it’s just behind the private gated entry of Alden Woods.

Your Dream Home is Waiting For You 

From an elegantly designed exterior, blending brick and stone, to a grand foyer entry, Darling Homes’ distinct floor plan collection delivers a clever combination of luxury and livability.

Nestled within the natural beauty of Cypress, Darling Homes’ two-story model home showcases floor plan flexibility, elegant details and inspired design elements for which the homebuilder is renowned. The model home features a blend of sophistication, charm and authentic architectural details, including a winding staircase, French-inspired exposed beams and a Juliette balcony.

Recently, the Texas home builder unveiled new home opportunities within a new section of the community. Darling Homes’ entire home series offers gorgeous, oversized designs and cul-de-sac home sites priced from the high $300,000s.

The unfolding interiors create exceptional spaces that cater to a refined style of living. With seven floor plan options that range from approximately 2,600 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, the one- and two-story homes provide a formal dining room and expansive family room that open to the gourmet kitchen and charming hearth room, making it the perfect home for friends and loved ones to gather.

Homes also boast a finely appointed master suite with spa-like master bathroom, private study, large secondary bedroom, game room and media room, as well as four-car-garages standard, providing plenty of space for cars, boats, an at-home gym, workshop and additional storage.

Live Near the Center of it All

Conveniently located in Houston’s northwest corridor, Alden Woods is a short distance to Grand Parkway, providing a simple commute to and from major employment centers, including the Energy Corridor, U.S. 290 employment corridor and Downtown Houston.

This ideal location ensures residents will spend less time driving and more time enjoying life at home and within their community.

Additionally, residents can enjoy a quick drive to the area’s best amenities, including golf clubs, excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. Nearby attractions include:

  • Miles of bike paths, running and walking trails and dog-walking routes
  • Bear Creek Pioneers Park
  • Houston Zoo
  • Longwood Golf Club
  • Houston Premium Outlets
  • Willowbrook Mall
  • Vintage Park
  • Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital


Those looking to call Alden Woods home will also have access to top-rated schools within Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, including Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School and Cy-Fair High School.

Ready to take the next step? See for yourself what makes Darling Homes at Alden Woods one-of-a-kind by visiting our model home located at 13937 Barrow Cliff Lane Cypress, TX 77429 or for more information visit