Just stunning, aren’t they? Visit us at Drake Homes Inc. to view more exciting interiors.
Back in the day VBG when my Dad couldn’t make a living for his family by running a cattle ranch, he was a baker. His Dad got him a job in the bakery out at Ft. Whipple, just a few miles from Prescott, Arizona. My Dad was around 9 or 10 years old. It wasn’t his first grown-up job, but it was an apprenticeship that did grow into a career. He was one of the finest bakers in AZ and CA. By the ’60’s it was beginning to be referred to as being a “pastry chef” and that term is common today. Over 50 years later, his last full time job was as the Pastry Chef at The Wigwam, a very fine resort west of Phoenix, AZ, in Litchfield Park. The Wigwam is still popular today.
And he drove it into my head, and I am so guilty of correcting people about this: “You cook on a stove but you Bake In The Oven.”
The kitchens designed and included in the stunning homes by Drake Homes Inc. offer the best of both: for the cook or the pastry chef in you!
A couple of folks have asked for pics of some other decorating ideas shown in our videos. Here are a few I captured today.
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Decorating, or styling as it is now called, is a very important part of putting together a model home for visitors. Drake Homes Inc has years of experience in this and I have really enjoyed watching their single family homes grow from the ground up, and the final decorating touches added.
Watching the latest videos, again!, I caught some fun decorating I’d missed in my preview video reviews. Here for you are Pillows! And even some matching chairs.
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Sometimes I forget what a great site Discovery Green is for folks in the Houston area…>
If you haven’t heard of it, or perhaps forgotten, Discovery Green Park’s “Mission & History” page is good reading…>
Mission & History
Discovery Green’s mission is to operate an urban park that serves as a village green, a source of health and happiness for our citizens, and a window into the diverse talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston.
Lots of entertainment this week including IKEA Houston Silver Screen: How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
While checking links on Drake Homes Inc, I found one of them had changed. Thinking I’d best check them all I happened across a helpful page titled “Window On State Government” which offers insight to the various property extensions available in Texas. These are not just for seniors over 65 or Veterans, though these are outlined on the page as well, but for all homeowners. If you moved here from another state you may not be aware that Texas does offer homestead exemptions.
Here is the paragraph from the “Window On State Government” on the subject of general homestead exemptions:
How do I get a general $15,000 homestead exemption?
You may file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption with your appraisal district for the $15,000 homestead exemption up to one year after the taxes on the homestead are due. Once you receive the exemption, you do not need to reapply unless the chief appraiser sends you a new application. In that case, you must file the new application. If you should move or your qualification ends, you must inform the appraisal district in writing before the next May 1st. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available online.
There is also a link for the application on the page (or above).
The definition of a homestead exemption:
Homestead exemption is a legal regime designed to protect the value of the homes of residents from property taxes, creditors, and circumstances arising from the death of the homeowner spouse. Laws are found in state statutes or constitutional provisions which exist in many states in the United States. The homestead exemption in certain southern states has its legal origins in colonial Spanish exemption laws. Exemption laws in other states were enacted in response to the effects of economic depressions in the nineteenth century.
So it’s not just about saving money on taxes!
Do your research and ask questions of the personal at the appraisal district.
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