The start of a new year is the perfect time to work toward positive changes in your life through New Year’s resolutions. You might be looking to kick a bad habit, boost your productivity or simply want to find new ways to spend free time with family, friends or yourself. Luckily, certain features found in your Homes by Taber house can help you achieve quite a few short- and long-term goals.
Whether you’ve been an at-home cook for years or one of your resolutions is to kick your takeout habit, cooking at home is much easier to do when you have a beautiful, functional kitchen that you’ll want to spend more time in. Our team knows that the kitchen is one of the most important—if not the most important—rooms in the home, which is why we go above and beyond to include the finishes, features and details that today’s homeowners are looking for.
Beautifully designed kitchen cabinets and walk-in pantries provide ample storage space, allowing you to keep your granite or quartz counters clear and clutter free. Clean countertops are ideal when cooking at home, because they offer maximum prep space and make cooking an intricate recipe a lot less stressful. Additionally, clear countertops and a storage space for every item means cleanup is a breeze and your kitchen will always look tidy.
Massive, oversized center islands offer even more counter space for food prep—and with a trash can pullout included for a small enhancement fee, cleaning up scraps is simple. These islands are also designed with an overhang, so friends and family can pull up a barstool and keep you company while cooking.
Homes by Taber prides itself on including over $83,000 worth of features that other area builders would charge you for—many of which can be found in your gourmet kitchen. A few additional features that will help you along your journey to cooking more at home include under-cabinet lighting, energy efficient Frigidaire appliances, a stainless steel farmhouse-style kitchen sink, and pendant lights that provide additional lighting and a wow factor at the same time.
If you’re looking for new ways to unwind or take your mind off the stresses of work, school and everyday life, a hobby is the ideal way to do it. Having a dedicated space for your hobby makes it much more permanent in your life, encouraging you to partake in the activity as often as possible. There’s plenty of places throughout your Homes by Taber floor plan that are perfect for creating that dedicated space.
Looking to read more books this year? Transform a spare bedroom into your own home library, complete with stocked bookshelves, a cozy spot to curl up with a novel and soft accent lighting. A white noise machine bluetooth speaker with instrumental music can help you maintain focus, even when other members of the family are roaming throughout the house.
If you’ve made a goal to focus on your fitness in the new year, a spot for your preferred exercise is a must. Whether you need the whole room or just a small corner, spare bedrooms, bonus rooms and even the garage can become your new home gym. The spacious layouts available from Homes by Taber can easily fit a stationary bike, treadmill, dumbbell set or yoga mat. If you’re new to exercising, be sure to give yourself time to rest and start with short, manageable workouts.
Hobbies can also include creative activities like knitting, painting or learning a new instrument. Again, carve out an area of your home to prioritize what brings you joy. If you need help sticking to your new hobby, consider scheduling a specific time each day or week to spend on it.
Perhaps you’re trying to save up for a big expense, like an international vacation or your child’s education. Or maybe you’re just trying to reel it in after a busy holiday season—no matter the reasoning, many people start the new year with a new budget. Luckily, living in a Homes by Taber home can actually help you reach your monetary goals faster. We’ve already clued you in on the thousands of dollars worth of upgrades that come included, free of charge, in your home, but there’s even more money-saving features that work hard behind the scenes.
Each home comes equipped with the latest in TaberTech, including a Qolsys IQ Alarm Panel that allows homeowners to control their Alarm.com thermostat, video doorbell and more. Alarm.com thermostats help homeowners to better understand and control their energy usage, with the option to adjust, automate, schedule and monitor the temperature of your home from anywhere. Smart thermostats have been proven to help homeowners lower their energy expenses, reducing bills by up to 23 percent each year. Adding smart light switches that can be put on a schedule or turned off from anywhere, help keep costs in that area down as well.
Homes by Taber aims to exceed industry standards by incorporating energy-efficient building practices and materials into the construction of every home, which helps them to score highly on the HERS Index. According to this scoring system, Taber homeowners save an average of $1,500 per year in energy bills—thanks to features like blown-in wall and attic insulation, 16 SEER high efficient air conditioner, 96% high efficiency furnace, double-glazed vinyl Low E windows, low-flow toilets, a super seal package, slab insulation and more.