Summer is winding down as kids across the nation head back to school. This also means football season is here and here at Castle Peak Homes we love college football. It’s time to fill out those draft picks and start planning tailgate parties!

Tailgating is an American tradition that offers a great mix of fanatical sports fans, savory foods and ice cold drinks. Every college has their own tailgating traditions and here are a few that stand out.

  • TCU Football fans host their tailgate at Frog Alley where there is live music, live radio broadcasts, and bounce houses.
  • SMU holds its southern style tailgates on “The Boulevard” which is the main strip that runs down the center of campus. Students dress to the nines and enjoy a parade of the band and cheerleaders that lead football fans to Ford Stadium come game time.
  • Ole Miss’ hosts their tailgates on The Grove while keeping things classy and sophisticated as students and alums wear their Sunday best.
  • Tennessee fans tailgate on boats off the “Vol Navy” docks on the Tennessee River to sing Rocky Top.
  • LSU Tiger fans are known for putting extra effort into pregame grub, offering up dishes like jambalaya, fogs legs, alligator and crawfish.
  • Harvard hosts a wine and cheese soiree the night before their big game against college rival, Yale.

Castle Peak wants to know: What are your favorite tailgating traditions?

a winter home in whistler bc blanketed by a fresh dumping of snow. slightly grainy but warm.

a winter home in whistler bc blanketed by a fresh dumping of snow. slightly grainy but warm.

With winter temperatures quickly approaching it is time to pull out the sweaters, jackets and winter boots. It is also time get your house prepared for the cold weather. At Castle Peak Homes we are excited the 100 degree weather days are behind us. Here are some simple steps to implement that can save you the mess, money and aggravation of frozen pipes.

Before the Cold Weather Hits

  • Disconnect any garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pope just inside the house. Use insulated freeze caps on the outside faucets.

When the Mercury Drops

  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferable from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Open cabinet door to allow heat to reach un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

Before Leaving on Vacation

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
A woman set the thermostat at house.

A woman set the thermostat at house.

If Pipes Freeze

  • Do not take chances. If you turn faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on. If you detect that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on (everyone in your family or household should know where the shut-off valve is located and how to operate it).
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame. Water damage is preferable to burning down a house. You maybe be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of the pipe. Do not use electrical appliance in areas of standing water which could electrocute you.
  • Check batteries in your fire and smoke detectors and check the exterior of your home to be sure that all weather-stripping is in place.

Emergency Contact

  • Call 9-1-1, and proper utility servicers to report leaks, outages and emergency disconnections.
  • Minor issues contact 817-840-1380

Castle Peak Homes wishes you a safe and warm winter season and we thank you for being a valued resident.

This year the housing market has been largely dominated by cash investors, with many planning to sell the properties or lease them out. Today we want to highlight Castle Peak Homes and focus on a part of our business that brings new life to properties in need of a facelift.

Castle Peak Homes prides itself on improving the neighborhoods where we purchase properties through renovations that bring back the original glory of these homes with modern updates. Each neighborhood has its own charm and style and keeping that intact is important in preserving these areas. Castle Peak Homes embraces the original architectural style of the each property we acquire and adds modern touches such as hardwood floors, granite counter tops and updated bathrooms.

One of the Castle Peak properties located in Ft. Worth, TX received several updates and renovations to bring back it to life. The rotting wood exterior was replaced and painted and a beautiful new front door was installed. The kitchen underwent a remodel which helped open the space between the kitchen and the dining room. Granite counter tops were installed along with stainless steel kitchen appliances. Older cabinets in the hallway were repaired to bring back their original charm. Worn hardwood floors were refinished and the bathrooms were updated.

Kitchen-View-1-2Another property situated in Highland Park, TX got a recent facelift as well. The floor plan was made into a more open and spacious plan. Tired bathrooms were given new life with updated countertops, tile floors and new luxurious showers. The kitchen was completely remodeled with a farmhouse style look and now features top of the line stainless steel kitchen appliances, a large kitchen island great for cooking or entertaining, and farmhouse kitchen sink. The dining room was opened up and now flows into the kitchen and features a beautiful chandelier.

Castle Peak is proud to add value to these neighborhoods through renovating tired properties while maintaining the character of each house. Check back with our website frequently to see what new properties will be available.