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Top 5 Home Decor Trends in 2017

Categories: Community, Home Design, Lifestyle, Other | Posted: June 5, 2017

Ready for a home décor refresh? Don’t run to the shops before you’ve done your research and identified the top emerging trends. As we look to Summer 2017 in home design, we’re seeing more organic patterns, textures, and styles with a simplistic approach to living. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Home Décor Trends that you’ll love to include in your home this year.

Bring On The Green

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year so there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing many shades of the earthy tone this summer. In addition to the obvious ways of incorporating this trendy color into your home, i.e. Repurposing old furniture, wall hangings, throw pillows, etc., you can also accent with bold plant prints in your décor. Take it one step further by bringing in on-trend live plants such as succulents or cacti for bohemian/desert decor, a monstera plant for a tropical feel and climbing plants like English ivy to hang from your ceiling. Luckily, you don’t need the greenest of thumbs to keep these plants alive around your house. They’ve even been proven to lighten your mood and encourage better sleep, so we hope you’re inspired to let these greenies flourish in your home!

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Styles

There was a time when you could only use furniture pieces that were from the same era, or at least the same style but home décor has officially evolved and we’re not tied to these restrictions anymore. Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper has made the farmhouse-inspired interior popular and this summer we’re seeing the ripples from her creativity but with a modern twist. If you’re looking for a change to your style this year, consider Modern Farmhouse. This look takes the inviting and relaxed feel of rustic, the sophistication of minimalism, and just a touch of industrial to create the most inviting and elegant style to date! An example of mixing styles in your dining room would be to pick up a wooden farm table from a local antique shop and place industrial metal chairs around it then decorate the walls with modern art pieces like a geometric mirror or abstract art. The great thing about this style, is that it’s very flexible and can be unique to you and your family: It can be as rustic or modern as you decide it to be.

Try Faux Marble Finishes

Are you looking to add glamourous and luxurious details to your home? Look no further than Faux Marble. There’s no surprise as to why this lovely stone pattern is making an extended appearance in the trends over the past few years. By adding a few marble decorations, you can incorporate a contemporary and minimalistic feel to your home. From side tables and accent walls to coasters and picture frames, marble is making an impression on the décor scene. Decorate your kitchen with a marble serving platter, cutting board, or even a clock with this modern finish. If you’re looking to modernize your home on a budget, faux marble is your go-to decoration.

Get Cozy With Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a quality of coziness and comfortable living that creates a feeling of contentment or well-being. This Danish way of life pursues happier living and focuses on comfort, connection and simplicity. The first thing you should do when trying to achieve the Hygge feeling is to tidy up your space: your home is your retreat, it’s where you should center your attention on what makes you happy. That’s why clearing clutter will simplify your life and make you feel more at ease. As for décor, you can incorporate Hygge into your space by adding comforting textures like a heavy-knit throw blanket, velvet pillows, a faux fur rug, or linen curtains. Lighting has a lot to do with how we feel throughout the day: Change out your harsh, bright lights with a lower wattage bulb and when you can, light a few candles to create a warm flickering glow in your home. And lastly but the greatest of them all, we encourage you to invite those closest to you for a casual outdoor get-together, complete with fresh flowers, string lights, and comfort food because Hygge is best experienced with loved ones.

Give Your Walls Some Love

It’s true what they say, everything old is new again, including wall art. This decade, it comes with an upgrade. If you’re looking for a quick makeover for your walls, look into removable wall art: geometric patterns, murals, small decals that are all easily applied and removed. Create an accent wall with adhesive stripes that you can easily manipulate, change up, and remove whenever you’ve decided that you’re ready for a change. Do you have a little princess that insists she needs flowers on her walls? Done and done. You can get adhesive wall art that is easily modified as your child grows into new styles.


Whether you choose to try all of these trends or stick with just one, it’s always a great idea to refresh your home décor with something new and innovative that doesn’t require an entire room over-haul.

How do I adjust a loose door knob?

Categories: FAQs, Maintenance, Warranty | Posted: May 26, 2017

A loose door knob on your interior doors may occur over time with normal use. Just grab a flat-head and Phillips-head screwdriver for an easy fix! First, find the small lip at the base of the door knob cap. Place the flat-screwdriver in the lip and pull off the cap. You will now see an arrow that will need to be pushed down to allow the removal of one side of the door knob. Remove the knob to uncover the plate where the screws are located. The screws can be tightened with a Philips-head screwdriver or drill. Once the screws are tightened, push the door handle back into place, twist it and push the cap back on. You’ll hear a click or popping sound that indicates the plate is securely back in it’s place and ready to use again.

Where to Buy?

Categories: Community, FAQs, Other | Posted: May 13, 2017


Looking for a new home?  We understand the process may be overwhelming and you may not even know where to start.  However, the decision on where to search for that future dream home is very crucial, so it’s important to ask the right questions and really think about what you are looking for and what’s important.  By making the right decision, you not only have the perfect home for you, but you also have a great future investment!  Make sure to ask these questions when looking for that perfect place to move to.

Where do I want to live?

Knowing the geographic location of where you want to live is probably the most important question on this list.  Considerations under this question include home value, cost of living, job opportunities in your field, and climate.

Do I want to live in a city, suburb or rural area?

The answer to this question will really have an impact on your lifestyle.  The amount of peace and quiet, the size of land, and the proximity to certain services are all impacted by this question.

What kind of neighborhood do I want to be a part of?

Every neighborhood is different and has different characteristics.  Make sure you will get along with the neighbors in the area and that it is relatively close to places you will want to frequent.

How is the school district in the area I am looking at?

Regardless on if you have kids, finding a good school system to live in is a smart choice.  By finding that amazing school system, you could save thousands of dollars on money you would otherwise spend on private schools.  Alternatively, even if you don’t have kids, living in a good school district will maximize your home investment and give you better home value should you choose to sell.

How close do I want to live from workplace?

The length of your daily commute is something important to consider.  The further from home that you work, the more money that will be spent on commuting every day, which has an impact on your disposable income, quality of life, and amount of time you get to spend with your family.

How safe is the area I want to live in?

The safety of you and your family is likely a number one priority.  No discount sale is worth moving to an unsafe area and will also make it difficult to sell should you choose to move.

How close are my friends and family?

Home is not simply the roof over your head.  It’s the relationships with the people you have in your life.  If you are too far from your friends and family, even the nicest house may not feel like home.

Remember that the most important thing is to find a home you and your family love; one that you know will provide shelter & safety and will be the host of many lasting memories. Good luck and happy house hunting!

5 Ways to Personalize Your New Home

Categories: Home Design, Lifestyle | Posted: April 30, 2017

You’ve just moved into your brand new house; you’ve got all your furniture arranged, dishes in cabinets and clothes in drawers. What’s next? It’s time to make this house a HOME. Add your personal touch that encapsulates the essence of how you and your family like to live. Maybe you are a minimalist with design and lean towards the clean, contemporary look or you’re charmed by the vintage, rustic design with warm colors and smells. Either way you prefer, it’s best to make it personal to you! Checkout these 5 ways to accomplish that in your home.

Bring out the paint brushes

Adding splashes of color in your home is the best way to incorporate your unique personality to your space. Repurpose a thrift store dresser or an old chair that you already have by painting them bright colors that you love. If you’re feeling even more creative, you can paint a toy chest in your child’s playroom with chalk paint. Your kids will love having their own artwork display to doodle on and explore their creativity.

Decorate in a way that tells a story

What other way to personalize your home than to display personal photos of you and your loved ones? Frame pictures from fun trips and fond memories you’ve shared with special people, allowing your guests to learn more about you and your family as they take the home tour. If you’d rather not mark up your walls with nail holes, choose to do a layering technique instead that requires no tools at all. On your mantle, bookshelves or foyer piece, you can stagger different pieces of artwork by leaning them against the wall. For example, showcase your grandmother’s vintage mirror, then place different sized canvas portraits of your family in front of it. This unique collection of your favorite memories and décor adds a personal touch to any space and is easy to switch up when you’re wanting a design change.

Create an entryway that’s inviting

First impressions are everything! Your guests can get a sense of your personality as soon as they walk in the door. Do you love the minimalist design and have a tight entryway? Then mirrors are the way to go. They create the look of more space all while attracting natural light, which can open up any room. Prefer the rustic look? Pick up a gorgeous antique sign or vintage bench and create your own DIY projects to show off your personal style. This creates a warm, welcoming experience for any first-time or revisiting guest.

Customize organization spaces

Organizing your home doesn’t have to be a daunting, boring task! Incorporate a more humanistic approach to your organization methods. Fuse some shelves into your laundry room, throw some baskets or containers into the mix for your pantry, or even add drawers and extra racks into your closet. Limited on pantry space? Consider designing with open shelving. You can customize yours by placing labeled jars, crates, or vintage china to show off your style. Not only does this make it easier for a guest to navigate through your home, but it also adds more charm around the house.

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, create your own station by finding a functional piece of furniture and stock up on your favorite coffee, creamers, and drizzles. Dress it up with a fun sign to label the station and add hooks for your coffee cups!

Fill your home with scents you love

This is an easy one! Find your favorite scented candles, oils, or plugins and start placing them around your new home. This creates a relaxing mood and makes your home smell amazing! Try to limit the scents to just one or two in your home at a time so the smells do not become overwhelming. Place candles inside fun holders like lanterns, hanging jars or create your own. For example, wrap a glass candle holder with burlap and lace or if you have your own herb garden, tie greenery around the base of your candle for a simplistic look. It will add to your home’s design and it could easily be a fun project for the family to work on together!

What type of builder should I choose?

Categories: FAQs | Posted: April 21, 2017

More than a specific “type” of builder, you’re looking for the builder that is the right “fit” for you and your family. What are you looking for?  There are really three main options depending on your particular situation.

First, if you don’t have property and don’t want the stress of having to think about the whole build process and all the options available, then a builder who offers pre-built land/home packages is your top of the list option. Here you can walk through and choose a home that’s available and ready to move-in.

Second, if you don’t have property and you want to live in a subdivision, but would like the option to choose your own selections, then working with a builder that offers what’s called a “Pick Your Lot, Pick Your Plan” home is what you’re looking for. This builder will provide different land/home packages to choose from, you’ll be able to customize some areas, then you’ll purchase the home and property together upon completion. In this option, you’ll have that custom feel you desire without the hassle of finding and purchasing your own property.

Finally, if you do have property or are looking land to purchase, then finding a plan you can fall in love with and customize to build into the home of your dreams with a builder who can understand your lifestyle . . . well, that’s the way you want to go.

But even more than all of that, finding a builder who has processes in place for customizing your home, for getting permits, for helping you choose all your interior and exterior selections, who already understands how to fulfill and pass inspections . . . find someone who isn’t riding their first rodeo. It’s about finding a builder you can trust! No one wants to be the first patient a doctor operates on, right?

Am I ready to build?

Categories: FAQs | Posted: March 24, 2017

Building a new home is a huge endeavor.  It is extremely important to make sure you have considered certain matters ahead of time to avoid potential shortfalls during and after the build.  Ask yourself these 5 questions to determine if you’re ready to get started!

What is my credit score?

Knowing your credit score will assist in determining your eligibility for a new mortgage.  The higher the credit score, the more options with lower interest rates will be available. Consult with your lender for recommendations on how to improve your credit score.

Can I afford the monthly mortgage note?

Lay your budget out with the money you earn compared to your monthly expenses.  Determine what impact a new mortgage will have on your monthly spending.  Insurance and tax payments will most likely be added to your monthly mortgage payment so don’t forget to include these.

Do I have enough saved for my down payment?

Consulting a mortgage lender in advance will allow you to assess if you’ve saved enough funds that will be needed to close your loan.  In addition to the down payment, they can estimate the amount of funds needed for closing costs, such as origination points and title fees.

Do I know where I want to build?

When looking for property to build on, location is usually at the top of the list of important items to consider.  School district, proximity to or from your city, and type of neighborhood community need to be contemplated prior to making your decision.

I’m ready, so what do I do next?

Now comes the exciting part!  By browsing the internet, you can determine what home styles are most appealing to you.  When researching builders, look for a reputable, local builder that will partner with you to build the home of your dreams!

Live in Laurel Grove!

Categories: Building Process, Community, Other | Posted: March 7, 2017

Discover what’s waiting for you in Laurel Grove!

Manuel Builders currently has 6 homes under construction with more to come in this beautiful community located in Youngsville, La. All homes in Laurel Grove qualify for 100% financing! When choosing our Preferred Lender and Preferred Title Company, you can save you up to $2,200 in closing cost fees.

“Located in the heart of it all, Laurel Grove is a livable community with a park and walking path. Alley garages bring the focus of its street fronts to the architecture, the people themselves and an engaging way of life.

The neighborhood provides easy access to the surrounding area schools, restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shops, fitness centers and even a European style grocery. Nearby festivals, concerts and holiday events make this a special place that will leave home buyers with lasting memories of Southern hospitality and a unique experience of small town life coupled with big city attributes.”

View the 6 Manuel Builders’ homes in construction below and follow the link here to check out the progress of each one. Find this article in the current magazine issue of The Real Estate Book of Acadiana and check out their Facebook page here. If you are interested in any of these homes in Laurel Grove or any of our communities, please call Tassie Fonseca at 337-501-5011


How do I adjust the ball catch on my door?

Categories: FAQs, Warranty | Posted: March 3, 2017

In some homes, most of the doors that lead to the closets in all the bedrooms are designed without a normal turning door knob and latch system. Instead, they function with a ball catch system that is used to latch the door closed when you shut it.

If you notice your door is not closing properly or not wanting to close at all, you can adjust the ball catch. You can find the ball catch mechanism at the top corner of each door. To adjust the ball catch on a door, tighten or loosen it by turning it. Turn the ball catch clockwise if it needs to be adjusted to a lower height and counterclockwise to adjust it to a higher height. If you’re having trouble adjusting it with just your fingers, place a quarter in the grooves of the ball catch to help turn the mechanism. Turn and test til you find the perfect height so that your door can close with ease.

4 Tips for Decorating Your New Patio

Categories: Home Design, Lifestyle | Posted: February 22, 2017

You’ve just moved into your brand new home and you’re ready to make your outdoor space a place to feel welcomed and comfortable. A charming patio filled with amenities can be the easy “getaway” you need, right in your backyard.  With these tips below, you’ll have that space you want in no time!

Functional Seating

The seating of your patio is important because it’s ultimately the base. Of course, you want it to be stylish, but you also want it to be comfortable and functional – especially if you often have guests over. If you have ample space on your patio, then your options are a bit wider. You can select a 3-piece furniture set, a sectional couch or a table with chairs around it.

If your space is limited, then you may want to choose furniture that isn’t bulky, making it difficult for your guests to walk around. Also, think about setting up skinny side tables for beverages to rest on versus a large coffee table in the middle of the space. Remember to think about the care of your outdoor furniture. It should be easy to clean on a sunny day, but be able to withstand any tough weather of rain or strong wings.

Pops of Color

Don’t be afraid to show your personality here! Your backyard space is really the best place to “liven it up” by going bold with bright and fun colors. Whether you use throw pillows, chairs, table top accessories or even flowers to add your color, try to keep to a theme so that it flows! Pick out one base color or pattern and then choose 2-3 bold/bright colors that compliment your base to accent in your outdoor space.

Live in Layers

Not only should you enhance your personality and design style by adding pops of color, but you can also spice it up by utilizing different textures and dimensions to the space. Make it feel like your second living room by adding more than just the bare minimum. Don’t go easy on the pillows! Pile them up on furniture, add a throw blanket or two and make sure to get an outdoor rug, too. Decorate your table furniture with figurines, bowls/platters, smaller plants and other table top pieces that will enhance your theme.


“Plantscaping” your patio can help to frame the entire space. Start with a specific style that you like most by perusing Pinterest or magazines for ideas. You may like the rustic look with metal tub pots and reclaimed wood features or you may be drawn to the simplistic look with traditional clay pots and rod iron stands. Depending on the size of your plants, they can create privacy from your backyard neighbors and protect from the weather by giving off some shade when it’s sunny out. Not only do plants bring a natural beauty to our living space, but they help clean the air we breathe by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen. Add the green to keep it clean!

Keep in mind that if your backyard patio is not completely covered, then you will want to be selective with some of the items you choose so that they do not get ruined by the weather conditions. But have fun with it! It’s YOUR outdoor space and you should love living in it.

When Should We Meet With a Bank/Lender?

Categories: Building Process, FAQs | Posted: February 8, 2017

One of the many questions we get asked from customers who are ready to start the building process is when they should meet with a bank or lender.

Meeting with a bank or lender should be the first step on your homebuilding journey. There are multiple benefits to meeting with a lender before you go in for your first appointment with a builder.

A huge benefit would be knowing what price range you will be working within. Once you know that, selecting your floor plan and amenities will be much easier. Another advantage of meeting with a lender early on is that you give yourself the time to explore your lending and loan options. This allows you to make choices that work best for your particular situation.

You can also look into financing with one of your builder’s recommended lenders. There may be perks to financing with them such as their familiarity with the builder’s process and special incentives they can offer.



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