It isn’t often that the words tree-hugger and homebuilder are used in the same sentence without being in opposition to one another. Generally speaking, there are few words as diametrically opposed; that is, until you meet Camelot Homes’ owner Mark Hancock. While Mark may not describe himself as a “tree-hugger,” he pays close attention to what will best enhance the neighborhood, carefully contemplating the factors involved and is one of the few builders who requires and/or provides substantial front yard trees in every home he builds.
Tree-lined street, Verandah at Silverleaf
While developing a new community does indeed require digging up the earth and moving things around, there is always an effort made to do it with as little impact as possible. At Camelot Homes, we have an appreciation for all things green and are making every effort to enhance rather than diminish from all that is green in the neighborhoods in which we build. Take for instance, our new development at Bocara where we will be building a community vegetable garden with the help of Farmer D Organics. We cannot contain our excitement with this project and are looking forward to seeing not only the bountiful harvest but the sense of community it is sure to cultivate. But back to the topic of trees…
There are cultures for whom the belief that placement of trees around the house is of the utmost importance not just for aesthetics but for health and prosperity as well. According to the principles of Feng Shui, if a tree is right in front of the main or front door, this is considered challenging feng shui, because it is through the front door that the house absorbs Chi, or energy nourishment. Having a blockage in front of the door will create a blockage in feng shui energy absorption, which might in time reflect in health problem for people living in the house. Without going into further detail on the laws of feng shui, if would suffice to say that we aren’t the only ones who take our trees very seriously.
Tree-lined street, Camelot Reserve
More simply stated, trees are a primary component in the landscaping of a home. They offer refuge to the birds, shade for the homeowners and recreation to the children. Kids just get a little bit closer to them… they touch, they climb. Perhaps it’s a result of their being nearer to the earth to begin with. There are also those who never grew out of this passion and short of becoming an arborist, they continue to find ways to express it. Mark Hancock, for one, takes the choice of trees in a Camelot neighborhood very seriously. How will they enrich the neighborhood? How will it look in twenty years? As anyone who lives in a Camelot home knows, we not only create and build beautiful homes of enduring value, we also take pride in watching the environment around the home mature and blossom as well.
So whether your trees stand idly by, or have to work to earn their keep by supporting hammocks or tree houses, we hope that they stand strong and healthy for decades to come!
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