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Setting the Perfect Easter Table – Hop to It!

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Easter Sunday is almost here, and if you’re like most of us, you will soon be opening your home to family and friends. For many, the celebration will include a lovely holiday meal – be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Whether your guests arrive from near or far, one surefire way to extend a […]

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The Allure of DC Ranch

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Location, Location, Location – you hear it all the time. It is such an important part of the decision-making process when searching for a new home in Scottsdale. If you’re currently contemplating a move and are looking for the ideal mix of beauty, fun, and sophistication…look no further! Located in North Scottsdale, the Villas at […]

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Cool Pool Trends for 2015

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While our friends on the East Coast may still be digging out of snow, here in Arizona it’s time to start thinking about…pool season! With an average of 300 sunny days a year, not to mention the 80 degree temperatures we’ve been enjoying the past few weeks (remember– it’s early February!), now is the perfect […]

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Local and Loving It

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Architectural Digest recently published a slideshow entitled “Extraordinary Homes for Sale Around the World,” which showcases homes in Dallas, Texas; Siena, Italy; and Parrot Bay, Turks and Caicos. There’s no question that the homes and locales shown are stunning, but we believe they inadvertently omitted a fourth contender – our gorgeous Valley of the Sun. […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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Happy New Year from Camelot Homes! As we all get into the swing of 2015, we thought we’d share this great article from HGTV – a reminder to not only make resolutions for ourselves, but for our homes as well! 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home By: Melinda Fulmer Every year when January rolls […]

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With Sincere Appreciation

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As we prepare to bid adieu to 2014 and welcome in 2015, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped us make this such a fantastic year. Not only has our Camelot family grown – with new employees, new partnerships, new opportunities – but our community portfolio has grown as […]

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Fall in Love with Arizona Gardening

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As the glorious fall temperatures make their way to the Valley, now is the perfect time to emerge from our air-conditioned sanctuaries and reacquaint ourselves with the cooler fresh air. And what better place to spend the early morning or evening hours than hiking on our beautiful desert trails or planting a gorgeous fall garden? […]

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Nouveau Niche

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At Camelot Homes we believe in creating unique interior spaces that delight the eye while enhancing functionality at the same time. More and more often we find ourselves eliminating traditional cabinet spaces and replacing them with open niches. For example, in bathrooms we are often replacing medicine cabinets with open niches to display toiletries and […]

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The Guest House- Creating Comfortable Luxury

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A sublime example of a luxuriously appointed nightstand. Many years ago we anticipated a need to offer guest houses in some of our Camelot Homes floor plans. As a premier builder of new luxury homes we understand the importance of delivering not only an aesthetically satisfying home, but more importantly, a home that meets the […]

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Parisian Chic- Flea Market Style

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A typically eclectic Paris flea market. It would come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Camelot Homes that we are utterly enamored with European architecture. As a builder of new, luxury homes we are always on the lookout during our travels at home or abroad, for new and inspiring ways to blend old world […]

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Forever Summer- Camelot Living

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“Summertime, And the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ And the cotton is high” ~George Gershwin It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Memorial Day and looking forward to what summer 2014 had in store. But alas, we are almost there, the unofficial end of summer. Americans took to the highways and airways in […]

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The Warm Glow Of Interior Lighting

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Inside the home, the lighting is the jewelry, really. A stunning light fixture will accessorize and bring a room to life in the most beautiful way possible. Even if the rest of the room is done with comfort and functionality in mind, you can go all out on lighting. Get a little crazy, even!

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Camelot Living at Bocara

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Have you been over to see our new neighborhood of Bocara? As one of the premier home builders in Arizona, Camelot Homes is as thrilled as ever to present these new homes in Scottsdale. Anyone familiar with the area knows, there is a reason why this is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in which you can choose to live.

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Connecting To Our Buyer In The New Millennium- PCBC 2014

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PCBC is about more than just product innovation. It is also about connecting with the industry’s greatest creative minds in all fields, from land acquisition to technology- and as with anything else, it is also about giving back. This year at PCBC, Camelot Homes’ CFO Julie Hancock was asked to share about how it is that we connect to our homebuyer on a personal, emotional and even spiritual level.

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MAME Awards 2014

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We were truly humbled by the number of awards we received, taking home the Grand Award for Small Volume Builder of the Year, Best Newspaper Ad, Best Magazine Ad, Best Website, Best Design Center and Best Interior Design for homes over $600,000.

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Dramatic Architecture By Camelot Homes

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In addition to being known for unparalleled customer service and a reputation as forward thinkers in the world of Arizona homebuilders, Camelot Homes is known for one thing above all else- Dramatic architecture.

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Brunches and Bunnies- Easter Activities in Arizona

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Easter- A symbol of hope, renewal, and new life… Anyone who lives in Arizona understands that while our winters are admittedly mild, we still get pretty excited for springtime. It is a magical time of year when the desert comes back to life bursting with wildflowers and a variety of other colorful plant life; the […]

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One Man’s Treasure Is Another Man’s Family Heirloom

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In the study of this Manhattan townhouse, the large landscape painting and desk are both family heirlooms One of the things that makes a home special is the presence of sentimental treasures. Those items, from a child’s fourth grade painting to your grandmother’s china, make us feel connected to people and experiences long gone. But […]

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Bespoke Homebuilding By Camelot Homes

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Camelot Custom- Verandah at Silverleaf Bespoke /biˈspoʊk/ is a British word that means a clothing item made to a buyer’s specification; personalized or tailored. While the term historically is applied to men’s tailored clothing, it has recently become part of the American parlance to include footwear and fine jewelry, implying measurement and fitting. For most […]

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Best Of Houzz 2014 – The Image Is Everything

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Camelot Homes’ number one image on Houzz- The kitchen at Camelot Reserve   Camelot Homes was recently awarded Best Of Houzz 2014 in the category of Design, by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. We are […]

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Five Ways To Create An Alluring Bedroom Space

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Warm colored walls and a chandelier add a touch of romance to The Haciendas, by Camelot Homes This year, Valentine’s Day will fall merely hours short of the full moon- a very auspicious occasion on a day designed for romance… Just two days before Valentine’s Day, most couples who intend to celebrate have already made […]

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It Has Our John Hancock On It!

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John Trumbull’s famous painting The Declaration of Independence When J.W Hancock began building homes in the late 1950’s his goal wasn’t to be the biggest luxury home builder. He was simply doing what he loved with an unmatched sense of pride and a belief that his attention to detail would inevitably make for happy homeowners. […]

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The Legend Of Camelot- Bocara and Gold Mountain Preserve

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Distinctive European architecture, reminiscent of a magical time and place “In short, there’s simply not, a more congenial spot, for happily-ever-aftering than here in Camelot…” When Camelot Homes’ owner Mark Hancock first saw the movie ‘Camelot’ in 1969, he immediately knew that they would be changing the name of the company where he worked with […]

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The Magic Of String Lighting

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String Lighting creates a festive mood in the seating area There is an undeniable rhythm to the holiday season. October’s childlike joy of Halloween, November’s Thanksgiving family festivities and the undeniable celebratory feeling of the December holidays. There is the wonderful tradition each year of unpacking our beloved holiday decor, “Hello old friend, it’s been […]

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The Holiday Dining Room

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The Dining Room Table of Pat Hasbrook, Interior Designer A memorable holiday get-together is comprised of delightful moments with meaningful people in an inviting atmosphere. With the focus of the winter holidays centered primarily around festive food and shared meals, the dining room table becomes a gathering place in the home.  At Camelot Homes great […]

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The Kitchen- The Heart Of The Home

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Hacienda at DC Ranch “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Thanksgiving week is nearly upon us, and we have quite a lot on our plates here at Camelot Homes (pardon the pun). Having just completed another spectacular custom home just in time for the holiday week, […]

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Camelot Through The Lens Of Mark Boisclair

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Firenze at Grayhawk “Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”  ~ Ansel Adams These days it seems that anyone with an iPhone fancies himself a photographer. The popularity of apps such as Instagram, Twit Pic and other online photo-sharing services, has enabled amateur users to take […]

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The Road Trip- Exploring Arizona

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Magical Sunset in Sedona, Arizona Every year people from all over the world visit Arizona. From the abstract metaphysical community of Sedona to the swanky shopping in Scottsdale- Arizona is a state that genuinely has something for everyone. Those of us lucky enough to live in Arizona year round should be able to experience a […]

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Swimming Pools Aren’t Just For Summer

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Verandahs at Silverleaf As we merge into Autumn, people around the country begin to turn their attention away from back-yard barbecues and pool parties, to focus on holidays and events more readily related to the fall. But that isn’t the case in Phoenix- here in Arizona, with temperatures still well over 90 degrees, we thought […]

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Treehugger/Homebuilder

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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 […]

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Cultivating A Community- The Garden at Bocara

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Daron Joffe of Farmer D Organics In a world rife with disunity; where political divisiveness and separation between cultures, classes and religious ideologies pose a risk that division will become our society’s new normal, the world can begin to feel like a very lonely place. These facts, coupled with today’s unprecedented use of technology can […]

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Cocktails, Cannonballs And Landscape Design

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Verandahs at Silverleaf When building a luxury home in Arizona, it goes without saying that a swimming pool is always a consideration. This time of year with temperatures up above 100 degrees most days, the swimming pool is where the kids spend a great deal of their playtime; school is out, it’s still light at […]

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Why We Love What We Do

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We just got back from a conference on Homebuilding held in beautiful San Diego. Everyone was in a great mood. After all, it is a much better economic climate than in the past few years;  homes are selling and things are looking up. But that wasn’t what made us happy. What really makes us  love […]

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It Takes A Village

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What does it take to continue to maintain, and even grow a business for over 4 decades? Well in the business of being a premier builder of luxury homes it takes a village. At Camelot Homes we take great pride in our ongoing long-term company relationships; from the craftsmen and trade partners that we do […]

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The Home Office

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Camelot Custom Home- Verandah at Silverleaf In the last decade there has been a noticeable trend toward working from home. Contrary to popular belief, the typical teleworker is not 20-something, or even the working mother who may depend on this continuing trend so they can be parenting and working at the same time. The largest […]

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The Elegance Of Camelot Reserve

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So, our model home at Camelot Reserve is ready for viewing: the landscape is beautiful, the finish work is completed and every corner of the home is impeccably decorated down to the table settings. The grand unveiling has occurred, and now it’s time to let our future homebuyers walk through it and have a look. […]

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Dining Al Fresco

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What do you think of when you hear the phrase Al Fresco dining? If you’ve ever traveled through Italy, just the term itself conjures up images of Tuscan scenery and tables filled with wine, food, family and friends. For those of us lucky enough to live in a temperate part of the world, dining “al […]

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Goodbye Gentle Winter

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Desert Rainstorm photo credit Julie Hancock Whether you are a creationist or an evolutionist; whether you believe in climate change as an absolute truth or a left wing conspiracy, the fact of the matter is we never really have much of a winter here in Arizona. Therefore it should come as no surprise that 15 […]

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Yin and Yang- Creating Balance In Architecture

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In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin and yang is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, […]

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Trends In Interior Paint Colors

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Image courtesy of Architectural Digest On the heels of New York City’s Fashion Week, where every season touts a predominantly trending color, this week seems like the perfect time to explore the “hautest” trend in interior paint for your home. Ironically, this year the very same color that was splashed across the runway is also […]

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Children’s Bedrooms

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Primary Image Camelot Homes- Verandah at Silverleaf Remember your childhood bedroom? Many of us can remember the hours spent in our room in vivid detail; the colors, textures and perhaps even a theme. Depending on our parents discretion, we may or may not have had much of a choice in what went into it and […]

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Design Thinking- How The Great Ones Do It

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Have you ever wondered about the artistic process behind interior design for high-end, luxury homes? We have as well, so we set out to learn the tricks of the trade from the team at Design Line Interiors. This award-winning group of top interior designers, is currently involved with our project at Camelot Reserve and busy […]

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Choosing Art For Your Home

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/raphaelmacekphotography Well to begin with, let’s define art: The nature of art has been described as, “One of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture”. Art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating formal elements for […]

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New Year, New Look

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Remodeling has never been easy (just ask anyone who has ever lived through it), but what better time to think about it than after the holidays. If you’re like most of us, by the time your tree is dragged out to the curb, it already feels as though you’ve added an additional 500 sq. feet […]

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Gardening in Small Spaces with Pat Hasbrook

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Pat Hasbrook of Hasbrook Interiors was for many years the premier Interior Designer in and around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. When the time came to slow down from her work in interior design, she and husband Dan did what many of us only dream of doing; they bought a farm and moved to Woodstock, Vermont. During […]

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The Edison’s and the Griswold’s

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It’s coming on Christmas, they’re cutting down trees, they’re putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace, oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on…~Joni Mitchell It’s that magical time of year again, when we deck our halls with boughs of holly. Just the mere mention of Christmas brings […]

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Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is a time for us all to focus on what we are grateful for (unless you are a guy, then it’s all about focusing on football!). For the rest of us, we take this one special day to join together with our families to appreciate the things that bind us together. Thanksgiving is more about cooking […]

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The Symphony of Home Building

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In pondering a way to describe what goes into building a house such as our newly completed Verandah home at Silverleaf, what comes to mind are words like organization, timing and teamwork. Building a home is actually a bit like creating a symphony. As anyone familiar with the symphony understands, the music created and the […]

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Is It Something In The Water?

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Employee turnover is a normal part of the business cycle. Regardless of how happy you make the people who work for you, or how enjoyable your company may be to work for, from time to time people will leave, whether to retire or relocate, or just in response to changing circumstances in their lives. At […]

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Design Trends We Love

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At Camelot Homes, our architectural style has always been classically influenced, but we are continually looking into what is new and fresh; design trends that will complement our homes and are conducive to luxury living in the desert cities in which we build. One of our signature features is a focus on outdoor living spaces. […]

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#1 In A Small Niche

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When J.W Hancock began building homes in the late 1950’s his goal wasn’t to be the biggest luxury home builder. He was simply doing what he loved with an unmatched sense of pride and a belief that his attention to detail would inevitably make for happy homeowners. In carrying out his goal of building quality […]

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

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It’s so disheartening when something you remember wearing as though it was yesterday, is currently considered “retro.” Very similar to the way it feels when you realize that the songs from your youth can easily be found on the “oldies” station. But it’s the law of the universe really; there are cyclical patterns in weather, […]

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Chaos Theory

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Years ago while standing outside of what would become the entrance gate to a home we were building, we asked the stonemason if he could create a pattern of randomness. We laughed about the idea for a moment, not realizing that there really is something to this idea. It’s called Chaos Theory, and it’s not […]

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Everyone Deserves a Mulligan

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It’s not uncommon during a game of “friendly golf” to give your playing partner a mulligan. It’s a beautiful day out, everyone’s playing ok, and BAM, you’re out of bounds. It’s a gentleman’s game so your friend offers you a do-over. That’s the comparison that Camelot Homes President Mark Hancock used to describe the new […]

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You’re Back?

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It’s becoming more common these days, the kids go off to college to get their degree, fumble around in a still recovering job market, then guess what? It’s time to turn the Pilates studio you converted a couple years ago, back into a guest room (the term guest, loosely translated). Generation Y, also referred to […]

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Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?

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The Master Bedroom at Bocara Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and this year an estimated 33 million Americans will hit the road for their last summer adventure. While a good percentage of people will be checking into hotels and resorts across the country, many travelers will be spending their holiday as a […]

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All In The Family

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It’s a funny thing, running a family business. Like any of the other familial characteristics where we can argue “nature vs. nurture,” it seems as though it’s either in your blood or it isn’t. In the late 60’s when Mark Hancock was being taken around to job sites by his parents, Camelot Homes founders J.W […]

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