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Top Water Features for Your Garden

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The natural Arizona landscape creates a gorgeous backdrop for your luxury home. But it takes inspired garden design ideas to take your outdoor living space to the next level. At Camelot Homes, we know you want your outdoor living area to be as beautiful as your home’s interior. With the right water features, you can transform any garden to a stunning retreat.

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New Tech in Water Conservation | Dream House Builder

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Saving water is a high priority for much of the western United States, but perhaps even more concerning for those living in the Sonoran Desert. Here are some simple and inexpensive high-tech gadgets for the eco-friendly homeowner. Pool Covering Innovations Many of the luxury homes in this region have beautifully manicured outdoor living spaces complete […]

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Trends in Indoor-Outdoor Living | Luxury Custom Homes

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For owners of luxury custom homes in the Valley, perfectly blended indoor-outdoor living spaces are the epitome of luxurious living. People from all over the world move to the beautiful Sonoran Desert for its majestic, natural beauty and its splendid,  year-round sunshine. Corner Sliding Glass Doors When designing and building the home of their dreams, […]

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Five Steps to Personalizing Custom Homes

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Camelot Homes takes pride in designing custom homes for people in every stage of life. Whether you’re a single professional, just starting out as a couple, a growing family or empty-nesters, our focus is on creating the ideal place for you to live. With high-quality materials and solid craftsmanship, our homes are built to stand […]

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Make Your Home “You” With Custom Design | Top Home Builders

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As one of the top home builders of luxury properties in the Scottsdale, Arizona area, our team of award-winning designers at Camelot Homes is very aware of the number of difficult decisions that go into creating the home of your dreams. From choosing the kitchen cabinetry, appliances, sinks, tile, flooring and numerous other finishes and […]

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The Camelot Story | Luxury Home Builder

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Camelot Homes has been a premier luxury home builder in the Phoenix area for more than five decades. Our family roots and our reputation for building quality homes in the Valley dates back to the 1960s. It was then that Maggi and JW Hancock started our business. In fact, JW Hancock was one of the […]

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Tips to Create a Cozy Guest Room

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With summer slowly winding down and fall temperatures inching their way into the forecast, ’tis the season to start planning. Don’t worry – we’re not talking about Christmas – let’s wait a bit longer for that. Thanksgiving and Halloween are coming as well, but we’ll leave those on the back burner for a while longer […]

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What’s the Difference?

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Have you ever seen or heard a reference to something in conversation or online or in a magazine and thought to yourself “so THAT’s what that is!” or “Really? I thought that was a ___.” So have we, so we thought we’d start a new series to help highlight a few of these “aha!” moments. […]

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Class(y) Rooms: Welcome the Kids Home from School in Style

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While children in other parts of the country may just now be heading off to summer camp, kids here in Arizona are facing the cold, hard truth…it’s Back to School time. It may seem early to some, but when the school year ends in mid- to late-May, an early return is inevitable. As we face […]

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Pet-Friendly Home Design – It’s a Thing!

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If you have pets and/or have an ear to the ground for the latest design trends, you may already be aware of one of the hottest new trends in homebuilding – pet-friendly home design. Yes, you read that correctly – a mudroom for the dogs. To some, this may seem a bit extreme or excessive, […]

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The Chandelier – a deLIGHTful addition to your home

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“There is one fundamental fact about lighting: where there is no light, there is no beauty.” – Billy Baldwin One of the most dramatic, eye-catching ways to introduce said beauty into a room is with a chandelier. Considered by some to be “floating pieces of art” or “architectural jewelry,” chandeliers serve not only a functional […]

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Russ’s Corner: Maintenance Tips

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Have you met Russ? If you’ve yet to make his acquaintance, let us introduce you to Russ Dollman, Director of Customer Relations Extraordinaire. Russ is responsible for enhancing customer satisfaction, instilling best practices in customer service, and increasing repeat and referral homebuyers. With over 30 years’ experience, he boasts an extensive background in Arizona construction. […]

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Our Top 5 Picks for Mother’s Day Brunch

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Mother’s Day may be a little over a week and a half away, but it’s never too early to start planning mom’s special day. We all know how hard she works each and every day; why not treat her to a delectable, effortless meal? In celebration of that special woman in your life, we’ve compiled […]

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The Modern Outdoor Shower

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April showers may bring May flowers, but outdoor showers bring sheer bliss…year-round. More than just a place to clean up the kids after soccer practice, to rinse away the grime after a morning spent in the garden, or to hose down your 4-legged friend who was “helping” in the garden, the modern outdoor shower has […]

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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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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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