January 13th, 2014

Samuel Taylor Homes: A Florida Home Builder with a Wide Range of Experiences

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Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 5.10.27 PMMatt Brandman and Hunter Collins established Samuel Taylor Homes out of Panama City Beach in 2011. The two professionals have been in the industry for many years, and they had a vision to create exceptional new homes without the frustrations that often accompany the process. Their company philosophy revolves around excellent communication and customer involvement. This means that they are there for you from signed agreement to after move-in day whenever assistance is needed.

Samuel Taylor Homes currently build in Breakfast Point, The Glades, SeaView Trace, and Whisper Dunes in Panama City. They also build in Greenway Park out of Seagrove Beach, Florida.

One of their available homes is at 217 Johnson Bayou Drive in Panama City Beach, and sits on a spacious 2,713 square feet. It comes with four bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms, two-car garage, spacious open floor plan, bonus room, guest suite on the second floor and much more. It is located within their Breakfast Point community, which is within two miles of the Gulf of Mexico and its sugar white sand beaches.

Aside from the nearby beach, there are also parks, an aquatic center, grocery stores, shopping, dining, and health clinics all within five miles of Breakfast Point. There is sure to be something to entertain you and your entire family nearby!

The Samuel Taylor Experience is summed up completely in six steps:

1. Sales Associates: From homesite selection to design choices, their highly trained professionals will help assist you in all aspects of your decision making-process.
2. Expert Craftsmanship: Their team of architects, engineers, and construction professionals are committed to building you the highest quality home possible.
3. Sustainable Design: All Samuel Taylor Homes are built with the most cost-effective and energy-saving features available today.
4. Financial Partners: They have customer-focused mortgage partners to assist you in all financial aspects of your buying process.
5. Quality Products: They only use manufacturers with a reputation of quality for all appliances and fixtures.
6. Customer Service: Samuel Taylor has built such a successful business because of clients and referrals. Their customer service promise lasts long after move-in day.

Contact Samuel Taylor Homes to get started building your custom home in Northwest Florida. This customer-driven company is sure to be an excellent choice from start to finish.

January 2nd, 2014

Jeff Rutt with Keystone Custom Homes

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Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 2.25.27 PMJeff Rutt, the founder and CEO, started Keystone Custom Homes out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1992. He worked for ten years as a dairy farmer, before deciding he would prefer a career with lower risk and fewer hours. He gained experience in the housing market after working in real estate for several years. When founding his own homebuilding company, he teamed with three local builders to expand his knowledge of the homebuilding industry.

Jeff Rutt gained a strong work ethic and values during his time as a dairy farmer. He transferred those skills into Keystone Custom Homes to create what it is today. They started with selling twelve homes in their first six months, and now they build in over forty communities in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

Keystone makes the home-buying process less stressful for its customers, particularly during the selection process. Around 2001, they began using a web program called KeyChoices to let buyers browse more through more than 50,000 options. There are photos and each option is pre-priced to make their choices extremely easy and straightforward.

“From our standpoint, it’s convenient because we don’t have to spend the time going through and pricing everything,” says Jeff Rutt. “From the [buyer’s] standpoint, it’s huge because they don’t have to pay for something they don’t want.

In 1997 Jeff Rutt founded HOPE International, a Christian faith-based, nonprofit organization across 16 countries. In 2008, Rutt received the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award for his activities associated with HOPE International. With the help of several other builders, they have built over sixty homes so far for charity.

Jeff Rutt also led Keystone Custom Homes to win the America’s Best Builder Award three times. They were the first ones to ever win the prestigious award three times, winning in 1998, 2002, and 2005. They are also in the top 100 homebuilders in the nation, out of a staggering 200,000 members.

The award is judged based on finances and operations, customer service and quality, design and construction, community and industry service, and marketing. Seeing how Jeff Rutt and his team excel in all of these areas, you will be in great hands when you work with Keystone Custom Homes.

December 30th, 2013

Sallee Homes: Kansas City Custom Homes Since 1989

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Screen Shot 2013-12-24 at 12.11.07 PMFormer structural engineer, Randy Sallee, founded Sallee Homes in 1989. In the past twenty-four years, they have developed a solid in reputable building company in the greater Kansas City area. They build a high quality product for the best possible price, and take extremely good care of all of their customers.

Sallee Homes currently builds in Adam’s Pointe Village, Belmont Farms, Canyon Creek Highlands, Chapel Hill, Creekmoor, Dalton’s Ridge, Eagle Creek, Eagle’s Ridge, Grayson Place, Heritage Manor, Highland Meadows, Hunter’s Ridge, Kensington Farms, Montebella, Parkway Estates, Parkway Village, Persimmon Pointe, Prairie Point, Seven Bridges, Staley Hills, The Enclaves, Thousands Oaks, Whispering Hills Estates, Whitney Hills, Woodland Glen, and Woodland Shores.

The Sorano II floor plan is available in their Montebella community. It sits on a spacious 3,344 approximate square feet with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and three-car garage. It features terrific amenities like a full walkout basement, roof covered deck, sculptured staircase carpet, stained bathroom vanities, full yard sprinkler system, and much more.

Your kids will be in great hands in the Park Hill School District. Attending Union Chapel Elementary, Lakeview Middle, and Park Hill South High School, you can rest assure knowing they are receiving a quality education.

In this testimonial Steve and Angie Minshall said, ” Randy Sallee and Sallee Homes built a beautiful house for us. The quality is evident in the craftsmanship throughout the house. Randy and his crew gave us unexpected extras in the design of our ceilings and in the layout of the ceramic tile, particularly in the kitchen. Randy easily accommodated our changes to the original house plan and readily worked with us to help us save money in the build-out of the basement. All-in-all, we had a very favorable experience with Randy as our builder and we are very please with our new home.”

Sallee Homes builds new homes across the Kansas City area and would love to help you and your family build the home of your dreams in your neighborhood. Contact them today to discuss all of their available homes and floor plans, and to find one that meets your needs.

December 23rd, 2013

Rouse Chamberlin Homes: 35 Years of Award Winning Communities

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Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.19.13 AMRouse Chamberlin Homes has been building high quality custom homes in Pennsylvania since 1978. They work incredibly hard to provide beautiful new homes and neighborhoods for their homebuyers. Their reputation precedes them as very trustworthy and devoted builders. With thirty-five years of experience under their belts, you can be assured that Rouse Chamberlin builders are at the top of their field.

Rouse Chamberlin currently builds in The Woods at Clarelyn, The Links at Raven’s Claw, Parkesburg Knoll, Cowan Estates, Brandywine Hill, Century Oak, Franklin Chase, and The Enclave on Upper Gulph. They also have a community called Penn Manor at Sandy Run, coming soon to the Fort Washington area.

Their Links at Raven’s Claw community is an exquisite golf course community. Membership for the course is totally optional, but either way you will get breathtaking views complete with professionally maintained golf greens. There are a wide variety of plans available ranging from 1,874 to 3,214 square feet of personalized living space.

Springton, the largest of their Raven’s Claw models, sits on a spacious 3,214 square feet. It comes complete with four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. One of the perks of choosing this neighborhood, is that your homeowner’s association covers lawn care and snow removal right up to your front door!

Your children will be in great hands attending the Spring-Ford School District. With Evans Elementary, 5/6-7-8-9 Grade Centers, and Spring-For Senior High School, you can rest assured knowing your kids are receiving an excellent education.

One happy Rouse Chamberlin Homeowner said, “We went from living in a townhouse to owning our first single family home. We love it. Everyone did such a great job starting with Ellen at the Sales Office, Danielle at the Design Center and the Project Manager. Walkthrough with the project manager was very informative. He went over everything with us, and even impressed our Realtor who has been in the business for 20-years. Our Realtor said that was the best walkthrough he had ever been on.”

National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine named Rouse Chamberlin America’s Best Home Builder. Professional Builder Magazine also named them National Builder of the Year.

If you and your family are thinking deciding on a new homebuilder in Pennsylvania, look no further than Rouse Chamberlin. Contact them today to get started building the home of your dreams!

December 16th, 2013

JP Orleans: A Family Tradition Since 1918

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Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 1.26.42 PMJP Orleans is a custom homebuilder who currently builds in Philadelphia, PA, Woolwich Township, NJ, Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC. Jeffrey P. Orleans, the Chief Executive Officer, is an accomplished third-generation homebuilder. His grandfather, Alfred P. Orleans founded the company more than ninety years ago with an exceptional level of quality and craftsmanship.

JP Orleans builds in the Lexington Mews, Spring Oak, and Scammell’s Corner communities in Philadelphia, the Summer Lake, Stonehurst, Grey Oaks, and Tarrington communities in Richmond, and the Abbington and Peach Orchard Estates communities in Charlotte.

The Stonehurst community, out of Richmond, is considered an elite west end community. It is small and upscale, and located in the Short Pump area close to Innsbrook, downtown Richmond, and Chesterfield County. They offer one-acre-plus home sites, flexible personalization options, a variety of distinguished all-brick exteriors, and much more.

You can send your kids off to school in the top notch Henrico County School District. The Stonehurst Community feeds into Kaechele Elementary, Short Pump Middle, and Deep Run High School.

JP Orleans homes come with exquisite details and amenities that your family will be sure to love. Their homes feature items like three car garages, dual staircases, second floor laundry, chef’s kitchen, tiled bath and laundry rooms, and much more. Their custom houses always offer beautiful craftsmanship and the highest level of quality.

JP Orleans has developed a great eleven step building process:

1.  Home Site Reservation
2.  Agreement of Sale with Earnest Money Deposit
3.  Design Selections
4.  Mortgage Application
5.  Your Team Preparing “Behind the Scenes”
6.  Construction Begins: Pre-Construction Review
7.  Prey-Drywall Review
8.  Pre-Settlement Review
9.  Closing and Move-In!
10.  Post Closing-Count On Us
11.  Enjoy Your New Home

When you and your family decide to build a new home in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, or North Carolina, JP Orleans is the builder for you. Whether you are looking for a bigger home for your growing family or a smaller space for the empty nesters, you will be sure to find a perfect fit. Contact them today to get started building the home of your dreams.

December 9th, 2013

SR Homes, Your Custom Atlanta Homebuilder

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Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 11.23.29 AMAt SR Homes, they are devoted to building high quality custom homes with materials by only the industry’s top craftsmen. President and founder, Alex G. Tetterton, has earned respect from his peers in the industry by serving as the President of the Gwinnett County Home Builders Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

SR Homes currently build in Fieldstone Preserve, Gables at Stoney Point, Great River at Tribble Mill, Greystone Manor, Henderson Landing, Hunters Walk, Jones Bridge Estates, Olde Roswell Estates, Park at Haynes Manor, River’s Call, Tuscany Park, Vickery Springs, and Williams Point.

River’s Call offers a unique guarded community with the quiet elegance of a classic country house, but close-in convenience. This community offers a stone coach house and pool, exquisite living, majestic streetscapes, unique old-world architecture, and is surrounded by lush wooded Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.

One of the luxury custom floor plans available in River’s call is the Sweetwater, with five bedrooms, five and half baths, and a three-car garage. This new floor plan features master on the main with his and her walk in closets, a covered porch, two-story great room, formal and informal dining, a kitchen with island, and much more. The Sweetwater sits on 5,110 square feet, and is two stories high.

SR Homes is an extremely charitable builder, who firmly believes in giving back to a community that has provided so much for them. Through donations of time, effort, money, and/or resources, SR Homes has been able to help out many great organizations.

Honduras Outreach, Dream House, Christian City, and North Metro Miracle League have all benefited from the help of SR Homes.

In this client testimonial, Mike McGowan said, “My wife and I purchased our home from SR Homes in December and are loving it. The whole experience from working with their New Home Specialist, the Superintendent, through the Warranty department has been a real pleasure. The quality of the house and the upgrades that were included are astounding. We thought the house had to be out of our price range. Thank goodness we called the New Home Specialist or we would have missed out on the home of our dreams.”

Contact SR Homes, and you could be the next extremely satisfied customer, living in your gorgeous custom Atlanta home.

November 25th, 2013

Home Design Trends in 2014

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custom homebuilding trendsWith 2014 right around the corner, predictions are being made as to the year’s trends in home design. The Voice of Color has announced the color of the year for 2014 as “Turning Oakleaf.” It is described, “like a butter cream, this color has a fullness to it, while remaining light enough to act as a neutral.”

Along with this pastel yellow shade, complimenting bright colors are going to be seen more often next year. Neil Kelly Design Consultant, Suzie Atkin, says cobalt blue is a particularly hot color. Paint is something easily changed, so don’t be afraid to go bold and paint that spare bedroom in a stunning red, or a dreamy turquoise.

While design trends for 2014 are leaning towards embellished showers and away from standard tubs, this might be one to reconsider. Go ahead and install that dual headed or waterfall shower into your new home, but consider installing a bathtub strictly for resale appeal.

Kitchen islands tend to draw everyone in while hosting events, and now is the time to install a bigger island. A grander kitchen island will guarantee plenty of room for cooking, while an attached bar makes room for entertaining guests.

The year 2013 geared more towards modern design, but this year it will head back in a more classic and relaxed direction. Neil Kelly says while stone, metal, and wood will still be popular, expect a more relaxed feel and rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal finishes. To accompany these more comfortable and warmer (literally) homes, are dual-sided fireplaces. Not only as a way to bring heat to multiple rooms in cold, winter months, but also as a way to open up adjoining spaces.

While building your new home in 2014, don’t forget that small additions can make big improvements to your overall home satisfaction. Having hidden storage benches line the wall, or adding U-Sockets that allow USB chargers to plug right into your wall socket will be helpful. Also consider adding a kitchen-like island into your master walk in closet. It offers plenty of drawer space, along with a convenient flat counter top for folding clothes or accessory storage.

Including one or several of these items into your new home will not only keep you on trend next year, but also increase the entire atmosphere of your custom home.

November 14th, 2013

Serene Hills, your next custom home community in Austin

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custom homeWelcome to the beautiful Lakeway community of Serene Hills, where Austin custom home builder Brohn Homes have established a luxurious way to live. This 465-acre luxury community blends the incredible Texas Hill County landscaping and wildlife with your desired comforts of everyday living. Serene Hills is gently ensconced amongst mature oak trees and other old growths from ages past; a fantastic view of our fantastic Texas nature is available from every home.

Brohn Homes knows how importance location is. These new Austin homes are well situated and easily accessed from State Highway 7 into Lakeway. You’ll be just 30 minutes from downtown Austin and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. And as Serene Hills is within Lakeview city limits you’ll also enjoy easy convenience to the area’s best entertainment, dining, and shopping opportunities. Enjoy the famous Lake Travis restaurants, including Hudson’s on the Bend, The Oasis, and Carlos’ & Charlie’s.

Coupled with the amenities the city offers is the relaxation of a quiet and pristine community that offers low density population. Serene Hills has incredible homesites starting from .25 acres that are dedicated exclusively to luxury custom homes. These homesites only use 25 percent of the aforementioned 465-acres, dedicating the rest to gorgeous parkland and an extensive pathway of hike and bike trails that run throughout Serene Hills. Take a stroll to appreciate the weather or visit friends or enjoy a fitness regime now easy to construct. There are also opportunities for swimming, golf, tennis, and more in Lakeview.

Custom home builder Brohn Homes offers only their most masterful designs in Serene Hills. Starting in the $490’s, these homes offer a unique  and elegant blend of architecture, from French Country to American Classic to Urban. You are welcome to select from a variety of spacious, open floorplans with 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2 story elevations. All homes feature environmentally-sensitive elements. And, of course, numerous custom home interiors and finishes.

Brohn Homes knows that your home means much more to you than just a significant purchase or piece or architecture. That is why they dedicate their utmost care and integrity your new new home: so that every time you open your front door, you’re reminded of just why you chose Brohn Homes. Having worked in Central Texas for more than 25 years, their high quality and architecturally distinct custom homes in Austin might be just what you’re looking for. If so, they would love to hear from you: contact them here.

November 1st, 2013

There’s More to Curb Appeal Than Meets the Eye

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Curb Appeal

When hearing the term “curb appeal”, you would probably assume it just deals with whether a house is visually attractive or not.  While this is true, there is a lot more that goes into the curb appeal of a home.  There are things a new homeowner can do, like painting the front door a warm color, planting flowers, or including a comfortable bench on the front porch.  However, there are also things that can be included into the overall design of the house during building and design stages.

Designing a new home requires a keen eye for detail, and there are many subtle things you can do to enhance the overall appearance during the building stage.  Trees and even minimal landscaping can drastically improve the look of a new house.  Builder wrote that, “a recent study at the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Ore., found that street trees can add close to $9,000 to the price of a home.  What’s more, homes within 100 feet of a home with street trees sell for more than homes in areas with no trees”.

The same can be said for neighborhoods with varying roof levels, sidewalks for pedestrians, and homes with front porches.  Varied roof levels make the neighborhood appear more aesthetically appealing and less rigid. Sidewalks encourage healthy lifestyles, as well as an open route of communication between neighbors.  A front porch is generally the standard for an open and inviting home.  However, any form of outdoor seating area promotes the same idea of a place where neighbors can gather and catch up, while their kids play in the front yard together.

All of these things provide a feeling of comfort, and transform them from house into livable homes.  Even in new developments it pays off to vary the models that are being placed next to each other.  When purchasing a new home, most people are investing in their future as well. People want to raise a family in an area that is warm and inviting and promoting a sense of community is an added bonus.  Builder adds, “even with a rebounding housing market, you have to make your work stand.  Whether you’re building one house or 1,000, being street smart will help you get ahead”.  Adding these small enhancements to their custom home will definitely raise the curb appeal, as well as the client’s overall happiness.

October 24th, 2013

Stone Veneer for your Custom Home

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If you’re planning on adding extra beauty to your custom home and interested in stone veneer, you absolutely want to talk Canyon Stone. This Kansas City manufacturer of artificial stone offers an amazing selection of unsurpassed beauty and high quality stone veneer across the United States and Canada.

Safe for exterior and interior use, Canyon Stone is there for you whether you’re aiming for brand new walls around your custom home or to add some amazing detail to lintels and window sills. Add drama to your fireplace or further enhance curb appeal. Whether your custom home has a pleasantly rustic or ultra-contemporary feel there’s matching stone veneer available with just the right look. And you have the upmost assurance of quality: Canyon Stone is proud to say that all of their products are ICC certified.

You also don’t need to worry about climate. Their stone veneer is durable enough to withstand everything, no matter where your custom home is built: from the coldest temperature up in Canada to the high heat and humidity down south in Florida.

Affordably priced, this stone veneer is also very easy to install – perfect for a weekend renovation project. The elegance and incredible style available will upgrade the look of your home and provide extra beauty for years to come. Are you looking for a traditional brick? A modern style strip ledge? There’s a wide variety and Canyon Stone is constantly innovating new products.

Custom homeowners are raving about their stone veneer remodeling. “I was very pleased with the quality, price, and appearance of the stone veneer,” one homeowner wrote. “My greatest concern was the authentic look of the stone, and I was extremely pleased. The stone looks great!!! I installed it on three full walls on the exterior of my garage and it looks wonderful. It went up easy and everyone loves the way it looks. I would recommend this product to anyone. Thanks again!”

There is also very positive review for the incredible workers at Canyon Stone themselves. “Just a quick note to let all of you at Canyon Stone know how impressed with your company we are,” one reviewer wrote in. “From the ladies in the office that showed us around your showroom, to the gentleman that installed the stone, EVERYONE was super helpful & very professional. Your product looks wonderful and we tell everyone that comments on it about your company. Great product, great price, & great people!”

For more information about Canyon Stone’s stone veneer for custom homes contact them here. Canyon Stone is actually just one of the resources for custom home owners and custom home builders and we have available on the website, and we’ll be talking more about them soon!

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