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6 Fall Family Must-Do’s in Montgomery County

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Events, Uncategorized | Posted: October 18, 2017 | No Comments »

Montgomery County is pretty much autumnal paradise, offering a huge array of farms and other outdoor venues that are ideal for some fall family fun. Check out these great activities:


WUMCO 2017 & Oktoberfest


This annual event is always a blast for adults and kids alike. This year’s WUMCO festivities will take place on October 21st, and will feature costume contests, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, carnival games, a moon bounce, rock wall, & more! Oktoberfest attractions will include German food, a beer tent, and German music.


Homestead Farm


Pick-your-own apples & pumpkins, as well as apple cider, mums, and decorative gourds. Plus hayrides on Saturday & Sunday.


Sugarloaf Mountain

Frederick County

This unique attraction is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking. And the views are spectacular in the fall.


Lewis Orchards


Find pick-your-own apples, and cut-your-own zinnias at Lewis Orchards, plus pumpkins and potted mums. Along with pies and other treats in the Market.


Temple Hall Fall Festival & Corn Maize


A veritable cornucopia of fall fun, from pumpkin blasters and corn cannons, to pig races, and the renowned 24-acre corn maze.


Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Spend the day enjoying giant hill slides, moon bounces, wagon rides, petting zoo, pedal carts, the corn bin, & more at Pumpkin Village. A great place for a fall birthday bash!


BONUS! For grown-ups only!

Rocklands Farm Winery, Poolesville

Head to the local vineyard and enjoy live music on Friday nights, plus wine tastings and local food vendors Friday through Sunday.


There’s plenty to do around Montgomery County and The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing this Fall, so treat your family to some fun!


Move to Poolesville by Next School Year!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: June 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Move to Poolesville by Next School Year!

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, located in historic Poolesville, is a great place to live if you have kids. From the top-ranked Poolesville schools – Poolesville High School is the #1 school in Maryland – to the community’s plentiful recreational opportunities, your family will love living here.

The Reserve is adjacent to Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park, a 50-acre protected wooded area, which lends a serene feeling to the neighborhood. The community includes walking paths, a lacrosse/soccer field, a Village Green, a family picnic pavilion, multi-age playgrounds, and a multipurpose basketball court.


The Poolesville area also offers interesting and fun things to do, from picking your own fruit at Homestead Farms or Lewis Orchards, to grabbing a healthy breakfast or lunch at the Waterside Café. Poolesville also has a county pool facility that includes a 6-lane, 25-meter Main Pool, and an 8-lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. The shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. And an Activity Pool has 2 flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided. Poolesville has an extensive trail system, as well as a skate park. The Town is also known for its community events and festivals, such as Poolesville Day, Summer Movie Nights, and SpringFest.


We have a Move -In Ready home on a beautiful nearly one acre wooded lot currently available at 19552 Lewis Orchard Lane.  Priced at $849,900, The Kensington model has 4,140 square feet of living space on 3 levels, with 5 bedrooms and a 2 car side load garage. The home also has a gourmet kitchen with Timberlake cabinetry, double wall ovens, and a 5-burner gas cooktop. There is a first floor den or guest room, and an Owners’ suite with a sitting room. You can be all moved-in and settled by the time school starts in the fall!

If you’d like more information about this home or Brightwell Crossing, contact George Neill at 301.208.2588 or

Poolesville High School Ranked #1 in Maryland Seven Years in a Row!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Poolesville High School Ranked #1 in Maryland Seven Years in a Row!

Do you need yet another reason to live at Brightwell Crossing? How about the extraordinary quality of the schools!

Poolesville High School is ranked #1 in Maryland, #3 in the DC region among private AND public schools, and in the top 100 schools nationally on the Washington Post’s list of the Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.



The Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S. list includes 2,323 schools across the country and more than 180 schools in the Washington region. The Washington Post ranks schools through an index formula based on a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.


The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing includes 98 homesites, situated on lots that range from a half-acre to over an acre, including many cul-de-sac and walkout sites. It is designed to give residents exquisite homes in a prestigious neighborhood. Check out our available homes in Brightwell Crossing!


Kettler Forlines Sponsors HBCF Fundraiser

Categories: News | Posted: May 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Kettler Forlines Sponsors HBCF Fundraiser

Kettler Forlines Homes was a proud participant and sponsor of the Maryland Building Industry Association’s annual Spring Fundraiser, The Bull & Oyster Roast, on May 3, 2017. Held at Ruppert Landscape Headquarters in Laytonsville, Maryland, the event featured fabulous food, live jazz, and plenty of fun for all.

HBCF Bull and Oyster Roast

All proceeds from the event benefit Home Builders Care Foundation, MBIA’s official charity. The mission of the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) is to give back by utilizing the skills and resources of building industry members on shelter-related construction for the homeless and others at-risk. Our own Tom Kettler is a past board member and President of the Foundation. Donations to HBCF help build and renovate supportive housing facilities and shelter for the homeless and families in crisis throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Donations were also accepted for the Professional Women in Building Council’s Clothing Drive to benefit the Interfaith Works Clothing Center. Located in Rockville, the center provides free clothing and household goods to almost 13,500 income-qualified residents each year.

HBCF was established in the early 1980s as Operation Tom Sawyer (OTS) and functioned as the charitable arm of the Suburban Maryland Building Industry Association.

Kettler Forlines Homes has been an active supporter of HBCF for many years, and is honored to support their charitable works.


New Cul-De-Sac Opens at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on New Cul-De-Sac Opens at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

Something new is popping up at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville! A whole new section located on Umstead Court will feature a private cul-de-sac with gorgeous homesites that back up to the woods. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – reserve your lot today!

Brightwell Crossing

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing offers exquisite homes in a prestigious neighborhood. The master plan includes 98 homesites situated on lots that range from a half-acre to over an acre. The Reserve is adjacent to Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park, a protected wooded area – perfect for a walk through nature!

We created eight unique home designs just for The Reserve, with each spacious floor plan featuring an extensive array of luxury amenities. The homes range from 2,745 square feet to more than 7,200, featuring gourmet kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, large porches, and more.

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing has tons of other unique features as well, including interesting architecture, superior craftsmanship, cutting edge energy efficiency, and proximity to nationally ranked Poolesville public schools.


new home features


For more information on living at The Reserve at Brightwell in Montgomery County, contact Community Sales Manager George Neill at 301-208-2588 or at


3 Reasons to Buy Your New Home NOW!

Categories: Build On Your Lot, News | Posted: April 20, 2017 | Comments Off on 3 Reasons to Buy Your New Home NOW!

There are so many amazing reasons for you to choose a Kettler Forlines home. And right now, one of the most crucial incentives is how much money you’ll save in a smart real estate investment.


  1. Interest Rates are on the Rise – Interest rates have gone up since the start of this year and likely will to continue to rise. The good news is that we’re offering a long-term interest rate protection program!


  1. Labor Costs are Increasing – According to Builder Magazine, when builders were asked about significant problems faced in 2016, only 48% of people voiced building material prices as a concern. In 2017, this number jumped to 60% – the most significant jump of any category including cost of labor, cost of lots, and development standards.


  1. Mortgage Rates are Still at a 30-Year Low – Although prices and interest rates are on the rise in the homebuilding industry, rates are still at some of the lowest we’ve seen over the last thirty years. Buyers should feel secure in knowing that this is a still a great time to purchase a home, especially in the upcoming short months.



If you’re looking to make a move sooner rather than later, check out our quick move-in homes that you can settle into within a few short weeks. Homes are available in our Brookfield on the Potomac community in Falling Waters, West Virginia and The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville, MD.


If you’re looking to build your home from the ground up with Kettler Forlines Homes, we’re ready to start now as well! No matter if you’d like a home on your own lot or on one of ours, we’re ready to help you find your new home before the next price hike.

The gorgeous Kensington model is in full bloom!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Kensington Model, News | Posted: March 30, 2017 | Comments Off on The gorgeous Kensington model is in full bloom!

Spring is in the air, which means nicer weather, grilling season, and outdoor gatherings! The stunning move-in ready Kensington model, located at 19522 Lewis Orchard Lane in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, will be your family party headquarters for years to come!

  • The open floorplan is perfect for entertaining – plenty of conversation areas and room to move around.
  • The basement rec room will be a huge hit with the kids – tons of space to hang out and play games!
  • The gourmet kitchen features a center island and so much counter space for baking and prep work. Plus, the double ovens and large range will make cooking your feast a breeze!
  • The dining room is elegant and ideal for extravagant family dinners and celebrations of all kinds.
  • Plant your roots at this new home, priced at $839,900.


The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is conveniently located near the greater Washington D.C. area, within minutes of cities throughout Virginia and Maryland. Children attend high-quality schools, such as Poolesville Elementary, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville High School, which also features the Poolesville High School Magnet Program.

For more information, visit Contact George Neill today at 301-208-2588 or if you’d like to visit this home in person.

For nearly 40 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you will find award-winning, energy-efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features, and many ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit


Why live in Montgomery County? You’ll never be bored!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: March 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Why live in Montgomery County? You’ll never be bored!

In addition to being the most populous county in Maryland, Montgomery County has the benefit of being near a large array of interesting historic places and entertainment sources. Whether you like nature, the arts or sports, you’ll never be bored in Montgomery County!

  1. Great Falls Park. Part of the National Park System, these historic falls are just a 20 minute drive from Potomac, MD. You can explore one of the canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac, or enjoy a hike along Mather Gorge’s dramatic cliff tops.
  1. Museums & Historical Sites. From the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, to the Museum of Medical Research in Bethesda, to the John Poole House in Poolesville, Montgomery County is packed with history and education.
  1. Sugarloaf Mountain. This unique geographic attraction in nearby Frederick County is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, picnicking, and sightseeing. The views are spectacular.
  1. White’s Ferry. As the only cable ferry service that carries cars, bicycles, and pedestrians across the Potomac River, White’s Ferry offers fishing services and rentals of water recreation including canoeing, as well as transportation to the antique shops in VA.
  1. Strathmore. A nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center based in North Bethesda, Strathmore is best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, as well as visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore.
  1. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, the Kennedy Center holds the honor of being our National Cultural Center. You can enjoy world-class opera, theatre and ballet.

7. Professional Sports. There are plenty of professional sports teams to root for when you         live in Montgomery County. Residents are just an hour or so from the Nationals or the Orioles, the Capitals, the Wizards, the Redskins, or the Ravens.

What would you do with a guest house in your home?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: February 7, 2017 | Comments Off on What would you do with a guest house in your home?

Kettler Forlines Homes is now offering the option of adding an attached family guest house to some of our new home designs, like the Kensington, Kenwood, and Potomac. This unique living space provides an expansive suite, complete with a living room and dining room area, full bath, laundry closet, and a private entrance. The Potomac’s guest house also includes a kitchenette, laundry, and a separate HVAC system. The suite is situated so the residents can access the main house through the kitchen.

Many of our homebuyers have been opting for the family guest house in their custom homes. We’re seeing some interesting uses, so we thought we’d share 6 uses for a guest house.

1. Multigenerational living. The lifestyle trend is shifting toward extended families living together. With a family guest house, you offer more than a spare bedroom to an aging parent or an adult child who has returned to live at home. This more complete living space provides ample room for someone to feel at home, where they can get away to enjoy solitude when desired. With the private entrance, this plan offers a sense of independence that is important to the people living in the attached-but-separate home.

2. Office. When you’re looking for more than a “home office”, use the guest house as an office suite. Create multiple offices, a conference room, and even a showroom (e.g., for an interior decorator or caterer).

3. Studio or workshop. Do you have a passion for your art, craft, or hobby? Imagine having a large space where you can set up your tools—from easels to music recording equipment. Your personal studio or workshop enables you to have a ready workspace, not just squeezing into a nook of the house.

4. Home school. Maybe the “guests” in your guest house are your children or students. For a home school or private preschool, the Kettler Forlines’ design allows for multiple classrooms. You’ll have plenty of space for setting up teaching tools, like a science lab, computer lab, smart boards, art studio, and library.

5. Man cave extraordinaire. Be the envy of your friends with a multi-room man cave. Incorporate a home theater, game room, pub, and fitness center. Maybe save the bedroom for when you’re in the dog house for spending too much time in the man cave!

6. Live-in caregiver residence. Do you want to have an au pair or caregiver live with you? Finding a truly qualified professional who meets your needs can be a tough task. When you include an exceptional living arrangement, you’ll have a distinct benefit to offer.

As you’re planning your new home, think about the ways in which you can better use the living space—not just now, but in the years ahead. Talk to us at Kettler Forlines Homes if you’re contemplating a move in the Washington, DC metro area. Explore our communities or we can build on your lot.

A strong foundation is the start of a quality home.

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2016 | Comments Off on A strong foundation is the start of a quality home.

When we start building your home, Kettler Forlines Homes invests in a foundation that is superior to others. After all, this foundation supports your home, so there should never be a concern with the structural integrity of your new home.

We have been working with our foundation contractor, The Bartley Corporation, for 35 years. We rely on their knowledge, experience, and expertise—and they’ve never let us down. We chose The Bartley Corporation because they take extra care with their foundations. Here are some of the ways that Bartley builds a stronger foundation for every Kettler Forlines Home:

  • A high-range water reducer in the concrete admixture increases the strength and reduces the curing time, while requiring less water in the mix.
  • Most builders meet building codes with a foundation wall that is 8 inches thick. We require 10-inch walls—25% thicker.
  • Building code requires concrete that is rated for 2,500 pounds per square inch (psi). Kettler Forlines Homes exceeds that minimum by using 3,500 psi for a stronger wall system.
  • Bartley’s factory-trained waterproofing mechanics apply a waterproofing spray for a greater level of moisture protection.
  • The drainage system is engineered to intercept water that may seep down the outside wall or under the slab due to groundwater conditions. This type of drainage provides extra protection for your home’s foundation.

Minor cracking is normal in concrete floors and walls. Foundation cracks can occur from shrinkage as the concrete cures, as a result of the water in the concrete’s mix drying. It can also result from thermal contraction or the weight of the applied load. You’ll most likely spot concrete cracks near beam pockets, window and door openings, corners, and expansion joints in concrete floors.

While you might not like the look of a crack—and we certainly don’t—they aren’t necessarily a sign that your structure is unsafe or damaged.

Our quality starts from the ground up. We have higher standards than other builders, because we have higher expectations for ourselves. If you’re thinking about a new home in the Maryland region, take the time to understand some of the differences that contribute to the quality craftsmanship that goes into every Kettler Forlines Home.