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4 large lots just released at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville | Posted: August 5, 2020 | Comments Off on 4 large lots just released at Brightwell Crossing

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing new lotsPeople are moving out of the city to find more open space. Kettler Forlines Homes has made that decision even more appealing with the 4 large lots we just released at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

Our Montgomery County community of distinctive homes in Poolesville, MD, presents the true picture of “neighborhood”. We’ve carefully and thoughtfully planned The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing according to our own vision of what a relaxed, friendly lifestyle provides. We just made available the remaining homesites on Charity Hall Circle, a nook with just 5 homes. Located across from the playground and bordered by greenspace, this quiet section offers a range of lot sizes, from one-half to nearly a full acre! That means you can enjoy a big backyard—for recreation, entertainment, or just plain relaxing. Is this the kind of spacious living you had in mind?

Take a look at our interactive site map. Click on any of the newly released homesites—#54, 55, 56, and 57—to see the actual lot size.

Make room for the life you’re living now

Kettler Forlines Homes has an enticing collection of floor plans for this community. These home designs—ranging from 2,500 to more than 7,200 square feet—were selected because they sit beautifully on the large lots. Picture your home with the luxury features that Kettler Forlines Homes includes, standards that set us apart for discerning homeowners.

Our floor plans accommodate many of the needs and comforts that people are looking for now. If you’ve had aging parents move in or adult kids move back home, your multigenerational household will benefit from the additional family suites we offer. Add a second first-floor suite and another in the finished basement, giving them each a space that accommodates independence.

If your current way of living has one or more people working from home, how productive have you been? Consider the advantages of having not just one, but two dedicated home offices. Our floor plans give you options of where to situate your workspace. Do you have school-aged children who are attending school remotely? You can help them focus with their own study zone. These spacious homes to be built at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing give you the flexibility to shape your home around the way you live—NOT the other way around!

Don’t try to squeeze everyone into a home that wasn’t designed for the way you’re living today. With all the challenges we’re facing, finding comfort should be a priority.

We have a limited number of homesites remaining at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the value of a new construction home with all the features you want and on a large lot. With the increased demand for new homes, this opportunity won’t last long. Contact George Neill at Kettler Forlines Homes to learn more.

 

A basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship

Categories: Build On Your Lot, News, poolesville, Uncategorized | Posted: July 29, 2020 | Comments Off on A basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodelingMegan and Greg were about to build a Kettler Forlines Home last year. Then, life happened. Megan’s mom passed away and her father suffered a stroke. Instead of starting from the ground up, they found a home that just came on the market in their desired Poolesville, MD, location. It needed renovations, but since the house was below their price point, the couple had the budget for remodeling. Megan and Greg returned to Kettler Forlines Homes to undertake a basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship.

They loved the design, details, and construction of the Kettler Forlines Homes they looked at. Megan said the work passed Greg’s discerning eye. “Greg is that person who looks for cracks and flaws. He couldn’t find anything wrong with the Kettler Forlines homes we saw.”

Megan was crystal clear on what she wanted. Her biggest priority was incorporating a remodeling project that didn’t look like one. She wanted the change to work seamlessly with the current home’s design and flow.

The home they purchased was built nine years earlier, by another company. The size was comparable to the home they had, but the basement makeover would add 1,200 square feet of living space. The home also came with a swimming pool, so enhancing the walk-out basement ensured a more appealing access point.

Going in, Megan knew what she wanted. “Dan Fraker (Kettler Forlines Homes’ estimator) listened. I told him, ‘Here’s what I don’t like and what I want to do.’ We were down there with a measuring tape and painter’s tape marking the floor. I already had a fit and finish in mind.” 

The basement wish list

Here are some of things on their basement makeover wish list and how it turned out:

  • Open up the basement so it doesn’t feel like “we’re sending people down to a dungeon.” The renovation incorporated more recessed light to brighten up the space “They almost died when I told them how many LED lights I wanted.”
  • Open up the line of sight on the main level. The entry to the basement blocked the line of sight. We opened the wall, took out the door to the basement, and created a landing at the top of the stairs. Now, when you walk in the front door, you can see all the way to the kitchen in the back of the main level of the home. It looks as though it was always there.
  • Create a “teenage kingdom”. Their son is almost 13, so Megan and Greg wanted to give him a space where he could hang out and entertain his friends. For starters, they installed a 110-inch projection screen with a 4K projector. Then they added a 13-foot skeeball game acquired from Hershey Park and a Strike Master shuffle bowling machine.
  • Include stylish storage and serving space. In the family room, they added an 11-foot wet bar with a granite countertop. The cabinets provide plenty of storage for supplies for entertaining, plus towels, sunscreen, and other pool needs.
  • Ensure a welcoming space for guests. Knowing their son would eventually leave, Greg and Megan wanted to be able to “recapture” space, and make it welcoming for guests. They added a spacious full bath. “Now we have an enormous shower with a bench seat, and cobalt blue wall with white subway tiles surrounding it.” The black granite countertops have blue flecks that accent the walls. 
  • Build a craft studio for Megan. She’s a hobbyist who didn’t have a workshop where she could keep all her equipment and supplies organized and accessible. Now, she has a room in the renovated basement that is accented with a sliding pocket door. Within the room, there’s a bookcase that is actually a secret door to a storage space—something every crafter can appreciate (and envy). Megan says she’s currently adding a Murphy bed in the room, too. 
  • Plan ahead with the HVAC. They kept the HVAC room large, allowing for storage as well as making it easier if they had to change out the system later. While the installation was underway, the Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling crew also ran PVC venting pipes to accommodate a high efficiency HVAC that the owners anticipated to add later. By doing the task at this point, they wouldn’t have to rip out walls later.
  • Expand electrical possibilities. They also thought ahead for future electrical needs. Megan had Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling team add a second 200-amp electrical panel, making it easier to support more electrical needs. Coaxial and ethernet cabling were incorporated to allow for future outdoor TV viewing. Megan was also planning a gazebo in the near future and wanted lighting for it. With the interior walls open during the basement remodel, the electrician ran wiring to different areas of the outside to trench power where the gazebo would eventually be located. Again, thinking ahead allowed them to make future renovations much simpler.
  • Replace the floor with vinyl plank. Since people would be coming through the basement from the pool area, they needed a floor that would resist the water-soaked traffic. Luxury vinyl plank has the appearance of a wood floor with the easy care and durability of vinyl.

“This was what I was looking for and what made it worth it to me,” explains a very contented Megan, who decorated with a palette of coastal cool colors to pull it all together. “I definitely learned things as I went, like electrical panels and HVAC. But we had full confidence in our project manager, Craig Smith. He was texting and keeping in touch, and was always right there when needed.” 

From start to finish, the entire basement renovation took four months, with only minor delays from the pandemic. Knowing what she wanted and working with a skilled, attentive team kept the project on track and without any of the unwelcome surprises that some homeowners experience.

“When I make up my mind, I just go for it,” says Megan.

Have you made up your mind yet? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to discuss your remodeling ideas. Leverage our 42+ years of homebuilding experience to reimagine and recreate your home. Get started by reaching out to us and let’s give your home the same exceptional results that Greg and Megan are now enjoying.

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodel before after

We’ve started 2 new homes. How will you finish them?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville, Smart Home | Posted: July 22, 2020 | Comments Off on We’ve started 2 new homes. How will you finish them?

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing spec homesConstruction is continuing in Montgomery County, following all guidelines for health and safety, of course. Kettler Forlines Homes just started 2 new homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville. One of these beauties could be your new home, and if you make your decision soon, you can personalize the details. So, we’ve just begun. How will you finish them?

As with all of our new homes, the two newest residences coming to The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Conserve energy while you live in a healthier home! You’ll also enjoy the advantages of smart home automation included in every Kettler Forlines Home.

The Kensington: Ideal for multigenerational living

One of our most popular home designs,The Kensington offers 4,360 square feet of finished interior living space on three levels, plus a 3-car garage. We’ve planned the luxury finishes that are standard in every Kettler Forlines Home, like wider oak hardwood floors, extraordinary kitchen, and architectural details that make these residences stand out. We put extra care in the design and construction, so you’ll see accents like a custom fireplace surround, solid wood dovetail cushion-close drawers in the kitchen, built-ins, knee-walls, columns, and trimwork that demonstrates true craftsmanship.

The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath Kensington home under construction at 18609 Compher Court is built on a half-acre-plus  lot on a cul-de-sac, so you enjoy more space and more privacy! The finished walkout basement makes it easy to step out to your big, beautiful backyard. 

The kitchen is often the deciding factor when you’re choosing a home. This home delivers the wow factor, with rich wood cabinetry, an oversized center island, quartz countertops, 5-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and stainless steel appliances. You’re going to love the lasting beauty and easy care of quartz countertops—which is why we also include them in every bathroom in this home.

Just beyond the breakfast nook, you’ll get plenty of use from the sunroom, a four-seasons space where you can take in the peaceful view of your large yard.

The owner’s suite on the second floor has so much to offer! Your suite, which has two walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath. Three more bedrooms upstairs share two full baths, and we’ve placed a large laundry room on the second floor, where it’s more convenient. 

Specially priced at $899,800, This new home under construction at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing presents a unique opportunity to live life the way you’ve dreamed.

The Montgomery: Flexibility and dual home offices

Have you discovered the importance of a dedicated home office? Are you sharing your workspace with others in the family? If this sounds familiar, then you can appreciate the value of having two separate offices in your home.

The Montgomery floor plan we’re building at 18602 Compher Court in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing could present the perfect fit for your 2020 way of life—and beyond. The popular loggia covered porch connects with the family room for great indoor-outdoor living. 

This 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath home reflects true luxury living. The craftsmanship is evident here, from the distinctive exterior lines to every corner of every room inside. This 5,950-square-foot Montgomery is being built to one of many variations of the design, including 3 finished levels and an oversized, side-loaded 3-car garage. We’re situating this new home on a lot that’s more than a half-acre, giving you a fantastic backyard.

The main floor presents the open concept with sight lines flowing throughout the home. The natural light streaming through the large windows shines on the richness of the tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring. The main living area combines a family room—complete with a gas fireplace—and a breakfast nook, sunroom, and the gourmet kitchen that delights our homeowners. This inspiring kitchen includes an oversized center island along with a walk-in pantry and beverage station that separates the kitchen from the formal dining room. 

What you’ll really love about this Montgomery home at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is the flexibility. The floor plan incorporates a variety of flex spaces. The first floor gives you two flex rooms on either side of the foyer. Convert one or both to home offices, if you like. The layout has more flex space on the second floor and finished basement. Have you been yearning for a workout room or yoga studio? Would you like a designated “classroom” and homework station for the kids? Does a rec room seem like a good use of space if you had it? Well, this home gives you all of this.

The second-floor owner’s suite is another feature you need to experience. In addition to a generously sized bedroom, this suite has two walk-in closets and a spa bath with both a soaking tub and walk-in shower, plus separate vanities. This overall design defines sharing space in a more comfortable manner.

Another eye-catching feature is the octagonal overlook from the upstairs to the main level. Set off with a custom-crafted wood railing, this open space expands the airiness of the home.

The finished lower level can accommodate another bedroom, bathroom, family room, recreation room, hobby studio, home theater, office, or whatever your lifestyle demands.

The exquisite homes at 18602 Compher Court (priced at $979,695) and 18609 Compher Court ($899,800) in Poolesville, MD, are just beginning to take shape. There are many ways you can make choices to transform the home of your choice into the home of our dreams! Talk to George Neill for details. Kettler Forlines Homes has a limited number of large homesites remaining at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, so don’t wait to explore life at this exceptional location in Poolesville.

Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville | Posted: July 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing large lotsThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. It’s always changing the way we WANT to live! When stay-at-home orders were issued, were you living in a space without a yard? The feeling of confinement was very real and has driven people to move away from the close quarters of urban life. They’re now heading toward the more desirable suburbs. We’re seeing this trend as city-dwellers escape to Poolesville, MD, where we can give them larger lots and better living!

Kettler Forlines Homes designed our Poolesville community, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, with large lots—long before the current trend toward big yards. Our homes are situated on lots of a half-acre and more. You get an average of 27,000 square feet to accommodate your new home. 

Bear in mind, even in the suburbs, you’re not guaranteed a home with open spaces. There’s another Montgomery County neighborhood  of new homes where, for about the same price as our homes, you only acquire a homesite of about 6,000 square feet. Depending on the size of the home you build—and this community calls itself “luxury”—you would have very little room separating you from your neighbors. What’s the point of leaving the city when you still don’t have “breathing room”? Of course, it would make it easy to borrow something from your neighbor. You can just reach out your window and pass things back and forth across the narrow pass that’s equivalent to the minimum social distance.

Where is the luxury in this?

At The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, we’ve created a neighborhood with winding roads that add more interest than an uninspired grid of interconnecting streets. You’ll see the difference in the scenic beauty of tree-lined spaces, particularly in yards that back up to the protected conservation area. You can choose from the many walk-out lots to a spacious backyard, perfect for entertaining or just escaping outdoors to enjoy some private space with fresh air!

If you’re looking for cul-de-sac lots and the safety they offer, you’ll find them at The Reserve 

at Brightwell Crossing, also with the spacious yard.

Our homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are designed with your large yard in mind. The large windows provide excellent views of your outdoor living space. You’ll also benefit from the ample natural light that streams through these “eyes to the outside”. Add a deck, porch, or patio to enjoy your beautiful yard. Then reap the distinct rewards of a home that is both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Your home will be an average of 50% MORE energy efficient than typical homes being built today, and a whopping 75% more energy efficient than used homes! The Indoor airPLUS certification improves the indoor air quality, protecting you and your family from so many harmful pollutants.

At Kettler Forlines Homes, when we say “luxury”, we mean it.

Whether you’re leaving the city or simply in search of the right place to come home to, steer your future toward Poolesville, MD. Make plans to visit The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, situated in Poolesville’s exceptional school district! And let’s see how we can give you the life—and home—you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Build your dream home on your lot: What you should know

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News | Posted: July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Build your dream home on your lot: What you should know

Kettler Forlines Homes build on your lot

You probably have been thinking about your next home for a while. Recent experiences have taught you even more about what’s important for your family and your home. Do you have a location and design in mind for your new and improved life? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to build your dream home on your lot. We thought we’d share some of the frequently asked questions to give you some thoughts on what you should know before you start.

Do I need to purchase the land myself or do you help with that?

We can assist you with searching for available land. When you find the land you want, Kettler Forlines Homes can help you obtain the financing. We recommend that, if you haven’t yet purchased the land, you let us take a look first. We provide a free site consultation to determine any potential obstacles—from permitting to siting the home you’re envisioning—to developing this land. We’ll walk the property and give you a rundown of its potential.

What financing do I need to obtain?

You will need to work with a lender to get a construction-to-permanent loan, also known as a single-close loan. Unlike an ordinary construction loan, this program doesn’t require two separate closings (one for construction, the other for the mortgage). Instead, it converts from a construction loan to a mortgage when your home is completed. Kettler Forlines Homes can connect you with a preferred lender who is experienced with these types of loans, which ensures that the process moves along smoothly.

Should I find my own plans or do you provide them?

We offer an array of over 15 home designs and more than 100 elevations, ranging from 2,493 to more than 7,500 square feet. Our floor plans are very flexible, so we can accommodate many of the specific features you’re hoping for, including an extra suite, a kitchen with an oversized walk-in pantry and a home office (or two) where you can enjoy the privacy you need. The benefit of choosing a Kettler Forlines Homes home design is that each one is tried and true. There’s no guesswork. Mistakes on plans do happen and when it does, you’re responsible for the cost to fix those errors when you provide the plans. In addition, by choosing one of our beautiful floor plans, you pay no extra fee for an architect.

I have chosen the land and the floor plan. Now what?

We’re going to do a close analysis of the property to determine site development costs. We’ll be looking at the slope, steepness, tree removal, and any areas that might need additional excavation, like large boulders. Then, we provide you with a schedule of development costs and permit fees that will be required. We want everything to be spelled out in advance so you’re fully informed on the costs moving forward.

You’ll then proceed with loan approval and provide a deposit on the construction of your new home. We’ll get to work on obtaining the necessary permits. Kettler Forlines Homes handles all the paperwork at no charge. You’ll pay the permit fees directly to the county in which you’re building your home.

How long will it take to build my home?

From the start of construction to completion, estimate six to eight months. Weather can impact the process, but our experience will help to keep your new home on schedule as much as possible.

How far away will you build?

When we say we go the extra mile for our customers, we don’t just mean the extent of our personal service. We have built in northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and both Jefferson and Berkeley County in West Virginia.

Need more answers? Reach out to us for details or to schedule an appointment to dig into how we can build your home on the lot of your choice! Also be sure to check out The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our community of new homes for sale in Poolesville, MD. 

 

Your new home—A masterpiece that starts with design selections

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Your new home—A masterpiece that starts with design selections

Kettler Forlines Homes customizing design selectionsYou’re daydreaming about your new home. One room at a time, you’re picturing details, like the color on the walls, the kitchen countertops, the light fixture in the foyer, and the tile backsplash and surrounds. Every little detail contributes to the look, like a brush stroke on a canvas. In your new home, you are creating a masterpiece that starts with design selections. At Kettler Forlines Homes, we don’t just limit your choices to a few, but present you with a variety that inspires your creativity!

Setting a higher standard

Once you’ve chosen your floor plan, we start talking about the changes to reflect the way you want to live in your home. There should be no compromises! We start with a lengthy list of standard features that set us apart from (some might say “above”) other builders. 

Our new homes in the Poolesville, MD, area include features that we believe every homeowner should expect, such as:

  • 9-foot ceilings on all levels, not just first floor
  • Gas fireplace with granite surround and choice of mantel styles
  • ¾”-thick tongue-and-groove, wide plank, oak hardwood flooring throughout the first floor
  • 2-piece custom crown molding in the living room, dining room, foyer, and upper hall
  • 6-panel interior doors with satin nickel lever handles
  • Quartz countertops in kitchen, master bath, and all full baths
  • Stainless steel appliances with updated, double built-in ovens, chimney hood, microwave, and gas cooktop 
  • Huge center island in the kitchen, great for entertaining
  • Dovetailed, wood kitchen cabinetry with roll-out shelves and cushion-close drawers
  • Maple wall cabinets and folding station in the second-floor laundry center
  • Painted, solid wood shelving and rods in all closets 
  • Video doorbell camera, keyed front door look, garage door openers, and thermostats—all Wi-Fi-enabled
  • Full ceramic baths

These standards keep going. Our homes are ENERGY STAR- and Indoor airPLUS-certified for energy efficiency and indoor air quality. See our full list of luxury features here.

Curb appeal

The first impression of your new home starts with the view from the outside. Kettler Forlines Homes has 100 custom elevations with different combinations to personalize your home’s exterior: brick, stone (either or both), accent shingles, roof color, trim, door style, and colors. Add a front porch and even wrap it around. 

Fancy footwork

Flooring is another detail that can totally change the look of a room or area. We include wide plank, solid, ¾-inch T/G oak hardwood on the complete first floor. Also included is a standard hardwood staircase to the second floor.

If you want something other than oak, take your pick of a variety of styles in maple and birch. 

Our bathrooms are finished with ceramic tile on the floors as well as the shower and tub surrounds.

A flair for kitchen style

Whether your idea of the ideal kitchen is rustic farmhouse or sleek contemporary—or something in between—you can craft your style from our design choices. All of our kitchens have been designed by a certified kitchen designer. In our design center, you’ll select your cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and even cabinet hardware. It’s exciting when you see all the details coming together and can envision your new kitchen.

Our homebuyers love having the choice of granite and quartz for countertops. Each one offers natural beauty and durability. Add in the wide variety of colors we make available and you truly customize the looks of your kitchen and full baths.

The Gourmet Appliance Package is another high-quality standard feature. We include a 25-cubic-foot French door refrigerator-freezer, self-cleaning double oven, 5-burner gas cooktop, integrated dishwasher, microwave oven, and chimney hood (vented to the outside)—all in stainless steel. You can also customize with many other choices, including a smart double oven, black stainless finish, and Viking appliances. 

Are you fired up yet?

If you need more things to think about for your new home, how about the fireplace? We include a gas fireplace in the family room, and you can customize the granite surround, mantel, or even add a full stone face.

Kettler Forlines Homes customizing design selections

Let us inspire you.

We believe one of the most important things that we, as a local homebuilder, can offer is a choice. Every step of the way, you have opportunities to select details, large and small, that contribute to your masterpiece home. 

We invite you to come see The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our distinctive community in Poolesville, MD, where there’s still an opportunity to build your new home. If you have another location in mind, let’s talk about building on your lot. The Kettler family has been serving the people of this region for over a century. We’d love to help you make your dream home a reality! Contact us to get started.

 

Structured wiring makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Smart Home | Posted: June 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Structured wiring makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology

Kettler Forlines Brightwell Crossing structured wiringWho wants to deal with getting your technology up and running in a new home? What do you need and where? Between your smart devices, streaming videos and TV, high-speed internet, and multiple users under one roof, getting the connections straight can be a bigger chore than unpacking! So, Kettler Forlines Homes decided to make it easy. Our Structured Wiring Package makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology.

With Kettler Forlines Homes’ Structured Wiring Package, you’ll meet with our New Home Technology Specialist in advance. Together, you’ll map out your wiring, room by room, determining where you need connections for easy accessibility. 

Before you move in, this technician wires your entire home and places the outlets needed for your various types of plugs—cable television, home automation, computers, Internet, phone lines, audio/video systems, home security, and satellite feeds. The wires are in place and you just need your cable or Internet provider to connect your service to the box that’s already in your home.

Hard wiring makes it easy

With structured wiring, data networking, voice, audio, and video cables are wired into the walls throughout your home from a central panel in your basement. Structured wiring delivers the ease of simply plugging into a wall outlet. Hard-wiring your home this way delivers a reliable, fast connection, everywhere in your home.

This approach doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi but connects all cables to a structured wiring panel. The router uses less bandwidth, so it performs to its potential, far beyond what you receive with the Wi-Fi approach.

  • No more losing connections or waiting for buffering—perfect for streaming and video games, which devour bandwidth.
  • Seamless video conferencing supports a more professional meeting
  • Enjoy faster data speed, so multiple users and devices don’t slow you down.
  • Easily add new technology. Just plug it into the wall outlet!

Kettler Forlines Homes’ Structured Wiring Package accommodates all the smart, mobile, computing, streaming, and gaming devices and systems in your home. If you have a home office—or plan to—this technology is essential. We can add multiple ports in your office, to ensure all of your technology is accounted for. We can even add wireless access points on the upper floors of your home for an even stronger signal. Structured wiring complements Wi-Fi. 

Think about all the technology you’ll be relying on in your new home: computers and mobile devices, streaming media devices, gaming systems, smart TVs and speakers, and smart thermostats, lighting, and appliances. Do you want to try to figure it all out after you’ve moved in? With Kettler Forlines Homes, it’s all built in.

Ready to live smarter?

Start by looking at our new homes for sale in Poolesville, MD, at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Or talk to us about building your dream home on your lot. For more than 100 years and spanning three generations, the Kettler name has stood for quality, reliability, and integrity. As a local homebuilder, we’re at home here in Montgomery County. Let’s build your future here together.

Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News, Tips | Posted: June 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

Kettler Forlines Homes multi-gin homesFor the past 20 years or so, we’ve been seeing a growing trend in homebuying. More people are living in homes with two or more generations of adults. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of multigenerational households rose almost 51%, representing about 20% of all households. Whether grandparents are moving in or grown kids are moving back—or both!— multigenerational homes present a new look for the American lifestyle, like the empty nest, refeathered!

Aging in (a happier) place

Baby Boomers might remember an advertising campaign for the now-defunct Oldsmobile. Back in the late 1980s, when automobile manufacturers were trying to capture the Boomer buyer, this campaign aimed to excite them with “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” The idea was to differentiate a brand that was associated with older buyers to attract the massive population of Boomers.

And it worked.

Today, the same Boomers are continuing to shop and live differently than their parents did. Now that a majority have reached retirement years, they’re looking at experiencing the 55+ years as active adults. No retirement homes for this generation (born between 1946 and 1964, and currently numbering about 71.6 million Americans). They’ve worked hard and are ready to reap the rewards. Their parents might have chosen a quiet life of leisure that included down-sizing their home, possibly moving to assisted living, but Baby Boomers are out for fun with their freedom. They’re not slowing down, but shifting gears.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic, however, presented some harsh realities. The coronavirus posed the greatest threat to people aged 65 and older. The number of COVID-19 cases is frighteningly high in these types of elderly living situations. Some of these aging Americans chose assisted living to give them a comfortable place to live and the convenience of provided services. Others might have required nursing homes with more care, but it has become a risky living situation that families just can’t bear. 

The solution? Bring Mom and Dad into your home. American families are following the tradition that is common in many other cultures, where multiple generations live under one roof. This expanded family gives grandparents more time with their children and grandchildren, and provides the homeowners with the peace of mind that their parents are well cared for, along with the added perk of live-in babysitters.

This choice also makes financial sense. Assisted living can cost upward of $5,000 per month. In one year, a resident pays $60,000 for a modest space. If those funds were instead invested in expanding a home by adding an extra suite, these aging adults could live far more comfortably. In addition, the home’s resale value rises.

A second owner’s suite on the first floor gives the older generation a comfortable place of their own. Kettler Forlines Homes came up with what we call a “family guest home”. This suite is an extension of the home, not a separate residence, although it feels like one! We include a bedroom, full bath, living/dining area, kitchenette, and a laundry closet. This second suite in our multigenerational homes also has a private entrance, a popular feature for anyone who wants more independence.

“Mom, I’m home!”

The other side of this multigenerational living situation is the Millennial factor. These people, born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are adults. Unlike previous generations over the past 130 years, this group is far more likely to live with their parents beyond the age of 21. In fact, 33% of Millennials between 25 and 29 live with their parents. 

Some of them reason that they are trying to pay off school loans. Others are saving up money to buy their own home. As the pandemic’s shutdown caused job losses, we expect to see more Millennials move back with their parents as they rebuild their employment and financial situations. 

While you can certainly welcome your kids home to their childhood bedroom, they would certainly appreciate living space that’s more suitable to adults. You can opt for the family guest house or choose a second-floor suite. Floor plans like The Dickerson and The Somerset easily accommodate a second owners suite upstairs.

How is your home living up to your family needs? If you see the value of a multigenerational home, Kettler Forlines Homes has ideas to spark your imagination. Our growing community in Poolesville, MD, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, is ideal for families of all ages. The Poolesville school system is outstanding. Then add in the convenient proximity to quality healthcare, shopping, dining, and all the other services you need and want. 

Look ahead and plan now for the multigenerational family life and all the benefits it heaps on you. Get in touch with George Neill at Kettler Forlines Homes to get started.

 

Indoor air quality matters more than ever

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News, Smart Home | Posted: June 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Indoor air quality matters more than ever

Kettler Forlines Homes indoor air qualityThe novel coronavirus elevated the importance of improving the quality of the air we breathe. Indoor air quality matters more than ever, so we’re working hard to give our homeowners the benefit of programs like Indoor airPLUS to combat airborne pollutants.

On average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air is estimated to be 2 to 5 times more polluted than what you breathe outside, according to the EPA. Builders have made huge strides in constructing airtight homes, which is great for energy efficiency because air leaks have been reduced or eliminated. However, the tight seal also means that air isn’t flowing as freely in and out of the home. It’s simply recirculating through your indoor spaces. 

That air could contain all sorts of microscopic allergens and toxins. Mold, dust, pet dander, germs, bacteria, viruses, radon, carbon monoxide, and tobacco smoke are just a few. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases or liquids that are released from products like household cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners (including scented candles), furniture, carpets, aerosol sprays, paint, hobby supplies, adhesives, wood preservatives, and dry-cleaned items. Some of the VOCs emit terrible fumes, while others are odorless, just lingering in your home without your knowledge.

Kettler Forlines Homes earns a “Star” for energy efficiency…

We decided many years ago that building a quality home wasn’t simply about constructing a comfortable, well-built home with structural integrity and appealing design. We thought about the “performance”. How does your home work for you?

That decision led Kettler Forlines Homes to invest in achieving the standards for each of our residences to be an ENERGY STAR Certified Home. To earn the ENERGY STAR rating, a builder must adhere to an extensive list of building science measures that conserve energy. The requirements cover thermal enclosure, heating and cooling system, water management, lighting, and appliances. As a result, these homes are estimated to be 15% to 30% more energy efficient than homes built to current code. Look at your energy bills. What would a 30% savings contribute to your household budget? 

Certification is a detailed (and therefore, time-consuming) process, so many builders have chosen not to pursue the ENERGY STAR label. At Kettler Forlines Homes, we think saving energy is a worthwhile investment!

The ENERGY STAR certification for our homes is also a requisite for meeting the requirements of Indoor airPLUS, the second step in our goal to build high performing homes.

…And an “A+” for indoor air quality

Take a deep breath in your home. Now consider that you inhaled dust, pollen, mold spores, carbon monoxide, radon, bacteria, and even formaldehyde.

You can breathe easily when you live in a home that has earned the Indoor airPLUS Home Certification. This EPA program was developed to provide builders with guidelines for improving the indoor air quality in homes.

Every home built by Kettler Forlines Homes adheres to the high standards for Indoor airPLUS’s quality control program:

  • Mold and moisture control materials and methods in all moisture-sensitive areas of the home
  • Enhanced filtration and dehumidification to ensure adequate flow of clean air
  • Venting of all combustion appliances and systems to prevent back-drafting of pollutants, like carbon monoxide
  • Use of no- and low-VOC paints and carpets and low-formaldehyde manufactured wood products
  • Installation of special seals and screens to prevent pest entry, which reduces the need for pesticides
  • Adherence to radon-resistant construction techniques to protect against radon, the second-highest leading cause of lung cancer

Your home is your haven, your safe zone. Kettler Forlines Homes makes sure of it!

We are building single-family homes in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our neighborhood in Poolesville, MD. If you have a different location in mind, let’s talk about building your dream home on your lot!

 

Home office tips for working from home productively

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Tips | Posted: May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Home office tips for working from home productively

Kettler Forlines Brightwell Crossing home office tipsHow is your home office supporting you these days? Whether you have a bona fide, dedicated office in your home or you’ve commandeered an area, you need to maximize the effectiveness to keep your focus on the job. Here are some home office tips for working from home productively.

#1. Understand your work habits and needs.

Your office space needs to work for you, so think about what you need to be productive. In addition to fostering productivity, the right home office will reduce your stress by supporting the way you work. If you feel closed in or squeezed into a space that’s just too small, you won’t feel relaxed, which hinders your workflow. 

Before you decide to assign a space in your home to your work, consider what the location will do for you. You might want your office to be close to your bedroom, or maybe you prefer to have it far away to broaden the separation between work and leisure.

Do you have the potential for a lot of interruptions in your home? How can your home office protect you from those distractions? If you don’t have a room you can dedicate—with a door, please—then think about your options. Your home office shouldn’t be temporary, as in seated at the kitchen counter or dining room table or on the sofa or your bed. You should be able to walk away from your office area without having to pack up your equipment and crucial supplies, and then return to everything exactly as you left it. 

If you can, put up a room divider of some sort. This can be a folding screen, curtain, or a bookcase or cabinet that’s tall enough to create a wall.

#2. Furnish it to your workflow.

What’s your preferred workstation—a desk, a big comfy chair, an area with a lot of surface space where you can spread out? Furnish your office with your comfort in mind, as long as it contributes to getting work done. Choose the style and colors that drive your deep thinking and spark your creativity. 

Do you like to move around? Consider a standing desk, or a hybrid that easily switches from seated to stand-up desk, depending on your mood. 

As you add furniture, equipment, or decor to your home office, be clear about its purpose so you can avoid clutter. Remind yourself on a regular basis that clutter is distraction.

#3. Shed light on your work.

Never underestimate the value of natural light. Sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D, which boosts your mood-regulating mechanism. If you’ve ever experienced the winter doldrums, it’s frequently caused by the lack of sunlight in those shorter days. Natural light also reduces eye strain and fatigue, headaches, and other vision-related discomforts. 

Choose a workspace that allows the flow of natural light. When that’s not available—like a basement—choose recessed lighting or place full spectrum lamps where you need good lighting. 

#4. Create a system to stay organized.

Home office organization is the most important aspect of planning your workspace. Clutter grows from disorganization—from the tendency not to file things away, but pile them up. If you’ve already cultivated a jumbled mess, it’s time to harvest it all.

Put everything—EVERYTHING!—in a box. Clean up the surfaces of your work area. Sort through them, one at a time, and stash them in an orderly place, like a file folder, desktop caddy, or a basket or bin that fits into a storage cube or cubby. 

Take out your label maker and label every storage space, bin, box, tray, folder, binder, and caddy. You don’t have a label maker? Well, you need it to stay organized. And you can thank me later. Labels will make it easier to store supplies and items where they belong so you can quickly find them later.

#5. Stick to a schedule.

Successfully working from home requires discipline. It’s tempting to sleep in a bit, take a break to do housework, or run out for a few errands. These are a few perks of working from home, but they also detour your productivity. 

Create a routine for your workday. Get up at the same time every day, start your work at the same time, and commit to a specific workflow, like answering emails in the morning and blocking out periods to achieve certain tasks. Incorporate scheduled breaks into your day. Map out the week before it starts, so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning. Assign tasks to each day. In this way, you can also stick to those duties and projects that are specifically required on a given day, rather than seeing the entire week as a busy blur. Stick to what’s due today and worry about tomorrow when it comes.

#6. Get dressed.

The massive exodus from the workplace to the home that resulted from the pandemic’s shutdown launched a trend. Workers stayed in their pajamas, workout clothes, or other casual attire they would never wear to work.

The way you’re dressed impacts your mindset. It’s fine to be casual but when you’re not dressed for work, your mind isn’t fully committed to the job. Instead, it’s teetering on taking it easy and assuming weekend mode and behavior.

 Work smarter at home.

Have you decided that your current home just doesn’t fit your life and work these days? Kettler Forlines Homes builds homes for discerning homebuyers in the Montgomery County area of Maryland. Many of our homes include space for at least one and often two home offices. Plus, our Structured Wiring Program ensures your new home is pre-wired to handle your technology with easier access and increased data speed.

Check out our floor plans and virtual tours, and be sure to wander around our Brightwell Crossing neighborhood in Poolesville, MD. We also welcome the opportunity to build on your lot. Reach out to George Neill to get started on your future right now.