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Hosting Thanksgiving? Time to start prepping!

Categories: Tips | Posted: November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Hosting Thanksgiving? Time to start prepping!

You love Thanksgiving. The traditions and togetherness. Family and friends gathering around. And, now that you are all settled in your brand new Kettler Forlines home, you’ve volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner. But the magnitude of the task has just hit you. Don’t sweat it. You can do it – and make it look effortless – thanks to your new state-of-the-art kitchen and a flexible open floor plan! Here are some tips for making your first Thanksgiving in your new home easy-as-pumpkin pie!

Invite early. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan early. Once you commit to hosting, the first thing you need to do is invite everyone you want to come. Even the last minute types are likely to make Thanksgiving plans early in November, so start putting feelers out there ASAP. In the meantime, start thinking about where you’re going to put everybody. (Kettler Forlines’ versatile, open floor plans make this part soooo much easier!)

Be organized. Planning and organizing is imperative. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t find yourself with missing ingredients, a house that’s a mess, and hours of cooking still to be done when your guests arrive. Start by making a schedule leading up to dinner, along with to-do lists, and shopping lists. (Lists are Organization 101. They let you see everything you need… and checking things off feels sooo good!)  

Plan your menu. The big day will be here before you know it, and you need a gameplan. The first step? Figure out what’s on the menu. Chances are, your guests will want to bring things… you just have to tell them what you need. Once you have the menu set, start shopping for non-perishables (e.g. baking ingredients, bread cubes, herbs & spices), and designate a corner of your spacious pantry “Thanksgiving Central”. Closer to the day, head to one of our local farmers markets or orchards for fresh fruits and veggies!

Cook in advance. Don’t stress out trying to cook everything on Thanksgiving Day. Create a timeline, and figure out what can be made ahead of time. Casseroles can be premade. Vegetables can be chopped and ready to steam. Some things can’t be cooked early, like the turkey, but almost everything else in the meal can be prepped and ready to just pop on the stovetop or into the oven. Let’s put that new state-of-the-art kitchen to work!

Set up in advance. Establish your dining space (formal dining room, the family room, maybe even the sunroom). Figure out if you’re having a sit down meal or a buffet-style repast. Then, as long as you don’t have to worry about pets or small children upsetting things, set everything up days before the event. That way you won’t be scrambling to find the extra chairs that are somewhere in the garage; cleaning the dust off the extra wine glasses that are on that high shelf in the kitchen; and counting the flatware only to discover you don’t have enough right before the first guest arrives.

Offer snacks before dinner. Tasty appetizers benefit the chef as much as the guests. Bowls of nuts, some crackers and cheese, and trays of crudité or hot apps strategically placed in the living room or lower level rec room will keep them busy munching while you finish up!  

Keep the kids entertained. For children, it seems like Thanksgiving dinner takes forever to land on the table. Keep ‘em occupied with games out in the yard, and movies or craft projects in the rec room.

Above all, relax and enjoy. Let your guests marvel at the incredibly family-friendly design of your new Kettler Forlines home, while you perform culinary magic in your new kitchen! Learn more about our homes at

Come to the Mountain… Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland!

Categories: Tips | Posted: October 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Come to the Mountain… Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland!

One of the best parts of living in a Kettler Forlines home is the location. We are surrounded with natural beauty and tons of recreational opportunities. A particular favorite is Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland. This geologic wonder is breathtaking and stunning – and so closeby!  

  1. Indulge your inner naturalist. Sugarloaf is a paradise of indigenous flora and fauna. You can walk for miles along the trails, logging different species of animals (owls, hawks, wild turkeys,snakes, deer, foxes, rabbits and more!), trees (oaks, poplars, birches, hemlocks), and wildflowers!
  2. Bring your picnic basket. The scenic overlooks are a prime spot for picnics. Since the mountain stands over 800 feet above the farmland below it, the views are outstanding.
  3. Go exploring. Whether on bike, horseback or foot, the trails that meander through Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland will take you on quite an adventure. There are a variety of trails, so you can explore different parts of the mountain every time!
  4. Take a peek at the Strong Mansion. Once the home of the Strong Family, this historic mansion has been refurbished and is one of the most popular event venues in the area. The grounds and gardens are simply stunning.  
  5. Be respectful. Sugarloaf Mountain is a Registered Natural Landmark in Maryland that is preserved and maintained by a non-profit founded by the Strong Family in 1946. Though it is privately owned, visitors are welcomed but requested to observe the rules. Sugarloaf Mountain is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

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In a Kettler Forlines home in Maryland, you always have the opportunity to head outside and discover something new. For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Frightening Fall Fun at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Frightening Fall Fun at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Are you ready for the fright of your life? Open now, Markoff’s Haunted Forest delivers the kind of Halloween horror that you’ve been waiting for all year! Two mind-blowing trails and one western-inspired “town” make your spooky visit from your Kettler Forlines home to Dickerson one to never forget.

Just 10 minutes from family-friendly Poolesville, this one-of-a-kind attraction makes for a bloody incredible weekend. (You can even visit on Halloween night… if you dare!) Keep the kids at home with a babysitter, grab your horror-loving friends, and start practicing your best scream face before you arrive.

The first trail is Markoff’s original, and features large, elaborate sets that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Within the haunted woods, you’ll head both above and below ground for a surprising mix of terror. If you’re ready to come face to face with scenes from your nightmares, this fright is for you…

“Trail Who, Trail Two” is truly a terrifying spectacle, complete with big screens and images that leave you absolutely horrified (in the most fun way possible, of course.) Unbelievable scenes and sets are what make this trail unforgettable, and ensure that your Halloween adventure is as authentic as can be.

Finally, Markoff’s very own haunted town awaits… You’ll be dropped off to the other end of the farm by a shuttle, where you’ll meet the most horrific creatures you could ever think of. This western-inspired town is true to its name, filled with churches, saloons, jails, and so much more. Get ready for a wild ride!

Poolesville has always been dedicated to providing its residents with family-friendly opportunities, cultural excursions, and fun. And we certainly don’t slack when it comes to Halloween… If you love this horrifying holiday, you’ll have a blast celebrating here! We can’t wait to get spooky this season.

For more information on our beautiful homes in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

The Maryland Soccerplex is a “Keeper”

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Events | Posted: September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on The Maryland Soccerplex is a “Keeper”

Lace up your cleats, stretch your legs, and get ready to channel your inner Ronaldo… the Maryland SoccerPlex is a “football” lover’s dream! About 15 minutes from beautiful Poolesville, this multifaceted sports complex is a popular spot for adults and children alike to break a sweat and have some fun.

In the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, your spacious and comfortable Kettler Forlines home is where you’ll celebrate milestones, share holiday meals, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Best of all, it’s where you’re surrounded by a town that’s geared toward families growing together and making their greatest memories.

Nestled into Boyds in Montgomery County, the Maryland Soccerplex is a massive facility filled with soccer and lacrosse fields, and basketball and volleyball courts, where people of all skill levels can compete in tournaments, adult co-ed leagues, and children’s camps. At the end of the season, throw a team party to celebrate!

Former basketball player Bob Cousy once said: “Sports create a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline, and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.” Playing a game that you love alongside teammates in an encouraging, exciting, and fun environment is one of several ways that this complex makes an impact on your life.

As an influential part of the town, the Maryland SoccerPlex stretches beyond sports — the facility, which has children’s playgrounds and picnic areas, and is located near several restaurants and shopping, also holds special events, from exhibitions and fundraisers, to corporate team-building activities and reunions. A true symbol of community, this complex has something for everyone.

If you have fond memories of putting on a uniform and running onto a field or court, your children can experience the same excitement and joy at the Maryland SoccerPlex. And you can relive all of those glory days… Grab your water bottle and head on down; the clock has started and there are goals to be made!

For more information on our family-friendly homes in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Fall Fun at Homestead Farm

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall Fun at Homestead Farm

As the leaves become bright and bold, and sweet autumn scents fill the air, venture outside with your children and take part in festive fall fun. One of our favorite Kettler family traditions is visiting Homestead Farm, located right up from road from the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, and we hope you enjoy it, too!

This lush, wide open farm is the perfect place to visit on a sunny fall day, when the landscape is colorful and the air is fresh. You and your children can pick your own delicious apples, from Jonagold, to Daybreak Fuji, to Crimson Crisp, and take them home for daytime snacking or a sweet dessert. When you’re finished finding the ripest treats, pick your favorite pumpkins and mums for the prettiest seasonal home decor.

Take in the expansive green fields on a hayride as your children marvel at the vibrant produce and farm animals roaming around. No matter how old they are, everyone is sure to love spending time together as the season brings about an exciting change in weather and scenery.

In a Kettler Forlines home in Maryland or West Virginia, you always have the opportunity to head outside and discover something fresh and new with your family. This fall, take a trip to Homestead Farm — while you enjoy autumn apples in the comfort of your home, you’ll always think of this fall oasis!

For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!


The Beauty of Multigenerational Living

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Tips | Posted: September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on The Beauty of Multigenerational Living

Grandfather with grandson.

From sharing holidays meals to watching each other grow, a home is more than just a living space — it’s a place that tells the story of your family. That’s why at Kettler Forlines Homes, several of our homes are spacious enough for everyone. We call this “multigenerational living,” or the opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the comfort of the very best home.

In The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, a scenic and cozy community in beautiful Poolesville, 3 floor plans offer expansive family guest homes. In the Kensington, Kenwood, and Potomac, members of your family can enjoy a large suite complete with a bedroom, living and dining room area, kitchenette, full bathroom, and laundry closet.

Whether you prefer this special attachment built onto a home in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing or customized on your own lot, we guarantee that it’ll provide the utmost comfort. If you want a space for an aging parent, a child who has moved out and returned, or a caregiver, our multigenerational living opportunities provide everything you’ve always dreamed of for you and your family.

Available Home at Brightwell Crossing

The best things in life should be shared with those we love the most. When it comes to the place where you spend your days and nights, there’s nothing sweeter than enjoying simple pleasures with your whole family. In a Kettler Forlines home, you’ll never miss a moment of what makes your family so special.

For more information on our multigenerational living opportunities, please visit our page, or give us a call at  301-208-2588. We can’t wait to work with you and bring your vision to life!

Quick Move-In: The Kensington in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Quick Move-In: The Kensington in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Available Home at Brightwell Crossing

Regal, refined, and ready for a quick move-in! The Kensington is one of our most popular floorplans in the beautiful community of The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing and offers luxury living on 3 finished levels. Each floor reflects today’s modern lifestyle design while maintaining the timeless comfort that you know and love.

When you open the door to this brand new, Energy Star 3.1, Indoor airPlus certified home, you’ll step into a gorgeous open floorplan that’s flooded with natural light and features hardwood throughout the first and second floors. Beyond the beautiful staircase you’ll find family-sized dining and great room that lead into the granite gourmet kitchen, complete with an oversized center island and pantry. This spacious kitchen will become the place where you and your family will cook together, share meals and laughs, and find comfort every morning and evening.

Leisure meets luxury in your spectacular owners’ suite, where you’ll feel pampered day in and day out with a huge shower and dual walk-in closets. Not to mention, a convenient second floor laundry room includes cabinetry for additional storage. Gone are the days of feeling restricted by a small space; in the Kensington, you have all the room you need to organize your belongings and more.

If you love to entertain family and friends, you can rest assured that your guests will always be comfortable with the included first floor guest suite with a full bath, as well as a lower level with a recreation room and full bath. Have your grandkids over for a playdate in the rec room, show off your cooking skills for a dinner party, or host a fun and fancy wine tasting with your neighbors. he possibilities are up to you!

The Kensington has been designed to accommodate multi-generational living for today and tomorrow, so you can spend your time in this home without worrying about making design changes in the future. The moment you move in, you’ll know that you’ve arrived home — and you’ll never have to give that up.

Situated on a scenic ½-acre wood cul-de-sac homesite, you’ll understand the meaning of there’s no place like home every time you pull up to your driveway. In a welcoming, family-friendly neighborhood where small-town charm meats big city convenience, everything you’ll ever need, from entertainment and recreation, to schools and medical care, to a friendly face just around the corner, is always right at your fingertips.

Located at 19405 Umstead Court, Poolesville, MD 20837, The Kensington, with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage, is just completed and ready for immediate move-in. Please visit our page or give us a call at 301-208-2588 for more information.

It’s Back to School Season in Poolesville!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, poolesville | Posted: August 8, 2018 | Comments Off on It’s Back to School Season in Poolesville!

Back to School


When you live in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in beautiful Poolesville, you have the chance to send your children to unmatched local schools that challenge them, develop their passions and skills, and empower them to thrive at every age. If you move into our quick move-in Kettler Forlines home in Poolesville now, you can drop your children off at one of these schools by the start of this September!

Between Monocacy Elementary or Poolesville Elementary, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville High School, you can always count on incredible teachers to mold your children into hard-working and happy adults. Located within Montgomery County School District, the largest school district in Maryland, these institutions provide your children with the tools that they need to go far.

Did you know that Poolesville High School and it’s Magnet Program was named the #1 school in the state of Maryland for seven years in a row by the Washington Post?  With over 92 unique clubs, a student government, Honors Societies, and countless sports teams, you can rest assured that your children will be getting the educational experience that you’ve always wanted for them.

Soon, you and your kids will do your annual back-to-school shopping, where you’ll fill their school bags with fresh notebooks, highlighters, and pens. As you’re helping your children get ready for the new school year, can you picture them attending and loving one of Poolesville’s incredible schools? If so, this welcoming and family-friendly town is the place for you!


Available Home at Brightwell Crossing


Aside from our stunning, 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, quick move-in home at Umstead Court, Kettler Forlines Homes has 9 beautiful and varied floor plans that you can choose from in Poolesville. With the highest-quality materials, energy-efficiency, and as much space as you need, you’re sure to find the dream home for you and your family to settle into.

For more information on our homes in Poolesville, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We look forward to working with you!

Why It Pays To Build On Your Lot

Categories: Build On Your Lot, News, poolesville | Posted: July 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Why It Pays To Build On Your Lot

When it comes to a new home, there’s nothing like building on your own land. With a lot picked out in a location that you love, your home truly becomes your own. What better way to spend your days than in a home that reflects every aspect of you and your style?


With over 40 years of experience building thousands of award-winning custom homes, Kettler Forlines Homes is ready to walk you through the process of building your dream home Maryland and West Virginia!

You’re in Control of Home Design

Did you know that we offer over 20 gorgeous and unique floor plans for you to choose from and customize? You’ll work with our friendly and flexible consultants to design your new home to your liking, from exterior materials to the number of bedrooms, and everything in between. We guarantee that your home will complement your property and have your name written all over it! Home Picking

Avoid the Typical Homebuilding Stress

Building a home on your lot is a process that requires several important steps, whether it’s checking out permits, dealing with special zoning requirements, or taking care of site improvements. You can rest assured that with our full-service On Your Lot Homebuilding Program, we take care of all of this for you. So sit back, relax, and focus your energy on settling into your brand new home!

Your Home is You

When you return home, you want to walk in your door and feel the kind of comfort that knows you best. A home that’s built on your own land can guarantee this experience every day. When you build with us, we promise a home that speaks to you and your style, so that every moment at home is an enjoyable home.

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we understand that a spectacular home can change your life. Even better, we understand what it takes to build one. With our full-service On Your Lot Homebuilding Program, you get an exceptional home in the location of your dreams. A living space that reflects you inside and out is the home that you deserve — and Kettler Forlines Homes will ensure that for you!

For more information on our homes, please visit our webpage, or give us a call at 1-866-258-0980. We’re looking forward to partnering with you on this incredible journey!

Featured Floor Plan: Bradley

Categories: Brightwell Crossing | Posted: June 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Featured Floor Plan: Bradley


At Kettler Forlines Homes, we value luxury and versatility — that’s why we combine the two into all of our floor plans. Top-of-the-line and suited to all ages, our Bradley floorplan is one of our most incredible designs yet.

Created to make you feel luxurious and comfortable at the same time, our stylish ranch plan ranges from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet. With your choice of 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms, and 2 ½ to 4 ½ bathrooms, you and your family will always have the space that you need.

Because your personal style and preferences are what matter most, we ensure that you have every opportunity to customize your single-level ranch plan to your liking. Choose your favorite architectural style from a wide variety of exterior finishes and combinations, and hand-pick what you’d like your front yard and spacious lower level to look like.

Have you always wanted a recreation room or a fitness center? With the Bradley floorplan, your vision can truly become a reality. Not to mention, there’s a gorgeous home office conveniently located right off of the kitchen, as well as a large laundry center and a walk-in pantry for bonus storage. Here, you have an abundance of space to live comfortably every day.

If you enjoy entertaining guests, your home is ready! Your stunning service kitchen is great for parties, and a giant family room and den on the first floor, as well a spacious front porch and back patio, let you create nights with friends that you’ll always remember. The best part about the end of the night is that you know you’ll feel like royalty in your owner’s suite, complete with two walk-in closets, and a gorgeous bath with dual vanities and a walk-in shower.

Every last detail in our Bradley floorplan reflects our Kettler Forlines Homes commitment to building exceptional living spaces. From top-notch building materials to innovative design, our team is ready to build your dream home. Most importantly, we make sure that the entire building process is as worry-free as possible for you. We know that this is an exciting journey, and we want every step of it to feel rewarding and memorable.

For more information on our Bradley floor plan, please visit our website, or call us at 301-208-2588. We look forward to talking about how Kettler Forlines Homes can change your life