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Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News, Tips | Posted: June 4, 2020 | No Comments »

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.

Is virtual homebuying here to stay?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Tips | Posted: May 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Is virtual homebuying here to stay?

Kettler Forlines virtual home buyingWhen the stay-at-home orders were issued, life changed. Homes instantly became offices for many workers and classrooms for families. It was rough going in the beginning, with everyone trying to figure out a system to work within the restrictions. Within a few weeks, we found a rhythm. Now, with businesses gradually reopening, we have to wonder how much of the temporary “New Normal” will continue in our lives. Is virtual homebuying here to stay?


What have you been accomplishing through online channels that you used to do in person? Grocery shopping is a big one. Whether ordering online and opting for curbside pick-up or relying on delivery, wandering aimlessly through the aisles of a grocery store was deemed too risky. 

Telemedicine—a video conference with your healthcare provider—is another task you might have experienced. And how many Zoom meetings have you attended since the pandemic sparked the shutdown?

As a local homebuilder in Maryland, Kettler Forlines Homes has accomplished what many other builders around the country have done. We’ve moved from a physical sales center and model home to a virtual one, to protect our buyers as well as our Kettler Forlines team. 

For the past two months, we’ve maintained communication with our customers. People who had a home under construction were able to keep receiving updates. Our construction crews have been able to keep working safely with social distancing and diligent sanitizing on the job sites.

Buying a home online

What we found interesting—and exciting!—is selling homes to buyers by using our virtual homebuying process. Yes, it’s not only doable, but been done!

Here’s how it worked:

  • The prospective buyer browsed the website of our Brightwell Crossing neighborhood in Poolesville, MD. They looked at the interactive site map to see which lots were available and then explored the floor plans. The virtual tours provided a 360° view. They also visited our online Gallery to see photos and videos of the homes, community, and area.
  • The interested buyers were able to get out and drive around The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, to see first-hand the quality and distinction of the homes and neighborhood. 
  • The buyers contacted George Neill, Kettler Forlines Homes’ Sales Manager, who “met” with them on a video conference call. 
  • George then went through all the options for customizing their new home.
  • Convinced that The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing was the right place and Kettler Forlines Homes had the right skills, design, and reputation to build their home, they signed the contract, also done online using Docusign.

We eventually met face to face. They praised that the process was so easy!

And now we’re able to schedule private, in-person appointments so you can tour any of our homes. We’re adhering to CDC guidelines for proper safety, keeping everyone protected.

Why it’s a great time to buy a home

If you thought you had to put your plans on hold, think again. Right now, the mortgage interest rates are at a historical low. We looked back almost 50 years to compare interest rates for 30-year, fixed rate mortgages, and the closest we saw to the 3.31% rate last month (April 2020) was the end of 2012, when the market was coming back from the Great Recession.

As restrictions lift and more people are moving about (safely, we hope), the demand for new homes will rise. After coming out of confinement, homeowners have learned that their homes just didn’t meet their needs. Prices will likely go up as well, along with interest rates. Inventory is already low and with the limited amount of homes built over the past few months, your options will become more limited. 

We expect that many people will remain cautious about the spread of the virus, and will limit contact as much as possible. With virtual homebuying, you can shop, plan, purchase, customize, and close on your home with as much or as little distance as you choose. Talk to George Neill to get started on a unique homebuying journey!

Does “home sweet home” still apply?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Tips | Posted: May 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Does “home sweet home” still apply?

Kettler Forlines home office flexible design
Now that you’ve had weeks of “quality time” with your home, how are you and your house getting along? Does “home sweet home” still apply? Or have you discovered flaws that you just don’t want to live with anymore?

Sheltering at home has enlightened quite a few homeowners and their families. There are certain features lacking in homes that are prompting them to rethink their current abode. On Google, the search phrase “Should I buy a house?” has reached its highest rate since 2004. Some buyers have continued their search during the pandemic’s shutdown, using virtual tours and appointments to narrow down their choices. Then they schedule a private appointment, respecting social distance while walking through the home that interests them. Other buyers follow the path to homeownership all the way to (or through) closing entirely online.

From what we’ve seen at Kettler Forlines Homes over the past month, homebuyers have expanded—or perhaps re-prioritized—their new home wish list of the features that matter most.

What do you want in your next home?

First and foremost, flexible design is a critical element in new homes. Flex rooms and bonus spaces have grown in value as people shifted to working from home, but without a suitable home office. Using the dining room table as a home office and home school just isn’t cutting it with families. While one flex room might have been enough to satisfy homebuyers a few months ago, that acceptance has changed. The den or study now becomes a home office, a place where all non-work people and items are excluded. Some of our floor plans include two flex rooms, allowing for two offices or one office and a homework station.

With the high risk that the coronavirus posed, particularly to the elderly, we’re seeing homeowners look for two owner’s suites in their next home. The first-floor owner’s suite is given to the Kettler Forlines multigenerational homegrandparents, while the homeowners utilize a suite on the second floor. 

An option we’ve added is a first-floor multi-gen suite that’s added to the floor plan’s main level. This multi-gen family suite features a private entrance, a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, full bath, and laundry closet. 

Where do the kids do their homework? And with all this closeness, where do you find privacy from the daily noise? A finished basement makes sense, because it can become a homework zone, rec room, fitness 
studio, or a man cave/she space.

That finished basement could also be converted to a suite. If you have college students —who would rather be back on campus—and/or teenagers who want to feel more independent, this basement suite presents a great solution.

Kettler Forlines better kitchen flexible designThe next item on the new home wish list is a better kitchen—whether that means larger or better equipped is up to you. A walk-in pantry is a must now. Those massive packagKettler Forlines walk in pantryes of toilet paper and paper towels just aren’t sized to fit in an average pantry. Then you add in all the non-perishables you’ve stocked up on and you need more storage space!

A kitchen island has become a must. The extra workspace for food preparation, combined with the ability to enjoy casual meals and snacks there, have elevated the importance of the center island.

Speaking of storage, homebuyers are also adding priority to having a second refrigerator or freezer, either in the garage or perhaps an expanded utility room. A floor plan that offers this flexibility shows buyers that the home was thoughtfully designed.

The next item on the new home checklist is smart home automation. There are so many conveniences available—like a smart thermostat, video doorbell, security system, garage door opener, lights, and appliances. Wouldn’t it be great to move into a home that makes it easy to hook up your smart home technology? Kettler Forlines Homes includes Smart Home Plus with our new homes. Two Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, a Wi-Fi-enabled garage doo
opener, Wi-Fi-enabled front door lock, and a video doorbell give you a head start on boosting your home’s “IQ”.

Having, using, and adding smart technology, however, sparks another need for homeowners. Living with several people who are using multiple devices puts an enormous strain on your home’s bandwidth. With streaming, gaming, and all the daily messaging, surfing, and communication that happens online, you’re probably seeing your network speed slow to a crawl. If you’ve also added smart home automation, you’re expecting far too much from your outdated network infrastructure.

We’ve added structured wiring to our new Kettler Forlines homes. These residences are pre-wired to accommodate more technology and the added bandwidth that comes with it. The package includes hard-wired ports, which enable a faster, more consistent signal. Working with our New Home Technology Specialist, homebuyers have every room of their home configured to their needs—with outlets where they need them.

If all of this time at home has you climbing the walls and ready to change, please look at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville, MD, a sought-after location. Choose one of the remaining homesites and the floor plan that fits your lifestyle—sized from 2,493 to more than 7,000 square feet. Use the interactive floor plan feature with each home design on our website so you can start envisioning your new home. Then talk to George Neill, our Community Sales Manager, to take the next step toward a home you’ll love for a long time.


Poolesville High School again outclasses the others: #1 in Maryland!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville | Posted: April 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Poolesville High School again outclasses the others: #1 in Maryland!

Kettler Forlines-School RankingA great school district presents significant influence to parents who are looking for a new home. In Maryland, the choice is easy: Poolesville, hands down. Poolesville High School again outclassed the others, according to U.S. News & World Report’s report of Best High Schools in the country, released in April 2020. Poolesville High School earned the top spot, #1 in Maryland. PHS also ranked #90 among 24,000 high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia, putting it in the top 1% of high schools nationwide! The publication gave Poolesville High School an overall score of 99.49 out of a possible 100.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the school as: 

  • #1 in Montgomery County Public High Schools
  • #3 in Washington, DC Metro Area High Schools
  • #31 in Magnet High Schools in the U.S.
  • #39 in STEM High Schools in the U.S.

The report cards are in

Poolesville High School has also earned high marks from other websites that analyze schools. gave it an “A+” and GreatSchools marked PHSt as a perfect “10” for college and career readiness. SchoolDigger also praises Poolesville High School, giving it a 5-star rating. The Washington Post included Poolesville among its list of the “Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

What’s so outstanding about this school? The academic program is stellar. The curriculum is designed to challenge students, while the low student:teacher ratio of 18:1 provides hands-on support. In the state-administered reading proficiency tests, a staggering 81% of PHS students met or exceeded expectations and another 30% met those standards, a reflection of the success achieved here.

Students continue to shine on academic challenges. Nearly every senior (92%) took an Advanced Placement exam; 88% passed, and 93% scored a 3 or better, meaning they qualified to receive college credit for their high school academics.

U.S. News uses a variety of sources to evaluate the schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data provides fundamental data on enrollment and demographics. Statewide math and reading level assessment tests, Advanced Placement  test data, and graduation percentage give a clearer picture of a school’s success. The analysts look at college readiness, a reflection of how many students took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test in the past school year, and how many seniors passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school.

Brightwell Crossing—another Poolesville top pick

So, if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, do the math. It all adds up to the fact that Poolesville is the smart choice for your next home. And you can experience the quality lifestyle in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods here, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Kettler Forlines Homes still has homesites in this master-planned community. We’re building distinctive homes that surpass indoor air quality and energy efficiency standards. Our floor plans offer so many options, including a first-floor owner’s suite and flex rooms that can be converted into a home office, homework zone, hobby area, fitness studio, rec room, or whatever your family needs. You can even add a guest suite to the first floor to give more independence to adult family members in a multi-generational household.

Browse our homes, sized from 2,493 to more than 7,000 square feet. Get creative with the interactive floor plans that make it easy to change the design to your liking. Reach out to Kettler Forlines Homes to set up a virtual or private appointment to exploreThe Reserve at  Brightwell Crossing, where the future is as bright as our students!


The Top 10 Reasons to Love The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Brightwell Crossing | Posted: August 7, 2019 | Comments Off on The Top 10 Reasons to Love The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we believe that where you live determines how you live — which is why we created a beautiful new community in none other than family-friendly Poolesville. Scenic, safe, and so easy to call home, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is the kind of place you’ve always wanted to come back to. There are so many reasons why our homeowners love living here, and here are a few of our favorites:

1) Small Town Living. Big City Convenience.

Located in the quiet, family-friendly town of Poolesville, while still close to Washington, D.C. and other metro areas you love, Brightwell Crossing offers an unbeatable location. You’ll enjoy parades, festivals, farms/orchards, and so much more throughout the year. Poolesville really is a hidden gem in Montgomery County, Maryland.

2) Award-Winning Homes.

We have nine distinctive, luxury home designs to choose from, all built with our signature craftsmanship and attention to detail. One- and two-story designs are available, each with its own personality.

3) Outstanding Top-Ranked Poolesville Schools.

With Poolesville High School ranked #1 in Maryland 7 years in a row from 2010-2017 by The Washington Post, these incredible schools in Poolesville provide your children with the experience you’ve always dreamed of for them.

 4) Flexible Floorplans To Fit Your Family’s Needs.

Enjoy a unique floor plan that can be customized to fit your lifestyle. From first-floor owners’ suites to family guest suites designed for multi-generational living, your family will always fit right in.

5) Live Clean, Save Green.

The Energy Star® and Indoor airPLUS programs means our homes are built to be healthier and more energy-efficient. They keep you comfortable (and save you money!) all year long.

6) Personalization Is Key.

We have an impressive list of included luxury features and custom options such as, granite countertops in gourmet kitchens, convenient second-floor laundry centers, finished lower levels with rec rooms, bedrooms, baths, and 2-4-car oversized garages.

7) Smart Homes. Smart Homeowners!

The Smart Home Plus Program features wireless Z-Wave enabled devices, plus a free consultation with a trained Technology Specialist.

8) Room To Grow!

Our homes are set on spacious, half-acre-plus homesites featuring large, old-fashioned backyards. Many with walk-out lower levels.

9) A Name You Can Trust.

For over 40 years, Kettler Forlines Homes has welcomed home more than 4,000 families throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Our attention to detail, excellence in design, and quality craftsmanship have made Kettler Forlines Homes the name you trust.

10) Your Sanctuary… Your Home.

The relaxed lifestyle you’ll enjoy here is your sanctuary from the chaotic hustle and bustle of everyday life. At Kettler Forlines Homes, we specialize in creating communities where neighbors quickly become friends. And The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is no different, thanks to its cozy design and comfortable homes. In a place where children play in the park, families come together for picnics and barbeques, neighbors become fast friends, and hours are spent making memories and having way too much fun, this is the perfect place to call home.


Once you see Brightwell Crossing, you’ll immediately envision a beautiful future ahead… Are you ready to make the move? All of us at Kettler Forlines Homes can’t wait to meet you and get started! For more information on our homes here, please call 301-208-2588.


Partner Feature: Meet CB Flooring, LLC

Categories: News | Posted: June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Partner Feature: Meet CB Flooring, LLC

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we believe that your beautiful, brand new home should be the most comfortable place in the world — which is why we use only the best building materials and designs, as well as team up with the most exceptional people to create your home sweet home.

We’re excited to introduce you to one of our most trusted partners, a company whose flooring services bring endless quality and beauty to your Kettler Forlines home: CB Flooring, LLC. A private, locally owned flooring contractor dedicated to outstanding quality and unmatched service, CB Flooring, LLC specializes in the installation of carpet, hardwood, and resilient and ceramic tiles.

With over 40 years of experience serving homeowners all over the northeast, CB Flooring, LLC knows what it takes to ensure perfect flooring from top to bottom. Best of all, as a family-led team of experts who cares about your home is as if it were their own, you can always expect top-of-the-line service and care.

After you’ve trusted us to bring your dream home to life in Maryland and West Virginia, you can rest assured that the rest of your ride will be virtually bump-free, especially with hardworking, passionate companies like CB Flooring, LLC by your side. For more information about the magic that CB Flooring, LLC will bring to your home, please visit their website. All of us at Kettler Forlines Homes can’t wait to welcome you home!

Summer Activities For Your Family in Poolesville

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Events, News, poolesville, Specials, Tips | Posted: June 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Activities For Your Family in Poolesville

Swimming pools, ice cream cones, and endless sunshine… It’s almost sweet summertime! With school out for the season, your children are gearing up for all of the outdoor activities that await (AKA their next great adventures). In family-friendly Poolesville, just minutes from your Kettler Forlines home, there are so many options for you and your children to enjoy together. Take a look at our recommendations for summer 2019:

June 29: Red, White, and Brews

From 6 to 10 pm, Whalen Commons will host a pre-4th of July party complete with live music, delicious food, and family-friendly celebrations. Get ready for America’s birthday with your friends and family at Poolesville’s favorite park. Your children will love inflatables, food trucks, and live music (including Mindy Miller & The Chrome Tears and 19th Street Band) as you enjoy a beer garden, local wines, and so much more.
July 4: America’s Birthday Bash in D.C.

What better place to celebrate America’s birthday than beautiful Washington, D.C.? An hour from Poolesville, there’s nothing like a summertime trip to the country’s capital. From watching the parade along Constitution Ave to kayaking along the Potomac to marveling at the fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial steps, the fun here is endless. And if you want to stay close to home, there will be music, food, and fireworks at the Polo Grounds!

July 14: Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

If you and your children enjoy getting creative and trying new things, this event is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the season while expanding your horizons and honing your artistic abilities. From 6 to 9 am, Emily Carter Mitchell will guide you through the gorgeous sunflower fields at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, and teach you all about the important concepts of nature and wildlife photography.

July 21: Bark in the Park

This event is something your children will cherish fur-ever! From 6 to 9 pm, Whalen Commons will transform into a dog lover’s paradise, where families are encouraged to bring their paw-some pooch to join in on all of the fun. There will be a cute dog contest, games for dogs, prizes, a DJ, Montgomery County Police K9 Demos, rescue groups, food vendors, a farmers market, and of course, all of the licks and tail wags you can imagine.

August 23: Friday on the Commons — Totally Rad

Take a trip down memory lane while your kids discover the righteous fun of the ‘80s! It’s all happen’en down at Whalen Commons from 6 to 10:30 pm, where you’ll find all of your favorite things about the most tubular decade of all, including roller skating, Pac-Man, hacky sack, and more. Make sure to tease your hair and put on your best neon — this event is all about doing it big. And don’t miss a special screening of Goonies at 8:30 pm!

September 21: Poolesville Day

The perfect way to wrap up summer and say hello to fall, Poolesville Day features all-day activities and events for you and your children to take part in. It all begins with a 5k race in the morning, followed by a parade, local entertainment, a car show, and more. Enjoy vendors of all kinds, from irresistible festival food and sweet treats to crafts and jewelry to fun games. Enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather with your incredible community!

As the streets of Poolesville come alive with the magic and charm of summer, take your children out to experience the sweetest parts of the season. While they await the next school year, they’ll absolutely love making some of their best memories with their family and friends. From all of us at Kettler Forlines Homes, happy summer and have fun!

Gorgeous Homes Available For You Now

Categories: Brookfield on the Potomac, News | Posted: May 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Gorgeous Homes Available For You Now


A house may have all the right pieces, but a home has all the heart. At Kettler Forlines Homes, we build our living spaces with expert craftsmanship — and a caring, gracious touch that only comes from family. Are you ready to move into your own oasis? We have two gorgeous homes available for you right now!


At 38 Lackawanna Lane and 161 Tributary Trail in beautiful Falling Waters, WV, two homes with your name on them await. Nestled in beautiful Brookfield on the Potomac, between Martinsburg and Hagerstown, these move-in-ready living spaces are designed with luxury and comfort in mind, and built for the best days ahead.




Crafted with the Pinehurst floor plan, our home on 38 Lackawanna Lane comes complete with 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 4,534 square feet of wide open space for you and your family to call your own. With 3 stories and a spacious sideload garage, everyone has the room they need to feel entirely themselves here.



Best of all, the owner’s suite you’ve always envisioned is finally yours, providing you with a spa-like bathroom for relaxation day and night. Energy-efficient, stylish, and built for multigenerational living, this stunning home is where your most special memories are waiting to be made — from your large, gorgeous kitchen to your customizable lower-level recreation room. Step inside and feel the true meaning of gracious living


Living Room


Just like our first available home, the beauty on 161 Tributary Trail is where luxury meets comfort right in the middle. Built with the Charleston floor plan, this lovable, single-story home includes 3 stylish bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Fall in love with the ease and comfort of having everything you need right at your fingertips… with no stairs in the way!




Innovatively designed from top to bottom, this home includes a den, a separate home office, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a large island, and a spacious walk-in closet, an unfinished lower level with flex space for whatever you wish (entertainment room, hobby space, or fitness center anyone?), as well as a charming screened porch that overlooks .58 acres of gorgeous woods. From birthdays to dinner parties to fresh spring mornings, there’s nothing like sitting outside and enjoying the view on your own private porch.


Who says you have to wait months to move into your dream home? At Kettler Forlines Homes, your brand new lifestyle can start in 1-2-3. For more information about our homes at 38 Lackawanna Lane and 161 Tributary Trail, please call 304-270-1004 or We can’t wait to welcome you home!