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How Social Media Has Influenced Design and Decorating

Categories: News | Posted: June 26, 2015 | Comments Off on How Social Media Has Influenced Design and Decorating

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In recent years, the home design and decor industry has grown into one of the largest DIY sectors; and social media has played a vital role in generating this growth.

Social media has undisputedly changed the home design and decor industry. Websites like Pinterest & Houzz are being used by DIY homeowners and professional designers alike, offering global access to free resources, and allowing searchers to tap into amazing talent through social media conversations and groups. The days of flipping through sample books and design magazines, and watching DIY TV shows, are fading into obscurity.

Pinterest has revolutionized the DIY idea market and its influence on home decor.  In fact, most of the popular home decor sites in the U.S. receive maximum referrals through Pinterest. And the Houzz website brings dozens of different styles of architecture right in your living room. From a simple DIY idea for your garage, to designing your entire apartment, Houzz has it all.

Social media is influencing our dream homes by changing the way we dream about them! For starters, social media has kindled an interest in aesthetics and design. People across the world now have access to incredible resources when designing their own living spaces. Social media, and its tools, let them experiment with colors, patterns and finishes – often for free. These sites have become THE place for people to draw inspiration and find ways to make their homes a manifestation of their personality.

Professional designers, decorators and vendors appreciate the effects of social media, too. They get better interactions and opportunities using social media, and that feedback can be used to develop new products and services. They can reach out to people they never thought of before and access to their knowledge.

The professionals do have some qualms about the effects of Pinterest & Houzz, noting that there is no substitute for actual design expertise. While there is a time for crowd-sourcing (creating something through online collaboration) and using social media as a sounding board, having a personal (i.e. live) interaction with a design professional is still the best way to get guidance for larger design projects. After all, most design professionals have years of training and experience that allow them to handle a variety of construction and design issues.

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

Baby Boomers are changing the face of real estate!

Categories: News | Posted: June 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Baby Boomers are changing the face of real estate!

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Baby boomers, who were the largest American generation until the Millennials took over, are either retired or quickly nearing retirement age. Born between 1946 and 1964 and numbering more than 76 million, they’re getting older, but are definitely not ready to head to the retirement home!

The waves of baby boomers are already having a big impact on residential real estate. They are more active than generations past, have a more sophisticated style, and want options and choices in their homes. Many of them prefer to stay in their homes and communities as they age, rather than relocate. They are choosing to alter their current homes to make them easier to navigate, rather than sell them and downsize.  Some features that homebuilders and remodelers are seeing as they begin to cater to the boomers include:

Home Offices. Baby boomers are working longer or opting for “phased” retirements, in which they work at least part time after leaving their primary careers. As they transition from traditional 9-to-5 jobs, they want home offices for flexibility.

Tech/Media Centers. Tech-savvy boomers want top-of-the-line amenities for their homes such as a media room with surround sound and central control systems. The house may include a wireless home network, remote control lighting and security features.

Wider Doors and Hallways. Designing a home that is livable now but can transition and be functional as the occupant ages is important in ensuring that the home will be a good long-term investment. Wider doors and hallways are useful for moving larger furniture today, and will also be wheelchair accessible tomorrow.

Better Lighting/Bigger Windows. The need for more lighting usually increases as we grow older. Builders are adding more & bigger windows to let in more natural light. They are also adding more light fixtures in areas including under cabinets and in stairwells. Multiple switches to reduce the number of trips and dimmer controls to eliminate glare are other options.

First-Floor Bedrooms and Bathrooms. More than 40% of new homes have master suites downstairs – a trend fueled by boomers not wishing to go up and down stairs with bad knees and aching backs. The master bedrooms also have larger walk-in closets and bathrooms with a separate tub and shower and dual sinks.

Easy to Maintain Exteriors/Landscaping. Yard work, painting, and other landscaping chores may not be enjoyable to aging homeowners. People who move to a new home when they retire may opt for a maintenance-free community. Those that choose to stay in their homes might make improvements to exterior surfaces such as installing stucco, brick or low-maintenance siding. Lawns are being replaced with outdoor rooms, featuring decorative landscaping or flower beds.

Flex Space. Flex space has become more prevalent in both new homes and remodeling. Flex spaces are rooms that take on the purpose of the present homeowner’s needs but can adjust with changes as they occur. What may have once been a guest bedroom can be revamped to serve as a hobby room or library. This allows homeowners to stay in their homes longer as it continues to serve their needs throughout life’s stages.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods.  Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and many ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.  

Gift Ideas for Dad!

Categories: Tips | Posted: June 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Gift Ideas for Dad!

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The days of giving Dad an ugly tie or boring aftershave are long gone. You could still give him a tie, but why… when there are so many more interesting options out there! A recent trip across the internet revealed an astonishing range of gift ideas – from wooden iPhone cases to silver lighters, $9,000 custom-made surf boards to a $75,000 Babe Ruth-signed baseball!

Here’s a rundown of some more realistic ideas:

  1. The Latest Tech – iPad Air, Roku media player, Bluetooth headphones, FitBit… If Dad’s a gadget guy, the list is endless.
  1. Accessories Make The Man – Hipster shades, Mad Men-inspired everything – hip flask, money clip, shaving kit. Everything old is new again.
  1. Major Monogramming – From cufflinks to beer mugs & pitchers, you can get almost anything with Dad’s name or initials on it!
  1. The Traditional Bottle – High-end bourbons & whiskeys are hot! Get Dad some of the good stuff – and then sit down and enjoy it with him.
  1. Experiences – Give Dad some time with you or time for himself! Tickets to a ball game, a round of golf at the club he likes, cooking classes, helicopter flight lessons, a race car driving session. If there’s something he’s wanted to try, chances are you can find it!

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods.  Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com

Prepare Your Home for Vacation!

Categories: Tips | Posted: June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Prepare Your Home for Vacation!

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Vacations are supposed to be relaxing and worry-free. That’s why it’s important to secure your house so you don’t have to worry about broken water connections, power surges and burglars.

Whether you’re going out of town for two days or a few weeks, there are things you can do to prepare your home for your absence and for your smooth return.

Make your house look lived-in.

An empty house is a welcome invitation to burglars. To avoid the house looking empty:

  • Stop the newspaper and mail (or ask a neighbor to pick them up).
  • Park your car inside the garage.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Put at least one light on a timer.
  • Install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight.
  • Make sure your lawn stays trimmed.

Take the necessary plumbing and electric precautions.

Not only is running appliances an unnecessary utility expense, it also could lead to costly problems. To avoid the expense and headache of something going wrong with an appliance while you’re away:

  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices.
  • Put the water heater in vacation mode.
  • Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks.
  • Set the thermostat to a temperature that is less comfortable, but still protects your plants, pets and furniture.

Ready your pets.

  • Give the pet sitter or boarding facility detailed care instructions.
  • Make sure you have plenty of your pet’s favorite foods, treats, toys, medicines and other supplies on hand.

Tidy the house.

  • Sweep or vacuum floors.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Wipe down counters in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Put clean sheets on the beds.
  • Give toilets a quick clean.

General home preparation tips before you go on vacation:

  • Notify your credit card company that you are going out of town.
  • Notify your security company that you are going out of town.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor.
  • Toss out any food that will go bad before you return from vacation.
  • Take out the kitchen trash, or any other trash that could get smelly.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Our seasoned, dedicated professionals assist our homebuyers from their first visit through their warranty service. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

Poolesville to dedicate Elgin Park at Brightwell Crossing!

Categories: Events | Posted: June 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Poolesville to dedicate Elgin Park at Brightwell Crossing!

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Kettler Forlines Homes is excited to join with the Town of Poolesville in adding 6-acre Elgin Park to the many recreational facilities that Poolesville has to offer! A collaborative effort, the park has a lacrosse/soccer field, basketball court, pavilions, playgrounds, walking/biking trails, bike racks, a Village green, and restrooms.

The official dedication of Charles W. Elgin Sr. Park at Brightwell Crossing will be Saturday, June 20 at 10 am. Members of the Elgin family will be in attendance, as will Town Commissioners, and Planning Commission and Parks board members. The dedication will be open to the public, and light refreshments will be available in the Pavilion at Elgin Park following the dedication.

Kettler Forlines Homes designed and built Elgin Park in conjunction with the Town of Poolesville, and is donating it to the town. Tom Kettler, president of Kettler Forlines Homes at Brightwell Crossing, is a resident of Poolesville. As an active member of many community organizations, he is committed to ensuring Brightwell Crossing is an asset to the entire Poolesville community.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Our seasoned, dedicated professionals assist our homebuyers from their first visit through their warranty service. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

 

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing Community Honored with the Prestigious U.S. EPA’s 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: June 1, 2015 | Comments Off on The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing Community Honored with the Prestigious U.S. EPA’s 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award

Screen shot 2015-06-01 at 10.36.31 AMThe Reserve at Brightwell Crossing (www.brightwellcrossing.com), Kettler Forlines Homes’ newest residential living community in Western Montgomery County, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Kettler Forlines Homes’ outstanding commitment to constructing homes with improved indoor air quality through participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program. Kettler Forlines Homes was one of only eight homebuilders nationwide to be honored with a 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

“We’re proud to announce the 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners and to congratulate them for raising the bar on indoor air quality in new homes,” said David Rowson, Director of EPA’s Indoor Environments Division. “It is especially fitting that we recognize these winners in May during Asthma Awareness Month as factors found in the indoor environment can cause, trigger, or exacerbate asthma symptoms. These builders and Home Energy Raters are not only creating healthier indoor environments for homeowners, but they are also pushing the broader housing market toward safer, healthier housing by raising consumer awareness about the importance of indoor air quality. Their recognition is well-deserved.”

“Indoor air quality is becoming increasingly important to homebuyers,” Tom Kettler, President, Kettler Forlines Homes at Brightwell Crossing. “With improvements in home energy efficiency, our homeowners want to know that the air they are breathing is of the highest quality. We are proud to provide our homebuyers with high-performance homes that also offer improved comfort, safety, and peace of mind for their families.”

“We have been building homes following the EPA’s Energy Star program for many years. Taking the extra step of building to Indoor airPLUS standards, which includes certification by a third party and approval by the EPA, is one of the many ways we are staying at the forefront of the homebuilding industry,” said H. Davidson (Dave) Griffin III, Senior Vice President of Kettler Forlines Homes and a National Home Builders Association Certified Green Professional.

Opened in September 2014, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is a new neighborhood of luxury single-family homes located on 1/2 acre plus sites. The Reserve features six Energy Star and Indoor airPLUS certified designs – the Ashton, the Kensington, the Seneca, the Montgomery, the Kenwood and the Potomac. Among the new floorplans, the Kenwood and Potomac designs feature something brand new and exclusive to Kettler Forlines Homes – a family guest house. Designed to accommodate multi-generational living, this attached guest home features its own living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry, plus a private entrance, as well as an entrance to the main house.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Our seasoned, dedicated professionals assist our homebuyers from their first visit through their warranty service. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.