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What’s your backyard style?

Categories: Tips | Posted: August 26, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s your backyard style?

small-backyard-garden-landscaping-ideas-with-fire-pitCustomize your backyard to suit your style, the same way you’d customize the inside of your home! It’s always best to have a plan, so do some research, gather ideas, look at photos, and sketch out a design before jumping into a backyard renovation.

Some style inspirations…

  • Japanese Garden: If you’re looking for Zen and relaxation, this is the perfect style for you! Designed to reflect the philosophical life outlook, your backyard would include stone gardens, traditional Japanese plants and maybe even a small fishpond, not for your children to play in of course.
  • Southern Charm Backyard: Quickly becoming all of the rage, string lights and Mason jar candles, mugs, etc. are the perfect way to add that romantic magic to your backyard. Landscaping, we can’t forget the landscaping. To add that perfect touch, delicate landscaping (forget-me-nots, tulips, a willow tree if you can find a spare) is a must.
  • Ultimate Playground: If you’ve got kids running around, the best way to have them not make a mess is outside of the house! What better way to spend time with your kids than in your own backyard? Try to plot out a place for a bonfire to roast s’mores, finding a hefty branch to harness a tire swing, or even creating an outdoor lounge to read, create and relax with your kids. All of these DIY projects are as quick and easy as A,B,C!
  • Green on Green: Ever heard of farm to table? Well what about backyard to table? Growing your own fruits, veggies & herbs is easier than you think! A sunny spot and good soil are the basic necessities. (You don’t even need a lot of space. You can use containers!) Then you just need to figure out whether you want to grow tomatoes and cucumbers, or raspberries and melons, or basil and thyme… Or maybe all of them!

Whatever your aesthetic, be sure to turn your backyard into a place where you and your family want to be! Stepping out your door should mean stepping into a retreat of your own, whether it be to relax in a hammock, refresh your green thumb or be a kid again – be sure to be outside this summer!

Kettler Forlines Homes builds single-family homes, villas, and townhomes for families throughout Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  Visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com for more information! 

Why investing in a home is a GOOD idea!

Categories: News | Posted: August 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Why investing in a home is a GOOD idea!

buyinghomeFor someone considering buying a home, the sheer idea of plowing a huge chunk of your past, present and future income into real estate can be daunting. There are mixed messages across all media about whether mortgage rates are up or down.

We’re here to let you in on a little secret; there is no better time than NOW to invest in real estate.

You’ve heard the should’ve, would’ve, could’ve stories countless times about that one home on that one block that your parents passed on and is now worth almost 3x its’ original price.

According to various real estate sources, the value of real estate has actually generated a healthy ROI in recent years despite the real estate crash. Since then, studies have shown that the real estate growth has been steady year-to-year and is only looking on the up and up!

With mortgage rates easing and access to credit increasing, investing in your own piece of real estate looks to be a steady investment according to most economists and financial advisors. Of course, you can’t liquidate a house as easily as you can stocks and bonds, but for a long-term investment, buying a home is a great way to invest in your future!

Kettler Forlines Homes builds single-family homes, villas, and townhomes for families throughout Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  Visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com for more information!

Get Ready For Back To School!

Categories: News, Tips | Posted: August 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Get Ready For Back To School!

It’s that time of year… Back to School! Time to start thinking about school supplies, clothes, sports equipment… the list is endless!

Check out these numbers:

  • Families plan to spend an average of $97.74 on school supplies like notebooks, pencils and backpacks
  • 30% of back-to-school shoppers will wait until one or two weeks before school to start shopping
  • The average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $63 on back-to-school shopping

Screen shot 2015-08-11 at 2.22.21 PMAnd that’s just the beginning! Once you’ve done the shopping, it’s time to start prepping for early mornings, sports practices, music lessons, and homework.

Getting yourself and your family back into the routine of school days can be exhausting, yet so exciting. With this daily checklist, your kids won’t miss a beat, or a homework assignment.

Before School

  • Lunches are packed and in a location where kids can easily grab them in your Home.
  • Backpacks are packed with all books, folders, projects, etc., and in close proximity to lunch box.
  • All necessities for the day are present and accounted for – Gym clothes, musical instruments, permission slips, etc.
  • Kids are dressed, preferably in clothes that match.
  • Keep a daily calendar for school events to make sure that kids only wear pajamas on Pajama Day. (As opposed to the day they just feel like not getting dressed.)

After a long day of learning, your kids will most likely be ready to kick their feet back and have a snack.

After School

  • Have a shoe rack at the front door in order to prevent kids from tracking dirt all over the house.
  • Have a snack prepared and readily available in your kitchen. Fresh fruit, cheese & crackers, pretzels and nuts are all filling, healthy and nutritious.
  • Set up a coming home routine, complete with some down time to clear their minds before they start homework.

Getting your home and your children ready for the new school year can be tedious for your children, but having checklists like this to get them prepared will help them get excited for all of their new classes and friends!

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

Check out Kettler Forlines Homes’ Featured Homes of the Month!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Brookfield on the Potomac, News, Willow Ridge | Posted: August 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Check out Kettler Forlines Homes’ Featured Homes of the Month!

Kettler Forlines Homes would like to introduce you to several of our gorgeous homes.

At Brightwell Crossing and The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville, you’ll find a variety of luxurious single-family plans, including The Montgomery and The Kensington.

Montgomery model floor plan

Montgomery

The Montgomery is a traditional yet modern home. The open floor plan allows natural light to flood each room – especially the family room. The kitchen is comfortable, efficient, and contemporary, with an eating nook, a butler’s pantry, and a huge island. The first floor also includes a large dining room, a living room and a library. Upstairs, the owner’s suite has two walk-in closets, a large bath, along with an available fireplace. The upstairs also has three additional bedrooms, two additional full baths, a full size laundry center with bonus storage and an octagonal overlook from the upstairs hall to the first floor.

Thoroughly modern, yet equally timeless, the Kensington model is designed for families of all sizes. This open & airy home is accented by unbelievable natural light. The gourmet kitchen includes granite countertops, a huge center island and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs, double-doors open to a grand owner’s suite complete with sitting area, two walk-in closets and luxurious bath with two vanities. Three additional bedrooms, a hall bath, and laundry center complete the second floor. This amazing home may also feature a front porch and a sunroom.

In our West Virginia communities, Brookfield on The Potomac and Willow Ridge, we have homes in a variety of sizes, from the spacious and elegant Pinehurst model to the ranch-style Hampshire model.

Pinehurst model

Pinehurst

The spacious Pinehurst is designed to accommodate families of today and tomorrow. The open floor plan is awash in natural light, and offers unlimited visibility of every room. At the heart of the first floor is the spacious kitchen with a center island and breakfast nook. It opens to the great room, and the family-sized dining room. The second floor owner’s suite features a relaxing sitting room, two walk-in closets, and a large bath with double bowl sink, oversized shower and bath. The upstairs also has three additional bedrooms, a spacious hall bath, and a full sized laundry room.

The one-story Hampshire features one floor living with multi-floor conveniences! In addition to the open kitchen, and spacious great room, there’s a formal dining room, as well as a home office/optional 3rd bedroom. The owner’s suite includes two walk-in closets, and a private bath with dual vanities. There are options for a sunroom, a finished lower level, or a 3rd car garage.

All Kettler Forlines homes feature our Clean and Green construction standards that provide for increased energy efficiency, comfortable living, and monthly savings.

For nearly 40 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.