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Give Grandma & Grandpa a place of their own with the Family Guest Suite!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Uncategorized | Posted: September 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Give Grandma & Grandpa a place of their own with the Family Guest Suite!

Guest Suite for Grandma & Grandpa!

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing features six innovative designs our buyers just love – the Ashton, the Kensington, the Seneca, the Montgomery, the Kenwood and the Potomac.

Among these floorplans, the Kensington, the Kenwood and the Potomac feature something new and exclusive to Kettler Forlines Homes – a Family Guest House. This unique feature has proven to be very popular!

Designed to accommodate a multi-generational household, this attached guest house features its own living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry, plus a private entrance, as well as an entrance to the main house. It’s perfect for multi-generational living. Grandma & Grandpa can maintain their independence – cook their own meals, have their own privacy and space – yet still be steps from the rest of the family.

The Reserve offers a variety of home styles, with full front porches, stone and brick fronts, wrap-around porches, side-load garages, distinctive exteriors, and open, airy interiors. These homes range in size from 2,900 sq. ft. to over 7,200 sq. ft., and are priced from the $700’s. Interactive floorplans for all our designs are available at www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

The Model Home & Design Center is located at 17919 Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837, and is open daily 11am – 6pm. For more information about The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please contact Community Sales Manager Chris Pikus at 301-208-2588 or chrispikus@kettlerforlineshomes.com.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you will 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.

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!

Kettler Forlines Homes announces Phase 2 of The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News | Posted: September 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Kettler Forlines Homes announces Phase 2 of The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Incredible as it may seem, it’s been a year since the Grand Opening of The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. And we are thrilled to announce that Phase 2 is now open for sales!

Phase 2 will have 10 new lots for sale, with ½ acre to 1 acre, wooded and cul-de-sac homesites. Phase 2 will also feature a variety of looks and styles, as well as full front porches, stone and brick fronts, wrap-around porches, side-load garages, and open, airy interiors. The homes range in size from 2,900 sq. ft. to over 7,200 sq. ft., and are priced from the low $700’s.

The Brightwell Crossing community connects to 50 acres of protected woodlands, and includes an authentic wooden covered bridge along a walking path, a lacrosse/soccer field, a Village Green, a family picnic pavilion, multi-age playgrounds, and a multipurpose basketball court.

Interactive floorplans for all our designs are available at www.kettlerforlineshomes.com, as is the Included Luxury Features list for each home.

The Model Home & Design Center is located at 17919 Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837, and is open daily 11am – 6pm. For more information about The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please contact Community Sales Manager Chris Pikus at 301-208-2588 or chrispikus@kettlerforlineshomes.com.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you will 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.

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!

Brightwell Crossing Featured In The Washington Post!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Brightwell Crossing Featured In The Washington Post!

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

“Andrew and Emily Gaughan relocated from Britain to the United States last year for his job and only had a week to find a new home for themselves and their three girls. After looking in Gaithersburg, Md., and other nearby areas, they settled on a lesser-known community in the western part of Montgomery County.

A picturesque drive down a country road led them to Poolesville, Md., a town of about 5,000 that seems to be stuck in time when it comes to neighborly fun.”

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing has a huge sense of community. Poolesville, MD is a place where everyone seems to know each other on a first name basis. In addition to community, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing offers homeowners access to great schools, big beautiful lots and spacious homes.

Read the full article on The Washington Post!

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!   

10 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Categories: Tips | Posted: September 16, 2015 | Comments Off on 10 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

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A recent poll identified not being able to sell one’s current home as a homeowner’s greatest fear. In an age where, according to HGTV, every home should be a stylized showroom, fearing that your home won’t live up to the competition is all too real.

A recent poll identified not being able to sell one’s current home as a homeowner’s greatest fear. In an age where, according to HGTV, every home should be a stylized showroom, fearing that your home won’t live up to the competition is all too real.

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  1. Organize, Clean And De-Clutter.

Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your entire home. De-clutter your rooms to make them look more spacious – a big selling point for buyers.

And either sell your stuff, give it away or put it in storage.

Cost: $400

Value: $2,000

ROI: 400%

  1. Light Up The House

Spending as little as $100-$400 on new lighting fixtures can bring your home’s best features to light.

Cost: $100 to $400

Value: $1,600 when $400 is spent

ROI: 300%

If you invest $1,500 in lighting, you can turn an average profit of $7,800. Giving your home’s value a boost of over $9,000.

Invest for the future – choose Internet of Things devices that can be controlled with a smartphone.

  1. Maintenance and Inspection

Bring in a local designer to give you tips and suggestions for small changes that can help increase value.

Get an inspection to make sure there are no plumbing leaks, electrical problems, issues with the septic system or furnace, leaky windows, heating or insulation issues.

Cost: $800 for repairs

Value: $3,000

ROI: 275%

  1. Landscaping In The First Impression

Increase your curb appeal by cleaning up your yard and plantings. If the outside of your home looks unkempt, it gives the impression to potential buyers that the rest of the house is just as unkempt. Also, overgrown gardens can block sunlight and the views, as well as allowing mold to grow.

Cost: $400 to $600

Value: $1,500 to $2,000

ROI: 200 to 275%

  1. Update The Flooring

Shampoo or replace carpets. Add hardwood floors or repair existing ones.

Cost: $600 to $900

Value: Up to $2,000

ROI: 110 to 233%

  1. Fresh Paint

Paint the walls and the baseboards and trim with a neutral color. Doing it yourself will save money, but hiring a painter will get it done faster and professionally.

Cost: $900 to $1,000

Value: $2,000

ROI: 100 to 120%

If you invest $2,000 on fresh paint for the whole house, it can result in a $3,000 profit, adding about $5,000 to the home’s value.

  1. Upgrade Your Roof

Repairing or replacing your roof can cost up to $12,000. But simply adding a cupola adds elegance and curb appeal for less money.

Cost: $500 to $1,500

Value: $500 to $2,500

ROI: 66 to 233%

  1. Paint The Exterior

Anything that helps add to your curb appeal is a worthy investment. Power washing and painting the exterior of your home is a great way to add value.

Cost: $1,400

Value: $2,100

ROI: 50%

  1. Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel

If your cabinets are in good shape, an easy way to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom is simply painting the cabinetry.

An updated kitchen and/or bathroom with fresh paint, new countertops, stainless steel fixtures, new hardware and lighting can add an extra $2,000 to $3,000 to the value of your home.

Cost: $1,900

Value: $3,200

ROI: 68%

A $500 investment in making some small changes can increase value, too.

  • Remove rust stains
  • Apply new caulk
  • Update knobs & pulls
  • Replace faucets
  • Install an eco-friendly toilet

Adding a half bath to your home adds up to 10% to your home’s value, while a full bath adds about 20%.

  1. High Quality Photos of Your Home

After you put in all this work on your home, don’t forget to use high resolution images when you post photos online.

90% of buyers start their new home search on the internet. Make sure you post plenty of really good quality photos to draw the interest of potential buyers.

These tips will help you put your home’s best foot forward – without costing an arm and a leg!

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!   

How to host a winning football party!

Categories: Tips | Posted: September 10, 2015 | Comments Off on How to host a winning football party!

shutterstock_161444768-300x200Are you prepared for football season or are you still sitting on the bench? We’ve got some tips for how to make your Game Day at home even better when you and your friends can’t make it to the stadium!

  1. Your guests are coming to hang out and enjoy the game. Make sure there is plenty of comfy seating – a sectional sofa, club chairs, ottomans and floor pillows are couple of options.
  2. Decorate with team colors. It’s festive and shows team spirit!
  3. The TV is crucial. Depending on the size of your party room, you’ll need to make sure the TV is placed properly so that guests can see it from various spots in the room. What’s better than watching a big play on a big screen?
  4. Between the hype and the yelling – be sure to keep everyone hydrated with beer, soda, lemonade, water.
  5. When it comes to food, buffet-style is easiest for your indoor tailgate. Make sure there are plenty of snacks like veggies & dip, chips & salsa, pretzels, etc.

And stick to crowd pleasers… like these!

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!