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Life is good in Poolesville

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Uncategorized | Posted: November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Life is good in Poolesville

A recent article in The Washington Post described Poolesville, Maryland, as “a gem in a haystack”. We couldn’t agree more.

Poolesville is a throwback to the peaceful lifestyle that some of us still remember. That small-town life where you knew your neighbors, where you could sit down at the local café and the server asked if you wanted “the usual”. It’s a town where you will see kids playing in the park or riding their bicycles along the sidewalk.

In just four square miles, Poolesville houses a population of 5,201 people, amidst countless acres of fields and farmlands, orchards and vineyards. The town sits in the heart of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Preserve, 93,000 acres of unspoiled beauty, and is situated near Dickerson Conservation Park and the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. Yet, it’s just 30 miles from the nation’s capital.

Nature’s growth is complemented by the gradual growth of the town itself. The town’s leaders invest in the future of the community, beginning with the children. Poolesville’s public schools invest $16,548 per student—more than 33% above the national average of $12,383. Poolesville High School has been consistently ranked as the best in the state for six years in a row.

The infrastructure is growing steadily as well, with an eye toward preserving the uncluttered lifestyle that attracts people there.

“We’re using a lot of technology to be sure our infrastructure is good for the next 50 years,” explains Jim Brown, president of the town commissioners.

Poolesville’s population has grown 37% since 2000, perhaps a reflection of the desire to move away from urban living, but remain within reach of those amenities.

The quality of life here is a combination of the location, the neighborhoods, and the amenities—but most importantly, the people. Kettler Forlines Homes chose Poolesville for its Brightwell Crossing community. We expanded it to now offer The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, because the demand for new homes in this beautiful town must be met with commitment to preserving the quality here. If you’re interested in making the move to a small-town living within an easy commute of the Washington DC area, we invite you to look at this drone’s-eye-view of The Reserve, and contact us to learn more about your opportunities here.

Tips to reduce Thanksgiving stress

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Tips to reduce Thanksgiving stress

The holidays are sneaking up on us. How are your Thanksgiving plans coming along?

If you’re one of the many people who see Thanksgiving as a major stressor—relax. You shouldn’t overdo yourself. Just follow some simple steps to reduce your Thanksgiving stress.

Map out your strategy. Write down your plans for Thanksgiving Day, and then work backwards to give yourself a “To Do” list. Here are some suggestions:

  • Once you’ve determined your guest list, decide on the menu. Don’t complicate it with too many food choices. Limit the number of side dishes, salads, and breads. Also, minimize your appetizers so people don’t fill up before dinner.
  • Calculate the amount of turkey you’ll need; 1 to 1 ½ pounds per person is average. You might also consider cooking two smaller birds, side by side.
  • Calculate the time for thawing the turkey. You’ll need about 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey to thaw in the refrigerator (which is highly recommended for food safety).
  • Make a grocery list so you have everything in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. No one wants to deal with a grocery store the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Plan the seating and make sure you have enough chairs and place settings.

Hand out the assignments. Planning and executing a holiday celebration isn’t a solo task. Let your family and friends chip in. They’re probably quite happy to feel useful.

  • Keep your menu handy. When people ask what they can bring, give them a specific item on your list, and be sure to make a note of the person who will bring it.
  • Enlist help for non-food-related tasks, like helping with clean-up, wrapping up leftovers, entertaining kids, or bringing chairs (which should be done at least a day before).
  • At least three days before the dinner, remind each person what they’re bringing. Don’t assume they’re going to remember—or, worse yet, have a change of heart and decide to bring something else.

Do as much prep as possible in advance. There will never be enough time on Thanksgiving Day to do all the cooking, table setting, serving, and cleaning you had in mind. When you get things done sooner, you have more time to enjoy your guests.

  • Make and freeze mashed potatoes, side dishes, and even some desserts. Use your slow cooker to reheat the mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day, so you’re not tying up part of your stovetop.
  • Place a serving dish and utensil for every dish the day before. Mark it with a sticky note so you’ll know what goes where—and can be sure you have all the servingware you need.
  • Set the table the night before and cover it with a clean sheet.

Use shortcuts. Some tasks are worth your time and effort. Decide which ones those are.

  • Refrigerated pastry crusts are a wonderful invention! They are easy to work with and taste great.
  • Planning a pumpkin pie? Even the experts at the Food Network agree that canned pumpkin (not pumpkin filling) is every bit as good as fresh pumpkin, and it doesn’t require the time-intensive process of peeling and cooking!
  • Ready-made, frozen rolls are delicious, and they take very little time in the oven.
  • Forget about sorting through all those piles of “stuff” you’ve accumulated. Pack the clutter into bins and store them in your closet or garage until after the holiday.

All of us at Kettler Forlines Homes wish you a safe, happy, and stress-free holiday!

Your Address, Our Homes – The Perfect Pairing!

Categories: Build On Your Lot, Tips | Posted: November 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Address, Our Homes – The Perfect Pairing!

Have you already found the perfect property? Let Kettler Forlines Homes take you all the way home, delivering quality craftsmanship, unparalleled value, and exceptional customer service. Our custom home building experts will guide you through the entire “Build On Your Lot” process, from designing the plan to walking you through your new home.

For nearly 40 years, Kettler Forlines Homes has been building custom homes that win awards. And when we say “custom”, we mean it.  We listen to your ideas and build on your vision. We have 18 unique home design plans that we created with flexibility in mind.

Throughout “Build On Your Lot” process – from choosing designs, floorplans and elevations, down to the finishing touches – you’ll have the help of your dedicated Kettler Forlines Homes team. We’ll customize your home to complement your property. Our consultants work with you to design and build the home that matches your needs and enhances your lifestyle – from exterior materials to types of flooring, number of bedrooms to kitchen design.

Additionally, our full-service program handles all the details required for building a house on your lot. We check out all permits, utilities, any special zoning requirements, setbacks, and easement regulations – all the site improvements that need to be done. We can even assist in obtaining financing.

Thanks to our hardworking and dedicated team at Kettler Forlines Homes, your home will be built precisely to your order, while you enjoy an exceptional level of customer service that no other builder can match. Because in home building, that’s what dreams are made of!construction-plans-and-hat

Before moving forward with designing and building a custom home on your lot, let us take a look at your property. Every building homesite is different – which means every homesite has its own lot development requirements. By doing an on-site consultation, we can walk the property and understand its features.  We’ll discuss your ideas and offer advice that could save time and money – both in design and construction. Contact us to schedule for free site consultation.