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Your new home—A masterpiece that starts with design selections

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Your new home—A masterpiece that starts with design selections

Kettler Forlines Homes customizing design selectionsYou’re daydreaming about your new home. One room at a time, you’re picturing details, like the color on the walls, the kitchen countertops, the light fixture in the foyer, and the tile backsplash and surrounds. Every little detail contributes to the look, like a brush stroke on a canvas. In your new home, you are creating a masterpiece that starts with design selections. At Kettler Forlines Homes, we don’t just limit your choices to a few, but present you with a variety that inspires your creativity!

Setting a higher standard

Once you’ve chosen your floor plan, we start talking about the changes to reflect the way you want to live in your home. There should be no compromises! We start with a lengthy list of standard features that set us apart from (some might say “above”) other builders. 

Our new homes in the Poolesville, MD, area include features that we believe every homeowner should expect, such as:

  • 9-foot ceilings on all levels, not just first floor
  • Gas fireplace with granite surround and choice of mantel styles
  • ¾”-thick tongue-and-groove, wide plank, oak hardwood flooring throughout the first floor
  • 2-piece custom crown molding in the living room, dining room, foyer, and upper hall
  • 6-panel interior doors with satin nickel lever handles
  • Quartz countertops in kitchen, master bath, and all full baths
  • Stainless steel appliances with updated, double built-in ovens, chimney hood, microwave, and gas cooktop 
  • Huge center island in the kitchen, great for entertaining
  • Dovetailed, wood kitchen cabinetry with roll-out shelves and cushion-close drawers
  • Maple wall cabinets and folding station in the second-floor laundry center
  • Painted, solid wood shelving and rods in all closets 
  • Video doorbell camera, keyed front door look, garage door openers, and thermostats—all Wi-Fi-enabled
  • Full ceramic baths

These standards keep going. Our homes are ENERGY STAR- and Indoor airPLUS-certified for energy efficiency and indoor air quality. See our full list of luxury features here.

Curb appeal

The first impression of your new home starts with the view from the outside. Kettler Forlines Homes has 100 custom elevations with different combinations to personalize your home’s exterior: brick, stone (either or both), accent shingles, roof color, trim, door style, and colors. Add a front porch and even wrap it around. 

Fancy footwork

Flooring is another detail that can totally change the look of a room or area. We include wide plank, solid, ¾-inch T/G oak hardwood on the complete first floor. Also included is a standard hardwood staircase to the second floor.

If you want something other than oak, take your pick of a variety of styles in maple and birch. 

Our bathrooms are finished with ceramic tile on the floors as well as the shower and tub surrounds.

A flair for kitchen style

Whether your idea of the ideal kitchen is rustic farmhouse or sleek contemporary—or something in between—you can craft your style from our design choices. All of our kitchens have been designed by a certified kitchen designer. In our design center, you’ll select your cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and even cabinet hardware. It’s exciting when you see all the details coming together and can envision your new kitchen.

Our homebuyers love having the choice of granite and quartz for countertops. Each one offers natural beauty and durability. Add in the wide variety of colors we make available and you truly customize the looks of your kitchen and full baths.

The Gourmet Appliance Package is another high-quality standard feature. We include a 25-cubic-foot French door refrigerator-freezer, self-cleaning double oven, 5-burner gas cooktop, integrated dishwasher, microwave oven, and chimney hood (vented to the outside)—all in stainless steel. You can also customize with many other choices, including a smart double oven, black stainless finish, and Viking appliances. 

Are you fired up yet?

If you need more things to think about for your new home, how about the fireplace? We include a gas fireplace in the family room, and you can customize the granite surround, mantel, or even add a full stone face.

Kettler Forlines Homes customizing design selections

Let us inspire you.

We believe one of the most important things that we, as a local homebuilder, can offer is a choice. Every step of the way, you have opportunities to select details, large and small, that contribute to your masterpiece home. 

We invite you to come see The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our distinctive community in Poolesville, MD, where there’s still an opportunity to build your new home. If you have another location in mind, let’s talk about building on your lot. The Kettler family has been serving the people of this region for over a century. We’d love to help you make your dream home a reality! Contact us to get started.

 

Structured wiring makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, Smart Home | Posted: June 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Structured wiring makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology

Kettler Forlines Brightwell Crossing structured wiringWho wants to deal with getting your technology up and running in a new home? What do you need and where? Between your smart devices, streaming videos and TV, high-speed internet, and multiple users under one roof, getting the connections straight can be a bigger chore than unpacking! So, Kettler Forlines Homes decided to make it easy. Our Structured Wiring Package makes our Smart Homes ready for your technology.

With Kettler Forlines Homes’ Structured Wiring Package, you’ll meet with our New Home Technology Specialist in advance. Together, you’ll map out your wiring, room by room, determining where you need connections for easy accessibility. 

Before you move in, this technician wires your entire home and places the outlets needed for your various types of plugs—cable television, home automation, computers, Internet, phone lines, audio/video systems, home security, and satellite feeds. The wires are in place and you just need your cable or Internet provider to connect your service to the box that’s already in your home.

Hard wiring makes it easy

With structured wiring, data networking, voice, audio, and video cables are wired into the walls throughout your home from a central panel in your basement. Structured wiring delivers the ease of simply plugging into a wall outlet. Hard-wiring your home this way delivers a reliable, fast connection, everywhere in your home.

This approach doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi but connects all cables to a structured wiring panel. The router uses less bandwidth, so it performs to its potential, far beyond what you receive with the Wi-Fi approach.

  • No more losing connections or waiting for buffering—perfect for streaming and video games, which devour bandwidth.
  • Seamless video conferencing supports a more professional meeting
  • Enjoy faster data speed, so multiple users and devices don’t slow you down.
  • Easily add new technology. Just plug it into the wall outlet!

Kettler Forlines Homes’ Structured Wiring Package accommodates all the smart, mobile, computing, streaming, and gaming devices and systems in your home. If you have a home office—or plan to—this technology is essential. We can add multiple ports in your office, to ensure all of your technology is accounted for. We can even add wireless access points on the upper floors of your home for an even stronger signal. Structured wiring complements Wi-Fi. 

Think about all the technology you’ll be relying on in your new home: computers and mobile devices, streaming media devices, gaming systems, smart TVs and speakers, and smart thermostats, lighting, and appliances. Do you want to try to figure it all out after you’ve moved in? With Kettler Forlines Homes, it’s all built in.

Ready to live smarter?

Start by looking at our new homes for sale in Poolesville, MD, at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Or talk to us about building your dream home on your lot. For more than 100 years and spanning three generations, the Kettler name has stood for quality, reliability, and integrity. As a local homebuilder, we’re at home here in Montgomery County. Let’s build your future here together.

Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News, Tips | Posted: June 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

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!