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A basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship

Categories: Build On Your Lot, News, poolesville, Uncategorized | Posted: July 29, 2020 | Comments Off on A basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodelingMegan and Greg were about to build a Kettler Forlines Home last year. Then, life happened. Megan’s mom passed away and her father suffered a stroke. Instead of starting from the ground up, they found a home that just came on the market in their desired Poolesville, MD, location. It needed renovations, but since the house was below their price point, the couple had the budget for remodeling. Megan and Greg returned to Kettler Forlines Homes to undertake a basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship.

They loved the design, details, and construction of the Kettler Forlines Homes they looked at. Megan said the work passed Greg’s discerning eye. “Greg is that person who looks for cracks and flaws. He couldn’t find anything wrong with the Kettler Forlines homes we saw.”

Megan was crystal clear on what she wanted. Her biggest priority was incorporating a remodeling project that didn’t look like one. She wanted the change to work seamlessly with the current home’s design and flow.

The home they purchased was built nine years earlier, by another company. The size was comparable to the home they had, but the basement makeover would add 1,200 square feet of living space. The home also came with a swimming pool, so enhancing the walk-out basement ensured a more appealing access point.

Going in, Megan knew what she wanted. “Dan Fraker (Kettler Forlines Homes’ estimator) listened. I told him, ‘Here’s what I don’t like and what I want to do.’ We were down there with a measuring tape and painter’s tape marking the floor. I already had a fit and finish in mind.” 

The basement wish list

Here are some of things on their basement makeover wish list and how it turned out:

  • Open up the basement so it doesn’t feel like “we’re sending people down to a dungeon.” The renovation incorporated more recessed light to brighten up the space “They almost died when I told them how many LED lights I wanted.”
  • Open up the line of sight on the main level. The entry to the basement blocked the line of sight. We opened the wall, took out the door to the basement, and created a landing at the top of the stairs. Now, when you walk in the front door, you can see all the way to the kitchen in the back of the main level of the home. It looks as though it was always there.
  • Create a “teenage kingdom”. Their son is almost 13, so Megan and Greg wanted to give him a space where he could hang out and entertain his friends. For starters, they installed a 110-inch projection screen with a 4K projector. Then they added a 13-foot skeeball game acquired from Hershey Park and a Strike Master shuffle bowling machine.
  • Include stylish storage and serving space. In the family room, they added an 11-foot wet bar with a granite countertop. The cabinets provide plenty of storage for supplies for entertaining, plus towels, sunscreen, and other pool needs.
  • Ensure a welcoming space for guests. Knowing their son would eventually leave, Greg and Megan wanted to be able to “recapture” space, and make it welcoming for guests. They added a spacious full bath. “Now we have an enormous shower with a bench seat, and cobalt blue wall with white subway tiles surrounding it.” The black granite countertops have blue flecks that accent the walls. 
  • Build a craft studio for Megan. She’s a hobbyist who didn’t have a workshop where she could keep all her equipment and supplies organized and accessible. Now, she has a room in the renovated basement that is accented with a sliding pocket door. Within the room, there’s a bookcase that is actually a secret door to a storage space—something every crafter can appreciate (and envy). Megan says she’s currently adding a Murphy bed in the room, too. 
  • Plan ahead with the HVAC. They kept the HVAC room large, allowing for storage as well as making it easier if they had to change out the system later. While the installation was underway, the Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling crew also ran PVC venting pipes to accommodate a high efficiency HVAC that the owners anticipated to add later. By doing the task at this point, they wouldn’t have to rip out walls later.
  • Expand electrical possibilities. They also thought ahead for future electrical needs. Megan had Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling team add a second 200-amp electrical panel, making it easier to support more electrical needs. Coaxial and ethernet cabling were incorporated to allow for future outdoor TV viewing. Megan was also planning a gazebo in the near future and wanted lighting for it. With the interior walls open during the basement remodel, the electrician ran wiring to different areas of the outside to trench power where the gazebo would eventually be located. Again, thinking ahead allowed them to make future renovations much simpler.
  • Replace the floor with vinyl plank. Since people would be coming through the basement from the pool area, they needed a floor that would resist the water-soaked traffic. Luxury vinyl plank has the appearance of a wood floor with the easy care and durability of vinyl.

“This was what I was looking for and what made it worth it to me,” explains a very contented Megan, who decorated with a palette of coastal cool colors to pull it all together. “I definitely learned things as I went, like electrical panels and HVAC. But we had full confidence in our project manager, Craig Smith. He was texting and keeping in touch, and was always right there when needed.” 

From start to finish, the entire basement renovation took four months, with only minor delays from the pandemic. Knowing what she wanted and working with a skilled, attentive team kept the project on track and without any of the unwelcome surprises that some homeowners experience.

“When I make up my mind, I just go for it,” says Megan.

Have you made up your mind yet? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to discuss your remodeling ideas. Leverage our 42+ years of homebuilding experience to reimagine and recreate your home. Get started by reaching out to us and let’s give your home the same exceptional results that Greg and Megan are now enjoying.

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodel before after

We’ve started 2 new homes. How will you finish them?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville, Smart Home | Posted: July 22, 2020 | Comments Off on We’ve started 2 new homes. How will you finish them?

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing spec homesConstruction is continuing in Montgomery County, following all guidelines for health and safety, of course. Kettler Forlines Homes just started 2 new homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville. One of these beauties could be your new home, and if you make your decision soon, you can personalize the details. So, we’ve just begun. How will you finish them?

As with all of our new homes, the two newest residences coming to The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Conserve energy while you live in a healthier home! You’ll also enjoy the advantages of smart home automation included in every Kettler Forlines Home.

The Kensington: Ideal for multigenerational living

One of our most popular home designs,The Kensington offers 4,360 square feet of finished interior living space on three levels, plus a 3-car garage. We’ve planned the luxury finishes that are standard in every Kettler Forlines Home, like wider oak hardwood floors, extraordinary kitchen, and architectural details that make these residences stand out. We put extra care in the design and construction, so you’ll see accents like a custom fireplace surround, solid wood dovetail cushion-close drawers in the kitchen, built-ins, knee-walls, columns, and trimwork that demonstrates true craftsmanship.

The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath Kensington home under construction at 18609 Compher Court is built on a half-acre-plus  lot on a cul-de-sac, so you enjoy more space and more privacy! The finished walkout basement makes it easy to step out to your big, beautiful backyard. 

The kitchen is often the deciding factor when you’re choosing a home. This home delivers the wow factor, with rich wood cabinetry, an oversized center island, quartz countertops, 5-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and stainless steel appliances. You’re going to love the lasting beauty and easy care of quartz countertops—which is why we also include them in every bathroom in this home.

Just beyond the breakfast nook, you’ll get plenty of use from the sunroom, a four-seasons space where you can take in the peaceful view of your large yard.

The owner’s suite on the second floor has so much to offer! Your suite, which has two walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath. Three more bedrooms upstairs share two full baths, and we’ve placed a large laundry room on the second floor, where it’s more convenient. 

Specially priced at $899,800, This new home under construction at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing presents a unique opportunity to live life the way you’ve dreamed.

The Montgomery: Flexibility and dual home offices

Have you discovered the importance of a dedicated home office? Are you sharing your workspace with others in the family? If this sounds familiar, then you can appreciate the value of having two separate offices in your home.

The Montgomery floor plan we’re building at 18602 Compher Court in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing could present the perfect fit for your 2020 way of life—and beyond. The popular loggia covered porch connects with the family room for great indoor-outdoor living. 

This 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath home reflects true luxury living. The craftsmanship is evident here, from the distinctive exterior lines to every corner of every room inside. This 5,950-square-foot Montgomery is being built to one of many variations of the design, including 3 finished levels and an oversized, side-loaded 3-car garage. We’re situating this new home on a lot that’s more than a half-acre, giving you a fantastic backyard.

The main floor presents the open concept with sight lines flowing throughout the home. The natural light streaming through the large windows shines on the richness of the tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring. The main living area combines a family room—complete with a gas fireplace—and a breakfast nook, sunroom, and the gourmet kitchen that delights our homeowners. This inspiring kitchen includes an oversized center island along with a walk-in pantry and beverage station that separates the kitchen from the formal dining room. 

What you’ll really love about this Montgomery home at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is the flexibility. The floor plan incorporates a variety of flex spaces. The first floor gives you two flex rooms on either side of the foyer. Convert one or both to home offices, if you like. The layout has more flex space on the second floor and finished basement. Have you been yearning for a workout room or yoga studio? Would you like a designated “classroom” and homework station for the kids? Does a rec room seem like a good use of space if you had it? Well, this home gives you all of this.

The second-floor owner’s suite is another feature you need to experience. In addition to a generously sized bedroom, this suite has two walk-in closets and a spa bath with both a soaking tub and walk-in shower, plus separate vanities. This overall design defines sharing space in a more comfortable manner.

Another eye-catching feature is the octagonal overlook from the upstairs to the main level. Set off with a custom-crafted wood railing, this open space expands the airiness of the home.

The finished lower level can accommodate another bedroom, bathroom, family room, recreation room, hobby studio, home theater, office, or whatever your lifestyle demands.

The exquisite homes at 18602 Compher Court (priced at $979,695) and 18609 Compher Court ($899,800) in Poolesville, MD, are just beginning to take shape. There are many ways you can make choices to transform the home of your choice into the home of our dreams! Talk to George Neill for details. Kettler Forlines Homes has a limited number of large homesites remaining at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, so don’t wait to explore life at this exceptional location in Poolesville.

Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, News, poolesville | Posted: July 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing large lotsThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. It’s always changing the way we WANT to live! When stay-at-home orders were issued, were you living in a space without a yard? The feeling of confinement was very real and has driven people to move away from the close quarters of urban life. They’re now heading toward the more desirable suburbs. We’re seeing this trend as city-dwellers escape to Poolesville, MD, where we can give them larger lots and better living!

Kettler Forlines Homes designed our Poolesville community, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, with large lots—long before the current trend toward big yards. Our homes are situated on lots of a half-acre and more. You get an average of 27,000 square feet to accommodate your new home. 

Bear in mind, even in the suburbs, you’re not guaranteed a home with open spaces. There’s another Montgomery County neighborhood  of new homes where, for about the same price as our homes, you only acquire a homesite of about 6,000 square feet. Depending on the size of the home you build—and this community calls itself “luxury”—you would have very little room separating you from your neighbors. What’s the point of leaving the city when you still don’t have “breathing room”? Of course, it would make it easy to borrow something from your neighbor. You can just reach out your window and pass things back and forth across the narrow pass that’s equivalent to the minimum social distance.

Where is the luxury in this?

At The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, we’ve created a neighborhood with winding roads that add more interest than an uninspired grid of interconnecting streets. You’ll see the difference in the scenic beauty of tree-lined spaces, particularly in yards that back up to the protected conservation area. You can choose from the many walk-out lots to a spacious backyard, perfect for entertaining or just escaping outdoors to enjoy some private space with fresh air!

If you’re looking for cul-de-sac lots and the safety they offer, you’ll find them at The Reserve 

at Brightwell Crossing, also with the spacious yard.

Our homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are designed with your large yard in mind. The large windows provide excellent views of your outdoor living space. You’ll also benefit from the ample natural light that streams through these “eyes to the outside”. Add a deck, porch, or patio to enjoy your beautiful yard. Then reap the distinct rewards of a home that is both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Your home will be an average of 50% MORE energy efficient than typical homes being built today, and a whopping 75% more energy efficient than used homes! The Indoor airPLUS certification improves the indoor air quality, protecting you and your family from so many harmful pollutants.

At Kettler Forlines Homes, when we say “luxury”, we mean it.

Whether you’re leaving the city or simply in search of the right place to come home to, steer your future toward Poolesville, MD. Make plans to visit The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, situated in Poolesville’s exceptional school district! And let’s see how we can give you the life—and home—you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Build your dream home on your lot: What you should know

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, News | Posted: July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Build your dream home on your lot: What you should know

Kettler Forlines Homes build on your lot

You probably have been thinking about your next home for a while. Recent experiences have taught you even more about what’s important for your family and your home. Do you have a location and design in mind for your new and improved life? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to build your dream home on your lot. We thought we’d share some of the frequently asked questions to give you some thoughts on what you should know before you start.

Do I need to purchase the land myself or do you help with that?

We can assist you with searching for available land. When you find the land you want, Kettler Forlines Homes can help you obtain the financing. We recommend that, if you haven’t yet purchased the land, you let us take a look first. We provide a free site consultation to determine any potential obstacles—from permitting to siting the home you’re envisioning—to developing this land. We’ll walk the property and give you a rundown of its potential.

What financing do I need to obtain?

You will need to work with a lender to get a construction-to-permanent loan, also known as a single-close loan. Unlike an ordinary construction loan, this program doesn’t require two separate closings (one for construction, the other for the mortgage). Instead, it converts from a construction loan to a mortgage when your home is completed. Kettler Forlines Homes can connect you with a preferred lender who is experienced with these types of loans, which ensures that the process moves along smoothly.

Should I find my own plans or do you provide them?

We offer an array of over 15 home designs and more than 100 elevations, ranging from 2,493 to more than 7,500 square feet. Our floor plans are very flexible, so we can accommodate many of the specific features you’re hoping for, including an extra suite, a kitchen with an oversized walk-in pantry and a home office (or two) where you can enjoy the privacy you need. The benefit of choosing a Kettler Forlines Homes home design is that each one is tried and true. There’s no guesswork. Mistakes on plans do happen and when it does, you’re responsible for the cost to fix those errors when you provide the plans. In addition, by choosing one of our beautiful floor plans, you pay no extra fee for an architect.

I have chosen the land and the floor plan. Now what?

We’re going to do a close analysis of the property to determine site development costs. We’ll be looking at the slope, steepness, tree removal, and any areas that might need additional excavation, like large boulders. Then, we provide you with a schedule of development costs and permit fees that will be required. We want everything to be spelled out in advance so you’re fully informed on the costs moving forward.

You’ll then proceed with loan approval and provide a deposit on the construction of your new home. We’ll get to work on obtaining the necessary permits. Kettler Forlines Homes handles all the paperwork at no charge. You’ll pay the permit fees directly to the county in which you’re building your home.

How long will it take to build my home?

From the start of construction to completion, estimate six to eight months. Weather can impact the process, but our experience will help to keep your new home on schedule as much as possible.

How far away will you build?

When we say we go the extra mile for our customers, we don’t just mean the extent of our personal service. We have built in northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and both Jefferson and Berkeley County in West Virginia.

Need more answers? Reach out to us for details or to schedule an appointment to dig into how we can build your home on the lot of your choice! Also be sure to check out The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our community of new homes for sale in Poolesville, MD.