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Frightening Fall Fun at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Frightening Fall Fun at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Are you ready for the fright of your life? Open now, Markoff’s Haunted Forest delivers the kind of Halloween horror that you’ve been waiting for all year! Two mind-blowing trails and one western-inspired “town” make your spooky visit from your Kettler Forlines home to Dickerson one to never forget.

Just 10 minutes from family-friendly Poolesville, this one-of-a-kind attraction makes for a bloody incredible weekend. (You can even visit on Halloween night… if you dare!) Keep the kids at home with a babysitter, grab your horror-loving friends, and start practicing your best scream face before you arrive.

The first trail is Markoff’s original, and features large, elaborate sets that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Within the haunted woods, you’ll head both above and below ground for a surprising mix of terror. If you’re ready to come face to face with scenes from your nightmares, this fright is for you…

“Trail Who, Trail Two” is truly a terrifying spectacle, complete with big screens and images that leave you absolutely horrified (in the most fun way possible, of course.) Unbelievable scenes and sets are what make this trail unforgettable, and ensure that your Halloween adventure is as authentic as can be.

Finally, Markoff’s very own haunted town awaits… You’ll be dropped off to the other end of the farm by a shuttle, where you’ll meet the most horrific creatures you could ever think of. This western-inspired town is true to its name, filled with churches, saloons, jails, and so much more. Get ready for a wild ride!

Poolesville has always been dedicated to providing its residents with family-friendly opportunities, cultural excursions, and fun. And we certainly don’t slack when it comes to Halloween… If you love this horrifying holiday, you’ll have a blast celebrating here! We can’t wait to get spooky this season.

For more information on our beautiful homes in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Fall Fun at Homestead Farm

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall Fun at Homestead Farm

As the leaves become bright and bold, and sweet autumn scents fill the air, venture outside with your children and take part in festive fall fun. One of our favorite Kettler family traditions is visiting Homestead Farm, located right up from road from the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, and we hope you enjoy it, too!

This lush, wide open farm is the perfect place to visit on a sunny fall day, when the landscape is colorful and the air is fresh. You and your children can pick your own delicious apples, from Jonagold, to Daybreak Fuji, to Crimson Crisp, and take them home for daytime snacking or a sweet dessert. When you’re finished finding the ripest treats, pick your favorite pumpkins and mums for the prettiest seasonal home decor.

Take in the expansive green fields on a hayride as your children marvel at the vibrant produce and farm animals roaming around. No matter how old they are, everyone is sure to love spending time together as the season brings about an exciting change in weather and scenery.

In a Kettler Forlines home in Maryland or West Virginia, you always have the opportunity to head outside and discover something fresh and new with your family. This fall, take a trip to Homestead Farm — while you enjoy autumn apples in the comfort of your home, you’ll always think of this fall oasis!

For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!


Quick Move-In: The Kensington in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Quick Move-In: The Kensington in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Available Home at Brightwell Crossing

Regal, refined, and ready for a quick move-in! The Kensington is one of our most popular floorplans in the beautiful community of The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing and offers luxury living on 3 finished levels. Each floor reflects today’s modern lifestyle design while maintaining the timeless comfort that you know and love.

When you open the door to this brand new, Energy Star 3.1, Indoor airPlus certified home, you’ll step into a gorgeous open floorplan that’s flooded with natural light and features hardwood throughout the first and second floors. Beyond the beautiful staircase you’ll find family-sized dining and great room that lead into the granite gourmet kitchen, complete with an oversized center island and pantry. This spacious kitchen will become the place where you and your family will cook together, share meals and laughs, and find comfort every morning and evening.

Leisure meets luxury in your spectacular owners’ suite, where you’ll feel pampered day in and day out with a huge shower and dual walk-in closets. Not to mention, a convenient second floor laundry room includes cabinetry for additional storage. Gone are the days of feeling restricted by a small space; in the Kensington, you have all the room you need to organize your belongings and more.

If you love to entertain family and friends, you can rest assured that your guests will always be comfortable with the included first floor guest suite with a full bath, as well as a lower level with a recreation room and full bath. Have your grandkids over for a playdate in the rec room, show off your cooking skills for a dinner party, or host a fun and fancy wine tasting with your neighbors. he possibilities are up to you!

The Kensington has been designed to accommodate multi-generational living for today and tomorrow, so you can spend your time in this home without worrying about making design changes in the future. The moment you move in, you’ll know that you’ve arrived home — and you’ll never have to give that up.

Situated on a scenic ½-acre wood cul-de-sac homesite, you’ll understand the meaning of there’s no place like home every time you pull up to your driveway. In a welcoming, family-friendly neighborhood where small-town charm meats big city convenience, everything you’ll ever need, from entertainment and recreation, to schools and medical care, to a friendly face just around the corner, is always right at your fingertips.

Located at 19405 Umstead Court, Poolesville, MD 20837, The Kensington, with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage, is just completed and ready for immediate move-in. Please visit our page or give us a call at 301-208-2588 for more information.

6 Fall Family Must-Do’s in Montgomery County

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Events, Uncategorized | Posted: October 18, 2017 | Comments Off on 6 Fall Family Must-Do’s in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is pretty much autumnal paradise, offering a huge array of farms and other outdoor venues that are ideal for some fall family fun. Check out these great activities:


WUMCO 2017 & Oktoberfest


This annual event is always a blast for adults and kids alike. This year’s WUMCO festivities will take place on October 21st, and will feature costume contests, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, carnival games, a moon bounce, rock wall, & more! Oktoberfest attractions will include German food, a beer tent, and German music.


Homestead Farm


Pick-your-own apples & pumpkins, as well as apple cider, mums, and decorative gourds. Plus hayrides on Saturday & Sunday.


Sugarloaf Mountain

Frederick County

This unique attraction is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking. And the views are spectacular in the fall.


Lewis Orchards


Find pick-your-own apples, and cut-your-own zinnias at Lewis Orchards, plus pumpkins and potted mums. Along with pies and other treats in the Market.


Temple Hall Fall Festival & Corn Maize


A veritable cornucopia of fall fun, from pumpkin blasters and corn cannons, to pig races, and the renowned 24-acre corn maze.


Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Spend the day enjoying giant hill slides, moon bounces, wagon rides, petting zoo, pedal carts, the corn bin, & more at Pumpkin Village. A great place for a fall birthday bash!


BONUS! For grown-ups only!

Rocklands Farm Winery, Poolesville

Head to the local vineyard and enjoy live music on Friday nights, plus wine tastings and local food vendors Friday through Sunday.


There’s plenty to do around Montgomery County and The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing this Fall, so treat your family to some fun!


What would you do with a guest house in your home?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Build On Your Lot, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: February 7, 2017 | Comments Off on What would you do with a guest house in your home?

Kettler Forlines Homes is now offering the option of adding an attached family guest house to some of our new home designs, like the Kensington, Kenwood, and Potomac. This unique living space provides an expansive suite, complete with a living room and dining room area, full bath, laundry closet, and a private entrance. The Potomac’s guest house also includes a kitchenette, laundry, and a separate HVAC system. The suite is situated so the residents can access the main house through the kitchen.

Many of our homebuyers have been opting for the family guest house in their custom homes. We’re seeing some interesting uses, so we thought we’d share 6 uses for a guest house.

1. Multigenerational living. The lifestyle trend is shifting toward extended families living together. With a family guest house, you offer more than a spare bedroom to an aging parent or an adult child who has returned to live at home. This more complete living space provides ample room for someone to feel at home, where they can get away to enjoy solitude when desired. With the private entrance, this plan offers a sense of independence that is important to the people living in the attached-but-separate home.

2. Office. When you’re looking for more than a “home office”, use the guest house as an office suite. Create multiple offices, a conference room, and even a showroom (e.g., for an interior decorator or caterer).

3. Studio or workshop. Do you have a passion for your art, craft, or hobby? Imagine having a large space where you can set up your tools—from easels to music recording equipment. Your personal studio or workshop enables you to have a ready workspace, not just squeezing into a nook of the house.

4. Home school. Maybe the “guests” in your guest house are your children or students. For a home school or private preschool, the Kettler Forlines’ design allows for multiple classrooms. You’ll have plenty of space for setting up teaching tools, like a science lab, computer lab, smart boards, art studio, and library.

5. Man cave extraordinaire. Be the envy of your friends with a multi-room man cave. Incorporate a home theater, game room, pub, and fitness center. Maybe save the bedroom for when you’re in the dog house for spending too much time in the man cave!

6. Live-in caregiver residence. Do you want to have an au pair or caregiver live with you? Finding a truly qualified professional who meets your needs can be a tough task. When you include an exceptional living arrangement, you’ll have a distinct benefit to offer.

As you’re planning your new home, think about the ways in which you can better use the living space—not just now, but in the years ahead. Talk to us at Kettler Forlines Homes if you’re contemplating a move in the Washington, DC metro area. Explore our communities or we can build on your lot.

A strong foundation is the start of a quality home.

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2016 | Comments Off on A strong foundation is the start of a quality home.

When we start building your home, Kettler Forlines Homes invests in a foundation that is superior to others. After all, this foundation supports your home, so there should never be a concern with the structural integrity of your new home.

We have been working with our foundation contractor, The Bartley Corporation, for 35 years. We rely on their knowledge, experience, and expertise—and they’ve never let us down. We chose The Bartley Corporation because they take extra care with their foundations. Here are some of the ways that Bartley builds a stronger foundation for every Kettler Forlines Home:

  • A high-range water reducer in the concrete admixture increases the strength and reduces the curing time, while requiring less water in the mix.
  • Most builders meet building codes with a foundation wall that is 8 inches thick. We require 10-inch walls—25% thicker.
  • Building code requires concrete that is rated for 2,500 pounds per square inch (psi). Kettler Forlines Homes exceeds that minimum by using 3,500 psi for a stronger wall system.
  • Bartley’s factory-trained waterproofing mechanics apply a waterproofing spray for a greater level of moisture protection.
  • The drainage system is engineered to intercept water that may seep down the outside wall or under the slab due to groundwater conditions. This type of drainage provides extra protection for your home’s foundation.

Minor cracking is normal in concrete floors and walls. Foundation cracks can occur from shrinkage as the concrete cures, as a result of the water in the concrete’s mix drying. It can also result from thermal contraction or the weight of the applied load. You’ll most likely spot concrete cracks near beam pockets, window and door openings, corners, and expansion joints in concrete floors.

While you might not like the look of a crack—and we certainly don’t—they aren’t necessarily a sign that your structure is unsafe or damaged.

Our quality starts from the ground up. We have higher standards than other builders, because we have higher expectations for ourselves. If you’re thinking about a new home in the Maryland region, take the time to understand some of the differences that contribute to the quality craftsmanship that goes into every Kettler Forlines Home.

Safety tips for exterior holiday lighting

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: December 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Safety tips for exterior holiday lighting

The holiday season is here. People are decorating their homes with sparkling lights that add so much sparkle to the night view.

That also means pulling out ladders, hanging lights, and connecting a growing web of extension cords.

Before you end up experiencing something like Clark Griswold’s exterior holiday lighting nightmare, follow a few safety tips.

Strings of lights
• Use only lights that are certified for use outdoors.
• Check the connection, sockets, and plugs. Never use a string of lights with cracked sockets or exposed wires.
• Hang the light strings on hooks. Don’t staple or nail them, which can damage the protective insulation.
• Use LED lights instead of incandescent. They use less electricity, last longer, and run cooler.

Extension cords
• Use only those cords that are certified by an independent testing lab (like UL).
• Choose a cord that is long enough, rather than connecting multiple cords.
• Do not staple or nail the extension cord because it can damage the insulation that protects the wiring.
• If you’re using the extension cord outdoors, make sure it’s approved for that use.
• Inspect any cord (new or used) before plugging it in, checking for fraying, cracks, or exposed wire.
• Make sure the amperage of the extension cord is compatible with the amperage of your lights.

• Do not use a metal ladder when hanging lights outdoors, because metal conducts electricity. Choose a fiberglass or wooden ladder instead.
• Stay at least 10 feet away from any power lines.
• Plug into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). If your outlets are not GFCI, add a portable outdoor GFCI to handle your outdoor electrical needs.
• Do not overload your electrical outlets. The increased electricity can cause overheating, which leads to an electrical fire.

From gentle twinkling to a bright display, use caution with your exterior lighting so you can enjoy a safe holiday!

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!

The Top 10 Reasons To Buy A New Kettler Forlines Home The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Brightwell Crossing, Uncategorized | Posted: December 15, 2015 | Comments Off on The Top 10 Reasons To Buy A New Kettler Forlines Home The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing

Are you considering the pros and cons of buying a new Kettler Forlines home versus a used home? Take a look at 10 reasons we have for starting the new year in a new home at Brightwell Crossing!

  1. Every Kettler Forlines home includes dozens of luxury features like designer kitchens, hardwood flooring, brick and porch exteriors, and elegant crown moulding.cc9792e8c779b15c5397baea800430ee
  1. Today’s new homes are designed to fit the way you live. Our homes at Brightwell Crossing feature spacious closets, large pantries, finished basements, and multi-generational living options. With resale homes, you may find that space is limited.
  1. New homes are designed to be low maintenance, yet high style. They’re made of cutting-edge building products that require less care and maintenance.
  1. You can replace all of the windows in a used home. And add insulation, and replace outdated systems. But why bother? Buy a brand new, all-you Kettler Forlines home!019_17919_Elgin_Road_105218_150607
  1. Children living in Brightwell Crossing attend high-quality schools, such as Poolesville Elementary, Monocacy Elementary, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville High School, which features the Poolesville High School Magnet Program.
  1. You can have it your way. One of the benefits of buying a brand new Kettler Forlines home is customization. Pick your cabinets, flooring, carpets, light fixtures, etc.
  1. Most new homes have a longer life expectancy than existing homes, giving them a longer period of time to appreciate in value.
  1. A new Kettler Forlines home offers Energy Star 3.1 features like energy-efficient windows and appliances, energy-conserving insulation, and more… all features that decrease the your costs and carbon footprint. Our homes are Indoor Air Plus certified for improved indoor air quality!
  1. Safety is a concern for any homeowner, whether buying new or old. But, when you buy a new Kettler Forlines home, you save yourself some worry since everything is brand new and environmentally friendly.
  1. The Town of Poolesville has received official state certification from Sustainable Maryland. Sustainable Maryland is a program for municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

For nearly 40 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