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Helpful Hints from Barb, Design Studio Coordinator

Categories: Design Tips | Posted: January 31, 2018

When You’re Ready to Build Your Home:

  • A picture really is worth a thousand words. When I was building my house, I started a binder and filled it with pictures I had cut out from magazines and brochures. It had everything in it from paint colors and cabinet styles, to built-in’s and lighting choices. When I saw something I liked, even if I thought it would be out of my budget, I cut it out. Knowing where your inspiration comes from is a great starting point. We can always get creative with substitues to help meet budget expectations. Another key here is to reserve a page for those things you do NOT like. Believe it or not, your dislikes help me know what to steer you away from and help us stay on track.
  • Focus on those items that make a huge impact. Flooring is a great starting point. Having few breaks in flooring materials gives the impression that your space is larger. When your flooring breaks from one material to the other, this breaks the “visual flow” and ultimately makes the space feel smaller. Conversely, when your floor continues from room to room, your visual limitation stops at the wall furthest from you. Thus, giving you the impression that you have a more spacious floor plan.
  • Do a drive by. Have you ever been driving around a saw a house that you just absolutely loved? Maybe it had the color scheme you liked, or the garage doors were exactly what you envisioned you wanted for you own home. Or maybe you didn’t like the layout but you loved the stone color. Take notes, and if possible, take a picture and add this to your binder. The more ideas you “come-to-the-table” with, the easier it will be for me to help create the home of your dreams.
  • Keep an open mind when you visit the Design Center. You might be surprised at the various selections now offered. It’s our job to stay on top of the chaning trends and offer our clients the most current materials. We work hard to keep style a high priority while not sacrificing quality. Before you make up your mind, let’s explore your options together.
  • Finally, schedule your appointment. The Design Center is open every Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 pm or by appointment. If you find those hours do not suite your schedule, we aim to please! Appointments can be made to accomodate your schedule. Keep in mind that you will need more than one appointment however. Typically, your first meeting, the Selection Appointment will take 2-3 hours. A follow-up appointment or two allows you to review selections and make any necessary changes before signing off on your selections. Once you have signed off on your options and colors, plans are finalized, there is a blueprint meeiting and shortly after your home begins to come to life! From here, sit back and enjoy the journey!

Look forward to meeting you!

Barb Berkowich

Investment Opportunity With Your Name On It

Categories: Quick Delivery Homes | Posted: December 19, 2017

For a limited time only, Cedar Knoll is offering Seller Assist with this beautiful Hickory model quick delivery home located in Atglen, Pennsylvania.  Offering $8,698 in seller assist towards the purchase of this lovely home, buyers looking to purchase a home in the Atglen, Pennsylvania area can now benefit with help towards closing costs. First time homeowner? Great credit but not enough savings? This home is for you then. Situated on a private seven home cul-de-sac, this home is located just outside the quiet town of Atglen, Pennsylvania. Minutes to the Amtrak, Route 41 Interstate and only 30 minutes drive to downtown Lancaster City make this location convenient for local commutes. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car front load garage, popular white kitchen cabinets, granite countertops and first floor hardwood flooring, this home could be yours for only $1,284* a month!! (Based upon 10% down, 30 year mortgage, and 4.25% interest rates).  Why invest in your landlord when you could be investing in you very own new home! Start your new year off right by investing in a home that will make you money versus cost you money! For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Mary Hughes by email or by phone at 610.444.7600.

10 Reasons to Love Honeycroft Village 55+ Community

Categories: Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Living | Posted: December 1, 2017

Brisk mornings, stunning sunsets in colors of gold, amber and burnt orange. That’s right, old man winter is in the air. Around this time folks begin to decorate for the coming holidays and Honeycroft Village will start to light up for the season.  Cedar Knoll Builders 55+ active adult community, Honeycroft Village is glowing with activity as we celebrate the launching of two new models, the Wisteria Classic and Wisteria Manor. If that’s not all, read below for our top 10 reasons visitors love Honeycroft Village 55+ Community.

  1. A Home You Can Take Pride In.

Cedar Knoll Builders takes pride in the homes we build so you can take pride in the home you live in. Using only the highest standards of building materials our homes are uniquely crafted and designed with you the customer in mind. Cedar Knoll is a name you can trust, that is why we have several 2nd and even 3rd time homeowners.

  1. Multiple Floor Plans Available.

Honeycroft Village offers 8 floor plans to choose from, each convenient for your unique and personal lifestyle. Looking to drastically downsize? Choose from our list of twin cottages and/or smaller single-family homes starting in the mid $250’s. Looking for more livable square footage while planning for the future? The Tannon model might be just right for you! Our in-house draftswoman and senior designer, with you, the customer in mind has specifically crafted each beautiful home.

  1. Low-Maintenance Living.

When many people think of “low-maintenance” living, they think of snow removal, leaf removal, and basic lawn care. However, there is much more involved. The idea with worry-free living is just that worry-free living. The idea is to give you back your precious time and handle some of the yard work for you. This typically includes:

  • Shovel snow off sidewalks and driveways.
  • Fertilizing your lawn twice a year.
  • Blow grass clippings off sidewalks and driveways.
  • Spread mulch.
  • Edge the lawn along walkways and driveways.
  • Salt the roads and sidewalks with inclement colder weather.
  1. Active Living at It’s Best

One of the many benefits of 55 and over communities is the noted emphasis on physical fitness and activity. Honeycroft Village boasts a variety of activities that are fun and easy to do. With a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and spa, outdoor patio for live entertainment, and 10 raised garden beds you’ll find the events calendar is rarely blank. Whatever your pace may be there is something for everyone to feel included. Activities and amenities include:

  • Book Club
  • Garden Clubs
  • Garden Club
  • Bocce Ball
  • Golf Night
  • Ladies Luncheon
  • Charity Work and Service Projects
  • Dinner Events
  • Community BBQ
  1. Customize Your Options

With a Cedar Knoll home you truly get to “customize your options.” Several builders like to advertise this but sadly oftentimes this looks more or less like “choose 4-5 of our selections.” With your new Cedar Knoll home, the sky is the limit! Afterall, you may be downsizing with your over 55 new home but you’ll want your home to have everything that meets your new and active lifestyle just right. Newly renovated and busting at the seams with options galore, our 2,000 sq. ft. Studio Design Center will leave you breathless. Not only do you get to personalize your plan of choice with out in-house draftswoman but you also get to personally select all of your “wish list” items. Barb is a wonder at her job, and we promise, together we will craft the home of your dreams and turn it into a beautiful reality.

  1. No Need to Be Retired

While many 55+ communities are often referred to as “retirement communities,” there is no reason to leave your job in order to enjoy living at Honeycroft Village. Residents can still be as active as they would like and in the time frame they would like. After all, retirement isn’t for everyone! Residents can enjoy traveling, volunteering or keeping an active lifestyle while comfortably knowing your home is in good hands and the responsibilities of home ownership are taken care of for you! Living at Honeycroft Village frees up your time, allowing you to do more of the things you love.

  1. A Convenient Location

When determining which 55+ community to live in there are several factors to consider; such as, your proximity to family, public transportation if needed for your work, and/or recreational activities and their location in reference to your home life. That is why at Honeycroft Village we feel living close to the necessary venues is of utmost importance. Located only seven miles to the Route 1 Bypass for daily commutes, less than an hour outside Philadelphia, Moccasin Run and Wyncote golf courses within a minutes drive, Wolf’s Hollow County Park just 5 miles away, local grocery venues less than 10 minutes in every direction, several local churches, and the Chester County hospital 45 minutes away – Honeycroft Village is your ideal location for charmed country 55+ living with all of your needed amenities only a stone’s throw away.

  1. More Time For the Things You Love.

When you invest in a 55+ community like Honeycroft Village where low-maintenance or worry-free living is the brand what you are really doing is investing more time for yourself and for the ones you love. Instead of shoveling snow every winter or cutting your lawn once even twice a week during the summer months, instead you will get to enjoy the things you love while we do the maintenance for you! Whether it’s golfing, traveling, running, reading, or visiting with friends and family you will rest easy knowing your home is taken care of.


  1. Friends in the Same Stage of Life.

There may be no other scenario of homeownership that accomplishes residency with neighbors sharing the same stage of life as living in a 55+ community. There are several benefits of living in a 55+ but for one, 55+ community living allows residents to more easily find like-minded individuals willing to participate in activities that promote quality of life with a healthy and active lifestyle. In most other scenarios this process can take months and even years to build thriving relationships. Within a 55+ community there is no need to search outside of your own neighborhood for community involvement and friends in the same stage of life.

  1. Sense of Community.

There is something unique and special about living in a 55+ community that you won’t necessarily find anywhere else. For one thing you are more likely to have common interest amongst your neighbors because you are in the same stage of life. There is a sense of community felt among the residents when choosing a 55+ community. This feeling can have a huge impact on one’s well-being and quality of life, thus adults living in these types of communities tend to know their neighbors really well and create lasting memories as a result. Some of the ways 55+ communities like Honeycroft Village can help build a sense of community are:

  • Connecting residents to their environment by fostering a sense of engagement within the community.
  • Organizing daily, weekly, monthly and special activities and events encourage sharing and fostering interests such as religion, book clubs, hobbies, and games.
  • Appreciating the fact that fellow residents may enjoy different interests or lifestyles but they are like “family” and so forth they watch out for one another.

Wheatland Farms in the Spotlight

Categories: New Home, Uncategorized | Posted: November 7, 2017

New Homes in PaTime is ticking down on your last chance to own a new home in Wheatland Farms, one of Chester County’s most sought-after communities. With only six homesites left to build on, Cedar Knoll Builders is offering FREE first floor hardwood flooring. And, in honor of all active and reserve military, veterans receive $2,500 DESIGN CENTER DOLLARS towards options to be chosen in the new design center during the month of November when building a new home. (See site agent for more details).

Only 20 miles from Wilmington and just over the Pennsylvania border you will find the treasure that is Chester County, recently named the fourth best county in the country to live in! This location is perfectly positioned for the homeowner to enjoy the essence of country life complete with peaceful surroundings yet not sacrifice convenience to employment centers, shopping and schools. Wheatland Farms homeowners enjoy an easy commute to Wilmington, Baltimore or Philadelphia and is located within the award-winning Avon Grove School District. This beautiful area is brimming with golf courses, historic small towns, vineyards, shopping and eateries.

Wheatland Farms offers 140 home sites on over two hundred acres, 95 of which are preserved. As you stroll through Wheatland Farms a tranquil sense of peace settles around you. Care was taken when positioning the one sites as to optimize privacy and views for each homeowner. The spacious home sites are set well back along tree-lined, gently curving streets. All Wheatland Farms homes start at $342,900, with immediate delivery homes available from $419,900.

If that’s not all, Wheatland Farms model home is now available for sale, and includes all furniture and decorations! This “Glen Arbor” floorplan has numerous upgrades. The first floor study with French doors and the large gourmet kitchen with designer finishes are sure to impress. The master suite offers cathedral ceiling and an upgraded master bathroom. Additional features include 9′ first floor ceilings, morning room, 4′ bump-out in the family room, marble surround gas fireplace and first floor laundry center. An added bonus is the spectacularly finished lower level with walk-out, kitchenette, powder room, and media room.

A second quick delivery home is the popular “Carson” model. This home is well appointed and offers desirable architectural features such as bull nose corners, 9′ ceilings, stunning foyer and hardwood floors. An extended family room and morning room provide spacious living areas. The beautiful gourmet kitchen has granite countertops and stainless appliances. The upstairs master suite offers a sitting area and a deluxe master bathroom.

Whether you’re relocating, looking to build new, or interested in going custom, Wheatland Farms Community has it all. Open house hours are every Friday through Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm or by private appointment.

Flashback Friday

Categories: New Community | Posted: October 20, 2017

Feeling somewhat nostalgic this Friday afternoon, I thought about bringing back an oldie but a goodie from Honeycroft Village 55+ Community. As Honeycroft Village 55+ launches its new Wisteria Manor floorplan I thought to share what one resident thought about her building experience with Cedar Knoll and her Wisteria Cottage home.

 “As I look back over the experience of having my Wisteria Cottage Home built, I could not be more satisfied with the quality of home accomplished by Cedar Knoll Builders. What stands out as the defining success of my experience was consistently and accurately being informed of the construction progress. Throughout that process, my ideas were included and perfected by those with amazing talents and professional skills, making my home truly my own. The quality of construction materials assures me all the effort put into building my house, will bring me comfort for many years. With my two-year anniversary approaching, I still get excited driving home from work knowing I’m going to my Honeycroft Village house!” KIM KING RESIDENT

To learn more or to view the new Wisteria Manor, visit us during open hours Friday through Sunday 1 – 4 pm or mark your calendars for Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Adult Communities Grand Opening Event. For the first time ever, tour four fully decorated model homes, meet the residents, and speak with one of our sales representatives.

You’re Invited: Grand Opening Event at Honeycroft Village!

Categories: Events | Posted: October 18, 2017

Next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 27th, 28th and 29th, Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Adult Community located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania will be hosting a Grand Opening Event and you’re invited! Launching a new floorplan, the Wisteria Manor, Honeycroft Village will be opening the door to never seen before, four fully decorated model homes to tour.  Celebrate the fall season by joining the community of Honeycroft and see what the excitement is all about. Enjoy deliciously decorated cupcakes, apple cider refreshments, and a free pumpkin giveaway to mark the event.

Earlier this season, Honeycroft Village launched it’s New Lexington and Tannon fully decorated models and saw spectacular results. Now with only 11 single-family homesites left to sell in Phase III, now is the time to get in before it’s too late.  Come see why so many wonderful residents have made Honeycroft Village their home of choice. Conveniently located just ten minutes from historic downtown Kennett Square, an equal ten minutes to the Jennersville Shoppes, 7 miles to the Route 1 Bypass, farm-to-table local dining, Wolf’s Hollow County Recreational Park, and Moccasin Run Golf Course are just a few of the local amenities that place this charming community in just the right spot on the map.

Cottages starting as low as $249,900 with the New Magnolia model, visit the community to tour four models and tell us which home best suits your active lifestyle! We’d love to see you for the event. If you can’t make it, stop back every weekend Friday through Sunday open 1 – 4 pm.

Why One Family Chose Cedar Knoll Builders

Categories: Custom Home | Posted: August 24, 2017

When you have made the giant decision to build a new home, there are so many elements that come into play. For the Ward Family, trustworthiness was one of the key players in their decision to work with Cedar Knoll Builders in bringing their dream home to life. Here’s what they had to share:

Choosing someone to build your house is a big decision for some. For us there was no question about whom we would choose. The most important quality about a builder is trustworthiness, and when the leader of a company has your full trust, you know that those under him are worthy of respect. Knowing a company follows Christian standards and has the same beliefs as you do is something that is not commonly found and makes a world of difference. Being able to trust that those individuals who are helping you along every step of the building process is of utmost importance. Every person at Cedar Knoll has been incredibly kind and lived up to the great expectation of trust we began this process with. We were helped to stay within budget while being guided into creating our dream home! From the planning to the decorating details, Cedar Knoll has made our dreams of building a house become a reality!” – The Ward Family

We are honored to work with Eric and Kara Ward on their new custom home. With anticipation and excitement, Christian Campbell, Custom Homes Manager snapped a photo on ground breaking day of this lovely family. To read more stories, please read our testimonials page.

New Home Feature of the Month

Categories: Quick Delivery Homes | Posted: July 20, 2017

Quick Delivery in Lincoln University PaA plethora of options is yours today with this New Haven move-in ready home. Located at 193 Mill House Drive in Lincoln University Pennsylvania, this stunning home features 4,485 sq. ft. with over 100K in upgrades. Boasting 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, finished walk-out basement with full bath, a grand kitchen showcasing plenty of counter and cabinet space, a large center island, walk-in kitchen pantry, tile and hardwood flooring, wainscoting, stainless appliances and t-shapes staircase complete your lower level. Travel upstairs for an oversized master bedroom boasting a charming master bath suite, tile shower, and walk-in closet. Speak with a sales representative to schedule your visit to this beautiful new home. Located in beautiful Southern Chester County Pennsylvania and home to rich culture and history, stop by today to see why this community is over 90% sold out! Office Hours Friday through Sunday 12 – 4 pm or by private appointment.

Are you a realtor or know a realtor? For a limited time only cash in on Cedar Knoll Builder’s $5,000 seller’s bonus incentive now until the end of July!

Benefits to Entertaining Outdoors This Summer

Categories: Design Tips | Posted: July 18, 2017

An outdoor living space is the ultimate bonus room to your new Cedar Knoll Builders home. Not only do you have the power and flexibility to make your outdoor living space unique without the confines of a floorplan, but it’s also unlike any room in the house. Homeowners enjoy a cozy, yet functional outdoor space goes without saying, but did you know there are added benefits to cooking and entertaining outdoors too? With the prime grilling and cookout season upon us, learn the benefits of hosting an outdoor event.

Host without Cleaning Up: For most, the worst part about hosting friends and family is the need to clean the house only to dirty it up again. By entertaining outdoors all you need is a fresh tablecloth and paper plates and utensils. Your lovely patio and or pergola creates the perfect backdrop without requiring all the prep work for you!

Host a Larger Crowd: Graduation and birthday parties can be a theme during the summer months. Even with an open spacious concept, entertaining indoors can often be limiting to the number of people your house can accommodate. Entertaining outdoors can allow people to mingle and comfortably move without the confines of walls.

Eating Outside of the Box: Eating out of doors is more stimulating than the usual indoor routine. Oftentimes it is just nice to eat while enjoying a change of scenery. While preparing dinner can be a very fun and social activity, instead of being holed up in the hot stuffy kitchen, friends and family can chat and socialize as you grill something delicious and easy.

Keep Your House Cool: If you’re not subject to turning on the air conditioner unit, cooking indoors can be quite humid, hot and leave you feeling irritable throughout the cooking process. And if you are enjoying the cool air of an a.c. unit, save on energy bills by opting to grill outside. Enjoy the setting sun while you enjoy the cooler temperatures without having to turn on the oven. And the added bonus; no lingering odors either!

Health Benefits of Grilling: Belief it or not, studies suggest that eating outside actually makes the food taste better! The fresh air lowers your stress hormones and blood pressure, so you feel more relaxed and even focused on the food you set before you. When you are stressed, it is hard to pay attention to the food you are eating so you don’t enjoy it as much. Being outside is a natural mood booster. Everybody could use a little more Vitamin D, so get your dosage with 10-15 minutes grilling outside.

If you’re ready to check out your outdoor space options, stop by our newly remodeled Design Center complete with outdoor patio, morning sunroom, three-season room, pergola and grill. We’ve love to showcase our work and make your dream outdoor space a reality.

Appreciation Lunch Hosted By Cedar Knoll Builders

Categories: Events | Posted: June 28, 2017

Cedar Knoll Builders celebrates over 30 years of building custom and community homes in the Southern Chester County areas this year. With a heart of gratitude, we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of our partners, trades, and contractors who make serving our customers quality homes possible each and every day.

Tuesday, June 27th started with morning rain showers but in no time, Cedar Knoll saw beautiful sunshine and surprisingly comfortable summer temperatures. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for the contractor’s appreciation lunch, or a better turnout! With nearly three-hundred partners, contractors, and trades in attendance the afternoon was marked with laughter, fellowship, and great food, thanks to Big John’s BBQ. Visitors took the time to meet with Barb Berkowich in our newly updated Design Center, to enjoy Cedar Knoll’s brand new outdoor living design offering, and enjoy great food complete with a soft serve ice cream bar!

Honored to serve our customers with only the best products and trades to deliver those products, it was a wonderful day spent in community. Thank you everyone for joining us and again we offer our highest praise and appreciation for your hard work, dedication, loyalty, and superior workmanship.