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10 home design trends to watch out for in 2018

Categories: Design Tips | Posted: May 18, 2018

This week we wanted to share an article we found based on the Houzz predictions presented at the start of 2018.  So far, we would say that Houzz has gotten their predictions right! See below for the full article from the Washington Post titled “10 home design trends to watch out for in 2018, according to Houzz”:

We chatted with Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker about Houzz’s conclusions, and why these particular trends are gaining traction.

So whether you’re a first-time homeowner looking to revamp your current home or just want some new design inspiration, here are some home design trends to take note of in 2018.

1. More color in kitchens

Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colors, such as warm wood tones (example: mahogany) and neutrals (example: grays and blues), into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel. Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to “what’s possible, what looks fun and what they can personalize themselves,” Parker said, and have encouraged them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to color.

2. Rich colors throughout the home

Warm grays paired with “camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks,” as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.

“These rich colors are not like the avocado green and mustard colors from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” Parker said. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colors and textures.”

3. No more white or stainless steel sinks

The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts that there will be “more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze or black.”

“As people set out to personalize their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time,” Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is “waking people up to trying something new and different.”  It “harkens back to simpler times,” he said, “and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment.”

4. Florals

The tropical palm print may have flooded your Instagram feeds this year, but people aren’t yet tired of eye-catching, oversized graphic florals. Houzz expects that we’ll see even more interpretations of over-scaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colors, in the new year.

5. Vintage lighting

Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.

“I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms,” designer and “Today” show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. “Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early-20th-century French crystal chandelier to a ’60s Sputnik.”

6. Trough or bucket sinks

Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn’t dying in 2018: Houzz predicts that deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in the new year. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids’ bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximize minimal space.

Read the full article by visiting the Washington Post page online here.

Article By: Megan McDonough

Wheatland Farms Community Last Chance!

Categories: New Home | Posted: May 10, 2018

Carson New Home in at Wheatland Farms in Pa

Looking for new construction in the Avon Grove School District? Tired of the maintenance on an old home? Good News!  Wheatland Farms Community located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, with a total of 141 homesites in the Avon Grove School District is down to the final two homesites. If you’ve been on the house hunt, you know that inventory is low and interest rates are beginning to climb – now is the time to buy and lock in your low interest rate!  With a new builders incentive, new home purchases in Wheatland Farms Community, buyers will enjoy Free First Floor Hardwood Flooring.  Choose from multiple flooring selections with Cedar Knoll Builder’s newly renovated 2,000 + sq. ft. Design Center, located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.  Homes starting in the mid $300’s, first floor master options, and prime Chester County homesite views. Wheatland Farms is only minutes to White Clay Creek Preserve with over 6,000 acres of biking, hiking, walking and horseback riding trails.  Not to mention stocked trout streams for anglers and fisherman alike! With 139 sold to date and only 2 homesites remaining, don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this beautiful community of single-family homes.  Speak with one of our sales agents Jeff Roland or Bill Raymond today for more information or to tour the remaining two homesites.

Sunshine, Spring & Smiles at Design & Wine Event

Categories: Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Living | Posted: April 27, 2018

Considering 55+ Active Adult Community Living? Missed our Design & Wine Event this weekend? Follow us on social media or fill out our Honeycroft Village registration form to stay in the know for future events and special incentives. Saturday, April 21st marked our first Design & Wine event held at our newly renovated Design Center that features endless options and selections for a wide range of style preferences. Current and future homeowners enjoyed mingling and touring the studio along with several new guests considering active living at Honeycroft Village 55+ Community located just two miles away at 514 Ivy Hill Path Cochranville Pa. Guests enjoyed hearing from current homeowners, meeting with Designer, Barb Berkowich and touring the beautiful options found in today’s home building market. Thank you to everyone in attendance as the event was a huge success. The day was met with beautiful sunshine, spring flowers, and welcoming camaraderie throughout.

Curious about Honeycroft Village 55+ Community? Check-out the community here or visit us every Friday through Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Offering eight floor plans to choose from with four model homes to tour, you’re sure to enjoy a visit to this lovely community!

Cedar Knoll to Host Active Adult Wine & Design Event

Categories: Events | Posted: April 12, 2018

Thinking about building a new home? Considering downsizing? Interested in an active adult community but not sure if it’s the right fit for you? Join Cedar Knoll Builders and Honeycroft Village 55+ Community in Cochranville Pennsylvania Saturday, April 21st from 3:00 – 5:00 pm as they host a Spring Design & Wine Event at Cedar Knoll’s newly renovated 2,000 sq. ft. + Design Studio. Enjoy this one-time opportunity to meet with Honeycroft Village Site Supervisor, Ray Mckenna, Home Designer, Barb Berkowich and speak with several Honeycroft Village current homeowners over wine and light fare. There’s no better way to learn about this charming active adult community, so we invite you to join us and see for yourselves why so many have decided to call Honeyroft Village home. As there will be light fare, we kindly ask that you rsvp for this event by contacting either sales consultants Elin Green at (484) 643-3078 or Lisa Rowe at (610) 368-9035 or if you prefer, you may email We’d love for you to join us, get to meet you and introduce you to not only a few of our team members but also Honeycroft Village homeowners!

Willowdale Jennersville New Commercial Construction

Categories: Commercial Construction | Posted: March 14, 2018

New Commercial ConstructionCedar Knoll Builders is excited to announce that Willowdale Chapel in Jennersville, Pennsylvania will be expanding starting the Spring of 2018. Actively growing in new and old members, Cedar Knoll Builders was asked to come alongside Cornerstone Design Architects and work together in building and advancing the kingdom with new and improved renovations that will bring this 2,000 sq. ft. building to full capacity. With over half the building currently sitting empty with unfinished storage, the church’s building plans include extensive renovations for their elementary, middle school and high school programs, enlarging the main worship center, and improving upon their current office space to name a few of the many improvements this community building has in store.

Cedar Knoll is honored to not only work alongside such a great community of believers but also excited to bring this beautiful building to it’s full potential.

Stay tuned for more information and updates once this project is under way! You may also feel free to visit Willowdale Chapel’s website for current updates at

Colorful Spring Incentives at Honeycroft Village 55+

Categories: Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Living | Posted: February 19, 2018

Spring is in the air and that means the spring market in the home buying industry is upon us! As we eagerly look forward to tulips popping through the ground, forsythia blooms in bright yellow, and the cherry blossoms to line the streets, Honeycroft Village 55+ Community located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania is already offering colorful spring incentives to kick-off this week’s warm weather and much awaited season. For a limited time only, buyers receive a Free Sunroom with the purchase of a Wisteria Manor or Classic Cottage at Honeycroft Village while buyers of any single-family home in Honeycroft 55+ Community will receive a Free Paver’s 10’ x 10’ Patio, perfect for summer evenings and morning sunrises. These single-family homes include; the Tannon, the Devon, the Arden, the Linden, and the Lexington models. Don’t wait long however, as only 5 single-family homes remain in Phase II and III of the community and only a handful of cottage homesites backing to woods remain in this beautiful community of distinguished homes. For more information or to tour four fully decorated single and cottage homes, please visit us Friday through Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm located at 101 Honecyroft Boulveard Cochranville, Pa 19330.

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.
  • Professional lawn mowing service.
  • 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 Club
  • Bocce Ball
  • Golf Club
  • Ladies Luncheon
  • Charity Work
  • 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.