We love our custom homes! Here at Cedar Knoll we are dedicated to listening to our customers wants and needs when it comes to building just the right home. So bring your Magazine Clippings, Pinterest “Pins”, Facebook “Likes,” and Houzz Printouts! With and in-house Senior Designer, In-House Senior Drafter and over 100 years of combined service in the homebuilding industry, Cedar Knoll is fully equipped to bring you the home you’ll want to share with all your friends and family!
This month, we couldn’t shed enough compliments towards this Transitional Farmhouse located in Cochranville Pa, nor its lovely occupants. Rendered from our popular New Haven Model, this farmhouse was custom designed to fit the homeowner’s individual lifestyle and preferences. Boasting a beautiful and spacious Kitchen with Morning Sunroom Addition, Pantry and Mudroom Everyday Entry. Embellished with White Kitchen Cabinets, Wide-Plank Hardwood Flooring, Farmhouse Sink, Stainless Appliances including a wine cooler, Range Hood, Cathedral Ceiling, Butcher Block Island, Sliding Barn Door, Built-In Shelving and Custom Brick Flooring the family enjoys spending most of their gathering hours in this retreat of a kitchen. Just off the Kitchen and through the structured barn beams overlooks your Family Room with stunning Brick Fireplace with matching Reclaimed Barn Wood Mantle. Upstairs boasts an easy-breathing layout with 4 Bedrooms, each with their own Bathroom and oversized Walk-In Closet. Cozy and inviting, the Master Bedroom Suite embodies a timeless sense of elegance. Two Sliding Barn Doors draw you through to a Free-Standing Tub, Dual-Vanity Sinks and Walk-In Tile Shower with Transom Window.
For morning information on our Custom Home Offerings, please call 610.932.5719.
Just last month I was asked to provide a few answers to some questions for a magazine editorial Cedar Knoll will be featured in, Modern Builder & Design Magazine. When asked What is it like to work at the company? It didn’t take long to answer. Cedar Knoll is a wonderful place to work. The leadership, the camaraderie, the history and the values each employee brings to the team make Cedar Knoll a joyful place to work for and work with. Rated Number #1 in Customer Satisfaction and boasting over 100 combined years of experience in the homebuilding industry I believe Cedar Knoll has found their niche. Today we celebrate our Customer Service Manager, Chip Kepler who turns 50 today! Chip started with the company when he was just 22 years old. An expert in the field, a helping hand when you need him and a smiling face to our customers we couldn’t be more thankful to have Chip serve on the Cedar Knoll team for the past 28 years. Because of employee loyalty we get to see customer loyalty as well. We know building a home is a huge investment, it’s a life journey and it’s a place we want our customers to feel at home in for years to come. When you build with Cedar Knoll you are getting not just a home but a family ranked Number #1 in Customer Satisfaction. We promise to walk with you every step of the way – it’s what we do best!
PHOTOS: Chips Birthday Celebration and our “Who Wears it Best Day?” Be sure to check out our upcoming featured article in the Fall Issue of Modern Builder & Design.
Looking for a custom home without the custom price? Visit our new community, Fieldcrest located in Nottingham Pennsylvania. Homes starting at just $269,900 and each situated on over an acre property! Introducing the new Advantage Program where Cedar Knoll will be offering three models; the Lancaster, the Weldon and the Carson at our absolute best price! The goal behind the Advantage Program is to provide customers with a Cedar Knoll quality home and at a price they can afford. In this way we’ve taken out some of the fluff if you will. There is always the option to build up but with the advantage program, our customers will have a limited time chance of owning a Cedar Knoll home at an unbeatable price!
To kick off this new community, Cedar Knoll will be offering a Quick Delivery Weldon model for only $272,900. With only 6 lots total available in this small community, don’t wait long to reserve your Fieldcrest Home today!
Fieldcrest is located just outside of Historic Oxford in East Nottingham Township. Address 175 Graves Road Oxford, Pa 19363. Please note: If you have any questions, please call the office at 610.932.5719 or email email@example.com.
As spring slowly chugs along, here at Cedar Knoll, we are crossing our fingers for some fantastic weather as we gear up for a Spring BBQ Fundraiser Event in support of our local Amish Carpenter. Recently diagnosed with leukemia, the King Family’s daughter is looking at several hospital visits and hefty bills. Here’s how YOU can help your local community. On Friday, May 15th, Cedar Knoll will be closing up shop and serving our local community Chicken BBQ Meals at a cost of $10.00/meal. All proceeds to benefit the King Family.
Purchase your BBQ tickets for Friday, May 15th 11 – 6 pm. You can purchase your tickets here at our office on 1771 Limestone Road in Cochranville. If you would like to donate, we also have a donation drop box you can contribute to. We sincerely look forward to the event and with our local community support it will be a great day for all!
The year 2014 wrapped up many wonderful new homes and commercial construction projects that rolled into the spring of 2015. One of which was completed just last month but with a friendship that has only just begun. Meet Mike and Sue, Custom Home Clients. After an unfortunate house fire, Mike lost his parents home along with all of their keepsakes and memorabilia. Both devastated from this loss but hopeful for the future, this lovely couple walked through our doors and a friendship immediately developed. The dream – rebuild his childhood home to what it once was and more.
After several plan meetings and site walk-thrus, it wasn’t long before the debris was being removed and the foundation poured. Light-hearted and easy to please, Mike & Sue often stopped in to share photos on the progress of their home. Not to discredit the photos, but the joy they brought in sharing them far outweighed the photos themselves!
A Computer Programmer by day and an Music and Fine Arts Artist by night, Mike now enjoys his spacious Kitchen with overhead lighting, Family Room with Masonry Fireplace and Home Office with Custom Bay Window that overlooks the backyard gardens where Sue can most likely be found. Built just off the stunning white kitchen is a lovely Custom Conservatory for all of Sue’s favorite plant specimens that will soon occupy her personal Longwood Gardens backyard refuge. The Conservatory consists of stone exterior with tile flooring and glass surround, perfect for star gazing and summer evenings on the patio.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photos of this home could provide pages of words, suffice it to say however, if one word could describe both this home and it’s owners, I would choose the word endearing.
Cedar Knoll introduces new floor plan models for the 2015 Spring Market, starting first with the Lancaster New Home now available at the Wheatland Farms Community, located in Lincoln University Pennsylvania. The new Lancaster single-family 2,432 sq. ft. home is complete with four, up to five bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and two-car garage with bonus storage. The Lancaster embodies elegant design with a country touch. Greet guests from your Foyer that expands to reveal a lovely staircase display, Study, Parlor and/or Dining Room on the left. You’ll also find a more private and Guest Powder Room tucked away on the right. Privately located at the back of your home, you’ll find your Kitchen, complete with Pantry, Optional Island and Morning Room Addition. What’s a garage without a little space? Your two-car Garage includes an added twenty feet of storage space, perfect for all of your gardening tools and landscape equipment. This years “hot home item” is the Everyday Entry. Your Everyday Entry is located just inside your Garage with Laundry Room nestled in on the left and on the right, Optional Lockers suited for all of your “Everyday Items.” For your second floor, we’ve added an optional fifth bedroom and third Bath or opt to leave the space as an attic of sorts for additional storage. Your Master Bedroom Suite comes complete with two full Walk-In Closets and a spacious Master Bathroom with Optional Custom Walk-In Tile Shower. Bedroom Four includes a Walk-In Closet while Bedrooms Two and Three share a Hall Bath. To view the plan, please visit the Wheatland Farms Community under “Find Your New Home” off the Main Menu or simply follow this link.
Article Posted on NPR.com by Marilyn Geewax January 5th 2015
Six years ago, homebuilders were facing brutal business conditions: millions of Amercians were losing their jobs and homes. As 2015 begins, hiring is strong and economic indicators are pointing up. Could this be the year when the housing market finally breaks out of its tepid recovery and takes off? Economists see several reasons why 2015 might be a banner year for homebuying – and not just in San Francisco and Miami. They also see One Big Factor that potentially could block a buying binge. Before considering that possible downer, let’s first look at the upside:
Employers are hiring again.
When companies are hiring, would-be homeowners feel more confident about taking on mortgage debt. During the recession, companies kept slashing positions, sending the unemployment rate soaring to 10 percent and frightening potential homebuyers. But job growth has been strong lately, with employers adding 321,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate has tumbled to 5.8 percent. As that good news sinks in, optimism is rising. The Conference Board’s latest Consumer Confidence Index shows confidence is running 19.5 percent higher than a year ago.
Home prices just took a breather, which helps.
From January to October, home prices rose 4.5 percent nationally, according to the latest S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index. That gain was subdued compared with October 2013, when home prices jumped 11 percent higher than the previous year. But slower price appreciation in 2014 may have set the stage for a buying surge in 2015. That’s because buyers need the right combination of steady income, decent savings, low interest rates and reasonable home prices to jump into the market. The Labor Department’s latest jobs report showed an uptick in wages, and the surging stock market has been boosting savings. Mortgages have been holding below 4 percent for 30-year fixed rates. And now the decelerating growth in home prices may be creating an affordability opportunity that will attract buyers in early 2015.
Rents are high.
When millions of Americans were losing their homes in the recession, many started moving into apartments. That shift caused rents to soar. “With rents now rising at a seven-year high, historically low [interest] rates and moderating [home] price growth are likely to entice more buyers to enter the market in upcoming months,” Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist, said in a release.
Millennials are sick of Mom’s basement.
The Census Bureau says just 36 percent of Americans under age 35 own a home. In 2007, that figure was 42 percent. Some young people enjoy renting, but a recent survey by Fannie Mae showed 9 in 10 would prefer to own. They have been held back by tight lending standards that have made it tough to get around their heavy student debts and light savings. But in December, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced programs that would allow first-time buyers to get homes with down payments of just 3 percent, instead of 5 percent. That lower amount would allow creditworthy but cash-strapped young buyers to qualify for mortgages. “If access to credit improves, we could see substantially larger numbers of young buyers in the market,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, said in his 2015 outlook.
But there’s one reason for pessimism.
For years, many economists have been saying mortgage interest rates would rise. In 2015, they finally may be right. That’s because the Federal Reserve, which has held down both short- and long-term interest rates since 2008, has been signaling a coming change. The Fed is expected to allow rates to drift up, probably starting this summer. Industry economists generally expect mortgage rates to reach 5 percent by year’s end. That would still be quite low by historical standards, but after having such cheap mortgages for so long, even a modest rate increase could scare off buyers, according to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist for Sterne Agee. “A rising monthly payment – thanks to rising interest rates – could cause and unwelcome sticker shock for many potential homebuyers,” she said.
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Provided by Cedar Knoll Design Coordinator, Barbara Berkowich