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8 Tips for Planning a Mudroom

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 21, 2014

MudroomEvery so often I receive emails with Design Tips, Thoughtful Organization and Home Projects from Better Homes & Gardens. This morning I found this article in my email inbox and thought to share with you all! Call them what you will, Mudrooms, Drop Zones & Everyday Entries are a hot item in the homebuilding industry for 2014. Whether you’re renovating your Mudroom Space, building new or planning for your future dream home these 8 Tips for Planning Your Mudroom might come in handy!

1. Choose a location carefully. The most common spot for a mudroom is just inside the garage or off the driveway, but consider other places as well. Just make sure the location matches your needs.

2. Make it work. A mudroom does not have to be a single room; it can be a cluster of hardworking spaces. An adjacent pantry, laundry room, and/or closet for brooms, mops, vacuums, and cleaning supplies will create a center for household management.

3. Take inventory. List the things your family takes in and out of the house every day, and then outfit the space accordingly. Include a cabinet, cubby, locker, or set of hooks for each family member. Additional cabinets for miscellaneous items come in handy too.

4. Get organized. Include a message center or even a desk area. Save space with a cabinet that combines a chalkboard on the front and a bulletin board inside. You’ll have a convenient communication hub and get all those flyers off the refrigerator.

5. Focus on durability. Stone or tile floors and laminate cabinets will look good after years of exposure to wet raincoats and muddy boots.

6. Charge it. Be sure to create a spot for recharging your family’s cell phones, beepers, and other electronic equipment.

7. Remember your friends. Include a few extra hooks for your friends’ coats and bags. Add a bench as a comfortable perch for putting on and taking off shoes.

8. Plan for pets. Hooks for leashes and baskets for toys will come in handy. A boot wash can double as a bathing spot for Todo.

Article & photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens:

October New Home of the Month

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 22, 2013

Cedar Knoll Builders presents the Laurel Rancher for this months October Custom Home of the Month. The Laurel is a country-style ranch home with a lovely, open floor plan, charming front porch and beautiful front-side curb appeal. The Laurel Model offers 1,860 square feet of convenient first floor living space boasting a private master bedroom suite with master bath and walk-in-closet. You’ll also find two additional bedrooms with hall bath, a large mudroom/laundry room combination, spacious great room and a lovely open kitchen floor plan at the center of your home, perfect for entertaining guests and providing a gathering area for all of your friends and family.

Now for the good stuff! This month when you purchase the custom Laurel Rancher, Cedar Knoll Builders will include an Upgraded Custom Kitchen Package, complete with; Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops and Upgraded Cabinets with 36” Wall Cabinets and a 42” Corner Cabinet, all for the low price of $219,900!

Visit our Custom Homes Page to learn more on this Exclusive Offer.

What's New at Cedar Knoll

Categories: Events | Posted: October 22, 2013

From Left to Right: Barbara Berkowich, Christian Campbell, Michelle Green

Meet our Newest Cedar Knoll Team Members; Barbara Berkowich, Christian Campbell and Michelle Green…

Barbara Berkowich – We are very excited at having Barbara Berkowich on the Cedar Knoll team. With Barbara, our new Design Center Coordinator you’ll enjoy building a home that reflects your personal taste & lifestyle, piecing together all of the right elements to achieve the home you’ve always wanted.

Christian Campbell – This Spring Christian was named our new Custom Homes Manager. His creativity and positive thinking have been a refreshing addition to the team as well as to our Custom Homes Division. A big spot to fill, but already he’s filling the role with true Cedar Knoll integrity and style.

Michelle Green – Michelle joined the team this April. Michelle has been named Cedar Knoll’s new Estimator. Her role consists of reviewing bids, pricing contracts and cost estimations so that in the end, we can build you the home of your dreams and with a budget that works for your whole family.

September Custom Home of the Month

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 29, 2013

This September, Cedar Knoll Builders is proud to name the Aspen model our Custom Home of the Month. This charming ranch-style home was first introduced in 2006 and has since been a popular favorite among select communities. Winter is the time for home, for good food and warmth, for comfort and for rest. This September, purchase the Aspen Model and we’ll throw in a cozy warm gas fireplace to kick off the fall season and cooler days hovering just around the corner!

Your home should be more than just a place. Home is wherever the people you love are. That is why we’ve brought you the Aspen model featuring 1,615 square feet of comfortable living space centered around your open kitchen and great room areas. That way you can enjoy your home sharing it with the ones you love and in the areas you spend most of your time.

The Aspen boasts a stylish three gable design exterior, two-car garage, charming front porch, first floor living convenience, three bedrooms and two baths to name a few. For only $188,400, home has never been more worth it….

For more information, call in today 610-932-5719. We would love the opportunity to speak with you!

Home Prices Jump 10.9%, Largest Annual Gain in 7 Years

Categories: Events, Uncategorized | Posted: May 28, 2013

Today’s Wall Street Journal News: Very Exciting and Promising Housing Market

“Home prices in March rose by 10.9% from a year earlier, the largest such gain in seven years, according to an index tracking home prices in 20 U.S. cities.

The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index, released Tuesday, showed that all 20 cities had posted year-over-year growth for the third straight month, the latest sign of how tight inventories and growing housing demand have led to a surge in home prices after several years of declines.

There are already signs that home-price appreciation is set to continue its blistering pace this summer because the inventory of homes for sale has remained low and buyer urgency has picked up, fueled by improving consumer confidence and mortgage rates that have been hovering near record lows.

Prices increased in March by 1.4% from February and by .3% in February from January, a period in which sales volumes-and, consequently, home-price growth-are typically muted because of winter weather. Home prices haven’t increased during the first quarter of the year since 2006, and the quarterly gain of 1.8% this year was the largest for the January-to-March period since 2005.

Rising home prices should help buoy consumer confidence and the broader economy because houses represent the largest financial asset for many Americans. Rising prices could play an important role boosting home sales if they encourage more sellers to test the market. Many sellers have held back from selling at prices that are still down sharply from their peak, and would-be buyers have grumbled over the past year about shortages of desirable pickings.

But some economists and real-estate agents have warned that the current pace of gains isn’t sustainable and that some buyers could be priced out of the market, especially once interest rates rise.

Home prices are still down by 28% from their 2006 peak and have returned to levels last seen in late 2003. One year ago, home prices were 35% below the 2006 peak. The Case-Shiller index reached a bottom last March, which means the year-over-year comparisons could begin to show less dramatic growth in the months ahead.

A separate national Case-Shiller index of U.S. home prices, released quarterly, showed that prices rose by 10.2% from one year earlier in March. That was also the largest such gain since 2006.

Many of the largest home-price gains have come in the WEst, including many markets hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis. In March, prices were up by 22.5% in Phoenix from one year earlier, and by 22.2% in San Francisco. Other cities with double-digit gains included Las Vegas, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Miami and Seattle.

Other price indexes have shown solid but more modest gains in recent months. An index maintained by Lender Processing Services Inc., also released Tuesday, showed that national home prices in March also rose by 1.4% from February and stood 7.6% above levels of one year ago. The index tracks home prices in 15,500 U.S. ZIP Codes.

An index released last week by Zillow Inc. showed that U.S. home values in April rose by 5.2% from one year earlier. The Zillow index estimates changes in home values for 365 metro areas.” To read the article visit the link below:

Paving the way at Honeycroft Village Continued…

Categories: New Community | Posted: April 19, 2013

Wednesday afternoon, April 17th 2013, just as the sun started to peak through the clouds, Page Excavating was making their last finishing touches on the Honeycroft Village Phase II roads. A very exciting moment for all of the Honeycroft Residents and Cedar Knoll staff! Phase II is beautifully paved along Honeycroft Boulevard and Bee Ridge Path. If you’ve been eyeing up some of these homesites now is the time to take a drive along Honeycroft Boulevard and select your homesite! Only a handful of Single-Family Homesites remain on Bee Ridge Path. Visit today or contact Elin Green or Lisa Smith for further information regarding the lovely 55+ Community of Honeycroft Village.

Live at Honeycroft Village 55+ Community

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 12, 2013

Every last Thursday Night of the Month Honeycroft Village 55+ Community joins together for a fun Social Hour to catch up, meet some new faces and enjoy some food and drink. Every other month however, this Social Hour turns into a live concert event. This month is sure to be one for the books! Thursday, April 25th starting at 6 pm Jazz Performers, Eric Mintel Quartet will be performing live at the Honeycroft Village Community Clubhouse. This event is open to the public and costs only $10.00! Join the residents of Honeycroft Village for this fun event. Weather permitting, the group will be performing on the patio out back. Feel free to pack a picnic dinner and blanket to enjoy the show on the lawn. In the event of rain, the show will be moved into the Great Room within the Clubhouse. Honeycroft Village 55+ Community is located at 101 Honeycroft Boulevard Cochranville, PA 19330.

Paving the Way at Honeycroft Village!

Categories: Events | Posted: April 8, 2013

Honeycroft Village is bursting with activity this Spring! A few months ago we broke ground on Phase II of Chester County’s new home 55+ Community, Honeycroft Village. Today we are looking at blacktop along Honeycroft Boulevard and Bee Ridge Path! This week holds for its residents, colorful spring blossoms on the street-lined cherry trees, black-top on Phase II and temperatures reaching past the 80s! A perfect week to get out and see what’s going on at Honeycroft Village! Open Daily Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 pm.

New Home Deal of the Month!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 12, 2013

Savings of a lifetime and the home of your dreams! Cedar Knoll Builders has just listed its Showcase Model, The Linden located in the beautiful 55+ Active Lifestyle Community of Honeycroft Village. For the past two years, the Linden Model has taken breathes away from guests and residents alike, with its stunning Gourmet Kitchen, First Floor Master Bedroom Suite, Full Finished Basement and Full Second Story Open Loft. Now after two years this Showcase model can be yours for only $439,900, that’s a total savings of $68,390! Come see for yourself what this wonderful 3 Bedroom, 3 ½ Bath home has to offer. To list a few features; you’ll find impressive Walnut Hardwood Flooring throughout your first floor, Stainless Steel Appliances with a Cook-Top Stove and Wall-Oven, a cozy gas fireplace, oversized maintenance-free deck off your Living Area and backing to private woods, the convenience of a first floor laundry room, a lovely Master Bedroom Suite complete with Walk-In Tile Shower, Flooring and large Walk-In Closet, Full Second Story Open Loft or Office Space and a Full Finished Basement perfect for entertaining guests.

New Home Community Showcasing Huge Success!

Categories: New Community | Posted: February 27, 2013

There’s a whole lot of red showing at Wheatland Farms Community located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. With over 85 Homes Sold and only a few homes remaining in Phase Two, now is the time to buy! Interest rates remain at a record low of 3.25%, Spring is just around the corner, and you and your family could be in your new home by July, just in time for the start of the new school year! Wheatland Farms is located within the Avon Grove School District and wonderfully close to Fair Hill Recreational Park and White Clay Preserve, making this community suitable for recreational activities geared towards the whole family. With New 2013 Models to choose from, each with unique elevation plans, and an affordable price in this competing market, Wheatland Farms is bustling with sales activity. Twelve available lots remain and only two with 0 Lot Premiums. Don’t delay to reserve your lot today!