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Cedar Knoll to Host BBQ Fundraiser Event

Categories: Events | Posted: April 23, 2015

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!

Nostalgic West Chester Dream Home

Categories: Custom Home | Posted: April 16, 2015

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.Custom Home 1Custom Home 2Custom Home 3

 

Wheatland Farms Introduces the NEW Lancaster

Categories: New Home | Posted: March 27, 2015

New Homes in Lincoln University PACedar 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.

Housing in 2015: Four Reasons for Optimism (And One For Worry)

Categories: Design Tips | Posted: January 7, 2015

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.

To read the article, follow this link.

2015 New Home Must Haves

Categories: Design Tips, New Home | Posted: December 30, 2014
  1. Quartz CountertopsDurable Products – At Cedar Knoll, we strive to offer the most up-to date, durable and functional new home products available, while keeping good design in the forefront of your selection process. When selecting flooring for example, consider what your space will be used for and what foot traffic levels will be. Purchase flooring based on durability levels and resistance to dirt and wear, and remember to consider how your usage of an area might change over the lifetime of the floor. With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops. The new-engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors. And for many of the homeowner choosing quartz, those virtually unlimited color options are what sold them.
  2. Walk_In_ClosetSpaces that function for your family – Storage spaces are at a premium in most homes. Have you ever heard someone complain, “I just have too many closets?” At Cedar Knoll we understand that you need a “place for things” therefore, when designing your space, we make sure we understand how you live. Maybe you need a docking station because you have several electronics to plug in. Maybe your lifestyle requires more closet space, or a mudroom with a bench and hooks for bags and kids sporting equipment. If there were one rule of thumb for build a new home, it would be: “You can never have too much storage space.” It’s true. Most of us have a lot of “stuff” and we need a place to put it. This is one area where, if possible, you won’t want to skimp. Remember, you’ll never have too much space for your “stuff.”
  3. lightingLighting can make a huge difference – Filling your home with light can be accomplish in a variety of ways a like anything else, can be done well or poorly. If you’re ever been in a space with a poor lighting design you’ll understand the difference. Sticking a few lamps in a room might keep you from bumping into things but there’s a whole lot more that you can do with lighting. One of the keys is understanding the kinds of lighting sources that are available and how they’re put to best use. New technologies like LED lighting offer great ways to “go green” with your home by saving energy and saving you some money on utility bills. With every Cedar Knoll new home, we’ll help you understand the basic principles of lighting and how it’s used effectively to get you off on the right foot.
  4. kitchen spaceKitchens that function – A kitchen might have the most beautiful cabinets, technologically advanced appliances and high-end finishes, but if the layout doesn’t meet the needs of a homeowner’s lifestyle, it will not be the heart of the home like most kitchens today function. When planning a kitchen remodel, it’s important to give careful consideration to how the space will be used. During the design process, we’ll talk about a client’s cooking style and the appliances that they are going to want. We’ll talk about whether they want people in the kitchen with them, or do they want people sitting on the other side of the bar, talking while they cook. These and many more questions help us better understand how your kitchen should function, from there we can customize your kitchen space to best reflect your own individual and personal lifestyle needs.
  5. BasementPlanning for the future – Today more than ever people are building living space in their basements to increase the available living space and value of their home. Having a basement bathroom is a huge bonus for the long-term functionality of finished basements in today’s economy. We suggest to all of our customers that they rough in plumbing for a vanity, toilet and shower. This will certainly save you some money in the future. The last thing you want to do is jackhammer out concrete in the future to install the drain lines. While there are plenty of uses for a finished basement in your home, by adding a full bathroom installation, you add value to your home and make it a truly livable space. Once you’ve made the commitment to add plumbing for a bathroom, you can also consider a kitchenette or bar area. Roughing in the plumbing allows you the flexibility to plan for your families.

Provided by Cedar Knoll Design Coordinator, Barbara Berkowich

Commercial Building with a Fresh, New Look

Categories: Commercial Construction | Posted: August 15, 2014
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Oxford Dental Associates New Building in Oxford PA

Travel to the Shoppes of Lower Oxford just outside downtown Oxford and you’ll find a beautiful new brick commercial center consisting of Susquehanna Bank, STS Tire and Auto, Sprouts Daycare, Urologic Associates, and the most recent addition of Oxford Dental Associates. This beautiful building features a lovely exterior, consisting of Hubbardton 1776 brick overlay, standing seam metal roof and innovative architectural design.

Oxford has a new Dental Office to boast about with Oxford Dental Associates’ new, fresh and inviting look! No more dreading the dentist office. Enjoy a complimentary hot cup of coffee as you wait in the open and airy Lobby with blue-toned walls the color of an early evening sky, a backdrop of windows that invite the outside air in, and rustic hardwood flooring that reminds you of earlier days in Mom’s Kitchen. Not only does the staff at Oxford Dental Associates go over and beyond ensuring your visit is a comfortable one, but they’ve designed each room with you, the customer, in mind. Whether it’s the warm, ambient lighting, flat-screen television situated above your chair, or the tasteful art and color selections that cover the walls, you’re sure to enjoy your visit at Oxford Dental Associates. Located off of Conner Road, just outside Historic Oxford, Pennsylvania and directly off the Route 1 Bypass you’ll find a beautiful building, a cozy atmosphere and friendly faces the minute you step through the doors of Oxford Dental Associates.

For additional photos on Oxford Dental Associates New Commercial Building, view our Commercial Portfolio. To follow our current list of New Commercial Projects underway in Kennett Square, Oxford and Quarryville visit, New Commercial Projects. To see our list of Past Commercial Projects throughout Oxford, Kennett Square, Cochranville, Quarryville and West Grove click Past Commercial Projects to view.

Visit a New Home Community and Collect Your Gift Card

Categories: Events | Posted: June 23, 2014

Stop in to our model homes in lincoln university, oxford or cochranville pa for a free gift cardFor a limited time only and while supplies last, visit any of our fully decorated model homes located in Lincoln University, Oxford, and Cochranville Pennsylvania, and you’ll collect a Free $25.00 Lowes Home Improvement Gift Card. Tour the beautiful Ashville Model Home at Twin Ponds Community, located just outside of the Historic town of Oxford, the Glen Arbor Model Home at Wheatland Farms Community in Lincoln University and lastly the Wisteria Model Home at Honeycroft Village 55+ Community located in Cochranville, Pa.

In celebration of Summer and Outdoor Living, Cedar Knoll Builders would like to kick-start your summer with our Free Outdoor Living Package offered for every community new home. When you purchase a new  home in Communities Wheatland Farms, Twin Ponds, and Honeycroft Village we will style your backyard with a Free Deck, Cedar Pergola, Weber Grill, and Gas Hook-Up. Enjoy this summer season by lounging under your privately shaded pergola or dining out with friends and family on a cool summer evening.

You can find our New Home Communities in Lincoln University, Oxford, and Cochranville Pennsylvania. Wheatland Farms, located in Lincoln University is home to the Avon Grove School District, minutes from the Route 1 Bypass, and surrounded by quaint little towns and lovely little produce stands. Twin Ponds Community is located just outside of downtown historic Oxford and is home to the Oxford Area Schools. This charming town is up and coming! Enjoy Movies in the Park every third Friday during the summer months, First Friday Art Galla Strolls, and the weekly Amish Produce Stands set-up around town. Honeycroft Village Community is located in the lovely town of Cochranville and is home to the Octorara School District. Summer in Cochranville is filled with fun activities for the whole town. Visit the Cochranville Firehouse Yard Sale & Auction, the Annual Cochranville Carnival that runs for two weeks, and various local produce stands that sell delicious Apple Cider Donuts and Artisan Pies all week long. We hope you visit us!

Enter to Win our Gift Basket Giveaway!

Categories: Events | Posted: June 17, 2014

Door Prize GiveawayHere’s how. When you visit any of these three locations you’ll enter to win our Cedar Knoll Builders Basket Giveaway, filled with Grilling Utensils, Stylish Napkins, Grilling Appetizers, Specialty Sauces, and Garden Utensils to name a few. With every visit, enter to win and increase your chances! Please, one entry per visit. Winners for each basket giveaway will be selected August 31st 2014. Visit the following Community Model Homes to Enter to Win.

  • Wheatland Farms Glen Arbor Model Home – Located at 299 Mill House Drive in Lincoln University, PA.
  • Wheatland Farms Model Home Open Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11 – 5 pm Monday thru Friday 12 – 4 pm Closed Wednesday
  • Twin Ponds Ashville Model Home – Located at 546 Misty Drive in Oxford, PA.
  • Twin Ponds Model Home Open Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1 – 4 pm.
  • Honeycroft Village 55+ Community Wisteria Model Home – Located at 101 Honeycroft Boulevard in Cochranville, PA.
  • Honeycroft Village Model Home Open Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 1 – 4 pm.

 

 

Wheatland Farms Community Introduces the New Harrison

Categories: New Home | Posted: June 13, 2014

Chester County New Home in Wheatland FarmsThe open and flexible floor plan of the New Harrison is perfect for a vibrant lifestyle – an excellent design for raising a family or entertaining all your friends and family. The spacious Kitchen boasts a large Pantry and open layout overlooking your Breakfast Area & Great Room. For additional counter space, add a Kitchen Island and Morning Room with ample counter space and seating. Your cozy Family Room extends an additional four feet to accommodate your family activities. Make it cozy and personal by adding Built-In Bookshelves and a Fireplace for those colder winter evenings. Your Two-Car Garage comes with additional Storage and an Everyday Entry to unload all your daily belongings. Personalize this space by adding Lockers and Bench Seating! Your Guest Entry enfolds with a Foyer complete with Hardwood Flooring, your Study or Living Area on the left and Guest Powder Room on your right, privately tucked away from your main living quarters.

Travel upstairs and you won’t believe the living space found there! Utilizing every nook and cranny you’ll find Four Bedrooms, Five Walk-In Closets, Three Bathrooms, Laundry Room and a Reading Loft! Bedrooms Two & Three each come standard with their own Full Walk-In Closet while sharing a Jack n’ Jill Bathroom with dual-vanity sinks. Bedroom Four comes complete with a Princess Bath & Full Walk-In Closet. Finally, your Master Bedroom is a one-of-a-kind Owner’s Suite with; Sitting Area, His & Her Full Walk-In Closets and a very spacious Master Bathroom.

To view the floor plan of the New Harrison Model, offered at our Wheatland Farms Community in Lincoln University, follow this link: www.cedarknollbuilders.com

Born Sisters to Honeycroft Village 55+ Community

Categories: Events | Posted: June 11, 2014

Born Sisters Band Coming to Honeycroft Village 55+ CommunityLast Summer the sister duo, Born Sisters captivated the crowd gathered at Honeycroft Village 55+ Active Adult Community in Cochranville Pennsylvania. The setting was perfect: Evening light, community fellowship, great food & wine and the sweet sound of country echoing across the backdrop of corn fields. Born Sisters, Kristen & Kara Zack charmed everyone with their sweet harmonies and self-penned storied lyrics. Together they delivered a bold American Contemporary Country rhythm. Kristen on the guitar, banjo, piano and mandolin and Kara on the bass, piano and mandolin, the sisters combine their talents to bring their fans a lovely beat filled with country comfort and soul.

Back by popular demand, Born Sisters will be playing at Honeycroft Village 55+ Community on June 26th. Doors open at 6 pm and music starts at 6:30 pm. As part of a Summer Concert Series, every other month Honeycroft Village 55+ Community hosts a blend of live music genres. Open to the public and for a small fee of $10 a person, join Honeycroft Village Thursday night, June 26th at 6:30 for a lovely night of picnic dinners, BYOB, and live music presented by Born Sisters. It will be a night to remember! To preview Born Sisters music, visit their website www.bornsisters.net