If you have children in school, you’ve probably been shopping for new clothes, backpacks, notebooks, and other supplies. It can be a hectic time, and it’s not easy to get kids to transition from vacation mode to a school routine. If you are in the process of designing a custom home, think about adding specific spaces for kids to store school supplies and complete their homework. Creating a functional and comfortable space for homework can help reduce daily clutter and make it easier for children to complete their work.
We build in new home communities that are located in Westmoreland County’s premiere public school districts. Even if you don’t have kids in school, building a custom home in a high performing school district adds to the value of your investment. Here are the school year start dates for some of our area districts. Continue reading
Pets are full-fledged family members these days. Whether you are a dog or cat (or rabbit or bird or other pet) owner, it’s a great idea to think about design features that will make both you and your animal friends more comfortable in a new home. Continue reading
Making your home more welcoming is fairly easy during the spring and summer months, when containers of annuals and other landscaping can really dress up the exterior. But there are other changes you can make to your home’s entry, driveway, and porch that will boost your mood every time you come home and make it more appealing to buyers, if you are planning to sell. Continue reading
Enjoying summer weather means putting up with some not-so-fun visitors around your home and yard. Here are some tips for getting rid of, or at least coexisting comfortably with, insect pests that can find their way inside your home or make eating dinner, entertaining, or working outdoors a challenge.
On this date in 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. National Flag Day was signed into law in 1949, and citizens are encouraged to display Old Glory in front of their homes and businesses. Continue reading
If you know the location where you want to live, it can be frustrating to look at house after house without seeing something that will work for your family. Unless you get the chance to appear on a reality TV show that makes extensive home renovations look like a dream, you might be a little nervous about diving into some costly remodeling or a years-long DIY project. Continue reading
Outdoor Perks of Living in Our New Home Communities
If you are an avid golfer, you already know that Westmoreland County is the birthplace of golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who grew up in Latrobe. We can’t promise that being a Westmoreland County resident will improve your golf game, but the number of private country clubs and public golf courses in and around Murrysville, Penn Township, and Unity Township means that choosing to live in this region will afford you lots of opportunities to improve your game. Continue reading
Maybe you know that you want to build a new custom home, but have no idea where to start. You don’t have to be a trained architect or interior designer to understand some basic design principals that will help you make layout and materials decisions for your home project. Hiring a great builder, of course, will make a huge difference in how you approach and understand your design decisions. We always work very closely with our clients, communicate their options every step of the way, and make sure their design decisions are the best ones for their lifestyle and budget. Continue reading
You’re almost there — ready to start living in your completed custom home. Before you can start decorating and setting up that gourmet kitchen, you have to get through moving day. Everything will go a little easier with a list (or lists). Here are a few tips that can save you some aggravation as well as repeated trips to the store in the middle of moving. Continue reading
One of the best ways to protect your investment in a new custom home is to get in the habit of running through a maintenance checklist. Now that spring has arrived, here are some of the main things you should look over to keep your house and property in top shape. Continue reading