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The Effortless Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Categories: DIY Home Projects, Home Maintenance | Posted: June 9, 2021

Routine maintenance is a great way to keep your house in tip-top condition — especially if you live in a place with dynamic seasonal weather. Here are a few key tasks for owners of new homes in Bucks County to focus on as part of a routine summertime plan.

Check Your Air Conditioning System

Air intake ports on AC units have filters that can become saturated with dust just after one season. It is ideal to check these every spring before turning on your cool air for the first time. If you used the AC heavily the previous year, you might consider checking the air ducts and vacuuming out any excess dust. You can also do the same with your furnace and heating ducts in preparation for the following fall/winter season.

Take A Long Look at Your Roof

Rain gutters on a new property — such as a home built by Hallmark Homes Group — will be flowing correctly when you move in. After just one season, however, they can gather dirt, twigs and leaves. Clearing all debris from the gutters will ensure that water flows off the roof and into the downspouts as it should. Also, it is important to check downspouts to ensure they are not clogged so that water flows away from the structure.

Trim Any Trees That You May Have on Your Property

To help any trees on your property get a healthy seasonal start, water them daily for the first two weeks of summer and then twice weekly after. Once they start sprouting new limbs and growing, remember to keep branches trimmed and away from the roof, which will help keep gutters clear for the following year. In addition, this can ensure that tree limbs will not scrape against windows during windy weather.

Clean the Interior and Exterior of Your Windows

Summer sunshine always looks better through clean glass. Giving each window a thorough cleansing with soap and water on both sides will remove interior and exterior buildup from the previous winter. Also, it is a good idea to clear out any buildup of yard debris such as leaves and twigs from garden-level window wells.

Start Cutting the Grass Regularly

Mowing the lawn and edging along walkways and driveways are staples of summer home maintenance. Cutting these stretches of grass should be done on a weekly basis. While you’re making the rounds, consider trimming dead branches from shrubs and bushes and cutting back tree limbs that may be hanging low over the sidewalk or the other walkways.

Add Some Color With Plants and Flowers

Plants and flowers are fun backyard elements that brighten up a yard and don’t require a professional to take care of. Just head over to a local nursery, hardware store or even a big box retailer and pick up some flowers and plants to make your yard bright and vibrant this summer.

Power-Wash Driveways and Walkways

A good dousing of the sidewalk, driveway and front walkways will remove any dust, pollen and grime that may have built up over the winter and spring months — especially where cars are parked. A simple attachment fitted to a garden hose can give you plenty of water pressure to make the concrete glow.

A great way to enjoy the warm weather is by doing a few seasonal tasks around your residential property. Contact us to learn more about new homes that are ready for your caring touch.

Six Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Categories: Bucks County Homes, DIY Home Projects, New Home Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: May 26, 2021

As spring gives way to summer, you’re no doubt looking forward to spending plenty of time outside with your family — enjoying your lawn, yard and patio to the fullest from sunrise to sunset and beyond.

The warm months are the perfect time of year, especially in beautiful Bucks County, for enjoying your exterior property to the fullest. As the seasons change this year, consider creating a luxury outdoor retreat for you and your family to enjoy for years to come with a few innovative design ideas from Hallmark Homes Group.

Extend your Home

Creating a sense of cohesion between your indoor and outdoor areas is a great way to open the house up to the outdoors. You can do this by using area rugs, furniture color, style choices and exterior paint color schemes that reflect those of the space just inside the back doors. This can help to create a harmonious transition from one space to the next.

Harmonize the Hardscape

Ideally, the main exterior gathering area should be an even, flat surface for furniture. Popular choices are flagstones, paving stones, concrete, tile, artificial grass, bricks and wooden decks. Similar to furniture and color schemes, the texture and tones you choose can be an extension of the interior themes of your home.

Pick a Purpose

Establishing a primary use for the majority of the space can help guide your outside design. If you love to entertain guests, a dining set could be your central focus. If evening visits are popular, perhaps couches, chairs and low-top tables arranged in a forum-type formation is a winning strategy.

Set the Scene with Landscaping

Your landscape design is your outdoor retreat’s decor, so having a plan for grass, bushes and perennials is a good idea. If your outdoor living space is sparse, container gardening could be the best option for you. Container gardens are inexpensive and maintenance is easy.

Heat it Up

Summer afternoons are perfect for cooking outside, so a propane-powered BBQ grill is a great idea. Plus, when a sunset cookout turns to an evening of stargazing, consider keeping the cool nighttime air at bay by installing a fireplace or a fire pit. These features are perfect year round for staying cozy and roasting s’mores.

Let it Flow

An exterior water feature such as a pond, fountain or waterfall will help make your outdoor oasis a place of relaxation. The subtle sound of flowing water can help you and your guests unwind all the more for maximum enjoyment of the warm weather. In addition, you can enhance the appeal with outdoor lights which reflect on the water and set an enchanting evening mood.

Creating luxury outdoor spaces is a great way to maximize your enjoyment of the summer months. Hallmark can help you make the perfect design choices for your outdoor living space. Contact us to learn more about new homes with plenty of exterior space for designing the perfect outdoor retreat.

Top Four Reasons to Move to Bucks County, PA

Categories: Bucks County, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County, Things to do in Bucks County | Posted: May 7, 2021

If you are thinking of relocating to southeastern Pennsylvania, consider the many advantages of living in the suburbs north of Philadelphia in beautiful Bucks County!

This semi-rural region offers a variety of benefits and advantages for busy families and working professionals. The area is ideal for folks who want to be near the city for business but prefer to live far enough away to experience the outdoors. Residents can explore the many historical and cultural attractions while enjoying plenty of modern amenities such as dining, shopping and entertainment.

Commute to Philadelphia With Ease

Growing neighborhoods in this area are being built by renowned companies such as Hallmark Homes Group. These emerging communities are located near major travel routes, so residents of new homes in Bucks County can easily commute to Philadelphia — which is only a hop, skip and a jump away.

Not only will your commute be a breeze, but you will be so close to so much else! The Delaware River and other surrounding areas offer excellent fishing, kayaking and other water related fun. You will never be far from the Poconos if you want to hit the slopes. And, let’s not forget, you won’t be too far from the exquisite beauty of the New Jersey Shore.

There is Plenty to Explore

Many of the Hallmark neighborhoods are being built near open space areas which are specifically designed for the enjoyment of residents. Folks who cherish their daily stroll through nature may find this one of the best reasons to move to Bucks County, PA. The Peace Valley Nature Center offers birdwatching, springtime flower blooms and observation of wildlife habitats. Meanwhile, dozens of hiking trails and picnicking areas are available at Nockamixon State Park, throughout the Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department and many other local destinations.

Discover Yesterday and Today

This part of Pennsylvania is rich with historical and cultural attractions. People with an interest in the heritage of the region can travel back in time by visiting places such as the Davis Library of the American Revolution, the Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle and many more. Meanwhile the Michener Museum celebrates a world-class collection of paintings, sculptures and photography and right outside Bucks County in neighboring Montgomery County, the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum tells the story of winged flight from inception to modern times.

Enjoy World Class Entertainment & Dining Right in Your Backyard

Although the region features plenty of room to roam and breathe, every modern amenity is within a few minutes of each Hallmark community. Residents can enjoy world class entertainment such as events at the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and the Bristol Riverside Theater. A variety of dining destinations present diverse cuisine including Chinese, Italian, American, Seafood and Japanese and a large collection of local microbreweries offer the local take on a time-tested endeavour. Plus, shopaholics will love the wide array of shopping centers, factory outlets and quaint boutiques along small town main streets.

Moving is an exciting time when families can enjoy the many benefits of an ideal neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about new homes in an area of Pennsylvania that truly has it all.

Advantages to Using LED Lighting in Your Home

Categories: DIY Home Projects, New Home Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: April 23, 2021

LED lighting is a class of products with numerous advantages over traditional light bulbs. The term stands for “light emitting diode” — a modern innovation that features energy efficiency, longevity and enhanced safety along with several other benefits.

Hallmark Homes Group recommends using LEDs in your new Bucks County home. These types of bulbs can be installed in any type of lighting fixture, indoor or outdoor.

Do LEDs Save Energy?

LEDs use far less energy to create the same results as incandescent bulbs — consuming about 50% less electricity per unit. According to Energystar.gov — a government-backed data collection agency — LEDs offer 60 – 75% greater energy efficiency by consuming up to 90% fewer watts per second. These are important distinctions if you are a homebuyer who is interested in reducing your carbon footprint.

Do LEDs Last Longer?

LEDs are designed to last up to 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs, resulting in units with a potential lifespan of 60,000 hours as opposed to the usual 1,500 or so hours of older types of bulbs. LEDs can be expected to produce light for as long as seven years before needing to be replaced. Plus, LEDs are built far sturdier than traditional bulbs, so they do not break easily while being handled or from overheating. These bulbs contain tiny computer chips encased in tough, semiconductor material rather than fragile filaments set within brittle glass.

Does Using LEDs Help Save Money on Electric Bills?

Greater efficiency and durability means big savings on bills. Low usage of watts across an entire property can cut down on monthly utilities. Meanwhile, bulbs that last for a long time save money on materials by not needing to be replaced as often as fluorescent and amourex bulbs. This means you can spend your free time enjoying your new home rather than replacing burned out bulbs.

Do LED Bulbs Get Hot?

LED bulbs offer enhanced safety because they are set in what is known as a heat sink — a feature that reduces the amount of heat that a bulb can generate. This ensures safety from burns for anyone who may be adjusting fixtures that are currently in use — because unlike incandescent, fluorescent or halogen bulbs — LEDs are not hot to the touch. This feature also reduces fire hazards for free-standing fixtures.

Enjoy High Performance

Another advantage to using LED lighting in your home is that these bulbs can be dimmed to as little as 10% light output to suit a homeowner’s aesthetic preferences. Also, rapid cycling (frequently turning on and off) does not affect the life of the bulb. Plus, when turned on, LEDs emit 100 percent brightness almost immediately — providing the luxury of having dark spaces completely lit up in an instant.

While you’re choosing the best options for your new home – right after the countertops and carpet – start using LED bulbs and fixtures right from the start. You will be amazed by the results. Reach out to the experts at Hallmark to learn more about energy efficient homes that are perfect for you and your family.

Simple Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Categories: Bucks County Homes, DIY Home Projects, New Home Tips | Posted: April 16, 2021

As the warmer months approach, seasonal cleaning and upkeep of your home is a time-honored homeowner tradition. This is a great opportunity to open up the doors for some fresh air and get in touch with all aspects of your home after the winter months.

Routine spring home maintenance is also a great way to keep your house tidy and to ensure that it continues to increase in value. These checklist items are perfect for a sunny weekend afternoon, and can fortify the lasting durability of your home.

It’s Not Called “Spring Cleaning” for Nothing

Spring is a great time to clean areas of the house that often get neglected. Dust or wipe chair rails, window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets and ceiling fans. Clean any fabric drapes and use a damp cloth to clean wood or vinyl blinds. Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses. Clean your hardwood floors by sweeping or vacuuming. Anything you can do to remove any dust, mites and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home.

In the kitchen you can consider washing cabinets, backsplashes and walls with warm water and mild detergent. You can do the same in the bathroom, where soap residue and fluctuations in heat and humidity combine to create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Helpful Hint: Consider using a carpet cleaner if you would like an even deeper clean on upholstered furniture and mattresses.

Make Sure To Keep Your Gutters Flowing

Rain gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris from falling twigs and blowing leaves. To keep the rainwater flowing downward, a thorough cleaning every spring is a great idea. You can hire a professional, or if you have a ladder and gloves, you can do it yourself.

Helpful Hint: Organic matter taken from rain gutters makes excellent topsoil for your flower beds and vegetable gardens.

Don’t Forget To Check Your Roof

Have a good look at the condition of the roof. Hail, wind and flying debris can damage the shingles, making it easier for water to seep in and cause damage. This sort of wear and tear is rare on a new home, however — especially a property built by a highly regarded home builder such as Hallmark Homes Group.

Helpful Hint: Moss on roof shingles can be easily cleaned with a solution of half bleach and half water that can be applied and rinsed off 15 minutes later.

Keep Away the Pests

Termites tend to become active in spring, so an inspection of the basement and the exterior of the house is a good idea. If you see winged insects exiting from small holes in the wood, it is time to call an exterminator in order to protect the integrity of the structure.

Helpful Hint: There are nontoxic methods of dealing with termites including the use of heat or electricity. Plus, routine gutter cleaning is also one way to prevent termites.

Inspect Your Windows

The caulking around window exteriors can become warped by wind and sun, causing it to eventually crack and leak air. This can cause the house to lose warm or cold air — depending on the season. Removing old caulking and re-sealing the windows can save money on utility bills.

Helpful hint: When condensation gathers inside double-paned windows, it means there is a leak in the seal.

Take Care of Your Yard

New construction homes in Bucks County, PA are perfect for cultivating breathtaking lawns and landscapes. If you purchase a home from Hallmark, we are able to put down grass seed, plant trees, flower beds and add natural accents to your exact liking. All you have to do is mow, water and trim.

If your home has a sprinkler system, checking your sprinklers or irrigation in the spring can save water – and save your plants as well. Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged. Adjust the angles of the sprinklers to make sure they are watering what needs to be. If you are unfamiliar with sprinkler maintenance, you can call a professional to take care of it as well.

Helpful hint: Keeping tree branches trimmed away from the side of the house can reduce gutter debris build-up.

Spring is a great time for a few simple home maintenance routines. Contact the experts at Hallmark to learn more about new homes that are a joy to care for year round.

Should I Have an Island in My Kitchen?

Categories: Home Design Trends, Kitchen Design | Posted: March 26, 2021

In many households, the kitchen is the central hub of the home. Similar to fireplaces in house designs of the previous century, modern kitchens have many functions beyond meal preparation. Parents and children gather here at the beginning and end of their days, guests are entertained here during parties & celebrations and important decisions are made here during family meetings.

This is why the kitchen island was invented; to enhance the function of the area and to supply valuable countertop space for everyday use and special occasions. These features are especially popular in open concept floor plans such as the many designs created by the Hallmark Homes Group.

What is a Kitchen Island?

A kitchen island is a piece of multi-purpose furniture — sort of like a dining room table, only taller. As it is meant to be used in conjunction with countertops, the island is at the same height as most of the other kitchen surfaces. Some can include a prep sink for washing produce and rinsing dishes while others can hold a dishwasher and/or provide additional cabinet space for storing cookware. Some islands which do not include plumbing can be moved about the kitchen for extended countertop food preparation space, cleaning or extra seating for guests.

How Big Should a Kitchen Island Be?

The size of your island should be determined in relation to the overall dimensions of the kitchen and any adjacent areas connected by open space. As long as the space is at least 10 feet wide and 12 feet long, you can comfortably fit a kitchen island. Some are minimal, measuring just four by two feet and others can be significantly bigger to accommodate multiple family members, several dinner guests and large projects for work and play. The average size is 80 x 40 inches (6.6ft x 3.3ft) with at least 42 inches of clearance on all sides. Some islands, however, can be as big as 18ft long and 5ft wide, depending on the size of the area.

What Can I Use a Kitchen Island For?

Your kitchen island is the perfect place for doing homework, putting together puzzles and playing games. Since it is in one of the most-used rooms in the home, it should be accommodating to everyone in the house at some point during the day. Breakfast at the kitchen island is a standard for many families, and some new homes by Hallmark are designed with an island that is meant to function as the dining room or family room table. This is the perfect place for fresh fruit and other snacks for when the kids come in the door hungry. Additionally, the kitchen island makes a great office, especially for a work-from-home parent who needs to keep an eye on dinner while speaking on a conference call.

Kitchen islands are an attractive and versatile feature of modern home designs — especially those with open-concept floor plans. Contact us to learn more about homes with multi-purpose spaces for everyday use and how we can make your kitchen island dreams a reality in your new home.

Simple Ways to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

Categories: Bucks County, Hallmark Homes Group, New Home Tips | Posted: March 12, 2021

One of the most exciting features of a brand new home are the finely-crafted hardwood floors. The visual appeal of this type of flooring is unparalleled, allowing owners to build their home decor theme upon uniquely warm, organic tones.

Although floors get used more than any other surface, a few simple practices can maintain a sleek, new finish. The experts at Hallmark Homes Group have put together a few extremely simple to follow tips for maintaining gorgeous, long-lasting hardwood floors.

Caring for Your Floors Starts Outside The Home

Dust and grime that gets tracked into the house everyday on the bottom of your shoes can quickly diminish the most splendid floor. While this is a simple fact of life, you can reduce the damaging aspects with a series of doormats. First, use an outside mat with a coarse texture for an initial wiping away of mud, water and dirt. Next, as you and your guests step inside there should be at least one or two more with increasingly fine fibers for getting rid of the rest of the debris. You can even instill a “no shoes” policy by providing seats and shelves right inside the front door for removing and storing footwear. 

Try to Reduce Your Floors Exposure to Elements

There are many elements which, in excess, can harm your hardwood floors. Many types of snow-melting products for outdoor walkways contain calcium chloride — a type of salt. Even when there is no precipitation, dirt gets into the house in the form of tiny dust particles which, when accumulated, can harm a floor. 

Tiny food particles and pet hair can also cause harm over time. Also, summer afternoons can, at times, be mildly humid in Bucks County, so your new home should be temperature controlled via the internal HVAC system to avoid moisture build-up. Just as moisture on a hardwood floor can cause warping, so can too much direct sunlight. Attempting to keep your floors from constant direct sunlight is a great idea as well. You can assure your floor’s longevity by being aware of these factors and making sure they are not present in large amounts at any given time.  

Stick to a Cleaning Routine Specifically for Your Floors

A great way to reduce exposure is to spot-sweep or dust the high traffic areas daily. This can quickly eliminate build up of abrasive debris while reducing the need for a deep cleaning to once or twice a month. This regular level of light cleaning should be done with a dry mop that has been treated with a dusting agent or a microfiber cleaning tool. Every week or so, you can vacuum the floors with a brush attachment and get to those hard-to-reach areas such as baseboards and corners with a hose attachment. Then, monthly or whenever needed, a full wet mopping with a microfiber head will restore the original hardwood shine. Your Hallmark agent can tell you the exact kind of wood your floor is made of, which will determine the type of cleaner and polish you choose. 

Find a New Home That Has The Floors You’ve Always Wanted

The vibrant glow of a well-maintained floor is one of the joys of new home living. Contact us to  explore an array of magnificent new construction homes that feature gorgeous, freshly-installed hardwood floors. 

Should My Home Be Multi Generational?

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Hallmark Homes Group, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: February 26, 2021

If you frequently visit with your relatives and you love nurturing strong family ties, consider designing your next residential property to be a multigenerational home. 

According to recent reports published by the United States Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center, approximately one in five homes (four million) consists of adults living with their elders as well as their children. With the right planning, this dynamic can provide several distinct advantages in the areas of home design, finance, peace of mind and quality of life.

How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

If you work with a flexible builder such as Hallmark Homes Group, you can expand upon one of their dynamic floor plans to accommodate every member of your household. This approach can help utilize every square foot of the property by including in-law quarters with a private entrance and an internal access point, spacious bedrooms for each of the kids, optional add-on room and private areas as well as a palatial master suite so you can unwind in private luxury. Plus, the shared spaces such as the living room, dining room and kitchen can be seamlessly connected with an open-concept theme so that the house provides an overall sense of welcoming and togetherness.

Leverage Your Funds

When you’re ready to buy a new home in Bucks County, a strong financial profile is important. If you plan to live in a house with two or more generations of adults, you may have access to greater monetary resources. The more adult parties with assets can equate to a generous down payment, easy-to-obtain financing and a relatively low interest rate. Also, the more income streams there are under one roof, the easier it is to meet monthly mortgage payments and cover utility bills while saving money for other long term endeavours.     

How Can Having My Home Be Multi Generational Benefit Everyone Living There?

In a multi generational household which usually includes grandparents, parents and perhaps adult children, the chances are good that someone will almost always be home. This makes for enhanced safety and security across the premises, as someone can always look after the children, family members with special needs and the property at large. Plus, household maintenance duties and daily chores can be shared by numerous parties rather than leaving them up to just one or two people.

Relieve the Stress

Raising children while pursuing a career can be exhausting at times. Yet, with your parents or your in-laws living in the home, you can have access to economical babysitters and general child-rearing assistance at a moment’s notice. This luxury can allow parents a much-needed break from time to time while giving grandparents the exquisite joy of participating in the lives of their grandchildren. This dynamic serves to improve the quality of life for everyone involved in a partnership-themed environment. 

Designing a multi generational home is a popular choice for today’s families who want to live together. Contact us to discover how our team of flexible Bucks County builders can accommodate your busy, dynamic household. 

Top Interior Design Trends for 2021

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Hallmark Homes Group, Home Design Trends | Posted: February 12, 2021

As a future homeowner, a great way to start 2021 is to consider some of the latest design trends for indoor spaces. As you start to imagine the layout and floor plan of your new house, it is helpful to take note of all the ways in which different areas are being used to meet the needs of modern lifestyles.

Today, homes are so much more than just a place of rest at night and on weekends. They are dynamic, multi-functional environments for working, playing, living, learning and so much more. By working with a builder like Hallmark Homes Group, you can maximize the personal and professional value of your residential property by creating unique settings for specific purposes.

Create A Dynamic Workspace

Working from home and learning online are becoming increasingly common, so it makes sense to designate an entire bedroom, basement or owner’s suite “retreat” area as a home office or remote classroom. These spaces can be painted in neutral tones and minimally decorated to avoid distraction. Plus, you can request to your builder that they be wired with additional electrical outlets to accommodate computers, charging stations, printers, modems and perhaps a conveniently-located coffee maker.

Workout in the Comfort Your New Home

Exercising at home has been one of the hottest new trends of the past year, and you can get the most out of your home gym by designating the space during the design phase of your new home in Bucks County. The expert home builders at Hallmark can make sure that your workout room has the exact type of hardwood, tile or heavy duty carpet of your choice as well as ample power outlets for equipment, large mirrors on the walls and abundant lighting. You can choose wall coverings with inspirational images or sayings to keep you motivated towards your fitness goals.

Choose Warmer Colors & Tones

Your cozy, shared spaces may see lots of daily use during family time. Choosing warm, earthy tones can help maximize the relaxing quality of the living room and the family room. Furniture with deep wood hues and finishing trim of natural materials like wicker and rattan are excellent ways to warm up an area. You can wrap it all up with rich color schemes on the wall and decor that welcomes such as amber lighting and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Entertainment is Essential

Investing in a bigger screen TV, a bolder sound system and a more dynamic lighting scheme will provide you with home entertainment, which is possibly more popular than ever. Imagine a recreational area that matches the excitement of your favorite theater or venue. You can choose dark tones for the walls like a movie theater and super-soft, relaxed seating that welcomes visitors for a nice, long stay.

Modern homes are becoming dynamic places for a wide variety of important activities. Contact us to learn more about a new home layout that can be designed to meet all of your family’s daily needs.

New Home Designs in Bucks County are Perfect for Modern Families

Categories: Bucks County, New Homes, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: January 29, 2021

As you begin considering home designs and floor plans, it is important to establish how many bedrooms and bathrooms your family will need. At this stage, you can also discuss potential guest quarters while exploring the interconnection of shared gathering spaces on the ground level. Homebuyers can also consider the luxury features offered for master suites and decide which upgrades and add-ons will complete their social areas and private spaces. The Monroe, The Greenbrier and The Harrison are three popular Hallmark home designs that offer specific advantages which can be fine-tailored to suit your exact needs.

The Monroe Home Design

This design welcomes you with a dramatic two-story foyer which opens to the living room and dining room on either side. You are then greeted by a spacious kitchen which opens to the family room and provides access to the in-law suite. The second level features three bedrooms interspersed by two bathrooms as well as an owner’s suite complete with a retreat area, luxury bath and walk-in closet. This floor plan also features optional add-ons, or upgrades, including a solarium, morning room and “Wall of Windows” option for the family room. Expansion options include upgrading from a two- to a three-car garage as well as widening the family room.  

The Monroe is distinguished by a bright, sun-soaked main level, a wide staircase and a welcoming foyer which expands into the living areas. This design is perfect for growing families who love to relax in wide-open areas and who also cherish individual private spaces.  

The Greenbrier Home Design

This design expands laterally with the massive three-car garage leading into the kitchen which then opens to the dining room, breakfast area and family room. The first level also includes a private study just off the kitchen, an optional morning room off the breakfast area as well as optional bay windows for the family room and the living room. Upstairs, the owner’s quarters occupies nearly half the square footage, with an entry area leading to the bedroom which then gives way to the retreat, sitting area, walk-in closet and luxury bathroom. This level also includes three spacious bedrooms, two of which have walk-in closets as well as two additional bathrooms.     

The Greenbrier is a unique layout centered around the kitchen which opens up into the adjoining shared living areas. As the focal point of the lower level, the expansive theme of the kitchen repeats throughout the floor plan. The open, welcoming feel is perfect for families who love to congregate around cooking, dining and quality time together. 

The Harrison Home Design

Enter into a breathtaking two-story foyer that opens up into the dining room, gallery, family room and kitchen. The left side of this level is dedicated to the owner’s quarters which include a master’s suite, luxury bath and walk-in closet. A private study is to the immediate left of the foyer, and can be interconnected to the first-floor owner’s suite if desired. Upstairs in The Harrison includes three bedrooms, one bath, a loft which opens to the foyer and a large area to the left of the stairs which gazes upon the family room, breakfast area and kitchen below. This layout features optional ground-level upgrades including a solarium off the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

The Harrison-Side Entry is ideal for hardworking owners and parents who prefer to have their private space on a level separate from the other bedrooms. The layout presents a connected feeling throughout, yet also provides a sense of accessible privacy and first-floor luxury. This design is ideal for buyers who want lower-level expanding options as well as a connected feeling between the upper and lower levels provided by the open areas.  

Choosing the Best Layout for Your Family

When shopping for the perfect home, a great strategy is to begin by looking for a layout that suits your unique preferences, wants and needs. Hallmark Homes Group excels in designing houses for dynamic families — offering distinctive floor plans that take luxury living to the next level. 

Assign Your Bedrooms

The layout you choose should reflect the number of current family members while providing space for new arrivals in the way of children, frequent visitors or perhaps a private quarters for in-laws. You can choose a layout that isolates the master bedroom for optimal peace and quiet or  choose one with a centrally located owner’s suite. 

Plan Your Bathrooms

These top three designs feature multiple, strategically placed bathrooms on the bedroom level — some shareable between rooms and others totally private. These layouts also include ½ baths on the ground level and can be amended for additional accommodations for finished basement customizations. 

Look Forward to Open Areas

Hallmark’s new homes include distinctive variations of the open-concept floor plan. This approach to modern living celebrates the spatial benefit of overlapping the living room, dining room, kitchen and other areas into one dynamic space. Rather than being filled with walls which separate, the ground level offers property-wide sight lines for better interaction and communication. 

Think About Upgrades

As you prepare to move to Bucks County, consider how your new home options can best serve your family. If you love plenty of natural light, explore your options for bay window upgrades to the family room, living room, dining areas and master suites as well as solarium add-ons to the kitchen and breakfast areas. If your family has multiple drivers, consider a model with a garage expansion option or three-car capacity. Owners who love to relax in luxury have plenty of options to choose from and large families with in-laws or frequent visitors can explore numerous guest suite options.

Hallmark is building the most popular home designs in suburban Pennsylvania. Contact us to learn more about a modern home layout that perfectly suits you and your family.

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